A strong international buying bench contributed to solid, rather than spectacular trade at yesterday’s Cape Premier Yearling sale, where a total of 17 lots breached the million Rand mark, down from 28 in 2018, writes Ada Van der Bent.
At the end of the single session, the auction had returned an aggregate of R83,135,000, a 25 per cent reduction on 2018’s total of R111,475,000. While last year’s median held firm at R300,000, the average dipped by 14 per cent to R432,995 and the clearance rate shrunk from 93 per cent to 88.
Newmarket bloodstock agent Anthony Stroud had the honour of signing for the sale’s most expensive commodity, a coveted filly from the final crop of Klawervlei’s late Champion Captain Al and the Fort Wood mare Pagan Princess (Lot 129). Stroud saw off Irish agent Peter Doyle with a winning bid of R4-milion, which equalled the 2018 top price for a son of Frankel.
Stroud indicated that the full-sister to Gr.1 Cape Guineas winner and young Klawervlei stallion William Longsword could be destined for the stable of Justin Snaith. The striking bay is also a half-sister to Gr.1 SA Fillies Sprint victress Real Princess (Trippi).
Stroud again ventured into seven figures when he snapped upLot 182, the Var full-brother to last season’s Gr.1 SA Fillies Sprint winner Sommerlied for R2-million. Consigned by Maine Chance Farms, the bright chesnut is out of Pentire’s German-bred daughter Sommermarchen.
Fillies with superior female lines were in high demand and it was a daughter of Duke Of Marmalade (Lot 183) who fetched the day’s second-highest at R3.2-million. She was knocked down to Nic Jonsson, who is part-owner of Do It Again, the current favourite for tomorrow’s Gr.1 Sun Met. Jonsson’s newest acquisition is the first foal out of the Giant’s Causeway mareSong Of Happiness, a daughter of Captain Al’s Champion daughter Captain’s Lover.
European agent Amanda Skiffington also succeeded in snaring a sought-after Captain Al youngster when outlaying R2.2-million for Lot 49, a colt offered by Ridgemont/Highlands. The damExotic, a Galway maiden winner for Aidan O’Brien, is by Galileoout of Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 Irish Oaks second Ice Queen(Danehill), who traces to Last Tycoon’s full-sister, the French Gr.3 winner The Perfect Life (Try My Best).
Skiffington’s second seven-figure purchase came from the first crop of Ascot Stud’s Global View, a Gr.2-winning son of Galileo. At R1.3-million, she won the battle for Lot 60, a colt out of four-time winner Freddy’s Sister (Tiger Ridge), whose siblings include multiple Gr.1-placed Bulsara (Silvano) and Stakes- placed Gay Fortuna, the dam of Silvano’s Champion Marinaresco.
International buyers did not have it all their own way, though. Jehan Malherbe of Form Bloodstock was another to venture into seven-figure territory when he parted with R3.8-million on a pair of choice lots, the more expensive of the duo being Lot 152, a R2-million full-sister to the Gr.3-winning sprinter Rivarine from Avontuur Stud. The stable of Dean Kannemeyer will be the next port of call for the Var filly, who is out of Jet Master’s daughterRiver Jetez, a Gr.1-winning full-sister to the mighty Pocket Power. Malherbe also dipped into the Drakenstein well, spending R1.8-million on Lot 202, a Silvano half-brother toWilliam The Silent, winner of the Gr.2 SA Nursery, from the family of Silvano’s Gr.2 Derby winner Silvano’s Jet.
Another hot commodity by Captain Al was Lot 169, a grey full-brother to Champion juvenile filly All Is Secret and Gr.1 winner The Secret Is Out and, at R1.2-million, he was duly knocked down to Vaughan Marshall, who not only trained the colt’s Gr.1-winning siblings, he also put the polish on Captain Aland the colt’s dam Secret Of Victoria (Goldkeeper). A half-sister to Champions Bela-Bela and Rabiya, she won him both the Gr.2 Sceptre and Gr.3 Southern Cross Stakes, having run second in the Gr.1 Allan Robertson Championship as a juvenile
National Horse Racing Association chairman Ken Truter also snared a seven-figure Captain Al yearling when he bid an even million for Klawervlei’s colt out of Irish import Ebaraya (Lot 43). The mare, a daughter of Sadler’s Wells, counts amongst her seven winners the Gr.3 Oaks third Estimation (Distorted Million), a R2.75-million graduate of the 2014 sale. More significantly, the mare is a full-sister to Gr.1 Irish Oaks and Prix Royal Oak winner Ebadiyla, while half-siblings Enzeli (Kahyasi) and Estimate (Monsun) both won the Gr.1 Ascot Gold Cup andEdabiya (Rainbow Quest) won the Gr.1 Moyglare Stud Stakes.
Two early first-crop winners were a timely advertisement forSilvano’s Champion son Vercingetorix and prompted Central Route Trading to bid a round million for his chesnut son (Lot 164) out of Winter Oaks winner Schism (Count Dubois), whose first foal Seventh Sea (Seventh Rock) was second in last season’s Gr.3 Cape of Good Hope Nursery. Adding further appeal, the mare’s Stakes-winning half-sister Gone Wild(Western Winter) is the dam of Lobo’s Legend (Trippi), winner of the 2018 Gr.1 SA Classic.
That the sale’s returns did not measure up well against last year’s totals was probably a cause of disappointment, as pointed out by the CTS Bloodstock Manager Kerry Jack, who commented: “Market conditions were tough, despite a great attendance from local and international buyers, which made for a very diverse buying bench. It was perhaps a little disappointing that the top lots did not make the figures of previous years, but the median was solid at R300,000 and breeders overall seemed satisfied with the results. We look forward to continue building towards next year’s sale.”
The full price list and statistics can be viewed on line at www. capethoroughbredsales.com.