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  1. Mixed results in Hong Kong Sale

    Posted Dec 11th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Turnover was up, the average price was down and the price paid for the top lot was halved in a rollercoaster 2005 edition of the Hong Kong International Sale last night. All 27 lots found new homes at a gross of $48 million, up 11.6 per cent on last year's aggregate of $43 million when eight less horses were offered. With this bigger catalogue, however, the sale ...

  2. Shum presses on with Scintillation

    Posted Mar 04th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... sprinter-miler Scintillation. The Danehill gelding, a product of the 2002 Hong Kong International Sale, scrambled home to win the group one Mercedes-Benz Classic Mile last month and has now been given his chance to complete the double, even though the Derby is decided at 2,000 metres. Jockey Club executive director of racing, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, who rushed home from attending his ...

  3. Smith has high hopes for Witness's half-sister

    Posted Mar 30th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... for someone to take her home from the yearling sales in Sydney tomorrow. The chestnut daughter of outstanding broodmare Jada Tiara is by one of Australia's hottest young sires, Encosta de Lago, and should bring upwards of A$500,000 ($3 million) when she goes under the gavel at the third session of the William Inglis Australian Easter Yearling sale. Breeder Ian Smith says the filly will go ...

  4. HKJC spends a mere $4.13m for five colts at yearling sale

    Posted Jan 13th 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell on the Gold Coast A relatively thin Hong Kong contingent made only a minor impact on the opening day of the 21st Magic Millions Yearling Sale at Australia's Gold Coast ... price for a yearling at A$1.3 million. The Hong Kong Jockey Club worked a time-honoured yearling sale trick and shopped ultra early, paying A$200,000 for Lot Two, a colt by successful sire ...

  5. Labour of love

    Posted May 28th 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Siu-yuk. 'It's a very important time because we're hopeful that all these first foals go to good homes. But this is just the first stage; next January the yearling sales begin. ... Engelbrecht-Bresges, decided to really crank up the international agenda in 1998, the wheels were really set in motion. Suddenly, Hong Kong horses were competing on the international stage, initially at home ...

  6. Butterfield full of surprises for Wong

    Posted Apr 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Butterfield went very close. Butterfield, a son of shuttle stallion Black Minnaloushe and a Hong Kong International Sale graduate, had shown nothing in two barrier trials. He was thought to be just ... Prebble) close to home to win by a half length, with Stilton (Olivier Doleuze) battling on strongly for third. Wong later claimed the title of 'king of the ISG's'. 'Every ...

  7. Fownes eyes 27 winners by mid-March

    Posted Feb 06th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Caspar Fownes moved to 20 wins for the season and immediately set himself a six-week goal after international sale graduate Pionero ($22.50) completed a double for the leading ... seven minutes of betting before winning the first local race on the programme. 'I was in New Zealand for the yearling sales when he ran at Happy Valley on Wednesday night,' Fownes ...

  8. Danesis proves highlight of big day for Coetzee

    Posted Jul 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... and it was Coetzee's understanding of the big stallion that made the difference in a pace-related race. Danesis is the source of a lot of pride for the men behind the Hong Kong International Sale, not only being a former record-priced graduate but now the biggest earner from the 2006 sale for the current season, earning him the special Jockey Club HK$1 million bonus with this, his fourth victory. ...

  9. Lai all smiles despite day of mixed fortunes

    Posted Apr 06th 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... While the wins ensured the successful local jockey went home smiling, he was highly unimpressed after the Tony Cruz-trained Norman Invader reared as the starter let them go for the seventh event ... during his initial start and for that reason had been kept to the minimum journey. 'Ricky is in Sydney at the sales today but when he gets back we will sit down and discuss where to go ...

  10. Young thoroughbreds impress

    Posted Dec 05th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... doing battle for the hearts and chequebooks of Hong Kong racehorse owners next weekend. Each of the candidates for the latest edition of the Hong Kong International Sale are ready-made racing packages, selected as yearlings at the premier sales around the world and then groomed and educated by outstanding horsemen and women. And those who can perform, and stand up to the most rigorous ...




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