Juvenile winner bound for Hong Kong

NZ Racing Desk – NZTM News - 8 August 2013

Congressman (NZ) (Conatus) Congressman (NZ) (Conatus)

Congressman’s impressive last-start win has caught the attention of overseas interests and he is unlikely to race again in New Zealand.

“He has been vetted for Hong Kong and it’s a matter of waiting for the money to come through,” Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley said.

Congressman (NZ) (Conatus) was bred and owned by Westbury Stud principal Gerry Harvey, whose colours were also carried to a two-year-old victory last season by Conceptual. Trained by Tiley, he too has been sold to Hong Kong interests.

“They were put in the stable to market them and fortunately when one walks out the door there’s another one to walk in the box,” Tiley said.

Congressman had finished third on debut behind the highly-regarded Cauthen and then returned to Te Rapa last month for a clear-cut victory over 1200 metres.

One horse who promises to keep the stable to the fore this season is the promising Albany Reunion, a son of Fastnet Rock who has impressed in his two appearances to date.

Out of a winning Fusaichi Pegasus mare, he won at the first time of asking in February and bridged the gap to stakes company at his next appearance when third behind So Wotif in the Gr.3 Mr Tiz Trophy.

“He’s in pre-training with Annabelle Johnson so I see him every morning,” Tiley said. “He’s about two weeks away from coming back and we’ll kick him off in his own grade and then reassess him after that.”

In the meantime, Tiley is hopeful Albany Reunion’s stablemate Mahbeer can turn his luck around in the Property Brokers-Trevor Kenny 1000 at Te Aroha on Friday. “I’m happy with him and he’s done well since he last raced,” he said.

Mahbeer has been lightly-tried and was runner-up at Counties at his seasonal debut before finishing fifth after racing keenly in behind runners at Avondale.

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