A chestnut Frankel colt out of unraced Irish mare Pale Moon Rising topped the Cape Town yearling sale, on a bid of R4 million by John Freeman. Consigned by Klawervlei, the youngster’s dam is by Kingmambo out of a Danehill half sister to multiple Gr1 winner & sire Pilsudski.
Frankel also showed up as joint-top sire among the fillies, with a R3 million bid from Singapore trainer Patrick Shaw, for the first foal of Australian mare Wandering, consigned by Klawervlei. The yearling’s dam is by Fastnet Rock out of a Montjeu half sister to champion Sagamix, from a solid Gr1 family.
The second-top R3 million bid was shared by three others. Amanda Skiffington got a Silvano filly out of Irish-bred Fastnet Rock mare Little Fastnet, whose dam Damson was champion 2yo in Ireland. The filly was consigned by Klawervlei, as was another R3m filly, signed for by John Freeman. That was a half sister by Captain Al to French Gr3 placed Hug And A Kiss, their dam a US-bred daughter of Giant’s Causeway. The fourth R3m purchase was a Dynasty colt from Drakenstein, signed for by John Fergusuon. The youngster is the first foal of Gr1 placed Gr3 winning Trippi mare One Fine Day, whose dam is full sister to Capanologist, from the female line of Singspiel and Rahy.
Notable among the top buyers was the Hong Kong Jockey Club, signing for a R2.5m Dynasty colt from Drakenstein, a R1.8m Captain Al from Klawervlei, a R1.1m Silvano colt from Maine Chance and R700k Captain Al colt from Avontuur. This was the first foray of the HKJC into South Africa.
The overall sale average was a shade over R500k, with median prices of R300k for both colts and fillies. That makes it the most successful South African sale by a long way in the last twelve months, bettered only by the equivalent Cape Yearling Sale of a year ago, which had medians of R400k (colts) and R325k (fillies).