Picture : Power Factor being sold for R2,4 million at the BSA National Yearling Sale of 2021 (Candiese Lenferna Photography)
A Silvano gelding who was bought by the Hong Kong Jockey club for R2,4 million at the BSA National Yearling Sale of 2021 is surprisingly set for his debut for a completely different owner at Wednesday’s Punchestown meeting in Ireland, where he runs in a National Hunt flat race (bumper) over two miles and fifty yards.
Power Factor, a Maine Chance Farms-bred half-brother to the current Equus Horse Of The Year Princess Calla, is now trained by dual purpose trainer Richard John O’Brien, who appears to be no relation of Aidan O’Brien, although he did ride work for the latter a long time ago.
Power Factor is now owned by David A Skelly.
The latter purchased the gelding from a Tattersalls horses in training sale this year for a mere 1,600 guineas.
He was consigned by Manton Lodge Stables (Brian Meehan) in order to dissolve a partnership.
Power Factor will be ridden by amateur jockey EP O’Brien on Wednesday.
He has had quite a fall from grace since day 1 of the BSA National Yearling Sale, where he was the top-priced lot of the day (he ended up as second highest lot of the whole sale) but hopefully he can prove his worth on Wednesday.
The race will be run at 18H20 South African time on Wednesday.