Silvano colt I Want It All (Lot 99) was knocked down to Mr Nick Jonsson in partnership with Stradivarius‘s owner, Bjorn Nielsen at yesterdays CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale for R3-million. The outstanding colt is from the family of recent L’Ormarins Queens Plate winner Vardy – and was consigned by Drakenstein Stud as Agent.
His dam Song Of Happiness is out of SAF-bred Captain’s Lover, who visited the great Giant’s Causeway to produce her. This is a proven South African-bred damline, with Sunshine Lover being the 3rd dam in the pedigree, producing Ebony Flyer.
Nick Jonsson (an owner of twice Vodacom Durban July winner Do It Again) had purchased the colts Duke Of Marmalade half-sister a year ago and is looking forward to her stepping on the track for trainer Justin Snaith.
John Freeman topped the sale, purchasing 18 yearlings for a total of R6,425,000, followed by Nick Jonsson – spending R4,825,000 on 4 yearlings.
Empire International Bloodstock signed for Vardy’s Gimmethegreenlight half-brother (Lot 174) for R2,2-million from Klawervlei Stud as agent, with Chris Santos purchasing the colt on behalf of Jimmy Sarkis – a part owner of Vardy. Interestingly, the bidding war was on with Bernard Kantor – also a partner in Vardy and the colours Vardy races in.
The colt will go into training with Adam Marcus.
A super Rafeef colt (Lot 145) consigned by Ridgemont Highlands turned heads to knock down for R2,2-million to A Skiffington. This is the first crop of the outstanding Rafeef, a Gr1 full brother to Mustaaqeem. Out of a 2-time winning Encosta De Lago mare, the 2nd dam won 9-times including a Gr1 and this family is closely related to Dubai Star. Amanda Skiffington is quoted as saying: “We’ve had some luck with first-crop sires before, and after going through a lot of horses, we thought he was the best colt. He wasn’t cheap, though,” said the agent, who confirmed the horse would be going into training with Brett Crawford.
Another horse of interest was consigned by breeders Avontuur – a Trippi filly named All That Jazz out of Val De Ra. This is a half-sister to Miss Frankel (Frankel) and Dream De Ra (Oasis Dream) and of course of the immediate family of class horses such as Gr1 placed and Hong Kong winner Cue The Music, Palladium, Tevez and Mitra. The filly sold to Ric Wylie for R1,650,000 and is destined for Australian shores via England – where she will be backed. Another to join her is Visionaire filly bred by Lammerskraal, a half sister to Flying Ice, Redberry Lane and Solo Traveller. She sold for R600 000.