Japanese champion Danon Platina, a son of legendary racehorse and sire Deep Impact, has made a cracking start with his first crop of two-year-olds this season, and Mauritzfontein will hoping their exciting young sire’s on track success carries over to the sales ring at the upcoming National Yearling Sale.

The farm’s Mike Sharkey is very high on several Danon Platina yearlings that Mauritzfontein are bringing to this year’s National Sale and rates the following lots particuarly highly.  Moku (Lot 81), a Danon Platina filly out of G2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas runner up Silver Thursday, is a “lovely filly from a great South African family”, while Moku’s paternal half-brother Naretoi (Lot 368) is a “good-looking colt out of a ten time winner and he is from the same family as Dynasty”.

Mike is also very keen on Danon Platina’s beautifully bred son Molotov Cocktail (Lot 396), a colt out of former Equus Champion Nother Russia, and says of the grandson of Mother Russia, “He is a well balanced colt who is well worth a look.”

This draft also includes Craft Market (Lot 76), a colt by Irish 2000 Guineas winner and late Coolmore sire Mastercraftsman, of whom Mike says, “He is a nice, strong colt out of an English black type mare, and this colt moves really nicely”, and the regally bred Irish Anthem (Lot 323). The latter, a Gimmethegreenlight half-brother to dual Equus Champion and triple G1 winner Celtic Sea, is “a very well made colt.”

Yet another potential standout in this imposing string is Spring Tradition (Lot 201), a colt by perennially successful sire Querari out of a G1 placed three-parts sister to former Horse Of The Year Summer Pudding. Mike says of this well bred colt, “He is a well made colt who covers plenty of ground.”

Mauritzfontein’s draft for the 2023 National Yearling Sale can be found in Blocks F and H at the TBA Complex in Germiston.