KZN-based Pound Bloodstock acquired the top two selling lots – both sons of deceased champion Soft Falling Rain – at the 2020 BSA Cape Yearling Sale held in glorious summer weather at the Mistico Equestrian Centre near Paarl on Friday.
It was KZN-based Garth Puller who bought the top lot in 2019 – a R360 000 daughter of Soft Falling Rain – and while high-riding Paul Peter had writer’s cramp, signing for 27 lots, Puller’s Summerveld neighbour Sterling Miller grabbed the limelight this time round when paying the same price for Mauritzfontein’s # 104, a half-brother to three winners, including the smart Miranda Frost.
The handsome colt is out of a winning own sister to globetrotting Maiden Cup winner Mr Brock.
Miller’s Pound Bloodstock also signed the chit at R300 000 for the second highest price lot – # 41, another son of Soft Falling Rain – consigned by Wilgerbosdrift – out of a daughter of Mike de Kock’s Cape Fillies Guineas winner Emerald Beauty.
With 23 of the 179 lots withdrawn and 38 not sold, 118 yearlings found buyers for an aggregate of R7 905 000. This total was down 22% on 2019, when 26 more were sold.
The average of R66 992 stood up nicely and was 3% up on last year.
In contrast, the median of R40 000 was down 20% year on year.
Wilgerbosdrift was the top vendor with 13 of their 17 babies selling for an aggregate R1 470 000, with an average of R113 077.
Paul Peter Racing topped the buyer charts, their 27 lots costing R1 710 000 at an average of R63 333.
Soft Falling Rain headed the sire listing on aggregate, 8 of his 9 progeny selling for R1,4 million at an average of R175 000.