Seattle relative stars at Fasig Tipton
A close relative of Ascot Stud’s resident sire Sail From Seattle proved hugely popular at Wednesday’s Fasig-Tipton’s Florida Sale of 2yos.
The Tapit colt, who put up an impressive pre-sale gallop, was knocked down for $900 000 to Coolmore Stud. The joint second top priced lot of the one day sale, the unnamed bay is out of the stakes winning Gone West mare West Coast Swing, whose four wins from just six outings included the Prairie Meadows Oaks.
Consigner Becky Thomas (who consigned the son of Tapit jointly with Justin Casse on behalf of JSM Equine LLC), raved about the well bred juvenile, saying, “”He is one of the most special colts I’ve ever been around. He is a beautiful mover, and he’s just stunning to look at. He has a beautiful walk and he covers a lot of ground. He had the best gallop out in the sale. He’s an incredibly nice colt.”
His dam West Coast Swing is a three parts sister to Sail From Seattle – the pair both being sired by Gone West. While West Coast Swing is out of a Danzig daughter of champion Classy ‘N Smart (dam of Champion US sire Smart Strike), Sail From Seattle is out of a Seattle Slew sired daughter of the same mare.
West Coast Swing and Sail From Seattle’s third dam is the Canadian legend No Class, one of the greatest mares in the stud book. A daughter of Nodouble, No Class (herself a member of the Canadian Racing Hall Of Fame), produced no fewer than five horses who were either Grade 1 winners or official champions. No Class’ champions included $3.3 million earner Sky Classic, who went on to enjoy a hugely successful stud career, siring, amongst others, Canadian Horse Of The Year Thornfield.
Further back this is the family of two exciting young Cape bred and based sires – Jackson and Soft Falling Rain (both of whom have strong ties to Robertson farm, Highlands). Jackson, who was exceptionally popular and proved very fertile in his first season at stud last year, stands at the place of his birth- Highlands, while the Highlands bred Soft Falling Rain is set to stand his first season at Wilgerbosdrift in 2015.
Sail From Seattle, a lightly raced stakes winner himself, has made a superb start to his stud career, with his first crop including the Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas hero Elusive Gold (himself a runner in Sunday’s Hong Kong Derby) and millionaire Tommy Gun, while his second crop includes champion East Cape filly Dancing Natasha and five other stakes horses.