THE inaugural CTS Mare & Fillies For Stud Select Sale was held at Highlands on Friday 10 June. Spectacular results were recorded.
The top priced lot was locally bred Imperious Star – a Gr1 placed Gr1 winner by Navarone out of J&B Met winner Imperious Sue. Consigned by Nutfield Stud, and in foal to Duke Of Marmalade, she sold for R3.2 million to Lammerskraal Stud.
The mare has two previous foals, Gr1 placed (at 2, in 2016) Trippi-colt Double Appeal, and a weanling colt by Duke Of Marmalade.
Second highest price was R3.1 million, given for unraced Irish-bred Galileo mare Cantabella, whose first foal is a Rock Of Gibraltar weanling colt. In foal to Captain Al, this young hopeful will also join the Lammerskraal broodmare band.
Sally Jourdan, Stud Manager of Lammerskraal, said: “Imperious Star was a really well-performed mare who won the Gr1 Woolavington and of course her own dam Imperious Sue won the Gr1 J&B Met. Imperious Star has already produced Double Appeal, who finished third to Cloth Of Cloud in the Gr1 SA Nursery. She’s also had a foal by Duke Of Marmalade, I went to have a look at him and he’s nice, so all the factors are spot-on for this mare.
“Cantabella is by Galileo, no need to elaborate on her sire, and she’s young, five years old and unraced, from an own sister to Holy Roman Emperor and a superb extended family of top-class winners.”
In all, nine mares went for a million and more, helping to bring the sale total to R27.9 million for 65 mares sold, with an average of R430k (and R175k median price).