SA HORSERACING : AN ENDING AND A BEGINNING IN CAPE TOWN
Friday, February 4, 2011 at 1:35PM
admin in Bloodstock South Africa, Cape Premier Yearling Sale, Claire Johnston, Darryl Hodgson, Hassan Adams, Helen Zille, Horseracing, J B Met, Jet Master, Mike Bass, Past Master, Pat Shaw, Pocket Power, Racehorse, South African Horseracing

Pocket Power

Pocket Power
(Photo : Tracy Robertson / Mike Bass Racing)

THE J&B MET AND THE CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE

Saturday's J&B Met saw the farewell parade for South Africa's favourite horse, Pocket Power! The 8-year-old gelding was officially retired to go and relax in Constantia after running 8th in the J&B Met. An emotional day for all his connections, particularly the Mike Bass stable, the son of Jet Master will long be remembered for his three Horse of the Year titles, incredible four Queen's Plate victories, three Met wins, as well as the dead-heat win in the 2008 Vodacom Durban July. The Vuma team wishes "Pocket" well.

The winner of the J&B Met was another son of Jet Master, Past Master, trained by Darryl Hodgson and owned by Hassan Adams - what a great and well deserved feat! This was Jet Master's fifth consecutive win in the J&B Met as a sire.

And in case anyone thought that Jet Master had not done enough for one weekend, he was also the leading sire at the inaugural Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

The sale kicked off last Thursday evening with a poignant video showing snippets of all our International, South African-bred winners to over 2000 people at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. From London News and Victory Moon to Gypsey's Warning and JJ the Jet Plane, they showcased the Proudly South African brand, while Mango Groove's Claire Johnston opened proceedings with her song "Special Star" and the South African anthem. Officially opening the sale before the first lot was sold was Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille.

As reported on the Bloodstock South Africa website: "The Cape Premier Yearling Sale ended on a high note Friday night. The inaugural two day sale sold 214 of the 270 yearlings that went through the ring (20 yearlings were withdrawn). The yearlings sold for an aggregate of R87,900,000.
The average price was R410,748, which was remarkable considering it was the first sale of it's kind.

Leading buyer was Form Bloodstock. They purchased 16 yearlings for an aggregate of R8,970,000. Second leading buyer was Singapore based trainer Pat Shaw. Shaw bought five yearlings for an aggregate of R7,250,000. Leading sire at the sale was Jet Master. The four times champion sire sold 21 yearlings for an aggregate of R15,585,000. Jet Master was also leading sire by average, with his yearlings averaging R742,143. Other stallions to sell well were Captain Al, Trippi, Silvano and Western Winter.

A great culmination of the Cape Summer season – Congratulations to all concerned from the Choice of Champions!

Article originally appeared on Vuma Horse Feeds (http://blog.vumafeed.co.za/).
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