The Hong Kong Jockey Club bought four colts at the recent Cape Premier Yearling Sale in South Africa for a total of ZAR6.1 million (approximately HK$3.85 million).
Lot 23 was an early purchase for the Club. The handsome bay is by the G1 South African Guineas winner Dynasty – best known in Hong Kong as the sire of this season’s G3 Ladies’ Purse Handicap winner Nassa – out of the two-time G1 scorer Happy Archer, a half-sister to Australian Listed winner Femina Fashion. The athletic colt was knocked down for ZAR2.5 million.
The Club followed-up immediately, securing Lot 24 for ZAR1.1 million. The bay is by South Africa’s champion sire Silvano, winner of the G1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup at Sha Tin and the opening session’s most sought-after stallion. The yearling’s dam is an unraced sister to four black type performers, including G3 winner Happy Harriet. The acquisition’s full-sibling, Happy Valentine, won three times at 1000m and 1200m, while his Var half-brother Happy Forever was a speedy G2 winner.
A pair of eye-catching colts by another G1-winning former champion South African sire, Captain Al, wrapped up the Club’s purchases.
Lot 133, a ZAR1.8 million buy, is out of the G2 winner Secret Of Victoria, making him a full-brother to the speedy G1 winners All Is Secret and The Secret Is Out, as well as the Sha Tin winner Secret Command.
A bid of ZAR700,000 was enough to secure Lot 199, a well-related youngster out of a G3-placed full-sister to the four-time G1 winner Mother Russia.
Lot 23 b c Dynasty ex Happy Archer (Dubawi) ZAR2.5 million (approx. HK$1,578,000)
Lot 24 b c Silvano ex Happy Ever After (National Assembly) ZAR1.1 million (approx. HK$694,000)
Lot 133 gr c Captain Al ex Secret of Victoria (Goldkeeper) ZAR 1.8 million (approx. HK$1,136,000)
Lot 199 b c Captain Al ex Baltic Beauty (Windrush) ZAR700,000 (approx. HK$442,000)