26 April 2018


Prices continued to soar on the second day of trading at the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale on Wednesday.

Session one concluded with an aggregate over R98 000 000, with exceptional healthy average and median prices of R600 000 and R340 000 respectively.

Session two continued in a positive fashion on Wednesday, with the average and median reaching R197 000 and R160 000 respectively, with one of the most positive aspects of Wednesday's session being that session two achieved an impressive clearance rate of 80%- which equalled the result of the select session.

The aggregate on the second day reached R17 million which pushes the sales' overall aggregate to over R115 million-a fantastic result from a sale which has outperformed expectations.

The cherry on the cake at the National Sale occurred when a Dynasty colt was sold for R5.2 million-a new record for a yearling sold under BSA auspices.

Bloodstock South Africa's Gary Grant was delighted with the continued success of the sale, commenting, "This sale has seriously endorsed the BSA product. In my opinion, this has been the best local sale in years, with a happy and positive atmosphere translating into exceptional all-round results. It was pleasing to note that the fireworks enjoyed on day one continued well into the morning of Wednesday's session. The sale has certainly over performed expectations and I am confident the final day of selling will remain strong."

A new record for a Bloodstock South Africa sold yearling was broken on Wednesday, when the Varsfontein Stud (as Agent) consigned Track Attack (Lot 191) was sold to Form Bloodstock for R5 200 000.

This surpasses the R5 million which Var filly Goddess Var (also consigned by Varsfontein) fetched when sold at the 2017 National Sale.

Track Attack is a son of Highlands Stud's perennial leading sire Dynasty and Listed Syringa Handicap runner up Little Indian. The latter's previous foals include four winners, notably 2014 Equus Champion Older Male Yorker and G2 The Nursery runner up The Raj.

Dynasty, himself a former graduate of the National Yearling Sale, was also responsible for Wednesday's second top lot sold -a colt named Oscar Wilde, who fetched R4.5 million to the bid of Form Bloodstock's Jehan Malherbe. The regally bred colt, consigned by Drakenstein Stud and catalogued as lot 189, is the fifth foal produced by former Equus Champion and dual G1 winner Lady Windermere, whose six career wins included both the G1 Garden Province Stakes and G1 SA Fillies Sprint.

The sale concludes tomorrow, with the final day of trading commencing at 11:30 am.

Live streaming for the National Sale will once again be available at