Primitivo: is joining Richard Gibson in Hong Kong
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By David Carr 4:31PM 13 JUL 2016
HONG KONG has acquired another Royal Ascot winner as news broke on Wednesday that Primitivo has been sold to continue his racing career abroad.
The three-year-old gave Alan King his first victory at the royal meeting when landing the King George V Handicap last month, 35 minutes after the Britannia Stakes victory of Jamie Osborne’s Defrocked, who is also heading to the Far East.
“Primitivo has been sold to Richard Gibson in Hong Kong and we wish him well with him,” King said on Wednesday.
“He is due to leave tomorrow and we will be sad to see him go but you can’t take away the day we had with him at Royal Ascot, that was right up there with the best moments of my career. I love the royal meeting and to have a winner there was very special.”
Primitivo is unbeaten this year, having won handicaps at Newbury and Sandown prior to Ascot.
King is looking forward to training the three-year-old’s half-sister next season and said: “The hunt is on to find another one like him but horses as good as him don’t come along very often.”