WHEN is a horse for sale, but not officially on the market?
The short answer is when miscommunication occurs!
After receiving a phone call about his exciting pacer, Captain Ravishing, owner Hass Taiba was shocked to discover the four-year-old was advertised to American buyers.
The ad read “This five year old (4 year old in Australia) stallion is the fastest and most talked about horse in the southern hemisphere hence the price. He has everything going for him and he’s still learning his craft. He’s trained by one of best trainers so you know he has been very well looked after. He’s a short priced favorite for the 1 million dollar Miracle Mile in March and the 2.1 million dollar Eureka in September. This is an extremely rare opportunity to purchase and race the best the southern hemisphere has to offer then stand as a stallion in both hemispheres.”
The asking price….$4.5million.
For those thinking it is out of their price range, it is Australian dollars, not American currency if that helps!
While he admits such an offer would result in Captain Ravishing changing hands, Taiba declared he was taken by surprise when informed about the ad.
“I was asked and made a comment I would take that kind of money, but never actually put him up for sale,” Taiba said.
“I thought it was an off-the-cuff conversation, but some miscommunication occurred and the next thing I know I get people, such as yourself, asking me if it’s true.
“I’ve been told the ad has been taken down, but people still keep calling me asking what’s going on?
“All I can say is this is the horse I have been waiting more than 30 years for, but we all know everything has a price.
“If I’ve got a car worth $20,000 and someone wants to offer me a crazy price like $100,000 I’ll take it.
“It’s no different with the horses. I have a price I think they are worth and if an offer matching that or more comes along, they will be sold…Captain Ravishing included.”