Bloodstock South Africa had more reason to cheer on Sunday when former National Sale graduate Apex Top saluted at Sha Tin racecourse.
Trained by Tony Millard, Apex Top swooped late, under jockey Antoine Hamelin to lift Sunday’s So Uk Handicap (1400m) by a short head.
The Flower Alley gelding, winning his first race in Hong Kong, was making just his second start in the 2020-2021 Hong Kong racing season for owners Arthur Tsoi Tai Kwan & Johnny Chan Chi Kwong.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, four-year-old Apex Top was a R550 000 buy from the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
The well related Apex Top, who was produced by the Rich Man’s Gold mare Cosima Liszt, is a half-brother to six winners, notably G1 Summer Cup winner Wagner and to the former Tony Millard trained Nassa. The latter, himself an R800 000 buy from the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, preceded Apex Top’s success in Hong Kong, with Nassa’s Hong Kong triumphs including a score in the 2017 G3 SA SA Ladies Purse at Sha Tin.
Apex Top’s G1 Travers Stakes winning sire Flower Alley has 13 lots on offer at the upcoming Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale, including a colt (Lot 11) out of G3 Acacia Handicap winner Amur Affair, a half-brother (Lot 169) to speedy Umngeni Handicap heroine Kissable, and a filly (Lot 260) from the family of champions Greys Inn and Smart Call.
View the catalogue for the upcoming sale at www.bsa.co.za
Sales image of Apex Top: Candiese Lenferna