PREMIER YEARLING SALES BUYS STAR IN SA
Published: 27 January 2015
South African buyers fared well at the 2013 Inglis Premier Melbourne Yearling Sale.
Amongst others, local buys at that sale included last weekend’s Gr1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship winner Alboran Sea and Investec Cape Derby contender The Conglomerate.
Alboran Sea, a daughter of world leading sire Rock Of Gibraltar from the family of US Champion 2YO Colt Answer Lively, was snapped up by Form Bloodstock for AUS $109 000 at the sale. Owned by Mary Slack and Michael Javett, Alboran Sea took her tally of wins to four when running out the narrowest of winners in Saturday’s Grade 1 sprint. She looks destined for an overseas campaign, following a crack at the Gr1 Computaform Sprint and some of the top sprints in KZN this winter.
The handsome colt The Conglomerate was a $160 000 buy, when purchased for Mayfair Speculators by Global Bloodstock. A son of champion sire Lonhro and multiple G1 winning mare Republic Lass, he may well have earned a spot at stud following his impressive victory in the Gr3 Julius Baer Politician Stakes on L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate day. Highly regarded by trainer Joey Ramsden, The Conglomerate also looks a colt destined to improve with time and he could well end up a potential Vodacom Durban July contender.
The top class filly Rich Girl, who was later sold for R550 000 at the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, was a cheap $11,000 buy at the 2013 Inglis sale. Another by former Cartier Horse Of The Year Rock Of Gibraltar, Rich Girl was a top class 2yo, whose wins included the Gr3 Strelitzia Stakes and she was also second to Alboran Sea in the Gr1 Allan Robertson Championship. She went on to land the R3.85 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup and currently has earnings of over R2.1 million.
Other recent winners who look promising to have emerged from this sale include the Weiho Marwing trained Sensible Lover (a $27,500 buy), who recently cracked her maiden at Turffontein at just her second racetrack appearance, and the beautifully bred Casadesus, who was picked up for $75,000 by bloodstock agent Kerry Jack. A daughter of the now deceased Epsom Derby winner High Chaparral, Casadesus looks well above average and could well give her trainer Joey Ramsden yet another black type performer.
It will be interesting to see if The Conglomerate can make it a Grade 1 double for graduates of the Premier Sale when he takes on hot favourite Act Of War in Saturday’s R1 million Investec Cape Derby.