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Tapp's Travels: Cape Premier Yearling Sale

Sunday, February 02, 2014 6:00 PM

When South Africa's Western Cape Breeders Club invited me to talk at their Thoroughbred & Equestrian seminar, I knew it meant one thing—an opportunity for another installment of Tapp's Travels, which I hadn't done since 2011 in Australia and New Zealand . The seminar coincided with the Cape Premier Yearling Sale in Cape Town Jan. 23-24. This gave me the opportunity... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Feb 02, 2014 | 3 Comments

Tapp's Travels: Inglis Easter

Wednesday, April 06, 2011 7:15 AM

After a weekend that saw Darley's impressive Elusive Quality ( TrueNicks , SRO ) colt Sepoy take the Golden Slipper (gr. I), the Inglis Easter yearling sale got underway on April 5th. Lot 226, a filly by Redoute's Choice out of Dowry (Bahhare) sold to Anton Koolman Bloodstock for $500,000. The Inglis venue at Newmarket is not an expansive property—certainly not... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Apr 06, 2011 | 3 Comments

Tapp's Travels: Hunter Valley

Thursday, March 31, 2011 8:30 AM

Back in New South Wales, the TrueNicks tour moved to the Hunter Valley, Australia's Thoroughbred breeding center. Here Byron and I visited a who's who of Australian stud farms, including Arrowfield, Coolmore, Darley, Patinack, Vinery, and Widden. Arrowfield, the original home of breed-shaping stallion Danehill, now stands top Danehill sons Redoute's Choice, Flying... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Mar 31, 2011 | 1 Comment

Tapp's Travels: Black Caviar

Saturday, March 26, 2011 5:00 AM

As our TrueNicks tour continues, Byron and I traveled north out of the Waikato region to Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. Here we visited Russell Warwick at Westbury Stud and Shannon Taylor at Haunui. The Westbury stallions have now joined TrueNicks for the first time, and Haunui – a longtime TrueNicks supporter – announced Showcasing , their exciting... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Mar 26, 2011 | 9 Comments

Tapp's Travels: NZ Oaks & Zabeel

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 8:00 AM

TrueNicks co-creator Byron Rogers and myself are on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. Since Byron so proudly coined “Tapp’s Travels,” I’ll be nice and keep the title for this blog. Our first stop was Saturday’s New Zealand Oaks (gr. I) at Trentham Racecourse in the southern part of New Zealand’s north island. The winner was Midnight Oil (TrueNicks... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Mar 23, 2011 | 6 Comments