The lavish Sibaya Casino was the scene of a record-breaking conclusion to the 2019 KwaZulu-Natal Yearling Sale on the afternoon of July 5.
This week’s sale concluded with a gross total of R21 505 000 – a new record for the popular auction.
The 2019 KZN Yearling Sale also ended with marked improvements in both the average and median prices from last year, with this year’s average price rising (by 15%) from R80 045 to R89 979, and the median increasing from R50 000 to R60 000 this year.
The clearance rate for this year’s auction stood firm at over 80%, with the sale attracting a large and enthusiastic crowd. Friday’s session saw a new sales topper crowned, with the Silvano colt Assured (Lot 242) fetching R650 000 to top the 2019 KZN Sale. C
onsigned by Danika Stud, on behalf of the Missing U Syndicate, Assured was knocked down to Suzett e Viljoen to top this year’s sale.
The well-bred colt, who shares his sire with four July winners as well as July favourite Hawwaam, is out of the stakes-placed Trippi mare San Trip, herself a daughter of G2 Gold Circle Oaks third Santiago (by Fort Wood). Varsfontein Stud’s ever popular sire Gimmethegreenlight was the Leading Sire by Aggregate for this year’s KZN Yearling Sale, with Gimmethegreenlight’s nine lots on offer for a total of R1 760 000.
Nadeson Park Stud topped the Leading Vendors List, with that farm consigning 17 yearlings to gross R2 460 000, while the Hollywood Syndicate was the Leading Buyer at the KZN Sale this year, purchasing 10 yearlings for R1 365 000.
Bloodstock South Africa’s Gary Grant was delighted with the outcome: “We at Bloodstock SA are very grateful to vendors for bringing such a high-quality product to this year’s sale. We are also extremely thankful to the numerous buyers who participated at this year’s sale with such high spirits and wish them well with their purchases.
“It was an outstanding achievement, given the ongoing economic uncertainties, for records to fall at this sale.”
A full list of prices and statistics can be viewed online at bsa.co.za