Veteran trainer Roy Magner provided Summerhill Stud with a wonderful advert for its Farm Sale next week when Anna Pavlova, a graduate of the 2016 sale, got up to win the Grade 3 Three Troikas Stakes over 1450m at Turffontein with a powerful late run under jockey JP van der Merwe.

Magner and his patrons, the Soal family, secured Anna Pavlova for what has proved to be a super bargain at R45,000 – she’s earned a fraction short of R400,000 with four wins from 10 starts.

Well-named Anna Pavlova is by unfashionable sire St Petersburg from a mare by Royal Applause who herself happens to be out a full-sister to the deceased Kahal, the multiple champion sire in KZN. This important pedigree pointer is something other buyers at the sale may have missed.

Magner said: “Anna Pavlova is a small, strong filly, I liked her looks but her pedigree was definitely a consideration, I always look at conformation and pedigree together. The mare had already produced a multiple winner from Stronghold.

Kevin Soal’s daughter Courtney loves to study pedigrees and the Soals gave Anna Pavlova the thumbs up, so we were in full agreement. She races in the silks of Courtney and her sister Megan.

Magner said that, considering her strong Saturday run, Anna Pavlova will be a contender for the Fillies Guineas in March, the first leg of the Triple Tiara. Beyond that, things will be taken step by step. “She’s a sweet, uncomplicated filly,” he told.

Magner and company will undoubtedly be keen to have a look at Banana Republic (Lot 18), a half-sister to Anna Pavlova by Mullin's Bay, on offer at the 2017 renewal of the Summerhill Farm Sale next Tuesday.

Extract from Turf Talk