The opening session of the Emperors Palace National 2-year-old sale was staged at the TBA sales complex in Germiston, South Africa on Thursday, with the aggregate, average and median all showing gains from a year ago.
The aggregate climbed to R17.2-million (£933,100/€1,020,407), while the average was up 13% to R102,410 (£5,561/€6,075), with the median growing 40% to R70,000 (£3,801/€4,156).
Bloodstock South Africa’s Gary Grant said, “It was a very good sale considering the nerves and uncertainty beforehand, and yet again this market has shown its resilience. All the key indicators are up on last year, and we are hopeful this success continues through to Friday.”
Thursday’s session topper was lot 89, a colt consigned by Klipdrif Stud by Silvano (Ger), recently named South Africa’s champion sire for the fourth time. The colt is closely related to Silvano-sired group winners Silver Flyer (SAf) and Sylvan On Fire (SAf), and is bred on the same Silvano/Jet Master (SAf) cross as last season’s Group 1 winners Hawwaam (SAf) and Silvano’s Pride (SAf).