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Sandtop (NZ) leads a Karaka Graduate Trifecta in Macau Feature
14 Feb 2016

Karaka graduate Sandtop (NZ) (Henrythenavigator) continued his brilliant form in Macau, winning the Listed M$700,000 Macau Spring Trophy (1500m) on Saturday, with the first three home graduates of Karaka Sales.


Sandtop (NZ) winning the Listed Macau Spring 
Trophy. Photo courtesy of MJC.

The son of Henrythenavigator has been a consistent performer on the Macau circuit, winning four and finishing second on three occasions from his seven starts this season. He also won the Listed M$700,000 Autumn Trophy (1600m) in November.

Starting from barrier 2 for jockey W L Ho, Sandtop settled towards the rear of the field on the rail. Soon after entering the straight, a gap appeared and Sandtop raced through one off the fence to grab leader Best Of Luck (NZ) (Thorn Park), to win by a length. Bobo So Cute (NZ) (Savabeel), ran on well from the rear to finish third, a further three-and-a-half lengths back, making it a Karaka trifecta.

The S Cheong trained four-year-old gelding has won seven and has seven minor placings from 17 starts and earned M$1,652,550 for owner King Ho.

King Ho purchased Sandtrap at the 2013 Karaka Premier Sale (Lot 146) for NZ$50,000 from Hallmark Stud.

Sandtop is out of Flawless (Zabeel), a full-sister to dual Listed winner Zabene (Zabeel) and is a half-sister to Knight’s Command (Pins), dual Sgp-3 winner. From the same family as Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting to Win (Northern Meteor). His second dam, Emerald Dream (Danehill) won the Group 1 Cambridge International Stakes.

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