16 April 2018

John and Liz Slade will be offering three yearlings at the2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, which is set to take place at the TBA Complex in Germiston from April 24th to April 26th.

This trio will be the first that John has raised naturally in the Karoo, and he is very pleased with all three.

The Slades’ trio includes colts by Querari  and Vercingetorix, as well as a filly by the hugely promising Master Of My Fate.

First into the ring is Special Blend (Lot 196), a bay son of Silvano sired champion, and G1 Jebel Hatta winner, Vercingetorix. The colt, bred on a similar cross to G1 winners Marinaresco and Nightingale, is a half-brother to nine winners, including G1 sprinter Mocha Java and to G2 Camellia Stakes winner Mochachino. The latter shares her champion sire Silvano with Vercingetorix himself. This colt’s dam is a sister in blood to July winner Hunting Tower.

John says of the Vercingetorix colt, ““He is named Special Blend to keep in with the coffee theme and also because Vercingetorix is by Silvano out of A National Assembly mare and Mabola Plums two best runners were by those two sires. Vercingetorix also adds some size and class. A really good colt.”

Boom sire Querari, whose notable runners this season include the graded winners Monks Hood, Wonderwall and Pinnacle Peak, is the sire of Liberty Hall (Lot 465). This colt is out of a Fort Wood half-sister to five stakes winners, notably G2 Gold Bowl hero Herod The Great and dual Matchem Stakes winner Sevillano. Another half-sister to his dam is the dam of this season’s Listed Michael Roberts Handicap winner Wild Wicket.

Liberty Hall hails from the same female line as US champion and successful stallion Lord Avie as well as fellow US G1 winners Artemis Agrotera and Stephen Got Even.

Understandably, John is very keen on the Querari son, saying, “He is the best of my draft. He is beautiful and moves better than the proverbial cat  -more like a snake he is so fluid in his movements!”

The regally bred Master Of My Fate, one of South Africa’s hottest sires, is the sire of Capriccio (Lot 492). This filly, a half-sister to 2 winners including feature race contender Kazaar, is out of a half-sister to four stakes horses, headed by top class fillies Mocha Java and Mochachino. 

John says of the filly, “She is very correct and smart, and her dam is a half- sister to MochaJava and Mochachino.”


Full catalogue pages for the three yearlings mentioned above can be viewed online at