KLAWERVLEI Stud’s 59 lots make up more than a quarter of the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale that starts at the Cape Town International Convention Centre at 2pm on Wednesday. It’s a draft of quality seldom seen in South Africa and the backbone of a sale designed for a great start to the new year.
John Koster of Klawervlei described his consignment, saying: “Our depth of sire power is quite phenomenal. We have two yearlings by Frankel (GB), one by Zoffany (IRE), a pair by Uncle Mo (USA) and three by Camelot (GB).
“These yearlings present fantastic investment opportunities for buyers, and chances are we won’t have a selection like this from world class stallions next year. These foals will cost you much more on any overseas sale.
“If you add to this our magnificent local offerings, the last of the Captain Als, freshman sire Coup De Grace, the sensation Twice Over, the proven Pomodoro and a few by Dynasty and this is a draft of rare proportions. We have a really good mix of local and international blood, with 50% of our draft produced from international mares.”
Koster added: “Let’s just remind ourselves what we have here. Frankel has produced a record 16.3% stakes winners to runners so far. Lot 100 is his filly from Lost In Love, by Dark Angel (GB), the super European sire and broodmare sire of 11% stakes winners to runners, almost unheard of!
“Frankel’s Lot 69 is a colt from the family of Investec Derby winner Harzand (IRE), who has gone to stud himself. He has an excellent and proven European female line.”
“Camelot is seen as the stallion who will carry forward the Montjeu line. He produced three Gr1 winners in 2018, he gets top miler/stayers and the ones we have here, Lots 20, 46 (family of Cliffsofmoher and Henrythenavigator) and Lot 53 (family of Jewelinthesand) are all beautiful, scopey types with plenty of potential.
“The Dansili stallion Zoffany sired three Royal Ascot winners from his first crop. We have a strong chestnut on this auction, Lot 176, the first foal of a well-related Galileo mare.
“Then there is Uncle Mo, of whom bloodstock authority Bill Oppenheim recently said that he (Uncle Mo) had a similar start at stud to Danzig, AP Indy and Storm Cat. He had 14 Graded stakes winners from his first crop and six from the crop have gone to stud including Nyquist, the Kentucky Derby winner.
“Lot 23 is an Uncle Mo filly from Care To Dance, a nice first foal from a half-sister to Gr3 Newmarket Darley Stakes winner Steele Dance. Lot 194 is a colt from the older mare Sweet Trip, who already has stakes winners to her name including this colt’s half-brother Rail Trip, winner of the Gr1 Hollywood Gold Cup.”
Koster concluded: “Among our three fillies by Dynasty is Lot 75, a beautiful bay daughter of Hollywoodboulevard by Street Cry, the sire of three of the world’s greatest race mares Zenyatta, Winx and Oh Susanna.
“Our yearlings are sensational and it is our policy to sell, so please pay us a visit and pick your fancy!”