TWO colts consigned by Wilgerbosdrift proved the joint star attractions at
the second day of the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale on
Thursday when fetching R2 000 000 apiece.

Catalogued as lots 233 and 234 respectively, Inherit The Rain and Taking
Silk topped Thursday’s session when knocked down to Form Bloodstock and
Bjorn Nielson respectively.

Sired by ill-fated Equus Champion Soft Falling Rain, Inherit The Rain was
produced by the winning Rich Man’s Gold mare The Heiress, which makes the
colt a half-brother to 2 winners notably G1 SA Fillies Classic winner
Athina, while the Silvano sired Taking Silk is out of dual winning Jet
Master mare Themis -a half-sister to millionaire Kavanagh and hails from the
family of US G1 winners Super Saver, Bluegrass Cat and Frost Giant.

With Thursday’s session including the start of the second session at the
2019 National Sale, trading remained solid, with steady interest in
proceedings throughout.

One of the most positive aspects of the National Sale this year is the fact
that the clearance rate remained on a par with 2018.

At the time of writing, more than 20 yearlings had made R1 000 000 plus at, the tally including the record priced R9 000 000 colt.

Bloodstock South Africa’s Gary Grant was optimistic regarding the sale’s
overall result, saying, “By and large, the sale held up well, albeit
suffering marginal declines on the second day.  In line with international
trends, there has been good money for top prospects, with the lower end of
the market proving to be rather softer.”

The third and final day of the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale
will commence on Friday at 11:30, with final prices and statistics online at
<http://www.bsa.co.za/www.bsa.co.za

Photo: Lot 234, sales topper on Day Two.

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