Bloodstock South Africa’s National Two-Year-Old Sale took place at the TBA Sales Complex,at Gosforth Park just outside Johannesburg, on Sunday and Monday of this week. 413 horses were offered for sale (396 in 2005) and 332 were sold for an aggregate of R25,280,000 at an average price of R76,145 (up from R72,354 last year). The top price of R650,000 was paid for lot 343 - a chestnut filly by Horse Chestnut out of the stakes winning US mare Explosive Kitten who has had 4 winners from 4 to race.
The National Two Year Old Sale has produced a number of good graduates including the 1998 Rothmans July winner and runner-up in that race the following year, Classic Flag (Allied Flag). [Of note he cost just R20 000, back in 1996, and won total prize money of over R2-million] and 2 horses who took their place in this year’s Vodacom Durban July - Hail Caesour, who was acquired for R55 000, in 1999, and whose stake earnings stood at R416 575 before his untimely death, and Delaware Park (Jallad), who cost R70 000, the following year, has now earned R244 995.
More significantly, however, two of the most important supporting features on this year’s Vodacom Durban July race card fell to graduates of last year’s sale.The finish of the Gr2 Golden Slipper was fought out by Warning Zone (Elliodor), who got the upper hand in a stirring tussle with Sabina Park (Sportsworld), also a graduate of last year’s National Two-Year-Old Sale. Warning Zone, bought by Caribbean-based owner, Alphonso Bowe, for R160 000, has now won three of her five starts, for stake earnings of R193 175, and was a contender for the title of Champion Two-Year-Old Filly, at this year’s EQUUS Awards.
The Gr2 Golden Horseshoe, on Vodacom Durban July day, was won in facile style by Port Of London, the first son of champion racehorse, London News, to win at that level of competition. Port Of London, who cost R100 000 at last year’s National Two-Year-Old Sale, had a full sister consigned by the Highlands Stud, on behalf of Mr and Mrs Laurie Jaffee, at this year’s sale who sold for R200,000.
Whilst not the consignor of any lots, Summerhill was represented in the sires list at the sale.
- Kahal had 7 lots sell at an average price of R75,000
- Muhtafal had 3 lots sell at an average price of R68,333
- Lavery had 3 lots sell at an average price of R61,667
- Russian Revival had 4 lots sell at an average of R58,750