Kahal filly tops improved Ready-to-Run Sale
A SON of Godolphin's 1997 Challenge Stakes winner Kahal topped the Summerhill Stud Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Sale in South Africa on Wednesday.
It was the second year that Summerhill had put together a such a draft, with last year's consignment averaging just R18,000 (£1,496/€1,765) at the Shongweni Horses-In-Training Sale. As a result, this year's group of two-year-olds - those horses that were "unwanted at previous auctions, the late maturers, the little ones, the injured and those the good Lord had endowed with less than perfect engineering", according to the stud's website - were sold during an unique occasion hosted in the stud's School Of Excellence.
The sale proved to be a success with the average rising more than 350 per cent to R70,000 (£5,817/€6,894). More than R3 million changed hands, up significantly from the R600,000 traded in 2011.
North Coast resident Brian Burnard purchased two of the top three lots, going to R400,000 (£33,242/€39,225) for the son of Kahal, a colt out of Listed winner Coastal Waltz, by Coastal. Next best was a R240,000 first crop son of Mullins Bay, the Meon Valley Stud-bred winner of the 2005 Strensall Stakes for Aidan O'Brien.
Kahal was also the sire of a filly who was knocked down for R240,000 to Stephen Chetty.