OUR MEMORIES
RIVER VERDON (BG302)

 

One of the greatest horses in the Hong Kong racing history.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

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

 

 

  • Trainer: David JHill>

     

  • Jockeys: J Matthias, G Mosse, B Marcus, J Marshell,

     

     

    HIGHTLIGHTS

     

    One of the hardier of Hong Kong‘s top horses, he remains the only winner, to date, of the middle distance Hong Kong Triple Crown.

     

    His wins spanned six seasons and included no fewer than four Champions and Chater Cups and two Hong Kong Gold Cups.

     

    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.

     

    Although he unplaced at the finish, but his expedition has started a new chapter in Hong Kong horses joining the overseas events.

     

    1996-03 RIVER VERDON was retired. During a stellar seven-year contribution to Hong Kong racing, he was crowned Horse of the Year three times and remains the one and only Triple Crown winner.

     

    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.

     

    The tanned skin was then mounted over the body of the completed specimen before the champion racehorse was brought back to Hong Kong. The work is now on display at Sha Tin Racecourse.

     

    This is the first racing horse achieves permanent preservation and exhibition in Hong Kong.

     

    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.”

     

     

     

    SUMMARY

     

    Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges added, “RIVER VERDON will always be remembered as one of the greatest horses in the Hong Kong racing history.

     

    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.”

     

     

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