Co-trainer James Cummings has revealed that Ruling Dynasty has likely had his last race start in Australia and will be sold to interests in Hong Kong.
Ruling Dynasty started his racing career with a fourth place finish at Hawkesbury on December 14 last year before he scored his maiden race win with a victory over 2100 metres at Gosford on January 16.
The Medaglia D’Oro gelding was beaten by Wildenstein in his metropolitan racing debut at Canterbury on February 6, but he was given an opportunity at Group level after he recorded a dominant five lengths victory at Kembla Grange on March 9.
Ruling Dynasty stamped himself as an Australian Derby contender when he hit the line strongly to finish fifth behind Hauraki in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 28 and he was beaten by less than four lengths by Melbourne Cup winner Mongolian Khan in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick on April 6.
The rising four-year-old had returned to the Royal Randwick stable of Team Cummings to begin preparations for the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival, but James Cummings told Racing Ahead this morning that the promising gelding would be sold to Hong Kong.
“He is progressing well, but we have received an offer that was too good to refuse and he will most likely head to Hong Kong as long as he passes all the necessary clauses,” Cummings said.
“It will possibly be as soon as this week and possibly even Friday.
“It is disappointing, but it is part of the commerce of the business and it has to be respected when the owners come up with a decision like that.”
Another rising four-year-old that will race in Hong Kong next season is former Gerald Ryan-trained galloper Bachman.
Bachman was considered a Victoria Derby contender during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, but Ryan was forced to withdraw the son of All American from the Group 1 event due to a leg injury.
He returned to racing with a promising effort in the EGroup Security Handicap (1200m) at Royal Randwick on April 18 and he finished a competitive third in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on May 9, but he failed to fire in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2020m) at Doomben on May 23.
Bachman returned to a semblance of his best form with a fast-finishing second behind Jabali in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Doomben before he was beaten as a favourite in the Listed Daybreak Lover (1800m) at the Gold Coast on June 20.
Horses that have already been sold to Hong Kong this season include Group 1 winner Almalad and popular gelding Looks Like The Cat.