Maine Chance Farms’ exciting young stallion Vercingetorix made headlines at last week’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale where members of his first crop proved extremely popular.
The Equus Champion and G1 Jebel Hatta winner was responsible for a colt who fetched R2.2 million to the bid of Andy Williams’ World Wide Bloodstock. Consigned by the Boland Stud, the unnamed colt (Lot 153), who was produced by the Al Mufti mare Five Star Girl, was the top priced yearling for any first crop sire at the 2018 National Sale.
Vercingetorix ended the select session of the three day auction with five of his six lots offered grossing R3 250 000. The son of Silvano ended achieved the extremely impressive average of R650 000 for his select session sold yearlings –a bright start indeed!
The handsome bay also enjoyed success during the second session of the National Sale, when a colt, consigned by Millstream Farm, out of Al Mufti mare Gilded Minaret fetched R650 000 to the bid of KZN trainer Alistair Gordon.
Bred on the same Silvano/National Assembly cross as G1 winning two-year-old Happy Valentine, Vercingetorix got a further boost when his full-sister Perfectproportions won her second race at Kenilworth last week. Trained by Candice Bass-Robinson, the Klawervlei Stud bred Perfectproportions is yet to finish out of the money from seven career starts. The three-year-old filly was a R2.2 million buy from the 2016 Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale.
One of 20 G1 winners for multiple champion sire Silvano, Vercingetorix won seven of his ten outings, with his local victories including both the G1 Daily News 2000 and G2 KRA Guineas –races previously won by outstanding stallion Dynasty.