Giga Kick ridden by Matthew Cartwright wins the Trevor Clarke Handicap at Flemington Racecourse on July 16, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

It was perhaps an exercise in futility when Rodney Douglas received another phone call from Hong Kong interests wanting to purchase Giga Kick (Scissor Kick x Rekindled Applause) after the two-year-old added a classy Flemington victory to his 4.3 length win at Sale on debut in February.

With two wins from two starts, the offers were sure to come in from the tough Hong Kong jurisdiction which has added more prize money to make it even more attractive for their wealthy owners to raid Australia’s emerging talent.

But with Giga Kick’s owner being rich lister Jonathan Munz, the money factor for selling a horse like the two-year-old gelding is never a consideration.

Douglas, who is Munz’s racing manager for Pinecliff, said the most recent off that came in for the youngster was $800,000.

Munz is probably more interested in talking about the horse’s sectional times, rather than what he is worth to a Hong Kong buyer.

“He ran good sectional times and it was pretty impressive its first start and we were just hoping he could do it again,” Douglas said.

“So it did it again so it’s onwards and up now.”

Giga Kick was a big spruik early in the week but drifted in the market but still started the $3.20 favourite, but Douglas explained the reason for it.

“The thing that ran second to it in the trial at Cranbourne of Beggs probably trialled as good as it but got the crap beat out of it at Geelong on the Friday.

“And I don’t think he trialled as good on the real heavy track at Cranbourne leading into it.

“I would say that’s where the drift came from.”

Douglas said Giga Kick would now head to the Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 13 where the gelding will be ridden by Craig Williams who was booked for the ride last Sunday.

“And we’ll see where he sits there as a spring horse or wherever,” he said.

“It looks like he is going in the right direction but you’ll soon get a guide when you get to that race.

“But he has got the run under his belt and that’s why we planned to get him in early so fitness wise he might have an edge on them.”

But Douglas isn’t quite sure about the adulation being heaped on the horse.

“I have got no illusions about him being a star,” he said.

“Everyone else has, I haven’t. I think he has is just a nice horse, but I would have sold him.”

Obviously not needing the money, Munz just “sneezed” at the $800,000.

While he might, according to Douglas, “sniff” at a million, he still wouldn’t sell the horse.

“It’s a bit of game to him and the more that is offered, the more he thinks it’s funny,” Douglas said.

And Douglas isn’t a stranger to cashing in a good horse to Hong Kong.

He bought Noor Elaine Farm’s IIovethiscity colt Barocha for $12,000 at the 2018 VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale and gave it to his nephew Clayton Douglas to train.

After winning on debut by five lengths and then backing it up at his next start by 2.5 lengths, Douglas sold Barocha to Hong Kong for $1.15m. He now races as Beauty Fit and has since won another three races, plus two seconds and two thirds.

“Clayton nearly cried, but his uncle wasn’t keeping him, I can assure you of that,” Douglas said.

“I know what can happen to them.”

Douglas said Munz probably had close to 100 broodmares which would give them 80 yearlings and 70 weanlings.

“We sold a few at Easter for $1.4m and things like that,” he said.

“He buys and sells. It’s just like playing Monopoly with him.

“He decides what he wants to keep and sell.”

And while Clayton Douglas might have lost Barocha to Hong Kong, he is having great success with Giga Kick.

The TAB has rated Giga Kick a $15 chance in October’s Coolmore Stud Stakes.

The Victorian Alliance, headed by Rosemont Stud, has Doull (Snitzel x Bulbula) as the early $5 favourite in the Coolmore.

Doull was a $1.2m purchase at the 2021 Australian Easter Yearling Sale and is part of the Alliance’s multi-million splurge on buying colts in the hope of unearthing a valuable stallion.