Owners of Looks Like The Cat reject multiple Hong Kong offers in excess of $1 million for their star
Part-owner Troy Schmidt, who raised Looks Like The Cat on his River Junction farm near Gympie, gave a rare insight on Sunday into the extraordinary interest in the young Queensland star.
Looks Like The Cat is one of the main fancies in the Caulfield Guineas but his owners have knocked back several lucrative offers just to get to the race.
“We’ve had multiple offers in excess of $1 million in recent weeks,” Schmidt revealed.
“It’s very tempting … but they don’t want to race him down there and he would be gone (to Hong Kong) immediately.”
The $1 million-plus offers are a far cry to what Looks Like The Cat was set to be sold for the day before his debut win at Eagle Farm in February.
“We sold him for $175,000 but the (Hong Kong) buyer failed to settle it before race day,” Schmidt said.
“The offer tripled after the win but we just decided to put him in the paddock and have a crack at the winter carnival.”
Overseas offers have poured in as Looks Like The Cat’s profile has grown but Schmidt has stood his ground.
The 40-year-old also has shares in Group 1-winning siblings Temple Of Boom and the recently retired Spirit Of Boom, but this is different.
After buying Looks Like The Cat for $60,000 as a weanling in May 2012, Schmidt bought his mother Fiery Dee for $10,000 at a Patinack Farm broodmare sale months later and said this was just as much about her as well.
“It’s about the big picture, the farm, Queensland racing, ourselves obviously and the mare,” Schmidt said.
“I raced Looks Like The Cat’s half-sister Murtle Miss with Tony Gollan and she went really good so I bought Looks Like The Cat as a weanling and then Fiery Dee.
“We’ve now got a full sister to Looks Like The Cat on the ground and the mare was covered by Snitzel last week.”
Schmidt insists selling Looks Like The Cat is “not an option for now”.
The horse is rated a $5.50 Caulfield Guineas chance after finishing second to Rich Enuff in the Prelude a fortnight ago and Schmidt is upbeat his charge can turn the tables this weekend in the Caulfield Guineas.
“Rich Enuff is a very good horse and potentially he might be a freak and he might be unbeatable but we will certainly give it our best shot on Saturday,” he said.
“We certainly haven’t seen the best of Looks Like The Cat and hopefully he is still on his merry way forward.
“We will roll the dice in the Cox Plate if we think the horse will measure up but it will be one step at a time.”
Story courtesy Brad Davidson Gold Coast Bulletin http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/owners-of-looks-like-the-cat-reject-multiple-hong-kong-offers-in-excess-of-1-million-for-their-star/story-fnii0njy-1227080799315