The following is from the Sporting Post website from South Africa.
Zimbabwe National Yearling Sales May 2009
With a top price of US $22,000 for the Kitalpha colt out of the mare Satin Sally and an average of $7,915, it certainly looked like there was something in the sale for both vendors and buyers. Satin Sally is a half-sister to Gypsy Silk, dam of Big Bad John and Disco Queen, and this lovely colt was consigned by Christopher Peech’s Rumbavu Stud, who topped the sellers averages, with seven lots sold averaging $15,500.
Kentucky-based Kitalpha, a Mr. Prospector full brother to Kingmambo who began his stud career in Zimbabwe, topped the sires list with an average of just over $12,000, and for the bargain hunters Century Stand (sire of Earl Of Surrey) averaged only $4,800. With the Rand pegged for the night at 8.5 to the dollar, Dean Kannemeyer took advantage and bought three yearlings, including $18,000 for Syracuse’s full brother and the same for Sea Chest’s full brother. Henk Leyanaar, whose Kitalpha filly Fenella showed so much potential when winning so easily on debut in SA, bought another three Kitalphas. Sharon Patterson once again bought a few horses, and it was great to see Robin Bruss in attendance at the sales. Conditioners Lisa Harris, Noelene Peech and Kirk Swanson all bought yearlings, and their prominence in the trainers log looks secure for the future. It is surprising that the ‘minor’ SA trainers don’t make the effort to visit the Zimbabwe sales, given the success of various Zimbabwean horses in South Africa, and the prices they sold for.
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