2 September 2019

Lot 4 – HARTLEYFIVE (4yr chestnut filly by Eightfold Path) – MR71
Homebred daughter from Eightfold Path’s second crop, Hartleyfive is the half sister to the Gr.2 SA Fillies Nursery third, Indigo Princess, and talented 3 x winning sprinter, Constantine. Pre-trained by Jane Thomas, she joined Alec Laird as a three year old and immediately showed ability in her track work. This was reflected in her first two starts when runner-up to Mike de Kock’s talented fillies, Blonde Vision and Mrs Simpson. Dropped down to five furlongs on her fifth start, she won decisively at the Turffontein inside track before losing her way since then. Clearly talented, she might very well be suited to the turning tracks of Fairview and Greyville once back to form.

Lot 5 – HARTLEYFOUR (4yr dark bay gelding by Eightfold Path) – MR67
The full brother to 4 x winning sprinter, Brigtnumberten, Hartleyfour was never offered for sale on account of losing sight in his offside eye following a paddock accident as a foal. A more scopey version of Brigtnumberten, he joined Roy Magner after his pre-training spell with Jill Fox. A confident horse, he appears not to be too disadvantaged by his handicap and placed against some progressive three year olds like Hit The Green, Basilius, Dewali and Chijmes before winning his 10th start only to lose the race in the Stipes Boardroom against Golden Lion.
After breaking his maiden 4 starts later, he clearly enjoyed the return to 6f on his latest start when recording his second career win from 19 starts with 8 places thus proving his competitiveness. Showing a good turn of foot, he is unexposed over longer trips and looks to be on a competitive handicap mark.
Lot 7 – HOTTENTOTS HOLLAND (4yr bay filly by Toreador) – MR75
Not sold at 2017 KZN Yearling Sale as LOT 112
Good sized first foal of unraced Jet Master mare, Stellenbosch, who was sold by Drakenstein Stud for R360 000 at the 2012 National Yearling Sale. From the imported Rainbow Quest mare, Strategic Quest, Stellenbosch is the half sister to the Stakes Placed Dynasty gelding, Arniston.
Hottentots Holland went into training with David Nieuwenhuizen in Joburg where she won her only start over 1600m and in the process easily beat numerous subsequent winners including stable companion, Pretty Border, who went onto place in Graded races last season.
Unfortunately, she picked up a foot injury soon after her maiden win and was returned to Spring Valley Stud to recover in February of this year. She has undoubted ability, but comes with some risk that the foot might again flare up (vet reports available on request).

Lot 9 – LOVE TO GIVE (3yr chestnut filly by Philanthropist) - UNRACED
Bought at the 2018 National Yearling Sale for R160 000 from Wicklow Stud as LOT 456
Following pre-training with Jane Thomas, she has been in training with Tara Laing since early May, always with a view to racing her as a three year old given her Classic English pedigree which traces back to Group One performers like Midnight Line, Together (Champion Miler in Ireland), Prix de l’Abbaye winner Imperial Beauty and sire, Jan Vermeer. However, this year her pedigree enjoyed significant updates with the multiple Group wins of Communique, the improving galloper of Mark Johnstone whose next start is rumoured to be the Gr.1 Cox Plate in Australia.
Like Lots 10, 16 and 20, Love To Give has 15 months of conditioning investment (worth R100 000) behind her and offers her new owners the prospect of stepping onto the racecourse within a few months. She is now stabled at Roy Magner at Randiesfontein for viewing.

Lot 10 - LUCKY SHAMROCK (3yr bay filly by Dynasty) - UNRACED
Bought at the 2018 National Yearling Sale for R200 000 from Gary Player Stud as LOT 385 
She was a clean limbed, quality yearling but rather backward which is probably why she only sold for R200k. She was pre-trained by Jane Thomas and joined Alan Greeff in May of this year with a three year old campaign in mind. In many respects she is typical of Dynasty and her winning Western Winter dam, Cresta, is due a big horse after producing numerous winners. She is a half sister to the Champion Sprinter of 2001, Hinterland, and traces back to the great sire, Foveros.
Her trainer reported her to be improving all the time and she is now stabled at Roy Magner at Randjiesfontein for viewing.

 Lot 11 – MAGICAL JAVA (4yr old chestnut filly by Silvano) – MR75
Bought at the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale for R700 000 from Maine Chance Farms Stud as LOT 132 
She was a gorgeous looking yearling with a great action by a Champion sire and out of a Gr.1 sprinting mare, Mocha Java. After the sale, she lost a lot of condition so her training was delayed by a year to give her a chance to grow which she continued to do when in training with Dennis Drier. A winner of her third career start, she was then given time off to mature into her growing frame and only now does it look as if she has strengthened up.  When tried over more ground and back on her preferred turf surface, she looks set for a good summer. Currently stabled with Dennis Drier, she will join Alec Laird on Tuesday, 3 September for viewing.


