DRAFTS from a number of top studs, including Normandy Stud, Riverton Stud and Ridgemont Highlands, have bolstered the first online farm sale to be held by Klawervlei Stud in partnership with gavelhouse.com, between today, 15 June, and 21 June, writes DAVID MOLLETT.
Altogether 135 yearlings will be offered from June 15-21 with bidding running until the final countdown from 1pm on Sunday, June 21.
“We are excited to have entries from leading stud farms in the Western Cape and we look forward to partnering this initiative with them,” said Grant Knowles, Klawervlei’s sales and marketing manager.
“We have had strong messages of support so we are excited to see how things work out,” said Knowles.
The Foulkes family’s Normandy Stud, associated with such stars as Winter Solstice, Mother Russia and Bravura, to name but a few, will be represented by 11 Lots (four as agent), and Oscar Foulkes commented: “These lots have come exactly the same way as those who’d be entered for other auctions, and they’re a very nice bunch. I’d say lots 58 (Twice Over colt) and 131 (Coup De Grace colt) are proper classic types who will race up to 2000m.”
Ridgemont Highlands, fifth in last season’s breeders log, has entered 12 yearlings with six as agent. One of their early offerings is lot 5, which is a colt by Twice Over — sire of dual Durban July winner Do It Again — out of the Australian mare Sassy Sal. Futura — Equus Horse-of-the-Year in 2014/15 — has a colt (lot 16) who is the seventh produce of Three Troikas Stakes winner Sharp Mistress. The youngster is an early foal, being born in August.
A filly (lot 26) by grade 1 winner Jackson makes plenty of appeal on pedigree as she is out of the Celtic Swing mare Sweet Aria, who retired a threetime winner. Another of Jackson’s progeny (lot 82) on offer is the seventh foal of four-time winner Even Money. This colt has been named Billionaire so her buyer will be hoping he lives up to his name.
Last Saturday’s Horse Chestnut Stakes winner Hawwaam is by last season’s champion sire Silvano, who has a solitary entry on the sale (lot 32).
No doubt Klawervlei MD John Koster will be expecting big interest in Silvano’s daughter, who is the third produce of six-time winner Thunder Dance. Her two grade 1 wins came in the Paddock Stakes and Empress Club Stakes.
When Koster was asked to name his top five picks from the Klawervlei draft, it was no surprise to see him nominate lot 51, who is a colt by Twice Over out of six-time winner Blow Your Mind. This mare is the dam of five-time winner Captain’s Daughter.
Another mare who retired with an impressive record is eight-time winner Lady Of Kildare, a daughter of Captain Al. Her second foal is a colt by Durban July winner Pomodoro.
The early demise of Soft Falling Rain was a blow for the breeding industry and his solitary entry on the sale (lot 78) is certainly bred in the purple. Offered by the BBP syndicate, the filly is the first foal of the Oasis Dream mare Entrench.
Lammerskraal Stud has made three entries on the sale and they include a filly (lot 130) who is a daughter of William Longsword, winner of the grade 1 Cape Guineas. An early foal named Poppy of Bayeux, she is the third produce of three-time winner Path To Travel.
Duncan Barry’s Riverton Stud offers Lot 135, a first foal sired by Pomodoro from Queen Of Thrones, a half-sister to Captain Of All, SA’s champion freshman sire last year and still churning out winner after winner.
Ascot Stud has also made three entries and their trio includes a filly (lot 18), who is by Twice Over out of the Silvano mare Silvan Wind.
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