Bubble's about to burst for sky-high yearling sales

Lot 131, a yearling half-brother to Black Caviar, has sold for an record price of AUD $5 million. Photo: EPA

Live long enough and you've seen just about everything at least once before - it is both the benefit and the curse of age. So when people started putting up their hands to pay four and five million Australian dollars for yearlings in Sydney last week, there were the pin jabs of memories past.

Wednesday, 17 April, 2013, 5:18am

Approve shows passion this time

Blue-chip two-year-old Approve put an abysmal first-up trial behind him with a more sound effort on the dirt yesterday, beating a couple more high-priced youngsters who were also out to make amends at Sha Tin.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Club splashes out at Sydney sale

After a three-year hiatus from Australia's premier thoroughbred sale, the Hong Kong Jockey Club made up for lost time when they bought big at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale which ended in Sydney yesterday.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Personal best for Moore's man, but he still rues one that got away this time

With a Mercedes Benz Hong Kong Derby resume that includes winners Viva Pataca and Collection, John Moore and his British agent Alistair Donald have been a formidable combination.

19 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Unfashionable Scottish-bred shoots for stars

The John Moore-trained Jacobee has slipped into Derby contention under the radar and probably won't be one of the 'talk horses', but the Scottish-bred four-year-old is used to that.

18 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Club should give owners a little more incentive

We have highlighted here before that, despite the increases in yearling prices over recent years, Hong Kong owners are still working off purchasing budgets that are some years old and unwilling to budge.

9 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Marwing proves he is perfect replacement

Yesterday started with a hiccup for trainer John Moore, but finished with 'sweet surprise' when substitute rider Weichong Marwing drove Ming Hoi Treasure to a gutsy victory in the Hong Kong Lions Cup (1,800m).

11 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

To pick horses worthy of fronting a stamp, O'Donnell's your man

In 1999 the US Postal Service honoured legendary champion racehorse Secretariat by producing a postage stamp of him. If nothing else it sums up how bizarre life is for a racehorse. If it wins a lot of races, it could grace the front of a stamp. If it loses a lot, it could end up on the back of a stamp.

3 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Throw of the dice works just as well as 'superior judgment'

The win of Kildare in the Bauhinia Sprint last weekend was more than a step up for an exciting young sprinter or a further shot in the arm for the fortunes of trainer Derek Cruz.

It was also a face-saving victory for a concept which looked flawed to begin with and has been moderate in the practice - trainers' syndicates.

14 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Sale prices soar as optimistic owners dig deep

Despite the catalogue being halved by the knock-on effects of equine influenza in Australia, yesterday's Hong Kong International Sale at Sha Tin was an extravaganza, with the Jockey Club sustaining huge and unexpected increases in average and median prices.

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Inspiration can live up to his rich bloodlines

Class One racing makes one of its rare appearances at Happy Valley tonight and it should be the arena for the highly promising three-year-old Inspiration to step in against the heavyweights and come out with the prize in the Cornwall Handicap (1,200m).

18 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Outstanding yearlings for SG concept

The Jockey Club yesterday revealed the reason behind its surprisingly strong buying spree at the Gold Coast Magic Millions sales, with the planned return of the Subscription Griffin (SG) concept.

20 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Magic Millions sale experience of a lifetime for assistant trainers

The Jockey Club's drive to improve the quality of career training for its employees will take on a new perspective this week when three assistant trainers depart Hong Kong for the Magic Millions yearling sale at Australia's Gold Coast.

3 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Better prices will bring better sales

One aspect of the 2006 International Sale we didn't touch on in consideration of the high prices paid recently was that, regardless of what the class of horses do in the coming year or two, they will have laid the foundation for better sales to come.

28 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Jockey Club makes presence felt at New Zealand sale

A NZ$1 million yearling and a strong Hong Kong presence highlighted the opening day of the new Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka, near Auckland, yesterday.

27 Jan 2004 - 12:00am