J J The Jet Plane: yearlings by his sire, Jet Master, were in hot demand at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale in South AfricaPICTURE: Andrew Watkins/Dubai Racing Club
Increased numbers bring Cape sales turnover rise
A SON of the late champion sire Jet Master, who died last year leaving behind progeny such as Pocket Power and JJ The Jet Place, reached a record price at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale of R2.8 million (£229,573/€274,188). Earlier, his buyer, trainer Mike Bass, had matched last year’s inaugural top price of R2.3 million (£188,514/€225,257 ) for another colt by the sire.
The sale closed after hitting a R106,835,000 aggregrate (£8,770,841/€10,450,050) compared to R87,900,000
last year. A numerically stronger catalogue saw 265 horses sell this year at a clearance rate of 75.93 per cent compared to the 220 sold in 2011 at a near identical rate.
The average dropped marginally to R403,151 (£33,1010/€39,442) from R404,205.
The R2.8 million colt is the second foal from the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Our Table Mountain, a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller. He was consigned by the Beck family’s Highlands Farm.
Bass' R2.3 million purchase was consigned by Drakenstein Stud and is out of the British-raced, Shirley Heights mare Mountains Of Mist, whose own dam is the Coronation Stakes winner Magic Of Life. Mountains Of Mist was bought by BBA Ireland for 160,000gns at the 2002 Tattersalls December Sales.
Inevitably, Jet Master’s penultimate yearling crop was in high demand and British agent Ted Voute secured a filly by him that is a half-sister to Dubai Duty Free winner Jay Peg for R2.2 millon (£180,401/€215,753)..
Voute was bidding on behalf of Bernard Kantor, a major owner and sponsor of the Derby at Epsom via his company Investec. The yearling has huge broodmare potential,being out of the Al Mufti mare Laptop Lady, whose five runners have all won.
European involvement on the second and final session also included breeze-up consignor Con Marnane of Bansha House Stud, who snapped up another Jet Master filly, this one for R350,000 (£28,698/€34,294). Marnane was standing with his brother David who trained South African graduate Nocturnal Affair to win last year’s PortlandHandicap.