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THE inaugural CTS Mares and Fillies for Stud Sale will be a watershed moment in the Cape thoroughbred breeding industry.

Never before, has South Africa hosted a Select Sale of fillies and mares – this one-day sale is due for Highlands Farm on 10 June and will now start at 18:30. It will be immediately followed by the Cape Breeders’ annual stallion services auction.

This sale will give breeders the rare opportunity to buy mares and fillies for stud by some of the world’s very top stallions.

The likes of Arch, Darshaan, Fastnet Rock, Galileo, Giant’s Causeway, Green Desert, High Chaparral, Invincible Spirit, Rahy, Rainbow Quest, Rock Of Gibraltar, and the immortal Sadler’s Wells are some of the greatest stallions of recent times and all have played a major part in shaping the modern day thoroughbred.

Between them, these stallions are broodmare sire of more than 1030 stakes winners!

Major international stallions dominate the catalogue, but the majority of South Africa’s best sires are also well represented in this magnificent catalogue – with all of Al Mufti, Captain Al, Dynasty, Fort Wood, Jallad, Jet Master, National Assembly, Silvano, Trippi, Var and Western Winter represented by at least one daughter in this sale.

There are 11 individual stakes winners on sale, headed by the Grade One winners Imperious Star, Overarching and Zaitoon. This means no less than 15% of the fillies or mares catalogued are black type winners!

South Africa’s top and most exciting sires are numbered among the covering sires, with the likes of Ashaawes, Captain Al, Captain Of All, Dynasty, Duke Of Marmalade, Elusive Fort, Flower Alley, Gimmethegreenlight, Jackson, Master Of My Fate, Oratorio, Pathfork, Philanthropist, Pomodoro, Querari, Seventh Rock, Silvano, Time Thief, Twice Over, Vercingetorix, Visionaire, and Wylie Hall among sires with mares in foal.

While the 73 strong catalogue is small, it is rich in quality and here are just a few of the tempting lots on offer at this historic sale:

Lot 2 Dubai Dancing –a winning full sister to multiple G1 winner and Equus Champion Capetown Noir, she is in foal to Master Of My Fate

Lot 4 Easyjadeasy –a Gr3 winning half sister to Equus Champion and promising sire Elusive Fort, she is in foal to champion and top class sire Duke Of Marmalade

Lot 9 Fly To The Moon –a stakes performer herself, she is a daughter of champion Holy Roman Emperor and Oaks runner up Royal Ballerina (by Sadler’s Wells), in foal to the great sire Dynasty

Lot 13 Imperious Star– a Gr1 winning daughter of Met winning champion Imperious Sue, and dam of Gr1 2yo Double Appeal, she sells in foal to champion Duke Of Marmalade

Lot 14 Impressive Rock –  a three time winning ½ sister to an Australian Gr2 winner (and from the family of Gr1 winner Titanic Jack), she is in foal to the versatile July winner Pomodoro

Lot 20 Little Fastnet –a Fastnet Rock ¾ sister to Gr2 winner and promising Coolmore sire Requinto, she is out of a Gr1 winner and champion granddaughter of Sadler’s Wells, in foal to champion Silvano

Lot 24 Memorable –a Galileo own sister to Gr3 performer, she is out of a daughter of Gone West and Breeders’ Cup winner Phone Chatter, in foal to Gr1 winner and hot young sire Querari, a son of champion sprinter Oasis Dream

Lot 26 Mulamasa –a daughter of top class sire Medicean and a stakes winning three parts sister to Arc winner Sakhee, she is from the same family as top sires Capote and Broad Brush, sells in foal to Gr1 winner and promising young sire Visionaire

Lot 29 Nu –a daughter of seven times champion broodmare sire Sadler’s Wells (damsire of more than 300 stakes winners) and stakes winner Ingeburg, she is from the family of top class sire Inchinor and Duke Of Marmalade’s talented Gr1 daughter Venus De Milo, sells in foal to former Equus Champion Vercingetorix

Lot 30 Overarching –a daughter of Arch (dam sire of sire sensation Uncle Mo –whose son Nyquist won the 2016 Kentucky Derby), she was an outstanding dual Equus Champion whose 11 wins included 2 at Gr1 level. From the great Claiborne Bourtai family, she is in foal to leading sire Dynasty

Lot 36 Red Azalea –a winning half sister to a current Australian Gr3 winner, she is by champion sire Redoute’s Choice out of a classic winner by champion sire Zabeel (and bred like multiple G1 winner Samantha Miss). In foal to Captain Al’s champion sprinter Captain Of All

Lot 46 Solar Galleon –a proven top class producer, this winning daughter of Captain Al is the dam of Gr1 Gold Medallion winner, and current smart Hong Kong performer, Potent Power. Sells in foal to four time Gr1 winner and European champion Twice Over

Lot 48 State Factor –a daughter of top class sire National Assembly, she was top class racemare whose wins included the Gr2 SA Fillies Nursery. Sells in foal to Cartier Champion and top sire Duke Of Marmalade

Lot 52 Supersonic –a winning Invincible Spirit half sister to a stakes winner, she is out of a full sister to Horse Of The Year and US Gr1 winner Arravale. Inbred to the great mare Courtly Dee, she is in foal to Captain Al

Lot 57 Variety Star –a stakes winning daughter of top sprinter and sire Var, this young mare sells in foal to July winner Pomodoro

Lot 60 Zaitoon –winner of the Gr1 SA Fillies Classic, she is from an outstanding family with her relatives including champion and top class sire Chief’s Crown and Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors. In foal to Equus Champion and Dubai Gr1 winner Vercingetorix

Lot 61 Almosthaditall –a winning half sister to Gr2 winner and top class US sire Jump Start, she is out of a stakes placed daughter of Storm Cat and is from the family of French G1

Lot 67 Cantabella –a full sister to this season’s top class Irish filly Pretty Perfect (entered in several classics), she is out of a Gr1 placed own sister to champion Holy Roman Emperor and from the family of top sires Encosta De Lago and Flying Spur. In foal to Captain Al

Lot 70 Classical –a daughter of Galileo and a stakes winning daughter of Danehill, her second dam is a top class racemare by the great sire and broodmare sire Mr Prospector and this is the famed family of Hyperion, Sir Tristram and local hero What A Winter. In foal to Silvano

Lot 71 Copper Jet – a stakes winning own sister to multiple Gr1 winner Copper Parade, she is in foal to exciting young sire Gimmethegreenlight

Lot 72 Countess Corlia – a Gr3 winning own sister to Guineas winner and promising young sire Biarritz, she is in foal to popular and promising sire Philanthropist

Lot 73 Countless –from the immediate family of Guineas winning siblings Dupont and Pacino, and from the family of Derby winner Dante, she is in foal to former leading US sire Philanthropist

Adrian Todd, MD of Cape Thoroughbred Sales, said: “We are excited with our new venture into the select sale of mares, and we are very pleased by the quality of the catalogue. It offers buyers both top class South Africa and international bloodlines and we definitely feel that a sale of this quality can only benefit the industry.”

The online catalogue can be viewed at www.capethoroughbredsales.com

Photo: Overarching, in foal to Dynasty.