William Longsword Sister Tops Premier Sale

A full-sister to G1 Cape Guineas winner, and now Klawervlei sire, William Longsword, proved the star attraction at Wednesday’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Consigned by Klawervlei Stud, the as yet unnamed filly (Lot 129) was knocked down to Anthony Stroud for R4 000 000.

The sales topper, who also numbers G1 South African Fillies Sprint winner Real Princess as a half-sister, is likely to be sent into training with champion trainer Justin Snaith.

A daughter of Captain Al, the filly is out of the winning Fort Wood mare Pagan Princess, herself a half-sister to champions Victory Moon and Kelly.

The sadly now deceased former champion sire Captain Al was also responsible for Wednesday’s top priced colt –with his Ridgemont Highlands consigned son Chestnut Bay (Lot 49) making R2 200 000 to the bid from long time Premier Sale supporter Amanda Skiffington. Out of the winning Galileo mare Exotic, the pricey colt is from an outstanding female line, with his relatives including Breeders’ Cup Mile winner and champion Australian sire Last Tycoon, and other G1 winning standouts The United States, Tie Black, Valentine Waltz and Hydrangea.

Former G1 J&B Met winner River Jetez, an own sister to Triple Horse Of The Year Pocket Power, also made her mark at Wednesday’s auction –with her Var daughter Delta Queen (Lot 152) being knocked down to Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe for R2 000 000. This regally bred filly, an own sister to G3 winning sprinter Rivarine, is destined to join Cape trainer Dean Kannemeyer.

The sale ended with turnover of R83.135m a 25 per cent drop on the figure recorded at last year’s sale.

The average was down by 14 per cent to R432,995 while the median remained static at R300,000. However, the 2019 Premier Sale achieved an excellent clearance rate -of the 217 offered yearlings, 192 sold for a clearance rate of 88 per cent.

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