THE first day of Bloodstock SA National Two-Year-Old Saleat Gosforth Park on Thursday yielded several lots sold for between R15,000 and R50,000, with one R1,2-million filly bringing early cheer to the hosts. The first day’s turnover topped R18-million with an average of R94 895 per lot sold.

Leading Cape trainer Brett Crawford was the successful bidder on the expensive Lot 37 (headline photo), an unnamed filly by Pathfork from Scented Samantha, bred by Highlands Stud, part of Ridgemont. “She’s a lovely specimen, a good mover from a quality family,” said Crawford of the filly, whose half-sister Sweet Sanette was exported to Hong Kong several years ago and was group1-placed on the island and in the UK.

Gavin van Zyl’s Team G Racing heads the buyer’s list – the KZN trainer bought eight lots at an average of R168 125 each, while Mauritzfontein Stud sold 12 of 15 lots for just over R2-million to top the vendor’s list.

The Sale continues on Friday and auctioneers Graeme Hawkins, Steve Davis and Andrew Miller will be on the podium for Lots 251 – 447, starting at 11am and BSA’s Gary Grant said: “We could get close to 30 bar!”

Among the choice offerings on Day Two is an imported colt by world renowned stallion Rock Of Gibraltar (Lot 386) and another import by Nathaniel, the sire of current European champion filly Enable.

Photo by Candiese Marnewick.

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