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30/01/02 Hennessy Colt Stuns Crowd at Karaka
An undisclosed Australian breeder would be rubbing his hands together this afternoon after the sale of his Hennessy colt for a staggering $525,000 during the third session of the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka.

Sold by Cambridge based Ascot Farm, the chestnut colt from the lightly raced Irish River mare Romantic River exceeded most people's expectations when he was knocked down for more than half a million dollars.

The colt was destined to be purchased by Hong Kong interests. The winning buyer was Willie Leung acting for a Hong Kong client, while New Zealand Bloodstock's International Bloodstock Manager, John Cameron was the underbidder - again acting for a buyer based in Hong Kong.

Hennessy, a Group One winner of four races in the United States, is the sire of the world champion two-year-old Johannesburg. His oldest local progeny are three-year-olds and include Courvoisier, Allez France, Disect and Call Me Henry.

The Australian born colt is the current session three sales topper, although he is expected to be overtaken by the Danehill-Tristalove colt (a full brother to Viking Ruler) who goes through the ring later today.

The colt (ex Romantic River) was the third Hennessy yearling to be sold today. Earlier two other colts were sold for $82,500 and $50,000.

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