Australian-breds Top South Africa’s Ready To Run Sale

With a catalogue of almost 200 two-year-olds assembled for the Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale, Australian-breds dominated the top end of the sale with five of the top six carrying the “AUS” suffix. Initially purchased at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale from the draft of Rothwell Park for $70,000, Kimberley Club (Lonhro x Diamond Masque) topped the sale (above left), realising R2 million when knocked down to Mayfair Speculators from the draft of Summerhill Sales. An Australian-bred filly by Myboycharlie out of the Nervate, equalled that top price. Secured by Brian Burnard from the draft of Balmoral Stud, the filly was purchased from the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Supreme Thoroughbreds for only $30,000. The final three Australian-bred two-year-olds in the top six were all initially secured from the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale by Livestock Traders. Rainbow Beach Trading went to R1.7 million for the More Than Ready x The Miniver Rose filly (lot 181), while Mayfair Speculators were back in the action taking home the well-bred colt Umwini (High Chaparral x Delphi Lodge), whose dam is a half-sister to Vancouver for R1.3 million, as well as the filly Dlula (Exceed And Excel x Sesenta) for R950,000 (above right). Interestingly, the only two-year-old in the top six sellers not originally from Australia, was a Captain Al colt out the Australian-bred mare African Lodge. On Saturday at Kenilworth the Australian-bred Ovidio gave trainer Justin Snaith victory in the Listed Woolavington Handicap (2400m). article2 A $30,000 Easter purchase by James Bester, the son of Danehill Dancer has now won five from 15 starts and looking a stayer of promise, having put together four consecutive victories. The victory was another feather in the cap for Australian-breds in South Africa. A record season during the 2014-15 South African racing season saw Australian-breds claim 18 per cent of the Group races, highlighted by 23 per cent of the Group 1 wins, all from just three percent of the racing crop.
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