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Five first-season sires will be represented at the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale on Wednesday, 23 January, and their connections are all hopeful of good sales results.

At the top of the list with no fewer than 19 yearlings on offer is Coup De Grace, the only son of US superstar Tapit at stud in South Africa and a resident of Klawervlei Stud.

A top class sprinter, who ranked among the leaders of his generation, Coup De Grace’s five victories included the G2 Amsterdam Stakes and the historic G3 Bay Shore Stakes. He also won the Oh Say Stakes and ran a close up third in the G1 King’s Bishop Stakes at Saratoga.

John Koster of Klawervlei commented: “Coup De Grace was always going to get some good mares to get him going, but he got lucky too. When Captain Al started becoming infertile, we swung some of the old champion’s mares the way of our new stallion, so he’s covered some star mares and we’re pleased with what he has produced.

“Coup De Grace has thrown high class yearlings with lots of quality, they are very athletic and correct with huge quarters, and he has stamped them. Many are beautiful chestnut horses with white marks in the face, which comes from his Storm Cat female line.

“The reason why we got so many approved for the sale is that they are forward horses, precocious and should show quick returns, but they do have the length of body to train on into milers,” said Koster.

Among several Koster holds in high regard, he mentioned Lot 31, an unnamed Coup De Grace filly from a half-sister to star three-year-old One World. “She’s a ‘bomb’,” he assessed.

He is also excited about Lot 29, an unnamed filly from Consensual and hence a half-sister to former champion three-year-old filly Just Sensual.

“Al the Coup De Grace foals are beautiful, come and see them at the sale,” said Koster and added: “Duncan Barry at Riverton also has a smart colt, he is from the mare Serious Side, a half-brother to Captain Of All, that should tell you enough!”

Ascot Stud’s Global View (Galileo), is receiving the kind of support breeder Ashley Parker could only have dreamed of in the prevailing economic climate. Global View covered 134 mares in his first season and 106 in his second season and Parker says: “Breeders like the Galileo/Storm Cat cross in his pedigree., because it produces milers with good speed.

“We are very happy with what we’ve seen, the various inspectors have given Global View’s progeny high scores, they’ve been gobsmacked by the quality he has thrown. They are smart horses. Our CTS Premier Sale filly Global Appeal (Lot 189) scored a 9 ½ out of 10, she’s a half-sister to last Saturday’s Gr3 winner Storm Destiny, a beautiful black filly.

“Our colt is Lot 66, Grand Escape, a big strong individual, a half-brother to sprinter Mary O’Reilly and the stayer Grand Silvano.”

The third Global View on sale at CPYS is Lot 60, an unnamed colt from Klawervlei Stud from the family of Marinaresco and Bulsara.

Four-time Gr1 winner Legislate (Dynasty), who had fertility problems and made a brief return to racing, has two representatives on the sale in Sorrento Stud’s Wall Street Warrior (Lot 18) and an unnamed filly from Rosedene Stud (Lot 161). Stallion manager John Freeman commented: “Legislate is standing with Vaughan Koster at Chevely Stud, he managed to get a small book of mares all in foal this season and the few he has on the ground look fantastic, they will be rare and are well worth looking at.

Another four-time Gr1 winning son of Dynasty is Futura of whom Freeman said: “Of all the sons of Dynasty he looks most like his dad and of course he was a magnificent racehorse who broke a long-standing track record when he won the Gr1 Champions Cup.  He is my dream horse and we’re expecting big things.

“Last year we had many calls from breeders reporting how nice their Futura foals were, so much so that we called a competition in which the breeders presented their photos. Jan Mantel won it with a Futura from Millstream Farm but there were others in the hunt, like Pippa Mickleburgh from Avontuur who raved about one born at her farm. They’re good lookers and if you look at Futura’s exceptional race record we are sure they will be good runners too.”

The Avontuur yearling noted above is none other than Lot 215 Avenir, by Futura from Varsity Queen, from the family of international performer Mastermind, and Schiffer.

Annabel Andrews reports on Triple Crown winner and freshman sire Louis The King (Black Minnaloushe): “He covered 40 mares in his first crop, we were happy with that, and all his progeny are blessed with the same beautiful temperament.

“Louis The King’s pair at CPYS are both first foals, both magnificent specimens. We have Lot 136, Romy Lee, she’s a flashy daughter of Picardi Pink, by Western Winter. She was a leader in the camp from her early days. “The other is a colt called Pamushana’s Pride (from an Ideal World mare). He is just magic, a big, strapping colt, very correct.”