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NZB Festival Sale: NZ Chinese Jockey Club Buy Super Easy Colt
Purchasers of yesterday's highest priced Lot, the New Zealand Chinese Jockey Club bid to $90,000 to secure Hallmark Stud’s Super Easy colt at Lot 1132 from the winning O’Reilly mare Astrogal. Destined for the Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs stable, the group’s CEO Alan Fu is pleased with how the concept has been received. “There’s been interest from the local Chinese community to invest in racehorse ownership for some time but the general perception out there was that it’s a very expensive sport. We’ve put a lot into changing that perception, educating people and answering their questions," said Fu. “We hope the Super Easy colt can be a Karaka Million horse and earlier in the Sale we also bought into a Power colt with David Ellis." Paul Moroney Bloodstock outlaid the most in the Festival Sale, spending $171,500 on four Lots including colts by Redwood and Roc de Cambes and fillies by Dalghar and Showcasing with fellow local agent Phill Cataldo outlaying $131,000 for five Lots. Victorian-based trainer Paddy Payne was the most active of the internationals with five Lots bought for $113,000 and his top price paid being $55,000 for an imposing Shocking colt at Lot 1179. The session’s leading vendor was Haunui Farm who traded 12 horses in total for $193,000 including a top price of $40,000 for Lot 1241 to Hong Kong-based Tartan Meadow Bloodstock.