THE Shongweni Mixed Sale, staged under the auspices of Bloodstock SA on Tuesday, turned over R4,63-million, roughly a 26% increase on the 2018 yield, and from fewer lots sold.

The top price of R420,000 was paid for Lot 92, Captive Gold, a filly by Soft Falling Rain from the accomplished family of Enchanted Garden. She will be joining Duncan Howells at Ashburton.

Drop Kick, a fluent winner of the recent Egoli Mile, fetched R320,000, sold to trainer Grant Paddock who will be looking forward to racing him against the best in Port Elizabeth.

Trainer Louis Goosen was the leading buyer at the sale, securing four lots for R670,00. The late Chris Gerber’s estate was the leading vendor at R2,3-million for 18 lots. Michel Nairac and Paul Lafferty were also active on a varied buyer’s bench.

“This was a solid sale underpinned by quality horses from the Chris Gerber Estate. A pleasing result in the context of an uncertain world and the stock that was offered to the market,” said Gary Grant of BSA.

Photo: Lot 92: Captive Gold. (Candiese Marnewick).