The 3-year-old Hussonet gelding out of champion Almah sold to Peter Lau for HK$10.5 million.
Hussonet, sire of 30 grade I or group I winners and 20 champions, died from a stroke the morning of March 21 at Cornerstone Stud in Angaston, South Australia.
Glorious Days, in his first start since June, came running down the middle of the track to win the Longines Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) by three-quarters of a length over Gold-Fun Dec. 8 at Sha Tin.
A son of Hussonet became the most expensive horse that was sold during the William Inglis & Son Sydney Classic yearling sale when he commanded Aust$140,000 ($147,111 in U.S. funds) Jan. 24.
Six horses were sold for Aust$100,000 (approximately $65,481 in U.S. funds) or more during the second session of the BMW Magic Millions Perth yearling sale Feb. 12 in Australia. The results through the first two days were 175 horses sold, a gross of Aust$6,876,500 (approximately $4,502,801), and an average price of Aust$32,294 ($21,146).
With the runaway success of Hussonet as a sire since relocating to Australia four years ago, comes the influx of his sons too. On July 29 it was announced his son Seinne (Hussonet-White Lady, by Worldwatch) would find a new zip code in Australia.
Australian industry leader John Messara has continued his international expansion by entering into a breeding agreement with one of the world's most famous racing and breeding figures, the Aga Khan.
More Than Ready, who figures to top this season's Australian 2-year-old sires list, has had his stud fee bumped to $110,000 (approximately $103,000 in U.S. funds) for this year's Australian bookings.
Two weeks ago Timeform rated Aussie sensation Weekend Hussler the best 3-year-old in the world. Some people raised their eyebrows at the lofty moniker, but you couldn't ignore his astonishing five group I wins in a season.
In the group I Royal Randwick Guineas in Australia, brothers Brad and Nash Rawiller thrill the crowd by finishing inches apart.
The AUS$1 million Arrowfield Blue Diamond Stakes (Aus-I) at Caulfield on Feb. 23, the first of three mega juvenile races in Australia over the next four weeks, was taken out by a familar combination in jockey Dwayne Dunn along with trainer David Hayes.
Despite being the baby of the field and having not raced for four months, Weekend Hussler easily won the Oakleigh Plate (Aus-I) over 5 1/2 furlongs at Caulfield in Australia on Feb. 23.
In his second start for new trainer Tom Albertrani, Host takes the Canadian Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Host, a grade I winner for owner Eugene Melnyk, has been bought by an Australian group that will stand him at stud.
Two country stakes winner, Australian-bred mare Alinghi has produced her first foal, a filly by Hussonet in Australia. The foal was born at Arrowfield Stud in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.
Rising superstar Weekend Hussler easily wins Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington.
Champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice will stand at a record Australian service fee of $300,000 plus GST this spring.
The top of the market was up, the middle market increased, and now the bottom end of the Keeneland September sale is showing signs of intense strength.
Australian sire Redoute's Choice has had his 2006 fee raised to A$275,000 (approximately $209,000) at John Messara's Arrowfield Stud near Scone in New South Wales.
Chilean-bred Trotamondo, making just his second start after 11 months off for trainer Laura de Seroux, bulled his way to the lead in the final stages to win the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park Saturday.
In his first start since February, the Chilean-bred outsider Host came from last on the backstretch to collar Vanderlin in deep stretch for a neck victory in the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland Saturday.
Evening Attire emerged from the foggy turn for home to take the lead in the stretch, but the Chilean-bred Host finished better to take the $150,000 Knickerbocker Handicap (gr. IIT) on Breeders' Cup Saturday at Aqueduct.
Chilean stakes winner Hipocrite has been bought by Triumph Racing Stable and will continue her racing career in the U.S. in the Triumph colors.
Hussonet, a leading son of Mr. Prospector who is standing his first North American season at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington, has joined the elite club of stallions that have sired more than 50 stakes winners.
Hussonet, whose daughter Wild Spirit won the Sept. 13 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I), will stand at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington in 2004.
Trainer Bobby Frankel didn't have his big gun for Saturday's $300,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I), but his replacements in the race, Wild Spirit and You proved more than capable back-ups, posting a one-two finish.
Wild Spirit, ridden by Jerry Bailey, romped to a six-length triumph in Sunday's $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Delaware Park.
Arrowfield Stud will spark a new era in Australian breeding this year with the addition of three internationally renowned first-time shuttle stallions to its sire roster
Amerman racing Stables' Printemps, who had been chasing graded stakes competition without success in her last seven races, found the restricted Paseana Handicap to her liking at Santa Anita Wednesday.
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