Silvano Yearlings True Vintage

Ze-Kaiser, top priced lot at Vintage 2011

Cape trainer Mike Bass dug deep to secure a grey Silvano half brother to Dubai winner and Queen’s Plate runner-up Silver Mist for R700k at the annual Vintage Yearlings Sale held over two days at Durbanville. The youngster, who also is a half brother to stakes placed sprinter Shades Of Indigo, is out of Australian bred mare Palace Bride (by Palace Music), with the next dam Bridesmaid a Gr3 placed stakes winning 6f sprinter in UK (rated 111).

High-profile Cape owner Hassen Adams bid successfully to R300k for a Silvano colt out of Key Bluff (Qui Danzig), a winning full sister to Gr3 stayer Key Castle, consigned by Drakenstein Stud. The two ‘Keys’ are half siblings to Gr1 winning stayer Major Bluff, from the female line of famous full sisters Tecla Bluff and Taima Bluff.

Two yearlings by Mother Russia’s sire Windrush shared third spot on the pricelist, at R200k apiece. Mike Bass got the final lot at the sale, a filly out of winning sprinter Swirling (Tilden), consigned by James Armitage’s Sandown Stud. The dam of the yearling is half sister to two stakes winning stayers in Zimbabwe, one of them Misty Wind, who bred Gr2 placed stakes winner Mist Of Gold from a mating to Goldkeeper. The latter is by Mr Prospector from Storm Cat’s female line. The yearling’s sire Windrush is by a son of Mr P. out of a Storm Cat mare.

The second Windrush fell to Cape trainer Joey Ramsden. Also a filly, that one is out of Australian bred Silky Dancer (Citidancer), a Gr1 placed Gr3 winning miler in South Africa. She was consigned by Craig Carey of Arc-en-Ciel and is half sister to three winning sprinters, one stakes placed.

The Vintage Sale averaged R51k for 183 lots sold (R50k colts, R51k fillies), grossing R9.3 million. The median price was R35k overall (R30k colts, R40k fillies), which suggests that breeders generally did not have a great time – as had also been the case at the Cape Sale one day earlier.

Click here for the full price-list, with lots grouped under their sires.

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