Hong Kong buyers home in on Hosts

Swettenham Stud sire Host (Chi) has broken through the $1 million prizemoney mark this season after Philippi was awarded the G2 Alister Clark Stakes by Racing Victoria.

Philippi had initially finished second to Hvasstan in the Moonee Valley feature on March 15.  His earnings from the event rose from $39,600 to $135,500 when first past the post was relegated after returning a positive swab.

Philippi has been sold to continue his career in Hong Kong and Host’s latest winner Name The Day could join him there later this year.

Name The Day scored a dominant four-length victory in the Anthony Scopelitis Memorial (1800m) at Morphettville on Saturday.  “He’s just kept improving the more we’ve done with him,” trainer Craig Curtis said.  “He’s not overly big but has really thickened out.

“He was as wild as Ned Kelly early on and is only just maturing.  I deliberately bought him to wait for these races and now he’s delivering.”

Name The Day should be unbeaten.  He won a Murray Bridge maiden by three lengths on April 24 and was a good thing beaten when going down a nose at Morphettville on May 25.  “I’ve had an offer from Hong Kong but it wasn’t anywhere near enough,” Curtis revealed on Saturday.  “We always have the option of sending him over to Melbourne.”

The Morphettville result made it winning treble for Host in the last week.  He was already poised to pass seven figures when Sky Host and Host Of The Party doubled up at Geelong on Tuesday.

Name The Day (3g Host – Thorpedo by Thunder Gulch) was a $10,000 buy at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Autumn yearling sale.  He’s a direct descend of Mapperley Heights (Sir Tristram) who carried Swettenham’s colours to a G1 victory in the 1984 South Australian Derby.

Host’s oldest are three year-olds and there have been 24 winners of 34 races from that first crop.  Swettenham will stand him for a $9,900 (inc gst) fee this year.

– Karl Patterson