Members Only: Inside the Hong Kong International Sale

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The gorgeous paddock at Sha Tin provides the setting for the Hong Kong International Sale The gorgeous paddock at Sha Tin provides the setting for the Hong Kong International Sale

Hong Kong doesn’t have its own breeding program – the land required is too scarce and too expensive. Instead, Hong Kong imports its Thoroughbreds from around the world. Not only do connections buy their own horses, but the Hong Kong Jockey Club also purchases promising runners from other countries, pays for their training and development, and offers them at auction.

Those who want to get in on the bidding pay dues to become members of the Jockey Club, but that doesn’t assure them a chance to buy. It’s one of several differences between the Hong Kong sales and the kind you might see elsewhere.

Saturday, as Sha Tin Racecourse prepared for its biggest day of the year, the Jockey Club held its December Sale. The Paulick Report’s Scott Jagow was on hand to share with us the unique experience.

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  • G. Rarick

    One more example of all the things Hong Kong does that make it so amazing. Every trainer has wet dreams about a place where owners are on a waiting list and every horse in the sale is practically guaranteed to win a race!

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