The National Yearling Sale kicked off yesterday and saw a full auditorium for the day and an average of R306 161 achieved per horse.
KZN’s top selling colt of the day came from Bush Hill Stud – an immaculately-bred Oratorio colt out of Felix The Cat by Black Minnaloushe, knocked down to Garth Puller for R400 000. The colt sold as Lot 86 named Grande Maestro is the first foal for the multiple Gr1 placed Felix The Cat, a half-sister to multiple Stakes Placed sprinter-miler Mljet.
The top selling filly was an eyecatching quality grey filly from first season sire and Gr1 Middle Stakes winners, Crusade. Bred and consigned by Syd and Shirley Rosseau of St Helier Stud, she was purchased by Paddy Kruger for R300 000 as Lot 127.
The filly is out of Harolds Gold by Fort Wood – the dam a full sister to Cover Look, out of the grey Fanciful by Ringaro. Harolds Gold has to date produced four runners and four winners – including multiple winners Halcyon and Hallowed.
Gr1 Middle Park Stakes winner Crusade impressed with his first yearling crop presented for sale – and saw his first four sold for an impressive average of R215 000 each. His top priced colt went to another grey – aptly named The Grey Crusader, purchased by Doug Campbell for R250 000. The colt is out of Argentine mare Corre Solta by Ski Champ, the dam of 5-time winner Black Pepper. This is the damline of sire Sing Sing.
Another resident of the stallion barn at the Scott Bros, the beautifully bred son of Giant’s Causeway – Eightfold Path – saw an imposing first foal of Dappling(AUS) by Al Maher (Danehill) knocked down for R120 000 to Dean Kannemeyer. The quality colt sold as Lot 62 named Dappling Bay, and his dam is a half-sister to New Zealand Gr1 winner, Greene Street. This is also the dam line of Australian sire Stargazer.
Deceased KZN sire Kahal saw his last crop of yearlings presented, with the top price of R475 000 coming from the draft of Drakenstein Stud – sold to Sean Tarry. The colt is out of Happy Archer(AUS) by Dubawi. Locally, Rathmor Stud topped the Kahal’s presented from KZN, with R250 000 for Lot 18 out of Bourbon Rose by Requiem. The colt is a second produce for the 4-time winning mare who is a half-sister to National Spirit.
Clifton Stud had a pleasing result for their handsome son of Kildonan, well stamped by his Gr1 record breaking sire. Out of Var mare Esterel, he was knocked down to Form Bloodstock for R250 000. He is the third produce for the mare who has already produced a winner with Canadian Mountie (AP Answer).
The sale saw 112 Lots sold from 151 catalogued, an aggregate of R34 290 000, with the highest price of the day being for a Trippi filly from Varsfontein Stud for R2,500 000.
Day two of the three day sale continues this afternoon at 3pm. Congratulations to the vendors and buyers concerned!