New owner for classic contender

Leading Group One prospect Ever Loyal has changed hands ahead of Saturday’s classic at Riccarton.
The third favourite for the Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineashas been purchased by Rob Ferguson, a successful Australian breeder and owner and formerly a part-owner of Magic Millions.
“There was a lot of interest in the horse from Asia, but we’ve managed to do a deal and keep him here,” said Waikato Bloodstock’s Bryce Tankard, who brokered the deal with expatriate New Zealander Steve Brem, a Sydney-based bloodstock agent.
“The horse will be staying here for races like the million dollar Karaka Million 3YO Classic in January and he could probably go to Australia in the autumn.”
Tankard originally purchased Ever Loyal for $240,000 out of Lyndhurst Farm’s Premier Sale draft at Karaka in 2016.
“I bought him as a yearling for Chun Wong, the gentleman from Hong Kong who raced him,” he said.
Trained by Tony Pike at Cambridge, Ever Loyal filled minor placings in his first two starts before he won a maiden at Te Aroha.
He then showed he was a serious Guineas contender with an impressive last-start victory in the Listed Zacinto Stakes (1600m) at Ashburton.
“He’s improved with each race and in the Zacinto he was left in front with 3 f to run,” Tankard said.
“He’s still learning what it’s all about and he’s a lovely horse with a really bright future.”
The son of Sebring has been ridden in all of his starts by Jason Waddell, who again has the mount on Saturday.–

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