The record for a top priced yearling sold in South Africa was smashed on the first day of trading at the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale last Wednesday.
Consigned by Wilgerbosdrift, the regally bred Masaki (Lot 184) was the second last lot sold at Wednesday’s session but the son of Maine Chance Farms’ champion sire Silvano proved the star turn of the day when knocked down for the staggering sum of R9 000 000.
In what proved a protracted bidding duel, Masaki was eventually knocked down to Mike de Kock, who purchased the colt on behalf of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum.
The classically bred Masaki, a full-brother to G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes winner Nightingale and to G2 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks second Oriental Oak, is out of G3 Magnolia Handicap winner Quickwood –a full-sister to exported G1 SA Guineas winner Heir Apparent. His Fort Wood sired dam is also a three-parts sister to G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Athina.
De Kock said of Masaki “He was our pick of the sale, the one we wanted, a late foal with huge scope from a family I’ve had a lot of success with, one I am very fond of.”
Deceased champion Dynasty was the sire of the National Sale’s top priced filly –with his daughter Kim Soo (Lot 98) knocked down to Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe for R4 300 000. The regally bred Kim Soo is the fourth foal produced by high class Dubawi mare Happy Archer, whose seven wins included both the G1 Thekwini Stakes and G1 Garden Province Stakes.
The National Sale ended on Friday, with the three day auction grossing R139 030 000 (slightly down on the 2018 aggregate of R140 345 000). Both the average and median price dropped slightly, although horses not sold improved from 92 last year to 83 at this year’s sale.