31 January 2012 …… THE SALES … THE MET …. and the next draft of yearlings come into the stables for preparation.

Things slowly reverting to normal (whatever that might be!) on the farm following the hustle and bustle of ‘city life’ at last week’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

The venue for the Cape Premier Yearling Sale was the Cape Town International Convention Centre - on the left of the picture

The venue for the sale, the Cape Town International Convention Centre is an incredible venue for such a sale – with top international hotels within walking distance – and, for those who would rather shop, the famed V&A Waterfront complex is just a short distance away – by foot, by car, or by water taxi down one of the canals that lead from the CTICC.

One of the maine Chance yearlings being inspected in the spacious walkways between the stalls.

Before the action .... the sales hall at the Cape Premier Yearling Sales - with the rostrum at the rear

Selling started on Thursday and the farm got off to a good start when our colt AYRTON (Silvano [GER] – Another Legend [USA]) got the ball rolling when selling for R800,000 to World Wide Bloodstock.

Athough AYRTON was only Lot 10, three other SILVANO (GER) yearlings had been offered before him – the first two being fillies – which were bought by Maine Chance Farms’ principal, Andreas Jacobs.  The first of the two fillies is a full-sister to G3 placed GALANTHUS and was bought for R200,000. The second filly, a granddaughter of the Champion Broodmare JESSAMINE, was purchased in partnership with Coolmore – with the hammer falling at R800,000.

SILVANO (GER) has been such a consistently good sire – both in South Africa and in Europe and, as such, his progeny were in huge demand – Angus Gold buying for Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell stables had to go to a R1,000,000 to secure Wilgerbosdrift Stud’s SILVANO colt, and he was underbidder to Markus Jooste on the Maine Chance Farms’ colt, Lot 136, a half-brother to Stakes Winner ILLUMIERE (AUS) – with the hammer falling at R1,500,000.

With Angus Gold for Shadwell as the under-bidder, the hammer is about to fall on Maine Chance's Lot 136, in favour of Markus Jooste, at R1,500,000

Maine Chance’s second stallion with progeny on the sale was BLACK MINNALOUSHE (USA) who is going through a quiet spell at the moment – but there was still some good money for his progeny with a colt from Normandy Stud selling for R500,000, and a Highlands Farms’ filly going for R550,000

Inevitably there were a few ‘not sold’ yearlings in the draft – some, like the very attractive VAR (USA) colt – Lot 321 – whose dam is a winning full-sister to UAE Horse of the Year VICTORY MOON (SAf), surprisingly being amongst them! Not surprisingly though, there is strong post-sale interest in him and some of the others that did not make their reserve.

Maine Chance Farms prices for those yearling sold at last weeks Cape Premier Yearling Sale - Book 1

At the end of the sale, only four stallions had sired five or more yearlings to sell at R700,000 and above – Tripp(USA) and Western Winter (USA) had five each, whilst tying with EIGHT yearlings each in that high price range were Maine Chance’s SILVANO (GER), and Jet Master (SAf)! 

Saturday was, of course ‘Met’ day – the Cape’s biggest and most glamorous racemeeting of the year. Three G1 races in all: Supporting the J&B Met-G1 was the Investec Cape Derby-G1 and the Majorca S.-G1 for fillies and mares.

In the Majorca S.-G1, Maine Chance owned and bred SILVANO (GER) filly FREQUENT FLYER (SAf), who was coming off a win in the Jamaica H.[L] two weeks earlier, ran a tremendous race, finishing 2nd, less than two lengths off the winner – Team Valor’s EBONY FLYER (SAf) who is likely U.S.bound. Some of the best fillies and mares in the country were behind FREQUENT FLYER (SAf) and she will be a valuable addistion to the Maine Chance broodmare band when she eventually retires to stud.

BRAVURA (SAf), by SILVANO (GER) running second to Horse of the Year IGUGU (AUS) in the Met-G1, with Cape Guineas-G1 winner GIMMEETHEGREENLIGHT (AUS) in third.

SILVANO’s son BRAVURA (SAf), carrying top weight of 60kg, did his best to thwart IGUGU (AUS), the reigning Horse of the Year, in the Met-G1 but she caught him in the final strides and his second placing, beaten less than half-a-length, to this amazing filly, gained him a huge amount of respect and once again underlined the ability that SILVANO (GER) has to sire horses of the highest calibre.

One the other side of the world, in California, BLACK MINNALOUSHE (USA)’s daughter SHE’S CHEEKY (USA) ran third in the Santa Monica S.-G1 – bringing to three, the tally of G1 placings on Saturday for Maine Chance’s stallions.

On a sad note, Maine Chance Farms’ manager John Slade’s own yearling filly – the lovely JET MASTER filly out of MABOLA PLUM, and thus a half-sister to two GSWs, who had been withdrawn from the Cape sale the week before, broke her leg in a paddock accident over the weekend and had to be put down. The good news is that the mare has an outstanding colt by SILVANO (GER) at foot.

Yesterday the twenty three yearlings that are bound for the Cape Premier Yearling Sale – Book 2, at the beginning of March, came in to start their preparation. Over the next few days we will be writing about this draft which includes yearlings by SILVANO (GER), BLACK MINNALOUSHE (USA), NATIONAL EMBLEM (Saf), CASEY TIBBS (IRE), JUDPOT (USA), etc

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About mainechancefarms

Maine Chance Farms is one of South Africa's premier stud farms and is perennially amongst the top breeders at season's end. Established in the late 1960's by Godfrey Gird, the farm passed into the ownership of Graham Beck (subsequently also the owner of Gainesway Farm in Ky) in the 70's. Keeping up with the international connection, Andreas Jacobs from Germany purchased Maine Chance Farms in 2002. He also has the famed Gestüt Fährhof and Newsells Park Stud, in England, in his 'stable' of stud farms. The stud stands world-class stallions such as SILVANO (GER) and BLACK MINNALOUSHE (USA), who were recently joined by LATERAL(GB) Champion German 3YO, and Champion Miler in 2006; as well as QUERARI (GER), the joint top-rated older horse in Germany in 2010.
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