7 July 2018


A full-brother to high-class filly, and former KZN Sale graduate, Inverroche, proved the star attraction at the 2018 KZN Yearling Sale, which took place at the Sibaya Entertainment World on Thursday and Friday.

Consigned by the Birch Bros, the Ideal World colt named Macallan (Lot 252) was knocked down to Louis Goosen for R500 000 to top the two day auction.

His full-sister, and G3 Strelitzia Stakes winner, Inverroche is currently a warm fancy to land Saturday's KZN Yearling Sale Million at Greyville tomorrow.

The pair were produced by the winning, one-eyed National Sensation, a daughter of National Assembly who hails from the same family as this season's G1 Sun Met runner up Last Winter.

The Bold Silvano colt Bold Phoenix was the sale's second top lot, with the Ascot Stud consigned colt (Lot 220) knocked down to Delma Sherrell for R400 000. Bold Phoenix was produced by the stakes placed Tiger Ridge mare Kwacha, and is from the same family as champion Arabian Lass and R6 000 000 yearling Silver Coin.

Overall, an improved quality of thoroughbred saw the 2018 KZN Yearling Sale end on a positive note.

The aggregate for the sale rose from R16.105 million to R17 675 000 (or over 6 percent), and the average price increased from R73 205 to R80 341 (a pleasing rise of 10%). The median too showed improvement on last year, and increased from R45 000 to R50 000.

Bloodstock South Africa's Gary Grant understandably was more than satisfied with the results of the 2018 KZN Yearling Sale. He commented post-sale, "The sale held up well especially given the tough economic climate. Both the average and aggregate rose notably, and it was great to see a broad bench of buyers from across the country in attendance. An overall improvement of quality in the yearling offered resulted in decent prices achieved at this regional sale."

A full list of results and statistics for the sale can be viewed at