A yearling by Champion Sire Tapit was the highest-priced filly sold during the opening session of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale in Cape Town, South Africa.
The lone offering by Tapit in the venue, the gray miss was bred by Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd., and sold for 1,500,000 Rands ($191,802 U.S.) to Gaynor Rupert and partners. Cataloged as hip 20, she was consigned by the Beck family’s Highlands Farm Stud.
Bidding on the Tapit filly opened at R200,000, and offers were tendered from all over the pavilion until Rupert got the final nod. The sale company presented Rupert with a bottle of Moet champagne once the hammer fell. She told the media afterwards, “With that sort of breeding, and to be able to bring those sort of bloodlines to South Africa, you have to do it…It's a lot of money, but honestly I thought she'd go for more.”
Gainesway owner Antony Beck said that the sale of the Tapit filly is part of a long-term plan. The filly’s young dam, Banshee Girl, was not in foal during the regular breeding season of 2009, and so was bred to Tapit in September of that year and eventually exported to South Africa.
“It’s no secret that I think Tapit is truly outstanding—one of the greatest stallions in the world," Beck said. “So we thought we’d breed the mare on southern time, with the hope of racing the progeny here and, if they’re good enough, eventually bringing them back to the U.S.”
Beck said that Tapit has been available only to syndicate members for southern hemisphere breedings. “We wanted to keep his book at a more reasonable number, so it was decided to limit his book to 130 mares, while trying to breed a few more on southern time.”
Beck said he originally intended to race the filly as a homebred, but entered her in the sale upon the advice of Highlands manager Mike Sharkey. “I hadn't seen her in a while, but, when I did, I was extremely impressed,” Beck said. “The Tapits always show themselves well, but even so, she’s well above average…I wish Gaynor tremendous success with this athletic filly, and I sincerely hope that she allows me to stay in with her.”