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Around the world: Hong Kong - Grey Duster excels at new career in China.

Byline: Robert Carter

Grey Duster, winner of three of his four races for Sheikh Mohammed and Henry Cecil as a two-year-old in 1989, is still performing creditably 12 years later.

Now called Owners Spirit-a name under which he ran with success for five years in Hong Kong-he is one of the stars of equestrian sports in China.

This son of L'Emigrant and a Mill Reef mare was ridden by Wang Lian-ying, of the People's Liberation Army, to win the gold medal in the women's modern pentathlon at the ninth National Games in Guangzhou last week. He was also part of the Shanghai team that collected the silver in the men's modern pentathlon group event.

Owners Spirit, who was ridden by Mick Kinane when gaining his final victory on the Flat at Happy Valley in 1993, was one of 27 horses at the games who had formerly raced in Hong Kong.

Speedy, a son of Tirol who never threatened to live up to his name while trained by his breeder, Ivan Allan, won gold in the men's individual modern pentathlon while Petticoat Lane, a 12-year-old by Red Sunset, was runner-up to Owners Spirit in the women's event.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club has donated more than 300 retired racehorses to equestrian organisations in China since 1986 and HKJC vets visit them each year to check their condition.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2001
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