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Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Fleur Royale (IRE)
Based at the Hemel ‘n Aarde Stud, Casey Tibbs was a consistent sire of stakes performers and smart, gritty runners of both sexes. He was one of South Africa’s best value for money stallions and was known for producing tough stock capable of winning over any distance.
By an Irish Classic winner out of a mare who was second in the Irish Oaks, Casey was certainly classically bred. His second dam, French Oaks winner Sweet Mimosa, was a full sister to the great champions Le Moss and Levmoss.
Casey Tibbs was one of over 320 stakes winners sired by the Sadler’s Wells, whose leading sire sons include Galileo, Montjeu and El Prado. A Group 1 performer himself, Casey won six races during his career, including the leading Derby trial, the Ballysax Stakes. He was also second in the Group 1 Secretariat Stakes, one of North America’s top turf races.
Retired to stud in South Africa in 2000, Casey Tibbs got off to a good start with his first runners. This crop included seven stakes horses, amongst which were the outstanding filly Sweet Virginia (Gr3 Winter Derby), and top-class colt, Play Catch (Gr3 Cape Classic).
After that Casey would come up with a least one smart performer in every crop. From his second crop came Hilgrove, whose five wins included the Gr2 Premier’s Trophy, and over R500,000 in prize money.
Other stars sired by Casey Tibbs included Casey Cool (G2 Merchants Stakes), Festive Occasion (G2 SA Oaks, and an Equus Champion), Naughty Prince (G3 Winter Guineas), Cyber Case (G3 Lebelo Handicap), Cree Lodge (Gr3 Langerman Handicap) and recent feature race winners Cash Register and Why Worry.
However, Casey Tibbs’ greatest son was undoubtedly champion Big City Life. This magnificent colt won four Grade 1 races, including the Vodacom 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 Vodacom Durban July. Big City Life, who won over R3,900,000 in prize money, was named Equus Champion 3-Year-Old colt in 2009.
Casey Tibbs had a remarkable ability to sire graded winners over all distances. He had feature race winners from 1000-2400m, and both his colts and fillies run. His success came despite never covering top-class books of mares, and Casey proved himself the hard way.
To date Casey has sired 31 black type performers. His current 2-year-olds include the useful filly, Masked Lady, who competed in the Summer Juvenile Stakes on J&B Met day and the eye catching debut winner, Red Tractor.
By no means a big horse, Casey confirmed the mantra that dynamite comes in small packages!
Extract from Klawervlei Stud