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First Australian Winner For US Stallion Tapit
The David Hayes-trained Derrymore became the first Australian winner for top US stallion Tapit (Pulpit-Tap Your Heels, by Unbridled) when he stormed home from the tail of the field for an eye-catching win in the Wilsons Real Estate Maiden Plate (1300m) at Geelong's synthetic racetrack on Friday. The US-bred 3YO, who was conceived in the US to southern hemisphere time, was bred by Michael Niall who retained the colt after he failed to reach his $250,000 reserve at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Derrymore is from the unraced Afleet Alex mare Dontwaltzme and is form the same family as Gr1 winners Borrego, I Ain't Bluffing, & the successful Danzig stallion Mister C, who sired Australian stakes winning siblings Super Elegant, Mister Elegant & Elegancy. The Gr1-winning Tapit, who stands at Gainesway Stud in the US at a fee of $125,000, has sired 41 stakes winners worldwide from nine crops of racing age for progeny earnings in excess of US$50 million. He is currently 8th on the US Sires List with earnings of US$6,494,271.