Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS) have announced that the catalogue for their 2018 Ready to Run Sale, to be held at Durbanville Racecourse on Friday 23 November, is now available online, while physical catalogues will be available by the end of October.
The final draft sees 117 two-year olds accepted and the quality of this year’s sale has been described as exceptional by CTS CEO Wéhann Smith and Bloodstock Manager Kerry Jack.
The CTS RTR Sale has been hugely successful in terms of the number of big race performers to have come from the sale.
Wéhann Smith explains: “When you consider the quality of racehorse this sale has previously seen, as evidenced by the number of Stakes winners and return on investment, this has to be one of the most buyer-friendly sales on the planet!”
And this year’s draft appears to offer more of what’s come to be expected from CTS.
Buyers are in for a treat with progeny of proven international sires including Camelot, Equal Stripes, Manhattan Rain, Pour Moi and Rock of Gibraltar all on offer, alongside 2-year olds from leading SA stallions Dynasty, Silvano, Trippi and Var.
There will also be an opportunity to purchase thoroughbreds ready for the track from proven up-and-coming sires Duke of Marmalade, Gimmethegreenlight, Oratorio, Pomodoro, Querari, Twice Over and What a Winter.
From the newer stallions CTS have secured progeny from Captain of All, Flower Alley, Time Thief, Vercingetorix, Wylie Hall and the ill-fated Soft Falling Rain.
Furthermore, unlike yearling sales, buyers will have the opportunity to see every one of the lots on offer at the CTS RTR Breeze-Ups on Friday 23 November. So you not only get to see the class in the book, you’ll get to see what they’re made of on the track, too.
Another bonus to purchasers is that every graduate of the RTR Sale receives a ticket to the R2,5 million RTR Stakes – a purse multiple times that of any comparable sale in South Africa. And an added bonus is that almost a third – 35 of the draft – already have their tickets to the two R5 million CTS Stakes races, having previously passed through the CTS ring at the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale and April Yearling Sale!
Judging by the pedigrees and quality the CTS team have seen, which of this year’s draft will be the next champion?
After all, with the likes of Captain America, Red Ray (stallion), French Navy, Liege, Seventh Plain, Rabada (stallion), Always in Charge (stallion), Sergeant Hardy, Bold Respect, Brave Mary, Hero’s Honour, Surcharge and Takingthepeace all having graduated from previous CTS Ready to Run Sales, there’s a huge chance you’ll find a champion in the making.