Dundalk claiming winner Hailstone sold to race in Hong Kong
The rapidly improving Hailstone has been sold to continue his racing career in Hong Kong after climbing from a lowly rating of 75 to a mark of 100 under the care of Curragh trainer Patrick Prendergast.
The Grangecon Stud-bred gelding recorded the first of his three wins for Richard Barnes in a Dundalk claiming maiden, from which he could have been claimed for €30,000, and posted an impressive performance in a conditions race at Fairyhouse on his last start for Prendergast.
Grangecon Stud manager Eamonn McEvoy, said: "Hailstone improved quite a lot in a short space of time and we hope he continues his improvement for his new owners.
"He is a hardy sort and you wouldn't mind a stable full of horses like him because he is very honest and sound."
BBA Ireland's Michael Donohoe was behind the sale and added: "There is a good, solid market in Hong Kong.
“We have had a lot of luck with the horses we have sold to Hong Kong, most recently with a horse called Super Turbo, who has done very well at Happy Valley since we purchased him from Joseph Murphy. I think Hailstone has a lot of the right attributes to do well out there."