South Africa’s leading owners Ingrid and Markus Jooste’s Mayfair Speculators bought the two joint top priced lots at R2 million apiece at Saturday evening’s Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale. Both colts are Australian bred and are magnificent specimens.
Consigned by Highlands,the unnamed lot 57 is a son of 2008 Epsom Derby winner New Approach out of the Redoute’s Choice mare, Come Sunday.
New Approach ran eleven times and won eight races. He was undefeated in five races as a two-year-old in 2007 including the National Stakes and the Dewhurst Stakes. As a three-year-old he won the 2008 Epsom Derby, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Champion Stakes and was rated the best racehorse in the world (jointly with Curlin) in the 2008 World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings.
In his first season at stud, New Approach sired the classic winners Dawn Approach and Talent.
Consigned by Summerhill Stud, lot 86, named Umthakathi is by multiple champion sire of two yo’s More Than Ready (USA) out of the Perugino mare, Lollawitcha.
107 of the 123 lots catalogued were sold with an aggregate of R 44 300 000
The sale average was R414 019 with a median of R300 000.
A full review will follow.