Happy Hour, a R1,1-million yearling by Silvano sold to the Hong Kong Jockey Club at the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, fetched a whopping $HK4,5-million (approximately R9.9-million) at the Hong Kong International Sale held at Sha-Tin on Friday.
The bay gelding, bred by Maine Chance Farms, was sold to Hong Kong-based Shi Lop Tak Allen, who has horses in training with Brett Crawford in South Africa, including unbeaten Invincabelle, a facile winner at Kenilworth earlier this week.
Happy Hour, who is likely to be renamed, will be going into training with Tony Millard, who wrote on Instagram: “He’s a lovely, leggy horse, we look forward to seeing this Silvano on the racetrack next season.”
The gelding is the seventh foal of Happy Ever After (National Assembly), whose previous runners include Gr1 winner Happy Valentine and Gr2 winner Happy Forever.
An eye-catching half-brother to G1 winner Volatile Mix drew a clinching bid of HK$7.2 million to top the sale.
The gelding, catalogued as Lot 8, is by the top Australian sire and noted speed influence I Am Invincible, out of the Group 3-placed High Chaparral mare Utopia.
Mr. William Nader, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Director of Racing Business and Operations, said: “This was a very good sale, it exceeded our expectations. Overall, we have to be pleased with the results and it might be a good sign for the economy in Hong Kong that things could be rebounding, because the money was with us tonight.”