The grey colt, named Frappe, is the first produce of the Salaadim mare Absolut Star and his new owner, John Finlayson, plans to rename him “Shaken Not Stirred”.
The Johannesburg-based businessman was excited to secure this lot and said: “Dean Alexander picked him, I really liked him and Dr John McVeigh also gave us the thumbs up, so we’re happy all round. There is a connection to Vodka in the name of his dam and I like mine shaken, hence the name change!”
Dean Alexander commented: “This colt has classic features, he has presence and quality and I believe this was a good price.”
There were indeed plenty of value buys scattered across the first 180 lots with several sold at the floor price of R10,000. “In the present economic climate it was good to see that many breeders were willing to let their stock go instead of hanging on,” said BloodStock South Africa’s CEO, Jan Naudè.
There were 18 more lots unsold than in 2008 which contributed to the 22% drop in aggregate from R9.435-million to R7.355-million. The average price of R57,913 was down only 10% from R64,623 recorded last year and Naudè commented: “The decline in turnover was in line with the one recorded at the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale so it’s fair to say we’re holding our own.”
The Sibaya Yearling Sale takes place annually at the Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom just North of Umhlanga Rocks.