Final KZN Results From The National Yearling Sale

Final KZN Results From The National Yearling Sale

Bold Pocahontas sells for R500 000. Image: Candiese Marnewick.

The two day sale, which started on Friday morning, ended with both aggregate and average well up on last year’s sale.

The 2013 sale’s aggregate was up from R84 730 000 to R122 468 000 this year. The average also improved from R234 061 to R297 976 – a healthy jump of 27%.

The KZN-breds also continued their momentum with top-priced colt on the second day being an outstanding individual – a Var colt from Peter and Jenny Blyth’s Clifton Stud – Lot 422 out of Gr 2 winning mare Glenrossal (by Anytime), her first produce, sold for R650 000 to Form Bloodstock/Shadwell Stud.

The two top fillies on the second day each sold for R500 000, Lot 484 Landslide and Lot 286 Bold Pocahontas. Lot 484 from Middlefield Stud is a half-sister by Kahal to Gr 1 placed Kalami (by Daylami), closely related to the talented Mannequin – sold to Patterson Racing.

Scott Bros sold their beautiful full-sister to International star The Apache – the filly made an impression in the ring with a white feather plaited into her mane – a fitting tribute to her own name and that of her famous brother. She was bought by trainer Doug Campbell.

Serene Response by A.P. Answer sells for R200 000 from Clifton Stud. Image: Candiese Marnewick.

KZN’s first season sires left an impression – the most exceptional being Fort Beluga’s son Lot 375 Newyorkstateofmind – a big impressive dark-bay colt who before the sale commenced, spent more time outside with potential buyers than in in his stable! A half-brother to the consistent Napolean Dynamite, he sold for R500 000. This is the only crop of Fort Beluga’s that will pass through the ring as his sire only produced one crop at stud before his untimely death.

The next was Brave Tin Soldier who also achieved a good average – selling Lot 428 on the second day, an unnamed colt out of Golden National by National Emblem for R225 000 to Stephen Moffat. Summerhill’s Personify filly reached R130 000 and Rathmor’s Time And Tide colt R200 000 on the first day of sale.

A.P. Answer’s yearlings were also well received by buyers and he sold four lots for an average of R132 500 – his top seller Lot 367 for R200 000 being a lovely bay colt named Serene Response to Knut Haug. The colt is out of Divine Madonna by Divine Force and reigns from the family after another Clifton success – Fort Vogue.

Landslide, a Kahal half-brother to Kalami from Middlefield Stud. Image: Candiese Marnewick.

Overall – both of KZN’s top sellers were sold on the first day, colt Tom’s Legacy from Clifton Stud for R800 000 and filly Surfer’s Eye from Summerhill Stud for R750 000.

Lots not sold remained pretty much the same as last year, increasing by just one from 45 to 46 unsold.

The sales topper is one of the highest in the history of the National Sale, and was well up on last year’s top priced yearling – which cost R1 700 000.

A daughter of champion Australian sire, Encosta De Lago, was the sales’ top priced filly. Catalogued as lot 330, the unnamed filly, who is out of a Danehill mare, was consigned by Summerhill Stud (as Property of a Partnership). She was purchased by Wilgerbosdrift, and no doubt will prove a very valuable broodmare prospect later on.

Form Bloodstock were the sales’ top buyers by aggregate. The agency signed for 18 lots which grossed R11 125 000. Form also combined with Shadwell to purchase five lots for R5 850 000.

Locally bred sires dominated the list of top sires. The late, great Jet Master, was the sales’ top sire by aggregate. The local legend, who was selling his last crop, sold 24 yearlings for a total of R16 140 000. Jet Master’s final crop to pass through the National Sale ring averaged R672 500.

Newyorkstateofmind, sold for R500 000 from Spring Valley Stud, the first son of Fort Beluga to do so. Image: Candiese Marnewick.

The latter was also top sire by average (3 or more sold), with his 24 yearlings averaging a very healthy R672 500.

TBA’s CEO Tom Callaghan was delighted by the sale’s solid, middle market. He said,” The aggregate was up an incredible 44% – although we did sell 49 more horses than last year. I was especially pleased to see that the median reached R200 000 – an increase of 33%.”

“The overall strong middle market is very much in line with international results, and we were delighted to welcome some of the industry’s true icons to the sale.”

A new initiative taken by the TBA involves the showing of all passed through horses at the sale on the home page.

Full lists of results and statistics for the sale are available online.

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