IF the outstanding trade at the Inglis sale in Australia is any guide, vendors will be travelling to this week’s Select Yearling Sale at Emperors Palace with a spring in their step, reports RINGSIDER in The Citizen's Racing Express.
Cape Thoroughbred Sales are hosting the auction at the popular Casino Resort on Friday with the first of 159 lots coming under the hammer at 4pm.
The Inglis figures can only be described as sensational with a record average of Aus$355,875 and Arrowfield Stud grossing $20 million – the highest to date by a vendor at an Australian Yearling Sale.
Top price was $2.5 million for a son of Redoubte’s Choice bought by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum.
While the top price at Emperors won’t get near that figure, it’s clear that a number of top studs, including Klawervlei, Summerhill and Highlands, have kept aside some choice yearlings for this sale.
There should be big action at both the beginning and end of the sale.
The very first lot is offered by Klawervlei (as agent) and is a Captain Al colt out of Grade 1-winning mare Nania.
Three lots from the finish, Highlands will be offering a full-brother to Jackson, who retired to stud with six wins including three Grade 1 successes. Presumably the reason this yearling wasn’t on the CTS sale in Cape Town in January is that he’s a late foal, being born in mid-November.
The early lots include Summerhill Stud’s Visionaire filly, Cosmology, who is a half-sister to Ipi Tombe Challenge winner Intergalactic. Champion trainer Sean Tarry is certain to run his expert eye over this lot.
Avontuur Farm have only a three-yearling draft but they include a Var colt who is a half-brother to both five-time winner and July-placed Chesalon and eight-time winner La Volta.
Another yearling Tarry will be examining is the full-sister to Safe Harbour – consigned by Highlands (as agent). Safe Harbour, a Durban July entry, won the Ready-To-Run Stakes at Kenilworth during the Cape season.
Captain Al has 12 yearlings on the sale and they include a full-sister to Equus champion All Is Secret and Grade 1 winner The Secret Is Out.
Interestingly, All Is Secret is represented later on by her first foal, a Dynasty colt consigned by Klawervlei (as agents).
Other Dynasty progeny include a colt out of July winner Dancer’s Daughter, a colt out of Grade 1 winner Give Me Five and a half-sister to five-time winner Sergeant Hardy.
Silvano has six yearlings coming under the hammers of John O’Kelly and Andrew Miller and the former auctioneer will be selling a colt from Summerhill out of four-time winner Elegant Blush.
Pomodoro carried the colours of Chris van Niekerk to a popular Durban July victory and Riverton Stud will be offering a colt who is a half-brother to Captain Of All, champion sprinter in the 2014-15 season.
Late in the evening, Avontuur will be expecting some big bids for their Oratorio colt named Cue The Music. The youngster is a half-brother to Tevez and an 11-time winning daughter of Var, Val De Ra.
A Var colt out of five-time winner Fisani has another appealing pedigree, while Exquisite Touch’s Man O’War Sprint win has come at an opportune time to boost her half-brother by What A Winter.
Photo: Lot 1, Captain Al colt from Nania.