Sun International has entered the Australian industry at the top-end of the market by purchasing the most expensive foal at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale on Tuesday.
Working closely with Eliza Park, Sun International snapped up 8 lots highlighted by the Fastnet Rock – Sorority Girl colt for $290,000. The only Fastnet Rock colt in the catalogue, he is from a winning half-sister to G2 Maribyrnong Plate winner Happy Giggle.
Other buys included the Exceed And Excel – Up State filly ($250,000) and the Commands – Terrenora ($210,000).
The Sun International Group is a Hong Kong based business operating in Natural Resource Development, Online games and Leisure Resorts.
“We very excited about investing in Australia with Eliza Park,” Sun International’s Cheung Ting Kong said. “It has been a very interesting sale so far and now we’re hoping to pick up some nice mares over the next couple of days.”
Cheung Ting Kong, 37, is popularly known in racing circles as the “Sunshine Man”. He has dozens of horses in work and his most successful galloper has been 2009 Macau Guineas – Macau Derby winner Sunshine Sure Win (King of Roses).
He also filled out the trifecta in the LR Lisboa Juvenile (1200m) in March when NZ bred first-starter Sunshine Region (One Cool Cat) defeated Sunshine Rhythm (Bradbury’s Luck) and Sunshine Spirit (California Dane).