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A daughter of Klawervlei Stud’s late champion sire Captain Al proved the star attraction at Wednesday’s 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. Consigned by Klawervlei, the beautiful bay filly (Lot 129) was knocked down to Anthony Stroud for R4-million to top the one day city auction.

Unnamed as yet, she was born from the winning Fort Wood mare Pagan Princess. Stroud’s purchase is a full-sister to G1 Cape Guineas winner and Klawervlei’s new sire William Longsword and a half-sister to G1 South African Fillies Sprint winner Real Princess.

Stroud commented: “She’s a lovely filly and I think she’ll be trained by Justin Snaith. She was bought for an old client of mine who’s down here on holiday and has a connection to South Africa, so he wanted to have a go.”

Captain Al was also responsible for the top colt sold at Wednesday’s sale. His son Chestnut Bay (Lot 49) was knocked down to Amanda Skiffington for R2,2-million. Consigned by Ridgemont Highlands, the striking colt is out of the winning Galileo mare Exotic and his second dam is Irish Oaks runner up Ice Queen.

Captain Al ended up as the Leading Sire by aggregate, with his seven yearlings to sell grossing R11.2 million. Champion breeders Klawervlei Stud topped the Vendors List, selling 48 yearlings for R30 875 000, while KZN breeders, Rathmor Stud topped the buyers list –purchasing 13 lots for a total of R6 725 000.

In total, 192 of the 217 yearlings on offer were sold for R84 235, and the lots to sell averaged R436,450, with the median staying steady at R300 000.

Wéhann Smith, CEO of CTS, said that he was most encouraged by a fantastic turnout and a varied buyer’s bench.

He said: “The Convention Centre was packed, there was a good atmosphere and we had plenty of buyers from all over the country and overseas.”

While the turnover was significantly down on the 2018 figure (when 30 additional lots went through the ring), Smith said: “Vendors across the board were happy with their returns. We are very pleased with continued and growing overseas interest. We had 18 yearlings that fetched R1-million or more.

“If there is to be a negative, it is that our average price per yearling was down from last year’s R699,000 to R436,000, but we had a real sale here, no smoke and mirrors. The figures were a good reflection of a good, solid auction. If some of the R1,5-million or R2-million yearlings went for just a littke more, the average price would have been markedly higher.

“Overall, however, we are happy with what was achieved and we thank our vendors and buyers for their valued support.”