Lot 34 – 17SUSTAIN SPACE bay colt by TIME THIEF
Possibly underrated by many breeders in South Africa, Time Thief, was imported by Hassan Adams from the Australian division of Darley. A $2 million (Australian) yearling purchase, Time Thief had a close relationship with South Africa even before arriving on African soil via the exploits of his Champion sprinting close sister in blood, Laisserfaire, who achieved so much for Sabine Plattner in the 1990’s. In a limited racing career, he achieved 2 wins and a runner up place in the Gr.1 Caulfield Guineas before retiring to Darley’s Hunter Valley Stud where he stood alongside the Champion, Lonrho, amongst other top sires. Despite limited books and third tier mares, he left behind the top class, Gr.1 winning sprinter, In Her Time, and other stakes performers in Australia and Hong Kong where he has enjoyed good success. From his very small first local crop, the likes of the very promising Yessiricanboogie, Macthief and Rooi Tom have done him proud and he can look forward to better things to come from his subsequent crops.
The subject colt was offered at this year’s National Yearling Sale as the only son of Time Thief out of a daughter of internationally recognised broodmare sire, Spectrum. Very popular with many a top judge, he drew 20 lots from the end of the Sale and failed to make his reserve. Following the Sale, the aim was to prepare him for one of the Ready To Run Sales and was sent to Robbie Dawson to start the breaking in process. Still immature, he has the balance and scope to match his effortless walk.