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Sunday, August 31, 2003


Superb new Diamond Vision screen shoots HKJC into Guinness World Records



A season of celebration began perfectly today as The Hong Kong Jockey Club was granted a slot in the Guinness World Records for the fantastic new Diamond Vision screen at Sha Tin Racecourse, the world's longest television display.

Chairman of the Club, Mr Ronald Arculli, and Chief Executive, Mr Lawrence Wong, received an official certificate from Guinness World Records representative, Mr David Hawksett. Mr Tamotsu Nomakuchi, President & CEO of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, constructors of the huge screen, was also present.


The Diamond Vision display measures 70.4m long by 8m high and its installation was complete on 15 August, 2003. The screen equates to 4,500 21" TVs piled up, and it is as wide as Boeing 747 jet is long. It has very high resolution, produces clearer images and can be divided into six sections.


"On behalf of my colleagues at The Hong Kong Jockey Club, it is a fine honour to receive such an award, but this new screen is for our customers," said Mr Wong.


"It is there to enrich the racing experience for our patrons. It is our mission to provide them with world class betting and racing entertainment and this is another step down that road," he added.


Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale 2003
Europe’s Premier Yearling Sale
October 1st – 2nd


· There are full or half brothers and sisters to 23 Classic/Group 1 winners catalogued including ACT ONE, AIRWAVE, CELTIC SWING, GRAND LODGE, GRANDERA, LAVIRCO, ONE SO WONDERFUL, STRAVINSKY and VESPONE.


· There are 15 Classic/Group 1 winning mares with yearlings catalogued including DANCE DESIGN, LADY CARLA, LOVE DIVINE, MISS SATAMIXA, ONE SO WONDERFUL, PARK EXPRESS, VALENTINE WALTZ, and VOLVORETA.


· There are full or half-brothers and sisters to 103 Group/Listed winners catalogued including BECKETT, BLACK HAWK, CHOC ICE, DANSEUSE DU SOIR, FIREBOLT, FLY TO THE STARS, INDUSTRIALIST, JOSR ALGARHOUD, KUTUB, NECKLACE, PASSINETTI, ROSE GYPSY, SEQUOYAH, SHINKO FOREST, SUNSPANGLED, and WELLBEING.


· There are 39 Group/Listed winning mares with yearlings catalogued including DEAD CERTAIN, FILIA ARDROSS, FIRE THE GROOM, IGREJA, LADY IN WAITING NATALIE TOO, PAPABILE, PONT AVEN, SILVER LANE, TEGGIANO and WANNABE GRAND.



· The catalogue also includes granddaughters of the great broodmares ALL ALONG, BELLA COLORA, BEMPTON, BREADCRUMB, COLORSPIN, COCOTTE, CORAL DANCE, KONAFA, MAXIMOVA, NO CLASS, PUSHY, REPROCOLOR, and ROSE OF JERICHO.


· USA bloodstock publication ‘TBH Market Watch’ revealed the Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale to be a massive THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO PRODUCE A GROUP 1 WINNER* than any other yearling sale in the Northern hemisphere.


· In 2001, 2002 and 2003 the only sale in the world to produce British Classic winners has been the Houghton, with 1000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes and Nassau Stakes winner RUSSIAN RHYTHM (440,000 guineas) in 2003, dual Derby and Breeders’ Cup winner HIGH CHAPARRAL (270,000 guineas) in 2002 and St Leger winner MILAN (650,000 guineas) in 2001.


· The most recent winners sold at public auction of the Irish Derby, 1000 Guineas, St Leger, Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, Poule d’Essai des Poulains, Breeders’ Cup Turf, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, Champion Stakes, Coronation Stakes, Prix du Moulin, Irish Champion Stakes, Fillies Mile, Nassau Stakes and Racing Post Trophy were all sold at the Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale.


· The Houghton Yearling Sale not only has the highest percentage of Group/Listed winners of any European Yearling Sale but since 1998 has produced the winners of more than 240 Group/Listed races.

