Tattersalls record-breaker heads to Hong Kong

Business As Usual shattered the record for Tattersalls’ July Sale on Thursday night when selling for 460,000gns to race in Hong Kong.  The lightly-raced three-year-old by former Chatswood shuttler Invincible Spirit had many big-budgeted admirers last night.

Day 3 figures at the July Sale were up across the board with a total of 138 lots sold for 2.06 million guineas at an average of 14,993 guineas which was up 17% on the 2009 session.   The clearance rate was an impressive 87%.

Business As Usual has run just four times for trainer Michael Jarvis and owner Paul Makin, most recently when beating subsequent Britannia Handicap winner Ransom Note at Newmarket in May.

After agents Gordian Troeller and Anthony Stroud dropped out, David Redvers lasted beyond the 400,000gns mark with Qatari trainer Ibrahim Al-Malki coming off under-bidder to Alastair Donald of Kern Lillingston.

“He’s been bought to join trainer John Moore in Hong Kong and he’s had a lot of winners from Britain, including Viva Pataca and Collection,” said Donald.   “Hopefully this will be a Hong Kong Derby horse.”

Top price from the quality consignment of Jim Bolger’s Glebe House Stables in Ireland proved to be the 75,000 guineas paid by locally based agent Oliver St Lawrence for the well regarded three year old Book Of Numbers.

A three time winner by Vinery shuttler More Than Ready was purchased on behalf of St Lawrence’s principal client Fawzi Nass and looks likely to continue his career either in Bahrain or Dubai.

1 Guinea = AUD 1.89