The former Hong Kong champion racehorse Good Ba Ba (USA) has been retired once again after finishing last in Friday night's Group 1 William Reid Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley. Good Ba Ba finished nearly 9L from the winner Black Caviar.
The 11-year-old Lear Fan gelding arrived in Australia via Macau after owner John Yuen Se-kit decided to resume racing the horse again.
The decision to go to Macau after finishing racing in Hong Kong created considerable controversy at the time with many in Hong Kong thinking that the horse should have been finally retired at that time.
Good Ba Ba won successive Group 1 Hong Kong International Miles at Sha Tin from 2007 to 2009. He also won the Group 1 Champions Mile and was the highest rated horse in the world at that distance.
Good Ba B, who trained at Caulfield by Ric Hore-Lacy, held a nomination for the Group 1 BMW Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 20th. He raced 48 times for 16 wins and 9 placings and earned A$9.3m from his Hong Kong wins.
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