Astute Bloodstock (FBAA) agent Louis Le Metayer paid top price for progressive French stayer Harlem (GB) at the Tattersalls Autumn HIT Sale on Wednesday.
The Juddmonte Farms homebred changed hands for 520,000 guineas ahead of a transfer to Lindsay Park. He won a Longchamp 3yo maiden over 2400m last summer and followed up with a Listed victory over the same trip at Vichy.
Trainer Andre Fabre bought him back this term for Group placings at Chantilly and Saint-Cloud. "He is a beautiful, lightly-raced horse,” Le Metayer said. “He has good form lines which tie in with the Geelong Cup runner-up (Grey Lion), which is very strong."
Le Metayer bought Harlem with UK agent Alastair Donald on behalf of a Hong Kong partnership that includes Edmund Lee. The same connections raced European import Spillway to a Group 1 victory in the 2015 Australian Cup.
Harlem Race (4c Champs Elysees - Casual by Nayef) is from a winning half-sister to Irish stakes winner Rich Coast (King's Best) and he will be set for the 2017 Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup.
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