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Zaidan wins the Chesham Stakes Royal Ascot 19.06.2010

Zaidan: Chesham Stakes winner will join John Moore in Hong Kong

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Rabbah sell Zaidan
to Hong Kong

FURTHER evidence of the appeal of British and Irish bloodstock to overseas buyers has come with the purchaseof Chesham Stakes winner Zaidan, who was at one stage mooted as a Kentucky Derby possible by trainer Clive Brittain but will now race in Hong Kong.

The Street Cry colt was owned by Saeed Manana, whose interests are managed by the Darley offshoot Rabbah Bloodstock, and is set to join trainer John Moore after being sold for an undisclosed sum in a deal brokered by Alastair Donald of Kern Lillingston.

"Although we had to really pay up to get him, he could be very exciting and is one of the best two-year-olds we've bought for Hong Kong," said Donald. "I think he's a firm ground horse, which will suit the racing out there, and didn't really handle the easier going on his final two runs. But he looked the real deal at Royal Ascot."

"He'll probably have his first start in April or May but like a lot of the horses, it will be as a four-year-old that hereally comes into his own with the hope that he could be a Derby contender."

Zaidan, a $200,000 yearling is the latest high-profile recruit for Hong Kong, following such as Group 1-placed Xtension and Business As Usual, the 460,000gns top lot at the Tattersalls July Sale.

The recent mares section of the Tattersalls December Sale was boosted by a strong international presence: 54 per cent of purchases have been calculated to have been made by overseas buyers from 29 countries.





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