23 March 2020

The Ascot Stud bred Seattle Choice, a R600 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale, provided South Africans with some much-needed cheer when he romped home to a facile win in Hong Kong on Sunday.

Trained by Tony Millard for owner William Elkin Mocatta, Seattle Choice bounded clear under jockey Joao Moreira to post a three-parts of a length win in Sunday’s Rapper Dragon Handicap (1400m) at Sha Tin.

A winner of two of just three starts in South Africa, the gelded four-year-old has now won two in a row in Hong Kong, with Seattle Choice having won or placed in three of his first five starts in Hong Kong.

Seattle Choice was sired by Ascot Stud’s late Gone West horse Sail From Seattle, with Sunday’s Rapper Dragon Handicap hero one of three winners produced by Lecture mare Bold Choice, herself a half-sister to the Ascot bred July winning champion Bold Silvano.

Bold Choice, who is also dam of millionaire and G3 Final Fling Stakes winner Silvan Star, has a a Silvano filly at foot and is back in foal to Ascot’s exciting young sire Global View, whose daughter Storyland finished second in Friday’s Listed East Cape Fillies Nursery.