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Lot 14: record-breaking Fastnet Rock gelding out of Undercover


Rock juveniles dominate Hong Kong Breeze-up

TWO sons of Australian sire sensation Fastnet Rock dominated a strong renewal of the Hong Kong International Sale at Sha Tin on Saturday, each smashing the sale record of HK$7.5 million.

An Australian-bred Fastnet Rock gelding out of Undercover stole the show when selling to Chinese owner Chiu Yung for HK$9 million (£731,707/€879,937). His sale followed that of another popular Fastnet Rock youngster, a gelding out of Verdict Declared, who sold for HK $8 million (£650,407/€782,167) to Liang Guoxing.


In all, 26 two-year-olds changed hands for an all-time high of HK$114.4 million (£9,300,813/€11,184,982), up 21.5 per cent from 2011. However, the average and median were unable to match last year's figures, falling by 6.5 per cent and 13 per cent to HK$4.4 million (£357,724/€420,192) and HK$4 million (£325,203/€391,083).

"It is truly a very unique sale," said William Nader, The Hong Kong Jockey Club's executive director of racing. "When you look at a sale like this, it is always so impressive to experience the kind of atmosphere and enthusiasm we had today.

"Sixteen of the 26 lots sold for HK$4 million or higher, so it was a very strong sale from start to finish. The Fastnet Rock's sold particularly well and Lot 11 (Fastnet Rock out of Verdict Declared) probably held the shortest-lived record in Hong Kong history!"

The sale-topping Fastnet Rock gelding was sourced by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for NZ$300,000 at the Karaka Premier Yearling Sale in New Zealand. A half-brother to four winners, he is out of Undercover, a Covetous half-sister to Listed winner Ain't Seen Nothin'.

The HK$8 million Fastnet Rock gelding is out of Listed winner Verdict Declared and a half-brother to Group 3 scorer A Country Girl. He originally cost A$250,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Other popular lots included a brother to Finsceal Beo, who sold for HK$5.5 million (£447,154/€537,740). The son of Mr Greeley was a 320,000gns purchase by the Hong Kong Jockey Club at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

"It's a rarity to see such an international sale - we have horses from Europe, Australia, USA and New Zealand all very well presented, and there was great depth with an array of stallions from different parts of the world," added Nader.

"In many ways, it was a replica of what Hong Kong racing is - a collection of talent from all over the world, whether people or horses, all coming together to create a great product."


European-breds Hong Kong Int'l Sale results
 Breeding  Yearling price  Re-sale price (£)
 g Holy Roman Emperor - Amber Tide  €100,000 (Goffs Orby)  $4 million (£325,203)
 g Green Desert - Spritzeria  100,000gns (Tatts October)  $4 million (£325,203)
 g Oasis Dream - Marika  180,000gns (Tatts October)  $2.5 million (£203,252)
 g Marju - Opera Comica  48,000gns (Tatts October)  $2.2 million (£178,862
 g Acclamation - Carpet Lady  150,000gns (Tatts October)  $4 million (£325,203)
 c Mr Greeley - Finsceal Beo  320,000gns (Tatts October)  $5.5 million (£447,154)





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