Blue Sky Top #kznbreds At Sale

Lot 409 Gimmethegreenlight – Hashtagyolo by Dynasty sold for R1,2-million. Image: Candiese Lenferna

Tinus Gericke and Bruce Le Roux’s Blue Sky Thoroughbreds reaped their rewards at the Nationals, selling their impressive Gimmethegreenlight colt for R1,2-million to Anthony Beck, to be trained by Sean Tarry.

A big and tall first foal of Hashtagyolo – the well bred filly was knocked down to to Tinus and Bruce in partnership just a few years previously in the same sales ring for R1-million.

The Dynasty mare from the family of Malmoos, Erik The Red, Master Of My Fate and the recent Karangetang has given her son a sires pedigree.

Hashtagyolo winning on race debut over 1750m with Anthony Delpech in the irons. Image: Candiese Lenferna
Hashtagyolo winning on race debut over 1750m with Anthony Delpech in the irons. Image: Candiese Lenferna

Hashtagyolo, a big filly with a massive flowing stride who remained unbeaten in her first few starts including winning a feature and a Grade 3, was sent to Johannesburg for a campaign aimed at the Summer Cup, and unfortunately fell very ill and almost died.

The illness took its toll on her and we will never know what Hashtagyolo could have achieved at her full potential, but there is no doubt from her early form that she could have achieved Gr1 status.

Blue Sky Thoroughbreds dream is beginning to show dividends, with a double at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Thursday from Kileigh’s Fate and Mandala Effect. Blue Sky Thoroughbreds current stats on boast a winners to runners percentage of 62.5% with a AEPR of R58 000.

The next two highest prices came from Clifton Stud and Piemonte Stud.

Lot 255, Piemonte Stud’s well related Vercingetorix filly sold for R500 000. Image: Candiese Lenferna

Piemonte presented a beautiful Vercingetorix filly out of good Var racemare Wishful Eye, a mare who has been doing the business at stud with 8-time winner and Black Type Filippo (Toreador) and more recently 3-time winner Faustino (Crusade) and winner Calvino (Toreador), she also produced a 5-time winner to Redoute’s Promise in the form of Aldo.

Manie Pillay went to R500 000 for the filly, he has shares in Faustino and Calvino. This is the family of Tetre Rouge. The future looks bright for the filly named Questo E Quello.

Lot 371, a What A Winter half-brother to Gr2 winner Montreal Mist sold for R500 000 from Clifton Stud. Image: Candiese Lenferna

The next to follow was Clifton Stud’s impressive What A Winter colt out of Var mare Esterel, a half-brother to Clifton-bred Gr2 winner Montreal Mist who has begun her stud career at Mauritzfontein, and is currently the paddock mate of Summer Pudding.

An athletic colt named Star Performer and who looks to have plenty of speed, was knocked down to David Ferraris for R500 000.

KZN’s prior Champion sire Kahal, who stood at Bush Hill Stud before his passing, saw him featuring prominently as a broodmare sire at Nationals. His grandson Lot 16 by Vercingetorix sold for R2-million to Greg Bortz, out of Kjell Foundation bred mare Kwinta. Lot 375 by Lancaster Bomber out of Kahal mare Evening Attire sold for R700 000 consigned by Lammerskraal Stud.

The National Yearling Sale proved to be one of the strongest yet, encouraging in the current economic climate.

The turnover saw a 33% increase to R136 235 375, the average a 30% increase to R359 099 per horse sold and the median a 25% increase to R250 000.

Congratulations and thank you to the buyers, under bidders and vendors for the support.

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