Jack Milner: One of the highlights of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2020 was the sale of a half-brother to L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Vardy.
While he was not the top seller, the colt still earned their breeder R2.2 million as two of Vardy’s owners – Bernard Kantor and Jimmy Sarkis – went head-head to get purchase the colt. In the end it was bought by Christopher Santos on behalf of Sarkis.
It could still be good news for trainer Adam Marcus who could still be able to train the son of Gimmethegreenlight. The dam, Cupid, is a full sister to Ebony Flyer.
The top price for the day was Lot 99, a colt by Silvano out of Song Of Happiness named I Want It All, was sold to Nic Jonsson and Bjorn Nielsen for R3 million. Bidding was brisk on the beautifully bred colt and quickly went past the R1-million mark and continued steadily from there.
Jonsson and Nielsen bought a half-sister by Duke Of Marmalade at last year’s sale for R3.3 million which is currently with Justin Snaith.
Jonsson is a shareholder in dual Durban July winner Do It Again while Nielsen, who was born in South Africa but spends most of his time in the UK, owns aguably the world’s best stayer, Stadivarius, who is trained by John Gosden.
The mare, Song Of Happiness, is by Giant’s Causeway out of multiple Grade 1 winner in both South Africa and France, Captain’s Lover.
Shortly after that, Lot 120 was sold for R1.65 million. All That Jazz was bred by Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm and is a filly by Trippi out of former champion South African sprinter Val De Ra. The daughter of Var was an 11-time winner which included three Grade 1s. She is also the dam of Miss Frankel.
She was sold Ric Wylie, who is a New Zealand-based agent and will eventually reach Australia but will have to travel via Mauritius and the UK, Wylie said.
She will be travelling with Miss Frankel who has been sold to a breeder in Europe.
It came as a bit of a surprise when Amanda Skiffington went to R2.2 million for a son of first-season sire Rafeef. The colt is out of Australian-bred mare Aneefa and is her second foal. “It was expensive but when I went through the catalogue he was the colt who stood out for me,” said Skiffington, who bought the horse on behalf of Fiona Carmichael.
“I know he was quite expensive but we’ve done well with first-season sires before.”
She added that the colt would be sent to trainer Brett Crawford.
The first yearling to go over the R1-million barrier was Live My Life. a filly by Gimmethegreenlight out of Muamba, bred by Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm. She was sold for R1.1 million. The filly was bought by Derek Brugman on behalf of Silver Ripples (Pty) Ltd.
“She was a bit of a standout,” said Brugman. “I thought she was one of the three or four best fillies on the sale.”
Muamba is a half-sister to Mambo Mime and is the dam of Varumba, a four-time winner who placed in the SA Fillies Nursery (Grade 2) at Turffontein and Kenilworth Fillies Nursery (Grade 3)
It took 37 lots before the magical million was reached and up until then, the best price had been R900,000 for a What A Winter colt who was sold to Snaith Racing.
There was little to enthuse about in the early part of the sale with some of the lots going for disappointingly low prices.