Last Friday saw Cape Thoroughbred Sales host its inaugural Ready to Run Sale out at Durbanville racecourse.
The sale proved tremendously popular, and the prices fetched were well above expectation.

The elegant facilities, excellent food and general atmosphere drew praise from many different sources, and this sale looks sure to go from strength to strength in the coming years.

Of the 163 horses catalogued, 152 found new homes, and they grossed a total of R25, 865,000.

The average price for the sale was an impressive R170, 164.

Two blue blooded lots fetched R1 million apiece to jointly top the one day event. A Jet Master filly and Western Winter colt sold for six figures each.
The filly, consigned by Klawervlei, is out of the smart, four time winner Page Girl. She is from the tremendous Party Time family, responsible for numerous stakes winners over the years, and was purchased by Adrian Van Vuuren. Consigned as lot 105, the bay goes by the name of Belle Coco.

Fellow sales topper, lot 80, is a son of multiple champion sire Western Winter. The colt, an own brother to the smart, stakes winning Master Mascus, was knocked down to Markus Jooste for an even million. Consigned by leading Cape trainer, Vaughan Marshall (as Agent), the colt, out of Badger Land matron Landaulet, has been named Excelero.

Encouragingly, the sale saw two major new buyers come to the fore –  the US based, South African born, Greg Bortz, purchased 8 juveniles for a gross total of R1.08 million. Adriaan Van Vuuren, who had been a leading player at the TBA’s Ready to Run Sale last month, purchased four lots on Friday, including the R1 million Jet Master filly.

The Van Vuuren lots will be going to Mike Azzie, whilst a number of the Bortz babies will remain in the Cape with Justin Snaith.

Leading trainer, Sean Tarry, was taken by the sale and its venue, commenting, “I am most impressed by the sale’s vibe, it is a massive change to anything I have seen previously at Durbanville! The facilities are great, and the prices, for a first time sale, have been phenomenal. I feel this sale can only go from strength to strength in the future.”

Graduates from the sale automatically qualify for the 2013 CTS Ready to Run Sale, a R1 million open only to CTS ready to Run purchases. A further incentive, in the form of six months interest free credit, was also provided to buyers at the sale.

“Such incentives captured the imagination of buyers from across the country and from Mauritius” said CTS’ CEO, Robin Bruss. “And consequently, trade was brisk, although it can also be said that as the last sale of the year, quality was variable and we saw horses trading from R20,000 to R1million, so there was something for everyone.  The results showed a winning formula”.
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