Duncan Barry’s Riverton Stud, a long time supporter of the National Sale, will be bringing a small but very select draft to this year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale next month.
Riverton Stud, whose recent National Sale graduates include Gr3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery winner Cousin Liz – a R2 900 000 buy from the 2018 sale, will be offering four yearlings at this year’s sale.
A possible standout in this impressive draft is Liketheclappers (# 10), a Pomodoro half-brother to this season’s star three-year-old Ikigai.
This colt, who shares his July winning sire with the likes of multiple Gr1 winning champion Return Flight, the Riverton Stud bred Cirillo, and this season’s stakes winning 3yo Leopold, is out of the winning Al Mufti mare Al Shiba, a half-sister to 3 black type performers notably Gr3 Champion Juvenile Cup heroine Jet Set Go – sired, like Pomodoro, by Jet Master.
Another smashing prospect in Riverton’s NYS draft this year is the What A Winter half-brother (# 386) to champion sprinter, and red hot young sire Captain Of All. This colt, who shares his champion sprinter sire with recent Gr1 winners Clouds Unfold and Russet Air, also numbers Irridescence Stakes runner up Intimateconnection as a half-sister.
Pomodoro, South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire of 2017-2018, is also represented in this draft by a well bred filly (# 71) out of a 3 time winning full-sister to Syringa Handicap winner and promising producer Secret Obsession, a half-sister to Gr2 Golden Slipper heroine Princess Sassi. Further back, this is also the family of the Jet Master sired champion, and multiple G1 winner, Mythical Flight.
Yet another attractive yearling in Riverton’s draft is the Coup De Grace colt (# 385) out of Captain Al mare Senorita Al. The latter, a half-sister to Gr3 winner London Guest and from the family of multiple champion sprinter Senor Santa, is a proven producer, with Senorita Al’s previous foals including Gr3 Umkhomazi Stakes/KZN Yearling Sale Million winner Al Mariacchi.
As previously advised. the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale has been postponed from its original date of 22, 23 & 24 April 2020.
The proposed new dates are 20, 21 & 22 May 2020, but remain provisional and will be reviewed on 16 April 2020. This mirrors government’s target date for the evaluation of the situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.