2015 VDV Yearling Sale Feature

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22 February 2015, Val de Vie Estate, Franschhoek

LOT 4 - DOOSRA - c. by Captain Al - Caughtintheslips by Caesour (USA)

LOT 8 - SUPER OVER - c. by Judpot (USA) - Follow On by Caesour (USA)

LOT 10 - PLAYBOY PRINCE - c. by Dynasty - Kiss And Fly by Jet Master

LOT 18 - GOLD STANDARD - c. by Trippi (USA) - Olympic Dam by Model Man

LOT 20 - GREEN PEPPER - f. by Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) Pimento by Fort Wood (USA)

LOT 23 - HACK GREEN - c. by Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) Secret Mission by Fort Wood (USA)

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There was a time, between 2002 and 2008, that the National Sale carried a Select session. It used to be that a team of yearling inspectors rated all yearlings entered for the sale, while a paper-pedigree panel did the same. Then their scores were added to be able to arrive at a Select rating - and valuable Green-Pages nomination. sire colts fillies Archipenko 2 0 Argonaut 3 2 Black Minnaloushe 1 0 Blue Tiger 1 2 Bold Silvano 1 2 Captain Al 1 1 Dupont 0 1 Dynasty 3 0 Fort Wood 1 0 Gimmethegreenlight 3 3 Gitano Hernando 1 3 Golden Sword 0 1 Great Britain 0 1 Horse Chestnut 0 2 Ideal World 2 4 Jay Peg 0 1 Judpot 3 5 Kildonan 0 1 King’s Apostle 1 0 Lateral 1 0 Main Aim 2 0 Mambo In Seattle 3 3 Mogok 1 0 Noordhoek Flyer 2 4 Pathfork 1 4 Philanthropist 4 1 Querari 0 2 Right Approach 1 2 Royal Air Force 2 2 Sail From Seattle 4 1 Silvano 1 0 Strategic News 1 1 Thomas Crown 0 1 Tiger Ridge 3 0 Toreador 1 1 Trippi 3 1 Var 1 1 Warm White Night 1 0 Windrush 1 0 Total 56 53

The Select Sale system brought excitement, and worked for everyone, buyers and sellers alike. Green-Page yearlings, on the whole, proved to be better performers than their National Sale White-Page counterparts. And Green-Page yearlings got better prices. Buyers no doubt appreciated that some of the hard work had been done for them. During the seven years of Green-Pages, the sale average climbed from an initial R120k in 2002 (20% up on the previous year) to a giddy R398k record in 2008, with a record gross of some R200 million. Then suddenly the Green-Pages were dropped from the National Sale catalogue. In marketing terms it was about as dumb a decision as you could make. We can but guess what the real reason behind it was.

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There had been turmoil in the financial markets in 2008, which probably had an impact on the National Sale prices of 2009 – the first without Green-Pages. Even so, the drop in average was shattering, from the R398k record down to R310k. It never quite recovered – there were other reasons, such as the emergence of CTS, but the 2014 average of R347k was as high as it got since 2008.

. . . at the all-new Val de Vie sale, Select makes a hesitant return. It’s a small portion of a small catalogue. It’s not well promoted by the sales company. And it is different in its detail – no longer do inspectors and paper panellists make decisions about what’s select and what’s not, but it is the vendors themselves who put their heads on the block. They pay higher entry fees for their Select yearlings, and run the risk of ridicule if buyers see things differently. Will vendors be able to outdo the inspectors and pedigree panel? Youbetya! When Futura’s breeder Guy Murdoch describes Mauritzfontein’s Trippi yearling as a great looking and correct colt, or Legislate’s breeder Vaughan Koster says his Var colt’s best attribute is that he’s very athletic, we all to sit up and listen. We’re holding our breath to see how the Select Val de Vie sale will go. A Select portion at any sale is a big deal. For the sake of the future, this one simply has to work. What follows is a summary of the thirty Select yearlings at Val de Vie, grouped by sire. We asked the vendors to give some background as to why they’d chosen them as Green Page material (the pages aren’t actually green in the catalogue, but you get the drift). Peculiarly, not all responded to the call – for those who did their comments are incorporated. Enjoy the ride.

