Picture : Clifton Stud’s Gr 1-producing mare Velvet Glove pictured enjoying herself in the winter sun recently (Candiese Lenferna Photography).
Peter Blyth of Clifton Stud stated on the day of Vercingetorix filly Mrs Geriatrix’s dominant win in the Gr 2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper that her dam Velvet Glove (Kahal) would not return to Vercingetorix due to the expense, which this season is R220,000 in total (R50,000 nomination and R170,000 live foal).
He said today he was 90% certain she would go to Danon Platina, the Japanese-bred Gr 1-winning son of legendary sire Deep Impact.
Danon Platina produced an excellent 47.2% winners to runners in his freshman season, with 17 individual winners of 21 races.
This included an exacta in the BSA Sales Cup for fillies.
His progeny are clearly progressive too, so should be even better as three-year-olds.
The Mauritzfontein-based stallion has also been doing very well at the sales and at the BSA National Yearling Sale aggregated R10,070,000 for 21 lots, an average of R479,524.
At The Cape Racing Sales Premier Yearling Sale, which happened before his progeny had started firing, his three lots aggregated R1,175,000 for an average of R391,667.
At The KZN Yearling Sale his nine lots aggregated R2,720,000 for an average of R302,222.
Meanwhile, Velvet Glove is in foal to Master Of My Fate.
Her Act Of War filly was sold at this year’s BSA National Yearling Sale for R280,000.