Sadler’s Wells champion dies in South Africa

Classically bred South African sire Casey Tibbs has died at Klawervlei Stud.  The Irish bred son of Sadler’s Wells was 19.

Casey Tibbs (Sadler’s Wells – Fleur Royale by Mill Reef) stood alongside a large roster of stallions at the Bonnievale nursery east of Cape Town.  Beside champion sire Captain Al, the residents also include (Aus) breds Curved Ball (Fastnet Rock), Dan De Lago (Encosta De Lago), Seventh Rock (Rock Of Gibraltar) plus NZ bred Oracy (Zabeel).

He has sired 31 black type performers with the best of them being ill-fated champion Big City Life.  A G1 winner of the Durban July, Cape Derby and Daily News 2000, he also beat the mighty Pocket Power in the G1 Gold Challenge but tragically suffered a fatal injury in the 2011 Durban July.

A G1 performer himself, Casey won six races including the Ballysax Stakes in Ireland.  He was also second in the G1 Secretariat Stakes in North America.

Casey Tibbs got off to a good start at stud with first crop stars Sweet Virginia (G3 Winter Derby) and Play Catch (G3 Cape Classic).  From his second came Hilgrove (G2 Premier’s Trophy) and, after that, he would sire at least one smart performer in every year.

His other stakes winners included Casey Cool (G2 Merchants Stakes), Festive Occasion (G2 SA Oaks), Naughty Prince (G3 Winter Guineas), Cyber Case (G3 Lebelo Hcp), Cree Lodge (G3 Langerman Hcp) and recent feature race winners Cash Register and Why Worry.

Casey Tibbs had a remarkable ability to sire Group winners of both sexes over all distances from 1000m – 2400m.  And he made the grade despite never covering top-class books of mares.