Vermaak Equine enjoyed a tremendous 2021 National Yearling Sale, signing for 19 yearlings for a gross total of R13,34 million with Vermaak Equine ending the sale as the third Leading Buyer by Aggregate.
Vermaak Equine bought some outstanding prospects during the highly anticipated National Sale, picking up yearlings by such proven and promising stallions as Silvano, Elusive Fort, Erupt, Gimmethegreenlight, What A Winter, Futura, Master Of My Fate, Oratorio, Pomodoro, Indigo Magic, Querari and Visionaire.
The top-priced lot signed for by Vermaak Equine on Thursday was a regally bred, unnamed son (Lot 7) of boom sire Gimmethegreenlight, currently, South Africa’s Leading Sire, Leading Sire of 2YOs, and Leading Sire of 3YOs for 2020-2021.
Consigned by Wilgerbosdrift, the colt (below), whose G2 K R AFillies Guineas winning dam Festival Of Fire has already produced an above-average performer in the form of G3 Protea Stakes third Dewali, was knocked down to Justin for R700 000 -and he looks an excellent buy, purchased for leading Johannesburg based owners Laurence Wernars and Harry Willson.
Out of a mare who earned nearly R1 000 000, this Gimmethegreenlight colt hails from the immediate family of former South African Horse Of The Year, and seven times South African champion sire, Jet Master.
Vermaak Equine went on to enjoy further success on the second and final day of the 2021 National Sale, with Justin signing for another ten lots from Friday’s session. The second group of yearlings bought by Vermaak Equine were headed by an unnamed What A Winter colt (Lot 260) for R650 000, as well as a R500 000 Silvano filly and a R500 000 Vercingetorix daughter, all three for the Wernars and Willson partnership.
Lot 255 – Southern Skies by Vercingetorix
Amongst other lots purchased was also a spectacular Visionaire colt, Lot 56 (pictured below), the half brother to Gr1 winner Russet Air, who was purchased for Renier and Gemma Breitenbach, for R450 000. They did not stop there as they also purchased LOT 357, a Silvano colt from Mauritzfontein Stud for R475 000. The Qatar based couple are the owners of star filly Lady Of Steel.
Vermaak was also suitably impressed with the Erupt stock, signing for three of the 12 to sell throughout the sale highlighted by Lot 88 Karangetang (pictured below) from the draft of Mauriztfontein, while Fortune Racing went to R400 000 for Run For Cover (Lot 338), Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s colt out of the triple graded stakes winner A Daughters Legacy, this colt is a half-brother to 5 winners including G2 The Debutante Stakes heroine A Womens Way, G1 Premiers Champion Stakes runner up Ancestry, and the smart filly Bequest, a winner of three of her first four starts.
Overall the magnificent son of Dubawi has recorded a tremendous yearling sale season, which bodes well as he heads into his third breeding season at Maine Chance Farms in the spring.