Da Vista wins Macau Jockey Club Trophy

A delegation from the Macau Jockey Club led by Chief Executive Thomas Li were on hand at the Magic Millions HIT Sale last week and they also attended the Gold Coast races on Saturday.

The Macau Jockey Club sponsored the MJC Goodwill Trophy at the Gold Coast and victory went to local gelding Da Vista.  He is trained by Mal Eggleston but had been winless since winning two of his first three starts at Orange in May 2009.

Da Vista (5g Untouchable – Sight by Luskin Star) is a half-brother to versatile gelding Precise Timing (Johann Quatz) who won 18 races including the G3 Launceston Cup and Listed Toowoomba Cup.  Their dam is a half-sister to G1 Nakayama Sprinters Stakes winner Ultra Fantasy (Encosta de Lago).

Untouchable (Danehill) was originally part of Darley’s Australian roster and his dam Canny Miss is a three-quarter sister – in – blood to Darley’s Group 1 sire Canny Lad.

He transferred to Akaroa Thoroughbreds near Grafton in 2009.  There are 92 winners of 183 races from his first three crops but none have graduated to black-type level.

The Macau Jockey Club visitors were active at the Magic Millions HIT Sale last week.  Their top three buys were a Minardi colt from Kolora Lodge for $100,000, a Sequalo colt from Centaur Park for $70,000 and a Written Tycoon gelding from Dartbrook Downs for $33,000.