Normandy’s Draft Is Ready To Run!

The renowned Robertson farm, Normandy Stud, will once again be offering a top-class draft at this year’s CTS Ready To Run Sale.

Normandy Stud will be offering a 24 strong draft this year’s sale, with four of the string offered by the farm as agent.

The farm’s Oscar Foulkes is delighted by the strength of the Ready To Run string, saying, “Ready to Run has been a key element in the Normandy Stud sales programme for many years. The more we’ve done it, the more we’ve refined our selection of the two-year-olds we consign. Preparing them for the sale – not to mention the extra months of feeding them – is too expensive to invest in horses that we don’t think warrant it.

This shows in the racing performance of horses consigned, led by the likes of Sergeant Hardy (below), Bishop’s Bounty, Wonderwall, Nordic Breeze, Crowd Pleaser, Quick Wit and Knife Edge. Graduates like Barrack Street and Delia’s Delight are still in peak form as five-year-olds, which speaks volumes for the kind of preparation they get.

This year the draft contains the last unraced Captain Al filly to be offered at auction. Also consigned is a a cracking colt by Silvano and a racy filly by Trippi, not to mention a couple of Dynasty’s, plus an almost embarrassing number of Gimmethegreenlights and Queraris. It seems wrong that proven stallions of the ilk of Master Of My Fate, Twice Over, Flower Alley and Maxios are almost an afterthought in this line-up, such is the depth.

The other thing done to make the probabilities even more favourable, is that Normandy Stud have paid the owners’ premiums for horses we bought at BSA sales, as well as the Klawervlei Farm Sale. Therefore, 13 of our horses are not only eligible for the restricted race and stakes incentives linked to this sale, but they also qualify for the BSA and Farm Sale incentives (check stable doors for details).”

Maine Chance Farms’ inform sire Querari, whose daughter Mill Queen won the recent G3 HSH Princess Charlene Starling Stakes so impressively, dominates Normandy’s draft, with the son of Oasis Dream responsible for eight lots in the string. His draft is made up of;

Lot 3: filly whose dam is a half-sister to G3 winner Master Of Note and to the stakes placed dam of Kenilworth Cup victor Smart Mart. She is “a typically strong, sprinter type”

Lot 16:  out of a Silvano daughter of G2 winner Tarn Fairy, this colt is a “well-made, scopey colt bred on a successful cross”

Lot 32: a half-brother to 6 winners including G3 Betting World 2200 winner Crowd Pleaser, this bay colt is “is very attractive, but as a November foal still has plenty of improvement to come.”

Lot 41: a brother to a winner, this colt is out of a ½ sister to triple G3 winner Depardieu, and he is “a speed ball of a colt”

Lot 49: a full-sister to smart filly Fleeced, and from the same female line as Wylie Hall and Melody Belle, this filly has “size, scope and workmanlike constitution.”

Lot 79: an own sister to a winner, from the family of Victory Moon and William Longsword, this filly is” a good-sized filly with wonderful depth of girth”

Lot 96: from the family of champions Mother Russia and Winter Solstice, this filly “ is tall, athletic and scopey, with a big, generous eye.”

Lot 145: out of a winning half-sister to G1 winners Al Nitak and The Sheik, and from the female line of such as Lancaster Bomber and Politician, this colt is a “big, scopey colt with a lot of his grandam’s sire, Del Sarto, about him.”

The 2019 CTS Ready To Run Sale will take place at Durbanville racecourse on November 22nd, with the pre-sale gallops scheduled for 9 am of the same day, and the sale itself set to get underway at 16:00 sharp.

Scroll through Normandy Stud’s draft below, images taken by Troy Finch.