The top priced colt from KZN on the third and final day of the National Yearling Sale came from Clifton Stud when a beautiful Crusade colt sold for R350 000, whilst the top-priced filly of the final day came from Piemonte Stud for R200 000 as Lot 410.
Knocked down to Kuda Insurance, KZN’s leading colt on the final day named Wheels Are Up as Lot 443, is out of an Al Mufti / Fort Wood mare named Aquitaine – a Gr3 winning half-sister to Captain America. This is only her third produce to date and her first foal, Aqua Blue (by Antonius Pius) has won twice and placed six times. This is also the damline of Cruise Collection, Dacha and Pirates Gold.
Paul Gadsby purchased a quality Var filly from Piemonte Stud for an absolute bargain at R200 000, the filly descending from one of Rathmor Stud’s best families that includes Wendywood and Grecian Gale. This pedigree also includes Gr1 Vodacom Durban July winner Power King. The yearling filly is the first foal from the mare Waley’s Camp, herself a six-time winner who also placed 20 times.
Be The Right by Byword, Lot 324 sold for R300 000 to Misty Meadows, a colt out of She’s Game by Desert King. The pedigree is an outstanding Australian family, with the dam producing seven winners in both Australia and South Africa at stud. She herself is a half-sister to top rated Australian filly Bold Promise, and the female line includes multiple Gr1 winner Miss Moneypenny and South African competitor – Merlene De Lago.
The sale ended with KZN’s top sire, the deceased Kahal averaging R220 000 for 15 Lots sold. First season sire Crusade, a Gr1 Middle Park Stakes winner impressed with his first progeny and his firm stamp of them, resulting in him being KZN’s leading freshman sire with 18 Lots sold for a an average of approximately R160 000 each. Mogok had eight yearlings sell for an average of R156 875 each. Another young stallion from KZN, standing alongside Crusade at Scott Bros, French Gr3 winner Eightfold Path averaged close to R150 000 each for his seven yearlings sold. The first son of Dynasty to go to stud, the impressive Irish Flame from Bush Hill Stud saw him have a single Lot sell for R150 000.
Bush Hill Stud had an outstanding sale, selling six horses for an average of R289 166 each, whilst Scott Bros sold 16 horses for an average of R160 000 each.
A tough sale which yielded a positive of a an active middle market, results overall achieved an aggregate of R107 101 000, down 15% from the previous year. The average per yearling sold was R325 258 each, down 9% from the previous year.
Congratulations to the vendors, buyers and thank you to the underbidders for their contributions towards the sale and we look forward to success on the track next year.