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Cape Premier Yearling Sale Preview

The catalogue for the much anticipated 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale is now online, and, if the catalogue is anything to go by, there should be plenty of interest in this year’s auction.

Set to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, in the very heart of Cape Town itself, the Premier Sale is a relatively young auction on the sales calendar but has established itself in a short space of time (it was first held in 2011) as a prime source of G1 winners.

Among the G1 winners to have come off past Cape Premier Sales are the likes of Attenborough, Cloth Of Cloud, Chimichuri Run, Lady Of The House, Real Princess, Soft Falling Rain, William Longsword (pictured) and Yorker.

This year’s sale is set to take place on January 16th next year, with 232 yearlings catalogued for the one day sale.

Top sires Dynasty (6), Gimmethegreenlight (20), Querari (13), Silvano (10), Trippi (12), Var (8), Vercingetorix (14), and What A Winter (23) all have strong drafts on offer at this year’s sale, while the Irish based G1 winner Zoffany, whose progeny include this year’s G1 Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac winner Albigna, has a half-sister (Lot 106) to G1 Hollywood Gold Cup winner Rail Trip.

Querari’s G3 winning half-brother Quasillo (2), Computaform Sprint winner Rafeef (11), Western Winter’s brilliant son Red Ray (2), and former Premier Sale graduate William Longsword (13) are among the first-year sires represented at this year’s sale.

Among potential standout lots on the sale are:

Drakenstein Stud – Lot 15: Silvano colt out of the G2 winning millionaire Lanner Falcon

Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm – Lot 16: Rafeef half-sister to G1 winning sprinter Normanz

Ridgemont Highlands – Lot 40: Gimmethegreenlight half-brother to promising filly Pretty Young Thing from the family of champion sprinter Laisserfaire and champion sire Centaine

Ridgemont Highlands – Lot 67: Dynasty half-brother to millionaire Red Barrel

Drakenstein Stud – Lot 75: Var colt out of G3 Strelitzia Stakes winner Royal Pleasure

Gary Player Stud – Lot 80: Gimmethegreenlight own sister to dual G2 winning filly Green Plains

Klawerveli Stud – Lot 110: Silvano filly out of G1 Empress Club Stakes/G1 Paddock Stakes winner Thunder Dance

Maine Chance Farms – Lot 113: Silvano half-brother to G1 Gold Medallion winner Guiness

Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm – Lot 120: Trippi filly out of multiple G1 winner, and Equus Champion, Val De Ra

Lammerskral Stud – Lot 125: Dynasty filly out of Jet Master’s G1 Woolavington 2000 winner Viva Maria

Lammerskral Stud – Lot 140: Gimmethegreenlight own sister to G2 performer In The Dance and half-sister to triple G1 winner and sire Capetown Noir

Nadeson Park Stud – Lot 144: William Longsword filly out of a G3 winning daughter of Dubawi

Drakenstein Stud – Lot 148: Trippi colt out of G1 SA Oaks winner Ash Cloud

Maine Chance Farms – Lot 156: Twice Over half-brother to G1 winning two-year-old Mighty High

Drakenstein Stud – Lot 164: Trippi colt out of G1 Golden Slipper winner Chestnuts N Pearls

Ridgemont Highlands – Lot 165: Gimmethegreenlight half-brother to exciting G3 Winter Classic winner Vardy

Nadeson Park Stud – Lot 202: Querari colt out of speedy G2 winner Fairyinthewoods

Black Swan Stud – Lot 205: What A Winter ¾ sister to the British based G1 Sun Met runner up Last Winter

Klawervlei Stud – Lot 208: William Longsword colt out of G1 Mercury Sprint winner Fly By Night

Klawervlei Stud – Lot 209: Pomodoro colt out of G1 Golden Slipper heroine For The Lads

Ridgemont Highlands – Lot 219: Dynasty half-brother to G1 winner The Hangman and top sprinter Trip To Heaven

“We are very excited about the quality of the catalogue,” stated CTS Bloodstock Manager Kerry Jack.

“The other incredibly exciting news is that the EU have formally agreed to conduct an audit in South Africa with a view of lifting the embargoes on direct exports from South Africa early next year. The successful conclusion of an EU audit will allow the resumption of direct trade between SA and the EU with 40 days quarantine in the existing facility in the free zone. This, in turn, will open the doors for the conclusion of direct trade protocols with additional countries.”