R2R sale yields six quick winners; more in the offing

R2R sale yields six quick winners; more in the offing

April 23, 2020 / 5 months ago

R2R sale yields six quick winners; more in the offing cover image
Remus (VAR), the first colt from 2019 R2R to win. (Wayne Marks)

Last November’s CTS Ready To Run Sale had already produced six individual winners when racing was halted due to the lockdown on 26 March. Several others are ready to race, and others still are coming along the right way and getting rave reports from their connections.

Trainer Corrie Lensley’s Miss Generosity, by Philanthropist, was the first R2R graduate to win, just two months after the sale, on 22 February. She ripped clear by four lengths in a 800m dash at Flamingo Park.

She was followed a week later by Candice Bass-Robinson’s Lemon Delight (a R90,000 Flower Alley filly), a surprise winner at 12-1 over 1000m at Kenilworth, but a promising one all the same.

Remus (VAR), a R260,000 buy, was the first colt from the sale to pick up an early win for Brett Crawford on 14 March and Zarina (Bass-Robinson, Master Of My Fate), made it two wins on the day.

Weiho Marwing’s Time Thief colt, The Contractor, a R200,000 Syndicate purchase, won impressively over 1450m at his third visit to the track at Turffontein, on 19 March. This Nadeson Park-bred looks to have a future.

Last to win, just before lockdown on 21 March at the same track was Greens, a filly by Gimmethegreenlight, who fetched R200,000 at the sale and is destined to recover that without much fuss.

The sale’s top sellers are reportedly in fine fettle and racing fans can look forward to seeing them in action not long after racing resumes.

The highest bid at the sale was for Track Commander, knocked down to Sean Tarry Racing for R2,4-million. This colt by Gimmethegreenlight is a first-born from Cherry Orchard (Horse Chestnut) from the family of Red Dor and Double D’Or, and his price attests to the fact that he doesn’t lack size, substance or good conformation.

Tarry commented: “He’s a very nice horse, but it’s early days yet to make any kind of call on him. He does look the part, however. We brought him in early, but he needed time to mature and we sent him to Julia Pilbeam at Soetendal.

Pilbeam reported: “Track Commander is a magnificent horse, he’s impressed us in his time here. He was ready to go back to Sean a few weeks ago, but we can’t send him now due to the lockdown. We’re keeping him ticking over, he is one to watch!”

There is similar praise for Captain Al’s son Royal Flush, a lovely colt bought by John Freeman for R1,1-million and sent into training with Justin Snaith. Freeman loves this one, and news from the Snaith yard is that he is in full work, pleasing them and getting stronger.

Snaith commented: “Royal Flush is a smart looking horse, a bit immature but he’s improving all the while. While I think he may race at two he will probably be better at three. He’s a bit of a backward type and I expect him to improve more over time, as he matures.”

Form Bloodstock bought Night King, a half-brother to sprint sensation Via Africa, sired by What A Winter, for R800,000. He is stabled with Mike de Kock, who said: “Night King was wound up for the sale, he’d done some work in preparation for it. When he got here we put him out into a paddock for a rest and to mature. He’s back in training now and he’s developing into a beautiful horse. If he runs like he looks, we’ve got a nice one here. I have hopes for him.”

Assertive Power, a R600,000 buy for the Snaith stable from Normandy Stud, was a colt held in high regard by Normandy’s Oscar Foulkes, who described him as a “classic type, a scopy horse that will need time” before the sale.

The Snaith stable agreed and commented: “He’s a typical Silvano, they seldom race at two and we knew that when we bought him. He’s a well put-together individual with a great action, we liked him from the moment we saw him.  He’s coming to hand nicely, will probably run in July or August, and he will definitely need a mile at least. We think he is one to follow.” Kerry Jack Bloodstock secured Gr1 winner Orbison’s good-looking and close relation Bling King (Gimmethegreenlight) on behalf of Hong Kong-based Tony Millard for R550,000. They’ll be hoping this one will be good enough to make his way to Millard after a few runs and Crawford said: “Bling King moves very well, he looks promising but it’s just too early to say. He rested at Soetendal after the sale and we haven’t done much with him yet.”