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KZN Racing Awards 2014

kzn racing awards team legislateKZN Racing Awards - Team Legislate / Gold Circle (p)

11 September 2014

Vodacom Durban July winner Legislate was the big winner Thursday evening at the 2014 KZN Racing Awards staged at Durban’s Elangeni Hotel.

Justin Snaith’s runner garnered Horse of the Year honours as well as Champion Three-year-Old Male and Champion Middle Distance runner.

On hand to collect the trophies were co-owners John Freeman, Dennis and Gael Evans along with Sue and Chris Snaith on behalf of the recently married Justin who was on honeymoon. Legislate’s groom, Jabu Ndludlu, was voted KZN Groom of the Year.

Duncan Howells dethroned the two perennial champions, Dennis Drier and Mike de Kock, as KZN Champion Trainer by number of winners. Howells also collected the trophy as Champion Trainer at Ashburton from where he saddled the two award-winning fillies Via Africa and Same Jurisdiction.

Equus Champion Via Africa was a shoo-in for Champion Sprinter while Same Jurisdiction, who was controversially overlooked at the Equus Awards, gained some measure of satisfaction for her owners when voted Champion Two-Year-Old filly.

Paul Lafferty’s Equus Champion Harry’s Son was a certainty for the Champion Two-Year-Old Colt while two Cape Town raiders, King Of Pain and Hot Ticket collected awards for Champion Older Male and Champion Stayer respectively.

Equus Champion In The Fast Lane garnered the award for Champion Three-Year-Old Filly making it a red letter night for the Snaith stable.

Six of the awards in the horse categories were also winners at the national Equus Awards, underlining just how important the three-month Champion Season is on the racing calendar.

Anton Marcus was again KZN’s Champion Jockey by number of winners while Donovan Dillon, soon to come out of his time, was KZN’s Champion Apprentice.

Derek Brugman, Racing Manager to Markus and Ingrid Jooste, was on hand to collect the trophy on their behalf as KZN’s leading owners.

A special award was made to Hector Lawrence who celebrated his 101st birthday on the night and who gave an amusing speech on his first visit to a racecourse. Lawrence was a stalwart owner and breeder from the KZN Midlands in the middle of the last century.

KZN Racing Awards

Award Horse
Champion 2 Year Old Filly Same Jurisdiction
Champion 2 Year Old Colt Harry’s Son
Champion 3 Year Old Filly In The Fast Lane
Champion 3 Year Old Colt Legislate
Champion Older Male King Of Pain
Champion Older Mare Beach Beauty
Champion Sprinter Via Africa
Champion Middle Distance Legislate
Champion Stayer Hot Ticket
Ashburton Trainer Of The Year Duncan Howells
Clairwood Trainer Of The Year Charles Laird
Summerveld Trainer Of The Year Dennis Drier
Apprentice Of The Year Donovan Dillon
Champion Jockey Anton Marcus
Owner Of The Year Markus and Ingrid Jooste
Champion Breeders Summerhill Stud
Champion Trainer Of The Year Duncan Howells
Anita Akal Special Award Craig Peters
Racing Personality Of The Year Anita Akal
Groom Of The Year Jabu Mdludlu
Horse Of The Year Legislate


Visionaire StallionVisionaire
(Photo : Greig Muir)


It’s hard to breach the Stormer’s defences, so when Brian Finch, Wayne Kieswetter and Joey Ramsden; Mike Bass and Marsh Shirtliff; Sabine Plattner and Yogas Govender; John Freeman, Gavin Hunter, Glen Kotzen, Barry Irwin and Justin Snaith all put up their hands at an opening average of R349,000 a head for Visionaire’s first South African progeny, you know you’re in business. And then, you can always rely on Doug Campbell and Robbie Hill to keep the home fires burning.


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Visionaire StallionVisionaire
(Photo : Jay Gilbert)


We all know that Visionaire’s first South African crop
averaged R349,000 at the National Yearling Sale
What really matters though, is the people behind them.
Brian Finch, Wayne Kieswetter and Joey Ramsden; Mike Bass and Marsh Shirtliff; Sabine Plattner and Yogas Govender; John Freeman, Gavin Hunter, Glen Kotzen,
Barry Irwin and Justin Snaith, in the Western Cape alone.

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emperors palace national yearling sale

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
27 - 28 April 2014

Monday saw the conclusion of the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. The two day sale saw the aggregate, average and median prices all rise significantly.

The 2014 sales aggregate rose from R122,533 million last year to R138,415 million (an increase of 13%). Average prices increased by 17% from 2013 with average price increasing from R295,260 to R347,776. However, it was the median price which rose most notably, jumping by an impressive 20%. The 2014 median price of the National Sale was R240,000, while in the 2013 the median was R200,000. Pleasingly, fewer lots failed to make their reserve with just 26 yearlings failed to sell (35 failed to make their reserve a year earlier). The highest price paid for a yearling at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale was R3,750,000, which is marginally up on last years sale topping price of R3,600,000.

