Perhaps no breeder is approaching next Wednesday’s CTS Premier Yearling Sale in Cape Town with more confidence than John Everett whose Narrow Creek Stud has consigned a six-pack of quality youngsters.
Heading the sextet is a half-brother by Flower Alley to Noah From Goa, winner of the Cape Guineas but who tragically died in an accident in Singapore last year.
“To get the opportunity to sell such a well-related yearling as Noah From Goa’s half-brother doesn’t come along that often – we’re understandably excited,” said Everett on Wednesday.
“We bought the mare in foal to Flower Alley from Favour Stud and she’s got a What A Winter foal at foot,” he added.
Perhaps Everett has taken a leaf out of the Coolmore operation who always use strong – and often historical names – for their thoroughbreds. The Flower Alley colt is named Van Goch after the famous painter.
Another yearling John Everett is expecting to prove popular is the half-brother by Querari to five-time winner, Dutch Philip. “He’s not as big as the Noah yearling, but Candice (Bass-Robinson) has done so well with Dutch Philip that I feel sure she’ll have a good look at him.”
The stud offered a full-sister to Dutch Philip at last year’s Premier Sale and the daughter of What A Winter was bought by Worldwide Bloodstock for R550000.
Everett doesn’t feel that his quality consignment ends there as they are also offering a colt by another ill-fated top performer, Soft Falling Rain, and a colt by Duke Of Marmalade.
Everett feels the fact that the Duke of Marmalade colt is a grey is a “bonus”, and this seventh produce of the mare, Trading Up, is a half-brother to the seven-time winner, Two Gun Kid.