The 2016 Klawervlei Festival weekend came to a spectacular end with the 2016 Farm Sale taking place last Sunday.
The sale, which saw buyers from all over the country in attendance, is one of South Africa’s fastest growing equine auctions, with past graduates of the still youthful sale including former Equus Champion Sprinter, and current Klawervlei resident sire Captain Of All. One of the best South African sprinters of recent years, Captain Of All was an outstanding racehorse whose seven wins included three at Grade One level and he has been a superb advertisement for the quality of thoroughbred on offer at the Farm Sale.
There was plenty of interest in this year’s catalogue, which was the strongest yet drawn for this sale. Many of South Africa’s top sires had yearlings on offer at the 2016 Farm Sale, with such top stallions as Captain Al, Dynasty, Silvano, Trippi and Var all represented. There were also a number of promising young sires, such as Curved Ball, Querari, Philanthropist, and Seventh Rock, with strong drafts on offer, while stallions with their first yearlings on offer included Klawervlei’s very well performed young sire Twice Over.
However, it was a son of Australian G1 winner and exciting young sire Foxwedge (who shares his outstanding sire Fastnet Rock with Klawervlei’s promising young stallion Curved Ball) who proved all the rage. Consigned by Klawervlei as agent, the colt was knocked down for a sales topping R1 000 000.
The sales topping grey colt is out of French –an unraced Nadeem half sister to G3 VATC Mannerism Stakes winner Typhoon Billie as well as to the dam of this season’s G2 J&B Urban Honey Stayers Handicap winner Ovidio. This is an outstanding family, whose members also include Horse Of The Year and champion sire Lonhro, and another Australian Horse Of The Year- Lankan Rupee.
A daughter of Var filly out of G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship winner Give Me Five was the top filly on offer, and she was sold for R950 000. The filly, a half sister to recent G1 Allan Robertson Championship fourth place finisher Myfunnyvalentine, is from the same family as this season’s talented Listed Somerset 1200 winner Attenborough, who holds an entry in the G3 Langerman later this month.
Trippi fillies can do nothing wrong at the moment, and the popular son of End Sweep was the sire of lot 42, a full sister to G2 Premier Trophy winner and G1 Vodacom Durban July entrant Paterfamilias, who was sold for R900 000. Consigned by Klawervlei Stud, the filly is out of six time winning Badger Land mare La Patoneur, and her relatives also include National Emblem’s stakes placed daughter La Patineuse.
-A gallery of photos from the sale, in our Photo Gallery section.
A full list of prices is available online at http://klawervlei.co.za/sales