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A colt by Coolmore Stud’s rising sire star Camelot proved the star attraction at Friday evening’s CTS Ready To Run Sale, which took place at Durbanville racecourse.

Offered by the Soetendal Estate (As Agent for Klawervlei Stud), the unnamed bay colt (Lot 9) was knocked down to Brett Crawford for R1.1 million to top the one day sale. Crawford had earlier gone to R275 000 to buy the Camelot colt when offered at this year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

Produced by the placed Nayef mare Saldanha Bay, the colt’s second dam is a full-sister to unbeaten 2000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand –the sire of more than 50 stakes winners and, like Camelot, a resident of Coolmore Stud.

His sire Camelot, one of four Investec Derby winners sired by Montjeu, was a superb racehorse whose six victories included all of the 2000 Guineas, Investec Derby, Irish Derby and Racing Post Trophy.
Camelot, represented in South Africa by Saturday’s Concorde Cup runner Crown Towers, has quickly stamped an exciting stallion prospect with his first crop of 3yos headed by the G1 winners Athena and Latrobe. Also sire of recent G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Wonderment, Camelot is reportedly standing for a fee of €40 000 in 2019.

Another Derby winning son of Montjeu represented at Friday’s sale, Pour Moi (sire of 2017 Investec Derby winner Wings Of Eagles), was responsible for the joint second top lot sold at Friday’s auction, when his Stone Hill Stud consigned unnamed colt (Lot 107) was knocked down to EI Bloodstock for R900 000.

EI Bloodstock also bid the other lot to make R900 000 –the Drakenstein Stud consigned colt Tall Cotton (Lot 112), a Trippi half-brother to current smart three-year-old Frank Lloyd Wright.

Of the 109 lots offered at Friday night’s sale, 99 two-year-olds grossed a total of R20 320 000 with the sales’ average being R205 252.

Rainbow Beach Trading were the sales’ leading buyers, purchasing 16 two-year-olds for a total of R3 905 000, while Soetendal Estate sold 35 lots for a gross total of R9 005 000 to top the vendors table.

Oasis Dream horse Querari topped the sires’ table, with that Maine Chance Farms’ resident having nine lots fetch R2 095 000. Querari’s top lot sold at the sale was the Normandy Stud consigned Rio Querari (Lot 50) a colt out of Arctic Breeze who was knocked down to bloodstock agent John Freeman for R625 000.

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