In an historic moment for South African breeders, the Hong Kong Jockey Club will offer the first South African bred 2yo at its International Sale this Saturday. To be offered as Lot 12, the son of Al Mufti is an October foal out of Night Spot (by Waterville Lake). Purchased at the South Africa National Yearling Sale some 6 months ag for R600,000, the colt enters the sale with a pre-sale cost of HK$1.237 million.  

Al Mufti has already sired 2 winners of 5 races in Hong Kong: Arabian Wager - 4 wins over 1000m, HK$2,011,800), Devon Flair - Winner at 1400m, HK$684,450. In South Africa Al Mufti was ARCSA Champion Sire 1999/2000, Champion Freshman Sire, and Champion 2YOSire 1998/99. He is also the sire of first season sire (and Champion Sprinter) Cataloochee at Summerhill.

The 2YO’s breeding is impeccable being a half brother to 7 winners including the Gr 2 winner (Gr 1 placegetter) of seven races American Badger. His dam - Night Spot - is a half sister to London News (ARCSA Champion 3YO Colt & Joint Horse of the Year in 1995, Horse of the Year & Champion Older Male in 1996. 10 wins in South Africa and Hong Kong, R2,029,060, HK$2,900,000, £12,255, inc. The Classic., Gr. 1, Daily News 2000.,Gr. 1, Rothman July., Gr. 1, Queen’s Plate., Gr. 1, J&B Met., Gr. 1, HKJC Queen Elizabeth Cup., HK-2.) , Trafalgar House, Underground Lady (dam of Lady Brompton), Wicked Rose, Blue Shade, Dancing Blues, Secret Pact (dam of Promisefrommyheart, Secret Heart, London Niece), So Happy (dam of Superwood, Merriment), Recondite (dam of Shafii) etc.

International Manager for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Mark Player, said “This is a really important step. It is a recognition of the achievements of South African bred thoroughbreds on the international stage in recent years, particularly via their ongoing success in Dubai and then further afield. It is also another market for Hong Kong owners to source horses from. There may be only one two year old this year but we would like to see that number grow in years to come. The goal is to find horses that will perform well in Hong Kong for our members.”