A champion racehorse and son of champion sire Silvano, Maine Chance stallion Vercingetorix has made a masssive impression on buyers after two days of his first National Yearling Sale.
With two days down and a six lots to go through the ring on the final day, Tim Bootsma of Maine Chance Farms has expressed great satisfaction with the market’s reaction and interest in the quality specimens produced by a young sire and possible successor to his legendary Dad.
His progeny fetched up to R500 000 at the recent CTS April Yearling Sale.
Vercingetorix’ 8 lots over two days of the National Yearling Sale so far have averaged R470 000, with top priced through the ring the R2,2 million paid by World Wide Bloodstock for #153, a half-brother to a five-time winner out of a full-sister to champion sprinter Al Nitak and dual Gr1 winning sire, The Sheik, consigned by Boland Stud.
Held in high regard by champion trainer Mike De Kock, Vercingetorix is one of 20 Gr1 winners sired by reigning South African champion sire Silvano. An unbeaten Equus Champion in South Africa, Vercingetorix beat a high-class field to land the 2014 Gr1 Jebel Hatta.
Vercingetorix, a R1.4 million purchase from the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, was an outstanding racehorse, who won at the top level in both Dubai and South Africa.
His six lots coming up on Thursday at 11h30, include a colt (#421) out of Al Mufti’’s Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Golden Minaret and a filly (#449) out of a Jallad half-sister to Silvano Equus Champion Aslan – a dual Gr1 winner.