Hip 427 Royal Delta

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“Our bleat about Broodmares”

Followers of these columns and those who receive our newsletters, will know our bleat about broodmares, and that this is the most opportune time to invest. Prices have been on the floor, numbers are down, and when the market corrects itself, there will be a shortage of stock. Looking at the results of the annual Keeneland November Sale, it seems the Americans are reading our propaganda more attentively than South Africans. Prices have literally gone mad, with the recent Breeder’s Cup Ladies Classic winner, Royal Delta making $8,5 million, and mares from the dispersal of the late Ned Evans’ Spring Hill Farm making as much as $4,2 million. Benjamin Leon from Florida has been the biggest investor, Coolmore have got their feet wet, and Thursday, Seth Hancock from the legendary Claiborne Farm got his “hands dirty”.

“I’ve wanted something from that family for a long time” Hancock admitted “and I tried, but Mr Leon got most of them on Monday, so I tried again, and Ned’s brother Shel, got me on that one. This was the last gasp. Our backs were to the wall if we wanted something from that family”. He added, “Ned Evans would do it like I would like to try and do it. He kept his broodmare band culled down, and he bred his mares to the right kind of stallions. He raced them and he loved them. I thought he was a lot like us, and I’m happy to have something from his best family”.

In a significant tribute to South African breeding, Rathmor-bred Gypsy’s Warning, a Group One winner at home and abroad, broke the million dollar barrier when the hammer came down for the Niarchos family’s Flaxman Holdings, who preside over some of the finest bloodlines in the world.

The man behind Admire Main’s presence at Summerhill, Katsumi Yoshida, has been especially active in the upper half of the market in recent months, and he got his hands on Ticker Tape at $950,000.


Horse Price ($) Price (ZAR) Purchaser
Royal Delta 8,500,000 68,000,000 Besilu Stables (Benjamin Leon)
Christmas Kid 4,200,000 33,600,000 Aisling Duignan (Coolmore)
Quiet Giant 3,000,000 24,000,000 Besilu Stables (Benjamin Leon)
Unrivaled Belle 2,800,000 22,400,000 Brushwood Stable
Delta Princess 2,600,000 20,800,000 Adena Springs
Blind Luck 2,500,000 20,000,000 Mike Puhich (Mark Dedomenico)
Buster’s Ready 2,400,000 19,200,000 Wertheimer et Frere
Cat Moves 2,400,000 19,200,000 Adena Springs
Weekend Strike 2,300,000 18,400,000 Barronstown Stud
Love Me Only 2,100,000 16,800,000 Summerwind Farm
Dance Quietly 2,000,000 16,000,000 Besilu Stables (Benjamin Leon)
Malibu Prayer 2,000,000 16,000,000 Besilu Stables (Benjamin Leon)
Life At Ten 1,950,000 15,600,000 Adena Springs
Quiet Now 1,850,000 14,800,000 Claiborne Farm
Camargue 1,650,000 13,200,000 Adena Springs
Porte Bonheur 1,600,000 12,800,000 Waratah Thoroughbreds
Dark Sky 1,500,000 12,000,000 Summerwind Farm
Gypsy’s Warning 1,050,000 8,400,000 Flaxman Holdings
Grand Prayer 1,000,000 8,000,000 Besilu Stables (Benjamin Leon)
Ticker Tape 950,000 7,600,000 Katsumi Yoshida
Rhumb Line 850,000 6,800,000 Bowden Global Equine
Le Relais 800,000 6,400,000 Stonestreet Throughbred Holdings


Sire Sex Price ($) Price (ZAR) Purchaser
Medaglia d’Oro Filly 2,600,000 20,800,000 Besilu Stables (Benjamin Leon)
Smart Strike Filly 1,600,000 12,800,000 Besilu Stables (Benjamin Leon)
Henrythenavigator Filly 1,500,000 12,000,000 Adena Springs
Smart Strike Filly 1,000,000 8,000,000 Stonestreet Stables & George Bolton
Smoke Glacken Filly 900,000 7,200,000 Besilu Stables (Benjamin Leon)
Quiet American Filly 510,000 4,080,000 Bluegrass Hall
Street Sense Filly 295,000 2,360,000 Longitude Farm
Tapit Colt 240,000 1,920,000 Ben Glass
Stormy Atlantic Colt 225,000 1,800,000 Steve Shahinian
More Than Ready Colt 195,000 1,560,000 Rocco Bloodstock
Malibu Moon Filly 195,000 1,560,000 Clearsky Farm
US Ranger Colt 190,000 1,520,000 Blanford Bloodstock