An offer north of $2.5 million from Hong Kong for Queensland Derby winner Ruthven was simply too good to refuse, according to the colt’s breeder and part-owner Paul Roach.
News broke across the weekend that renowned bloodstock agent George Moore has purchased the Group 1 winner for Albert Hung (owner of ill-fated Hong Kong Derby winner Rapper Dragon).
Speaking to Michael Felgate on RSN 927’s Racing Pulse on Monday, Roach said: “It was a pretty difficult decision. We were chased by George… it was probably a couple of months he was at us; he finally wore us down.
“It was a great time up there in Queensland (when he won the Derby) that’s for sure; it’s been a good ride.
“It’s funny isn’t it? This game’s about… everyone’s chasing the good ones; we certainly had one there, but the offer was simply too good to refuse. All the owners sat down over lunch one day and decided to let him go to Hong Kong.
“(The Offer) was just a bit north of $2.5 million.”
A son of Domesday (which stands at Aquis Farm in Queensland) and unraced Octagonal mare Ruddigore, Ruthven had 10 starts with leadin...