Harvey stays in market-place after Magic Millions National Sale

Magic Millions owner Gerry Harvey has placed Saturday’s promising Te Rapa winner Conceptual (NZ) on the market.

Conceptual (2g Conatus – Frolicsome by Encosta de Lago) won the DD Bloodstock Hcp (1200m) less than 24 hours after the marathon Magic Millions National Sale concluded on the Gold Coast.

Potential buyers will no doubt have to dig deeper after his success on Saturday.  “Gerry’s got a lot of horses – if he doesn’t get sold then we will look ahead to better things,” Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley said.  “He’s not very big, but he is tough.”

Conceptual had been a beaten favourite on debut at Avondale last month but was doing his best work late in the 800m scamper to finish fourth.  “It was a good run after he missed the jump,” Tiley said.  “I told Opie (Bosson) to hold him up as long as he could as he might be a bit vulnerable in the last 100 metres.”

The race panned out perfectly with Conceptual enjoying a good run one off the fence behind the pace and he finished off stoutly when asked for an effort in the run home.  He had half a length to spare over the debutante Vitesse Rose (Flying Spur) with Designated Driver (Danroad) finishing well for third.

“He did everything right after getting a little bit lost last time,” Bosson said. “I was really confident with him – he’s got a motor.”

Meanwhile, Harvey is negotiating to stand French-bred star Reliable Man at his NZ based Westbury Stud.

Reliable Man won the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick in April but injured his off-fore tendon in running.  ‘‘I spoke to a number of leading Kiwi breeders to see if they would be interested in a share and the response was all positive,’’ Harvey said.  ‘‘I have made an offer to buy the horse and am in the process of finalising a syndicate.’’

Reliable Man (5h Dalakhani – On Fair Stage by Sadler´s Wells) won the 2011 French Derby for owner-breeder Sven Hanson and the Pride Racing Club.  He was raced in Australia by Rob Ferguson, Andrew Ramsden and Gerard Peterson, who each bought a 10% share from the wiss-based businessman.

Hanson bred Reliable Man’s dam On Fair Stage out of his 1978 English, Irish and Yorkshire Oaks winner Fair Salinia.  He also raced 1997 G1 Underwood Stakes winner Always Aloof (Alleged) in Australia.