Silvano Stars Again At National Sale


Silvano sired the top five colts at the National Yearling Sale | Maine Chance Farms

Saturday’s second and final session of the Bloodstock South Africa National Yearling sale saw seven additional seven-figure (Rand) lots added to the top of the price list. Maine Chance Farms’s champion sire Silvano (Ger) had been the star of day one, responsible for the top four lots including the sale-leading R7-million colt (£313,406/€348,135), and he once again provided the top two on Saturday. The leading light was Maine Chance’s colt (lot 329) bought by Anthony Beck for R2.3-million (£102,976/€114,387). He is the second foal out of the G1 SA Oaks winner Pine Princess (SAf) (Captain Al {SAf}), who has an as-yet unraced 2-year-old full-brother.

Wilgerbosdrift sold the sale’s two highest-priced colts on Friday and they provided another highlight on Saturday in the form of lot 251, a Silvano half-brother to Group 3 winner Folk Dance (SAf) (Tiger Ridge) and the Classic-placed Capoeira (SAf) (Oratorio {Ire}). He was bought by Form Bloodstock for R1.6-million (£71,635/€79,573).

Young sire Gimmethegreenlight (Aus) was the one to break up Silvano’s momentum on the leaderboard, with a colt (lot 366) sold for R1.4-million (£62,681/€69,627) to Form’s Jehan Malherbe. Malherbe paid the same price for lot 453, a rare offering in this country by Uncle Mo. The colt is the second foal out of Ubiquitous Mantle (Ire) (Alhaarth {Ire}), a three-time winner in Ireland the U.S. and a granddaughter of the G1 Yorkshire Oaks winner Roseate Tern (GB) (Blakeney {GB}).

Unsurprisingly in the COVID era, figures were slightly off from last year’s returns. From 478 yearlings catalogued over the two-day sale, 341 were offered and 294 sold for an aggregate of R86,915,000 (£3,891,393/€4,322,601). Last year, 438 had been sold over three days for R139,380,000 (£6,240,377/€6,931,877). The average dipped 7.2% to R295,629 (£13,236/€14,702), while the median was down 8.6% at R160,000 (£7,163/€7,957).

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