Cairo Prince the talk of the F-T July Sale

The results of Tuesday’s Fasig-Tipton July Sale in Kentucky couldn’t have been better for Airdire Stud’s first-crop stallion Cairo Prince, with two of the sale’s top seven lots and a sales average of $141,875.

All five of his six-figure yearlings were colts, including two that topped the quarter-million dollar mark: Hip No. 152 at $265,000 and hip No. 137 at $260,000.

“We’ve been very fortunate because we had followed the horse–even as a yearling–and we watched him as he was growing up,” Airdrie’s owner Brereton Jones said. “We went ahead and got behind him, and as we did that, we were able to purchase a certain percentage, which has been very helpful.”

Hip 152, consigned by Stuart Morris on behalf of Highclere, went to the WCI Investments group. The colt’s dam Turtle Beach has already produced the Grade 1 placed filly Putthebabiesdown.

“When you walk around the sales grounds, you understand why [Cairo Prince was so popular],” Justin Casse, buyer for WCI, said. “They were really good-looking horses and they really stood out amongst their peers. Cairo Prince is by the right sire [Pioneerof the Nile]. We bought [Hip 152] for a pinhooking syndicate. Ciaran Dunne at Wavertree will get him.”

Sam Siegel of JayEmEss Stable was the winning bidder on hip 137, who was consigned by Airdrie. The colt’s dam Tesoro de Amor placed in the La Prevoyante (G3). 

“We’ve seen quite a few Cairo Princes that look nice,” Siegel said. “[Hip 137] is a well-balanced colt–Brerry raises a lovely horse. They let them be horses, and we’ve had good luck with them. You go back to who you do well with. He ticked all the boxes and fell in the right price range.”

Jones is anticipating more results like he saw on Tuesday.

“We have a number of other [Cairo Princes] that will be in different sales that are equally of the same quality,” Jones told the TDN. “I know that sounds like it may be asking for too much, but the bottom line is that as a group, they seem to be way ahead of the average horse.”