Picture: Lot 37, a Trippi filly from Drakenstein Stud, is a full-sister to Gr 1 winner Trip Of Fortune
If Cape Racing’s “Feel Good Factor” permeates to the Premier Yearling Sale on January 25 it’s likely vendors could be dancing in the city streets in the evening.
A total of 136 lots are due to be sold by top auctioneers John O’Kelly and Andrew Miller at a sale powered by Tattersalls in the UK.
One of the most interesting aspects of the sale – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre – is the first crop of five-time Gr 1 winner, Hawwaam, who stands at Wilgerbosdrift Stud. The son of Silvano is represented by nine yearlings.
Mulling through the catalogue, it’s clear there are some well-related youngsters on offer and I’ve picked out 20 lots which should sell well. They are in lot number – not in order of preference.
Lot 9: Consigned by Klawervlei Stud (as agent), this daughter of Gimmethegreenlight is out of the four-time winner, Eros’ Girl. She won four races including the Fairview East Cape Oaks.
Lot 17: Consigned by Drakenstein Stud, this Gimmethegreenlight colt is the second foal of Gabor, Champion Two Year-Old Filly in 2018/19.
Lot 27: Consigned by Winterbach Stud, this son of Hawwaam is a half-brother to Gr 3 Cape Mile winner, Montein, who will run in the WSB Met on Jan 27. Hendrik Winterbach told Turftalk: “What more could I ask for? Selling Montein’s half-brother two days before the Met.”
Lot 29: Consigned by Narrow Creek Stud, this What A Winter filly is a full-sister to the six-time winner, Cold Fact.
Lot 33: Consigned by Klawervlei Stud (as agent), this Rafeef colt is the third foal of the eight-time winner, Jo’s Bond. Her second foal was cleverly named Connery.
Lot 36: Consigned by Winterbach Stud, this should be another big moment for the stud as they’re selling the full-brother to seven-time winner, Master Archie. The son of Rafeef won the Gr 1 Computaform Sprint.
Lot 37: Consigned by Drakenstein Stud (as agent), this bay filly is a full-sister to nine-time winner, Trip Of Fortune. Candice Bass-Robinson wasn’t afraid to travel with her star performer (won the Gr 1 Horse Chestnut at Turffontein) and she’ll be running her expert eye over the dam’s seventh foal.
Lot 52: Consigned by Varsfontein Stud, this Gimmethegreenlight colt is out of the Western Winter mare, On Her Toes. Her five wins included the Gr 1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship at Scottsville.
Lot 59: Consigned by Ridgemont, this Hawwaam colt is a half-brother to the six-time winner, Wrecking Ball.
Lot 63: Consigned by Maine Chance Farms. Messrs O’Kelly and Miller are going to field a multitude of bids for this Hawwaam colt (early foal) who is a half-brother to last season’s Horse-Of-The-Year, Princess Calla. While Sean Tarry will be disappointed with his mare’s defeat in the Cartier Paddock Stakes, the former champion trainer has saddled the mare to 11 wins and over R4,6 million in stakes. Will Mario Ferreira be interested in the family’s latest offspring? We shall see.
Lot 65: Consigned by Klawervlei Stud (as agent), this Gimmethegreenlight colt is the second foal of Return Flight, winner of six races and Champion Two Year-Old Filly in 2017/18. Another yearling Sean Tarry is likely to be interested in.
Lot 71: Consigned by Millstream Farm (as agent), this Vercingetorix colt is a full-brother to the six-time winner, Green Plains.
Lot 74: Consigned by Beaumont Stud, this son of Master Of My Fate is a full-brother to the talented filly, Driving Miss Daisy.
Lot 102: Consigned by Avontuur Estate, this Rafeef colt (early foal) is a full-brother to Thunderstruck whom Piere Strydom partnered to his fifth career win in the Winchester Sprint Cup on King’s Plate day. A timely victory for the vendors.
Lot 108: Consigned by Ridgemont, this Vercingetorix colt (early foal) is a half-brother to the five-time winner Trip To Africa and four-time winner African Rock (won in both SA and Mauritius).
Lot 113: Consigned by Varsfontein Stud. This Vercingetorix colt is the second produce of the Captain Al mare, Amy Johnson. Don’t know how the stud settled on the name Rolland Garros as Amy Johnson was a British pilot (1903-1941) who never played tennis!
Lot 115: Consigned by Normandy Stud, this filly is a full-sister to Rio Querari, Champion Sprinter in SA in 2020/21. The seven year-old contested the Winchester Sprint Cup finishing sixth behind Thunderstruck.
Lot 130: Consigned by Maine Chance Farms, this Vercingetorix colt is a full-brother to Gr 1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner, Chansonette.
Lot 134: Consigned by Maine Chance Farms, this Gimmethegreenlight colt (late foal) is a full-brother to Cosmic Highway so is going to be of particular interest to Dean Kannemeyer. The five year-old took his chance in the King’s Plate but was beaten five lengths by Charles Dickens.
Lot 136: Consigned by Klawervlei Stud (as agent). John Koster won’t be unhappy he’s offering the final lot on the sale as this Gimmethegreenlight filly is a half-sister to Queen’s Plate winner, Vardy.