Tapit tops at Saratoga and South Africa

Gainesway sire Tapit topped sales at Saratoga and South Africa on Sunday.

His yearling colt from G3 winner Derrianne (Cozzene) made $330,000 at Saratoga and his filly out of Baccarat Babe (El Prado) realised R650 000 at the Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale.

Buyers continue to flock to the TBA complex in Jo’burg with its long history of producing local champions and international stars.  The Sale average rose 19% to R70 000 which, in a tough market, was most encouraging.

Highlands Farm consigned the Tapit sales topper that was knocked down to top Cape trainer Joey Ramsden.  Her USA bred dam is a daughter of G1 Spinaway Stakes winner Family Enterprize.

Tapit is by A. P. Indy sire Pulpit and he was a G1 winner of the 2004 Wood Memorial before retiring to Gainesway Farm where he is fully booked at a $125,000 fee.

Tapit finished third on the North American sires’ premiership last year with G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Hansen leading the charge.  Zenyatta’s owner Jerry Moss paid him the ultimate compliment by booking the champion mare into him this year.

Colts by Dynasty and Silvano were next best on the South African leader-board at R500 000.  The Dynasty is a half-brother to LR Storm Bird Stakes runner-up Carlito Brigante (Windrush) and was purchased by Glen Kotzen.

The Silvano – Lanari Legacy (Al Mufti) colt from Danika Stud was purchased by Laurence Wernars.  All up, Wernars and his partner Harry Wilson were the top buyers at the Sale with 8 lots for R1.61 million.

Maine Chance Farms topped the vendors by aggregate with 13 lots totalling R1 60 million.

Top turnover sire at the sale was young stallion Sail From Seattle.  A Canadian stakes winner by Gone West, he had 12 offspring fetch R1.17 million.

TBA chief executive Tom Callaghan was delighted with the sale considering there were 100 less horses on offer than last year.  “There was plenty of quality on offer and the top end held up quite well,” he said.  “And it was pleasing to see quite a number of new faces among the buyers.”

Full details can be viewed at:    www.tba.co.za

Currency converter:  R1,000 = AUD 117

Gainesway sire popular at Saratoga and South Africa