African Sorcerer tops Emperors Palace Sale

Leading owner Markus Jooste topped the South African Emperors Palace Sale on Saturday evening for a yearling by Champion Vinery sire More Than Ready.

Jooste paid ZAR 2 million (AUD 212,390) for the Vinery champion’s colt who has already been named Umthakathi which is Zulu for Sorcerer.  He was initially purchased as a foal by Hassen Adams for $60,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions National Sale.

“I want to bring some new blood into South Africa,” Adams explained.  “The aim is to keep some to race myself – but if I get a good price – I sell.”

Adams is a big fan of More Than Ready and his latest sale-topper is from Gina Lollawitcha (Perugino) who was a Caulfield stakes winner for trainer Clinton McDonald.

Owned in a partnership, he was consigned by Summerhill Stud.  “He is a great mover and looks like he will be an early horse,” Jooste’s racing manager Derek Brugman commented.  “He could be a really nice horse for the Million Dollar races.”

Adams raced More Than Ready’s South African star Gimmethegreenlight to a Group 1 victory in the Queen’s Plate in Cape Town.  He was sold by Vinery as a foal for $155,000 at 2009 Magic Millions National Sale.

Now based at Varsfontein Stud, Gimmethegreenlight’s first-crop yearlings were also popular the Emperors Palace Sale making up to ZAR 400,000.  Top price was paid for a filly from Australian bred mare Hill Of Fire (Danehill Dancer) who won the LR East Cape Paddock Stakes at Fairview.

Lot 86 MTR Gina Lollawitcha coltUMTHAKATHI