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Querari Star For Hong Kong

Sale could be confirmed soon

Monks Hood, the brilliant winner of the Gr2 Gauteng Guineas ten days ago and winner too of the Gr2 Dingaans, is in the process of being sold to a Hong Kong owner.

Monks Hood – should be suited to Hong Kong tracks

A lot of the necessary veterinary tests and red tape procedures have already been finalised for the Wilgerbosdrift Stud-owned Querari gelding, but the sale has not yet been finalised by the pending new owner.

Trainer Alistair Gordon said, “It is a hard one to lose a horse of this calibre, but every horse has its price.”

Hong Kong is one of the few countries in the world where average stakes returns per horse is more than the average cost of ownership, so Monks Hood will have a good chance of recouping his cost price.

The process for the next overseas shipment from the Kenilworth quarantine station is expected to start in June, depending on the numbers. If it does go ahead, Monks Hood can only expect to reach Hong Kong by the end of November after the arduous journey via Mauritius and Europe.



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9 comments on “Querari Star For Hong Kong

  1. Chris says:

    I feel heart sore for Alistair.Surely the owners do not need the money.A horse like this would and may be has brought back the glory days for someone who deserved a top horse.

    1. Bugs Bunny says:

      Owners definitely do not need the money, esp since this was a potential stallion for their farms but it must have been a hugely silly offer (by SA standards) and HK owners can afford that if a horse does decently in HK.

      Maybe it was a factor that the horse himself is not that well bred, champion that he is.

      1. Editor says:

        He’s a gelding Bugs

  2. Bugs Bunny says:

    Singapore Sling effect?

  3. Kay says:

    Even sending the horse to Mike de Kock to race overseas would have been better from a SA racing enthusiast’s point of view. I agree with Chris the owners don’t need the money for sure!

  4. Izak Berg says:

    Can only be an ambassador for SA racing. You Go Monks Hood. There should be a lot of interest in his full brother at the National Yearling Sales. Congratulations to all concern especially to the breeders from the Eastern Cape. Benmarne Stud. The late Ben Botha, Arne Botha and Marie Botha.

  5. Michael Jacobs says:

    Very dissapointing and hard to understand. This is a horse racing family which has always strived to race the best horses in SA and overseas, I suppose the fact that they did not breed it and thst it is a gelding gave them no connection to the horse.

  6. Sandhiran Govender says:

    Such a pity . A good horse that would have represented KZN with a good trainer is out the window. Sad for Alistair G

  7. Rick says:

    Every commodity has a right price, the big picture is
    1. he is a gelding – stakes on offer just don’t compare.
    2. If he does well in Hong Kong the buyers in that region will come back and spend here instead of Australia etc,
    3. The HK/China market could be a game changer for SA racing & breeding

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