BLOODSTOCK SA’s Cape Mare and Weanling Sale held at Mistico on Thursday turned over a satisfactory R6,8-milion and served an excellent cross-section of buyers, all of whom came away happy with their investments.
Most chuffed of all were Nigel Riley and Fred Brons of Heversham Park Stud, who bid like men possessed and secured 17 mares for just over R330,000, including the Gr1-winning Fort Wood mare Urabamba.
Said Riley: “We are very happy with what we got, all the mares were custom-bought for our new sire Wings Of Desire (GB), the 2016 Gr2 Dante Stakes winner.”
Heversham Park has built their band of broodmares up to near 90 in a concerted effort to re-establish Gauteng as a thoroughbred breeding region.
Top price at the sale was paid by Hassen Adams for Lot 86 Amber Orchid, an imported daughter of Dubawi and winner of the Gr3 Jacaranda Handicap. She fetched R700,000 and while Adams could not be reached for comment, Amber Orchid will presumably join his Nadeson Park Stud.
Adams bought a further seven lots and was the leading buyer at the sale, spending R853,000.
John Kramer, Terry Andrews, Philip Kahan, Johan Loftus, Central Route Trading and Elite Breeding were others active in the market.
Klawervlei Stud was the leading vendor, selling 61 lots for R2,552-million, with Maine Chance disposing of 21 mares at a total of R701,000.
“This was another successful sale for us in a trying market. We had a clearance rate of 84% and there were bargains to be had. In the words of Warren Buffet, be greedy when others are fearful, those with that attitude may well reap the benefits in years to come,” commented BSA’s Gary Grant.
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