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Owners Sue HK Trainer For Aust Horse Retirement

Friday, 1st May 2009

In Hong Kong, trainer Dennis Yip Chor-hong is being sued by a group of owners after Australian-bred 4YO gelding Sure Desire (which previously raced in Australia as Rapid Jacko) "suffered 2 episodes of irregular heart rhythm & was forced into retirement without having a race in Hong Kong," reported The South China Morning Post. The owners are seeking return of Sure Desire's HK$3,378,000 (A$675,000) purchase price plus damages & costs. In Australia, Sure Desire-Rapid Jacko (Rapid Man-Rapid Woman, by Mukaddamah) was a $200,000 yearling at the 2006 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale; on the track he recorded 5 wins & 3 placings (including runner-up in both 2008's Gr3 Healy Stakes over 1200m at Eagle Farm & 2007's Gr3 The Run To The Rose over 1300m at Rosehill) from 12 starts for $191,200 earnings for trainer Gerald Ryan.

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