2014 National Sale concludes

2014 National Sale concludes
The two day Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale concluded on Monday evening.
The sale proved a highly successful one, with aggregate, averages and median prices all boosting significant increases from 2013.

The National Sale’s aggregate jumped 13% to R138 415 000 in 2014, while the average increased from R295 260 to R347 776 (an increase of 18%).

The median, which was R200 000 in 2013, rose by 20% in 2014, with final figures reflecting a median price of R240 000.

No fewer than 21 lots fetched R1 000 000 plus, with the sales topper fetching R3 750 000.

Consigned by Wilgerbosdrift, the sales topping colt, lot 38 in the catalogue, is a full brother to former J&B Met winner, Martial Eagle. A son of champion sire Silvano, the colt (who has been named Nebula) is out of the Gr3 placed Jallad mare, Seeking The Wind. He was purchased by Park Bloodstock on the first day of the sale.

A daughter of ill-fated champion sire Western Winter was the sale’s top priced filly. Consigned by Klipdrif Stud (Agent), the filly was sold to Ridgmont Stud for an even R2 000 000. Catalogued as lot 44, the bay is a great granddaughter of July winning mare Devon Air. Out of the high-class Jet Master mare She’s On Fire, this unnamed filly is a half-sister to recent Listed East Cape Oaks winner She’s A Pippa. She was bought by John Freeman.

Top vendors at the National Sale this year was Wilgerbosdrift, whose 20 lots to sell grossed R11 895 000.

The buyers list was headed by John Freeman, who purchased 20 yearlings for a total of R16 650 000. Among Freeman’s purchases was a R2.8 million colt by Dynasty (consigned by Highlands), and the abovementioned, top priced filly.

Proven sires were all the rage at the National Sale in 2014. The sires log (by aggregate) was headed by champion sire Silvano – whose 28 yearlings fetched R17 680 000 (at an average price of R631 429. Top stallion by average (3 or more sold) was Western Winter, whose 17 lots averaged an impressive R795 558.

Five Western Winter sired yearlings topped the magic R1 000 000 mark.

Passed through yearlings can be viewed online at www.tba.co.za – where a full list of prices and statistics for the sale can be found.

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