How’s this for the severe internationalization of racing and breeding: An Irish-bred colt by the leading sire in Australia is offered at a French yearling sale with a pedigree that features a Brazilian Group 3 winner in the 1st dam and a French-bred Argentine champion miler in the 2nd dam; he’s purchased by a representative of the Hong Kong Jockey Club to be trained at 2 in Europe for eventual resale in Hong Kong in 2010.
The yearling in question is Hip No. 42 from the recently concluded Arqana yearling sale in Deauville. Consigned by Haras du Mezeray, the bay colt is a son of Coolmore sire Encosta de Lago out of Barlaine, by Unfuwain. Barlaine, though bred in Ireland, was raced in Brazil, where she won a race. She produced the Brazilian Group 3 winner Heckie. The next dam, Yoko, was bred in France and produced the French-bred colt Riton, who became a champion miler in Argentina. The great Brazilian breeder Lineo Eduardo de Paula Machado, who bred horses at his Haras Sao Jose e Expedictus, controlled this family and was well known in the US as the owner and breeder of Brazilian-bred US Grade 1 winner Siphon.
This yearling colt was purchased for €90,000 at Arqana by Mark Player on behalf of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Mr. Player is the head of international races, sales, and development at HKJC, and no doubt the success of the Australian-bred Encosta de Lago horse Sacred Kingdom played a role in the purchase. Sacred Kingdom has won three Group 1 races in Asia: The prestigious Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint and Chairman’s Sprint Prize at Sha Tin in Hong Kong and the International Sprint at Kranji in Singapore.