Press Statement winning friends in Hong Kong

Gold Coast trainers Bryan & Daniel Guy will send stable newcomer Mocial Chief to town following an impressive maiden victory last week.

The Press Statement gelding has done well since winning the Sirromet Hcp (1350m) at Ipswich and his next assignment will be over the same distance at Doomben on January 7.

Mocial Chief transferred north last month and broke through second-up after circling the field for Michael Rodd last Thursday.  “It’s great to get that win as quickly as we did,” Bryan Guy said.  “He came up from Sydney in good order so it was just a matter of figuring the horse out and finding the right race.

“His owner is from Hong Kong and the agent that recommended us to him has been a good client to the stable over a long period.  It seems the word is spreading about our stable in Hong Kong so we must be doing something right.  It has been a tough year for the people up there but if we can keep getting them winners and keep them happy then we are happy.”

Mocial Chief (3g Press Statement – Total Response by Kheleyf) was a $105,000 buy for Agile Thoroughbreds at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.  Bred by China Horse Club, he was offered by Sledmere Stud (as agent) and is the first foal of a mare who was stakes-placed in a Te Rapa juvenile for Mike Moroney.

Sledmere Stud graduate Spring Heat is currently quoted a $11 for her next Group 1 test in the Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.  The More Than Ready mare was Group 1 placed at Trentham earlier this year.

Rodd believes Mocial Chief will mature into a decent middle-distance horse.  “He still has a lot to learn but does have ability.  We probably got to the front too early last week and he didn’t know how to attack the line but that will come in time.  He’s only young and lightly-raced and when he figures it all out the owners are going to have a bit of fun.”

Press Statement has several unraced 3yo expats from his first crop based in Hong Kong with trainers like Michael Chang, Ricky Yiu, Dennis Yip and Frankie Lor who won a Sha Tin trial with Hurry Hurry Gain last Tuesday.

Hurry Hurry Gain (3g Press Statement – Stolen Girlfriend by Canny Lad) is owned by Deborah Ho and is a younger half-brother to Flemington Stakes winner One For One.  He was subsequently exported and has won three races to date at Sha Tin for Yip racing as Hinyuen Swiftness.

Press Statement stands at Vinery and is a Top 5 stallions on the Australian second-season winners table with 13 individual winners.

His current 2yo crop includes the Hong Kong-owned colt California Press with Snowden Racing.  A younger brother to Randwick winner Giovanna Run, he was sold by Vinery (as agent) for $190,000 at the 2020 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

Their dam Giovanna Bella (Iffraaj) has a Press Statement filly catalogued by Vinery, as agent for Tony Muollo, at the 2021 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale on February 7.  She will parade early in the first session as Lot 5 at Riverside Stables.