International buyers from the 2011 Magic Millions HIT Sale have been on a hot streak in Australia in recent weeks.
Macau based brothers Nicholas and James Moore have been celebrating with Grand Business who romped to victory at Newcastle on June 20 before doubling up in the Hakka Foods Hcp (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Grand Business (2c All Bar One – Croft by Octagonal) was a $180,000 graduate of the 2011 National HIT Sale after originally going through the Gold Coast ring as a yearling for $40,000. He is raced by Macau businessman Lai Chan Cheong and was stakes placed on debut at Eagle Farm before moving south from Norm Hilton to Chris Waller.
“He will have another run before a break,” Waller said. “But it’s too late to go to the paddock. He will stay in the stable and be rock hard for the early spring races.”
Grand Business is by deceased Oakland Stud sire All Bar One from Woodlands homebred Croft. She was a Warwick Farm winner and is a half-sister to the dams of G1 winners Benfica (Lonhro) and Neroli (Viscount).
Team Moore also purchased a Nadeem – Seven Stars colt at the 2011 HIT Sale for $220,000 on behalf of Chinese based businessman Ye Hanqiang. Now known as Happy Galaxy, he overcame greenness for an outstanding debut win at Geelong on Tuesday.
Nicholas and James were active at the Magic Millions National Sale earlier this month. Under the guiding hand of their trainer father Gary, the brothers bought a Lonhro – Paris Tryst filly for $160,000. The dam is a daughter of Let’s Elope.
Hong Kong based bloodstock agent Justin Bahen is another to have tasted success from the 2011 HIT Sale. He paid $50,000 for a Bradbury’s Luck who made a perfect start to his racing career at Bendigo on June 17. Named The Copper Sun, he is trained by Patrick Payne for Ting Kong Cheng.
Other early winners from the 2011 HIT Sale for Australians include promising juveniles Tear it Up, Heartfelt Quest and The Storeman.
The record is just as impressive abroad with Singapore G2 winner Pitstop joined by other international winners Golden Prince, Music Vault, Penetrator, Salute to Heaven, Cheonji Bulpae, Chogwang and Raffiner.
Entries for the 2012 Magic Millions National HIT Sale close on July 27.