With ten lots coming up on our two April sales, Nadeson Park stallion Time Thief registered a timeous first Gr1 winner when his smart daughter In Her Time grabbed a deserved victory in the Gr1 The Galaxy at Rosehill on Saturday.
As jockey Corey Brown missed Saturday’s meeting through suspension, Hong Kong-based Australian Zac Purton picked up the ride.
Purton said he was confident throughout the race on In Her Time, who was sent out favourite and led strongly from midfield to hit the front in the final 200m.
The Ben Smith-trained In Her Time had been knocking on the door with three Gr1 placings in the past year and the mare got her time to shine in her return from a spell in Saturday’s 1100m contest.
“I don’t know what to feel at the moment. It probably hasn’t sunk in yet,” Smith said after landing his first Group One win.
“It’s something that we’ve targeted for a long time, winning a Gr1 with this mare and she finally has now.”
The A$2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in two weeks is In Her Time’s next target.
A ¾ brother to SA Champion Sprinter Laisserfaire, Time Thief stood his first season at stud in Australia in 2010 and relocated to South Africa in 2015.
Runner up in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas, the son of Redoute’s Choice is sire of Aus Gr1 millionaire In Her Time and multiple stakes winner Volkoff and other stakes performers.
A top class racehorse, Time Thief won or placed in six of his seven outings. Winner of the Listed Zeditave Stakes, Time Thief’s top performances included a second in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas, where he was beaten by Whobegotyou, and a third in the Gr1 Australia Stakes, to champion Apache Cat.
An A$2 million yearling buy, Time Thief is a son of triple Australian Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice and is one of five stakes horses produced by the Gr3 Tristarc Stakes winner Procrastinate.
Time Thief’s first South African crop go through the sales ring this year and anyone wanting to ‘buy time’ will find 9 on offer at the Cape Thoroughbred Sales April Yearling Sale on 12/13 April and 1 catalogued on the Bloodstock South Africa National Yearling Sales on 24/25/26 April.