bloodstock south africaThe hammer rests until 2 November 2008

When the curtain came down on the 2008 Emperors National Two Year Old Sale at Gosforth Park on Sunday night, there were many happy faces at the TBA Sales Complex.

Bloodstock South Africa reports that the sale was buoyant and exceeded all expectations by matching last year’s record levels. With 100 fewer lots catalogued this year the aggregate reached R26,785 million. This figure, on the level of an equally projected 409 lots, would be roughly R1 million up 2007’s R25,852 million.

“We are truly elated with the results,’’ said BSA’S Chief Executive, Jan Naude. “We didn’t know what to expect in the current economic climate and considering the below-par results of the recent regional sales, so this was a pleasant surprise. The average of R80 921 is almost exactly the same as last year.’’

BSA Sales Manager Caroline Simpson added: “The Emperors National Two Year Old Sale is traditionally a popular auction and this year’s quality was exceptional. This year the smaller breeders made significant contributions with some beautifully conformed two-year-olds, which helped to boost the turnover.’’

Top price of R480 000 was paid by Patricia Devine Investments for Kruger Park, a filly by Al Mufti from Hancock Park. Her half-brother by Western Winter fetched R2,6 million at the 2007 National Yearling Sale and Caroline Simpson said: “This is a family of good lookers and on top of that the Al Mufti fillies are like gold, he is consistently near the top of the broodmare sire’s list.’’

Second-highest price of R475 000 was paid by trainer Ormond Ferraris for Divine Jury’s half-sister Velvet Hue (Lot 182), a bay filly by National Assembly.

Trainer Basil Marcus was the top buyer by aggregate, followed by John Freeman, Tawny Syndicate and Ormond Ferraris. Basil Marcus and his leading patron and friend Etienne Braun came away with 15 lots bought for R2,57 million and Etienne Braun said: “We really like this sale, we’ve found horses here like Desert Links and Coco Beach, there always seems to be exceptional value in the R200 – R400 000 bracket.’’

Basil Marcus added: “This was a strong sale and yet we managed to secure every two-year-old we selected and wanted to buy, which is amazing.’’

Basil Marcus paid R360 000 for Lot 82, Look To The South, a filly by Captain Al described by her breeder Dan de Wet of Zandvliet Stud as the plum of his consignment. The trainer also spoke highly of Lot 300, Silky Lily, by Spectrum, bought from Highlands Farm for R340 000. “Graham Beck will be retaining a share in this one, she’s a grey filly with class about her,’’ said Etienne Braun.

Klipdrift Stud (Agent) topped the list of vendors by aggregate. Klipdrift sold 21 lots at an average of R159 049 per thoroughbred, including Jet Master’s son Jet Command (lot 265), for R310 000.

Highlands Farm’s resident stallion Spectrum topped was the top sire by aggregate. Fifteen of his offspring fetched R2,475 million at an average R165 000 per lot sold.  Jet Master, 2008 Champion Stallion, continued his success with the top average price of R287,500.

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