Sacred Kingdom is a thoroughbred racehorse bred by the Calvert family at their Kornong stud at Cheatham in mid west Victoria using Australian bred Group 1 winning sire Encosta de Lago, and Courtroom Sweetie, a minor Sydney winning sister by another Australian bred racing star and good sire Zeditave to dual Group 2 winner Love of Mary.
In Australia he was known as Jumbo Star. Trainer Clarry Connors bought Jumbo Star as a yearling for $200,000 at the Inglis Melbourne yearling sale on behalf of Hong Kong-based owner Sin Kang Yuk.
Sacred Kingdom was initially trained in Sydney by Clarry Connors and won a Warwick Farm barrier trial in December 2005 as a two-year-old.
In March 2006 he was taken by owner Sin Kang Yuk to Hong Kong where he was trained by Ricky Yiu.
Australian jockey Danny Nikolic won on Sacred Kingdom at the horse’s first five starts in Hong Kong. Frenchman Gerald Mosse rode wins on Sacred Kingdom, as did Australian jockey Brett Prebble.
For three years in a row between 2007 and 2009, Sacred Kingdom reigned as the world’s premier sprinter and was named world champion sprinter in the global rankings. He was also named Hong Kong Horse Of The Year for 2009-2010 and won three international Group 1 races including dual successes in the Hong Kong Sprint.
His retirement was announced in April 2012.
Other name: Jumbo Star (AUS)
Date of Birth: 18/11/2003 at Kornong Stud in Australia
Sex: Gelding Colour: Bay
Sire: Encosta De Lago (AUS) Dam: Courtroom Sweetie (AUS)
Grand Sire: Zeditave (AUS)
Trainer: Ricky P. F. Yiu
Breeder: Mrs NF Calvert, Est Late AM Calvert. VIC
Owner: Sin Kang Yuk
Prize Money: HK $45,831,144 (approx. A$5,500,000)
Starts: 36 Wins: 17 2nds: 7 3rds: 2
- Hong Kong Sprint (2007, 2009)
- Hong Kong Chairman’s Sprint Prize (2008, 2010)
- KrisFlyer International Sprint (2009)
|16/01/2011||Sha Tin||Good||1200||Centenary Sprint Cup (G1)|
|01/10/2010||Sha Tin||Good–Firm||1000||The Sha Tin Sprint Trophy(G3)|
|21/02/2010||Sha Tin||Good||1200||Chairman’s Sprint Prize (G1)|
|31/01/2010||Sha Tin||Good||1000||Centenary Sprint Cup (G1)|
|13/12/2009||Sha Tin||Good||1200||Hong Kong Sprint(G1)|
|17/05/2009||Kranji (Singapore)||Good||1200||Krisflyer Sprint(G1)|
|01/05/2009||Sha Tin||Good–Firm||1200||The Sprint Cup(G2)|
|01/05/2008||Sha Tin||Good||1200||The Gome Sprint (G3)|
|17/02/2008||Sha Tin||Good||1200||Chairman’s Sprint Prize (G1)|
|09/12/2007||Sha Tin||Good||1200||Hong Kong Sprint(G1)|
|17/11/2007||Sha Tin||Good–Firm||1200||Hong Kong Sprint Trial (G2)|
|01/10/2007||Sha Tin||Good–Firm||1000||Sha Tin Sprint Trophy (G3)|
|01/05/2007||Sha Tin||Good–Firm||1200||Arculli Trophy Hcp|
|31/03/2007||Sha Tin||Good–Firm||1000||Arsenal Handicap|
|20/01/2007||Sha Tin||Good||1000||HKUAA Challenge Cup|
|26/12/2006||Sha Tin||Good–Firm||1000||Lantau Peak Handicap|
|02/12/2006||Sha Tin||Good–Firm||1000||Granville Handicap|
Hong Kong Horse of the Year (2009, 2010)
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Video: Sacred Kingdom — Tribute
Video: Sacred Kingdom — 2010 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint preview
Video: Sacred Kingdom — 2009 KrisFlyer International Sprint
Video: Sacred Kingdom — 2008 The Gome Sprint
Video: Sacred Kingdom — 2008 The Chairman’s Sprint Prize
Sacred Kingdom — 2007 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (G1)