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Tough opener to Equimark Vintage Sale

FURTHER evidence of the tough yearling market in South Africa was on show on Saturday when the opening session of the Equimark Vintage Yearling Sale mirrored the fate of the Cape Summer Yearling Sale 24 hours earlier by returning major declines across-the-board.

Total returns fell 35 per cent to R2,445,000 (£219,235/€254,986) while the average dropped 36 per cent to R78,125 (£7,005/€8,147).

In addition, the top price of R180,000 (£16,140/€18,771) paid by owner Stephanus Mynhardt for a daughter of Prix de l'Abbaye winner and leading young South African sire Var fell far short of the R500,000 (£44,833/€52,144) top price achieved in 2010.

Consigned by Litchfield Stud, the session-topper is the second foal out of Thru' The Tulips, a daughter of the recently deceased South African champion sire Al Mufti and sister to UAE Derby winner Victory Moon, himself a R200,000 graduate of this sale in 2001.

Litchfield also sold the second dearest lot of the day, a sister to last year's R500,000 sale-topper to trainer Glen Kotzen for R160,000 (£14,346/€16,686). The daughter of Captain Al - a Group 1 winner and leading sire by Al Mufti - is out of a half-sister to Group 3 winners Forest Ivory and Hawthorn.

The sale ends on Sunday.






King's Theatre £971,127
Presenting £917,929
Oscar £801,946
Beneficial £768,307
Milan £725,269
Westerner £564,048
Flemensfirth £517,780
Kayf Tara £486,533
Stowaway £413,173
Midnight Legend £397,177