Expensive Purchase Scores2 August 2011
Australian import Best Of Mansion (Redoute�s Choice) broke through for his maiden victory in Macau with a strong win in the Class 2 & 3 Handicap over 1500 metres on Saturday�s turf program, writes Harry Troy.
Ridden by French rider Jerome Lermyte, Best of Mansion relished the heavy conditions to race well clear over the last two hundred metres to beat the stablemate Fair Comment (Red Ransom), with Jylland (Lonhro) back in third.
Best of Mansion, a son of Redoute�s Choice from the Group -winning Dr. Grace mare Dottoressa, was originally a A$460,000 purchase as a yearling at the 2008 Magic Millions sale when secured by the Blue Sky Thoroughbred Syndications Group as a stallion prospect.
Trained in Australia at Randwick by John O�Shea and racing as Lancetti he managed to win a wyong maiden, but that was only after he was gelded following a disappointing debut at Newcastle.
Trainer Alan Tam purchased the gelding for his Macau connections wing Kwan and Partners, no doubt at a price considerably more favourable then the original figure, and the gelding looks as though he will develop into a handy galloper capable of making it in the Class 1 ranks.
From seven starts to date, Best Of Mansion has picked up a cheque on four occasions and is already nudging the HKD $500,000 mark in prizemoney.
The now four-year old is also adept on all types of going including the all weather, and looks as though he would run out a strong 1800 metres judging by Saturday�s win.
The win continued the great run of late by trainer Tam and jockey Lermyte.
Tam was in the winner�s circle on Friday night when the promising Elderly Paradise ridden by Rambo Tse made it two wins from as many starts in winning the Class 3 & 4 Handicap over 1300 metres.
Elderly Paradise is also an Australian import who had trialled up well at Pakenham in Victoria before being sold onto Macau.
Nicely bred by the former champion Australian racehorse Danewin, from the Zabeel mare Kali Smytzer (NZ), Elderly Paradise will have no problem handling a rise in class and will reach the top bracket.
Tam, a three-time Champion trainer in Macau, sits on 42 wins and third spot in the trainer�s standings after the weekend, nine off the leader Gary Moore. Patrick Lee holds second spot on 47.
Tam has a yard of nicely graded horses complimented by a few smart newcomers, and has the team revved up for a big finish to the season.
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