THE beautiful specimen above is Lot 270 from last week’s BSA National Yearling Sale. If ever there was a value buy, consider this. He’s an unnamed colt by international Gr1 winner Duke Of Marmalade from Africa Blue, by Horse Chestnut – herself a half-sister to Saturday’s Gr1 Premiers Champion Challenge winner, Deo Juvente.
The rest of the damline is laden with South African equine fame, just scanning through it boggles the mind… African Lion, Zebra Crossing, Mina Salaam, Tecla Bluff.
Had this one gone through the ring after Saturday, chances are he would have sold for double his price and more. The actual Thursday price: Well, 200k. Believe it!
Justin Vermaak literally stole this colt and he will be going into training with young Adam Azzie, who will be partnering with his dad, the Azzman Mike, from 1 August and taking out his own licence soon thereafter.
Another yearling going to Adam Azzie is Lot 225, a R150,000 purchase By VAR from Time Control, by Complete Warrior, raised at Cheveley Stud.
Yes, this is the same VAR who produced last Friday the all-time record-seller at the National Sale – a R5-million filly. Sounds like Justin got away with another bargain buy!
The GSB VAR filly’s dam, Time Control, for long was the Heroine of Harare – she won eight times, runaway wins for her owner Robin Bruss, who brought her down South late in her career for a Grade 2 place.
Justin said: “Adam is a personal friend, a most promising horseman and we’ve decided to do our bit to give his career a kickstart. Bruss bought half of the VAR filly, GSB owns the other half.”