Swettenham Stud celebrated Australian horses’ birthday with a warm welcome to members of the Hong Kong Racehorse Owners Association on Wednesday.
Among the guests at Adam Sangster’s Nagambie nursery were HKROA president Paul Wrobel and secretary Apollo Ng.
New Swettenham sire Master of Design was paraded and Ng was particularly impressed by the son of Redoute’s Choice. Ng is well-known in Australia for racing numerous winners with trainers like Gai Waterhouse and Clarry Connors.
“Master Of Design was a Group 1 winner of the T J Smith at Randwick and it’s been a race for champions with winners like Black Caviar, Takeover Target and Apache Cat,” Ng said. “He looks a very exciting sire prospect.”
Master Of Design will make a public appearance at the annual parade of Victoria’s new stallions at Oaklands Junction on Thursday August 16. The parade will take place at 12 noon prior to the opening session of the Inglis August Sale.
Master Of Design will stand his first season at Swettenham Stud for a $12,500 (inc gst) service fee.
Ng also inspected the first northern hemisphere foals by Swettenham shuttler Equiano on a recent trip to England. “He really stamps them,” Ng explained. “They’re strong types, well-made and look like athletes.”
Swettenham’s foal-watch team expect the first Victorian bred Equiano foals in the next week. Studmaster Alan Morton anticipates Plus Jamais will be at the head of the queue. She is a Redoute’s Choice daughter of Saratoga G1 mare Nevermore (Unbridled).
Hidden Energy (Dehere) is another mare carrying a early PPT. She was G1 placed in the SAJC Robert Sangster Stakes and is a half-sister to Swettenham sire Kaphero.
Anna Dana (Chester House) is also due in the next week or two. She was stakes placed in Kentucky and her dam is a half-sister to Street Cry.
Equiano returns to Swettenham for a second southern book for a fee of $13,000 (inc gst).
Vision of Equiano and his first English foals taken in May can be viewed here.
HONG KONG TOUR
Members of the HK ROA pictured at Swettenham on 1 August