OWNERS and trainers will be searching for a star performer like Bela-Bela at this week’s BSA National Two-Year-Old Sale to be held at the TBA complex in Germiston.
The sale takes place this Thursday and Friday with a 6pm start on the Thursday and 11am kick-off on the Friday. New Zealander Steve Davis, along with Andrew Miller and Graeme Hawkins, will be on the rostrum.
Justin Snaith’s Grade 1 winner Bela-Bela is a graduate of the 2014 sale and other big names bought at a sale regarded by many as “the best for bargains” include J J The Jet Plane (headline photo), River Jetez, The Apache and new sire Jackson.
All of the top stallions are represented with progeny by new champion sire Trippi, Dynasty, Captain Al, Silvano and Var, as well as up-and-coming new name in the ranks, Gimmethegreenlight.
One of the big incentives for buyers is the prospect of capturing one of the two R1-million Bloodstock SA races scheduled for August next year. The winner’s purse in each race is R625,000.
There’s a total of 269 lots due to be offered over the two days and Maine Chance Farms – third behind Summerhill and Klawervlei in last season’s breeders championship – will send six two-year-olds through the ring in the opening session.
The sextet includes a Silvano colt who is a full-brother to Hot Ticket, who captured the Equus champion stayer award in 2014.
Querari Falcon won the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes on the final day of the 2015/16 season and there are four offspring by her sire, Querari, in the Maine Chance draft.
Gary Player’s Stud could be set for a successful sale as their 18-strong draft includes a wide range of stallions, including Ideal World, Go Deputy, Judpot, Twice Over, Philanthropist, Jay Peg, Russian Sage, Seventh Rock, Noordhoek Flyer, Pathfork, Russian Sage and What A Winter.
The colt likely to get the catalogues waving on the Friday is a three-part brother to Triple Crown winner Abashiri. The youngster’s dam, Bavaria, is a full-sister to Dubai victor Drift Ice.
Moutonshoek is another stud with the progeny of top stallions on offer and they include two-year-olds by Dynasty, Trippi and Silvano and one by Oratorio. They have the sole Dynasty colt on the sale, named Ransom My Heart, who is the third produce of the British mare Cinna’s Ransom.
Over the years, many Scott Bros horses bought at this sale have proved bargain buys (The Apache, bought for R80,000, is the most famous) and it will be no surprise if the 12 progeny of Mogok prove popular.
On the Friday, two of Mogok’s progeny who are well related include City Of Stars, a filly out of the five-time winner Star Watch, and another filly, Ascot Fever, who is a half-sister to Winter Fever and Jet Fever. The latter ran third behind Royal Honour at Turffontein last Saturday.
Bringing Home Gold is a topical name during the Rio Olympics and a filly called that from Highlands should sell well on the first day. The filly is by Dynasty and is a half-sister to Olympic Owen, Fly Philippa and recent winner Speedy Suzy.
Mauritzfontein’s draft includes two-year-olds by Ideal World and Fort Wood and the first-named has a filly towards the end of the sale who is a full-sister to the four-time winner Fah Fee.
Among the Klipdrif Stud draft is a well-related Dynasty filly and a daughter of Captain Al who is a full-sister to the Java Handicap winner Fulcrum.
-From Tab News.