Top priced yearling of the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale came in the form of lot 38, a Silvano full-brother to former Grade 1 J&B Met winner, Martial Eagle. The colt, who was named Nebula, was sold by Wilgerbosdrift Stud and knocked down to Park Bloodstock for R3,750,000.

Top priced filly at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, was also sold on the first day of the sale. An unnamed daughter of Western Winter and high-class racemare Shes On Fire, the filly was sold to new buyers, Ridgemont Stud, for R2,000,000. A half sister to recent East Cape Oaks winner Shes A Pippa, the filly was consigned by Klipdrif Stud (As agent).

Bloodstock agent John Freeman was the sales leading buyer. Freeman purchased 20 lots for R16,650,000, and his purchases included the sales second top lot, a R2.8 million Dynasty colt. Form Bloodstock were second on the list, ahead of Park Bloodstock, Misty Meadows, and Mike Bass Racing.

Wilgerbosdrift, who had an excellent sale, were the leading vendors by aggregate at the National Sale. The farm sold 20 lots for a gross total of R11,895,000, and topped the vendors list ahead of Klipdrif (Agent), Varsfontein Stud, and Mauritzfontein Stud.

Proven sires were all the rage with buyers, and Champion Sire Silvano was the sales leading sire by aggregate. His 28 lots to sell fetched R17,680,000, ahead of Captain Al, Western Winter, Var and Dynasty.

Top sire by average was the late Western Winter, whose 17 yearlings sold averaged R795,588. No fewer than five yearlings sired by Western Winter fetched R1,000,000 plus.

Leading young sire was Summerhill Stud’s Visionaire who’s 15 lost sold for an aggregate of R5,235,000 at an impressive average of R349,000.

CEO Tom Callaghan was delighted by the sales outcome. He said afterwards, “I am absolutely ecstatic. It was a genuine sale, where the right page and the right horse inevitably went for good money. The aggregate and median increases are very exciting, and yet again underlines that fact that we are growing the value of the South African thoroughbred. Buyers really enjoyed the sale, and were really delighted by their purchases. However, the sale also indicated the importance of vendors placing their horses in the right sales. The atmosphere was wonderful, as was the attendance, and the sale in all likelihood also benefitted from the recent Triple Crown win by Louis The King.



Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 - Lot 150 Dynasty x Dancer's DaughterClick above to watch a summary of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1
(Image and Footage : Cape Thoroughbred Sales)

Cape Town International Convention Centre
24 - 25 January 2013

The second session of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale did not quite reach the heights of the first session, but with 19 yearlings breaking the million Rand barrier, it demonstrated that there was a solid band of quality individuals on offer during the sale.

The final aggregate of the sale was just under the R100 million mark, coming in at R98,510,000, while the average was R482,892. Klawervlei Stud overtook Highlands Farm Stud as top vendor, consigning 32 lots for a total of R15.445 million, while Trippi did the same to Dynasty in the sire stats, totalling R15.130 million for his 24 yearlings. Markus Jooste’s Mayfair Speculators continued their buying spree, eventually signing for 21 yearlings totalling R14.225 million, to remain at the top of the buyers list.

“It was a successful sale”, Cape Thoroughbred Sales Chairman, Chris van Niekerk summarized. “The vendors provided quality horses and the wide spread of buyers confirmed the quality and good value of South African stock, which was underscored by a 20% increase in the average from the prior year.”

After a sluggish start to the second session, Kip Elser could not resist signing for a lovely grey filly by Tapit out of the Orientate mare Charmz. From the female family of Champion Two-Year-Old Filly, Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and Champion Older Female Sprinter, Harry’s Charm, Lot 136 was knocked down to Elser for a mere R700,000. For Elser the equation was a simple one: “She is a great mover and the 2nd dam was a champion!” Mike Sharkey, manager of vendor Highlands Farm Stud explained the low purchase price: “The buyer clearly appreciates and understands the sire better than the local market. She is a lovely filly from a good solid South African family and definitely well bought.”

Lot 150, the grey colt Imibala, was one of the talk horses during the week and it therefore came as no surprise when he topped the second session, with the hammer falling at R2 million. By Group 1 Vodacom Durban July winner Dynasty out of the Vodacom Durban July winner Dancer’s Daughter, he epitomises the adage of breeding the best to the best. Signed for by John Freeman, the colt will be trained by Justin Snaith, who also trained his dam. Brother Jonathan Snaith was extremely pleased to have acquired the handsome grey. “We trained the mom and he looks just like her. We are very excited to have one of her produce in our stable, after missing her daughter last year. With a beautiful conformation, he was our pick of the colts at the sale.” Mike Sharkey, manager of Highlands Farm Stud confirmed that it was only the second time in South African history that a yearling was by a July winner out of a July winner. He cheekily added that the colt should have been named Triple D! “He is a lovely yearling and a great walker. He was a late foal and I look forward to seeing him furnish into a proper horse.”

