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A daughter of Drakenstein Stud’s leading and ever popular sire Trippi proved the star attraction at the first day of the 2016 CTS March Yearling Sale yesterday.

Consigned by Sandown Stud, the regally bred filly, who shares her sire with such star distaffers as Heat Lightning, Jealous Again, Hammies Hooker and triple G1 winner Inara, was knocked down to Gauteng trainer Mike Azzie for R550 000.

Catalogued as lot 64 and named Burning Mist, the bay is from the same family as the Azzie trained Abashiri, winner of the recent G2 Betting World Gauteng Guineas and a leading hope for the G1 SA Classic on the first weekend in April.

Second top lot on the first day of trading came in the form of a colt by another Drakenstein Stud resident –What A Winter. This handsome,

unnamed colt, touted by many before hand as a likely top prospect, was knocked down to Mike Bass (who trained the sire to win 15 races and three Equus Awards) for R460 000.

Consigned by Narrow Creek Stud, the colt is out of the useful Dominion Royale mare Upity Ann, who won five times up to 1600m and this is the family of ill-fated G1 Fillies Guineas Yquem and G1 SA Fillies Sprint winner Captain’s Gal.

Of the 75 lots catalogued to sell on day one, 64 were sold for an aggregate of R7.21 million, with the first day’s trading setting an average price of R112,656 and a median of R80 000.

The sale is set to continue at Durbanville racecourse on Sunday, when trading begins at 12:30pm, and results and prices are available online at

Photo: Burning Mist, R550 000 filly.