A full-sister to 2023 G2 Post Merchants winner Gladatorian proved the star attraction at Sunday’s November Two Year Old Sale, which took place at the TBA Complex in Germiston.
Consigned to the sale by Varsfontein Stud, as Agent, the filly named Ladyofdistinction (Lot 121) had gained further gloss to her pedigree when Gladatorian ran second in the G3 New Turf Carriers Merchants, run a day prior to the November Sale.
A daughter of Vercingetorix and Listed Jockey Club Stakes winner Harvard Crimson, Ladyofdistinction was knocked down to Michael Roberts for R1 500 000 to top Sunday’s auction.
Not for the first time this year, Maine Chance Farms’ star sire Vercingetorix proved the king of the sales ring, with the champion son of Silvano heading the sires list for the 2023 November Two Year Old Sale.
Another daughter of Vercingetorix, the Sandown Stud consigned Warrior Royale (Lot 135) was knocked down to Pound Bloodstock for R900 000, which made the filly out of the well bred Captain Al mare Lady Al the second top lot sold on Sunday.
In total, Vercingetorix had five two-year-olds on sale gross R3 170 000, with his lots on Sunday’s sale averaging a very healthy R634 000.
Overall, a wide buying bench and an optimistic market saw healthy increases in both the average and median prices, while the total aggregate, despite suffering from a small catalogue than last year, remained on par.
The aggregate for the November Two Year Old Sale dropped slightly from R25.2 million in 2022 to R25.045 million this year, with the number of horses on sale dropping in 2023 to 152 (196 two-year-olds went on sale in 2022).
However, both the average and median were up on 2022’s sale, with the November Sale averaging rising from R159 494 to R178 893, while the median jumped from R105 000 to R140 000 in 2023.
James Armitage’s Sandown Stud had a magnificent sale, and ended up the Leading Vendor at the auction, with Sandown Stud selling 12 two-year-olds for R3.89 million. Sandown sold four of the top five lots at this year’s November Sale including the R900 000 buy Warrior Royale.
The buyers list was topped by Pound Bloodstock, who signed for eight lots for a total of R2.75 million.
Bloodstock South Africa would like to thank its loyal vendors for bringing another draft of high-quality horses to the November Sale, and likewise wishes the buyers at this year’s auction all the best with their purchases going forward.
A full list of prices and statistics for the 2023 November Two Year Old Sale can be viewed online at www.bsa.co.za