South African owner Markus Jooste was a Top 5 buyer at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and he returned home to head Book 2 of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale last week.
Jooste’s Nordic Racing off-shoot paid $300,000 for Redoute’s Choice – Glimmers colt offered by Lauriston Thoroughbreds at Oaklands Junction on March 4.
His domestic operation Mayfair Speculators was busy in Cape Town purchasing 12 yearlings for R3.16 million. Topping the list were colts by Jay Peg and Greys Inn that made R500,000 each.
Among his cheaper buys, through trainer Charles Laird, was an All American filly out of the Rock Of Gibraltar mare Artistic Rock for R280,000. The dam won at Randwick and was exported in foal to All American in March 2011.
Laird had purchased All American’s Encosta de Lago half-sister for $490,000 at the 2008 Gold Coast Magic Millions. Named Milvago, she won twice over 1600m carrying Jooste’s colours in South Africa.
Jooste also paid R425,000 for a colt by Australian bred sire Seventh Rock from Tinder Box (Strike Smartly).
Seventh Rock (Rock of Gibraltar – Ruby Clipper by Rubiton) was a G1 winner of the Scottsville Gold Medallion and stands at Klawervlei Stud. His first crop had been very popular at Cape Premier’s Book 1 in January and his Book 2 draft dominated the sire listings with 16 yearlings passing through the ring for R2.28 million.
Top price at the Cape Premier Book 2 Sale was a Trippi – Majestic Star (Doowaley) colt knocked down to trainer Mike Bass for R575,000. Overall trade at Book 2 reached R27.12 million at an average of R107,194.
– Karl Patterson