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R2,4 Million Tops At CTS RTR

Highs and lows in testing times

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.

The topseller – #160 a son of Gimmethegreenlight (Pic – Wayne Marks / CTS)

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.

Sean Tarry – good sale

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.

See all the prices here

Next on the agenda is the 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. Save 16 January as an important date!

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12 comments on “R2,4 Million Tops At CTS RTR

  1. Jamtin says:

    Wow, sales topper and not a word about who bred him! We could not wait for your article, thinking we could frame it with our Stud name mentioned in it. We hoped to hang it on our wall with all our racing memorabilia. Pity! I suppose if you are not a well known breeder, you are not worth reporting on….

    Thank you to Chris Van Niekerk and Sean Tarry who bought him on the 2018 CTS Yearling Select Sales from Winterbagh/Collins Stud Farm. Thank you again for buying him back on the RTR Sales last night and may he be the winner/champion we expect him to be. God Bless!

    Hendrik Winterbagh (Snr) and Hendrik (Jnr), you guys are awesome!! Thank you for being such professionals. It is a pleasure breeding with you guys. You know your craft!!

    1. Editor says:

      Jamtin, congratulations on your colt
      Our web report – the only one that covered the sale – was published less than 24 hours after the event and gave a broad summary of the results.
      A more detailed overview will be carried in our bumper Summer Cup weekend print edition with our sale prices

      While it is not reflected in the catalogue, we accept your point, in hindsight, that we could have mentioned the individual breeder’s name instead of focussing, amongst others, on the vendors only.
      Thanks for having your say – feedback keeps us on our toes.
      Best regards

  2. Steve Reid says:

    Plenty of demand for the right horse? Some common sense needed here and there doesn’t seem to be much. Chris van Niekerk turns down a R1 650 000 profit opportunity with absolutely no risk to qualify the horse for a race with a winning purse of R1 250 000…? In theory he also pays a vendor fee of R168000 to do so just to qualify the horse for the sales race.

    Figures quoted are based on the horse bought for R650 000 at the CTS Yearling sale and the under bidders last bid at R2 300 00. Vendors fee of 7%.

    Looks solid doesn’t it?

    1. Editor says:

      It took some parallel bidding to get that lot to that level, Steve
      So one must deduce there was demand
      As for the sums – fair comment, but he may have been considered to have scope beyond the sales race

  3. Steve Reid says:

    I remember the Jooste glory years where top prices were paid for the progeny of Klawervlei produce, in particular the unproven stallions. The vast majority, if not all of the top priced lots raced in the fraudsters silks. I wonder who the parallel bidders were then?

  4. Brett Maselle says:

    2 lots out of 162 were sold for over R1million.

    The most spent on the sale was by buyers linked to Mr Van Niekerk who is a director and shareholder of CTS.

    The NHA is clearly not doing its job.

    The breeder of Track Commander is Collins Stud.
    Since being registered by the breeder, the horse was sold at least once and the registration of ownership in the records of the NHA appears to have remained in the name of the breeder. On this sale, a stud farm far removed from the seller is then used to sell the horse. I see that the records of the NHA show that the dam of the horse was covered on 11/11/16. This date may not be correct. I have time and time again complained to the NHA that it has a major difficulty with its covering dates. As an example, one Stallion i mentioned to the NHA appears to have covered virtually every mare on the same day being 11/11.

    There are serious problems with the NHA records. It needs to fix the records and clamp down. Sales companies should not have the right to sign change of ownership forms and ownership needs to be tracked from day one.

    1. Editor says:

      Just to clarify that the change of ownership from Collins Stud to Mr Van Niekerk was registered on 22 March 2019 in Volume 118 – Issue 35, of the NHRA’s Racing Calendar

  5. Jamtin says:

    Thank you Mr Editor. Apology accepted! Seems that I opened a can of worms here…… NHA beter wake up. I am very surprised to hear that Turf Commander is still in my Stud’s name. Crazy.

  6. Brett Maselle says:

    The registration of ownership needs to be recorded by the NHA on each and every occasion that there is a sale or change of ownership of a horse.

    The NHA must be notified of the change of ownership within 30 days and receive the required prescribed fee to change the ownership.

    Given that the NHA has advance notice of all sales by recognised sales companies and the results are published on the web for all to see, the NHA is able to determine whether the rules have been timeously complied with.

    The rules below show that the NHA, in the instance of Track Commander (i.e it being sold at a previous sale) has not applied its own rules. There must be many many more cases where the ownership of a horse has not been properly tracked.

    41.3 In the event of transfer of ownership/sale of a HORSE:
    41.3.1 …..
    41.3.2 ……
    41.3.3 the OWNER of the HORSE shall notify the NHA accompanied with the prescribed fee, of the
    transfer of ownership of the HORSE to another OWNER or within 30 DAYS of the event. The
    NHA reserves the right to impose a penalty on non-compliance to this RULE.
    Amended [10.05.2019]
    41.3.4 the new OWNER must register with the NHA within 30 DAYS of the event, unless the HORSE
    is to be used out of racing, then the provisions of RULE 41.10 apply. The NHA reserves the
    right to impose a penalty on non-compliance to this RULE.

    As I see it regarding the latest CTS sales, the NHA should not register a change of ownership in any horse sold until the buyer (and not any other person or entity) complies with rule 41.3.3.
    If the horse has been on sold by that buyer – it makes no difference – the buyer must first be registered and thereafter the new buyer can be registered.

    I beseech Mr Moodley and Mr Hyde to perform your duties. It is not hard.

    You have a few breeders on your National Board. They should know what to do and what I am talking about.

  7. RR-RRR says:

    Lo and behold, Rainbow Beach Trading (Pty) Ltd has never been registered with the NHRA as an owner even though it has bought and sold over fifty million Rand worth of horses at sales over the years.
    Houston we have a problem The loss by the NHRA in registration fees must be humongous. Taxes are required to be paid on each sale. Who is fooling who.

  8. Carol says:

    Our champion owner of the year, Chris Van Niekerk, has not bought a horse at any national sale for donkeys years, if ever Look at the records. Something is amiss.

  9. Steve Reid says:

    Carol I recall a token purchase just after the fraudster fell. Was one of the first lots of The NYS of that year. Perception is everything – ask KAP

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