"NEW CTS SALE DEEMED A SUCCESS"
By Liesl King

Adrian Todd
We are ecstatic with the results of our first sale here at Emperors Palace. With the exception of the CTS Cape Yearling Sale, this was by far the strongest yearling sale in the country this year.
— Adrian Todd / CTS CEO

The inaugural CTS Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale concluded on a very positive note in Johannesburg Saturday, with an aggregate of R44,300,000, an average of R414,019 and a median of R300,000. Nine yearlings breached the R1 million mark, with top honors going jointly to lot 57 and lot 86, both colts being knocked down for R2million.

"We are ecstatic with the results of our first sale here at Emperors Palace. With the exception of the CTS Cape Yearling Sale, this was by far the strongest yearling sale in the country this year," said CTS Chief Operating Officer Adrian Todd.

Lot 57, a colt by New Approach out of the Redoute's Choice mare Come Sunday, was the first yearling to be knocked down at a round R2 million to Mayfair Speculators. Derek Brugman, racing manager to Mayfair Speculators, explained the reasoning behind the purchase. "Where have you seen such a horse in South Africa?" He said. "By New Approach out of a Redoute's Choice mare, whose damsire is Sunday Silence. Not only is he is a beautiful specimen, but he has an internationally recognized pedigree and if he can run, he is definitely stallion material."

Purchased in Australia at the 2014 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale for A$57,500, by South African trainer James Goodman on behalf of his Scottish friend Billy Henderson, the colt's appearance at the CTS Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale was certainly an international affair.

Goodman explains that Henderson enquired how one goes about making money on horses. "Buy weanlings for resale," was Goodman's answer.

Hassen Adams was another who was very busy at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale in 2014. Signing for 10 weanlings, he sold one in Australia before exporting the rest to South Africa. "I sold one on the Easter Sale for $300,000, and the other nine came here. I want to bring some new blood into South Africa," he explained. "The aim is to keep some to race myself, but if I get a good price for them I sell."

Two of those purchases amply rewarded Adams for his efforts as lot 20, a Sebring filly out of Social Glow (Aghaadir) sold for R1.2 million and lot 37, a Fastnet Rock filly out of Unusual Choice (Redoute's Choice) sold for R1.1 million. But it was lot 86, the joint sales-topper, that Adams was most excited about.

A big fan of More Than Ready, Adams snapped up a weanling colt by the stallion out of the Perugino mare Gina Lollawitcha for A$60,000. Owned in a partnership, the colt was consigned by Summerhill Stud, with the hammer falling at R2 million to Mayfair Speculators.

"He is a great mover and looks like he will be an early horse," Brugman commented. "He could be a really nice horse for the Million Dollar races."

Mayfair Speculators ended the night with 15 purchases totaling R12,775,000, and the top spot on the buyers' list. Captain Al headed the sires' list, with 13 yearlings selling for R7,750,000, while Klawervlei Stud was the top vendor, consigning 26 lots for R12,975,000.

Extracts from Thoroughbred Daily News

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