Altus Joubert’s Riethuiskraal Stud has produced a consistent flow of high-level runners for many years, with Vistula, Sheer Talent and the grey Ana Capri flying the Still Bay farm’s banner in recent months.
Stud manager Kassie Robbertze believes Riethuiskraal’s 2020 draft is a good, strong one, all-round, and he highlighted five outstanding two-year-olds.
Lot 118 c. Pathfork – Clematis
The colt Cross Examiner, a daughter of the Silvano-mare Clematis, who had small black-type to her name and has produced a runner with same. “He’s a strong colt with good hindquarters,” noted Robbertze.
Lot 138 f. Elusive Fort – Ice House
Named Frozen Snow, a filly by Elusive Fort from Gr3-placed Ice House, by Western Winter. “I like her, she walks well, has good reign and a long stride,” Robbertze assessed.
Lot 141 f. Coup De Grace – Jubilante
Queenstown is a bay filly likely to raise eyebrows. She’s by Coup De Grace, and is the first foal of Jubilante, by Dynasty. Robbertze has high hopes for her. “I’d be amazed if she doesn’t become a good runner. She’s all class, covers a lot of ground and has plenty of scope.”
Lot 155 f. Querari – Little Grey Wolf
Another specimen oozing class is Lot 155 Flying Vixen (Querari from Little Grey Wolf x Indian Ridge), described as “very pleasing with nice rein”. The mare has bold black type in her own pedigree and has so far produced one bold black type runner in Listed Wolf Power Handicap winner, Artica.
Lot 154 c. Captain Of All – Lielums
Lot 154 is the fifth on Robbertze’s select list. He’s a strong, well-quartered colt named Midnight Cowboy, a son of in-demand stallion Captain Of All from six-time winner Lielums, whose second foal Hyde Park is already Gr2-placed
The sale, renowned for its high-profile winners and a return on investment, will be staged online in partnership with Gavelhouse.com on Sunday, 29 November.
For the first time, this year, the auction will include 93 unbroken two-year-olds which also qualify for the RTR race, as well as 12 lots in a Mixed Sale Section.
As per custom, potential buyers will have an opportunity to watch the pre-trained entries gallop, and the gallops were scheduled for Durbanville Racecourse for the now passed Monday 16 and Friday 20 November, preceded by a champagne breakfast, and open to all.