|Country of Origin||: IRE||Owner||: Sir Oswald Cheung & The Hon Ronald Arculli|
|Colour / Sex||: Bay / Gelding||Last Rating||: 111|
|Import Type||: PPG||Sire||: BE MY NATIVE|
|Total Stakes*||: $19,569,482||Dam||: TUYENU|
|No. of 1-2-3-Starts*||: 16-5-2-38||Dam’s Sire||: WELSH PAGEANT|
A Hong Kong Derby winner and by definition the best of his generation, he also did Hong Kong proud by winning the 1991 Hong Kong Invitation Cup (now called the Hong Kong Cup) defeating runners from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.
1991-12-15, RIVER VERDON defeated opponents from four continents to lift the Hong Kong Invitation Cup. The following year he took part in the prestigious Arlington Million to become the first Hong Kong-trained runner to take part in an overseas Group 1 race.
2005-06-18 After spent a happy retirement , RIVER VERDON died in Australia. His owner, The Hon Ronald Arculli, then agreed that Hong Kong‘s racing legend should be preserved for racing fans in Hong Kong to remember.
A world-famous taxidermist was commissioned to skin the horse, tan the hide and preserve the skeleton of RIVER VERDON. A process was then begun to sculpt the anatomy of him and construct a fibreglass body on top.
2006-12-02 To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the now world famous Hong Kong International Races, a true-to-life replica of RIVER VERDON – one of the all-time legends that ruled the Hong Kong turf – has been unveiled at Sha Tin.
At the unveiling ceremony, the Hon Ronald Arculli said: “It is incredible to see Verdon back again at the Sha Tin Racecourse. I have raced many good horses but Verdon stands out not only because he was the Triple Crown Champion, which in itself was a spectacular achievement, but because I was also his breeder, owning his sire BE MY NATIVE and his dam TUYENU, I feel like he was my own family.”
He was crowned the Triple Crown Champion in the 1993/94 season. His amazing achievement remains unmatched to this day.
His contribution to our International Races was also very important as he kept the Hong Kong Invitation Cup at home at a time when overseas horses were on top at Sha Tin and he was the first to travel overseas to take up further challenges.”