Dynasty colt tops Val De Vie Yearling Sale
The Thoroughbred Breeders Association hosted a successful inaugural Val De Vie Yearling Sale in Franschhoek on Sunday. A good crowded attended the sale, which got underway Sunday at 2pm, and finished just before six.
Hosted at the exquisite Val De Vie Estate itself, the sale saw a catalogue of just over 100 lots go under the hammer.
While the catalogue was small trading remained brisk throughout the afternoon, and the eventual aggregate reached was a more than respectable R17.225 million and the average was a commendable R190 000.
South Africa’s home grown champion Dynasty, who is currently leading the general sires list, continued his tremendous run of success in the sale ring when his beautifully bred son Playboy Prince, lot 10, topped the sale at R1.2 million. Consigned by Varsfontein Stud, the handsome colt is out of the well performed Jet Master mare Kiss And Fly, and numbers smart recent feature race winner Kiss Me Hardy as a half brother. A colt with a real stallion’s pedigree, he was snapped up by prominent bloodstock agent John Freeman.
Second top lot at the sale was a colt by former Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner and first crop sire Gimmethegreenlight, His son Hack Green, catalogued as lot 23, was knocked down to Hassen Adams for R950 000. The Varsfontein Stud consigned colt’s popularity came as no surprise however, as he is a three parts brother in blood to no less a star than former Breeders Cup winner and popular young Australian sire Pluck (like Gimmethegreenlight a son of More Than Ready).
Colts proved the flavour of the day, with the top seven lots all being male. The sales’ top priced fily, also consigned by Varsfontein, was catalogued as lot 57. A really flashy chestnut by the name of Final Judgement, the daughter of Judpot and Gr1 winning mare Final Claim was bought by Cape trainer Glen Kotzen for R500 000.
Dynasty led the sires table, with his three lots grossing R1 675 000, at an average of R558 333, ahead of Judpot and the hugely popular first season sire Gimmethegreenlight.
TBA’s CEO Kevin Woolward was thrilled by the inaugural sale and its result, and commented, “We are delighted with the results from our Val de Vie sale. The support we received from vendors and buyers was overwhelming and we look forward to growing this sale next year. “
A full list of the sales’ prices are available online at www.tba.co.za