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Hong Kong interests active at Inglis R2R Sale

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Once again Hong Kong interests have been very active at the Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale. Following strong showings in 2016 and 2017, Asian interests accounted for 17 lots sold at this year's sale. Alan Carasso takes a look at purchases of interest.

Last week’s renewal of the Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale saw 88 horses reported as sold for gross receipts of just over $8 million. For the second straight year, Asian buyers were exceptionally active at Riverside Stables, signing for no fewer than 41 horses (46.6%) 12 months on from acquiring 40 of the 79 (50.6%) of those reported as sold at the 2017 renewal. Asian interests acquired some 51 horses in 2016, a number which represented a smaller fraction of the total number sold that year.

A variety of bloodstock agents and some recognisable Hong Kong-based conditioners kept busy on behalf of their clients at the Ready 2 Race sale, picking up a combined 17 horses, including three of the top five lots and seven of the 11 to fetch better than $200,000. To follow are some pedigree/sales notes on several of the purchases, bred in all parts of the country:

Breeder: R P Stapleford (NSW)

Consignor: Musk Creek Farm, Agent

Buyer: Dennis Yip, $280,000

A $55,000 acquisition out of this year’s Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling sale, this September-foaled bay is out of an unraced half-sister to the stakes-winning Quarterman (Strategic). A half-brother to Prince Harmony (Strategic), a four-time winner and 74-rated in Hong Kong, lot 24 covered 200m at Cranbourne in :10.35 and proved the dearest lot of the sale.

Watch: Lot24 breeze- up at Cranbourne

Breeder: B M Nolan (Qld)

Consignor: Lionheart Thoroughbreds, Agent

Buyer: Lucky Bloodstock, $240,000

By the sire of the recently retired Group 1-winning sprinter Lucky Bubbles, this Oct. 30 foal is the most recent produce of a dam who has thrown a pair of winners by Commands from as many to race. A $155,000 Inglis Easter grad, the colt hails from the female family of GSW & G1SP Gregers (Commands) and champion South African sire Gimmethegreenlight (More Than Ready {USA}). He did his pre-sale gallop at Warwick Farm, covering 200m in a green :10.61.

Watch: Lot 67 breeze-up at Warwick farm

Breeder: A M O’Dwyer (Qld)

Consignor: Glenvale Park, Agent

Buyer: Caspar Fownes, $200,000

A bargain purchase out of this year’s Inglis Sydney Classic Sale at just $20,000, the bay colt is the second foal from his dam, an eight-time winner at the races, including a 6-1 upset over her odds-on Chris Waller stablemate Royal Descent (Redoute’s Choice) in the 2013 G3 Toy Show H. He breezed a furlong in :10.69 at Warwick Farm ahead of the sale.

Watch: Lot 83 breeze-up at Warwick Farm

Breeder: Ascot Heath Pty Ltd, Dissident Syndicate (NSW)

Consignor: O’Gorman Racing

Buyer: Ricky Yiu, $200,000

From the first crop of his Horse of the Year and five-time Group 1-winning sire, the bay colt is a half-brother to the SP Western Hero (West Quest {Can}) and is out of a half-sister to Perak Derby winner Fast Flying (Distorted Humor {USA}). Further down the page is G1 Golden Slipper winner Mossfun (Mossman) and Aramco (ex Mawahibb) (Magic Albert), winner of the Garden City Trophy in Singapore Oct. 21. Lot 87, who was a $65,000 Inglis Great Southern weanling and $180,000 Sydney Classic yearling, was timed in :10.80 for his under-tack preview.

Watch: Lot 87 breeze-up

Breeder: J Allis (Vic)

Consignor: Stonehouse Thoroughbreds

Buyer: Ric Wylie Bloodstock/Chris So, $260,000

By the champion 3yo and 4-time Group 1-winning half-brother to Black Caviar, this brown colt is out of a winning own-sister to dual Group 3 winner Sharnee Rose. The third dam includes Cape Derby winner Ertijaal (Hard Spun {USA}), G1 Doomben Cup hero Sense of Occasion (Street Sense {USA}), Snippets and Not a Single Doubt. A $100,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling, the Oct. 1 foal galloped 200m in :10.77 at Cranbourne.

Watch: Lot 95 breeze-up

Breeder: Kambula Stud (WA)

Consignor: Musk Creek Farm

Buyer: A Lui & T Ng, $205,000

This September-foaled bay colt is out of a stakes-winning dam who has produced five winners from as many to race, including G3 HB Carr S. winner Yattarna (Exceed and Excel), the stakes-placed Fromparis Withlove (Smart Missile) and Alexandra Dreaming (Written Tycoon), a maiden winner on Sandown debut in August. A$200,000 purchase out of the 2017 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, he turned in a breeze that was timed in :10.70.

Watch: Lot 182 breeze-up