The lavish Sibaya Casino was the scene of a record-breaking conclusion to the 2019 KZN Yearling Sale, which finished to great acclaim on Friday afternoon.
The two day sale ended with a new aggregate achieved for the KZN Yearling Sale, with this week’s sale concluding with a gross total of R21 505 000 –a new record for the ever popular KZN held auction.
Bruce Le Roux brought a strong draft of well prepared yearlings to the Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale, and was rewarded when his outstanding Futura colt was knocked down for R170 000 to Vermaak Equine, making him the most expensive #kznbred colt on Day 2. Futura, a champion #kznbred himself who was born at Yellow Star Stud for breeder Guy Murdoch, stands at Drakenstein Stud.
The colt is a first foal out of a Trippi mare named Sunrise In Africa, a winner from 10 of her starts. It is an interesting imported pedigree, as the 2nd dam is closely related to the famed R Heat Lightning, herself a daughter of Trippi – a Gr1 winner who also placed second in the Breeders Cup amongst her record of affluent races in the USA. This is also the family of sire General Assembly.
The 2nd top seller of the day came from Piemonte, who brought a Master Of My Fate colt half-brother to their multiple and sadly deceased Gr3 winner, O Tamara. He was knocked down to a trainer who has an outstanding eye for a horse, Tony Rivalland. This is the damline of Jet Jamboree, Running Brave and Silver Flyer. Camora sold for R150 000.
The overall leading KZN vendor was Piemonte, who sold 15 yearlings for R940 000.
The 2019 KZN Yearling Sale also ended with marked improvements in both the average and median prices from last year, with this year’s average price rising (by 15%) from R80 045 to R89 979, and the median increasing from R50 000 to R60 000 this year.
Pleasingly, the clearance rate for this year’s auction stood firm at over 80%, with the sale attracting a large and enthusiastic crowd during both days of trading.
Friday’s session saw a new sales topper crowned, with the Silvano colt Assured (Lot 242) fetching R650 000 to top the 2019 KZN Sale. Consigned by Danika Stud, on behalf of the Missing U Syndicate (breeders of National Park, who foaled at The Fort Stud in KZN), Assured was knocked down to Suzette Viljoen to top this year’s sale.
The Hollywood Syndicate was the Leading Buyer at the KZN Sale this year, purchasing 10 yearlings for a total of R1 365 000.
Bloodstock South Africa’s Gary Grant was delighted with the outcome of the sale, saying, “We at Bloodstock South Africa are very grateful to vendors for bringing such a high-quality product to this year’s sale. We are also extremely thankful to the numerous buyers who participated at this year’s sale with such high spirit and wish them well with their purchases. It was an outstanding achievement, given the ongoing economic uncertainties, for records to fall at this sale, and we hope to achieve similar results at August’s National Two Year Old Sale.”