THE Cape Thoroughbred Sales March Yearling Sale enters its sixth year and will be held over two days this weekend at Durbanville Racecourse.
The two day sale takes place on Saturday, 18 March starting at 6pm and Sunsday, 19 March starting at 1pm. With 257 lots on offer by a diverse range of sires, there is bound to be a size and style to suit every taste and pocket.
Starting life as Book 2 of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale, this well patronised sale gravitated to its own slot in 2014 and has grown in stature and popularity, having produced a host of decent performers.
Past graduates include Equus Champion Seventh Plain, Gr1 winner Lauderdale, Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes winner and Cape Fillies Guineas runner-up Safe Harbour, as well as fellow big earning CTS Million Dollar winner Illuminator.
All of our leading breeders are represented in numbers, with Breeders Championship title leaders Klawervlei Stud offering 28 yearlings including a single lot by Captain Al from a half-sister to Shoot The Booze. Stalwart champion producers Highlands Farm has a draft of 15, including yearlings by Pathfork, Elusive Fort and newcomer Potala Palace. Avontuur has consigned five good ones, including three by Var, who continues to churn out the winners.
While the progeny of prominent sires Captain Al, Elusive Fort, Gimmethegreenlight, Judpot, Querari, Trippi, and Var will always attract the attention, there are some exciting options to pick from beyond those sought after items.
After his interestingly named son Orianos Bagofgold blew his field away at his second start at Scottsville last Sunday, Danehill stallion Oratorio will have plenty of browsers with his seven lots. The sire of more than 40 global stakes horses, whose first SA crop includes unbeaten Sacred Oration, has a daughter of a stakes winning daughter of Gr1 winner Roxanne, as well as a half-sister to Winter Derby winner Elusive Silva, amongst his super seven.
There is also a Count Dubois (sire of Investec Cape Derby winner Edict Of Nantes) half-sister to 2yo stakes winner Only Emily, a Horse Chestnut colt out of star Cape 2yo Easyjadeasy, a Pathfork half-sister to Gr1 winner On Her Toes (whose debutante daughter Light On Her Toes ran such a cracker last Sunday), and a Seventh Rock colt out of Galileo’s Gr3 winning daughter Sidera. - Sporting Post.