Lot 16 - PURE FANTASY (3yr bay filly by Silvano) - UNRACED
Bought at the 2018 National Yearling Sale for R1,100 000 from Ascot Stud as LOT 16
For anyone serious about racing and breeding, Pure Fantasy has a collectors’ pedigree! By a Champion Sire from one of Ascot Stud’s best families, she is a high class individual with great presence and scope.
She was pre-trained by Jill Fox in Nottingham Road, only coming into proper training with Roy Magner in April who has always prepared her as a Classic filly. So, she is only now starting to do any real work with a view to starting her racing career in October.

 Lot 17 – SALIMAH (5yr dark bay filly by Trippi) – MR74
Bought at the 2016 National Yearling Sale for R450 000 from Wilgerbosdrift Stud as LOT 427
One of the best walking yearlingson the Sale, Salimah added quality and pedigree to the mix which made her hard to resist! She joined Dennis Drier as a late two year old and showed tremendous ability in her track work. Heavily backed on debut, she quickened away from her field over the 5f Scottsville trip in the style of a classy sprinter.
Such was the Drier’s opinion of her ability that she joined his Cape Town string for a tilt at the summer feature races. However, 2017 coincided with one of the worst droughts in living memory and like many other travellers to the Cape in those years, she lost her form completely despite any veterinary evidence to explain why her work remained of a high standard, yet her racecourse performances were below par.
She remains sound in wind and limb and perhaps a change of scenery will do the trick? She hails from a class HRH Aga Khan female line and being by Trippi, offers breeders an opportunity to buy into a quality pedigree virtually free of Northern Dancer.
Lot 18 – SCENT OF EVENING (4yr dark bay filly by Jackson) – MR90

Bought at the 2017 Emperor’s Palace Select Yearling Sale for R275 000 from Ridgemont Highlands Farm Stud as LOT 105 

From the first crop of the top class, Jackson, Scent Of Evening is also the daughter of the Gr.1 winner, Fading Light, whose first two dams were also Gr.1 performers and a half sister to the high class, Red Chestnut Road, who was rumoured to have been subject to an offer of R8 million after his debut win!


An impressive specimen as a yearling, she caught the attention of Lucky Houdalakis and joined his yard after a spell with Julia Pilbeam. Always well regarded by Lucky, she worked upsides the stable’s Gr.2 KZN Oaks winner, Seville Orange, and duly won her maiden on debut well backed. Forced by the then handicapping rules of stepping into an Assessment Plate, she ran subsequent Gr.1 placed Blossom to half a length at level weights and in the process beating Gr.2 SA Nursery winner, Ronnie’s Candy. That gave the yard sufficient confidence to step Scent Of Evening up in class and try her luck in the Gr.2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas.

 Not herself, she finished midfield and was rested for the balance of the season to furnish and strengthen into her growing frame. Whilst not yet repeating the form of her Assessment Plate, she ran very well on the weekend finishing a close third in a Graduation Plate and looks set for a successful summer ahead of her.


Lot 19 – SET THE STANDARD (3yr bay gelding by Linngari) – MR82
No bid at the 2018 National Yearling Sale consigned by Spring Valley Stud as LOT 227
From the first South African crop of the outstanding racehorse and successful sire, Linngari, there were no takers at the minimum bid of R100 000 for yearlings offered on the Select Session of last year’s NYS. A medium sized, but beautifully balanced colt, the son of 7 x winning Gr.3 Model Man mare, Precedent, he was always likely to need time to furnish and in these trying economic times, not many buyers were willing to wait that long so he was passed in without a bid.
Tracy Woollard was tasked with breaking him and always loved his willing attitude and fluent movement before sending him to Team Houdalakis to try and put him together which they partially achieved when selling 45% to Messrs Boonzaaier and Naidoo. After a 6f pipe opener, it was agreed to geld and he won his second start over the Vaal mile in good fashion, quickening away from his field after a troubled passage in a rough race. Given his Classic female line and the Group performances of Linngari’s progeny in Europe over the staying trips, it is hard not to dream of big race glory with natural improvement and strengthening. NB: the form of his win was franked when Stop For Nothing, beaten 7.50 lengths by Set The Standard, won on Saturday at Turffontein.
Lot 20 - STATELY HOME (3yr bay filly by Silvano) - UNRACED
Another filly bought at the 2018 National Yearling Sale for R360 000 from Klipdrift Stud as LOT 49

Like Pure Fantasy, she was sent to Jill Fox for prep-training until she joined Alec Laird in April. Another late maturing Silvano, she also had the same programme as Pure Fantasy with a three year old campaign in mind, trying to emulate the exploits of her full brother, Silvano’s Jet, who won the Gr.2 KZN Derby and was runner-up in the Gr.1 Champion’s Cup. A beautifully balanced, rangy filly, she comes from a very successful female line that is littered with Black Type performers like State Treasure, Priceless Asset, Little Miss Magic to name a few. 

Lot 21 – STREET GAZE (6yr dark bay mare by Street Cry) – MR61
Bought by internationally respected bloodstock agent, James Bester, at the 2015 Sydney Easter Sale for AUD$150 000.00 for Hassan Adams.
She started racing with Geoff Woodruff, and showed early when winning her maiden on her second start in a canter. She was immediately stepped up in class on her next start in the Listed Oaks Trial where she disappointed. Speaking to Geoff recently, he said she came back a sick horse and took a long time to come back to herself. He felt she was a high class filly in the making, so a real blow to the connections.

