Marju prospects can take Club close to profit

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 December, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 December, 1999, 12:00am

Those seeking a barometer of Hong Kong's economic turnaround need look no further than tonight's International Sale.

More than 1,000 dinner-jacketed Jockey Club members and their guests will pack the Convention and Exhibition Centre as 25 hand-picked Thoroughbreds go under the hammer. An auction of this calibre ensures bidding will be fierce but it may still not be enough for the Jockey Club to break even as three of the original 28 lots were withdrawn last month after failing to pass veterinary tests.

The world's leading bloodstock authority, Tony Morris, cast his expert eye over the talent on offer and underlined three individuals that are sure to get hopeful owners' pulses racing.

Lots 16 and 23 are by emerging sire Marju, who fathered top local galloper Indigenous.

Morris expects the latter to attact plenty of attention. 'He's a distinctly promising type . . . by the remarkably successful Ahonoora [who produced a Derby winner in Dr Devious as well as some top sprinters and milers].' Lot 20 also jumps out of the catalogue.

A brown gelding by Centaine out of the Sound Reason mare, Sound Lover, he's a half-brother to Ivan Allan's rising star Trillion Win.

'Their dam, a Group Three winner herself, is a full sister to Billion Win's dam, the exceptional New Zealand racemare Candide,' said Morris.

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