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Trainer Corne Spies, speaking for Favour Stud, said the stud has a strong draft for the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, featuring two foals by Querari who will be their “flagships” at the sale.

Ernst Du Preez’s Stillbay farm has consigned eight lots and Spies reckons they are well worth a look at. “The CTS Sales inspectors came looking for the cream of the crop and I’d say they found our best. We’ll be pleased to present them to buyers.”

The Querari’s – a filly from Sherezade (Lot 136) and a colt from Cantari (IRE) are described as “beautiful, high quality yearlings with strong hindquarters. They’re well-built, strong horses. The filly is from a dam who has produced two winners from two runners; the colt comes from an Irish mare who has thrown two winners from four runners. He has a nice international damline and is one of the nicest young Querari’s I’ve seen.”

Favour Stud have two Elusive Forts on the sale and Spies told: “The Elusive Fort offspring can be a little ‘narrow’ at times but we have two very nice specimens here. Lot 57 is a full-brother to Gr1-placed Elevated. He is a very solid horse with substance and strong hindquarters.

“Lot 169 is from the prolific black-type producer Venturesome. She is a classic type, very correct with a long neck and covers ground.”

Lot 121 is a filly by Flower Alley from the mare Red Dor (by Elliodor) and Spies says: “Elliodor mares are getting rare. Here we have a filly with rare blood, her dam has produced five from five and she’s strong with a good shoulder.”

Also on offer is a pair of yearlings by promising stallion Twice Over (GB).

Lot 60 is Red Wolf (from an Irish-bred mare) and Lot 221 is a filly from Cavlista (a half-sister to Cataloochee). “Both look like horses who will go over ground. I trained the filly’s dam Cavlista, who had plenty of ability as a race filly but had some problems so she didn’t reach her potential, but it could happen with her offspring. I like the Captain Al cross with Twice Over.”

Lastly there is Lot 205, a filly by Visionaire from a five-time winning mare by Singspiel. “With her kind of pedigree she has value written all over her. She has international winners all down her damline,” commented Spies. – tt.