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Silvano colt tops South African yearling sale

A COLT by Silvano topped South Africa's Grandwest Yearling Sale in Cape Town on Sunday when fetching R450,000 (£31,387 /€36,000).

Bought by Robert Bloomberg and partners who own his Cape Derby-placed half-brother, Bluemambo, he was consigned by Carole and Martyn Doggrell's Netherfield Stud in Zimbabwe.

Silvano, who has transferred to Gestut Fährhof in Germany for the 2009 European season, formerly stood at the Jacob family's South African farm Maine Chance Farms.

The aggregate of R12 million was down nine per cent on last year's R13,217 million, but Bloodstock SA's chief executive Jan Naudé was satisfied with the result.

Naudé said: "We've seen the turnovers of bloodstock sales elsewhere in the world decline by up to 50 per cent recently which means that we can be proud of what was achieved at GrandWest.

"It is important also to keep in mind that this was a smaller auction, 27.8 per centsmaller than last year yet the lots sold were only down by 16.8 per cent on last year.

"It was encouraging too that breeders were willing to let their yearlings go more readily. Our pass-out rate of 84 per cent was four per cent up on last year and the average price per foal of R78,341 was 9.2 per cent up on last year's R71,834.''






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