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J J The Jet Plane: his sire Jet Master provided the top lot in South Africa

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Jet Master popular in Emperors Palace opener

PROGENY of J J The Jet Plane and Pocket Power's sire Jet Master proved popular in Friday's opening session of South Africa's premier yearling auction, the Emperors Palace National Sale at Gosforth Park.

Jet Master, a son of Rakeen, had four offspring sell for R1 million (£90,000, €102,000) or more, headed by the Varsfontein Stud-consigned daughter of Group 3 Pretty Polly Stakes winner and Group 1 South African Fillies Sprint third Jalberry who was signed for by Ferraris OA Racing at R3.2m (£288,000, €326,200).

Jalberry's only foal to race, the County Dubois colt Count Express, is a triple winner who has finished third in Group 2 company.

Jet Master was also sire of the half-brother to Listed winner Kiribati and Group 1 Computaform Sprint third Archipelago who was knocked down to Form Bloodstock for R1.7m (£153,000, €173,000).

Former US-based Trippi, who has been in form with two Grade 2 winners in his native country this month, R Heat Lighting and Travelin Man, sired the session's second-highest priced yearling.

Mike Bass bought the sire's colt out of six-time winner La Patoneur, a half-sister to the dam of Group 1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes winner Gluwein, for R2.1m (£189,000, €214,000).

A filly by Nunnery Stud stallion Nayef and out of the Listed-placed General Monash mare Letsimpress who was bred to southern-hemisphere time was sold to Blandford Bloodstock and Mrs RD Beck for R1.6m (£144,000, €163,000).

Turnover on day one was R47,065,000 and 183 of the 221 (83 per cent) horses to pass through the sales ring on Friday sold. The average price was R257,186.

The South African Thoroughbred Breeders Association's chief executive Jan Naude said after the evening's session: "Whilst the sale started slowly, things started picking up nicely towards the end of the evening. However, it still remains a buyers market, and there are horses for everyone on sale."





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