Dragon in elite company

Pins’ outstanding son Ambitious Dragon has earned himself a top 10 place among the best gallopers on the globe. The recently crowned Hong Kong champion miler has been rated seventh-equal on the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for the period December 1, 2012 to July 14, 2013.

Ambitious Dragon has won three times in Hong Kong this season with his greatest achievement coming in the Gr 1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m) at the international meeting in December for trainer Tony Millard. That victory showed his class when he flew home from near last to beat a top-quality field.

“He’s just a super champion and he can win over any distance,” Millard said. “When I saw him picking them up I thought I hope he does not flatten out but they had gone a good lick so they were stopping.”

Ambitious Dragon is joined in seventh place on the Longines list by fellow Hong Kong galloper Military Attack, the horse who took this year’s Hong Kong Horse of the Year crown after Ambitious Dragon’s two-year reign. Others rated alongside Ambitious Dragon are all Group One winners. Black Caviar, the unbeaten champion mare of Australia, was rated six points ahead of Ambitious Dragon to sit alone at the top of the rankings.

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