EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE
TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
27 - 28 April 2014
Glorious weather, gorgeous horses and good prices: that just about sums up the first day’s trade at the TBA’s Emperors Palace National Sales complex outside Johannesburg yesterday. Prices were solid, the clearance rate was satisfactory, and with averages and the median rising by an even 11.4% and 12.5% respectively, buyers must have felt well-rewarded for their efforts.
That said, this is a strong catalogue, arguably better than last year’s, and while the general view is that today’s pages are superior to yesterday’s, you’d have expected a lift off in the overall numbers anyway. Aggregate came in at R71,455,000 (last year R66,275,000), average R343,534 (R308,256) and median R225,000 (R200,000). While there remain 250 to go before the auctioneers today, it’ll take spirited bidding to beat the”topper” thus far, at R3,75million.
The big story on the new boys on the block is, thankfully, the Summerhill sire Visionaire, who’s posted a healthy opening average of R373,636, with a daughter of former East Coast Horse of the Year, Coastal Waltz, falling to the bid of Joey Ramsden’s stalwart supporters, Wayne Kieswetter and Brian Finch - top filly for a top trio of horsemen, though let’s not forget Craig Carey in all of this, he was the first to spot the “spotted wonder”.
The determined underbidder was the welcome-back (after seven years away from the ringside) Sabine Plattner, who’d gotten lucky with a pair of Visionaires earlier in the sale. Sabine is a fearless investor, who’s had some fun with her Summerhill purchases over the years: J&B Met hero, Angus, multiple Group-winner The Waltz, 7-time winner Maliyakhe and five-time winner Xerxes, twice victorious in the past fortnight. That’s an exhaustive list: the least of them has notched up five, so her loyalties are not only welcome, they’re understandable!
Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982
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