Lot 36: Defining Looks (Trippi x Snooty Lady)
Lot 36: Defining Looks (Trippi x Snooty Lady)

Lot 36: Defining Looks (Trippi x Snooty Lady) F

(Photo : Leigh Willson)


TBA Complex, South Africa

1 & 3 November 2013


A tough day of trading came to an end on Friday at the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale. The aggregate dropped from R20,585,000 in 2012 to R16,760,000 and whilst the median fell just 8%, the average price took a hard knock, falling from R223,750 to R192,644.

However there were a number of positive aspects to have emerged from the first day of the sale. Most notably, the fact that the TBA complex greeted a number of high-profile buyers from all over the world. Buyers flocked to the sale from places such as the Far East, France and the UK, to confirm the high ranking that this Ready To Run sale has in the South African racing calendar.

Day one of the two day Ready To Run Sale was topped by an Australian bred colt. Catalogued as lot 104, the son of champion Australian sire Encosta De Lago was snapped up by Adriaan van Vuuren for R1,800,000.

The Summerhill Stud consigned bay is out of a stakes placed daughter of Golden Slipper winner and leading sire Flying Spur (himself a close relation of Encosta De Lago). The handsome colt has been named Intandokazi.

Two fillies fetched R350,000 apiece, to become the joint top fillies sold on day one of the sale.

The first filly to fetch R350,000 was lot 36, a daughter of the highly successful Trippi, whose daughters include the likes of For The Lads, Hammie’s Hooker and Franny. The attractive bay, cleverly named Defining Looks, is a half-sister to the ill-fated Guineas fourth Lostintranslation, and is out of a full sister to J&B Met winner, Angus. Consigned by Summerhill Sales, the bay was knocked down to H.B. Odendaal.

The second filly to fetch R350,000 was lot 82, a beautifully bred daughter of KwaZulu-Natal sire, Kahal. Another consigned by Summerhill, the chestnut miss is out of the stakes winner of five, Winter Wish (a daughter of the deceased champion Western Winter). She was purchased by Cape conditioner Dean Kannemeyer who has enjoyed plenty of success with Ready to Run graduates previously.

While the sale’s start was a tough one, there is an optimisim that Sunday’s session could boost the overall stats.

TBA CEO, Tom Callaghan, admitted after the sale, “It is definitely a buyer’s market at the moment. While stats dropped markedly, the one positive to be taken is the relatively small decline in median. I am confident that Sunday’s session, with a stronger quality of horse on offer, can prove a competitive and positive result.”

Summerhill Stud’s Mick Goss shared Callaghan’s sentiments following day one’s closure. He commented, “While the first day had its moments, it was without question, a buyer’s market. However, there was good money for the good horses, and I am confident that Sunday’s session will be a good one for all concerned.”

A full list of statistics and results for the first day of the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale is available on www.tba.co.za. Day two kicks off on Sunday 3 November at 2:00 pm, and there will be live stream coverage of the final session on both the TBA website and Summerhill Stud Blog.

Extract from Bloodstock South Africa