Returning Asian buyers to the fore at Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale
An explosion of interest from Hong Kong and Singapore buyers, who purchased 60 two-year-olds between them, set up a record Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale.
Hong Kong buyers have returned to the fray with gusto at the Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale, with 17 of the top 20 priced two-year-olds on a record day in Sydney destined for a possible future in Hong Kong racing.
Hong Kong participation at the past two editions of this Sale has been muted because of travel restrictions, but after purchasing just 10 horses last year and eight the year prior, Hong Kong buyers secured 31 of the 141 horses sold on Tuesday.
Between them they spent just short of AU$6 million, over 38 per cent of the record gross of AU$15.6 million, while there were several other Hong Kong buyers represented by Australian agents.
The most notable of those agents was Olly Koolman, who bought three of the top six lots on the day on behalf of Hong Kong clients including a Deep Field colt out of Alderney (Lot 110), which is headed to Francis Lui, having been purchased for AU$550,000.
That colt, a half-brother to the winner Riduna, breezed the fastest of any in the catalogue, 10.10 seconds for his 200-metre hit-out.
NEW SALE TOPPER! Olly Koolman goes to $550k – the equal-second highest price for a 2YO at #InglisReady2Race – for this spectacular Deep Field x Alderney colt of Tal and Luke Nolen. He breezed in the fastest time of 10.10secs. pic.twitter.com/GbW2vp8NZh
— Inglis (@inglis_sales) October 11, 2022
Lui, who recently celebrated his 800th winner, will also welcome the third highest priced two-year-old of the day, Lot 136, the No Nay Never colt which Koolman signed for at AU$460,000 from the draft of Baystone Farm. That powerfully built colt is the half-brother to Group 3 winner Marboosha.
Koolman’s third purchase was a first-crop son of Justify, Lot 54, who cost AU$300,000 from WBF Thoroughbreds on behalf of an undisclosed Hong Kong client.