Getting horses to qualify for well endowed sale races matters. That is evident from the top priced lots at the CTS Ready To Run Sale.
Highest price was given by trainer Brett Crawford for a colt by Investec Derby winner Camelot (Montjeu), who sired 2018 Irish Derby winner Latrobe and highclass 3yo Hunting Horn in his first crop.
Crawford had signed for the colt at the CTS Book One sale in January for R275k.
This time Camelot was much more exposed as a stallion with a future, and Crawford went to R1.1m to keep the colt, whose dam is out of a full sister to 2000 Guineas winner (and sire) Footstepsinthesand.
The top priced filly (6th highest priced lot overall) had been a R350k Book Two purchase earlier this year, and went for R550k here, the record showing Rainbow Beach Trading as buyer both times.
The two second highest priced lots were both colts.
Stone Hill consigned the first foal of a winning Irish mare by Excellent Art, sired by Pour Moi (like Camelot a son of Montjeu, and also sire of a Derby winner). He’d been a R225k Book One purchase, and went here for R900k.
That was the same as paid for the Trippi colt out of 7-time winning Dynasty-mare Pacific Dynasty (dam of Frank Lloyd Wright); he’d been led out of the ring unsold at R300k at the Book One sale earlier this year. Clearly a good call!
The overall sale median settled at R130k, colts at R160k, fillies a more modest R90k. This gives some perspective to the BSA Ready To Run Sale held last month, where the median was R120k, colts at R115k and fillies R140k.