Some of the world’s most exciting young stallions as well as established elite sires will be represented at the Hong Kong International Sale (March) on the evening of Friday, 15 March.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club is offering 30 geldings for the first of two 2019 sales (the second is in July) held at the Sha Tin Racecourse Parade Ring with 14 sourced at European Sales and 16 from Australia and New Zealand.
Those sourced in Europe were purchased at Arqana, Tattersalls and Goffs and had to pass the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s vet team before going into pre-training with Malcolm Bastard in Wiltshire, England.
The southern hemisphere recruits were purchased at Inglis, Magic Millions and New Zealand Premier Sales and have been prepared by Bruce Harvey in Cambridge, New Zealand.
Mark Richards, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Executive Manager, International Sale, has watched both sets of youngsters develop over the last two years and reports a slight change in emphasis for this year’s sale.
“We’ve tried to do a little bit more with the horses coming in this year, purely because we want to try and produce a more finished article,” he said.
“You can’t do that overnight – in fact, it takes months – but we’ve tried to do a little more gate work and take them a step further in their education without putting them under undue pressure.”