Which Stallions Hit the Mark in Hong Kong?
Tara Madgwick - Tuesday, 18 July 2017
The Hong Kong racing season finished at Sha Tin on Sunday and given the huge importance of the Hong Kong market to Australian breeders, both through the sale of yearlings and tried horses, it's always worth some analysis of the Leading Hong Kong Sires List which was topped in 2017 by Aquis Farm's Holy Roman Emperor (IRE).

The Hong Kong racing scene is all about colts, who frequently become geldings, and to succeed in this challenging environment a horse needs a good constitution and the right mental attitude.

Shortcomings in either area are going to make it very hard for a horse to succeed and in a racing centre where longevity and the ability to front up season after season is prized by owners, qualities such as soundness and trainability are the keys to success.

Leading Hong Kong Sires by Prizemoney 2016/2017 (source Arion) 

Holy Roman Emperor is becoming a sire legend in Hong Kong having finished runner-up Champion Sire in the past two seasons after winning the title of Champion Sire in 2014.

Holy Roman EmperorThe blue-blooded son of Danehill has made his mark with Group I winners all over the world, but in the melting pot of Hong Kong his offspring really seem to come to the fore and have included 2014 HK Horse of the Year Designs on Rome as well as a string of top class sprinters and milers including Beauty Only, who was crowned last week the Champion HK Miler of 2017.

Holy Roman Emperor is available to Australian breeders at Aquis Farm this spring at a fee of $9,900.

Champion Australian sires Fastnet Rock and Exceed and Excel were next on the list followed by Darley shuttler Street Boss (USA), the sire of 2017 HK Horse of the Year Rapper Dragon.

Also listed in the Top 10 and active in Australia this spring are Starcraft, Sebring and I Am Invincible, who had an impressive seven winners from 10 runners.

Other well known Australian sires further down the list with impressive stats were Duporth, with eight winners from nine runners, Star Witness, four winners from six runners, Hinchinbrook, five winners from six runners, Mossman, five winners from five runners, Medaglia D'Oro (USA), six winners from seven runners and Husson (Arg), four winners from five runners.

Some of these sires represent great value and if you are breeding this season with the long term view of selling the resulting foal then HK appeal is a factor well worth considering.

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