Burgundy’s son strikes in HK

Burgundy’s son strikes in HK25 Sep 2019

The gifted Telecom Puma has made a dream start to his new season at Happy Valley where the Group winner gave weight and a beating to his sprint rivals.

It was a breakthrough success in Hong Kong for the son of Cambridge Stud’s Burgundy, who claimed the $168,000 first prize.

The five-year-old had finished in the money three times from a handful of starts in his first campaign for trainer Jimmy Ting.

Under 60kg, Telecom Puma was ridden on Wednesday night by Chad Schofield and was coming off a trial success required after he had bucked out of the barrier at his previous appearance in July.

“I think it was because when he got to the gates he lost his tongue-tie and it was put back on a little too tight and maybe he didn’t like it,” Ting said.

“This season, in his trackwork and his trials, he’s been no problem.”
Before his sale to Hong Kong interests, Telecom Puma raced as Hard Merchandize in New Zealand and won the Listed Castletown Stakes at two.

He trained on the following season to claim the Gr.2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas, accounting for the subsequent dual Group 1 winner Bostonian in the process.

Bred by Chris Grace QSM, Telecom Puma is out of the Encosta de Lago mare Pride And Passion and she is a daughter of the Gr.1 Golden Slipper Stakes winner Calaway Gal.