Final Results – Emperors Palace National Two Year Old Sale

Final Results – Emperors Palace National Two Year Old Sale

Scott Bros are an imposing sight at excercise. Image: Candiese Marnewick

The 2013 Emperors Palace National 2 Year Old Sale ended on Friday evening.

KZN’s top-priced colt for the second day went to Lot 276, a beautiful big A.P. Answer colt out of the mare La Favourite by Foveros, bred and consigned by Scott Bros. The colt sold for R100 000 to Howells Racing. His half-brother Beat The Odds won at Turffontein on Saturday over 1600m, the sixth win for Mogok gelding, and a half-brother to five-time winner Hero Worship. Second dam is Gr 1 winning Parisian Affair and the family of Kentucky Court.

A.P. Answer colt from Scott Bros, sells for R100 000. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Top-priced filly of the second day, and the overall sale went to Bush Hill’s Lot 347 Mullins Bay filly named Blue Light Brigade. Sold to World Wide Bloodstock for R70 000, a first foal for the mare Party Power – herself by National Assembly out of Home Guard mare Majority Rule. This is the immediate family of Naan Khataay, Gun Drift, Argyle Arms, Blue Voyager and Studio Fifty Four.

Once again the progeny of Fort Beluga, his first and last sadly, were very well received and six of his progeny sold for an average of R98 333. His top priced colt Lot 306 named Kings Affair, consigned by Bosworth Farms, selling for R180 000. Locally, Fort Beluga’s top priced colt Cedar Wood from Bush Hill Stud, who sold for R100 000 to Sean Tarry.

It was also the sad end of an era, with KZN-bred Jet Master’s last two year olds passing through the sales ring – Lot 135 Sea Fan, a two year old out of Model Man mare Bahama Coral – the last mare to be covered by the late great Jet Master. The resulting progeny, a filly, sold for R325 000 to Dennis Drier.

The last Jet Master to pass through the sales ring was a lovely chestnut colt, named Roving Jet out of Matchless Maiden. He sold for R450 000 Misty Meadows.

Spectrum had a grandson sell for R180 000, a first foal – the Connemara-bred colt named Southfork passed through the ring as Lot 61.

The aggregate, average, and median were all up well on last year’s figures, and the clearance rate was an excellent 81 percent.

The 2013 aggregate rose 28% from last year’s total (R20 455 000) to R26 260 000. The median increase was even more remarkable – as it jumped 50% on last year’s price from R69 105 to R60 000 in 2013.

Averages were up 21%, and reached just a shade under R100 000 (R98 352). The lots not sold remained comparable with last year – 32 lots not finding homes (33 failed to sell in 2012).

Bush Hill Stud's Mullins Bay filly, sold for R70 000. Image: Candiese Marnewick

The sales topper overall was lot 286, a son of champion Silvano out of a mare that is a half-sister to Merriment – a mare standing at Keith Russon and Ian Todd’s Backworth Stud in Eston who has produced Too Much Fun, a filly that has placed twice from both starts by Admire Main. The chestnut colt bred by Gary Player was knocked down to KZN trainer Dennis Drier for R1 000 000.

Misty Meadows were the leading buyers at the sale, purchasing 10 lots for R2 155 000 with KZN trainers Dennis Drier and Duncan Howells finishing second and third.

TBA CEO’s Tom Callaghan was understandably delighted with the success of the sale. He commented after the sale,” Wow! The National 2yo sale has never been this strong. There was money in the ring for the right horses, and overall a 50% increase in the median price is fantastic for our market. Breeders should take a very positive message out of this sale that the market is improving. However, the right horse for the right sale strategy has never been more evident than this sale. Buyers still got great value at this sale, and it will continue to be a sale that offers superior value. This sale was a very positive one for our industry, and I am absolutely ecstatic about the results. The passion and dedication that all of our patrons have for finding that champion that changes their lives is very humbling, and we appreciate every person’s support, be it breeders, buyers or underbidders.”

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A.P. Answer filly from Clifton Stud. Image: Candiese Marnewick

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