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THE 2017 Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale for 2017 was successfully staged at the “Palace of Dreams’ in Johannesburg on Friday night, with solid figures being returned given the context of tight economic circumstances, writes MARK VAN DEVENTER.

An aggregate of R41 675 000 was attained, with an average price of R318 130 and the median figure settling at R175 000.

Form Bloodstock signed for the sales topper. Lot 157 from Highlands Farm Stud, Grab the Light, by Dynasty ex Moonlit Prairie went for R3.8 million. All seven of her foals have won, and this bay colt is a full brother to mid distance champion and now freshman sire Jackson, as well as smart performer Heartland.

Lot 118, an unnamed Captain Al filly out of Giant’s Bounty (headline photo) also triggered lively bidding, eventually being knocked down to Rainbow Beach Trading for R2.6 million. Earlier, another unnamed Captain Al filly from Klawervlei Stud fetched R1.7 million. The dam Polar Charge has thrown a perfect ten out of ten including Grade 1 sprinter Always in Charge, plus multiple winner’s Captain Lars together with smart Italian performer’s  PolarFonic  and Falcharge. Kuda, acting on behalf of MV Magnier, were the buyers.

Avontuur Stud raked back nearly R3 million from their three yearlings to top the vendor averages. Best of their draft was Cue the Music, by Oratorio out of Minelli, with trainer Dennis Bosch stretching up to a final bid of R1.6 million. The dam side of this pedigree is also potent – South African champion sprinter of 2011, Val de Ra and classy speedball, Tevez feature prominently.

Leading producer, Klawervlei Stud yet again headed the breeder section, selling 30 lots at an average of R525,833. Highlands Farm also enjoyed a productive auction with their 17 sales averaging R463, 529.

Familiar names scaled to the peak of the sires list. Captain, Al, Dynasty and Silvano have been producing the goods for years so remain popular with discerning buyers. Emerging force, Oratorio slotted in third, with the market fully expecting this Irish bred son of Danehillto transfer his international accomplishments to the SA scene.

All graduates of this sale are eligible for the CTS Millions, comprising two races over 1200m and 1600m for stakes of R5 million each. The CTS Sprint and CTS Mile will be run in January 2019 at Kenilworth in Cape Town. High class Trippi filly Live Life and superb colt, William Longsword who is soon to launch his stallion career, collected the booty in this year’s showdowns.

Photo: Lot 157, sales-topper by Dynasty.