Buyers will need a cool HK$6 million to own a potential star at next week's Hong Kong International Sale, Jockey Club official Mark Player said yesterday. The young thoroughbreds completed a display gallop yesterday in front of prospective buyers, who will return for the annual sale on Saturday. Sha Tin's parade ring will be transformed for the event, which will see the 20 unraced horses go under the hammer. 'It is a smaller catalogue than we have had in recent years, but the quality has certainly not diminished,' said Player, the Jockey Club's head of international races, sale and development. 'Given the success of previous years' drafts I expect strong interest to continue at this year's sale. I could see any one of three horses topping HK$6 million as the highest priced lots this year.' With previous graduates of the sale including champion miler Good Ba Ba, The Duke and Scintillation, Player has good reason to believe the bidding will be fierce despite the economic climate. 'Lot 17, the Mr Greely-Shawklit Delight gelding, will attract plenty of attention. 'He is a lovely chestnut with a deep barrel and American-bred horses have done well in Hong Kong. But there are others who also have a chance to top the sale if two buyers go head-to-head in the sale ring.' Player said the high ratio of stakes-winning graduates of the sale ensured its continued success. 'We sell a select number of hand-picked horses from all over the world,' he said. 'By ensuring we only sell those horses that pass the strictest of veterinary tests we have ensured that buyers can bid with confidence at the sale. We have a terrific record of selecting horses, who not only go on to win races in Hong Kong, but who can compete on the world stage.'' The Hong Kong International Sale has been running for 12 years and its most successful graduate, Good Ba Ba - who was sold for HK$1.7 million in 2004 - has gone on to win more than HK$48 million in prize money and will attempt to win the HK$16 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile for a third time next Sunday.