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Crusade Heads Up First Season Sires at KZN Yearling Sale

Bush Hill Stud’s outstanding Toreador filly, a three parts sister to Gemini Gold sold for R280 000. Image: Candiese Marnewick

KZN’s Gr1 Middle Park Stakes winner, Crusade lead the first season sires list by aggregate at the Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale.

The imposing black stallion who stamps his progeny in no uncertain terms impressed at Nationals with an average of R160 000 for 18 yearlings sold, and this time he achieved an aggregate of aggregate R1 355 055 for 26 yearlings sold. His top priced yearlings sold for R250 000 and R200 000 respectively, both consigned by Scott Bros.

The first was a magnificent chestnut filly named Wings Of Honor, out of a Jet Master mare, and the second is a half-brother to Son Of Silver – out of Silver Moon by Model Man, purchased by Frank Robinson. Summerview Stud, owned by Gary and Colleen De Klerk, sold a beautiful liver chestnut colt named Ice Crusade for R100 000 from the damline of Bridal Paths.

Eightfold Path was another stallion that proved popular, his impressive colt from Danika Stud knocked down for R160 000 to Pat Lunn. The second was a super filly named Passioneight, out of a full sister to Gr1 winner Scarena, sold for R125 000 to AFJ Duncan from Scott Bros.

Piemonte Stud’s top priced Toreador colt – the top priced KZN colt of the day out of Wishful Eye by Var, sold for R230 000. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Toreador proved popular on the second day for the KZN-bred horses, with both his top prices coming for a colt and filly respectively. The filly named Solitaire, a big imposing individual (and a late foal) with a powerful hindquarter sold for R280 000 from Bush Hill Stud to Garth Puller.

She is out of Sheer Brilliance by Kahal, and a clever mating to be a three-parts sister to 5-time winner, Gemini Gold (by Overlord – who shares the sire Danehill with Toreador). Sheer Brilliance has bred four runners and four winners to date. This is a powerful damline of Thousand Nights – with the likes of Highland Night, Warm White Night, Prince Asad, Fort Vogue and Whatalady present.

Rathmor Stud sold two top fillies by Brave Tin Soldier – both chestnuts respectively for R260 000 and R100 000. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Piemonte Stud followed suit with an outstanding powerhouse of a Toreador colt, the first living foal from Var speedster Wishful Eye – a filly that finished only three quarters of a length behind her super paternal half-sister Val De Ra, in the KwaZulu Natal Stakes Listed. Named Filippo, he sold as Lot 213 to Toyco Engineering for R230 000.

Rathmor Stud presented two chestnuts by Brave Tin Soldier, the sire of dual Gr1 winner Rabada, which sold for R280 000 and R100 000 respectively.

A beautifully topped filly, Lot 232 Shindeagen sold to Alyson Wright for R280 000. The dam is by What A Prospect out of a Harry Hotspur mare, from the damline of Tobe Or Nottobe.

The second was an astute purchase by Central Route Trading for a flashy chestnut filly with four white stockings, a half-sister to Diamond In The Sky for R100 000. This is the damline of London News and Pluck.

Overall sale statistics:

Lots catalogued: 306
sold: 234 sold
withdrawn: 15
Not sold: 41
Vendor buy backs: 16
Aggregate: R21 055 055
Average: R89 979
Median: R50 000

Well done to all concerned.





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