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Classy List For Hong Kong's First June Sale

The first ever June session of the Hong Kong International Sale will see 14 horses acquired from auctions around the world go under the hammer in the Sha Tin parade ring on June 15.

Classy List For Hong Kong's First June Sale

The first ever June session of the Hong Kong International Sale will see 14 horses acquired from auctions around the world go under the hammer in the Sha Tin parade ring on June 15.

The June sale follows the March session when 26 horses found Hong Kong owners.

This season’s second sale offers more opportunities for permit-holders as Hong Kong expands its horse population in line with the upcoming August opening of the Conghua Training Centre on the Chinese mainland.


Friday’s sale comprisies 14 geldings, all now three years old, with 10 sourced in Europe.

The four southern hemisphere lots – less than two months away from entering their four-year-old season – have benefitted from the extra time after being held back from the March sale.

Mark Richards, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Executive Manager, International Sale, said: “Some of our Australian and New Zealand horses were not ready in March but have benefited greatly from the extra three months.

“Being able to sell in June has given them the time to mature and allows them to be at their peak physically when they enter training in Hong Kong.

“Certainly the southern hemisphere horses as a group are a nice bunch of individuals.”

The northern hemisphere lots have also enjoyed the advantage of time.

“The second sale has allowed us to manage all of our horses a little more successfully than we have been able to previously,” Richards said.

“As a group, most of them are still growing as you would expect – they are six months behind the southern hemisphere horses and they look that way.

“Northern hemisphere horses take time but they can develop into serious racehorses.”

Among the 14 lots are two sons of Holy Roman Emperor who played a leading role in the March sale when his half-brother to 2017 Derby winner Wings Of Eagles – now named Circuit Number One – created a new record purchase price at HK$11 million.

Last season’s champion sire in Hong Kong counts G1 winners Designs On Rome, Beauty Only and Rich Tapestry among his best sons.

Lot 1 (ex Whole Grain) is a full-brother to hardy sprinter Louis The Pious, while Lot 16 (ex Sojitzen) comes from the family of top Japanese filly Fabulous La Fouine.

Wings Of Eagles is prominent in the pedigree of Lot 12, an eye-catching son of Redoute’s Choice. He is out of the Oasis Dream mare Torentosa, who is a half-sister to both Wings Of Eagles and Circuit Number One.

The second sale also provides the opportunity for stallions like Camacho (Lot 7, ex Amistad) and Kallisto (Lot 15, ex Prakasa) to be represented in Hong Kong for the first time.

Lot 8 (Fastnet Rock x Stormy Blessing) has been withdrawn.

Sale Highlights

• Lot 2, a bay son of Kodiac, is out of Listed-winning Nashwan mare Lilium, herself a half-sister to G1-winning juvenile Lujain.

• Lot 3 is by the all-conquering Medaglia D’Oro out of the Diatribe mare Oh Eight Hundred, a half-sister to HKG3 Premier Cup (1400m) winner Secret Sham.

• Lot 4 is by Soldier Hollow, whose son Bullish Smart was named Champion Griffin in 2013/14 after selling at the Hong Kong International Sale’s December session in 2013. The bay comes from a strong family that includes 2005 German champion three-year-old Arcadio.

• Lot 6, by Charge Forward, comes from one of Australia’s pre-eminent families, with his third dam being blue hen Princess Tracy. This gelding’s dam Emanday is a full-sister to Australian G1 winner Master Of Design and a half-sister to South African top-liner Suntagonal, while he himself is a full-brother to precocious filly Assail.

• Lot 10, by the well-performed O’Reilly, is closely related to 2012 Hong Kong Derby winner Fay Fay.

• Lot 11 is a son of Elusive Quality out of the Tamayuz mare Ighraa, a Listed winner in France, from a solid black-type family.

• Lot 13 is a chestnut gelding by Iffraaj from a family that boasts Arc winner Solemia and Derby victor Authorized, as well as the likes of The Gurkha and Okawango.

• Lot 14 is a Pins half-brother to stakes-winning New Zealand filly Ray’s Girl.

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