New SA Broodmare Auction Benchmark Set

Demand is there at the top end


A new South African broodmare auction sale record was set at the De Grendel Wines Mare & Mixed Sale on a wintry Cape Thursday when former SA Champion breeders Klawervlei went to R3 250 000 for Captain Al’s Gr1 winning daughter, The Secret Is Out.

Catalogued as lot 82, The Secret Is Out is the sister to triple Gr1 winning champion All Is Secret, dam of the recent National Yearling Sale topseller.

The beautiful mare also numbers dual Gr1 winner Snowdance as a close relative, and sold in foal to Querari.

Topseller The Secret Is Out in action during her racing days (Pic -Candiese Lenferna)


The Secret Is Out was one of the mares disposed of to dissolve the BBP Syndicate partnership, after the passing of Garth Miller last year.

The previous broodmare auction sale benchmark was the R3,2 million paid by Lammerskraal Stud for the Navarone mare Imperious Star.

This was set at the inaugural CTS Mare & Fillies For Stud Select Sale which was held at Highlands in June 2016. A Gr1 placed Gr1 winner out of J&B Met winner Imperious Sue, Imperious Star was consigned by Nutfield Stud in foal to Duke Of Marmalade.

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Grant Knowles, Marketing and Bloodstock Director of CTS, told the Sporting Post that the team was ‘very happy’, despite the Cape weather producing challenges and the elements being against them.

“The demand for the high profile mares was a healthy sign all round that there is still plenty of life in racing. We enjoyed a cosy venue with a great vibe and the De Grendel wines and the gluhwyn were real winners again!” he said.

A total of 68 of the 97 lots offered were sold at an aggregate of R7 755 000.

The sale average was R114 044, while the median of R32 500 emphasised the heady top end.

See the sale price list here

Next up is the CTS Farm Yearling Sale at the same great venue on 20 June.

Find the Farm Sale catalogue here

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