Sunday, 22 February 2015 • Val de Vie Estate, Franschhoek



Captain Al Highly ranked throughout his career, as evergreen sire of Gr1 colts and fillies. Usually the leader in SA as sire of 2yo’s. #4 this colt is half brother to Maurtitian dual stakes winner Captain’s Knock and Gr3 placed Quick Single; their dam Caughtintheslips won the middle leg of the fillies Triple Tiara, and ran second in the other two; described by the vendor as a ‘big, attractive, high quality colt who should attract attention’ (Varsfontein) #25 this filly is the second foal of her dam Secret Risk, a stakes winner over 2200m; she’s a half sister to a bunch of winners (one stakes placed) from a useful female line created by Peter & Val Fenix; stud master Bennie van der Merwe describes her as a ‘racy, strong individual’ (Moutonshoek)



No self-respecting big owner would be content these days without a Dynasty! The Gr1 winning son of Fort Wood has the making of headlines down to a fine art, witness Queen’s Plate and Met hero Futura - his latest star. There are three of Dynasty’s offspring at this sale, all are Select colts. #7 this is a half brother to winners, their dam a Gr3 winning miler by Jet Master, with a MR 90; the female line is proper Gr1, the grandam a full sister to sires Thatching and Golden Thatch, their pedigree background the same as Dynasty’s grandsire Sadler’s Wells and major sire Nureyev (Wilgerbosdrift) #9 this is the Argentine female line of Taima Bluff and Tecla Bluff, and their numerous Gr1 offspring; the dam of this colt is full sister to Gr3 stayer Key Castle and half sister to Gr1 stayer Major Bluff; there are two multiple winning half siblings to the colt, both speed horses (Drakenstein) #10 another colt out of a Jet Master mare, the stakes placed multiple winner Kiss And Fly; the youngster is her 5th foal, and has four winning siblings, one Gr3 placed; this is the Gr1 family of Kiss Of Peace, and further back Harry Hotspur and Rotterdam; the vendor’s report is full of superlatives: classy, well balanced, faultless and oozing quality – sounds very much like the pick of their string (Varsfontein)

Fort Wood The death last month of this former Champion sire reminds us of what an amazing influence the son of Sadler’s Wells still has in South Africa. Apart from numerous daughters, he has sons and grandsons at stud to keep the legacy. He’s here with a colt whose pedigree is a head turner. #13 is a half brother to three winners, all by Fort Wood’s son Horse Chestnut, the winners including US G1/2/3 placed Isipingo; their dam is by Woodman out of a full sister to the unforgettable Miesque, by Nureyev – everything’s there to make a stallion. Stud manager Guy Murdoch says the colt is big! (Mauritzfontein)

Going down in history as the first 3yo in 40 years to win the Queen’s Plate, and twice conqueror of Variety Club. The first yearlings are under the hammer this year for the Australian bred son of US-sire More Than Ready. The latter has Gr1 producing son Sebring at stud in Australia, which makes him a proper sire-of-sires. Buyers weren’t shy to spend on his progeny at the Cape Sale held in January, where his yearlings went for as much as 900k, 500k, 450k, 425k (etc). #15 is a half sister to a winner; his two-time winning dam, by Royal Academy, comes from a female line with Gr1 performers across Europe (Wilgerbosdrift) #20 this filly is the third foal of her dam, who is half sister to SA Oaks winner Sabina Park (dam of Master Sabina) and two other dams of stakes horses; described by the vendor as a very attractive, precocious type, with powerful shoulder and hind quarter – a ringer for her sire! (Varsfontein) #23 this colt is the second foal of his dam, who is a full sister to highclass Fort Wood mare Secret Heart – after export, the latter got Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf winner Pluck, now a stallion in Australia at Vinery Stud; there’s more: the colt’s dam is half sister to Champion 3yo Filly Promisefrommyheart, who bred Master Of My Fate, now a stallion at Varsfontein; this is the highly successful Soho Secret family of champions London News, Kings Gambit, etc. The vendor describes him as a well developed, strong type, with good legs and a lovely action (Varsfontein)


#5 second foal; dam (2w, by Fort Wood) is full sister to 2 multiple winners, out of half sister to Gr2 GAY REGINA (dam of BULSARA) & Gr1 placed Hold The Fort (by Fort Wood)


Tough. Proven. Bred in the purple.

