2020 Sandown Guineas Winner Allibor Attracts Hong Kong Offers

Mon 16th November 2020

Talented three-year-old Allibor made the most of his opportunity on Saturday in the 2020 Sandown Guineas, taking out the $250,000 contest and subsequently attracting interest from suitors in Hong Kong.

Hot favourite Aysar ($1.45) was scratched, paving the way for Allibor to swoop late and grab Sweet Reply in a close finish.

Trainer Simon Wilde spoke to RSN 927 on Monday, and had mixed feelings about the potential sale to Hong Kong.

“I don’t want to lose a horse like this – he’s got so much potential, the graph’s still going up with him.

“But some of the offers are pretty big – we’re going to consider them.

“You don’t like horses like him walking out of your stable that’s for sure.”

He added of the offers: “Close to it [the million-dollar mark].

“Probably in the next week or so [we’ll decide]. My immediate thoughts after the race were this horse is going to improve so much, I don’t want to lose him.

“But we actually won the Sandown Guineas nine years ago, and we had some offers for that horse [So Swift]. After the Guineas, he only had [two] more starts, he sort of went in the wind and did a tendon.

“My father [Bill] reminded me of that during the week… probably in the next fortnight we’ll make a decision on that, everyone will have to be in agreeance but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

From Muswellbrook to the Melbourne Cup, Will is mad about all things racing and sport. Spent countless hours in the backyard as a child pretending to be Glenn McGrath, and has been known to get deadly late swing with a taped tennis ball.