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The CTS R2R Sale presented by Lanzerac Hotel & Spa concluded Friday night at Durbanville racecourse with an aggregate of R30 480 000 being attained, a good upturn on last year’s R29-million when 15 more lots were sold, writes MARK VAN DEVENTER.

Though there were inevitably a few withdrawals from the original 149 Lots catalogued, the lively auction realised an average of R236 279 with a median figure set at R180 000.

Breeze –up’s are popular around the world, giving buyers the advantage of actually watching the youngsters galloping beforehand. That enables astute observers to make decisions based not only on pedigree and conformation, but also draw significant conclusions from the action and stride patterns of each entry.

Oscar Foulkes of Normandy Stud, one of the top vendors reaching nearly R6 million for their 23 Lots, was thrilled with the response, ‘This is a good sale where buyers have a high probability of getting their purchase into the big stakes incentive race.” He was referring to the alluring R2.5 million Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes over 1400m at Kenilworth, to be run in 2018 for graduates of this sale.

Klawervlei Stud also had 23 go through the ring for an aggregate haul of R6.5 million at a healthy average of R284 130. Other breeders to feature prominently were Beaumont Stud, Soetendal Estate, Far End and Sorrento Stud’s Terry Andrews, who professed himself “very satisfied” with the outcome. Drakenstein Stud also got good money for their three youngsters, who came in averaging over R500 000, including Big Blue Marble, a colt by Var out of Raise the Bar who was signed for by Mark Erasmus at R850 000.

The upper reaches of the sires list featured established, sought -after stallions such as the now sadly deceased Captain Al, Dynasty and Var. Joining them in the top echelon were exciting new recruits on the South African scene – What A Winter, Twice Over, Oratorio and Jackson.

The sales-topper was an unnamed Dynasty colt, a first foal out of high class race-mare All Is Secret that fetched R1 100 000. Prominent owner Alesh Naidoo was the successful bidder.

Other big ticket items included Lot 125, an unnamed Captain Al filly, purchased by David Abery. The hammer fell on a final bid of R800 000. Progeny of Dynasty remain highly prized – Bass Racing, who finished the sale on top of the buyers rankings, went up to R750 000 to snaffle a filly out of Hard Lady, related to very smart sprinter Sergeant Hardy.

Similar prices were fetched by Lot 74, Kiss me Twice (by Twice Over) which Fred Crabbia bought, and Lot 77, a daughter of Captain Al that Dr Jill Warner had understandably set her heart on, given the tremendous success she savoured with champion speedball, Carry On Alice, bred by the same sire.

A Jackson colt by Ruby Heart, called Khopesh, attracted plenty of attention, being bid up to R700 000, before the hammer fell in Heywood Bloodstock’s favour. The solitary Bernardini on offer was picked by the same outfit, with that transaction being finalised at R550 000.

Rainbow Beach Trading acquired 12 horses with a daughter of Captain Al, Collateral Beauty being their most expensive buy at R600 000. Trainer Glen Kotzen was not caught napping as he signed for seven thoroughbreds totalling just over R2 million, with other Cape- based conditioners, Brett Crawford and Vaughan Marshall also getting in on the action. Sean Tarry, Paul Peter, Dennis Drier, Louis Goosen and Gavin van Zyl were up country trainers to get into the swing of things.

In the midst of the Friday night buzz, CTS Bloodstock Manager, Kerry Jack, exclaimed, “This is a strong sale and we’re very happy.” Indeed, the Ready To Run concept is well received in South Africa and has a positive recent history with notable graduates Captain America, Red Ray, Always in Charge, Safe Harbour, French Navy, Zodiac Ruler, Seventh Plain, Search Party and Ten Gun Salute all scoring in prestigious Graded races. Equine fans will be eagerly scrutinising race track performances to determine who the shining stars will be from this 2017 vintage.

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