#13 half brother to 3 winners by Fort Wood’s son Horse Chestnut, incl Isipingo (4w, G1/2/3 placed in USA); dam (by Woodman) is out of full sister to Champion MIESQUE


#16 half brother to 2 winners; dam (2w) is out of DOG WOOD (5w, Gr1; Gr1 placed; Champion 3yo Filly); family of Champion ENCHANTED GARDEN


#17 dam (2w, by Western Winter) is half sister to Wild Type (8w, Gr1 placed), out of full sister to Gr1 placed, Gr2 winner CAROLINA CHERRY (dam of Champion CHERRY ON THE TOP)


#40 filly; 3rd foal; dam (won) is out of half sister to Gr1 FINAL CLAIM, Gr1 ALPHA OMEGA #53 colt; first foal; dam (2w, by Fort Wood) is full sister to Eugenes (4w, SP), out of Champion ESCOLETA FITZ (10w, Gr1; Gr1/2/3 placed) #76 filly; 2nd foal; dam (won, by Silvano) is full sister to MOCHACHINO (7w, Gr3; Gr2 placed) and half sister to MOCHA JAVA (6w, Gr3; Gr1/2/3 pl), MACCHIATO (5w, SW), Americano (2w, Gr3 pl) #105 full sister to a winner, half sister to 2 winners; dam (won, by Western Winter) is half sister to Flame Tree (5w, Gr3 placed), out of full sister to Gr1 MAN OF PROPERTY

For information contact Guy Murdoch on 083 308 4002. Home of IDEAL WORLD and BYWORD



#99 half brother to 3 multiple winners; dam (5w, SW; Gr2 placed) is half sister to 3 winners out of TRUE TEMPO (7w, Gr2)





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at the Val de Vie Yearling Sale 22 February

Horse Chestnut


Like Dynasty a son of influential Fort Wood. He started his stud career in the US, where he sired highclass performers despite getting only limited opportunity. He returned to South Africa to carve out a second career. Last season’s 3yo Gr1 performer Rake’s Chestnut is from his first SA crop.

Champion 2yo in Italy & Germany, champion 3yo in Germany, and champion older miler in Germany. This son of Singspiel cracked it as a stallion as well, siring stakes performers in his first two German crops, and following up in SA with his first-crop Gr1 2yo filly Bilateral and current 3yo Gr2 Dingaans winner Unparelleled.

#2 ‘a smashing individual already, despite being a November foal’ says vendor Bennie van der Merwe; the filly is half sister to a winner, her dam a stakes placed winner of five and full sister to stakes winner My Squeeza, from the female line of Champion racemare Bold Cherry (Moutonshoek)

#17 this colt is from the female line of champions Cherry On The Top and Royal Aproval (and other Gr1 performers); his dam (by Western Winter) is a multiple winning half sister to Wild Type, an 8-time winner and runner-up in Gr1 Golden Horse Sprint; the youngster is described as ‘correct & balanced’ (Mauritzfontein)

#6 the Chilean-bred dam of this filly produced four winners from matings to four different stallions; those winners include Gr1 Summer Cup winner Wagner, and Siegfried, a winner in SA & Mauritius by Horse Chestnut’s paternal half brother Dynasty (Wilgerbosdrift)

Ideal World Son of Champion racemare Banks Hill, who is full sister to successful sire Dansili. Ideal World raced in France, staying 2000m and more, rated Timeform 118. His first crop were 2yo’s last season. His best daughter Smart Call, who showed good form over a mile early at 3, is out of a half sister to Greys Inn. #16 this colt is a half brother to two winners by Greys Inn, their dam a winning daughter of champion 3yo filly Dog Wood, from the direct female line of another champion, Enchanted Garden; the colt is ‘big, attractive’ according to Murdoch (Mauritzfontein) #28 this filly is the third foal of her dam; that is Treaj Pots, a stakes winner with 4 wins from a mile to mile and a half as well as being half sister to Natal Oaks winner Sweetie Pie; all of which suggests that this Ideal World yearling filly will have classic stamina, befitting her Brazilian champion’s pedigree background (Wilgerbosdrift)

