Seventh Rock dominantes Klawervlei Farm Sale
Klawervlei’s Farm Sale last Saturday proved a great success with all who attended it. The sale, which has grown in popularity every year, once again attracted a fine turn out of buyers from all parts of South Africa.
One reason for the sale’s increasing popularity is its record in recent seasons. The Klawervlei Farm Sale has produced a number of high-class athletes since its inception a few years ago with past graduates including the Gr1 Tsogo Sun Medallion winner Captain Of All, as well as current classy stakes performing juveniles Door Of Deception, In Limine and National King.
The 2014 farm sale was supported by many leading breeders, with all of Ambiance Stud, Daytona Stud, Dr Ian Heyns, Druk My Niet, Hemel ‘n Aarde, Normandy Stud, Riethuiskraal, Riverton Stud, The Alchemy, Waterford Stud and Wilgerbosdrift all offering stock at the sale.
Prices were strong – with the aggregate for the sale was a healthy R5 565 million, with the average price R84 318, and the sale recorded a median price of R70 000. Remarkably, the sales’ average price was up by 41% from last year!
Seventy one lots were originally catalogued for the 2014 farm sale, but five yearlings were later scratched.
The sale’s topper came in the form of a bay filly by Klawervlei’s leading first crop sire Seventh Rock. The filly was knocked down to Mayfair Speculators for R320 000. Catalogued as lot 30, the filly named Septima, has an exceptional pedigree.
Not only is she by one of South Africa’s most exciting young stallions, but she is out of a Galileo half-sister to top stayer Blake, and is bred on very similar lines to former champion sprinting filly Laisserfaire.
Seventh Rock was responsible for the top two lots at the sale – with another Seventh Rock filly making the sales’ second top price of R250 000. The filly, catalogued as lot 27, was snapped up by trainer Charles Laird, the former conditioner of Seventh Rock himself. Already named Seven Nights, this filly is out of a half-sister exciting young Klawervlei sire Warm White Night – whose seven wins included victories in both the Gr1 Gold Medallion and Gr1 Cape Flying Championship.
Two colts fetched R200 000 apiece to tie as the sales’ top priced males. Leading Gauteng trainer Mike Azzie snapped up lot 52, a colt by promising young Rock Of Gibraltar horse Rock Of Rochelle for R200 000. Out of talented Count Dubois mare Madam Milly, the colt hails from the same family as this season’s talented 2yo Mastermind and a host of other high-class stakes horses.
Riverton Stud consigned lot 53, a colt by former Dingaans winner and promising first crop sire Oracy. Knocked down to Rainbow Beach Trading, this colt is out of a Model Man half-sister to ill-fated Cape Guineas winner Domino Man.