The recent CTS Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale yielded exciting results, and even more so for the likes of deceased first season sire Await The Dawn, proven sire Toreador and last season’s Champion Freshman sire, Visionaire.
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We’re not the only ones lamenting the early demise of Giant’s Causeway’s best racing son of 2013, Await The Dawn. There’s an old saying about familiarity breeding contempt, and while contempt is much too strong a word in this context, pedigree guru Andrew Caulfield was right to say that in the racing game “familiarity often unravels into boredom”. Time and again we see the elder statesmen of the stallion landscape coming out second-best in the popularity stakes against their “hot” young rivals, most of whom never come close to emulating the old boys’ achievements. In this case, he had in mind the 19 year-old Giant’s Causeway.
Await The Dawn by Giant's Causeway
First Crop at the Emperors Palace Select & National Yearling Sale
Time was when weekends were "TV time for the marquee events of our sport. Yet ever since the de Kock caravan decamped for its pioneering pillage of the riches of Dubai, Thursday evenings have become "ritual for South African fans. For all the big names that thrilled our sitting rooms over the years, none of them exceeded the worship of the original globe-trotter, Linngari. Here was the redefinition of the international racehorse, a handsome, zestful dual-Group One hero who never ducked a fight. From 1200 to 2000metres, he posted major race performances in eight different countries on four different continents. Linngari was a racehorse, pure and simple.
If you read our piece on the Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale last Sunday, this is episode two. That there is a need for a second report is a symptom of the dilemma consignors face in the battle for sales ground supremacy between their “spiritual” home, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) and Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS).
Good horses come from good farms with good people, and in those departments, ours are up there with the best. Anywhere.
First they pioneered inner city sales, now in the shape of the Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale, Cape Thoroughbred Sales have conducted the world's first "inner hotel" auction of racehorses, a surreal affair in the heart of a transformed garden unrecognisable even to those of us who know it so well.
The inaugural CTS Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale concluded on a very positive note in Johannesburg Saturday, with an aggregate of R44,300,000, an average of R414,019 and a median of R300,000. Nine yearlings breached the R1 million mark, with top honors going jointly to lot 57 and lot 86, both colts being knocked down for R2million.
Your turn to play King Arthur: get yourself a "Sword" - Africa's best son of the dual-hemisphere sire sentation, High Chaparral.
We are excited to introduce Golden Sword's 1st crop of yearlings at both the CTS Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale and Bloodstock South Africa National Yearling Sale.
Europe's best racing son of the dual-hemisphere Champion sire, More Than Ready. Unbeaten at 2 over 1200m. Ran the world's best 3-year-old to half a length in the Irish Champion Stakes (Gr1). Timeform-rated 123.
Today marks the revival of an age-old art form: the yearlings leave for their date with the auctioneers at the big sales in Jo'burg commencing on the weekend, and that means they will be climbing aboard mobile transport for the first time in their lives.