Aviator sold to Australia
Imperial Aviator was sold for 270,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale on Monday.
Imperial Aviator was joint top-lot at the sale (www.tattersalls.com)
The winner of the London Gold Cup at Newbury in May, the Paco Boy colt picked up an injury in the French Derby but has returned to form with solid performances in Newbury handicaps the last twice.
With an official rating of 99, the colt attracted a wide number of potential purchasers that included Guy Mulcaster, John Kilbride, John McCormack, and Charlton himself but it was Johnny McKeever sitting with Gai Waterhouse's co-trainer Adrian Bott who came out on top.
McKeever commented: "He is a gorgeous horse, the outstanding lot of the day. He is an attractive stayer and we could not leave him behind. You would not know that he had run just two days ago.
"We have been lucky here for Gai before, and bought Group One winners Glencadam Gold and The Offer, let's hope the luck continues with this horse."
Jamie Railton, consignor for owner Qatar Racing, added: "He is a credit to the Roger Charlton team. The horse is in fantastic order and even though he was so busy here yesterday, he still was as bright and calm as when he got here."
Imperial Aviator was one of two lots to sell for that price with Sincil Bank also knocked down for 270,000 guineas.
The two-year-old colt was secured by SackvilleDonald's Alastair Donald after fending off competition from Stuart Bowman as well as eventual underbidder Stephen Hillen.
Following disqualification from his initial maiden win in August, the son of Kentucky-based sire Hat Trick went on to win next time out at Newcastle by three and a half lengths and was most recently third in a conditions race at Newmarket but he will now continue his career in Hong Kong.
Donald commented: "He is a scopey sort. He has some maturing to do, but his performances have been good, he just weakened a little coming up the hill at Newmarket, it was quite an eye-catching performance. He should suit Hong Kong.
"He is a good physical and the I know the Simcock team were keen not to lose him."