Former top class racemare Gilded Minaret proved the star-turn at Thursday’s Cape Mare And Mixed Sale, which took place at Kleinplasie in Worcester.
A daughter of former champion sire and broodmare sire Al Mufti, Gilded Minaret won five times including the G1 Golden Slipper and G2 Golden Bracelet and she was also second in the G1 Cape Fillies Guineas and G1 Garden Province Stakes.
Catalogued as lot 38, the mare was sold to R Kilian for R460 000 to top proceedings at the 2016 Mare Sale.
The sales topper is out of Dancing Champ’s high class daughter Chasing Gold, whose six wins included the G2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes and this is also the family of former G1 Paddock Stakes winner and Equus Champion Dollar Fortune.
Gilded Minaret, who was consigned by Millstream Farm on behalf of Al Adaayit, sold in foal to Maine Chance Farms’ young resident sire, and former Equus Champion Vercingetorix. The latter, a son of champion sire Silvano, was an outstanding racehorse who went unbeaten through his first six outings, with his wins including the G1 Jebel Hatta in Dubai, as well as the G1 Daily News 2000 and G2 KRA Guineas.
Two lots made R360 000 to finish as the sales’ second top lots. First of these was lot 75, the beautifully bred winning mare Nandi, who was sold to David Allan. A daughter of leading international sire Danehill Dancer (damsire of recent European classic winners Minding and The Gurkha), she was also sold in foal to Vercingetorix. Nandi, who, like the top lot, was consigned by Millstream Farm for Al Adaayit, is a full sister to the high class stakes horses Queen Mira and Umgiyo.
Daytona Stud consigned the other mare, who sold in the sales’ supplementary catalogue, who fetched R360 000. This was Pacific Charm (Lot 233), whose five wins included the G3 Racing Association Handicap. A half sister to four stakes horses, including current high class performer Stonehenge, she sold, in foal to popular Equus Champion What A Winter, to Ridgemont Stud.
The catalogue, notably smaller from last year’s renewal, inevitably saw a drop in aggregate, with 246 lots offered this year, as opposed to 273 a year ago.
And, while the top lot increased from R400 000 to R460 000 in 2016, both the average and median prices dropped, with the average falling from R50 446 to R47 236, and the median dropping by 20% from R25 000 to R20 000. Lots not sold increased in 2016, from 55 a year ago to 70 at Thursday’s sale.
A full list of prices and statistics are available online at www.tba.co.za