The Hong Kong Jockey Club purchased three attractive colts at the recent New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Yearling Sale for a total cost of NZ$1.26 million (approx. HK$7.05 million).
G1 Prix du Jockey Club winner Reliable Man is making a name for himself in Hong Kong with only a handful of runners thanks to the likes of five-time winner and 2020 BMW Hong Kong Derby fifth Reliable Team, as well as two-time winners Jolly Honour and World Famous.
The Club purchased Lot 200 – by Reliable Man – for NZ$340,000. The striking bay hails from the same family as G2 winner Viridine and is a full brother to G3 winner De La Terre as well as the G1 placed Aalaalune who finished second to subsequent dual G1 winner Yourdeel.
The auctioneer’s hammer fell at the Club’s bid of NZ$200,000 for Lot 240, an athletic colt by this season’s leading sire in Hong Kong, Per Incanto, sire of smart Hong Kong gallopers Duke Wai, Classic Unicorn, Kinda Cool and G3 placegetters Time To Celebrate and Morethanlucky. The brown’s third dam Zorina had smart racer Bryon, who was a five-time winner in Hong Kong.
Savabeel has had plenty of success in Hong Kong as a sire, notably with G2 winner and G1 placegetter Rattan, as well as Dances With Dragon, a winner of the G1 Levin Classic prior to export, who since then became a six-time winner in Hong Kong including the G3 Premier Plate. The Club bought his son, Lot 520 for NZ$720,000; the youngster’s dam is a half-sister to G2 winner Queen Of Diamonds and has had two foals to race for two winners.
Lot 200 b c Reliable Man ex Veva Girl (Fastnet Rock) NZ$340,000 (approx. HK$1,904,000)
Lot 240 br c Per Incanto ex Amanjena (Smart Missile) NZ$200,000 (approx. HK$1,120,000)
Lot 520 b c Savabeel ex Lovetessa (O’Reilly) NZ$720,000 (approx. HK$4,032,000)