Classy Kiwi three-year-old Werther will be aimed at next year’s Hong Kong Derby after his sale to a Hong Kong-based client of the Gary Moore stable.
The seven figure deal will see the Tavistock gelding chase a classic victory in Hong Kong after second placings in the recent South Australian and Queensland Derbys for NZ trainer Andrew Campbell.
Sydney-based Gary Moore will prepare Werther for the rich Sha Tin feature after securing Werther for a Hong Kong based client in a deal brokered by Magic Millions.
“I’d like to thank David Chester of Magic Millions for introducing Werther to my client in Hong Kong,” Moore said.
“Werther is a wonderful acquisition to the stable and he looks a perfect candidate for the 2016 Hong Kong Derby.”
A G2 winner in New Zealand and Australia, Werther is currently enjoying a break at Washpool Lodge in Queensland and will arrive in Sydney next month.
“I bought Romantic Touch and he ran third in the Derby this year,” Moore said. “To me Werther has a lot better form.
“He’s won at weight-for-age and has been second in two Derbys. He was unlucky in Brisbane and in Adelaide he ran into one of the best fillies I’ve seen for a long time in Delicacy.
“While he was unlucky in the Queensland Derby I was pleased to see Magicool win as I purchased his half brother at the Magic Millions this year on the Gold Coast.
“He’s broken in very well and showing good signs.”