Holy Roman Emperor To Take Centre Stage In Hong Kong Sales

In Bloodstock & Breeding, Farm News, Holy Roman Emperor, Industry News & Views by Ben Ready

Aquis shuttler Holy Roman Emperor will again take centre stage at the Hong Kong International Sale on Friday (15 June) with two lots scheduled to go through the Sha Tin Parade Ring at 7.45pm local time.

A total of 15 lots will go under the hammer at the sale with Pakistan Star, winner of the HKJC Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup, (Gr.1) and HKJC Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup, (Gr.1) on his last two starts, a poster boy for the elite breeze-up sale. A HK$6million purchase at the 2016 Hong Kong International Sale, Pakistan Star has earned more than HK$35.6million in his 16 starts to-date.

In March, Holy Roman Emperor set a new record at the sale when his 2015 gelding out of the French mare Ysoldina sold for HK$11million to the bid of Ho Yin Sang, Cheung Kwok Ping and Cheung Kwok Keung. Now named Circuit Number One, the unraced 3YO is trained by John Moore and had his first official trial on Tuesday over the turf track at Sha Tin.

Holy Roman Emperor – Ysoldina ‘15

Holy Roman Emperor, the reigning Champion Sire of Hong Kong, has two lots entered in Friday’s sale:

  • Lot 1, the ‘15 bay gelding out of the Polish Precedent mare Whole Grain (GB) is a full-brother to the English Stakes performer Louis The Pious and was a GBP95,000 (HK$1,776,000) purchase at the 2017 Goffs UK Breeze Up Sale. Whole Grain comes from a very strong black-type family and is a full-sister to Pure Grain – Joint Champion 3YO Filly in GB in 1995.
  • Lot 16, the ’15 bay gelding out of the Great Journey mare Sojitzen (FR) was a Gns90,000 (HK$1,708,000) purchase at the 2017 Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale. His dam is a half-sister to Fabulous La Fouine – Champion 3YO Filly in Japan in 2006, while his grandam Mercalle was the Champion Older Staying Mare in Europe in 1990.


Holy Roman Emperor, the leading GB/IRE Sire of 2YOs in 2011, the Leading French Sire of 2YOs in 2012, and the Champion Sire in Hong Kong in 2013-14 and 2016-17 has stamped himself as one of the great sires of Hong Kong racing thanks to horses such as Designs On Rome (Horse of the Year in Hong Kong in 2013-14 and Champion Middle Distance Horse in Hong Kong in 2013-14 and 2014-15), Beauty Only (Champion Miler in Hong Kong in 2016-17), Charles The Great, Lucky Year, Divine Ten, and Rich Tapestry, etc.

Australian breeders should pay heed to the strong demand internationally for progeny of Holy Roman Emperor as this demand was reflected in his 2018 Australian sales results where his yearlings achieved a 100% clearance rate and sold for up to $260,000, averaged $110,000, with a median of $102,500 – a huge return of over 10x his advertised stud fee of $9,900.

In the past three weeks Holy Roman Emperor, who has an enviable strike rate of over 6% Stakes winners to runners and 67% winners to runners, has sired Group One Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Romanised (pictured below), Group Two Diana Trial winner Well Timed, and the Group Three BRC Lord Mayor’s Cup winner Duca Valentinois.

ROMANISED and Shane Foley win the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) for trainer Ken Condon beating U S Navy Flag. Healy Racing Photo – focusonracing.com.

He is a sire you can bank on, whether you breed a colt (38 of his 73 Stakes winners are colts) or a filly (35 of his 73 Stakes winners are fillies) and whether you breed to race or to sell, you can rest assured that this is one sire who will give you bang for your buck.

Currently standing the Northern Hemisphere season at Coolmore in Ireland, Holy Roman Emperor will again return to Aquis’ Queensland base this spring, at a fee of $9,900, with his book restricted to 100 mares.