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Not even icy winter weather could prevent a large crowd from attending the 2018 Cape Mare Sale at Mistico Equestrian Centre on Thursday.


Breeders from around South Africa turned up for the Mare Sale, which was preceded by the Cape Breeders’ Club’s annual Stallion Services Auction.



The regally bred Amber Orchid, who sold in foal to the Klawervlei Stud based Cape Guineas winner William Longsword, proved the star attraction at the mare sale.

Consigned by Klawervlei Stud, as agent, the bay daughter of Dubawi was knocked down to her original part-owner Hassen Adams for R700 000. Amber Orchid, who was produced by the winning Hennessy mare Amber Shore, was a high-class racemare in her own right, winning the G3 Jacaranda Handicap and five other races during her career. Not only is the mare a daughter of one of the world’s elite stallions in Dubawi, Amber Orchid is a direct descendent of important taproot mare Pelting.


Amber Orchid (Lot 86) was also responsible for the top priced weanling, a colt (Lot 235) by July winner Pomodoro, who fetched R130 000 to the bid from the Van Zyl Stud.


Second top priced mare sold was the Drakenstein Stud consigned Gift Of Rain (Lot 141), with that bay daughter of the world’s premier sire, Galileo, making R260 000 to the bid from Sorrento Stud’s Terry Andrews. Offered in foal to Duke Of Marmalade, the three time winning Gift Of Rain’s fourth dam is Irish 1000 Guineas winner Al Bahathri-dam of 2000 Guineas winner Haafhd.

Other lots of interest sold off this year’s Cape Mare Sale included G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Urabamba, who was sold to Heversham Park’s Nigel Riley for R180 000, Dynasty sired stakes winner A Time To Dream (who was sold to Sands Racing for R130 000 and G1 Computaform Sprint runner up Mocha Java. The latter, who sold in foal to current boom sire Querari, was sold to Favour Stud for a mere R60 000.


The 175 horses to sell at the 2018 Cape Mare Sale reached an aggregate of R6.825 million, and averaged R39 000.

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