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In just 11 years of selling thoroughbreds in South Africa, Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS) has achieved truly remarkable results.

No less than 41 individual G1 winners have been sold at various CTS auctions, the equivalent of almost 4 per year, and they have won 50 G1 races between them so far. The quality of the CTS offering is further underlined by four stallions and an international Graded winner having emerged from the same period.

Soft Falling Rain (National Assembly), from the inaugural Cape Premier Sale, won the G1 SA Nursery before an international campaign that included G2 wins in Dubai and the UK respectively. He returned to South Africa to stand at Wilgerbosdrift, and was the leading first season sire by aggregate in 2018 before his untimely death at only nine years of age, in the same year.

Summerhill’s Act Of War (Dynasty), a graded stakes winner at two, three and four, made a sensational start to his stud career with Triple Tiara winner War Of Athena and G1 Golden Horse Sprint winner Battle Force from his first crop.

Red Ray (Western Winter), based at Birch Brothers, is quietly making a name for himself, having sired some excellent value runners from limited opportunities since 2018, with G2-placed Red Saxon and up-and-coming Alula’s Star – two outstanding runners from his small first crop.

Klawervlei’s William Longsword (Captain Al) proved to be extremely popular at the 2021 Cape Premier Sale. The six-time winning G1 Cape Guineas hero has produced the likes of stakes-placed Dyce, Safe Return and Hasta Manana from his first crop. William Longsword is kinbred to the third dams of his sire Captain Al and dam Pagan Princess, and with a host of his progeny now coming through the ranks it won’t be long before he stamps himself at stud.

CTS also sold a Durban July winner (Power King, by Silvano) and a Summer Cup winner in Liege (by Dynasty), while Captain Al’s daughter Carry On Alice (5 x G1 wins, including the Gold Medallion), and his son Kasimir (G1 Cape Flying Championships) were, respectively, the top sprinters in the country for several years, earning Equus accolades.

Vardy (Var) brought the prestigious G1 Queen’s Plate to the CTS Honour Roll, and the promising Linebacker (Captain Of All) added the G1 Cape Derby and the G1 Daily News in 2021.

Just last month Chansonette (Vercingetorix) and Double Superlative (Twice Over) added both G1 Guineas races to the mix, bringing CTS to the 2022 renewal of the Premier Sale on Sunday, 6 February with further expectation of more champions passing through the ring.