The Hong Kong Jockey Club purchased four well-connected colts out of Book 1 of the recent New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Yearling Sale for a total of NZ$1.24 million (approximately HK$6.505 million).
Last but certainly not least of the quartet to go under the hammer was Lot 483, a Savabeel yearling out of the Pins mare Candelabra, from the family of smart Hong Kong sprinter Regency Legend. The bay’s dam is a half-sister to a pair of G1 winners in Diademe and Embellish, both by Savabeel; the former landed the G1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes, while the latter won the G1 New Zealand 2,000 Guineas.
The Club went to NZ$400,000 to secure the athletic youngster.
G1 Prix du Jockey Club hero Reliable Man is making a name for himself in Hong Kong with only a handful of runners thanks to the likes of this year’s BMW Hong Kong Derby entrant and four-time winner Reliable Team.
The Club purchased Lot 145 – grey like his sire – for NZ$330,000. The colt is out of the two-time sprint winner Oh So Royal, making him a half-brother to G1 ARC Railway Stakes victor Julius and G1-placed Battenburg.
Another colt with a strong G1 connection was secured when the auctioneer banged down his gavel at NZ$300,000 for Lot 186. The Tavistock colt is out of G1 ARC Easter Handicap heroine Pondarosa Miss, who is herself a full-sister to Ecuador, a Listed winner with multiple G1 placings.
Pins has had plenty of Hong Kong success as a sire, notably with the champions Ambitious Dragon and Aerovelocity. The Club bought his son, Lot 404, for NZ$210,000; the colt is the second foal out of a half-sister to the smart pair Happy Hippy and Nikita, being from the family of G1 VRC Salinger Stakes winner Notoire.
Lot 145 g c Reliable Man ex Oh So Royal (Danzero) NZ$330,000 (approx. HK$1.731 million)
Lot 186 b c Tavistock ex Pondarosa Miss (High Chaparral) NZ$300,000 (approx. HK$1.574 million)
Lot 404 b c Pins ex Zaburn (Zabeel) NZ$210,000 (approx. HK$1.102 million)
Lot 483 b c Savabeel ex Candelabra (Pins) NZ$400,000 (approx. HK$2.098 million)