THE Eastern Cape based Ascot Stud will offer an exceptional draft of yearlings at the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale next month.
The farm’s 22 strong draft (five yearlings are offered as agent for Riyo Stud) includes lots by such top class local stallions as Silvano and What A Winter, as well exciting young sires Duke Of Marmalade, Flower Alley, Master Of My Fate, Noble Tune, Soft Falling Rain and Wylie Hall.
The now deceased Archipenko (who was raced by Ascot’s Dr Ashley Parker) has three colts on offer, namely a colt out of the stakes winning War Chant mare Speciale (Lot 42), a colt whose dam is a half-sister to Hollywood Futurity winning sire Tactical Cat (Lot 46) and a colt out of a Dubawi daughter of G1 winner Pryka (Lot 525).
One of the standout lots in the draft is a Silvano filly out of G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Royal Fantasy (Lot 16) –which makes her a sister to the talented filly Simply Royal and talented feature race contender 3yo Royal Crusade. Dual champion sire Silvano is also the sire of a filly (Lot 494) who hails from the same family as champion sires Storm Cat and Royal Academy.
Ascot’s homebred July winner Bold Silvano has no fewer than seven yearlings in the draft, with his contingent including a half-brother to Aquanaut Handicap winner Royal Honour (Lot 240), a sister to G3 filly Star Profile (Lot 322), and a ¾ sister to G2 Joburg Spring F&M Challenge winner Bella Sonata and ½ sister to German 2000 Guineas winner Caspar Netscher (Lot 100).
Redoute’s Choice’s dual G1 winning son Wylie Hall has a very smart daughter in the form of Lady Of Choice –a half-sister to G3 Final Fling Stakes winner Silvan Star (Lot 105).
Leading first crop sire and champion sprinter What A Winter has a colt (Lot337) from the same family as champion sire Captain Al, while proven G1 sire, and Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade’s two fillies include a full sister to an Italian stakes winner (Lot 48), and a half-sister to G1 SA Nursery winner Arabian Beat (Lot 92).
Wilgerbosdrift’s two sires Flower Alley and Soft Falling Rain both have smart looking yearlings in the draft. Proven G1 sire Flower Alley’s daughter Copper Alley (Lot 126) is a half-sister to 7 winners, headed by multiple G1 winner Copper Parade, while former Equus Champion Soft Falling Rain’s daughter Captive Gold is a half-sister to four stakes winners, including exported Cape Guineas winner Elusive Gold (Lot 115).
Ascot will also yearlings by proven sire of champions Ideal World, as well as lots by such well performed and promising stallions as Master Of My Fate and Noble Tune.
Buyers have good reason to pay close attention to this draft, with Ascot’s previous National Sale drafts having included such stand outs as Bold Silvano, triple G1 winner Smart Banker, Cape Guineas winner Elusive Gold and recent graded stakes winners Bella Sonata, Coral Fever, Search Party and Silvan Star.
The full details for each Ascot yearling can be viewed live at