Lightning struck twice for trainer John Moore last night when he again successfully secured the top-priced lot at the Hong Kong International Sale - a handsome colt by champion sire Danehill. But unlike last year when he was forced to go to a record $4.8 million for the colt now known as Dansert Maestro, this year he was able to top the sale with a bid of $3.6 million for a colt by a significantly more successful stallion. The Danehill colt from the American-bred Secretariat mare Secret Truth had made A$360,000 at the Magic Millions Sale in January and by the time he made it to the sale, he owed the Hong Kong Jockey Club $2,089,000. 'He was a beautiful colt and was one of only two horses that I was seriously interested in,' Moore said later. 'The other was lot eight, the Commands colt, which was bought by Cheng Yu-tung for $1.8 million.' Moore said the Secret Truth colt will be owned by Sabrina Chau Sih-ming, the daughter of shipping magnate George Chao and famous former Taiwanese actress Lily Ho. 'George and his family have been racing horses with the Moores for at least 25 years, it's been a wonderful relationship,' Moore added. The International Sale saw an aggregate of $41.5 million for 26 horses sold, down from last year's gross of $49.9 million when 35 youngsters found new homes. But the average was $1.66 million (up 16.9 per cent). And the median was up 33.3 per cent from $1.2 million to $1.6 million. 'We are absolutely delighted with the sale,' said the Jockey Club's executive director of racing, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges. 'I thought it was very sensible this year that people didn't go over the top. 'There was a profit tonight of $7 million on the 26 horses sold, but there are five horses which did not make the sale tonight and that has to be factored in when looking at the profitability. 'But overall, this is not about making profit. This is a value-for-money sale, where we have done everything in our power to provide the owners with a solid racehorse, with much of the risk taken out. I thought it was a very encouraging sale, very balanced.' Engelbrecht-Bresges said there would be a meeting at the Jockey Club next week to de-brief this sale and create a strategy for next year's sale. 'We have to be mindful of the exchange rate, and the Hong Kong dollar is now significantly weaker compared to the Euro, the Australian dollar and the New Zealand dollar,' he continued. 'It's going to be harder to buy suitable horses at sensible prices.' The second most expensive colt was also a Danehill, this one from the Irish River mare Spell On You. The two-year-old had impressed in his breeze-up at Sha Tin last Sunday, running his last 600 metres in 38 seconds and the final 200 metres in 12.24 seconds, and was not expensive at $2.2 million. The colt had an original purchase price of NZ$420,000 and owed the Jockey Club $2.92 million in order to recover all costs.