Premier Yearling Sale ends, aggregate, averages up
The 2014 Cape Premier Yearling drew to a close on Friday evening, after two brisk days of trading.
Prices were high, with the average (R572 361) up on last year’s average price of R484 409.
Despite the number of yearlings catalogued being down from 234 last year to 202 in 2014, the sales’ aggregate rose from R98, 335,000 to R103, 025,000.
Fifteen tots were withdrawn, and there were seven lots officially not sold – as opposed to 16 not solds in 2013.
Three lots made R3 200 000 to jointly top the Premier Sale of 2014.
Maine Chance Farms consigned lot 28, a striking looking Western Winter colt, to fetch R3 200 000 early on day one. The colt, who is out of the Gr1 winning mare Zaitoon, has been named Zud Wes, and was knocked down to top Cape trainer, Mike Bass, who has enjoyed plenty of success with the progeny of Western Winter (most notably with champion sprinter What A Winter). From a top-international family, the colt had attracted plenty of pre-sale talk. Zud Wes hails from an outstanding international family, whose members include US champions Chief’s Crown and Winning Colors.
Grant Pritchard Gordon’s Badgers Bloodstock signed the ticket on lot 53, as the next lot to fetch R3.2 million. The bay filly is impeccably bred being a daughter of Champion US sire Giant’s Causeway and Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas victress Captain’s Lover. The latter is also a half-sister to multiple G1 winner, and fellow Fillies Guineas winner, Ebony Flyer. Named Song Of Happiness, the filly was consigned to the sale by Drakenstein Stud.
A Trippi filly, consigned by Klawervlei Stud, was the third lot to make R3.2 million. The flashy chestnut, who is out of a Fort Wood half-sister to champion Victory Moon, has been named Dance At Dawn. Her second dam is the outstanding Dancing Champ matron, Dancing Flower and this is also the family of Equus Champion Imperious Sue.
Dance At Dawn was knocked down to Joey Ramsden.
No fewer than 12 yearlings fetched R2 000 000 plus, with another eight making upwards of R1 000 000.
Overseas buyers were in action at the sale, with Shadwell Stud, Tina Rau, Peter Boyle, Badgers Bloodstock and Kirkwood Stables all buying horses at the 2014 Premier Yearling Sale.
The Cape ’s next yearling sale will be the March Yearling Sale, which takes place at Durbanville from 22 -23rd March.
A full list of prices are available online at www.capethoroughbredsales.co.za