THE first session of the CTS March Yearling Sale at Durbanville on Saturday evening reflected the prevailing buyers’ market, with several quality bred lots going for a song and shrewd purchasers picking up good bloodstock for less than expected.

Top price was R400,000, paid early in the evening for Lot 4, an unnamed colt by What A Winter from the Camden Park mare, Helena.  A graduate of Normandy Stud, this young bay is from a good family of sprinters and was secured by Mayfair Speculators.

Plenty of yearlings were sold in the R50,000 – R100,000 range, bringing the type of horses that would have been unaffordable at recent sales, well within reach of smaller buyers.

Buyers across the board lifted their hands, with names such as Richard Maponya, Winston Chow and Monty Govender getting in on the action.

The aggregate at the end of the evening was R6,45-million at an average price of R82,625 per yearling, which leaves the sale with a long way to go to reach last year’s R21-milliion aggregate, but leaves endless opportunities for buyers at the second session, starting at 1pm today.

Photo: Lot 68 Ferrari’s Moon (Querari), well-related colt from Winterbach Stud bought by trainer Paul Reeves for R280,000.

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