Sting Operation makes headlines

Sting Operation makes headlines
Klenplasie, in Worcester, was the venue for Thursday’s Cape Mare and Weanling Sale

Unfortunately, the sale suffered a large number of late withdrawals.
No fewer than 38 horses from an original catalogued total of 179 scratched – including one of the sales’ most talked about lots, Gr1 winner Thunder Dance.

The 141 horses to go through the ring fetched a gross total of R5 812 500. The average rose from last year’s R43 563 to R52 365, while 24 lots failed to find new homes.

The stakes winning Sting Operation, a daughter of Captain Al and the Gr1 winner Roxanne, topped the sale.
Bought by Klawervlei, the mare, who sold in foal to the late National Emblem, was knocked down for R775 000. Sting Operation herself won her first three starts, including the Listed Swallow Stakes.

The sales’ second top priced lot came in the form of the superbly bred Uthawini, who was catalogued as lot 38. Consigned by Zandvliet Stud, the daughter of Galileo, in foal to champion Bold Silvano, was sold to Livestock Trading for R400 000.

Following the Cape Mare Sale, the TBA hosted the Novisara Dispersal Sale. This catalogue, which consisted of 34 mares and weanlings (following two withdrawals), saw the dispersal of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov take place.

Top mare at the sale was the well performed mare Madrisa, who was knocked down to Moutonshoek for R220 000. Sold not in foal, the daughter of Grey Eminence had been a very fast race filly, whose five wins included the Gr3 Betting World Fillies Nursery.

Weanlings by the ill-fated sire Bankable (by Medicean) also proved popular. A weanling son of the late sire was knocked down to Gareth Pepper for R240 000. The colt was produced by Autograf, a four time winning half-sister to this season’s Gr3 winning sprinter, Sharp Design.

All of Novisara’s entries were consigned by Normandy Stud.

TBA’s CEO, Tom Callaghan, reflected after the sale,” A positive mare and weanling market bodes well for the health of the industry and yesterday there was good money for weanlings and mares sold better than last year.Overall turnover was on par with last year at R7.6m with averages andd median prices up 20% which was a positive outcome for the sale.

There was some excellent value for the astute buyers after some black type well pedigreed mares and fillies for stud.

A full list of statistics and prices are available online at

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