Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
THE first five runners past the post in Saturday's spectacular Grade 1 J&B Met are graduates from sales held under the auspices of BloodStock SA.
The winner, River Jetez, fetched R230000 at the National Two-Year-old Sale in 2005. It's just a matter of time before 2007 National Sales graduate Fort Vogue - a close fourth in his first attempt at winning the big race - recoups his R2,2million purchase price.
Second-placed Mother Russia, bought for R160000 at the Cape Summer Yearling Sale in 2007, added R500000 to her earnings, now R2,6million.
Fifth-placed Fabiani, also from the 2007 crop, earned R50000 for his owners - and has now repaid them almost 10 times over!
But the big success story of the Cape Summer Yearling Sale is of course the mighty Pocket Power, sold for only R160000 in 2004.
His third place last Saturday yielded a further R250000, taking his career earnings to a whopping R9,4million.
How many champions are lurking in the catalogue of this year's Cape Summer Yearling Sale? Among the 254 lots are the progeny of 13 freshman sires, including Black Minnaloushe, Daylami, Greys Inn and Eyeofthetiger, as well as leading second season sire Tiger Ridge.
SA's leading stallion Silvano, who sired another Grade 1 winner when Bravura won Saturday's Cape Derby, will be represented by six yearlings including a half-sister to last year's sales topper.
Other boom stallions Captain Al (7 yearlings), Victory Moon (12), Dynasty (2), Windrush (10) and VAR (6), are all well represented.