The 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale overcame a slightly slow start to end on a tremendous high.
The aggregate jumped from R45 190 000 in 2012 to R55 320 000 this year – despite 19 fewer horses selling in the first session.
While lots not sold climbed from 17 to 30 this year, the sales’ first day average rose impressively from R224 826 to R303 956.
The sales topper, on day one, came in the form of a Dynasty colt, consigned by Drakenstein Stud. Named Trees of Green, the imposing bay was knocked down to Mayfair Speculators for R3 600 000. He is a son of former Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint winner Wonderful World (Complete Warrior), and numbers this season’s high-class 3yo Chave de Oura as a half-brother.
Highlands Farm’s resident sire Dynasty proved immensely popular on the first day of proceedings. The former Horse of the Year was responsible for no fewer than three of the four top priced lots – with all three fetching R2 000 000 plus.
The top priced filly on day one was a chestnut filly from Wilgerbosdrift. A daughter of the Storm Cat sire Easing Along, the unnamed filly was knocked down to Mayfair Speculators for R900 000. She is out of a half-sister to former Gr2 SA Oaks winner Candy Critic.
TBA’s CEO Tom Callaghan was thrilled by Friday’s prices, commenting, ““This was an exceptional sale, and the sales’ results are in line with standard international results. The average was up by 39%, and there was quality money for quality horses. Buyers have become more discerning. There was excellent support from some of racing’s real icons, but thanks must go out to the breeders who have supported the sale so well.”
The sale continues on Sunday at 10 am. A full list of prices are available online, and there will be live feed stream on the tba website – http://www.tba.co.za/