Day 2 Emperors Palace Sale – Top priced filly by Encosta de Lago

An Encosta de Lago filly topped the fillies’ leaderboard on Day 2 of the Emperors Palace Sale in South Africa on Sunday.

The Australian bred yearling is from Irish bred mare Catching Moonbeams (Danehill) and initially sold for $55,000 as a foal at the 2012 Magic Millions National Sale.  She changed hands again for R1.60 million (AUS 170,790) on Sunday when purchased by Wilgerbosdrift Stud owner Mary Slack.

Catching Moonbeams is a daughter of G1 Prix de l’Abbaye winner Imperial Beauty (Imperial Ballet).  She was imported from Ireland in August 2006 and her first foal Devilgate Drive (Dehere) won races at Nowra and Queanbeyan last year.  She has a filly on the ground by High Chaparral and was bred back to the Coolmore shuttler in October.

The aggregate and average for the two-day sale was up on last year’s results – the average increased 27% to R297 976.  “The aggregate was up an incredible 44% – although we did sell 49 more horses than last year,” TBA CEO Tom Callaghan said.  “The overall strong middle market is very much in line with international results.”

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