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Aidan O'Brien's Duke Of Marmalade

Duke Of Marmalade: sire of a R700,00 filly

  PICTURE: Gerry Cranham 

R1.25m top price on first day of Emperor's Palace

THREE colts jointly held sway at the opening session of the Emperor's Palace National Yearling Sale in South Africa on Friday, each selling for R 1.25 million.

On a patchy day of trading, downturns were recorded in key areas with 179 lots changing hands for a total of R42,975,000 (£3,416,688/€4,191,869), down 12 per cent from last year, and an average of R240,285 (£19,103/€23,437), which represented a marginal drop of four per cent.


Colts by Western Winter, Captain Al and American import Trippi each realised the session-topping R1.25 million (£99,380/€121,927), a figure which was surpassed on eight occasions thoroughout last year's sale.

Trainer Mike Bass snapped up the son of champion sire Western Winter, a brother to the Group 1-placed Silver Mist who was successful in the 2009 Group 3 Al Rashidiya at Nad Al Sheba for Mike de Kock. The colt, sold by Wilgerbosdrift, is set to carry the colours of Marsh Shirtliff.

Bass and Shirtliff later secured the Trippi colt, who is out of the Group 1 Empress Club Stakes heroine Stratos. He was sold by Drakenstein Stud, where his increasingly popular sire stands.

The Captain Al colt is set to race in Hong Kong after Hong Kong-based trainer Tony Millard saw off Mike de Kock for the Klawervlei Stud offering. The third foal out of Group 2 heroine Secret Of Victoria, the colt is a brother to a minor winner.

Peter Doyle was active, going to R320,000 for a daughter of Captain Al.

There was also spirited bidding for the only Duke Of Marmalade on offer, an Australian-bred filly who was sold by Summerhill Stud for R700,000 (£55,652/€68,279) to Good-Hope Racing.




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