The recent CTS Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale yielded exciting results, and even more so for the likes of deceased first season sire Await The Dawn, proven sire Toreador and last season’s Champion Freshman sire, Visionaire.
— Candiese Marnewick / KZN Breeders

Young stallion Curved Ball has already produced an early juvenile winner from only seven runners, and four others which have placed, saw his top priced yearling sell for R200 000, averaging almost R150 000 for four yearlings sold in total. The big imposing colt is bred and consigned by Bush Hill Stud who stand Curved Ball on behalf of Klawervlei Stud, sold as Lot 26 and named Bad Attitude – is a half-brother to Stakes horses in Storm Bringer and Mr Whatever. This is the immediate damline of top sprinter Shoe Shac. Curved Ball is the first and only son of Australia’s brilliant Fastnet Rock to stand at stud in South Africa.

Clifton Stud’s sire A.P. Answer had a pleasing result with his only representative on the sale bred by Dr Ian Heyns. Lot 80 named Concealed Secret is out of a Kahal mare named Kahal’s Secret (a five-time winner) – is a half-sister to Grade 2 placed Secret Babe.

A first produce, the colt sold for R250 000. The cross of A.P. Answer on a Kahal mare has yielded success with the likes of Beckedorf, who placed behind Guiness in the Grade 1 Gold Medallion at Scottsville and second in the Grade 3 Godolphin Stakes amongst his record of two wins and five places.

Bakkies (Await The Dawn - Jordie)

Prematurely deceased Await The Dawn has left behind just two crops of foals, his first offered on this sale. A talented son of Giant’s Causeway and one of two standing in KwaZulu-Natal with their first progeny on sale this year, Await The Dawn’s son and half-brother to Grade 1 Premiers Champion Stakes’ winner Rabada sold for R650 000 to Rainbow Beach Trading.

Sold as Lot 78, the Summerhill-bred and consigned colt named Bakkies is also a half-brother to Stakes Placed and four time winning filly, River Tyne. This damline includes the likes of Naan Khataay, Blue Voyager and Gun Drift. In total, Await The Dawn averaged R300 000 for four yearlings sold.

Ever consistent Toreador who regularly brings home the Stakes Winners from small crops each year is always rewarded with enthusiasm from the buyers at sales, and this sale was no different.

Having recently produced the likes of Graded Stakes winners Bull Valley and Lazer Star, his two yearlings averaged an impressive R412 500 each; his top price being R575 000 for Lot 51 named Changing Seasons. His five time winning dam is by Qui Danzig, bred and consigned by Mr and Mrs Anton Procter. This is the damline of Appelate Court, as well as Jackson Square and Trademark.

Champenois (Visionaire - Vinn Fizz)

Last season’s Champion Freshman Sire Visionaire had his daughter knocked down for R1-million as Lot 196 to Mayfair Speculators, a half sister to the brilliant half-brothers Pierre Jourdan and Champagne Haze. Named Champenois, she is out Last Tycoon / Qui Danzig mare, Vinn Fizz.

In total 167 of 199 lots were sold for an average of R377 754, with a median of R225 000.