Mambo In Seattle Judpot This half brother to worldclass stallion Kingmambo sired Gr1 winners of both sexes in his very first crop – one of which, the champion 2yo filly Along Came Polly, subsequently found her way to the USA as a 3yo. #8 this yearling colt is a full brother to Mister Cricket, another top performer from Judpot’s spectacular first crop - he finished 2nd in the Gr1 SA Classic, then died, having run just five times; another full brother, born in 2012, died as a foal – it’s tough out there! The yearling colt’s dam is full sister to SA Fillies Classic winner Caughtintheslips, who was runner-up in the Fillies Guineas and Oaks. Stud master Carl de Vos says that the big, rangy yearling colt has already more to him than Mr Cricket had - he shows an ‘elastic, fluid action in the paddock, and is very correct’. (Varsfontein)

Mambo has all the credentials: a narrow Gr1 runner-up in the USA, by top sire Kingmambo, and out of a full sister to US Champion sire AP Indy. Sire in his first crop of 2yo Gr1 millionairess Same Jurisdiction, currently a lightly raced 3yo with her eye on the big features later this season. #19 is a half brother to four winners by different sires, from a successful Odessa female line brimming with Gr1 talent: Counter Action, Perfect Order, Divine Fashion, etc; the colt’s siblings include Met-day winner Triptique, who now has 3 wins and 2 seconds from just five starts; stud master Van Der Merwe says he’s a magnificent colt, typical of Mambo – with size, scope, good bone, and correct (Moutonshoek)

half brother to 3 winners including CONTROL FREAK (8w, SW; Gr2 placed); dam Time Control (4w, Gr1 & Gr3 placed) is half sister to Star Of Liberty (2w, Gr3 placed), out of 3-part sister to multiple Gr1 winner & sire MODEL MAN; bred on sire x broodmare-sire cross* that gave Var’s 2yo Gr1 winner Villandry * Var with mares by Complete Warrior: 4 runners, 3 winners - Gr1 Villandry and two 5-time winners incl Mind Over Matter

… and then there’s ARGONAUT #44 Argonaut colt from the family of Champion LEGISLATE #47 Argonaut full sister to a multiple winner out of half sister to Gr2 ROMAN CHARGER #66 Warm White Night colt from the family of Champion ARGONAUT #80 Argonaut half brother to 4 winners out of half sister to dam of Champion KIMBERLEY MINE #86 Argonaut half brother to Gr3 placed Laurie’s Gold out of Gr1 placed Gr2 winner PARK LANE

… first crop of Gitano Hernando #93 half sister to a 5-time winner; dam (2 wins, by Western Winter) is half sister to RUN FOR IT (4 wins, SW; Gr12/3 placed), out of half sister to Horse of the Year FREE MY HEART

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The Seattle Factor

Mambo In Seattle and Sail From Seattle both sired Gr1 winners in their first crop Mambo’s 2yo Thekwini winner SAME JURISDICTION, Sail’s 3yo Cape Guineas winner ELUSIVE GOLD.

Watch this space!

Sail From Seattle

#103 filly, 3rd foal; dam is full sister to a 4-time winner and half sister to 3 winners, out of WARRIOR WIND



Pathfork Top class racehorse as a 2yo, rated Timeform 119+, from a sire producing female line – his dam, by Sadler’s Wells, is half sister to sire & sire-of-sirs Spinning World, by Sadler’s Wells close relative Nureyev. His first two yearlings went through the ring at the Cape Sale in January, selling for 100k and 675k – nice return on Pathfork’s 20k studfee. #12 this filly is out of Gr1 placed (as a 2yo) Lexington Love. Who is also dam of Gr1 winner and sire Cataloochee and another colt who won eight races; described by breeder Marianne Thomson, who has seen a few champions go through her hands, as having a very good conformation (Ambiance)

Philanthropist Started his career in Canada, with excellent results: he’s a leading sire and produced a Gr1 winning Champion sprinter there. He was represented at the Cape sale last month with a baker’s dozen yearlings, who all found new homes. The top colt went for 700k, the top filly for 550k – all thirteen went for 225k and more.


