Sandown Guineas winner the subject of huge Hong Kong offers

Connections of Sandown Guineas winner Allibor face a tough choice after the three-year-old attracted a lucrative offer from a Hong Kong buyer.

Offers from Hong Kong landed in trainer Symon Wilde’s email box after his Sandown Guineas win, leaving the gelding’s owners with difficult decision.

Do they take the money on the table or reject the offer to take their chances on Allibor winning the amount of the offer on the track in the next couple of years?

Allibor’s trainer Symon Wilde said the stable went through a similar situation with the 2011 Sandown Guineas winner So Swift.

“My immediate thoughts after the race were this horse is going to improve so much, I don‘t want to lose him,” Wilde told RSN.

“But we actually won the Sandown Guineas nine years ago, and we had some offers for that horse [So Swift].

“After the Guineas, he only had [two] more starts, he sort of went in the wind and did a tendon.”

Allibor progressed from a maiden to Group 2 winner in three starts during the spring. Photo: Natasha Morello/Racing Photos via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

Wilde said Allibor’s owners would decide on the offer, which he said was around the $1 million mark, in the next two weeks.

“Everyone will have to be in agreeance but we‘ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” Wilde said.

“I don‘t want to lose a horse like this – he’s got so much potential, the graph’s still going up with him.

“You don‘t like horses like him walking out of your stable that’s for sure.”

Two of Allibor’s half-brothers have won races in Hong Kong while the son of All Too Hard will be eligible for next year’s Hong Kong Derby, a 2000m race four four-year-olds.

Wilde said 2000m would be the perfect trip for Allibor, irrespective of whether the horse stays in Australia or heads to Hong Kong.

“I think he‘ll get 2000m on his ear. He’s so relaxed. He doesn’t spend any extra energy,” Wilde said.

“I‘ll be looking forward to getting him out to that trip next preparation, I think that’ll be perfect for him.“

Originally published asHong Kong calling for Guineas winner

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