Asia Double for Pencarrow

Pencarrow Stud had a successful weekend in Asia as the breeder of both the Listed winner in Macau last night in Sunshine Kingdom and a smart winner in Singapore in Captain McCaw who won his Singapore debut on Friday night.

A smart three-year-old son of Darci Brahma (ex Concert Party, by Thunder Gulch), Sunshine Kingdom was asked to take a big step up in grade in last night’s Listed Macau Lisboa Challenge (1400m) and didn’t disappoint his trainers Y.Y.Choy and Y.T.Lam.

Only lightly raced, Sunshine Kingdom came into last night’s race with just three starts under his belt, running fourth on debut before breaking maiden ranks at his second appearance and finishing second at his last start.

Sunshine Kingdom is the ninth stakes winner for his Pencarrow Stud sire Darci Brahma who has a number of promising young horses racing in Asia including Super Junior in Singapore and Hypersonic in Hong Kong who is unbeaten in two starts.

Bred by Peter and Philip Vela, Sunshine Kingdom was purchased by Mr Kar Fai Lee from Kilgravin Lodge at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2011 Ready to Run Sale for $24,000.

The three-year-old was the second to last foal from Concert Party who is a granddaughter of the Melbourne Cup winner Empire Rose and a half-sister to Group 1 winner Empires Choice. Concert Party’s last foal is an un-named two-year-old by Darci Brahma.

Also flying the Pencarrow flag was Captain McCaw, an English bred son of Exceed and Excel (ex Our Sheila, by Bahamian Bounty), who won his Singapore debut on Friday night for trainer Laurie Laxon.

The three-year-old was bred by Peter and Philip Vela in conjunction with New England Stud and was sold at auction at Newmarket in December for £10,000.

Trainer Laurie Laxon now shares in the ownership with New Zealand High Court Judge Justice Goddard.

The son of Exceed and Excel looks to have been a cheap buy as he produced a strong performance under jockey Joao Moreira to win his Singapore debut, the S$65,000 Initiation Stakes (1200m), by a head.

“We only had to go to £10,000 to get him and after his win today we’ve almost got our money back,” said Laxon.

“He’s a smart type of horse and we’ll just take our time with him. He’s only a light little horse but I’m sure we’ll be able to find a suitable race for him again somewhere.”

Captain McCaw is from the English bred Bahamian Bounty mare Our Sheila, a four-time race winner and a half-sister to Group 3 winner Shifting Place (Compton Place).