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Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS) will host the 2018 April Yearling Sale at Durbanville racecourse this Thursday and Friday.

After some late withdrawals, approximately 300 yearlings are set to go up for auction on the two day sale.

Thursday day will see the auction’s select session (Lots 1-117) get underway at 17:30 pm, while the following day is divided into two trading sessions. The first of Friday’s sessions (lots 118- 323) commences at 11 am, while 21 additional lots will be auctioned shortly after that session ends.

Horses sold on Thursday’s session (where a minimum bid of R50 000 applies) all qualify for the CTS Million dollar races, while the same conditions (albeit with a minimum bid of R20 000) applies to the yearlings sold off the first of Friday’s two sessions. The final 20 odd yearlings sold at the April Yearling Sale do not, however, qualify for the CTS Million Dollar races.

The catalogue includes lots by leading South African stallions Captain Al, Dynasty, Gimmethegreenlight, Querari, Silvano, Trippi, and Var.

Promising young sires represented by first local yearlings at the sale include Equus Champion Sprinter Captain Of All (by Captain Al),  proven sire and Travers Stakes winner Flower Alley (by Distorted Humor),  Racing Post Trophy hero Kingsbarns (by Galileo),  globetrotting Equus Champion Soft Falling Rain (by National Assembly),  G1 Caulfield Guineas second Time Thief (by Redoute’s Choice),  Equus Champion and Dubai G1 winner Vercingetorix (by Silvano), and multiple G1 winner Wylie Hall (by Redoute’s Choice).

The sale also offers buyers to acquire yearlings by such top-class international sires as the deceased Exchange Rate and former Horse Of The Year Rock Of Gibraltar. Coolmore’s very promising Investec Derby winner Camelot also has a yearling on offer,  in the form of a filly (Lot 71), whose winning dam is a daughter of champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock and Irish Oaks winner Vintage Tipple.

Other lots of interest on the sale include

a Soft Falling Rain half-brother to top filly Exquisite Touch (Lot 3)

a Trippi sister to stakes winner Flying Myth (Lot 7)

a Dynasty filly out of a Galileo G3 winning ½ to G1 winner Srikandi (Lot28)

a Jackson ¾ sister to Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes winner Safe Harbour (Lot 33)

a Philanthropist colt whose stakes winning dam is a half-sister to the stakes winning dam of recent G1 winner Lobo’s Legend (Lot 36)

a Silvano colt out of a stakes winning daughter of champion sire Captain Al (Lot 47)

a Var filly whose dam is a winning half-sister to champion Mustaaqeem and G1 winning sire Rafeef (Lot

a Flower Alley half-brother to Fillies Guineas winner Maybe Yes (Lot 97)


The catalogue for the 2018 April Yearling Sale, which is a combination of the former March and Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sales, can be viewed online at

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