The progeny of triple Group 1 winner Oratorio were in great demand at the 2016 Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale at Johannesburg on Friday.
Two sons of the Danehill horse, who stands at Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm,fetched R3.2 million apiece to jointly top the one day sale.
Mardi Gras, first of the two top Oratorio colts to enter the ring, is out of the G1 Majorca Stakes winner Sarabande (by Goldmark). A half brother to 4 winners, three of whom are stakes performers, the colt (named Mardi Gras) was knocked down to Mayfair Speculators for R3 200 000.
That price was equalled when Oratorio’s son, out of the winning Var mare Varsity Queen, was sold to Adriaan Van Vuuren. The joint sales topper’s dam is an own sister to the stakes winning filly Schiffer. Already given the moniker of Graduate, this colt’s second dam is a half sister to high class siblings Mentor, My Kazzie and Royal I.Q.
Both of the sales topping colts were bred by Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm, who stand Oratorio.
Mayfair Speculators bought three of the sales’ four top lots, including the session’s top priced filly, a Silvano own sister to G1 Jebel Hatta winner Vercingetorix, who fetched R2.2 million.
Remarkably, Avontuur had five lots gross R9.825 million –with their yearlings averaging an impressive R1.965 million.
While the aggregate rose (off a significantly larger catalogue) from R44.45 million to R63.05 million, the average for the 2016 Select Sale dropped from R415,420 to R377,540.
Mayfair Speculators topped the buyers list, splashing out R16.675 million to buy 21 lots, while, Klawervlei led the vendors standings, with the country’s champion breeders’ 36 lots to sell making R17.925 million.
Silvano just led the sires standings, with his 13 lots grossing R10,650,000 and averaging R819,230.
A full list of prices and statistics can be viewed at www.capethoroughbredsales.com