What A Winter, Excelebration colts top RTR Sale

A pair of colts, sired by What A Winter and Excelebration respectively, fetched R900 000 apiece to jointly top Saturday’s CTS Ready To Run Sale Presented by Lanzerac Hotel & Spa.

Catalogued as lot 58, the What A Winter colt, who is a member of his sire’s first crop, was knocked down to Rainbow Beach Trading for R900 000.
Consigned by Lammerskraal Stud, the colt (whose half brother Soldier’s Code won just a day earlier at Greyville) is out of the stakes winning Badger Land mare Bardot –whose three black type performers include G1 Woolavington 2000 heroine Viva Maria (Jet Master), retired G2 Camellia Stakes vixen Bichette (Western Winter) and track record holder Blizzard Belle (Western Winter).

Coolmore Stud’s exciting young sire Excelebration (Exceed And Excel) has made a superb start to his stud career, and, at the time of writing, has 15 individual first crop winners to his credit including G3 filly Pellucid.

The triple G1 winning miler (whose half brother Lancaster Bomber was a close second in the recent G1 Dewhurst Stakes) was responsible for lot 104 –an unnamed bay son of the winning mare Governing Spirit (Deputy Governor). Himself a half brother to 2 winners, including the stakes placed winner of five Lady Dynamo (Catbird), the R900 000 Australian bred colt was knocked down to Solar Capital.

Consigned by Klawervlei Stud as agent, the Excelebration colt (the only one by his sire on sale) is from the same family as former G1 VRC Sires Produce Stakes winner Helene Pillaging (Marauding).

Colts proved the order of the day with the six top lots sold all being male. Top priced filly was a daughter of former G1 Prix du Jockey Club winner Lope De Vega, who was sold to Form Bloodstock for R525 000.

The gross aggregate for the 2016 Ready To Run Sale was R28 120 000 – markedly down on last year’s total of R39 180 000 (However the 2016 catalogue was noticeably smaller). While the median of R140 000 remained constant from 2015, average price for the sale dropped considerably –and fell from R229 122 to R193 931.

A full list of results for the 2016 CTS Ready To Run Sale is available online at www.capethoroughbredsales.com

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