While one swallow doesn’t make a summer, Friday evening’s CTS Ready To Run R2,4 million topseller showed that there is still plenty of demand for the right horse.
Sean Tarry Racing saved the best for near last after a long afternoon into evening session when they signed for # 160, Track Commander, as the sale drew to a close.
Julia Pilbeam of Soetendal Estate, mixing a birthday celebration with the tough business of selling the biggest draft on the session, consigned the son of Gimmethegreenlight as agent.
A handsome looker with a beautiful action on the gallop, his dam is a dual winning ¾ sister to Derby placed Red Fort, and half-sister to Gr2 winner Red Dor and Settlers Trophy winner Red Peril. The granddam is a Jallad half-sister to Gr1 winner Double D’or.
The top-priced filly sold was the R475 000 by Vermaak Equine for #84, an unnamed daughter of Var out of the dual stakes winning Captain Al mare Pure Power.
Consigned by Soetendal as agent for Stone Hill Stud she could prove a value buy, and is bred on the same cross as graded stakes winners Eden Roc, Ghaalla and William The Silent
While the catalogue was touted as one of the classiest in years, the results reflected the testing times in which we find ourselves.
136 of the 162 lots offered sold for an aggregate of R23 135 000, with an average of R170 111 and median of R100 000.
Off a smaller catalogue of 109 lots in 2018, the aggregate was R20 320 000, with an average of R205 252 and a median of R140 000
Comparisons of this sale to the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale earlier this month are favourable. There 112 of the 145 catalogued lots were sold at an average of R128 125 and a median of R80 000.
Deceased champion Captain Al had only two on the sale and his duo grossed R1 380 000 for an average of R690 000. Varsfontein based Gimmethegreenlight was top sire on aggregate, his 13 selling for R4 670 000 at and average of R359 230.
Maine Chance sire Querari saw his 11 go for a total of R1 180 000, at an average of R107 272.
Successful supporters of the Ready To Run concept, Sean Tarry Racing were the top buyers, their 5 lots aggregating R3 570 000 at an average of R714 000.
Cape bloodstock man John Freeman wasn’t far off the pace with his 8 purchased averaging R400 000 at a total outlay of R3,2 million.
Chris van Niekerk’s Rainbow Beach Trading bought 7 individuals for R1 ,4 million – an average of R200 000.
Not unexpectedly, Soetendal Estate topped the vendor charts with their 34 lots selling for R8 590 000 at an average of R252 647.
Normandy Stud had 22 sold at R3,9 million for an average of R177 272.
Drakenstein were third on aggregate with R2 640 000, but enjoyed a smart average price of R377 142.
Next on the agenda is the 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. Save 16 January as an important date!