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Ugly WarriorUgly Warrior Remains Unbeaten in Hong Kong

It was a nearly a perfect result for stallion Swiss Ace in the Waterloo Handicap at Sha Tin on Saturday where his three runners in the event went close to filling the first three placings. His three-year-old son Ugly Warrior could not have been more impressive as he took out the 1200m sprint by a widening margin and remained unbeaten in three career starts as he stamped himself as a very progressive sprinter in the competitive Hong Kong arena.

Trained by YS Tsui, Ugly Warrior began well from a wide draw and even though he was caught wide he pushed on to sit outside the leader before taking over as the field turned in and clearing out for a dominant victory, running the 1200m in 1:08.58 and eased down to win by 2.75 lengths. Second to Ugly Warrior was another son of Swiss Ace in Winning Vangogh (aka He’s An Ace), while Swiss Ace went close to providing the trifecta in the race when Phantom Falcon (ex River Nymph) was narrowly beaten for third.

Ugly Warrior’s win provided young rider Vincent Ho with his 200th win of his career, and he was full of admiration for the youngster, “He is so relaxed until he gets in the gates and then he just switches on. He isn’t a big horse, but he moves beautifully. He has raced up on the speed and led again yesterday but you can ask him to take a sit, relax and he will.”

Ugly Warrior is out of the five-times winning mare Ugly Betty and is a full brother to the stakes winner and Group 1 placed Huka Eagle. Ugly Warrior was a $150,000 through the Westbury draft at Karaka, and was later resold through Diamond Lodge for $210,000 as a Ready to Run graduate.

Ugly Betty has a two-year-old filly by Reliable Man with Kris Lees at Newcastle and a yearling sister to Ugly Warriror (by Swiss Ace) who has been exported to Australia; while the High Yield mare has an El Roca colt at foot at present.

Pictured: Ugly Warrior as a yearling (Lesley Warwick)

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