The first day of the 2014 Cape Premier Yearling Sale ended with an aggregate of R45 975 000. The average after the first day of Cape Town ’s boutique yearling sale was a healthy R489 096.

The two day sale is hosted by Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS), and was in it’s fourth year. However the 2014 sale, had a different angle from previous years, with graduates potentially in-line for a rich pay-off.

The yearlings purchased off this sale, as well as CTS’s March Yearling Sale, will all automatically qualify for (after buyers buy in at R5000 per horse) for the first $1 000 000 race ever run in South Africa. This race, open only to these aforementioned sales graduates, will be run over 1400m in 2016.

A quality, but small, catalogue of 202 horses were offered originally for the 2014 Cape Premier Sale, however, the total of yearlings offered at the sale fell to 187 following 15 last minute withdrawals.


Just two horses failed to reach their reserve on day one, with most breeders seemingly setting more realistic prices than in previous years.

Two yearlings, a colt and a filly apiece, made R3.2 million on day one, to jointly top the first session of trading.

There was plenty of pre-sale interest in lot 28, a colt who looked a dead ringer for his sire, the former champion, and recently deceased, sire Western Winter. Consigned by the Robertson based Maine Chance Farms, owned by Dr Andreas Jacobs, the colt is the second foal produced by former Gr1 SA Fillies Classic winner Zaitoon (by Count Dubois). The dark brown colt was knocked to leading owner Marsh Shirtliff, whose colours have previously been carried by champions Pocket Power and Jay Peg. The colt, who hails from the same family as US champions Chief’s Crown and Winning Colors, has been named Zud Wes.

Few fillies sported a more fashionable pedigree in the catalogue than lot 53, who was consigned by Drakenstein Stud. A daughter of multiple champion sire Giant’s Causeway (whose South African based offspring include the Gr1 winner Our Giant), the bay filly is out of former South African champion Captain’s Lover. The latter won the Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas in South Africa , and added international wins to her resume by landing France ’s G3 Prix Du Pin, and later won the Matchmaker Stakes at Monmouth Park .

The filly, named Song of Happiness, was purchased by Grant Pritchard Gordon, and has clearly plenty of potential paddock value to match future racing credentials. She was the second yearling to fetch R3.2 million.

Nine yearlings fetched R1 000 000 plus on the first day of the sale, including a Distorted Humor filly, which was sold to leading trainer Gavin Van Zyl for R2.75 million.

CTS’s Adrian Todd was delighted with the way the sale had unfolded on the first day of the two day event.

Following the day’s conclusion, Todd admitted to being” ecstatic with the sale. We are hoping to continue with the sales’ great result tomorrow – but already last year’s sale top lot (R3.2 million) has been equalled by two lots. The 2014 sale could not have gotten off to a better start, and long may the success continue.”

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