EIB Claim Top Lot At Ready To Run

Empire International Bloodstock (EIB) snapped up the top lot sold at Sunday’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale in Germiston this weekend.

The sales topper of Sunday’s sale was the Futura colt Castle On The Hill, who was knocked down to EIB for R1 300 000.

Consigned by the Ndoro Stud, the classically bred Castle On The Hill (Lot 91) hails from the first crop of the Drakenstein Stud based Horse Of The Year Futura, whose nine career triumphs included victories in the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, G1 J&B Met and back to back wins in the G1 Champions Cup.

The sales topping colt, who is closely inbred to multiple South African champion sire Western Winter, is out of the winning Go Deputy mare Music Pass, a full-sister to G2 Hawaii Stakes third Full Mast and half-sister to Emerald Fillies Handicap winner Grandalea.

Castle On The Hill, whose third dam is Cape Fillies Guineas winner Dance Every Dance, hails from the immediate family of the Western Winter sired Equus Champion Capetown Noir, a triple G1 winner, and now promising young Summerhill Stud based stallion, and promising filly In The Dance.

EIB ended the Ready To Run Sale as the leading buyers by aggregate, with the organisation picking up five two-year-olds for a gross total of R1 565 000.

Other EIB purchases included –

Moonsail (Lot 49) – a son of Dubawi’s G1 winning son Willow Magic and half-brother to ill-fated Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup winner Big Bear (R70 000)

Jaeger Moon (Lot 83) – a Capetown Noir (Western Winter) half brother to 3 winners from the immediate family of Horse Of The Year, and five time G1 winner, Yard-Arm (Western Winter) (R140 000)

Snatched (Lot 108) – a filly from the first crop of Cape Guineas winner Act War and a half-sister to 4 winners including the stakes placed Bated Breath, her dam is a winning half-sister to the five time winning dam of Chijmes –runner up in Saturday’s G2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile (R40 000)

Refinery (Lot 110) – a son of Breeders’ Cup runner up Noble Tune, and a half-brother to 3 winners, from the family of champions Horse Chestnut and Monyela (R15 000)

Sale Images: Candiese Marnewick