Thirty well-bred two-year-olds, bought by experts at sales all over the world, put their best foot forward at Sha Tin yesterday. Potential buyers now must do more homework and check with their bank managers. But they will be back for the International Sale, at the Sha Tin Parade ring on Saturday, a boutique sale designed to give owners the closest thing possible to a guaranteed winner. With success stories like Cathay Pacific International Races contenders The Duke and Scintillation having emerged from past catalogues, buyers can approach the sale with confidence. Jockey Club executive director of racing Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges tried diplomatically not to play favourites, but one two-year-old inevitably rose to the top. 'I must admit, I like the Danehill,' he said, referring to lot 15, the bay colt whose pre-sale cost is nearly HK$4.2 million, having been purchased by former champion trainer Ivan Allan. Allan, one of the world's great yearling judges, was the purchaser of Danehill's Group One-winning son Scintillation at this sale four years ago, so he knows what a good Danehill looks like. Whoever buys the Danehill has a lot of blue sky ahead of him, if the colt goes on to perform on the track, as his dam Sister Dot is a half-brother to former American champion two-year-old and sire Dehere. That means stallion potential - think of a number and keep adding zeroes. With holders of replacement permits also eligible to buy at this sale, there will be increased competition. 'I believe this sale will prove good value for money, but I ask buyers to appreciate that world bloodstock prices have gone up 30 to 40 per cent, so they must be aware of this trend when they set their budgets,' Engelbrecht-Bresges said.