Excuse the pun, but Statue of Liberty may well have another ‘star’ in the making with Macau flyer, Golden Star.
Originally with Robert Smerdon and named In the Crown, Golden Star won at trial at Cranbourne in October 2008 before being exported to Macau in May of last year.
Since arriving in Macau, Golden Star (below) has truly blossomed under the tutelage of Pat Lee, finishing second on debut before reeling off five consecutive victories: culminating in the M$515,000 The Berrigan at Taipa on Sunday (17 January).
His biggest victory to date, Golden Star won his first race in Macau by over six panels, but has since logged up winning margins of three, five, three and two lengths.
According to Bloodhound, Golden Star has now won close to $A160,000 which is a remarkable result for a horse that was originally purchased at the 2007 Adelaide Magic Millions for just $2,500.
Out of the Snaadee mare, Anley, Golden Star is closely related to multiple Group winner Friday Creek and hails from a solid European black type family.
Now a leading trainer in Macau, Pat Lee (left) was originally an apprentice with the Macau Trotting Club when they staged harness racing. Later heading to Hong Kong, Pat furthered his studies in Australia before returning to Macau in 1996 as assistant trainer to KC Tse.
Taking out his trainers’ licence a year later, Pat’s feature wins include the Directors’ Cup, Macau Sprint Trophy, Lisboa Challenge, Winter Trophy and Lisboa Prelude.
An active buyer at Australian sales for over 10 years, Pat purchased four yearlings at the recent Gold Coast Magic Millions, including $160,000 for a Fastnet Rock colt.