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Zaidan sale to Hong Kong reminder of foreign appeal.

Byline: Ed Prosser

FURTHER evidence of the appeal of British and Irish bloodstock to overseas buyers has come with the purchase of Chesham Stakes winner Zaidan, who was at one stage mooted as a Kentucky Derby possible by trainer Clive Brittain but will now race in Hong Kong, writes Ed Prosser.

The Street Cry colt was owned by Saeed Manana, whose interests are managed by the Darley offshoot Rabbah Bloodstock, and is set to join trainer John Moore after being sold for an undisclosed sum in a deal brokered by bloodstock agent Alastair Donald of Kern Lillingston.

"Although we had to really pay up to get him, he could be very exciting and is one of the best two-year-olds we've bought for Hong Kong," Donald said.

"I think he's a firm ground horse, which will suit the racing out there, and didn't really handle the easier going on his final two runs. But he looked the real deal at Royal Ascot.

"He'll probably have his first start in April or May, but like a lot of the horses it will be as a fouryear-old that he comes into his own, with the hope that he could be a Hong Kong Derby contender."

Zaidan, a $200,000 yearling, is the latest high-profile recruit for Hong Kong, following such as Group 1-placed Xtension and Business As Usual, the 460,000gns top lot at the Tattersalls July Sale.

The recent mares section of the Tattersalls December Sale was boosted by a strong international presence: 54 per cent of purchases have been calculated to have been made by overseas buyers from 29 countries.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:9CHIN
Date:Dec 11, 2010
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