Coastwatch bound for Macau

Sells for $500,000 during the latest Inglis Digital Online Sale

COASTWATCH winning the Autumn Stakes at Caulfield in Australia.
COASTWATCH winning the Autumn Stakes at Caulfield in Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

Coastwatch (Fastnet Rock) topped the Inglis Digital May (Early) Online Sale on Wednesday and will continue his racing career in Macau after being bought by A P Chan for $500,000. He was one of four Chris Waller-trained and Coolmore and partners-owned three-year-olds sold during the sale with the quartet making $1.475 million.

O'President (Fastnet Rock) was bought by A Value Consulting for $435,000, Starman (Zoustar) was bought by Chris Waller Racing for $300,000 and Willie Leung bought Cape Breton (Vancouver) for $240,000.

"On behalf of the ownership group we are extremely grateful to Inglis for the time and effort they put in to promoting these talented horses,'' Coolmore's Racing Manager Rob Archibald said.

"We had confidence in what we were offering to the market and it is such a great platform to showcase quality bloodstock to a diverse buying bench.

"We wish all the new owners the very best of luck with them and thank Chris Waller and his team for managing their careers so well.''

Coastwatch's purchaser Mr Chan hopes that the son of Fastnet Rock (Danehill) will to on to perform on the international stage.

"Coastwatch will be a wonderful addition to the current population of horses in Macau and I would like to see him representing Macau to run in the Hong Kong Macau Cup and even The Dubai World Cup Carnival,'' Mr Chan said.

"I enjoy my experience as a racehorse owner in Macau, the horsemen and operators there are doing a good job and they deserve to have a good horse of this quality to run for them on the international stage.

"My thanks go to Inglis for providing such a rare opportunity of buying a Group 2-winning and Group 1 placed three-year-old gelding.

Dr Alan Lee of A Value Consulting said that the new owner of O'President is yet to decide whether the gelding will continue his career in Australia or Hong Kong.

"O'President really impressed us with his second placing in The Coast last weekend, we expect he will have plenty of improvement to come and be challenging Group races again soon,'' De Lee said.

"The owner in Hong Kong has not decided yet whether to race in Australia or ship the horse immediately to Hong Kong. Either way, we are sure O'President will perform in top class races where ever he ends up next.

"The HKJC has just increased the special Class 3 winner prizemoney to HK$1m for imported raced horses. This decision led to my client increasing his budget to be able to purchase a very good horse such as O'President.

"We thank Inglis for having this online platform to buy such good options, there is something there for us all of the time.''

Also heading to Asia is multiple Sydney Metro winner Cape Breton, who was purchased by Magnus Equine's Willie Leung.

"I purchased him on behalf of a Hong Kong client," Leung said.

"He has good, solid form in Sydney as well as Queensland and looks to be a big, strong horse that moves well.

"I love the sire Vancouver, a son of Medaglia d'Oro who is the sire of Hong Kong champion Golden Sixty who I also purchased.

"I am very happy we were able to secure Cape Breton via an Inglis Digital Online Sale, which allows clients a variety of choice when it comes to sourcing quality horses."

Lightly-raced gelding Starman will remain in the Chris Waller stable after they bought out Coolmore and partners to secure the son of Zoustar (Northern Meteor), who recently trialled impressively at Rosehill against O'President and Home Affairs (I Am Invincible).

The May (Early) gross of more than $4 million is the 13th consecutive Inglis Digital Sale that has achieved an aggregate in excess of $2 million or more.

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