Exciting filly The Front Bar has been sold to interstate interests, with WA-born bloodstock agent brokering a deal on behalf of South Australian owner Darren Thomas.
The Adam Durrant-trained three-year-old caught the eye of Pilkington after recording five brilliant wins from her eight starts.
The daughter of Sessions is unbeaten from three starts at Ascot this campaign after also flashing potential with back-to-back Belmont wins in winter.
Pilkington and fellow bloodstock agent Damon Gabbedy brokered the deal with Oakland Park Stud’s Neville Duncan, the breeder and owner of The Front Bar.
“We’re very respectful of the WA form and she’s been on the radar for a while,” Pilkington said.
“The deal came together with the old WA connection between myself, Damon Gabbedy and Neville and Susan Duncan.
“We’re leaving her with Adam for the short-term and she’ll race in the Summer Scorcher on Perth Cup day.
“Then she’ll come over east to the Ballarat stables of Tony and Calvin McEvoy.
“Hopefully she’ll go on with it and perform in high-speed races in the future.”
Pilkington has also bought WA fillies Bam’s On Fire, Special Alert and Ping Me Another in recent years on behalf of Thomas.
Pilkington and Thomas are part-owners of Neufbosc, who will defend his Perth Cup (2400m) crown for trainer Neville Parnham on January 1.
Neufbosc will tackle Saturday’s Group 2 Ted Van Heemst Stakes (2100m) and stablemate Bam’s On Fire will run in the Listed Starstruck Classic (1600m).
Meanwhile, champion Australian hoop Zac Purton was one of three jockeys taken to hospital after a sickening fall in the Hong Kong International Sprint at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Purton, Lyle Hewitson and Yuichi Fukunaga were conscious but taken to hospital for further assessment when Hewiton’s mount Amazing Star broke down.
Amazing Star and Karis Teetan’s mount, Naboo Attack, had to be euthanised after the fall.
Australian hoop Blake Shinn won the International Sprint on Sky Field.
Champion galloper Golden Sixty extended his remarkable winning streak to 16 when he stormed home to win the Hong Kong Mile. Salios ran third for WA hoop Damian Lane.