Just three lots earlier, the top filly of the second session, consigned by equine vet, Dr Bennie van der Merwe of Moutonshoek was knocked down to trainer Gavin van Zyl for R1.7 million. Lot 147, the aptly named Eros’s Girl, is by Captain Al out of the unraced Jet Master mare Cupid, herself a sister to multiple Group 1 winning filly Ebony Flyer and a half sister to Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Captain’s Lover. Dr Van der Merwe was thrilled, calling her a lovely well put together filly and a great mover. Van Zyl was extremely happy to have picked up such a well-related individual and added that if she runs like the other females in the family she will be a champion.

Third on the buyers list after the sale, Chris van Niekerk’s Rainbow Beach Trading signed for Lot 179, the exquisite bay Trippi colt, Trip to Heaven (R1.4 million) and Lot 197, the flaxen maned chestnut colt from the last crop of champion Sire Jet Master. Both will be trained by Sean Tarry. Out of the imported Cee’s Tizzy mare, Helleborus Blue, Lot 179 is a half brother to Group 1 winning two-year-old The Hangman. Tarry was very pleased to have acquired the brother to his star, commenting that the colt is a classic type and if he has half the ability his brother has, he will be very good. Van Niekerk, who also owns 2012 Vodacom Durban July winner Pomodoro, was very pleased with his purchase. “As much as we think we have a champion in The Hangman, we believe that we have a more refined individual in Trip To Heaven”, he said. Speaking on behalf of vendor Highlands Farm Stud, manager Mike Sharkey added: “He is a quality individual, he looks just like his sire and being the half brother to The Hangman, Chris van Niekerk just couldn’t stay away.” Having trained Mythical Flight, a very speedy Jet Master colt with a flaxen mane and tail, Tarry was the one who could not stay away from Lot 197. “He is a strong colt from a good female line and of course with a flaxen mane and tail. We hope he is as good as our last Jet Master with a flaxen mane and tail”, he said.

Andreas Jacobs’ Maine Chance Farms consigned Lot 216, another chestnut Jet Master, who was knocked down to Gareth Pepper for R1.4 million. Named Legato, the colt is out of the Jallad mare, Lyrical Linda, a mare very near to Jacobs’ heart. “She was my first Group 1 winner in South Africa and she is very special to me. I was thrilled when she produced such a beautiful individual”, he commented. The young bloodstock agent had to wait patiently until the end of the second day, before signing for the colt on behalf of KwaZulu-Natal trainer and ex Mauritian Champion jockey, Robbie Hill. With Hill’s daughter getting married on Saturday, he wisely decided to stay at home.

Cape trainer Vaughan Marshall could not believe his luck when Lot 226, the strapping son of Var and full brother to Champion Sprinter Val De Ra, was knocked down to him for R1.1 million. “It is wonderful to have an owner like Ken Truter, who buys me horses like this. We are thrilled to have got him, as we thought he would go for much more”, said a grinning Marshall.

Angus Gold purchased six yearlings for Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud South Africa, signing for Lot 81 (R375,000), Lot 92 (R800,000), Lot 170 (R600,000) and Lot 206 (R900,000), before some spirited bidding landed him Lots 230 and 232 right at the end of the sale. Consigned by Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm, both are by Champion Sprinter Var out of very speedy mares. Lot 230 is the first foal of Silvano mare Mochachino, who scorched to victory in the Group 2 Camellia Stakes over 1160m at Turffontein. Despite being a first foal, Gold commented on how precocious the filly looked. “She is a very racy filly and she looks sharp. If she were in Australia, she would be a Golden Slipper filly. Mike de Kock loved her and we are very happy to have her.” Lot 232, named Mastermind, reminded Gold more of his damsire Jallad, than his sire Var. “He was a lovely horse, a big strong powerful colt from a fast family. He reminded me a lot of Jallad, who we bred and raced in the UK.”

Gold is no stranger to the Cape Premier Yearling Sale or to South Africa and explained his continued support. “We are very happy to be buying here, as the yearlings are very good value by international standards. The objective is of course to take the horses to Dubai if they are any good. We got lucky with Soft Falling Rain, who was Champion Two-Year-Old Colt and who easily won his first start in Dubai. It is early days yet, but from Sheikh Hamdan’s viewpoint, South Africa is a good value alternative to buying in Europe or America.”

Cumulative Statistics

  2013 2012
Catalogued 234 350
Offered 220 294
Sold 203 238
RNAs 17 56
RNA % 7.7% 19%
Highest Price (ZAR) 3,250,000 2,800,000
Gross (ZAR) 98,510,000 106,835,000
Average (ZAR) 482,892 (+19.8%) 403,151

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