One World Colt Tops Cape Racing's 2023 Ready To Run Sale

Lot 48, a colt by One World | Cape Thoroughbred Sales

Leading the way at Cape Racing's Ready To Run and Unbroken 2-Year-Old Sale at Hollywoodbets in Durbanville on Sunday was a colt (lot 48) by freshman sire One World (SAf) (Captain Al {Saf}). He went to One World's former trainer Vaughan Marshall for R1.4 million (£60,593/€69,590/$73,683).

The colt, who breezed very well earlier in the day, is out of a stakes-winning Silvano (Ger) mare.

“He is a lovely colt with good conformation, and he put up an excellent piece of work,” said Marshall. “We are very pleased to have secured him.”

Marshall would go on to purchase two more lots– for a gross of R1,670,000 to be the sale's leading buyer. The leading vendor was Soetendal Estate, who sold 29 lots for a gross of R6,920,000.

The sale's top filly was lot 64, by Gimmethegreenlight (Aus), who was purchased by Sandy Arundel for R800,000.

Overall, the sale grossed R18,670,000 (£808,318/€928,269/$982,945). The median rose 43% to R165,000 and the average also increased to R222,262 (+13.4%). A total of 84 horses sold of 89 offered, with the clearance rate a strong 94%.

Cape Racing's racing operations and bloodstock executive Justin Vermaak said, “The median alone is an important figure for sales performance. It was heartwarming to see a diverse bench of guyers, which included the former stalwart Ebrahim Khan, whose brown-and-white silks were hugely prominent in the early 2000s with runners like Elusive Fort (Saf). He is back after a long absence and bought three nice lots.

“We are also pleased with the strong participation of the Cape's leading trainers, including Justin Snaith, Candice Bass-Robinson, Glen Kotzen and Vaughan Marshall, while the smaller yards like Greg Ennion and Piet Steyn were also well supported via syndicate buys. Many of the 2-year-olds purchased will stay in the Cape, which is great for us.”

For the full sale results, please visit the Cape Racing website.

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