Record yearling tops Beck reduction sale
DIVINE'S Jet, the son of Jet Master who smashed the record for a yearling sold at public auction in South Africa last year when selling for R4million at the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, was the star turn at a reduction sale of stock belonging to the late Graham Beck in South Africa last Friday.
However, his market value dropped markedly on his second trip through the ring, with the half-brother to Group 1 winner Divine Nymph selling for R1million (£91,217/€108,197) to Jean Malherbe of Form Bloodstock. It was second time lucky for Malherbe, who had been underbidder to trainer Geoff Woodruff on the colt last year.
Trainer Eric Sands went to R725,000 (£66,132/€78,340) for the second dearest offering, a Western Winter half-brother to the Listed-placed Ladonna.
The sale saw all 59 lots offered find new homes for a total of R9.94million and average of R168,475 (£15,367/€18,225).
Beck, a renowned South African winemaker and the owner of Gainesway Farm in Kentucky as well as Highlands Farm in South Africa, died last July at the age of 80.
Among the recent South African Group 1 winners bred by Highlands Farm are On Her Toes, Ravishing, Russian Sage, Successful Bidder and Warm White Night.