Fair Trade may go to Hong Kong
Joe Vella, the breeder and owner of unbeaten three-year-old Fair Trade, is considering a seven-figure offer from Hong Kong for the gelding.
Cranbourne trainer Mick Kent, who has a small share in the talented son of Danewin, could not confirm that Fair Trade had yet been sold.
“There have been rumours floating around that he has been sold for the past three weeks,” Kent said.
“It would be devastating to lose him, but he (Vella) is the breeder and owner and at the end of the day it’s his decision, not mine.”
Kent was hoping to get Fair Trade to the Group One $750,000 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 7.
But the gelding will reportedly enter quarantine on March 2 if the sale to the Hong Kong stables of Caspar Fownes is completed.
Fair Trade has won brilliantly at his only two starts at Flemington, the latest by 3-1/4 lengths from Cavalaire Bay in the Group Three CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) on January 31.
By Mark Ryan