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. The club's international racing and sale manager, Mark Player, said the concept had been re-introduced after extensive consultation with owners and trainers showed it would meet with the required level of support. It is intended that successful permit holders will pay around HK$1.2 million, plus costs for the griffins. All the subscription griffins will be sourced from either Australia or New Zealand, the breeding nations that produce the majority of Hong Kong winners. The subscription griffins will be purchased according to the same criteria the club applies to the International Sale griffins, with the horses coming from selected yearling sales and being passed sound by experienced veterinary surgeons with the help of a full set of X-rays of all knees and joints. Although a number of details are still to be finalised, Player said the allocation of lots to successful permit holders would be a process of 'double randomness'. 'Firstly, they must be successful in getting a permit for one of the 25 subscription griffins, and then the members will randomly be allocated one of the griffins,' Player said. 'In that sense, if they are lucky enough to get a permit in the first place, it will be a lottery, they could get any one of the 25 griffins. But we believe, as far as humanly possible, all the yearlings are being bought to the same standard, and by established successful sires.' The club purchased 16 yearlings for A$3.2 million at the Magic Millions, at an average of A$200,000 or roughly the cost of the subscription griffins (HK$1.2 million). Player said the club did not aim to make any profits from the programme. The club also revealed it will begin a series of races limited to International Sale graduates. Again, the plan is only at the broad strokes stage but there is likely to be one such race, probably at 1,200 metres, this year and three at varying distances next year. The club pocketed an unexpected HK$30 million profit from a bumper Hong Kong International Sale last month. But as profit is not the purpose of the exercise, the club wishes to give buyers some added value for their money in the coming seasons.