The first crops from Scott Bros’ respective stallions’ Crusade and Eightfold Path were well received at the recent National Yearling Sale, whilst Irish Flame and Await The Dawn sold one individual each for over R100 000.
Gr1 Middle Park Stakes winner, Crusade, achieved an impressive average for 18 yearlings sold, with a figure of R160 000 each. His two top priced horses – a colt and filly respectively sold for R350 000 and R300 000.
Buyers were impressed with the incredible stamp of Crusade’s progeny. His top priced colt consigned by Clifton Stud saw the yearling, out of a half-sister to Captain America, knocked down for R350 000 to Kuda Insurance. A beautiful grey filly consigned by St Helier Stud, sold for Mr P Kruyer for R300 000.
Other buyers to purchase the progeny of Crusade included Mike Bass, Green Street Bloodstock (2 horses), Kerry Jack Bloodstock, Fred Crabbia, Brian Burnard, Team G Racing, Doug Campbell, Far End Racing and Lezanne Forbes.
One of the best-bred horses to go to stud in South Africa and a French Gr3 winner over 1200m, Eightfold Path sold seven of his first progeny at the Nationals for an average of just over R140 000 each.
The top price overall from the son of Giant’s Causeway out of a five-time Gr1 winning mare, was for a smashing filly consigned by Rathmor Stud, a half-sister to Gr2 winner Harry Lime out of Alami mare, Rattled. She was knocked down to Louis Goosen for R325 000.
Piemonte Stud had one of three Irish Flame’s available on the sale, and the filly beautifully named Giovanna, sold for R150 000 to Pine Lodge Stud. She is the second foal for dam Raw Deal, and a clever mating as the dam is from the immediate family of Horse Chestnut.
This pedigree has nicked with great success to Fort Wood – the paternal grandsire of Irish Flame – to produce Cork Wood, Close The Gap and Mr Brock, amongst others.
The deceased son of Giant’s Causeway who has left just two crops behind, Await The Dawn, saw a filly sold for R120 000 from Summerhill Stud. Named Balindelwe, the filly is out of Gloriosa by Malhub, an unraced half-sister to Poppy and the immediate family of Spring Garland, Mahubo, Kelly and Victory Moon.
Congratulations to the vendors and buyers and we look forward to their success on the racetracks to come!