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Hong Kong Offer For Aust 3YO Zarvista
Meanwhile NSW bush galloper & fellow 3YO gelding Zarvista (Zariz-Designing Woman, by Paint The Stars) "is almost certain to become the target of a rich Hong Kong offer this week, in the wake of his headline-making win in Sydney," reported racenet.com.au. Owner David Boots revealed "an Australian agent acting on behalf of HK interests had contacted him requesting a DVD" of Zarvista's extraordinary victory at Canterbury Park last week, when he missed the start by at least 6-lengths but still thundered home to snatch victory over 1100m (taking his record to 5 wins from 8 starts). The performance prompted chief steward Ray Murrihy to declare he hadn't witnessed such a performance since Belle Du Jour famously recovered from a similar starting-gate catastrophe to flash home & win the 2000 Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m). Boots confirmed he has "already fielded offers from inter-state buyers" (& rejected one for $240,000); he said he would be "a reluctant seller", but is "willing to listen to overseas bids". He summed up: "Since the win I've had offers from Perth & Queensland. I've knocked them back, but if the really big money comes it would be food for thought, don't worry about that! However I don't really want to sell the horse. I'm not young anymore. Then again I'm not old, but if I was younger I would most probably sell. Still, after his win the other day I feel 21."