Trippi, currently leader on the overall Sporting Post stallion log for the season, took the same position at the CTS March Yearling Sale with the top-priced lot.
This was a colt consigned by Ian Heyns, and the second foal of winning Fort Wood mare Fort Sylvia. The mare has an American pedigree background, which includes stallions Dayjur, Tale Of Ekati and The Prime Minister.The hammer fell at R1.3 million on a bid from Chris van Niekerk.
Yearling colts by Trippi, Noordehoek Flyer and Dynasty made the three top prices at the sale. While top priced filly went to Captain Al.
Second highest was a Noordhoek Flyer from Rosedene, for which Markus Jooste laid out R600k. The youngster is half brother to 3 winners, out of stakes placed Western Winter mare Tin Legs who has a sprinter’s background and was exclusively raced over those distances.
Third prize went to a Dynasty colt, whose dam is an unraced full sister to Fillies Guineas winner Sport’s Chestnut, from the family of Horse Chestnut (like Dynasty a son of Fort Wood). Consigned by Daytona, he was sold for 500k to Chris van Niekerk.
Hassen Adams got the top priced filly, by Captain Al, and the first foal of stakes placed Blingle Bells. The dam, who was kept to sprinting, is a descendant of champion racemare Enchanted Garden.
The top price was a bit lower than the one from last year’s Book Two sale (1.5m vs. 1.3m). The overall median price improved on the previous years, reaching R90k (vs. R80k in the two previous years).
Split by sex, the colts’ median was down from R110k to R90k, while the fillies remained static at R80k.
The higher overall median for this year’s sale suggests a stronger middle market than in previous years.