SALLY Bruss of Lammerskraal Stud (headline photo) had a strong hunch that the farm’s Silvano yearling, Matador Step, would be a star attraction at this year’s BSA National Yearling Sale – so much so that her pre-sale advertising campaigns were dedicated to him and headlined, “Some Cause For Excitement!”

The handsome bay, catalogued as lot 42, came up early on the first day of trading, Wednesday and was sold for R4-million to the bidding of Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe.

Matador Step, Lot 42.
Matador Step, Lot 42.

“This is absolutely brilliant, we are so excited,” Bruss said after the hammer had fallen.

Matador Step, the first foal of the stakes placed winner of five Maxixe, is out of an own-sister to triple G1 winning Equus Champion and sire Capetown Noir, as well as to G3 August Stakes winner and millionaire Across The Ice.

He is due to go into training with Dean Kannemeyer, who commented after the purchase: “He ticked all the boxes. An athletic and really magnificent specimen! I know that he was shortlisted by many and it was clear that he was going to go for money. I have trained the family and they can run. I ’m just very pleased that our buyer dug deep and wanted him,” said an elated Kannemeyer.

Matador Step’s price tag of R4 million highlighted the strength in the upper end of the market on the first day of the sale. He cost R1.5 million more than the sales topper of last year’s National Sale, and, with two days still to come, this bodes well for the remaining days of trading.

Despite being born on the 23rd of November 2016, there was great demand for lot 67, a daughter of champion sire Captain Al and Cheveley Stud’s blue hen mare Mystic Spring. The unnamed bay was eventually knocked down for R3,6-million to Snaith Racing, who handle the filly’s multiple G1 winning half-sister Bela-Bela.  She was the top priced filly on the day.  

Trading continues at 11:am on both Thursday and Friday, with the sale set to conclude on Friday afternoon. A full list of prices and statistics can be found online at


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