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David Hepburn-Brown of Hemel ’N Aarde Stud sold a filly by Captain Al from Thekaddy (National Emblem) for R800,000 at the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

He has consigned her half-sister by VAR to this year’s renewal and commented: “Thekkady is owned by racing personalities Gary Lentin and Gerald Sadleir. This yearling is typical of the family, a very nice filly, I’d say she’s even better than last year’s foal.”

Hemel ’N Aarde has several other ‘plums’ on offer.

Rafeef, who is the talk of the town if our previews are anything to go buy, is represented by Lot 199, an unnamed colt, the third foal of the Gr3-placed seven-time winner Euphoria, by Kahal. “He’s very smart, a quality yearling with lots of scope,” said Hepburn-Brown.

The first HNA yearling through the auction ring will be Lot 8, a filly by What A Winter from Keen Kali (Joshua Dancer), a sister to the dam of speedy Gr2 winner Tommy Gun. “She’s athletic and racy,” said Hepburn Brown.

Lot 30 is Inverno Casa, a What A Winter filly from four-time winner Mission House, from the distinguished family of Circle Of Life, Zebra Crossing, Deo Juvente and the current leading runner, True To Life.  “She’s smart, all racy.”

Lot 65 is a Pomodoro colt from a super winning family. He’s the first foal of Real Flight, by Jay Peg, a half-sister to Flying Myth and Vandah’s Spirit and from the extended family of Mythical Flight and Mana Mou. “He’s not too big, typical of his family but nicely balanced and the Pomodoro’s generally come quickly.”

From the family of recent winners Green Haze and Flichity By Far comes a Twice Over filly, Lot 116, the first foal of two-time winner Tripinthemist (Trippi), from the family of Yard-Arm and Abashiri. “She’s a nice-sized filly for a first foal, plenty of potential,” Hepburn-Brown concluded.