Sandown Stud, whose lengthy list of high-class alumni include champions French Navy and Magnificent Seven, will be offering another high-class consignment at this year’s National Yearling Sale. Among the notable sires represented in this draft are Futura, Gimmethegreenlight, Querari and What A Winter, as well as Sandown’s own resident stallions Pathfork and Soqrat.

One yearling who is bound to attract attention is the colt (Lot 323) by South Africa’s reigning champion sire Gimmethegreenlight out of the Redoute’s Choice sired G1 SA Nursery runner up Shaama. This colt, a half-brother to this season’s G3 SplashOut Victress Stakes winner Saartjie,  hails from an outstanding family and his granddam is none other than G1 Winter Stakes heroine Absolut Glam.

Sandown’s hugely successful resident sire Pathfork, sire of, among others, this season’s G1 winners Main Defender and Royal Victory, is represented here by The Way We Were (Lot 233), a half-sister to the very smart Sovereign State, while stable mate, and Equus Champion, Soqrat’s three lots on offer include Matter Of Trust (Lot 43). Out of G3 Acacia Handicap winner Amur Affair, Matter Of Trust is herself a half-sister to four smart winners including this season’s high-class three-year-old Mondial.

Before Sunrise (Lot 298) is a Querari half-sister to 2023 Listed East Cape Nursery winner Vision Of Wonder, while the consistently successful Querari is also represented here by Siriano (Lot 333), a colt from the immediate family of the Querari sired 2023 G1 Douglas Whyte Thekwini Stakes winner Bavarian Beauty.

Other attractive prospects to be found in this draft include Bold Action (Lot 69), a Futura very close relative of G3 Final Fling Stakes queen Brave Move, and Ain’t No Sunshine (Lot 104), a cleverly named son of What A Winter and Listed Stormsvlei Mile winner Crystal Cavern.

The aforementioned string can be viewed in Block F at the TBA Complex. The 2024 National Sale is set to take place in Germiston and will be held on April 18th and 19th.