Hong Kong superstar Golden Sixty, originally sold through Magic Millions, is a star graduate for Queensland nursery Element Hill

John Hutchins and his family are no strangers to breeding the winners of big races, but having one excel in another racing jurisdiction is a new experience all together.

The Hutchins colours were most prominent with Typhoon Tracy, an Australian Horse of the Year, and her success was the catalyst for the family acquiring a high-class broodmare band and setting up Element Hill, near Beaudesert.

Hong Kong’s latest superstar is Golden Sixty, who stretched his winning sequence to 12 at the weekend for earnings tallying the equivalent of $AU10 million.

He was born and reared at Element Hill.

John Hutchins (right), with son Josh and wife Fu Mei. Picture: SuppliedSource:The Courier-Mail

Hutchins’ son Josh picked Golden Sixty’s mum Gaudeamus out at the 2015 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale, where they gave $160,000 for her, in foal to Medaglia D’Oro.

That foal turned out to be Golden Sixty, which Element Hill sold for $120,000 as a yearling in 2017 (he was later sold to HK via the New Zealand Ready To Run Sale for $NZ300,000).

As he’s blossomed into Hong Kong’s best horse, the one frustration has been not seeing him work his magic in the flesh.

“We’ve been invited up there and we can’t go,” Hutchins said. “Josh could have been up three or four times and can’t go. But we are certainly enjoying what he is doing.

“With Typhoon Tracy, we didn’t breed her on the farm, but we bred a champion mare. And to have another one, this time from Element Hill, is pretty exciting.

“Everyone on the farm is enjoying it. Two of our people here on the farm in particular, Taylor (Thompson) and Luke (Jackson) looked after him growing up and he’s all they talk about.

“They back him every time he races, even if he is only $1.10 each time.”

Gaudeamus has proven a shrewd buy, although Element Hill very nearly threw away the chance to cash in on Golden Sixty’s success.

Golden Sixty continued his winning run in the G1 Stewards’ Cup at Shat Tin. Picture: Hong Kong Jockey ClubSource:The Courier-Mail

“We almost sold her (in 2017) but the money didn’t come through,” Hutchins said.

“We virtually had her sold, but when the money didn’t arrive we just got sick of it and kept her. That’s worked out well for us!”

Since then, Element Hill sold a Fastnet Rock colt from the mare for $200,000, a Choisir for $150,000 and just this month, a Capitalist filly for $425,000, going to Hong Kong’s All Winners Thoroughbreds.

It was part of another strong sale for Element Hill, which had 16 horses sell at an average of $230,000, headed by a $700,000 Zoustar-Pasar Silbano filly, which went to the Huddy family’s Peachester Lodge and a $525,000 I Am Invincible colt.

Gaudeamus is now in foal to Vancouver, which will make the resultant foal a three-quarter sibling to Golden Sixty.

The Hutchins’ also retain 20 per cent shares in siblings Quiet Riot and Rainbow Connection, both of which are showing above average talent.

Originally published asHong Kong star sparks Golden run for Element Hill

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