A total of 162 lots (of 180) were sold at the Moutonshoek dispersal sale, held under the auspices of Bloodstock SA at the Piketberg farm on Thursday, and the sale yielded R8,427-million.
The top price was R1,1-million, a single purchase for John Freeman, who must have had his eye on this one for a while and drove out for one strike. His buy was Lot 24, Eros’s Girl, a young four-time winning mare by the now fast emerging leading sire of broodmares, Captain Al. She’s from the proven top family of Ebony Flyer and Captain’s Lover.
Ridgemont Highlands went to R360,000 for Pecan Nut (Lot 62), a five-time winning daughter of Horse Chestnut (in foal to Erupt), and Bush Hill paid R320,00 for African Goshawk (Lot 6), a mare by Tiger Ridge in foal to Dynasty.
The rest of the buys were all in a far lower bracket and the average came to just over R52,000 per foal. While the aggregate on 162 lots was lower than the price paid for the top-priced single yearling at the National Yearling Sale, BSA’s Gary Grant said he was satisfied with the result and Moutonshoek’s CEO Colin Gordon confirmed his own satisfaction, saying: “In the light of recent sales results we are perfectly happy, happy too to have spread some glory to other breeders, many of them smaller operations who picked up big value lots between R3,000 and R10,000.”
Gordon pointed out: “There are some lots that reflect Moutonshoek as a buyer, please note that these are buys from Dr Bennie van der Merwe, who will continue to board a few mares and breed on his own, on his part of the farm. Chris Gerber’s share and his house will be sold off later.”
Gordon said that stallions, The United States (USA) and Marchfield (CAN) will remain on the farm until the shareholders have decided on their future. Admiral Kitten (USA, David Southey) and Mambo In Seattle (USA, Clifton Stud), will remain at their new homes.
-Photo by Kat Riley.