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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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Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud
(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)

TBA Sales Complex, Germiston
2nd and 4th November 2012

Dave MollettDave Mollett
Business Day
“Forget about recession in the horse sale ring,” - these words from bloodstock consultant John Freeman after attending two overseas sales last week - will be sweet music to the ears of champion breeder, Mick Goss.

A week on Friday (2 November) sees the first session of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale at Germiston, when there looks certain to be keen competetion for some choicely-bred two-year-olds.

John says that turnover was up 27% and average a stunning 47% at the Goffs Orby Sale in Ireland where Mike de Kock secured a Galileo colt for €800,000 and a Galileo filly for €470,000 - both for Mary Slack.

“It continued at Tattersalls (in the UK) when the top price was 2,5 million guineas for a colt named Hydrogen and another highlight came on the second day when a Galileo sister to Was made 1,500,000 guineas to a French bid,” added John.

The big attraction of the Ready To Run is that - while there are no Galileos this year - there are some big name stallions whose progeny can be bought for a fraction of the price than if they were offered in the UK or Australia. Try these names on for size - Henrythenavigator, Authorized, Danehill Dancer, Admire Main, Rock Of Gibraltar, Flying Spur, Teofilo and Fastnet Rock. They are all represented on next month’s sale.

Now it’s food for thought that Igugu’s purchase price of R1million equates - with the ever-decreasing rand - to just £70,000 today. You’d hardly get a bid in at that price at Tattersalls which means shrewd South African buyers should strike now before overseas buyers wake up to the amazing value being offered here.

The panel for the gallops which took place at Summerhill yesterday was almost identical to last year and we’ll be publishing their choices during the week.

So let’s look at the lots likely to get those catalogues waving:

Lot 5:
A full-brother to Durban Gold Cup winner, Ancestral Fore.
This grey son of Dynasty was an early foal.

Lot 31:
A half-brother by Jet Master to nine-time and Gr1 winner, Ivory Trail.

Lot 42:
A half-sister by Mullins Bay to five-time winner, Havasha.

Lot 55:
A half-sister by Toreador to last Saturday’s impressive
Turffontein winner, Cannon.

Lot 64:
A half-sister by Mullins Bay to 12-time winner Mannequin.

Lot 70:
Expect big action here for a half-brother by Trippi to
Joey Ramsden’s star, Trinity House.

Lot 88:
A half-brother by Fastnet Rock to four-time winner, Mining Prospect.
Half-brother Morshdi (by Slip Anchor), Gr.1 winner.

Lot 94:
A half-brother by Var to three-time winner, Jet Jamboree.

Lot 95:
This is timely - a full-sister to Emperor Augustus who is on the upgrade
following another eye-catching win at Turffontein last Saturday.

Lot 97:
A half-brother by Badger’s Drift to the well-performed Cape colt, Run For It.

Lot 120:
A half-sister by Japan Derby second, Admire Man, to Saltwater Girl and Rapid Flow.

Lot 149:
A colt by Admire Man who is the first produce of the five-time winner, Aces Wild.

Lot 153:
A filly by Rock Of Gibraltar who is a half-sister to the
seven-time Aussie winner, Grace And Power.

Lot 154:
A colt by Flying Spur - one of Danehill’s best sons -
from a dam line packed with winners.

Lot 176:
A full-brother (by Danehill Dancer) to the Gr2 and Gr3 placed filly, Queen Mira.

Lot 178:
Wow! A filly by Epsom Derby winner Authorized
out of the New Zealand mare, Cherry Orchard.

Lot 181:
A half-sister by Kahal to Gr1 winner, Pick Six.

Lot 188:
A colt by Henrythenavigator who won four Gr 1 races in a row.
This is a well-known family here as the colt is related to
Champion Two-Year-Old filly, Ruby Clipper.

Lot 193:
A half-sister by Solskjaer to Durban Gold Cup winner, Diamond Quest.

So there you have it - a line-up which would have the late Chris Smith - brainchild of the Ready To Run Sale - shaking his head in disbelief. It was a sale which began with modestly-bred animals - just look at it now!

If I have a criticism it’s my “golden oldie” of too many of Mick’s Zulu names - horses called Ikimasu, Ilitshe and Wysiwyg hardly have the ring of a July winner. Mick would, of course, counter: “Yes, but what about Igugu?”

Extract from Business Day



Derreck David and Blue Ridge Mountain

Derreck David with Lot 421 Blue Ridge Mountain
(Photo : Heather Morkel)

15 - 17 April 2011

The final day of the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale started well when the Summerhill Sales-consigned lot 421, Blue Ridge Mountain, was knocked down for R2 million to Markus Jooste. The beautiful chestnut is by champion US sire, Giant’s Causeway, out of a Distant View mare, and hails from the same family as last year’s Cartier Champion 2-year-old filly, Misty For Me.

