Impressive debut winner puts Cotai Glory on top
The debut victory of Chimgan at Nottingham on Monday provided Cotai Glory with a 14th first-crop winner to make him Europe's leading first-crop sire by both winners and earnings.
Chimgan was well backed to oblige for Clive Cox and didn't disappoint, quickening when asked by Adam Kirby to run down the experienced So Smart to win by a snug half-a-length.
In the process, he became the second successful son of Cotai Glory for owners AlMohamediya Racing in three days following the win of their Adeb at Beverley on Saturday.
"He’s done it the right way round - he relaxed nicely and showed a good turn of foot," Adam Kirby told Racing TV. "When the gaps opened up, he was there for me. It’s still early days but I got a good feel off him and he’s a nice horse."
Chimgan was bred in Ireland by Mountarmstrong Stud and is the first foal out of Global Alexander, a Dark Angel sister to the stakes-placed La La Land. He was purchased by Clive Cox for £68,000 at the Goffs UK Premier Sale.
With 14 winners and the earners of almost £200,000, Cotai Glory leads the way among this year's European first-crop sires. His winning representatives also include the runaway Group 3 winner Atomic Force in addition to the stakes-placed Royal Ascot two-year-olds Dig Two and Eldrickjones.