Regally Bred Lord Heathfield Tops Day One Of 2YO Sale

In what looked a tough and uncompromising market, the Wilgerbosdrift consigned Lord Heathfield proved the star attraction on the first day of the Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale on Thursday.

The Silvano colt topped proceedings at Thursday’s session when he was knocked down to Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe for R1 100 000, and was the only lot to cross the million rand barrier at the first day of trading.

Lord Heathfield, catalogued as Lot 100, has plenty to recommend him on pedigree, and was one of the clear standouts of this year’s sale.

A son of recently pensioned multiple champion sire Silvano, the colt is out of the Rock Of Gibraltar sired Europa Point.

Already dam of a pair of winners, Europa Point won nine of just 13 outings, and picked up notable scalps when victorious in both the G1 President’s Champions Challenge and G1 Empress Club Stakes. Among those beaten by Europa Point were the G1 winners Amanee, Buy And Sell, Dancewiththedevil, Flirtation, and Happy Archer.

The well related Europa Point is out of the Woodman mare Gorband, making her a half-sister to unbeaten Richmond Stakes winner Harbour Watch, and her third dam is legendary broodmare Fall Aspen, whose four G1 winners included former South African champion sire Fort Wood.

Top filly sold on Thursday was another blue blooded daughter of Silvano in the form of the Ridgemont Highlands consigned Look Homeward (54). Out of G1 Thekwini Stakes third, and a three-parts sister to Silvano’s G1 winning daughter Silver Mountain, Look Homeward was sold to John Freeman for R360 000.

Thursday’s session ended with 184 lots going through the ring (16 of the 200 two-year-olds catalogued being withdrawn), and 22 not finding homes. The 162 juveniles to sell on day one of the National 2YO Sale grossed R18.68 million with the average firm at R115 309.

The Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale continues and concludes on Friday.