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Picture: This good looking colt by former champion sire Gimmethegreenlight went for R3.8 million (Candiese Lenferna). 


Today was the first day of the BSA August Sale at the TBA complex at Gosforth Park and watchers were enthralled by a bidding war that culminated in Lot 91 going for R3.8 million, which could well be a record for a two-year-old at a sale in SA.

The Wilgerbosdrift Stud-bred Gimmethegreenlight colt called Yes We Can is out of the Grade 3 Starling Stakes winner Sarasota. He is a half-brother to Listed-placed Hope Is Power (Soft Falling Rain), a Clinton Binda-trained Soft Falling Rain gelding who won by 3,75 lengths on debut and has won once since. He is also half-brother to another fair Soft Falling Rain two-time winner called Florida Keys. 

He was knocked down to Form Bloodstock. 

Wilgerbosdrift also sold a What A Winter colt out of Grade 1 SA Fillies Classic winner Orchid Island (What A Winter) for R550,000 as well as a Fire Away colt out of twice-winning Fort Wood mare Pumpkin Queen for R500,000.

Vercingetorix’s progeny are hard to come by and this was proven today.

Vercingetorix had by time of publishing had seven go through the ring and one of them went for the early highest price of R650,000 and the other three went for R550,000, R480,000, R450,000, R280,000, R200,000 and R120,000 respectively.

Lot 33, a Millstream Farm-bred Vercingetorix filly out of Jet Master mare Mystery Dame, fetched R650,000. Mystery Dame was a five time-winner, who finished runner up and third in two renewals of the Final Fling Stakes (1600m) and finished third in the Listed Ladies Mile. She has already enjoyed a fine career at stud, producing the Grade 1 winner and Equus champion two-year-old filly Lady In Black (Dynasty) as well as the Grade 2 winner Nexus (Dynasty).

She was knocked down to “Bushfellows”.

Millstream also sold a well related Danon Platina filly for R720,000 to Suzette Viljoen, the second highest-priced lot of the sale. 

Millstream Farm had earlier been acting as agent for Gary Player when lot 92, a Gimmethegreenlight filly who is a full-sister to six time-winning Grade 2 SA Fillies Nursery winner Green Plains, went for R600,000 knocked down to Varsfontein Stud.

Lot 41 was a Vercingetorix colt out of Western Winter mare One Her Toes, who won a Grade 1 (1200m), Grade 2 (1600m) and Grade 3 (1200m), and he went for R550,000 to Form Bloodstock.   

Narrow Creek Stud deservedly fetched half-a-million for one of their draft. Lot 29 was a Rafeef colt out of a three time-winning Silvano mare who is a half-sister to Magico and he was kmocked down to Team G Racing for R500,000.

Varsfontein sold a Gimmethegreenlight filly out of the Grade 3 winner and twice Grade 1 runner up Star Express (Silvano) for R540,000 to Kestform Investments.