Pathfork filly tops buoyant day
17 August 2018

Pathfork filly tops buoyant day one of National Two Year Old Sale A regally bred daughter of Irish champion Pathfork proved the star attraction on the first day of the 2018 National Two Year Old Sale, which got underway at the TBA complex on Thursday morning.
Catalogued as Lot 37, the unnamed bay filly was consigned by Highlands Stud part of Ridgemont. Out of the National Assembly mare Scented Samantha, and a half-sister to four stakes horses notably G1 King's Stand Stakes third Sweet Sanette and G3 Pretty Polly Stakes/Magnolia Handicap winner Franny, the beautifully bred filly was knocked down to the bid of trainer Brett Crawford for R1 200 000 to top the first day of trading.
Members of the fairer sex dominated proceedings on Thursday with fillies filling the top three lots.
Lammerskraal Stud consigned a pair of fillies to fetch R700 000 and R600 000 respectively, with the farm's Field Maiden (Lot 245) selling to Heywood Bloodstock for R700 000, and their Wylie Wench (Loy 238) knocked down to Varsfontein Stud for R600 000.
The regally bred Field Maiden is a daughter of Gimmethegreenlight and G1 Empress Club Stakes winner Fair Maiden (Western Winter), while Wylie Wench, from the first crop of multiple G1 winner Wylie Hall, is out of Equus Champion Enchantress (National Assembly) and she is a half-sister to five winners notably the G1 Thekwini Stakes winning Equus Champion Laverna. Day one's top priced colt was the Flower Alley colt (Lot 101) Treasure Trove who was knocked down to Team G Racing for R450 000.

Average price for the sale on Thursday rose from R80 785 to R94 895, while the median also achieved positive growth, rising from R40 000 in 2017 to R50 000 this year.

Bloodstock South Africa's Gary Grant was delighted by the positive results achieved in a sombre economic climate saying post-sale, "We are extremely pleased with these results in what has been a trying market. Once again, I am really impressed by the resilience of this market! I am really chuffed by how many breeders have managed to sell their horses in these difficult times, and BSA continue to be grateful for the loyal support shown by vendors and buyers alike." The second, and final day, of the National Two Year Old Sale is set to commence at the TBA complex at 11 am on Friday.

A full list of prices for Thursday's session of the National Two Year Old Sale can be viewed at