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Trippi Leads, Middle Market Scores

CTS March Yearling Sale Prices 2015

Trippi colt - top priced Trippi colt – top priced colt at R1.3 million

Trippi, currently leader on the overall Sporting Post stallion log for the season, took the same position at the CTS March Yearling Sale with the top-priced lot.

This was a colt consigned by Ian Heyns, and the second foal of winning Fort Wood mare Fort Sylvia. The mare has an American pedigree background, which includes stallions Dayjur, Tale Of Ekati and The Prime Minister.The hammer fell at R1.3 million on a bid from Chris van Niekerk.

Yearling colts by Trippi, Noordehoek Flyer and Dynasty made the three top prices at the sale. While top priced filly went to Captain Al.

Second highest was a Noordhoek Flyer from Rosedene, for which Markus Jooste laid out R600k. The youngster is half brother to 3 winners, out of stakes placed Western Winter mare Tin Legs who has a sprinter’s background and was exclusively raced over those distances.

Third prize went to a Dynasty colt, whose dam is an unraced full sister to Fillies Guineas winner Sport’s Chestnut, from the family of Horse Chestnut (like Dynasty a son of Fort Wood).  Consigned by Daytona, he was sold for 500k to Chris van Niekerk.

Hassen Adams got the top priced filly, by Captain Al, and the first foal of stakes placed Blingle Bells. The dam, who was kept to sprinting, is a descendant of champion racemare Enchanted Garden.

The top price was a bit lower than the one from last year’s Book Two sale (1.5m vs. 1.3m). The overall median price improved on the previous years, reaching R90k (vs. R80k in the two previous years).

Split by sex, the colts’ median was down from R110k to R90k, while the fillies remained static at R80k.

The higher overall median for this year’s sale suggests a stronger middle market than in previous years.

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3 comments on “Trippi Leads, Middle Market Scores”

  1. I do not agree that there is a stronger middle market. The median for colts down and that for fillies unchanged from last year. The increase in median thus just due to the ratio of colts and fillies. There were a lot of buy backs and not solds, and any perceived strength in the middle market seemed to me to be due to pinhookers- so lots of these sold will be back on the market at the ready to run.
    In any event, a median of R90k means that more than half of those sold did not cover breeder’s cost of production.
    There was welcome demand from a few out of town trainers, notably L Goosen, D Howell and P Peter. Some of the newer sires with strong representation sold quite well, notably Elusive Fort and Warm White Night.

    1. Peter, I did a comparison of last years and this years BK2 sale.
      Ordered the prices top to bottom, and split each sale is five equal sections.
      Then looked at the median in each section.
      This is what I found, last year vs this year
      (2014 vs 2015)
      top 20% – 300k vs 240k
      next 20% – 140k vs 150k
      next 20% – 80k vs 90k
      next 20% – 60k vs 60k
      last 20% – 40k vs 25k

      It seems to me that there was a stronger middle market in 2015 compared to 2014.

      I agree that pinhookers were in the market, which may influence the middle market (they buy well-priced re-salable yearlings, which implies middle market).
      But a pinhooker like Balmoral was there last year as well, even though they bought twice as much this year.

      Happy to see your Elusive Fort got the support, and also to see that my homebred Biarritz found interest (he has only 4 registered foals in his first crop, one ran with Paddy Kruyer, ran a good second). I’m still smarting over that shorthead defeat Biarritz got when second to Elusive Fort in the Gr1 Horse Chestnut – second fast-finishing Gr1 defeat for Biarritz in his career and the closest I’ve come to a Gr1 winner!

  2. I liked the Biarritz yearlings overall. Lots of substance. My mate Harold Crawford stole a nice colt and on Sunday morning before flying back , I saw him at the yard. Very nice horse for no money.
    I was a little light on the one which Sean Tarry bought, but will definitely look at them when they are offered.

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