Day 2 of the National Yearling Sale yielded very pleasing results, in particular for Bush Hill Stud who sold the top-priced KZN colt to date with a magnificent son of Kahal out of Plutonium by Muhtafal, for R650 000.
The half-brother sold as Lot 265 to the brilliant Orion Quest and King Neptune is destined for the racing stable of Alec Laird – the colt descends from one of Bush Hill’s best families of Gr1 winners’ Zirconeum and Stellite.
The top priced filly of the day went to Rathmor’s beautiful Mbali as Lot 283, a daughter of first season sire and a French Gr3 winning son of Giant’s Causeway – Eightfold Path, his top priced yearling to date. The well related filly is a half-sister to Gr2 winner Harry Lime, and sold for R325 000 to Louis Goosen. She is a grand-daughter of the very fast Rattlebag.
Other horses to impress was Avison and Mary Carlisle’s smashing Visionaire colt from their Kinmount Stud, aptly named A Vision (Lot 285). He sold for R400 000, out of Avison’s top mare Rebel Qui by Qui Danzig. The colt is a half-brother to multiple Graded Stakes Placed Patriotic Rebel.
St Helier Stud featured again with their classy Var colt out of Maximum Break, the dam a half-sister to Pocket Power and River Jetez. Sold as Lot 206 named Varimax, he went to Misty Meadows for R325 000.
KZN’s first season sire’s – both Crusade and Eightfold Path from Scott Bros have impressed in the sales ring and their stats speak for themselves, with Gr1 Middle Park Stakes winner Crusade averaging R165 000 for each of his 11 yearlings sold. Eightfold Path has achieved R176 250 from four yearlings sold, an excellent return on investment considering his service fee is just R5 000.
The top price of the National Yearling Sale remains R2,500 000, whilst the average sold is R328 059. 302 Lots have been catalogued with 219 sold, 47 not sold and 23 vendor buy backs.
The last day takes place Friday 29 April at 3pm, with Lots 303 – 453 going under the hammer.