30 June 2017
A colt by European champion, and four time G1 winner, Twice Over made R800 000 to top the 2017 KZN Yearling Sale.
Consigned by Highlands Stud part of Ridgemont, the Twice Over colt was knocked down to Nic Jonnson for R800 000 to make him the top priced yearling sold over the two day sale..

Catalogued as lot 241, the unnamed colt is out of the winning Tapit mare Gin Rummy, whose granddam is G1 Spinaway Stakes winner Family Enterprize and this is the same family as Epsom Derby winner and breed shaping sire Roberto.

A daughter of Duke Of Marmalade, catalogued as lot 25, was the top priced filly sold at the KZN Sale, with the Rathmor Stud consigned miss being knocked down to Team G Racing for R460 000 on the first day of trading.

In what proved very much a buyers' market, the sales' overall aggregate (albeit off a small catalogue) dropped back 24%, falling from R21.055 million in 2016 to R16.065 million, while the average dropped from R89 979 to R73 693 in 2017.

One of the most positive aspects about the KZN Yearling Sale, however, was the tremendous clearance rate, with approximately 83% of the yearlings on offer finding buyers.

Nic Jonsson was the sales' top buyer, with his three lots purchased (including the sales' topping Twice Over colt) grossing R1.34 million). Highlands Farm were top vendors at the KZN Sale, with all 13 lots on offer selling and fetching R2.1 million.

Rathmor Stud enjoyed a notable stint at this year's sale - not only did they consign the sales' top filly, but their exciting young resident sire Noble Tune was the sales' top sire by aggregate, with the son of Unbridled's Song's 20 yearlings to sell grossing R1 335 000. Bloodstock South Africa's CEO Michael Holmes, commented after the sale, "We are really pleased with the clearance rate at this sale and it was definitely noticeable that day two was a stronger session than Thursday. While the average was down considerably, given the tough economic climate, this sale held up reasonably well and the top end of the market, once again, proved very competitive."

A full list of prices and results for the Sibaya Casino held sale can be viewed online at