Andrew Rosen and Antony Beck partner on $850,000 Tapit filly
Hugo Merry signs the docket for international clients
Irish bloodstock agent Hugo Merry has never shied away from tapping markets on both sides of the ocean.
Working for both European and American clients, Merry has for years shopped sales in the United States, and he made a quick strike at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale on Tuesday while obtaining a highly regarded Tapit filly for $850,000 on behalf of clients who share his international perspective.
Merry said the half-sister to multiple Canadian champion Miss Mischief was acquired for his long-time client, Andrew Rosen, who races on both continents, and Rosen’s friend, Gainesway President Antony Beck, who initially entered the sport with his family in South Africa and Britain.
“We loved the filly,” Merry said of the stylish chestnut. “When I arrived at the sales grounds, I rang Andrew and said, ‘This is a filly we need to try and buy.’
"Antony and Andrew are great friends and they’ve partnered up on a few before and that seems to be the fashion, so they’re very happy to partner up on this. And Tapit needs no explanation.”
Gainesway consigned the filly, who was bred by Allen Poindexter and the Tapit Syndicate. Gainesway director of public Sales Brian Graves related that the farm had sought out the filly’s dam, the Lemon Drop Kid mare Kid Majic, for a foal share arrangement with Tapit after pinhooking the mare’s daughter Miss Mischief.
“The Tapit filly turned out spectacular. I’m really high on her,” Graves said.
With that assessment, Beck opted to team with Rosen, whose runners have included multiple Group/Grade 1-placed group winner Theyskens’ Theory, who produced a War Front colt in 2016 that Rosen sold as a yearling to Shadwell for $1.2 million at Keeneland.
The Tapit filly, whose dam is a half sister to Grade 1 winner J P’s Gusto and whose family includes Kentucky Oaks winner Proud Spell, will be raced in America, said Merry, who was expecting the price.
“Given the pedigree, I thought that was her value. I kept saying I thought $800,000 to $1 million in this market,” Merry said.
“We wanted to buy her,” he emphasised, indicating he might have gone higher if pressed. “I particularly liked her. She has a great head on her, a great eye, and she is a very sound, scopey filly and she’s a beautiful walking filly, which you wouldn’t necessarily get with a dirt filly but she just had a nice, beautiful way about her.”
Merry said he has worked with Rosen for over a decade.
“We’ve been lucky; we’ve bought some nice horses over the years and traded some. We’ve bought horses to trade and bought horses to race. We bought some nice ones, thank goodness, otherwise I’m sure I’d be down the road,” he declared with a laugh.
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