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JRHA Select Sale catalogue released

The catalogue for Japan’s premier yearling and foal auction, the JRHA Select Sale, has been released with 240 yearlings and 200 foals to go under the hammer in mid-July. Among the yearlings on offer are youngsters out of former Australian and New Zealand mares Absolutely (Redoute’s Choice), Kirramosa (Alamosa), Lumosty (Fastnet Rock) and More Than Sacred (More Than Ready), while Kirramosa’s foal by Lord Kanaloa (King Kamehameha) will be sold, along with a Red Falx (Swept Overboard) colt foal out of Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Southern Speed (Southern Image). The sale will take place on July 13 and 14.

 

Singapore racing off until July

While racing is resuming once again in most jurisdictions around the world, Singapore will not start again until July at the earliest, the Singapore Turf Club announced yesterday. The Club will evaluate throughout June whether it is able to stage meetings at Kranji starting in early July. Singapore has implemented one of the strictest lockdowns worldwide after a second Covid-19 wave swept through the city-state.

 

Purton looks for advantage at Sha Tin

Zac Purton is hoping to make hay under the Sha Tin floodlights tonight with Joao Moreira sitting out the dirt track fixture due to a riding suspension. The star jockeys are inseparable on 123 wins for the season in a gripping tussle for the Hong Kong premiership. Purton has a full book of nine rides, and, with a 12 per cent win strike rate on the dirt track this term against the absent Moreira’s 24 per cent, he is hoping to do enough to edge into an outright lead. “It’s a good opportunity to do that, if I can,” the reigning champ said. “The races on the dirt are never easy to win, especially at the night meetings but hopefully a couple can pop up for me and help me. It would be nice to get something if I could.” Purton has a full book of nine rides tonight.

 

Viva Pataca owner dies

Macau casino patriarch Stanley Ho has died at the age of 98, it was announced yesterday. Ho founded SJM Holdings, the owner of 19 casinos in Macau, but is best known in racing circles as the owner of Hong Kong great Viva Pataca (Marju). Viva Pataca, until recently, was Hong Kong’s highest-earning horse of all time with prize-money of more than HK$83 million; he was passed by Beauty Generation (Road To Rock) last year, whose prize-money haul is now more than HK$104 million. The South China Morning Post reported in 2015 that Viva Pataca was still in Macau in retirement at the request of Ho and his family.