Cape Thoroughbred Sale played host to the 2015 March Yearling Sale at Durbanville on Friday and Saturday last week.
In a couple of tough days of trading, a son of leading sire Trippi proved most popular at this weekend’s sale. The colt’s sire has enjoyed a superb season in 2014-2015, with his numerous high class performers including star Cape filly Inara, winner of both the Gr1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes and Gr1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes. Inara has also gained a berth for this year’s Breeders Cup, following her Paddock Stakes win. Other high class runners for Trippi this season include Gr3 Prix Du Cap heroine Hammie’s Hooker, and classy sprinters Trip Tease, Trip To Heaven and Sir Duke. The latter was victorious in the Listed East Cape Sprint Cup at Fairview on Friday.
The sales topping colt, catalogued as lot 195 and sold towards the end of Saturday’s proceedings, was consigned by De Ian Heyns. Already named Torre Del Oro, the sales topper, who hails from the family of international champions Dayjur and Sky Beauty, as well as promising US sire Tale Of Ekati, was knocked down to Chris Van Niekerk for R1.3 million.
Prominent Cape owner Hassen Adams purchased the two day’s sales’ top priced filly, a daughter of six times champion 2yo sire Captain Al. Catalogued as lot 130, the striking filly named I Am Captain was consigned by Klawervlei Stud (As Agent). She is out of the stakes placed Parade Leader mare Blingle Bells, and hails from the family of champions Dog Wood and Enchanted Garden.
Hassen has already enjoyed plenty of success with the progeny of Captain Al, having campaigned the likes of Dance With Al and Emmajo, to name but two, and is also a noted fan of the son of Al Mufti as a broodmare sire.
Overall, while the average dropped from R144 962 to R11 945, but the median rose slightly from R80 000 last year to R90 000 in 2015. The 2015 Sale’s gross aggregate was R28.19 million, a marked drop on last year’s total of R38.56 million.
Champion Breeders Klawervlei were the sales’ leading vendors, selling 29 lots for R4.685 million, ahead of Rosedene, Dr Ian Heyns and Hemel ‘n Aarde Stud. Rainbow Beach Trading were the sales’ leading buyers, purchasing five lots for a total of R2.175 million.
Klawervlei’s exciting young sire Warm White Night proved in great demand at the sale and ended the two day affair as the leading stallion by aggregate. The son of Western Winter had 18 lots sell for R2.51 million, which put him atop the sires list ahead of such as Seventh Rock, Var, Gimmethegreenlight and Elusive Fort. The former Gr1 Cape Flying Championship hero Warm White Night is currently South Africa’s leading first crop sire, with his first nine runners including four individual winners.
A full list of prices for the sale can be viewed at www.capethoroughbredsales.com