Horse Racing News: Woodpark Stud a Winner in Asia
Jean Dubois will watch tonight’s fourth race at Happy Valley with interest, the Frenchman keen to see whether three-year-old Don’t Miss can make it two wins from as many starts in the 1200m Handicap.
Dubois is the manager of Mittagong’s Woodpark Stud – a former cattle property that has been turned into a thoroughbred breeding and training operation, about one hour and 15 minutes south of Sydney.
He purchased the gelding – a son of Sun Stud stallion Wanted and O’Reilly mare Paralegal – for $28,000 at the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, before selling it to Hong Kong.
“It was a very good deal,” Dubois told G1X.com.au.
Dubois, who moved to Australia a year and a half ago, has only recently started selling to Asia.
“I like to sell to the Asian market. I’ve already sold a few and intend to sell more in the future,” he said.
“I go everywhere, to all of the sales in Australia, trying to find nice horses, ones I don’t have to pay too much for.
“I’ll be going to Inglis Classic (Yearling Sale) this weekend, then (Melbourne) Premier (Yearling Sale), then (Australia) Easter (Yearling Sale).”
Don’t Miss is trained by Peter Ho and is raced by the Triple Crown Syndicate.
As well as Don’t Miss, Dubois also sold recent Sha Tin winner Bond Elegance to Hong Kong.
A three-year-old bay or brown gelding by Hard Spun from La Italia (by Stravinsky), Bond Elegance made $80,000 at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale (Summer Book) in 2015.
He was registered in Australia as Gaby Driver and had two trials in Sydney for trainer Louis Baudron, before being sold.
“I like to trial them as two-year-olds – they’re easier to sell,” Dubois explained.
Bond Elegance is now raced by the WTC Syndicate and is in the care of Hong Kong-based Australian trainer John Size.
And Dubois paid $60,000 for a son of Mossman and Lillabiddy (by Nediym) at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale (Summer Book).
Now three, the gelding was named Man To Love and had six starts in Sydney, winning a Kembla Grange Maiden last May and running three minor placings, before Dubois sold him to Singapore.