Buyers from all over the world will flock to the Cape Town International Convention Centre tomorrow, where the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale is set to take place from 14:00.
The sale, which was first held in 2011, has produced a lengthy list of top class horses over the years, with previous Equus champions sold off the Premier Sale including Always In Charge, Cloth Of Cloud, Just Sensual, Soft Falling Rain, and Yorker.
The remarkable gelding Captain Lars, who has proved a real money machine since being exported to Britain and who has won 23 races, was a R1.4 million buy from the inaugural Premier Sale.
A catalogue of 226 lots (minus 7 scratchings) have been drawn together for this year’s sale, which is the first yearling sale on the South African calendar.
Cape Thoroughbred Sales’ CEO Wehann Smith is hopeful of a positive result at Wednesday’s sale, saying, “Let’s hope that the Magic Millions, as the first major thoroughbred sale of the year, can set the trend for us in the Southern Hemisphere and elsewhere.
We’ll be holding thumbs for a ripple effect, for the momentum to carry through. We’d love to see a strong and active strong buyer’s bench showing faith in the industry. The South African thoroughbred still offers incredible value, especially for overseas buyers. We have a high-class catalogue that includes the progeny of several proven overseas stallions, five superb freshman stallions and the usual quality from breeders in between.”
Top local stallions represented at the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale include Captain Al, Dynasty, Gimmethegreenlight, Silvano, Trippi and Var, while young sires with their first yearlings on offer include Coup De Grace, Futura, Global View, Legislate, and Triple Crown winner Louis The King.
Some of the world’s top sires are also represented at the sale with such outstanding stallions as Frankel, Uncle Mo, Camelot and Zoffany all represented at this year’s Premier Sale.
Among the potential standout lots at the sale are:
- A full-sister to dual Horse Of The Year Legal Eagle
- A Coup De Grace half-brother to champion Seventh Plain
- A Coup De Grace half-sister to champion Just Sensual
- An Elusive Fort half-brother to G1 Sun Met runner up Last Winter
- A Trippi filly out of G1 Mercury Sprint winner Fly By Night
- A Dynasty filly out of a G3 winning daughter of Street Cry
- A Dynasty colt out of a millionaire daughter of Trippi
- A Twice Over colt out of dual G3 winner Orator’s Daughter
- A Coup De Grace colt out of G1 Garden Province Stakes winner Outcome
- A Captain Al full-sister to G1 Cape Guineas winning sire William Longsword
- A Silvano colt out of SA Oaks winner Pine Princess
- A Var filly out of Met winner River Jetez
- A Captain Al own brother to G1 winners All Is Secret and The Secret Is Out
- A Gimmethegreenlight filly out of G1 winner Shadow Dancing
- A Trippi own brother to Chimichuri Run
- A Global View half-sister to G3 Three Troikas Stakes winner Storm Destiny