It proved to be a moment in time for Marc and Nicola Coppez of Balmoral Stud, as the session-topper was the second of their draft to breach the magical million mark.
— Ada Van Der Bent

Durbanville Sales Center
4 & 5 October 2014

A son of Henrythenavigator became the star turn at the final session of the CTS Lanzerac Ready To Run Sale at Durbanville when David Allan of Allan Bloodlines outlayed a session-topping R1.15-million for the Australian-bred. 

The colt, who had been snapped up for just A$10,000 at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale in January, boasted impressive credentials as a half-brother to ten winners, headed by Gr.3 South Australia Classic victress Red Typhoon (Hold That Tiger) and the Stakes-placed Bella Princess (Flying Spur). Added to that, the dam Ladybird Blue (Bluebird) is a Gr.1-placed dual Stakes winner herself and traces in female line to Noble Lassie, the dam of Vaguely Noble. Enough said.

It proved to be a moment in time for Marc and Nicola Coppez of Balmoral Stud, as the session-topper was the second of their draft to breach the magical million mark.

For much of the day, their Archipenko colt (Lot 106) had led the way when knocked down to owner Michael Leaf for an even million. Named Beyond Limits, the bay is the second foal of the young Dansili mare Desarmante and boasts a regal pedigree, with the name of the great Miesque the most prominent on the catalogue page. The colt's third dam, the Listed winner Massaraat, is a full- ister to the legendary racemare and broodmare. Bred at Ascot Stud, Beyond Limits was touring the sales ring for the second time, having changed hands for R525,000 at the CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale earlier this year.

Prominent owner Chris van Niekerk made his presence felt on the day with two high-priced purchases, the first of which was a R600,000 son of Silvano. Consigned by Drakenstein Stud as agent and named Forest (Lot 112), the colt turned a tidy profit, having cost R175,000 as a yearling at the National Yearling Sale. Out of the four-times winner Dual Honour (Al Mufti), the bay hails from the immediate family of the flying Noble Heir (Kahal), who counted the Gr.1 Computaform Sprint as the signature victory of her career.

In addition to the Silvano, Van Niekerk also snared Liege (Lot 169), a well-related Dynasty colt from Maine Chance. Out of Gr.1 Garden Province victress Lyrical Linda, whose previous foals include the Stakes-winning Jet Master siblings Lockheed Jetstar and Lance, Van Niekerk was never going to steal this particular gem, and it took a bid of R650,000 before he could sign the buyers' sheet.

Maine Chance had earlier received a similar amount from Mayfair Speculators for Silver Chalice (Lot 100) a son of resident stallion Silvano. Remarkably, the colt is the first living produce out of Royal Chalice matron Crystal Chalice since she foaled Gr.1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Sparkling Gem in 2005!

Silvano was also the sire of the session's most expensive filly, a R450,000 purchase by trainer Michael Azzie. Consigned by Sorrento Stud, she is out of the dual winner Flymetothestars, a Jet Master half-sister to Gr.1 Paddock victress Badgers Gift, who to the cover of Silvano, produced Gr.3 Winter Derby winner Gifted For Glory

Irish Gr.3 winner Rock Of Rochelle, a tip top sprinter trained by Dermot Weld for well-known local owner Hassen Adams, retired to Hemel ‘N Aarde Stud in 2011, and his first crop have found favour at earlier yearling sales. The Equine Group gave the stamp of approval for one of his first-crop sons when giving R500,000 for Jamrock (Lot 154). Yet another Balmoral offering, the colt is out of a Western Winter half-sister to Gr.3 winner Philonikon. The grandam Jaamanique (Green Dancer) won the Listed Port Natal Handicap while the pedigree page reflects such luminaries as Nonoalco, Fiesta Gal and Stradavinsky.

Lot Sex Sire - Dam Vendor Purchasor Price (R)
164 Colt HENRYTHENAVIGATOR - Ladybird Blue Balmoral Allan Bloodlines 1,150,000
106 Colt ARCHIPENKO - Desarmante Balmoral Michael Leaf 1,000,000
100 Colt SILVANO - Crystal Chalice Maine Chance Mayfair 650,000
169 Colt DYNASTY - Lyrical Linda Maine Chance Rainbow Beach 650,000
112 Colt SILVANO - Dual Honour Drakenstein (Agent) Rainbow Beach 600,000
154 Colt ROCK OF ROCHELLE - Jamelia Balmoral Equine Group 500,000
133 Filly SILVANO - Flymetothestars Sorrento Michael Azzie 450,000

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