Gary and Jackie Joliffe’s Golden Touch Thoroughbred Services are proud to offer two high quality yearlings at next week’s Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale in Johannesburg.
Sacred Flame is the name of 182, a colt by European champion and triple G1 winner Oratorio.
The latter, also responsible for the sales topping colt at the March Yearling Sale, is a multiple champion sire whose offspring include over 40 stakes winners worldwide –headed by international champions Banchee, Beethoven, Cherry Collect and Military Attack.
His son Sacred Flame, out of a winning daughter of successful Mr Prospector sire Strike Smartly, is a half brother to 3 winners, most notably G1 Tsogo Sun Medallion winner Guiness and eight time winning sprinter November Rain.
Both Guiness (by Seventh Rock) and Sacred Flame (by Oratorio) are by Danehill line sires, which makes this Select Sale bound colt very closely related indeed to Guiness.
This is the same family as unbeaten US champion Personal Ensign, whose 13 wins from as many runs included a brilliant win in the 1988 G1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff and seven other grade one victories. A subsequent Broodmare Of The Year, Personal Ensign’s stakes winners included G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner My Flag-herself dam of the Breeders’ Cup winning champion Storm Flag Flying.
Second of the Golden Touch yearlings on sale is the lovely filly Gold Image, a daughter of the mighty Horse Chestnut, whose daughters include G1 winners Chestnuts N Pearls and Lucifer’s Stone, as well as Good Judgement (dam of 2016 G1J&B Met winner Smart Call).
Gold Image is out of a full sister to G2 Sceptre Stakes winner Reflective Image, whose other notable wins included the Listed Olympic Duel Stakes. Gold Image is also a three parts sister to the brilliant Gold Prospector who won three of only four starts before his career was curtailed by injury. This filly’s dam is inbred to the great mare Crimson Saint, as is G2 winner Secret Of Victoria –dam of champion filly All Is Secret.
Golden Touch enjoyed sales ring success earlier in the year when selling an Oratorio colt for R700 000 at January’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale. Another of their draft at the Premier Sale, a daughter of Oratorio, was knocked down to Ridgemont Stud for R500 000.