Two of the Cape’s top stud farms, Boland Stud and Cheveley Stud, will be bringing small but classy strings to the upcoming National Yearling Sale.

Boland Stud, situated, like Cheveley Stud, in Ceres, has a long tradition of breeding and raising top-class horses, who also fare well in the sales ring. Foundered in the 1970s by Frank Freeman, Boland Stud has bred or raised a host of top-class horses since its inception. 

Some of the great champions raised and reared by Boland include legendary sprint champion Senor Santa, the ill-fated Gr1 Cape Guineas winner Flight Alert, champion filly Kiss Of Peace, Holidays Inn hero Welcome Boy and champion sprinters Rotterdam and Harry Hotspur. The latter went on to make his mark at stud, as the sire of such G1 winners as Agitator, Bold Speed, Harry’s Charm, Harry’s Echoes, and Super Magic, while the aforementioned Kiss Of Peace ranks as the ancestress of numerous high-class horses, including exported G1 Cape Guineas winner Kilindini and multiple graded stakes winner Second Base.

Boland have also come up with a number of more recent stakes winners including this season’s very highly regarded filly River Queraress, millionaire African Warrior, Listed Perfect Promise Sprint queen The Merry Widow (herself dam of classy performer Danilo Danilovitch), and G2 Hawaii Stakes winner Captain Aldo.

The farm will be bringing a top-class draft to this year’s National Sale, with Boland Stud’s string made up of yearlings sired by the likes of Elusive Fort, Gimmethegreenlight, Master Of My Fate, Querari, Trippi and champion sire-elect Vercingetorix.

Among the standouts on offer is the Vercingetorix full-sister (Lot 275) to G2 Umkhomazi Stakes winner African Warrior, and the Trippi half-brother (Lot 389) to promising two-year-old Miss Cool.

This draft can be viewed at Block C at the TBA complex in Germiston during the week lead-up to the National Sale.

Like Boland Stud, Cheveley Stud lies in the picturesque Ceres valley, and this farm has seen numerous champions of the turf grace its paddocks over the years.

Wilfred and Shirley Köster started Cheveley Stud in 1980 and the farm has subsequently churned out a lengthy list of champions including London News, National Emblem, Badger’s Drift, Goldmark, Vesta, Finest View, Divine Act, Angelina, and Argonaut.

In 2005 his son, Vaughan joined his father on the farm to continue a legacy etched in history by his grandfather, and he made his mark as the breeder of South African Horse Of The Year, and subsequent Cheveley sire, Legislate.

Cheveley has also enjoyed plenty of success with the progeny of once raced Royal Academy matron Mystic Spring. The latter, South Africa’s Broodmare Of The Year in 2016-2017, produced no fewer than seven stakes winners headed by champions Bela-Bela and Rabiya, as well as the graded stakes winning dams of champion All Is Secret and dual G1 winner Snowdance.

The farm will be offering six yearlings, one as agent at this year’s National Yearling Sale, with the Cheveley grooms set to offering a well related daughter of Cape Guineas winner William Longsword. The latter is a half-sister to a Futura colt whom was sold by Cheveley’s staff for R1 200 000 at the 2020 National Sale.

Cheveley Stud’s own National Sale draft is made up of yearlings by champion sire Gimmethegreenlight, as well as by the likes of Lancaster Bomber, Master Of My Fate, Querari, Vercingetorix and the ever popular What A Winter.

A potential standout in this draft could be the Querari half-brother (Lot 366) to the very talented stakes winner Mercury Rising, while multiple stakes winner Clear Sailing (a daughter of the Cheveley bred champion Argonaut) has a Master Of My Fate colt (Lot 331) on offer by the name of Mastership.

Cheveley’s draft can be viewed at Block B at the TBA complex in Germiston during the week lead-up to the sale.