The BSA Sean Tarry Fast Track Sale takes place in the Bull Ring at the Randjesfontein Training Centre on Friday 23 September, starting at 13H00, and it features a wide range of classy thoroughbreds from WSB Gold Rush 2023 candidates to WSB Gold Rush 2024 candidates as well as promising unraced three-year-olds, competitive older horses and broodmare prospects etc.
A Zoom platform will be available for the sale.
“There are some very nice horses on the sale,” said Tarry, “with the headliner obviously being Time Fo Orchids (Lot 47), who is on top of the log for the R7.5 million WSB Gold Rush race.”
Tarry said there had been interest shown in this Time Thief filly by some of the Gold Rush “prospectors” i.e. those who hold a ticket for the race. However, he had decided to keep her on the sale. Her best performance was a strong-finishing third in the Grade 2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper over 1400m from way back in the running. She showed a good turn of foot again in the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes before becoming short of room and losing momentum, but she should be looking for 1600m by next January when the Gold Rush race takes place. She is out of the Tarry-trained Grade 3 Jacaranda Handicap winner Amber Orchid (Dubawi), who has had four runners and two winners.
Tarry said he also had some well bred horses who would be eligible for the 2024 Gold Rush race.
One of these will be the last horse on the sale, Lot 60, who is by Pomodoro out of the twice Grade 3 Track And Ball Oaks winner, Witchcraft. The latter is a half-sister to Tarry’s Capetown Noir Grade 1 Allan Robertson and Grade 2 WSB Fillies Guineas winner Under Your Spell, so there is plenty of class and speed in this pedigree.
The sale will have a strong finish, because lot 59, who also qualifies for the 2024 Gold Rush, is a full sister to Golden Prospect, who won his maiden well before being not disgraced behind the smart Cousin Casey in both the Grade 2 Durban Golden Horseshoe over 1400m and the Grade 1 Premier’s Champion Stakes over 1600m. This Pomodoro filly is out of four time-winning Doowaley mare Terra Marianna, a half-sister to Listed winner State Opening. Lot 59 is also a full-sister to three time winner Ballon D’Or among other winners.
Lot 55 is another who is eligible for Gold Rush 2024. This Pomodoro filly is the first foal of the smart Tarry-trained Elusive Fort mare Safe Harbour, who was runner up in all of the Grade 1 Cape Fillies Guineas, the Grade 1 Paddock Stakes and the Grade 1 SA Fillies Classic, as well as third in the Grade 1 Woolavington 2000 and fourth in two other Grade 1s over a mile.
Tarry describes Lot 52 as “a beautiful filly”. She is beautifully bred too and qualifies for Gold Rush 2024. She is by Cape Guineas winner William Longsword out of Grade 1 Golden Slipper winner For The Lads (Trippi). For The Lads has produced two winners from two runners, both by Pomodoro.
Of those who have been working well, Tarry said “the dogs have been barking” about lot 30. This unraced Vercingetorix filly is eligible for the 2023 Gold Rush race and is a half-sister to the smart Sarah, a Listed-winning and Grade 2 and Grade 3-placed sprinter, who won six races in all.
Tarry said Lot 37, an unraced three-year-old Querari colt, had been putting in eye-catching work. His three time-winning Jet Master dam Tigress is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Little Miss Magic and she has produced four winners from six runners.
Kambulu (3yo Querari colt) (Lot 37)
A number of the horses on the sale have been running well in KZN, including Double Martini (Twice Over) (Lot 4), who has won three times on the Hollywoodbets Greyville turf this year; Track Commander (Gimmethegreenlight) (Lot 25), who has not missed a cheque in seven starts, six of them on the poly, including one win; Immeasurable (Pomodoro) (Lot 14), who has three seconds and a third in four starts on the poly; and Desert Pride (Pomodoro) (Lot 3), who had some hard-knocking KZN form before winning on the poly last time out.
He also spoke about a couple of older horses.
The one-eyed Indlamu (Pomodoro) (Lot 16), is coming off a Listed third place finish on the Hollywoodbets Greyville poly in the MWOS Darley Arabian.
The filly Wokonda (Captain Of All) (Lot 28) beat Humdinger over 1450m in May and the latter then came out and won the Listed Off To Stud Stakes over 1600m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Wokonda was not disgraced in fifth place last time out behind the smart Miss Daisy in the Non-Black Type The Ladies Stakes over 1200m, a distance short of her best.
Tarry said there were also some attractive broodmare prospects on the sale.
They are headed by Ecstatic Green (Lot 7), a Gimmethegreenlight five-year-old mare, who won the Grade 2 Debutante Stakes and was second in the Grade 1 Allan Robertson and second in the Grade 2 Tibouchina.
Also Victoria Paige (Lot 27), a six-year-old Captain Al mare who had a number of Graded race places.