Day 1 Cape Premier Sale – Average rises 25% in South Africa

A Silvano colt helped influence a 25% average increase after Day 1 of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale in South Africa.

Leading trainer Mike Azzie bought the colt on behalf of owner Adriaan van Vuuren.  Consigned by Maine Chance Farms, the Silvano colt is a brother to classy sprinter Romantic Moon and made R3.25 million.  “He has the look of eagles,” Azzie said after Thursday’s opening session.  “He is deep-girthed with a terrific walk and he took my breath away.”

van Vuuren was active at the Gold Coast Magic Millions earlier this month spending $320,000 on four yearlings – a colt by Fastnet Rock and fillies by Manhattan Rain, Tale of the Cat and Choisir.  He also paid equal top price of R1 million for a Jet Master filly at the Cape Town 2YO Sale in December.

Silvano (Ger) was a widely travelled galloper winning Group races in Germany, Hong Kong, North America and Singapore.  He also finished right behind Northerly, Sunline and Viscount in the 2001 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

Silvano shuttled between Gestüt Fährhof and Maine Chance and his best southern hemisphere bred gallopers have been Bold Silvano (G1 Durban July) and Kings Gambit (G1 South African Classic).

A daughter of former Kentucky sire Trippi was the top-priced filly on Day 1 at R2.70 million.  Purchased by Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe, she is out of a Fort Wood half sister to G2 UAE Derby winner and leading South African sire Victory Moon (Al Mufti).

“It’s a very strong sale and the top horses produced top prices,” Malherbe said.  “The South African market reflects current world trends.”

Day 1 turnover reached R51.74 million and the average increased 25% to R507,255.

Australian bred stallion Seventh Rock (Rock of Gibraltar – Ruby Clipper by Rubiton) was popular with his first crop headed by a $425,000 colt out of G1 placed mare Valeta (Var).

Seventh Rock was a G1 winner of the Scottsville Gold Medallion and his colt was purchased by Kip Elser of South Carolina based Kirkwood Stables.  “The sale seems strong,” Elser said.  “The racehorse is an international commodity and it’s the same story in South Africa as throughout the world.”

Friday evening’s second session concludes the Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

Australian / NZ bred mares with progeny catalogued on Day 1:

1.20 mil   Dynasty – A Star For Maria (Aus) by Noverre
900,000   Trippi – Aquatint (Aus) by Peintre Celebre
600,000   Trippi – Uber Rock (Aus) by Rock Of Gibraltar
300,000   Count Dubois – Thin Red Line (Aus) by Redoute`s Choice

300,000   Seventh Rock – Silent Kiss (NZ) by Maroof
200,000   Var – South Sea Lady (Aus) by Torrential
180,000   Trippi – Pallio (Aus) by Giant`s Causeway
160,000   Tiger Dance – Sovereign Lace (NZ) by Last Tycoon
100,000   Seventh Rock – Pacific Sunrise (Aus) by Twig Moss

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