Pricey Cape filly breaks her duck
The beautifully bred Tapdance broke her maiden convincingly at Durbanville on Wednesday.
Trained by Justin Snaith, the flashy grey was given a great ride by in-form jockey Richard Fourie to win a maiden plate over 1400m by a length – despite having to overcome a poor draw of 12.
Tapdance, who is owned by Drakenstein Stud in partnership with Gainesway, was a R1 500 000 purchase at the 2012 Cape Premier Yearling Sale (Book One).
She is a filly with a world-class pedigree. Her sire, Tapit (Pulpit – Tap Your Heels), is one of North America’s best and most popular stallions.
Winner of the Gr1 Wood Memorial Stakes, Tapit, to date, has sired 42 stakes winners – of which 12 are Grade One winners. His Grade One winners include the Breeders Cup winning champions Hansen and Stardom Bound, while other Gr1 winners by the sire include Tapizar (Breeders Cup Mile), Joyful Victory (Santa Margarita Handicap), Tapitsfly (Just A Game Handicap), and Tell A Kelly (Debutante Stakes).
His fee for 2013 is $125 000 or over R1 200 000.
Understandably, Tapit’s yearlings have proved immensely popular. No fewer than four yearlings by him fetched $1 000 000 plus at the 2013 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
Tapdance’s female side is equally impressive. Her dam, Banshee Girl, is by champion US sire and broodmare sire Deputy Minister – whose daughters have produced a staggering 220 stakes winners.
Tapdance’s second dam, Shore Breezer, is a Grade One placed daughter of top sprinter and sire Gulch (by Mr Prospector). Shore Breezer is also a three parts sister to Gr1 Champagne Stakes hero Mogambo (Mr Prospector).
Third dam is US champion filly Lakeville Miss – whose seven wins include four Grade Ones. North America’s Champion 2yo filly of 1977, Lakeville Miss won the Gr1 Coaching Club Oaks at three.