02/07/2011 2:01PM

Dim Sum wins Chairman's Sprint Prize at Sha Tin

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Dim Sum ushered in the Year of the Rabbit before a festive Chinese New Year’s crowd of 96,000 at Sha Tin on Saturday as he held off the late challenge of the 3-5 favorite, Sacred Kingdom, by a neck to land the Group 1, $578,000 Chairman’s Sprint Prize.

Sent off as the 13.60-1 third choice in the field of 11 going six furlongs, Dim Sum tracked the early pace of Ultra Fantasy with Sacred Kingdom well behind in last. Dim Sum took command just inside the quarter-pole as Sacred Kingdom began his wide run. Sacred Kingdom was second approaching the eighth pole but made up no further ground on the winner, who covered the one-turn six furlongs in 1:08.74 on good ground. Let Me Fight was along for third, three quarters of a length behind the runner-up.

Trained by John Moore for David Pong Chun Yee, Dim Sum had won this race two years ago when Sacred Kingdom was third. Last time out on Jan. 16, Dim Sum had finished three-quarters of a length second to Sacred Kingdom in the five-furlong Stewards Cup.

In victory Dim Sum gave rider Olivier Doleuze his second group race victory of the week. On Thursday Doleuze had won the Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint at Meydan aboard Dynamic Blitz, who is trained by Sacred Kingdom’s trainer, Ricky Yiu.

Total handle at Sha Tin for the 11-race Chinese New Year’s card was $162,038,500, with $19,660,500 of that sum going to the government in the form of taxes. $7,453,000 was retained by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for operating expenses and charitable contributions. There was an average takeout on all wagers of 16.7 percent.