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Celebrating its twelfth renewal, the one-time unique inner city Cape Premier Yearling Sale has adapted seamlessly to the demands and realities of a changing world and marked its second year at the internationally renowned De Grendel Wine Estate outside of Cape Town on a warm Sunday this past weekend.

Cape Thoroughbred Sales partnered with De Grendel for the 2021 renewal of the sale last January, and after the inaugural success we found ourselves enjoying the hospitality and magnificent setting again.

With its breathtaking views of the winelands and one of the world’s seven wonders of natures, the venue is a winner and enjoyed another great turnout on Sunday.

With all of South Africa’s top breeders represented, multiple national champion nursery Klawervlei Stud were out in numbers and celebrated the distinction of producing the top lot via their high quality stallion Twice Over’s unnamed son (# 66), who was knocked down to leading local bloodstock consultant John Freeman for R2 000 000.

The chart-topper is bred on the same Twice Over/Jet Master cross as this season’s Gr1 Cape Guineas winner Double Superlative, and is out of the three-time winning Jet Master mare Jet Set Model.

It was the Klawervlei flag that again fluttered proudly a few hours later when the hammer fell on the purchase of the top selling filly.

South Africa’s reigning champion sire Gimmethegreenlight’s unnamed daughter (# 115) was also knocked down to John Freeman, fetching R1 100 000.

Also consigned by Klawervlei, she was produced by the blue-blooded Giant’s Causesway mare Primrose Hill, already dam of the very smart Hug And A Kiss -a dual winner and runner up in the Gr3 Prix Penelope.

Overall, the sale numbers were pleasing with 177 of the 188 yearlings originally offered passing through the ring. The 166 lots to sell grossed R43,33 million, with the average price R261 024, and the median R175 000.

On a similar sized catalogue to 2021, the aggregate was up 16%, while the average (R243 451 in 2021) increased by 7% and the median (R200 000 in 2021) dropping 12,5% year-on-year.

Klawervlei kingpin William Longsword topped the sires aggregates, with his 25 offspring selling for a gross R5 985 000 at an average of R239 400.

But it was Ridgemont Highlands’ Rafeef and Maine Chance’ Vercingetorix who were neck and necks as they topped the sire averages at R562 500 each – their individual sextets selling for a gross R3 375 000.

Klawervlei topped the vendor charts with their 47 to sell averaging R350 531, at a gross R16 475 000.

John Freeman bought both the top colt and filly and the veteran bloodstock consultant topped the buyer log with 14 lots at R7 700 000.  Freeman’s average  of R550 000 was shaded by Form Bloodstock, whose 8 lots grossed R4 550 000, with an average of R568 750.

There were some familiar faces at the sale, including former Springbok rugby star Percy Montgomery who was enjoying his newly launched Agave spirit brand, El Centurion 102, and World Champion swimmer Ryk Neethling, who bought a share of a Master Of My Fate colt from Avontuur.

Cape Thoroughbred Sales MD Grant Knowles was thrilled with the ‘superb vibe’ that prevailed.

“It was extremely well attended and catered for all clientele. The clearance rate was excellent with the aggregate showing a significant upturn. A very positive result for the industry,” he concluded.

See all the results here