WHEN the “Sale” sign goes up at Woolies, Checkers or Pick N Pay there’s a stampede to the stores and that’s also the case annually with the National Two-Year-Old Sale at Germiston.
Bloodstock SA will be hosting the sale on Thursday and Friday (11am start both days) and a total of 346 lots will come under the hammer.
Over the years, this sale has produced some bargain buys who have gone on to excel on the racetrack and include JJ The Jet Plane, The Apache, Jackson and, more recently, Dominic Zaki’s promising sprinter, Arabian Beat.
JJ The Jet Plane: BSA National 2-y-o Sales Graduate.
Other graduates who hail from this sale include two outstanding females in River Jetez and Irridescence so the task before owners and trainers over the two days will be to try and secure a two-year-old who can make it to the top.
There will be some high prices – Jackson cost R1 million – and Varsfontein Stud could end up leading vendors as they have some quality youngsters in their 16-strong draft.
Near the end of Thursday’s first session, Varsfontein will be offering a Dynasty colt who is the first foal of the three-time winner, Quick Single. The stud often names this family after cricketers or cricketing terms and this one is no exception carrying the name of a cricketing great in William Grace.
Varsfontein have another Dynasty colt due in the ring in Dex Dexter who is the third produce of the British-bred mare, Congestion Charge.
Another lot which should prove popular is the Var colt, Baron Bellet, due to be sold on Friday. He is a half-brother to the useful ML Jet.
Wild One’s Gold Cup triumph couldn’t have been more opportune for the Scott Bros as tomorrow they’ll be offering his three-parts sister named Honorary.
Mike de Kock’s team are sure to run the rule over this Mogok filly and this sire’s progeny – he is the sire of The Apache and Gypsy’s Warning – might prove more popular with buyers this year.
New sire Gimmethegreenlight is represented by 10 of his progeny and they include a filly on the Friday session whose dam is a daughter of champion, Enchantress.
First season sire, Warm White Night, has just two on the sale but they include a colt out of a daughter of Grade 1 winner, Roxanne. This youngster has been consigned by Hemel ‘n Aarde Stud.
Another first crop sire, Visionaire, has made a promising start to his career and Barton Hall Stud will be expecting a decent price for his son who is out of the seven-time winner, Miss Entrepeneur.
Maine Chance Farms enjoyed an outstanding 2013/14 season and they have sent a draft of 14 two-year-olds who include a Silvano colt who is a three-parts brother to Durban July winner, Power King.
New champion sire, Captain Al, has three fillies and one colt on the sale and the colt is a half-brother to SA Derby winner, Royal Bencher.
The auctioneers over the two-day sale are Graeme Hawkins, Andrew Miller and Brandon Leer.
-by Ringsider, Racing Express.