Another chapter in the Mayfair Speculators saga is set to close at Kenilworth on Thursday when the former racing powerhouse liquidates various horses in their first local public auction of interests.
Racing Manager Derek Brugman has been disposing of racing and breeding stock since the multiple SA champion owner’s fall from grace in early December. While no specifics have been published, the liquidation hearing set down for the Cape High Court on 30 April could reveal more information.
Mayfair Speculators have interests in more than fifty percent of the catalogued lots at the Central Route Trading Horses In Training / Mixed Sale on Thursday.
The catalogue has no conditions of sale included and it is not known whether the horses will be sold without reserve.
The highlight of the sale could be the Gr1 Mercury Sprint winner Fly By Night, a daughter of Jet Master, who is believed to be in foal to Cape Guineas winner and new Klawervlei sire, William Longsword.
Klawervlei also offer SA Champion Older Female of 2014/15 Hammie’s Hooker, who is being sold with a Gimmethegreenlight colt at foot. The ten-time winner was trained by Mike Bass.
The lightly-raced smashing looker Valedictorian is catalogued as #1 and gets the sale under way at 13h00.
The 3yo son of Var won impressively in the Mayfair Speculators silks on debut in February 2017, but was then off for 9 months with a serious leg injury. He then reappeared in December and was beaten into fourth after bleeding. The Vet reported that Valedictorian returned with an epistaxis due to an exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage and was suspended for 60 days.
The Dynasty gelding Super Performer (#20) impressed in the ear muffs with an end-to-end win at Durbanville on Saturday. He is based with Brett Crawford and must surely have more to come.
The recordbreaking yearling Silver Coin comes up as #26. The good-looking and beautifully bred son of Silvano cost R6 million on the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale and comes into the ring here as a two-time winner from seven starts. He was trained by Joey Ramsden and looks to have plenty of mileage left.
Glen Kotzen Racing offer the 4yo Fencing Master gelding Mount Keith, who caught the eye with a storming second behind the consistent Dayonaut at Durbanville last Saturday. As a one-time winner, Mount Keith looks capable of going on to pay his way and win a few more.