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West Australian-bred four-year-old Hengheng is proving an excellent purchase at $8500 at the 2018 APG Perth yearling sale.

Driven assertively by Kyle Harper, Hengheng, an $8.50 chance, relished his frontrunning role when he won the group 3 Preux Chevalier Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. This improved his record to 39 starts for seven wins, eight placings and stakes of $55,003.

The Rich And Spoilt gelding is trained and part-owned by Lindsay Harper, who welcomed some sage advice from his son Donald.

“Donald and his wife Tara did all the pre-sale work on him,” said Lindsay Harper. “They prepared about eight yearlings bred by Harry Capararo for the sale, and Donald told me that he thought this youngster was the strongest of the eight yearlings.

“I had a look at him on sale day, and quite liked him. He was out of a good mare (Cool Adda) who had won a lot of races and had run good times. Hengheng looks a lot like Rich And Spoilt in his build and conformation.”

The highlight of Cool Adda’s career was at Gloucester Park in June 2010 when she set the pace and won the $60,000 Diamond Classic for two-year-old fillies. She was retired to stud with a record of 80 starts for 15 wins, 12 placings and stakes of $160,839.

Cool Adda was one of seven winners out of the Mystical Prince mare Coco Chanel, whose dam Orthez produced nine winners, including Whitby Tolez (37 starts for 15 wins, ten placings and $200,196) and Travelling Whitby (207 starts for 39 wins, 52 placings and $148,404).

Hengheng defeated the two three-year-olds (Finvarra and Machnificent) in Friday night’s feature event. He won by a half-length from Finvarra, the $1.60 favourite who raced in sixth position, one-out and two-back, before starting a three-wide burst 550m from home and finishing strongly in an impressive first-up performance.

Machnificent ($7) raced in fifth position, three back on the pegs, before finishing with a spirited burst to be third.