Mongolian Khan camp buys up large

Lang Lin (left) with one of his prime purchases, a colt by So You Think from Astounded, bought for $130,000.

Lang Lin (left) with one of his prime purchases, a colt by So You Think from Astounded, bought for $130,000.

The Inner Mongolia Rider Horse group lived up to its plan to make its presence felt at the New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Weanling, Broodmare and Mixed Bloodstock Sale at Karaka.

After today’s first session, the group which has enjoyed triple Group One Glory with Cambridge-trainer Mongolian Khan, was the leading buyer, spending $480,000 when purchasing a total of 20 weanlings — 16 colts and four fillies.

“I had the plan to buy this volume of horses,” said Rider Horse principal Mr Lang Lin via interpreter Victoria Wang. “We are looking to buy 30 to 40 weanlings at the sale.

“My plan for this weanling sale was to buy some premium weanlings, as well as some more affordable weanlings.

“I will keep the better pedigreed weanlings here in New Zealand and the remainder will be sent back to China.”

Amongst the headline purchases for Rider Horse NZ was an I Am Invincible filly from the stakes placed Pivotal mare Pipette, purchased for $130,000 from the vendor Hawera breeder Dan Myers.

Rider Horse NZ also paid $130,000 for a colt by So You Think from the Listed winning Encosta de Lago mare Astounded, purchased from the draft of Curraghmore Stud.

“I would like to offer both the So You Think colt and the I Am Invincible filly for re-sale at Karaka next year, but if they don’t make the sale I am happy to race them in New Zealand,” said Lang.

“We have a group coming down to New Zealand in the coming weeks and they will be looking to purchase horses to head to China in an aircraft of about 80 horses in July.”

The progeny of Cambridge Stud stallion Tavistock have been in white-hot form on the racetrack and unsurprisingly his stock were in high demand in the sale ring, accounting for three of the top five lots.