A half brother to exciting Rathmor stallion Noble Tune and Lane’s End stallion Honor Code, sold for $1.05 million during the Thursday session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale
The Tapit colt was the highest-priced weanling up to that point of the auction.
Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales, the dark bay colt is out of the top-producing Storm Cat mare, Serena’s Cat, whose offspring have been extemely popular in recent years.
A half sibling to the Tapit colt sold for $2.6 million at last year’s Keeneland November sale with a full sibling bringing a then-North American record weanling price of $3 million at the 2014 exercise.
“That’s a very very hard pedigree to get into,” enthused buyer Chris Baccari.
Noble Tune’s acquisition was a major boon for SA breeding and he is the only son of sire-of-sires Unbridled’s Song at stud in this country.
Bred on the sire-line cross of Fappiano x Storm Cat that produced 2015 Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, Noble Tune’s sire-line is unique to the South African studbook as Fappiano is now considered a new branch of the Mr Prospector sire-line
Noble Tune’s first yearlings will be on sale in 2017.
He stands for R25 000.