Above: Joao Moreira winning on Scores of Fun in Hong Kong (photo Kenneth Chan)
A gelding bred by Hollylodge Thoroughbreds at Avenel had instant success in Hong Kong on Sunday.
Scores Of Fun, who started his career in Australia as Hottie Lamottie, made his debut for expatriate Australian trainer John Size after six trials in Hong Kong.
Starting at $4.10, the three-year-old gelding by Reward For Effort was ridden to a narrow victory by famed jockey, Joao Moreira.
Out of the mare Monatana Hilton, it was the gelding’s first race start.
Previously trained by Patrick Payne under the original name of Hottie Lamottie, the gelding finished fourth in a Cranbourne trial beaten by half a length last October.
He was then sold to Hong Kong after being bought by Price Bloodstock for $100,000 at the 2018 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
First prize for Sunday’s race at Sha Tin was nearly $110,000 (AUD).
Hollylodge’s Daniel Nevill said they bred Scores Of Fun for a client and sold him at the weanling sales.
“We sold him for $15,000 but the person who bought him later sold him for $100,000.” Nevill said.
“But that’s the way it is.”
Nevill said they still have the dam Montana Hilton, who has had three foals by Reward for Effort; two have now won, while the other has been placed.
“But this is definitely the best one,” he said.
“It was good to win at the first start in Hong Kong.”
Montana Hilton has a foal to Swettenham Stud stallion Trust In A Gust.
“She’ll be going back to Reward For Effort,” Nevill said.
“And then we’ll make a decision and see what this one does.
“We might sell her in foal or keep her for a bit longer. We’ll see what happens.
“The guy who bred her is an owner of Reward for Effort.”
Now 15 years-old, Montana Hilton (Brahms/Hanina) had 64 starts for nine wins, 12 seconds and five thirds.
Hollylodge also had some involvement with the Lindsay Park trained El Phoenix who broke the 1400m record on the synthetic track at Pakenham last Thursday.
El Phoenix recorded a time of 1:23.65.
“I only foaled him as I sold him as a weanling, but it was good result.” Nevill said.
Nevill said his farm had some really nice horses and we are just waiting for the live sales to re-open.
“I don’t think weanlings and yearlings are great for the online sales,” he said.
“People like to look at the horses.”
He believes they’ll be happy with what they see.