‘Foul-mouthed rant’ horse Criminal Defence sold to Hong Kong for $700k

The horse at the centre of an expletive-laden rant from outspoken trainer Will Hulbert is bound for Hong Kong after being sold during the week.

Hulbert confirmed his Group 3 winner Criminal Defence has been purchased by Hong Kong clients for $700,000 after passing the stringent vet requirements.

The trainer famously found himself in hot water following a voicemail meant for owners that went viral where he blasts jockey Andrew Mallyon as a “f—ing brain dead c—” for his ride on the horse in January before going on to say “I could f—ing kill that c—.”

Criminal Defence would go on to win the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) in May before running 11th in the Group 1 Queensland Derby two weeks later.

“(He has) passed the vets and bloods and the money just hit the bank,” Hulbert said.

Criminal Defence trainer Will Hulbert and jockey Michael Rodd after the Rough Habit Plate win. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:Supplied

Hulbert said he is unsure who will train the three-year-old once he arrives in Hong Kong.

The young trainer, who works in partnership with his father Peter, is appealing the $1000 fine handed down to him for the infamous voicemail, saying it was meant for owners only, who are close friends.

“Saying I wanted to kill him (Mallyon) was just a figure of speech,” Hulbert said.

“The people who own this horse are close mates. Obviously I don’t speak like that to other owners of my horses.”

Originally published as‘Foul-mouthed rant’ horse sold to HK for $700k

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