Massive Offer Knocked Back For Gelding

Having fun with some big races ahead...

In the current global climate, it takes serious confidence and genuine belief in your horse and racing to turn down an offer of the equivalent of more than R36 million.

Masked Crusader, a gelded 3yo son of Toronado, was conspicuous by his scratching at Rosehill Gardens last Saturday morning after suffering a reported stone bruise.

But the noise surrounding the exciting gelding refuses to abate any time soon.

The current race record for Masked Crusader is 3 wins from 4 starts with prizemoney of A$100,275.00. He was originally purchased for A$340 000.

Watch the moment he was bought below:

Managing owner Rupert Legh, who is no stranger to racing elite racehorses, and his fellow owners eschewed the notion of a bird in the hand being worth two in the bush.

Instead, they have decided to turn their collective back on an offer of over A$3 million from Hong Kong interests in the belief that the riches on offer in Australia for the son of High Chaparral sire-son Toronado could be worth more than that.

According to, Legh said:“We may regret knocking it back, but I don’t think we will… When you have got a horse like this and you look at the sprinting ranks out there at the moment, they are all retiring, and you have got races coming up like The Everest, the TJ, the Darley, Newmarkets – all these sorts of races.”

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