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Commands Son Tops Hong Kong Sale
The March edition of the 2014 Hong Kong International Sale was held on Saturday with 15 lots selling for HK$49.5 million (A$7,064,403), headlined by an Australian-bred son of Commands, reports bloodstock.racingpost.com. The aggregate represented an increase of 4 per cent on the 2013 HKIS (March) auction, while the average (HK$3.3m) rose by 11 per cent compared to last year. Leading Hong Kong trainer Tony Cruz will train the well-related top lot after owner Wong Shing Ngai secured the 2YO with a bid of HK$5.2m (A$741,833). The gelding is out the stakes-placed Bluebird mare Oh So Discreet, making him a half-brother to Gr1 SAJC Australasian Oaks winner Maybe Discreet (Shamardal) and a three-quarter sibling to Gr3 SAJC Springs Stakes winner Just Discreet (Exceed And Excel). The top seller fetched a full HK$1m above the next two most expensive lots, sons of High Chaparral and O'Reilly who were knocked down for HK$4.2m. "All in all it was a good sale," said HKJC executive director of racing Bill Nader. "We had a couple of sires relatively new to Hong Kong, like the New Approach [sold for HK$4m], so there was a good balance in the catalogue, which gave the buyers plenty of choice."