Despite taking place in a market riddled by the COVID19 pandemic and various other concerns, the 2020 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale ended on an impressive high note on Friday afternoon.
Results from theNational 2YO Sale defied negative expectations and fears  with both the aggregate and average price up on last year, with the aggregate rising from R32 660 00 to R39 715 000, and the average increasing from R103 028 to R122 957 in 2020.
The median price also rose from 2019, with the median price increasing from R60 000 to R70 000 this year, and the increases in aggregate and average are a fine reflection on the quality of horse presented to the sale by breeders, while an active buying bench gives considerable hope for future sales in the coming seasons.

Danika Stud consigned the top lot at the 2020 National 2YO Sale, with their Gimmethegreenlight colt Lamborghreeni (Lot 285) knocked down to Team G Racing for R1 200 000
Consigned on behalf of the Missing U Syndicate, Lamborghreeni is out of the Trippi mare San Trippi, a four time winner who ran third in the Listed Scarlet Lady.
The 2020 National 2YO Sale also proved a great result for Varsfontein Stud’s red hot sire Gimmethegreenlight, with the latter’s Varsfontein bred son East Of The Sun (Lot221) fetching R1 000 000 to the bid of Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe.
Bred on similar lines to the likes of Ecstatic Green, Hack Green and Pluck, East Of The Sun is a half-brother to four winners including G3 Flamboyant Stakes winner Hashtagyolo.
A son of More Than Ready, Gimmethegreenlight ended the sale as the Leading Sire by Aggregate, with his 13 lots to sell grossing R4 745 000.
Wilgerbosdrift, who ended up as the second leading vendor by aggregate, consigned the sale’s second top lot, Lord Heathfield (Lot 100), with the latter knocked down to Form Bloodstock for R1 100 000.
A colt by Maine Chance Farms’ recently retired champion sire Silvano, the well-related Lord Heathfield is out of the Rock Of Gibraltar sired G1 President’s Champions Challenge/G1 Empress Club Stakes winner Europa Point.
Varsfontein Stud purchased the top filly sold off the National 2YO Sale, when the Paarl farm acquired a daughter of multiple G1 winner Wylie Hall  and former Broodmare Of The Year Mystic Spring for R900 000. A half-sister to champions Bela-Bela and Rabiya, the pricey filly was consigned to the sale by the Cheveley Stud.
Ridgemont Highlands ended the 2020 National 2YO Sale as the Leading Vendor  by Aggregate, with that Robertson based nursery selling 11 two-year-olds for a gross total of R2 880 000, while Form Bloodstock topped the sale’s leading buyers list, with that organisation purchasing 12 two-year-olds for R5 160 000.
A full list of prices and statistics for the National 2YO Sale can be viewed online at

Images: Candiese Lenferna

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