|Collingrove Stud has hit
the jackpot in Asia when two of their homebreds provided the quinella in the weekend's
Royal Treasure, who was formerly known
in Australia as Sarson Trail, took the race in dashing style, beating Gibson (Lands End)
by four lengths.
The winner who is trained by Alan Tam was ridden by
flamboyant French jockey Frankie Dettori.
"It's a fantastic result for everyone at Collingrove
to have bred both the first and second placegetters in one of Asia's most prestigious
races," Collingrove's Adam Sangster said.
Both Sarson Trail and Lands End were stakes winners in
Australia for the Swettenham Stud Syndicate before being sold to Macau.
Sangster said the result was no real surprise.
"We always knew Sarson Trail had a lot of potential
having won a Group Two race in Australia," he said.
In Australia Sarson Trail recorded his best win in the Bill
Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley as a three-year-old.
"People might also remember that
Sarson Trail was actually the favourite for the Group One Sires' Produce Stakes at
Flemington but he got loose before the race and was a late scratching," Sangster
Well known and respected bloodstock agent Mark Pilkington
recommended Sarson Trail to Gordon Benson a Macau trainer, who in turn arranged for the
horse to be sold to clients of fellow trainer Alan Tam.
"Mark felt that Sarson Trail would be well suited in
Macau," Sangster reported.
The win of Royal Treasure was also a boost for Macedon
Lodge trainer John Symons.
It is understood the trainer of Royal Academy's champion
two-year-old of this season Bel Esprit, will be training the full brother to Royal
Treasure (Sarson Trail) after he was sold for $80,000 at last week's Australian Easter
Yearling Sale in Sydney.
The Derby winner is out of the Collingrove mare St Bridgets
Well, a Three Legs mare who was a stakes winner in Sydney.
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