lot 55 frontino gold by hussonet
lot 55 frontino gold by hussonet

Lot 55 Frontino Gold (AUS) (Hussonet (USA) - Don’t Stop Talking (AUS))

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)


The 2010 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale ended on a slight decline from last year. The aggregate of R21,060,000 fell from last year’s total of R25,030,000.

The first session of the Sale began with a bang, when a handsome Dansili colt (lot 22) sold for R1million. Consigned by Klawervlei, the colt, named Dansili Express, is out of a winning Sadler’s Wells mare, and hails from a powerful international family. Dansili Express was purchased by Form Bloodstock.

International pedigrees were in high demand, with a beautiful Rock of Gibraltar filly (Lot 13 Mantatise (Aus)), consigned by Summerhill Sales, sold for R700,000. Not only was the filly sired by a top international sire, but she is out of a half-sister to US Gr1 winner Storm Trooper. The filly was another snapped up by Form Bloodstock.

Lot 18, a colt named The Real Nick, is a strapping son of Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus. He fetched a handsome R500,000, and was another consigned by Klawervlei. The Real Nick is from the family of champion sires Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago. The colt was bought by Cape trainer Glen Kotzen.

Klawervlei also did well with lot 16. A superb individual, the chestnut colt is by Klawervlei’s resident sire National Emblem, and is a half-brother to smart Cape sprinter Wethreekings. He fetched R400,000. Good Hope Racing picked up the handsome colt.

Another locally bred 2 year old to sell well was lot 34. The chestnut colt, named Halabaloo, is by Summerhill’s star sire Kahal out of the top-class juvenile filly Bridal Paths. The chestnut was another purchased by Form Bloodstock.

The sales topper was Lot 55 (Frontino Gold (Aus)), a Hussonet colt which sold for R1.3 million. He was purchased by Form Bloodstock. Lot 61 (Unnamed), an Elusive Quality colt was purchased for the second highest price of the sale, R1.2 million, by Mr. K M Lam, a Hong Kong-based businessman.

The TBA’s CEO, Jan Naude, had this to say of the sale, “It seems as if the bottom end of the market is still suffering from the results of the recession but a nice specimen with a good pedigree was still in demand. The increase in horses which failed to make their reserves resulted in a drop in the sales aggregate. It was noticeable that there were new faces around the sales ring, as well as buyers from Hong Kong”.

Summerhill Stud’s Mick Goss was satisfied with the overall results of the sale. “It was a very good sale under the circumstances. There was a clearance rate of 84% which is exceptional. The top individuals made good prices, whilst horses lacking pedigree failed to appeal to the market. Whilst the average was marginally down, the sale had been up 52% last year.”

Champion trainer, Mike de Kock, whose previous Ready To Run buys included star filly Igugu and top miler Imbongi, was impressed by the sale. “I was pleased with the sale. The gallops were being conducted in a more professional manner. It is important to remember that the sales give owners a dream, and it’s imperative to thank Emperors Palace for their ongoing commitment to this sale. They have turned the sale into a major event, which continues to attract more and more owners. Saturday was a great day, only marred by a poor start to the Ready To Run Cup.”

Extract from Bloodstock South Africa

emperors palace ready to run 2010
emperors palace ready to run 2010