Gross revenue and average prices reached record highs…
(Photo : Heather Morkel)
EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE
TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
2nd and 4th November 2012
Extract from Sporting Post
Gross revenue and average prices reached record highs at last weekend’s 2 day Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale at the TBA Sales Complex. Of the 202 catalogued 2-year-olds some 169 were sold, grossing R38million. That translates to an average price of R229k, up 20% on the corresponding sale last year. Remarkably, the average was just fractionally less than what was achieved at the 2012 National Yearling Sale (R233k).
Top price was R2million for an Australian-bred colt by Tale Of The Cat. The youngster is the first foal of his US-bred unraced dam, from the female line of Dancing Brave, and had been bought earlier this year in Australia for A$42k.
Local heroes Jet Master, Var and Trippi filled the next three places, price-wise. A half brother by Var to Gr.3 placed Stakes winner Jet Jamboree made R1.6million, a handsome return on his R600k purchase price at the Cape Yearling Sale in January of this year. Even more profitable was the pinhook on the full sister by Jet Master to multiple Gr.1 placed Stakes winner Lizarre and Gr.3 placed Lake Arthur. She made third top-price of R1.5million, having been bought at the 2012 Cape Sale for R350k.
Trippi’s 2-year-old son out of Sportsworld mare, Spoil Sport, was listed as a R300k vendor buy-back at the 2012 National Sale. The youngster, who is full brother to multiple 2-year-old winner Yellow Card, was knocked down this time at R1.1million.
Gr.1 winner Ivory Trail had been catalogued and withdrawn at both the Cape Sale and the National Sale in 2012. The wait proved worthwhile, as the Cheveley-bred fetched a cool R1million here.
The last of the millionaires was a Fastnet Rock 2-year-old out of a Sadler’s Wells daughter of Champion European sprinter Habibti. The youngster is half brother to German and Italian Gr.1 winner Morshdi, and had made the shortlist of most of the judges at the Ready To Run gallops three weeks prior to this sale.
The overall median price at the sale went up to R150k, from R90k and R100k in the two previous years. Colt’s median increased to R180k from R110k in the both previous years. Fillies didn’t lag, with their median going to R130k, from R90k both previous years. These figures were much the same as those at the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale of 2012, where the overall median also was R150k, with colts slightly less at R170k, and fillies on par with R150k.
The traditional Ready To Run Sale, with its massive annual restricted-race incentive, has truly come of age. The presence of 2-year-olds by top class international sires (who do deliver!) and the pin-hooking opportunities (on both the local and international stock) will no doubt continue to make the original Ready To Run one of the major events of the year.
READY TO RUN
Rock Of Gibraltar
Tale Of The Cat
DUKE OF MEDINA
Rock Of Gibraltar
DON’T BE SILLY
AP ARROW (2012)
Chase The Light
ADMIRE MAIN (2012)
TWO TEN JACK
MULLINS BAY (2012)
New York Folly
TOAST OF THE TOWN