 Subsequently sent to Tara Laing who won another two races with her. Hartley SA bought her privately for R500 000 as a foundation mare for the business. Her pedigree speaks for itself, but there is a potentially significant update coming in the form of her AUD$440k Fastnet Rock half-sister, Loving Rocks who broke her maiden impressively last week and holds GR.1 nominations in the spring – follow this link:

She is currently being stabled with Roy Magner at Randjiesfontein for viewing.

Lot 29 – BRIGTNUMBERTEN (5yr bay gelding by Eightfold Path) – MR78
The year older full brother to 2 x winning Hartleyfour, he was also never offered for sale as he was always on the smaller side to have commercial appeal. But, what he lacked in height, he made up for in balance, conformation and movement and left Tracy Woollard to join Roy Magner once he had turned 3yrs. Breaking his maiden on his sixth start, he followed up immediately and was then tried in the Gr.3 Tommy Hotspur Handicapwhere he was beaten under 4 lengths.
Highly consistent and sound, he has won another two races over the minimum trip and placed 14 x’s for career earnings of R382 485. Off his current rating of 78, he remains competitive and potentially well suited to the Polytrack surface which he has yet to encounter.


Lot 30 – 17CORNFLOWER BLUE bay filly by AL MIQDAAM
Crossed with Al Miqdaam to take advantage of her affinity with Northern Dancer line sires, she was never going to have commercial appeal, but most of the dam’s runners show plenty of speed and five of the six runners have won, including the Stakes placed Indigo Princess. Like Constanine, she is not perfectly conformed in front, but is racy and should come to hand early.
Hartley SA remains the majority shareholder in the blue-blooded, French Gr.3 winner, Eightfold Path, whose sire and dam were both Champions in their own right. With his first crop of 40 foals now 5 yrs of age, he produced a number of multiple winners like The Rising Legend, Double O’ Eight, Brigtnumberten to name a few, achieving an above average stats considering the quality of mares he attracted in his early years. As time has passed, certain “nicks” have emerged with mares by sons of Danzig and Jet Master dominating his winners and the Mr Prospector line also achieving results.
Whilst not a big horse himself, his progeny on balance are not small and this colt, LOT 31, is a good example of just that. A solid, correct chestnut, he has the substance and size to make into a racehorse. Originally earmarked as a Ready To Run Sales horse, he has been backed by Jane Thomas and could still make it onto one of the Sales this year. A real trainers horse.

 Lot 32 – 17STAR ROLE bay colt by EIGHTFOLD PATH
This racy colt is a half brother to the very talented 4 x winner, Brigtnumberfive (Kahal) and full to the ill-fated, but talented Hartleythree who won her third start in facile fashion over 6f. Never prepared for a Sale, he has the conformation, balance and strength to make  into a sprinter/miler typical of his classy family.
Mated to Jet Master mare, Stellenbosch, on the back of the early promise of The Rising Legend, her pedigree also introduces Danzig into the mix and this colt has the looks to match. He is the second foal of his dam whose first foal, Hottentots Holland, won on debut before suffering an injury. His imported grandam was imported by Drakenstein Stud and is the half sister to European Champion Older Stayer, Strategic Choice, who was campaigned by Paul Cole for Sir Martyn Arbib in the 1990’s.
Originally entered for this year’s National Yearling Sale, he picked up an injury and was withdrawn with a view to racing him privately by Hartley SA.
Lot 34 – 17SUSTAIN SPACE bay colt by TIME THIEF
Possibly underrated by many breeders in South Africa, Time Thief (AUS), was imported by Hassan Adams from the Australian division of Darley. A $2 million (Australian) yearling purchase, Time Thief had a close relationship with South Africa even before arriving on African soil via the exploits of his Champion sprinting close sister in blood, Laisserfaire, who achieved so much for Sabine Plattner in the 1990’s. In a limited racing career, TIME THIEFachieved 2 wins and a runner up place in the Gr.1 Caulfield Guineas before retiring to Darley’s Hunter Valley Stud where he stood alongside the Champion, Lonrho, amongst other top sires. Despite limited books and third tier mares, he left behind the top class, Gr.1 winning sprinter, In Her Time, and other stakes performers in Australia and Hong Kong where he has enjoyed good success.
From his very small first local crop, the likes of the very promising Yessiricanboogie, Macthief, Rooi Tom and Sir Caleb have done him proud and he can look forward to better things to come from his subsequent crops.

The subject colt was offered at this year’s National Yearling Sale as the only son of Time Thief out of a daughter of internationally recognised broodmare sire, Spectrum. Very popular with many a top judge, he drew 20 lots from the end of the Sale and failed to make his reserve. Following the Sale, the aim was to prepare him for one of the Ready To Run Sales and was sent to Robbie Dawson to start the breaking in process. Still immature, he has the balance and scope to match his effortless walk.