Trading was brisk, and prices high, at the inaugural Cape Thoroughbred Sales Mare and Fillies For Stud Select Sale, which was held at Highlands Farm in Robertson, on Friday.
Of the 73 lots offered, 65 were sold for a aggregate of R27,995,000, and the one day sale boasted an impressive average of R430 692.
Western Cape farm, Lammerskraal Stud bought the sales’ two top lots, with the auction being topped by former G1 Woolavington Stakes winner Imperious Star. The latter, who formed part of vendor Nutfield Stud’s dispersal, was knocked down for R3 200 000.
Sold in foal to former Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade, Imperious Star is not only a Grade One winner herself, but her dam, G1 J&B Met winner Imperious Sue, was South Africa’s Champion Older Classic Female in 1997-1998.
The catalogue featured a number of well credentialed imported mares and the sales’ leading sire by aggregate was Galileo, whose four daughters on sale fetched R6 500 000. Galileo’s draft included Cantabella, who was the second top lot sold, and who was knocked down to Lammerskraal for R3 100 000. The unraced Cantabella (who sold in foal to Captain Al) is a full sister to Sunday’s G3 Munster Oaks winner Pretty Perfect and her dam is a G3 winning full sister to Holy Roman Emperor.
Leading vendors at the sale were Cape Thoroughbred Sales, whose 18 lots grossed R14,000,000, ahead of Nutfield Stud, Klawervlei Stud, and Lammerskraal Stud.
Lammerskraal ended as the sales’ top buyers, purchasing two mares for R3, 150,000, with Mick Flanagan the second top buyer. His three lots, which grossed R2.5 million, included the beautifully bred Little Fastnet, a daughter of champion sire Fastnet Rock and Irish G1 winner Damson. Little Fastnet, who was consigned by Cape Thoroughbred Sales as Agent, is a half sister to G2 winning 2yo and hugely promising young Coolmore sire Requinto. In foal to champion sire Silvano, Little Fastnet fetched R1 600 000.
A full list of prices and statistics for the sale can be viewed at www.capethoroughbredsales.com