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China Horse Club Purchase Top NZ Filly
Emerging thoroughbred powerhouse The China Horse Club is set to have its first New Zealand runner next season, reports NZ Racing Desk. The China Horse Club has purchased multiple Group winner Mime (Mastercraftsman-Maidjeu, by Montjeu), who will remain with trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman for her four-year-old career. "She will be the first runner here for us," said the Cambridge-based Michael Wallace, racing and bloodstock manager for the China Horse Club. "She will go down to Hastings for the spring series with more of a focus on the second and third legs." Wallace added: "We've had a few horses educated here and then exported to Singapore and we've got the Power-Octapussy filly bought at Karaka with Tony Pike so we are increasing our involvement." Now a prominent global investor in the industry, the China Horse Club continues to expand its interests with the group wholly or partly owning several top-class stallions including Australia (English Derby), Dissident, Pride of Dubai and Press Statement. They also own a share in last season's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Extreme Choice. Their New Zealand acquisition Mime has won four of her 11 starts, including the Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies' Classic and the Gr3 Sunline Vase. She was spelled after finishing fourth in the Gr1 New Zealand Oaks.