Silvano colt tops April Yearling Sale

A colt by Maine Chance Farms’ resident champion sire Silvano topped last week’s April Yearling Sale, which took place at Durbanville racecourse on Thursday and Friday.

Lot 47

Consigned by Klawervlei Stud, the regally bred colt (Lot 47) was knocked down to Vaughan Marshall for R700 000.

The sales topping colt is out of the Listed Swallow Stakes winner Sting Operation, a daughter of champion sire Captain Al and G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Roxanne (by Western Winter).

Silvano’s Equus Champion son Vercingetorix also made his mark at the April Sale, with that Maine Chance Farms’ resident responsible for Padre Pio (Lot 24). The latter was knocked down to Rathmor Stud for R500 000.

Deceased top sire Captain Al was the sire of the sales’ top priced filly (Lot 23), an unnamed bay filly, also consigned by Klawervlei Stud. The Captain Al daughter, who was knocked down for R525 000, is out of the Trippi mare Pepperdine, a half-sister to the Captain Al sired stakes winners Captain In Command (G3 Umkhomazi Stakes) and Canadian Sunset (Ladies Mile).


Klawervlei Stud ended the two day auction as top vendors –with the Bonnievale based farm selling 37 lots for an aggregate of R7 560 000. Rainbow Beach Trading topped the buyers log, purchasing nine yearlings for R1 610 000, while Drakenstein Stud’s popular young stallion What A Winter was top sire, by aggregate, at the April Sale.

The multiple Equus Champion What A Winter had 14 lots gross R2 445 000, with his tally including a pair of colts (Lots 43 and 63 respectively) who fetched R400 000 apiece.

The sale was divided into three sessions, which worked out as follows:

Total Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
CATALOGUED 343 117 205 21
OFFERED 289 103 173 13
SOLD 208 82 118 8
AGGREGATE R20,335,000 R13,220,000 R6,745,000 R370,000
AVERAGE R97,764 R161,219 R57,161 R46,250
MEDIAN R60,000 R105,000 R42,500 R25,000




A full list of prices and statistics for the April Yearling Sale can be viewed at

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