BEING out of sight hasn’t equated to being out of mind as far as exciting pacer Bondi Lockdown is concerned.
Although the Australian Pacing Gold graduate is safely tucked away in a paddock at owner-trainer Aaron Dunn’s property, it hasn’t stopped potential buyers trying to purchase the triple Group One winner.
Interested parties have contacted the Victorian horseman on a regular basis in recent weeks, including a substantial offer just days ago.
After winning the Four-Year-old Bonanza at Tabcorp Park Melton when first-up from a spell in early February, Bondi Lockdown generated a huge buzz with his phenomenal performance to finish second in the Chariots Of Fire a fortnight later.
In fact, the entire’s effort when beaten a metre-and-a-half in 1:47.6 after racing in the ‘death seat’ overshadowed the winner, Bettor Eclipse.
“I’m getting quite a few calls with people wanting to buy him outright or shares in him and not just from Australia,” Dunn said.
“I’ve had interested parties from the US phoning with the thought of racing him in America.
“One offer for a share in him places his value at $1million.”
Despite the figures being touted, Dunn stated he has no intention of selling Bondi Lockdown, which he purchased through APG’s Melbourne Sale for $20,000.
As it stands, Bondi Lockdown’s tally sits at 13 wins and nine placings from 29 starts for earnings of $350,000.
“It’s tempting money, but to be honest, no amount will be enough to buy him,” Dunn said. “I’ll never want to sell him…he’s simply not for sale!”