A strapping colt by first season sire, Paco Boy, is one of five new yearling sourced by the China Horse Club at the 2014 Karaka Yearling Sales in New Zealand last week. The Paco Boy colt was secured on the auspicious first day of the New Year, the Year of the Horse, with all five colts purchased from the same sales ring as young stable talisman Rite of Spring. These new additions will join the CHC Singapore team in 2015 further bolstering what is already an impressive arsenal of talent for trainer Michael Freedman.
A Paco Boy colt purchased on the first day of the New Year, the Year of the Horse
Paco Boy, one of the most gifted sprint-milers from Britain in recent seasons, shuttled to New Zealand for only one season from his British base at Highclere Stud. In Britain he was patronized by some of Europe’s premier breeders and expectations on his first crop runners in Europe in 2014 is high.
“These are all quality yearlings, I couldn’t be more excited about the line of talent coming through the China Horse Club system to Singapore,” trainer Michael Freedman said of the five colts.
“In 2014 we have some truly exceptional talent set to come online that was purchased last year and these yearlings ensure that will not end in 2015. Securing yearlings of this quality is not only wonderful support for my stable but also wonderful support for racing in Singapore. It helps raise the standard, it reinforces the China Horse Club’s commitment to racing here and it is long term planning like this that leads to meaningful results.
“The Paco Boy colt is a real beauty as is the Rip Van Winkle and the record of Thorn Park really gives me confidence about the colts we secured by him.”
This quintet will further strengthen a CHC Singapore team that is expected to grow to nine before the current season is out. In 2014 the CHC’s Singapore stable is again set to be headed by G1 Longines Singapore Gold Cup winner Tropaios and Rite of Spring. The duo will be targeting the $S3 million Singapore Airlines International Cup (2000m) and the Three Year Old Triple Crown Series respectively in the first half of the year.
An exciting new addition, Iznate, is a lightly raced miler that will be given his chance to see if he can measure up to the G1 Singapore Derby and also the 2014 Longines Singapore Gold Cup, a path trodden by Tropaios in 2013.