One of the Cape’s top farms, Drakenstein Stud, have truly enjoyed a magnificent few days.
Just days after selling the highest priced yearling in South African history, Drakenstein Stud owned runners finished 1-2-3 in the G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes at Kenilworth.
Thursday night saw the Drakenstein Stud bred colt Silver Coin fetch R6 000 000 on the first day of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Drakenstein’s draft enjoyed consistent success through the two day sale, and sold nine yearlings for a gross total of R17.1 million. Remarkably, Drakenstein sold lots averaged R1.9 million, making the farm the CPYS’s leading vendor by average price.
The sale also saw the farm’s resident sires Philanthropist, Trippi and What A Winter all enjoy marked success.
Young gun What A Winter made a huge impression with his first yearlings sold at the sale, the former sprint king had eight yearlings sell for R4.215 million. His yearlings’ averaged R515 625 –a superb return on his R20 000 stud fee!
Ever popular sire Trippi had yearlings fetch up to R3.3 million, while Philanthropist’s yearlings, he had four on offer, made up to R500 000.
Fresh of this success, Drakenstein bred and owned fillies Inara and Lanner Falcon finished first and third in Saturday’s R1 000 000 Majorca Stakes, with Same Jurisdiction (part owned by Drakenstein) filling the runner up berth.
Both Inara and Lanner Falcon are daughters of Drakenstein’s hugely successful sire Trippi, whose son Illuminator won Saturday’s CTS Million Dollar on the same card.
Inara, who became the first filly since Donatella to win the Majorca two years in a row, and her latest victory was the four-year-old’s third G1 victory in total –Inara having won both the G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes and G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes in 2015.
Out of the Shirley Heights mare Mountains Of Mist, Inara has now won six of 16 outings, and this big hearted filly has been unplaced just three times. The Trippi daughter has now won over R2.2 million, with her previous wins also including the G3 Diana Stakes. In total, Inara has won or placed in eight graded races, with her recent efforts including a runner up, to Met runner Smart Call, in the 2016 G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes.
Fellow Drakenstein Stud bred runner Lanner Falcon, winner of the G2 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes last time out, has also been a tremendous money spinner. The triple feature race winning daughter of Trippi took her earnings to over R1.4 million with her gutsy, fast finishing third in Saturday’s race, and, like Inara, Lanner Falcon should make up into an exceptional broodmare.