The two day Emperors National Yearling Sale, which started on Friday morning, ended with both aggregate and average well up on last year’s sale.
The 2013 sale’s aggregate was up from R84 730 000 to R122 468 000 this year. The average also improved from R234 061 to R297 976 – a healthy jump of 27%.
Lots not sold remained pretty much the same as last year, increasing by just one from 45 to 46 unsold.
Top priced lot on the sale was Lot 263 a Dynasty colt, consigned by Drakenstein Stud. Out of the Gr1 winning mare Wonderful World, the colt, named Trees of Green was sold to Mayfair Speculators for R3 600 000.
The sales topper is one of the highest in the history of the National Sale, and was well up on last year’s top priced yearling – which cost R1 700 000.
A daughter of champion Australian sire, Encosta De Lago, was the sales’ top priced filly. Catalogued as lot 330, the unnamed filly, who is out of a Danehill mare, was consigned by Summerhill Stud (as Property of a Partnership). She was purchased by Wilgerbosdrift, and, no doubt, will prove a very valuable broodmare prospect later on.
Leading vendors at the sale, by aggregate was Varsfontein Stud, whose 24 lots to sell amassed R8 540 000. Top vendor, by average (3 or more sold) was Klipdrif Stud who sold three yearlings for the impressive individual average of R1 256 667.
Form Bloodstock were the sales’ top buyers by aggregate. The agency signed for 18 lots which grossed R11 125 000. Form also combined with Shadwell to purchase five lots for R5 850 000.
Locally bred sires dominated the list of top sires. The late, great Jet Master, was the sales’ top sire by aggregate. The local legend, who was selling his last crop, sold 24 yearlings for a total of R16 140 000. Jet Master’s final crop to pass through the National Sale ring averaged R672 500.
The latter was also top sire by average (3 or more sold), with his 24 yearlings averaging a very healthy R672 500.
TBA’s CEO Tom Callaghan was delighted by the sale’s solid, middle market. He said,” The aggregate was up an incredible 44% – although we did sell 49 more horses than last year. I was especially pleased to see that the median reached R200 000 – an increase of 33%. The overall strong middle market is very much in line with international results, and we were delighted to welcome some of the industry’s true icons to the sale.”
A new initiative taken by the TBA involves the showing of all passed through horses at the sale on the home page.
Full lists of results and statistics for the sale are available online.
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