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Silvano Colt Tops Cape Premier Sale

A son of four times South African champion sire Silvano proved the star attraction at Thursday’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

The colt named I Want It All (Lot 99) was knocked down to prominent owner Nicholas Jonsson, in partnership with Bjorn Nielson, owner of, among others, outstanding stayer Stradivarius, for an even R3 000 000 to officially top the 2020 Premier Sale.

Jonsson said of his buy, “”I’ve bought him with my friend Bjorn Nielsen, we bought the sister by Duke Of Marmalade here last year and she looks as if she might be quite special.We thought we might have to pay more for him, so we’re quite happy. It’s not a pedigree we see very often in South Africa, that Giant’s Causeway-Storm Cat cross, and I did think he was the best of the sale.”

I Want It All, whose R3.2 million half-sister has since been re-christened Orange Bowl, was produced by former Premier Sale graduate Song Of Happiness, a winning Giant’s Causeway daughter of G1 Cape Fillies Guineas/G3 Prix du Pin winner Captain’s Lover, and he hails from the same family as recent G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Vardy.

Top filly sold at Thursday’s sale was the regally bred Trippi filly All That Jazz (Lot 120), who was knocked down to Ric Wylie for R1 650 000. A half-sister to soon-to-be exported Listed winner Miss vardFrankel, the Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm consigned filly (a daughter of the farm’s great mare Val De Ra) is set to further her career in Australia. All That Jazz joins Red Boulevard (Lot 104) is one of two fillies destined to start their racing careers in Australia –a notable first for the Premier Sale.

Thursday’s sale proved a tough one for vendors, with statistics falling across the board, and just five lots (compared to 17 a year before) made R1 000 000 plus. The gross turnover dropped to R56,490,000 (32%) from R83 560 000, while the average price dropped from R435 208 to R326 531.

Cape Thoroughbred Sales’ Wehann Smith said after the sale, “”The figures are obviously disappointing but we knew we were operating in a tough economic environment at the moment. It’s a huge positive that there was some new international money and there was still a R3m top lot. We’ll just have to revisit our approach, and see what we have to do to make things work, turnover was recorded at R56,490,000 (£3,002,000/€3,520,300) which was down 32 per cent year-on-year.”