Scott Bros averaged over R144 000 for 12 yearlings sold at the National Yearling Sales in a tough economic market.
Our top price was for an exceptional individual, with Ormond Ferraris grabbing the half-brother to Gr1 winner Wild One and Gr3 placed Save The Rhino. The Crusade colt sold for R400 000 after active bidding.
Another good price was R280 000 for a Mogok colt out of We Have Lift Off by Jet Master. From the damline of William Longsword, Victory Moon and overseas winner Mahubo, Lynton Ryan bought the horse as Lot 251.
Our top priced filly was the Crusade out of Sahara by Mogok – a half-sister to Stakes Winner Matador Man and multiple winner Desert Fighter. She went to the Tawny Syndicate for R200 000.
It was fitting to see Crusade’s progeny in demand as the Gr1 Middle Park Stakes winner saw his half-sister grab the Gr2 Jockey Club Stakes – she is now one of the favourites for the Gr1 Arc De Triomphe.
The dual Gr1 winner who also placed in the Dubai Sheema and Breeders Cup, the Aidan O’Brien-trained four-year-old was sent off at 4/7 once her main market rival had been declared a non-runner on Friday and made no mistake.
Held-up in a share of third in the five strong field as Pinzolo made the running from Galapiat, Ryan Moore asked the Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks winner to close fully three furlongs from home.
She hit the front with a quarter of a mile to run and kept on strongly to make a winning seasonal reappearance in the Group Two contest.Sky Bet make Seventh Heaven 4/1 from 6/1 for the Coronation Cup and 7/1 from 10/1 for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Her trainer Aidan O’Brien told ITV Racing: “She’s a lovely mare, she gets a mile and a half well and she loves good ground or better and is progressing all the time.
“Obviously she was a very good mare last year and physically she’s doing very well. She ran some very good races last year. “We came here today with one eye on the Coronation Cup. We tried to get a run in between and this race might work for her. We were delighted with her in Dubai and this race was lovely. You’d have to be very happy for her.
“She’s a big high cruise and then when you drop her down, she takes a little time to get into gear; that’s the way she is. Hopefully, she’s a mare to look forward to this year.”
Her jockey Ryan Moore said: “That was very smooth. Quick ground is very important to her. She hasn’t had her conditions since the Yorkshire Oaks and she has done remarkably well from three to four.”
Two horses associated with our farm excelled at Turffontein on Saturday, with Gr1 winner and Equus Champion Sprinter Talktothestars placing second once again in the Gr1 Computaform Sprint, and beating Carry On Alice. The other is Pagoda, a Varsfontein Vodacom Durban July entry by Mogok who finished second in the Gr1 SA Derby.
The Scott Bros were once again rewarded with a trophy at the BSA Gr1 Awards that took place at The Rosebank Crowne Plaza, for the Gr1 Tsogo Sun Sprint win by Talktothestars.
Thank you to our buyers, the underbidders and congratulations to everyone concerned with our horses above.