where the horse is always the hero
Article Item
Posted 2020-05-23 17:38:36  
Kodiac Gelding Top Lot in Hong Kong Sale

An athletic grey Kodiac gelding topped the Hong Kong International Sale (May) at Sha Tin on Saturday, 23 May as all 11 lots on offer sold for a total of HK$31.7 million.


Kerm Din bought the standout Lot 11 for HK$6.5 million, having purchased the dual G1 winner Pakistan Star out of the same sale ring in 2016. The Irish-bred three-year-old is out of the G3-placed Coolnagree, from the same family as Hong Kong champion sprinter Lucky Nine.


The average for the 11 sold was HK$2.88 million, with a median of HK$2.5 million.


Lot 9, a well-connected Exceed And Excel gelding from the outstanding Alruccaba family, sold for HK$4 million to owner Derek Tam Lap-tak who also purchased Lot 8, an attractive Fastnet Rock gelding, for HK$3.2 million.


Mr. William Nader, Director of Racing Business and Operations at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, said: “We expected prices would be a little bit down today because of the economy and the global pandemic. There were no great surprises and we’re happy with the results.


“The most important point is that our interests are aligned to the owners. Our job is to select horses and prepare horses that can come in and produce a positive outcome for Hong Kong racing, so the true success of the sale will be known in the future.


“We’ve made a few changes to help fine tune the process and we are always aiming to get better year on year. It’s an ongoing process and we think the horses, having come in much earlier this year – in December – have acclimated better for the sale; we think the breeze-up last week was much better as a result and we hope this approach will manifest positively in the performances of the horses next season.”


The auction had been slated for 20 March but was postponed and rescheduled to May due to the COVID-19 situation. A second sale will be held at Sha Tin on 3 July.


The May sale offered horses purchased as yearlings in Europe and South America, while the upcoming July sale will offer mostly those bought in Australia and New Zealand, whose arrival in Hong Kong was delayed as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions.


The upcoming July Sale is also likely to include three lots – sourced in South Africa and Ireland – which were withdrawn from the May sale in order to give them more time to mature. 

Email link to a friend | Printable Version
  • Hong Kong
    Displaying 10 ResultsSee All
    exultant named hong kong horse of the year 2020-07-17

    Exultant named Horse of the Year at Hong Kong’s Champion Awards   Exultant’s outs...

    View | Add Comment
    hong kong season finale sees cool yiu claim the championship2020-07-15

    Ricky Yiu sealed the champion trainer title at Happy Valley on Wednesday (15 July) night to fulfill ...

    View | Add Comment
    magician hits 42020-06-14

    Teetan strikes four as Eagle soars   Lakeshore Eagle soared to a third win on the bounce and ...

    View | Add Comment
    teetan's best year yet? 2020-06-05

    Karis Teetan goes into Sunday’s (7 June) Sha Tin meeting well astern of Zac Purton and Joao Mo...

    View | Add Comment
    kings triumph lifts purton, cruz hat-trick brings title into range 2020-05-27

    Kings Shield put his rivals to the sword with a routing run to victory in the Class 2 Egret Handicap...

    View | Add Comment
    macau's legendary gambling tycoon and hk horse owner dies2020-05-26

    Stanley Ho, the Hong Kong tycoon credited with turning Macau into the world's gambling capital, has ...

    View | Add Comment
    purton can pounce as moreira off 2020-05-26

    Zac Purton is hoping to make hay under the Sha Tin floodlights on Wednesday night (27 May) with Joao...

    View | Add Comment
    the day saf bred chefano gave exultant the fright of his life2020-05-24

    It was hard work but Exultant has never been one to shirk a challenge. The tough kingpin of the Hong...

    View | Add Comment
    moreira and purton dish a double delight at the valley2020-05-20

    Moreira and Purton dish a double delight at the Valley     Joao Moreira and Zac Purton ...

    View | Add Comment
    whyte's protégé double debut2020-05-09

    Jerry Chau made a dream home debut at Sha Tin on Saturday, 9 May, driving first past the post not on...

    View | Add Comment