Two owners of prominent players in today's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby spent big on the eve of the classic, with Peter Law King-sang and Cheng Keung-fai giving equal-top prices of HK$6.5 million at yesterday's Hong Kong International Sale (part two). Cheng has Danesis, for which he gave a record HK$7.5 million at this sale two years ago, in the Derby field, while Law's familiar yellow and red colours will be carried by Christophe Soumillon aboard Jackpot Delight. Cheng was the successful bidder for Lot 13, a colt by Encosta de Lago from Lane's End, while Law spent his HK$6.5 million securing Lot 11, by Redoute's Choice from the Thunder Gulch mare Let's Get Even. The businessmen have enjoyed plenty of action at the track over the past year, especially Cheng, who has seven wins between Danesis (three) and Egyptian Ra (four), while Law has won three with Royal Delight, as well as a third place in the Hong Kong Sprint, plus the one recent win of Jackpot Delight. The second part of the HKIS came about due to knock-on effects of equine influenza in Australia, with that country's horse population locked down in early September and the Hong Kong-destined horses were unable to be moved until last month. So yesterday, 13 highly bred youngsters made their way belatedly to new owners and created just as much of a stir as the 17 that preceded them in December. In fact, yesterday's group marginally outsold the December team, with the late arrivals grossing HK$57.4 million at an average of HK$4,415,385. In December, the 17 youngsters brought an aggregate of HK$75 million but averaged HK$4,411,765. Amazingly, each session of the sale brought an identical median price of HK$4.5 million. The two sessions combined to give the club a record result of HK$132.4 million. Jockey Club international racing and sale manager Mark Player said the results were ' very gratifying, very exciting' and he thanked the owners for their vote of confidence. 'The owners clearly have a great level of confidence now in this sale, and right across the 13 horses offered today, there wasn't a weakness in demand,' Player said. He might have added that the cheapest horse at the sale, at HK$3 million, was the same price as the dearest lot two years ago. Although the HKIS was not created to make a profit, but rather to provide a service to club owners, demand was such that the club showed an after-expenses profit of HK$20 million on the 13 sale horses. Later, lots were drawn for 20 subscription griffins, with owners giving the club HK$1.2 million for the right to be randomly allocated a horse, also chosen by Player and his team at major sales around Australia and New Zealand early last year.