THE well related Firth Of Tay proved the star attraction at Thursday’s Cape Mare Sale, held for a first time at the Mistico Equestrian Centre. Consigned by Wilgerbosdrift, the mare was knocked down to John Kramer for R300 000.
Tested in foal to champion sire Trippi, Firth Of Tay is a winning own sister to Equus Champion and sire Kildonan, whose five wins included both the G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes and G1 Gold Horse Casino Sprint. The sales topping mare, whose other notable relatives include current G1 star Carry On Alice, has produced 2 winners to date, including Nima –a three time winner who finished third in the Listed Jamaica Handicap.
Party Peg was the second top lot sold, with the Favour Stud consigned daughter of Jay Peg fetching R200 000 to the bid of Patricia Devine Investments. A three time winner herself, and out of a sister to Equus Champion Let’s Rock ‘N Roll, Party Peg sold in foal to champion sprinter and leading first crop sire What A Winter and she had a colt by that son of Western Winter at foot.
Despite difficult trading conditions, it was encouraging to see the clearance rate improve from 58% in 2016 to 70% this year.
A full list of results and statistics for the 2017 Cape Mare Sale can now be viewed online at www.tba.co.za
Photo: The Cape Mare Sales Bench included big-hitting Jehan Malherbe of Form Bloodstock (blue socks, front).