· Since 1998 no less than 55 Houghton graduates costing less than 100,000 guineas have won Group/Listed races including 2003 Group 1 Grosser Dallmayr Preis winner RANSOM O’ WAR (60,000 guineas), 2003 Group 2 and Royal Ascot winning two year old PEARL OF LOVE (100,000 GUINEAS), 2003 Group 3 Norfolk Stakes winner RUSSIAN VALOUR, 2002 Dual Classic winner DUPONT (30,000 guineas), 1999 French 1000 Guineas winner VALENTINE WALTZ (75,000 guineas), multiple Group 1 winner and Classic winner CENTRAL PARK (42,000 guineas), and Group 1 winners INDIAN LODGE (40,000 guineas) and SAN SEBASTIAN (32,000 guineas).


· All except one of the sires represented in the 2003 Houghton Yearling Sale with three year olds and upwards have already sired Classic/Group 1 winners including DANEHILL (10 Yearlings), DARSHAAN (8), GRAND LODGE (5), GREEN DESERT (4), MACHIAVELLIAN (15), RAINBOW QUEST (3), and SADLER’S WELLS (19).


· 10 USA based sires and two French based sires have yearlings catalogued including the only DANZIG yearling to be sold in Europe this year, ANABAA (1), EL PRADO (1), KINGMAMBO (5), LINAMIX (2), RAHY (1), SEEKING THE GOLD (2), SILVER HAWK (1), STRAVINSKY (1) and THEATRICAL (1).


· Eight first crop sires with yearlings catalogued include record breaking Dubai World Cup winner DUBAI MILLENNIUM (2), ‘Iron Horse’ GIANT’S CAUSEWAY (19), 2000 Guineas winner KING’S BEST (3), dual Derby, King George and Arc winner MONTJEU (8), and dual Derby and Arc winner SINNDAR (4).


· Highest priced colt ever at the Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale: 3,400,000 guineas in 2000 for the SADLER’S WELLS x DARARA, purchased by Demi O’Byrne from Watership Down Stud – the highest price ever paid for a thoroughbred at a European public auction.


· Highest priced filly ever at the Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale: 2,100,000 guineas in 2002 for the SADLER’S WELLS x SHARATA, purchased by Demi O’Byrne from Barronstown Stud.


· Highest ever sale average at the Tattersalls Houghton Sale: 233,886 guineas in 2000 - a European record.


· The average at last year’s Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale was the second highest ever at 227,580 guineas, with a top price of 2,100,000 guineas for the SADLER’S WELLS filly out of SHARATA purchased by Demi O’Byrne from Barronstown Stud – the highest priced yearling in the world last year.



· The median price of 160,000 guineas at last year’s Houghton Sale equalled the European record set in 2001.

· In 1992 the average and median prices at the Houghton were 44,708 guineas and 27,000 guineas respectively.


· At last year’s Houghton 31 yearlings sold for 300,000 guineas or more, 49 yearlings sold for 200,000 guineas or more and 87 yearlings sold for 100,000 guineas or mor.


· Leading vendor at the 2002 Houghton was Voute Sales which sold 17 yearlings for 3,499,000 guineas at an average of 205,823 guineas.


· Leading purchaser at the 2002 Houghton was Demi O’Byrne who purchased 16 lots of 8,205,000 guineas at an average of 512,812 guineas.


· The largest consignment at this year’s Houghton Sale comes from Ted Voute and comprises 15 yearlings. Voute topped the 1994 Houghton with BOSRA SHAM who was sold for 530,000 guineas, and also sold Classic/Group 1 winners MOZART for 340,000 guineas and MILAN for 650,000 guineas at the 1999 Houghton. Two year old 2003 Royal Ascot winners PEARL OF LOVE and RUSSIAN VALOUR were also both sold at last year’s Houghton by Voute.

· The stallions with the most yearlings catalogued in the 2003 Houghton are eleven time Champion sire SADLER’S WELLS with 19 and first crop sire GIANT’S CAUSEWAY also with 19. In 2002 SADLER’S WELLS’ Houghton yearlings averaged 382,273 guineas and his leading performers of 2003 include 2000 Guineas winner REFUSE TO BEND, Irish 1000 Guineas winner YESTERDAY and Yorkshire Oaks winner ISLINGTON. GIANT’S CAUSEWAY’S first crop of foals averaged 486,000 guineas at last year’s Tattersalls December Sale, including the 1,800,000 guineas world record breaking filly foal out of URBAN SEA.


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