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Picture: Lot 37, a Trippi filly consigned by Drakenstein Stud as agent, was the CPYS sales topper on Thursday at the Cape Town International Convention Centre
It is unusual for Drakenstein Stud to sell a filly so many would have been surprised to see Gr 1-winning Trip Of Fortune’s full sister on the Cape Racing Sales Premier Yearling Sale.
However, Drakesnstein’s racing manager Kevin Sommerville pointed out this filly was owned in partnership and the partners wanted to sell.
Not surprisinging the good looking Trippi filly was the sales topper at R3.2 million and was signed for by Jonathan Snaith on behalf of on behalf of new buyers, Swiss national Rolf Theiler, and his South African wife Gloria, who are associates of Drakenstein’s Gaynor Rupert, and hail from the world of showjumping..
The second highest priced lot was a Maine Chance Farms-bred Gimmethegreenlight colt who is a full brother to dual Gr 2 winner Cosmic Highway and he went for R2.2 million sold to Form Bloodstock.
Interestingly Cosmic Highway has another full-brother, a Sean Tarry-trained colt owned by Mrs H Kuhn, making his debut over 1000m at the Vaal Classic track next Thursday, February 1.
A beautifully-bred Ridgemont Gimmethegreenlight filly out of dual Gr 1-winning Captain Al mare All Is Secret fetched R2 million and was bought by Ridgemont. She was consigned by Klawervlei Stud as agent and is a half-sister to Listed winner Sovereign Secret.
Hawwaam made a fine debut at the Sale and his Maine Chance Farms-bred half-brother to Equus Horse Of The Year Princess Calla fetched R2 million bought by Justin Vermaak, who was the leading buyer at the Sale.
Hawwaam’s nine lots made an aggregate of 5,100,000 for an average of R566,667.
However, the Sale’s leading sire title was once again a duel between Gimmethegreenlight and Vercingetorix.
The pair each had 13 lots sold.
Gimmethegreenlight aggregated R11,875,000  for an average of R913,462.
Vercingetorix 11,025,000 for an average of R848,077.
The great Trippi was leading sire by average, with his two lots fetching an aggreagate of R4 million for an average of R2 million.
The highest priced Vercingetorix was a Ridgemont-bred colt out of Visionaire mare Takingthepeace, who won the Gr 1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic, the Gr 2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas and also a Gr 3 event. This colt went for R1.8 million and was bought by Yolo Thoroughbreds.
There were 14 seven figure lots, five by Vercingetorix, three by Gimmethegreenlight, two by Querari, one by Trippi, one by Hawwaam, one by Rafeef and one by Erupt.