The Wilgerbosdrift-bred Nassa heads towards the Gr2 BOCHK Jockey Club Cup this weekend and likely to contest the HK$25 million Gr1 Longines Hong Kong Cup in December for owner Connie Siu.

He showed his class a few weeks ago when landing the Gr3 SA SA Ladies Purse in Hong Kong in an impressive record breaking win over 1800m.

In the process, the Dynasty entire provided his trainer Tony Millard with a third consecutive win in the Ladies Purse at Sha Tin. Millard also saddled fourth-place finisher Horse Of Fortune (Stronghold), with that South African bred having captured the Ladies Purse last year.

A half-brother to Gr1 Summer Cup winner Wagner, Nassa was a R800 000 purchase from the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

Millard said after the win, “It’s very special to do it with Nassa of all horses. I bought him as a yearling in South Africa and he can be anything. We’ve always known that he is very good and today he showed it – I really think he’s something special.”

The bay, steered to victory by Chad Schofield on Saturday, had been third in both the Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas and Gr2 Selangor Cup in South Africa.

Tony Millard has other South African exports amongst his string including the Avontuur-bred son of Dynasty, Craven (formerly trained by Brett Crawford), and son of Philanthropist – the Gr2 Dingaans winner Singapore Sling trained by Geoff Woodruff and bred by Drakenstein Stud. Both horses are two-time winners in South Africa.


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