Jack Milner: After the thrill of the record-breaking R9 million Mike de Kock paid for Silvano colt Masaki on Wednesday, bidding was quite mundane at the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sales at the TBA Sales Complex at Germiston on Thursday.
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The magic R1-million mark was breached eight times on Day 2 of Session 1 at the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. In Wednesday’s opening action, 17 yearlings were knocked down for more than a million – with the sale-topper being a record-breaking R9-million colt by Silvano.
MIKE DE KOCK
Mike de Kock has lauded the support of Dubai’s ruling family for South African racing and breeding – in the aftermath of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum’s record-breaking R9-million purchase of a colt at the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale on Wednesday.
The importance of foreign investors in the local thoroughbred industry was underlined on Day 1 of the National Yearling Sale on Wednesday, with overseas buyers accounting for more than 30% of the turnover.
Master trainer Mike de Kock successfully bid a recording-breaking R9 million on behalf of Shadwell South Africa for a Silvano colt on Day 1 of the National Yearling Sale in Germiston.
The Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, which begins at the TBA complex in Germiston on Wednesday, offers the chance to buy some of South Africa’s best-bred yearlings, from some of South Africa’s best breeders. A total of 565 blue-blooded yearlings have been handpicked for this year’s auction, which promises to be a sale for the ages.