The Sale closed on a high when lot 599, the penultimate lot on sale, was knocked for R1.2 million to John Freeman. The chestnut colt, consigned by Varsfontein Stud, is named True Master. A son of Jet Master, he is out of G3 winner Bushra.

Overall, the sale posted an aggregate of R115,310,000. Of the 600 yearlings catalogued, 557 went through the ring, and just 65 failed to find homes.

The sale’s average price was R244,301, down slightly from last year’s average of R324,557. No fewer than 16 yearlings made R1 million plus. The top priced yearling to sell was Heart’s Content, lot 196. The filly, consigned by Varsfontein, is by champion sire Jet Master out of the stakes winning mare, Jalberry.

Varsfontein Stud enjoyed a fantastic sale, and ended up as the leading vendors by aggregate. Their 17 lots to sell made R7.055 million, and averaged R415,000.

Leading vendor, by average, was Varsfontein Stud (As Agent), they sold seven yearlings for an average price of R706,429.

Form Bloodstock were the most prolific buyers, and purchased 20 yearlings for an aggregate of R10.2 million.

Champion sire, Jet Master, enjoyed a truly phenomenal sale. The great horse sold 35 of his 37 yearlings on offer, for an aggregate of R21,325,000, making him the leading stallion by aggregate. He averaged R609,286, which made him the leading sire by average, with five or more sold.

TBA’s CEO, Jan Naude, was resigned about the sale, “These prices are a realistic reflection of the economy. There was plenty of good money for the top horses, but the middle market struggled.”

Extract from Bloodstock South Africa


NATIONAL YEARLING SALE - No Doom or Gloom as Prices go Boom, Boom

Prince MdunjanePrince Mdunjane with Lot 397 (Heather Morkel) There’s been plenty of talk in every conceivable form of press in the last few weeks about the state of the world’s economy, but last evening there were no thoughts of sub-prime, Zimbabwe or Jacob Zuma, as Africa’s biggest spenders took on their foreign counterparts in the bullring at the TBA sales complex in Germiston. And did the fur fly!

Records were smashed as the average soared by 21%, fuelled by unprecedented international investment on the back of the big weekend in Dubai. A year ago the first million Rand horse made headlines, yet last evening there were no fewer than 26 who broke this barrier, including two at R3 million. The average of R960,000 was 21% up on last year’s figure (R731,000), with the 76 Lots sold posting an aggregate of exactly R73 million.

Big buyers on the night included Scotsman Dr Jim Hay (for Herman Brown Jnr), His Highness Sheikh Mohammed (for Mike de Kock), Australian Paul Guy (for Heritage Bloodstock), while the old stalwarts, America’s Team Valor, Markus Jooste (for Charles Laird) and Chris van Niekerk (for Sean Tarry) were hard at it again. Though they’ve been attending the South African sales for many years, England’s Blandford Bloodstock (Tom Goff) and Allan Bloodlines (David Allan), made the biggest splash of all in securing the two top billers at R3 million a piece.

The second one, a Western Winter filly, was a classic, as the nation’s First Lady of racing, Bridget Oppenheimer, went hammer and tongs with the continent’s biggest coal miner, Graham Beck (Tom Goff in the seat). At a critical point (R3 million), Mrs Oppenheimer’s cell phone connection with Charles Laird failed, and unable to reconnect, Charles Laird had to give way.

Among local trainers, Weiho Marwing, Joey Ramsden, Eric Sands and Mike Bass were in full stride along with the big ”bloodstockers”, John Freeman and Jehan Malherbe of Form Bloodstock.

Though it’s a rest day today, and we have some excitement ahead with a great programme of Group One racing. Going to post for the farm in two of the Group One races are no fewer than six graduates of the Summerhill paddocks, with IMBONGI looking to go one better after his Gauteng Guineas victory in the R1.2 million S A Classic (a tough test from the outside draw,) and all of EMPEROR NAPOLEON, PICK SIX, CATMANDU, DYNAMITE MIKE and FORK LIGHTENING looking to shut the door in a remarkable entry of five of the thirteen contestants for the R1.2 million Horse Chestnut Stakes.

Tomorrow UMNGAZI and THE BIG ASK are among the favourites for the Byerley Turk (Gr3) at Scottsville, while CLEOME and HOT RECEPTION will hopefully be keeping the judges busy in the Umzimkhulu Stakes (G3) and the KwaZulu Natal (Listed) Stakes, respectively.

We’ll be updating you with the outcomes tomorrow morning.

Click here to view Sales Results for Lots 1 - 90

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