A Lammerskraal Stud consigned Silvano colt, proved the star attraction on the first day of the 2017 National Yearling Sale, which got underway at Germiston on Wednesday morning.
The handsome bay, catalogued as lot 42, came up early on the first day of trading. Already named Matador Step, he was sold for R4 000 000 to the bidding of Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe.
Matador Step, the first foal of the stakes placed winner of five Maxixe, is out of an own-sister to triple G1 winning Equus Champion and sire Capetown Noir, as well as to G3 August Stakes winner and millionaire Across The Ice.
He is due to go into training with Dean Kannemeyer, who commented after the purchase, ““He ticked all the boxes. An athletic and really magnificent specimen!I know that he was shortlisted by many and it was clear that he was going to go for money. I have trained the family and they can run. I’m just very pleased that our buyer dug deep and wanted him,” said an elated Kannemeyer
Despite being born on the 23rd of November 2016, there was great demand for lot 67, a daughter of champion sire Captain Al and Cheveley Stud’s blue hen mare Mystic Spring. The unnamed bay was eventually knocked down to Snaith Racing, who handle the filly’s multiple G1 winning half-sister Bela-Bela for R3.6 million.
A half-sister to Equus Champions Bela-Bela and Rabiya, the filly was the top priced filly on day one of the 2017 NYS.
No fewer than ten lots fetched upwards of R1 million on Wednesday, with the progeny of top sires Captain Al, Dynasty and Silvano all proving popular.
Despite widespread fears about a tough economic climate and political upheaval, day one of the National Sale prices soar, with the average price of R354 959 up sharply on last year’s overall average of R320 015. With the top price also up on last year’s sale, there was an overall sense of positivity and confidence about the final two days after the conclusion of Wednesday’s session.
A full list of prices and statistics can be found online at www.tba.co.za