3rd foal; half sister to 5-time winner CAPTAIN’S DIVA; dam (won; by Captain Al) is half sister to CEDAR (8 wins, SP), out of HEART PINE (2 wins, SP)

#1 this colt kicks off the Select sale, and should do so in style; he’s half brother to last season’s Gr1 winning 2yo Afrikaburn, while his 3-time winning dam is a granddaughter of French champion 2yo filly Sigy (by Habitat from the Pretty Polly female line) (Drakenstein)

The filly’s damsire Captain Al is also the broodmare sire of leading 3yo filly SAME JURISDICTION and 2yo Gr1 Gold Medallion winner POTENT POWER

Also offering: from First crop of English topclass sprinter/miler


#3 this colt is half brother to winners in US and SA; his stakes placed 3-time winning dam is half sister to Irish Guineas winner & sire Fourstars Allstar and also is half sister to two dams of Gr2 winners in UK and USA (Drakenstein)

(rated 123 ‘ effective at 6f to 1m’) son of European champion & leading sire OASIS DREAM

#22 this colt has a Chilean pedigree background, with well performed relatives in SA: his Gr2 Natal Derby third dam (by Fort Wood) is half sister to Gr3 placed 5-time winner Berlusconi (by National Assembly); the youngster is half brother to a 3-time winner (Drakenstein)

#46 Clear Aim half brother to a winner; winning dam is half sister to the dam of Champion 3yo TARA’S TOUCH, out of Gr1 placed Stolen Gem (full sister to Gr1 PRICELESS ASSET), from solid Gr1 family

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#7 half brother to 2 wnrs; dam EXPRESS QUEEN (4w, Gr3; by Jet Master) from female line of GOLDEN THATCH, THATCHING, etc.


#6 half sister to 4 winners incl Gr1 WAGNER

Gimmethegreenlight filly #15 half sister to a winner; dam (by Royal Academy) is out of Irish stakes placed winner Claradane

Ideal World filly

#28 3rd foal; dam TREAJ POTS is half sister to 5 winners incl Gr3 SWEETIE PIE

Tiger Ridge

Right Approach

Sail From Seattle

#72 full brother to JO MALONE (won, SW); dam half sister to WORLD FOCUS (16 w, multiple SW, SP), GREEN KEEPER (8 w, SW; Gr3 placed)

#90 filly, 3rd foal; dam is half sister to multiple wnrs in UK/IRE, out of Damask Rose (stakes placed half sister to Gr1 Ascot Gold Cup winner DOUBLE TRIGGER, DOUBLE ECLIPSE)

#83 half brother to 8 wnrs; dam NOBLE DESTINY (SA Oaks) is full sister to ROYAL PROPHECY (SA Oaks) and half sister to dam of international Gr1 winner GYPSY’S WARNING

#98 half brother to 3 multiple wnrs; Irish dam is half sister to dam of French Gr1 CARMINE LAKE, out of US Champion ROYAL HEROINE (3x G1)

Thomas Crown #81 half sister to 3 wnrs; dam (won) is half sister to a 6-time winner, from SOUL female line

#101 full sister to GREEN KEEPER, half sister to 6 other wnrs incl WORLD FOCUS; dam half sister to Gr1 SHOE SHAC


Golden Sword #85 half sister to 4 wnrs incl Kings Cross (Gr1/Gr2 placed); dam (by Al Mufti) is half sister to 9 wnrs from Gr1 SOHO SECRET family

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Silvano SA Champion sire, with a vast array of Gr1 winners, both here and abroad – his latest international highlight his son Vercingetorix. #21 is a full brother to SA Derby winner Seal, from a family which has produced more than a fair share of Gr1 winners, including Quarrytown, Polo Classic and Face North (Drakenstein)

Tiger Ridge He’s no longer with us, but during his career sired Gr1 winners over all sorts of distances: Cherry On The Top, Kavanah, Wagner. #27 this colt is out of Gr3 placed 3-time winner Traviata, half sister to winners out of stakes placed Mazagan, from an international female line; described by the stud master as a fine example of Tiger Ridge progeny, a scopey and flashy colt (Moutonshoek)

Toreador Most successful son of Danehill at stud in SA, and sire in 2015 of one of the leading 3yo fillies in the country, Lazer Star #11 this filly is the third foal of her dam Kiss For Kate, a 3-time winner who was twice Gr1 placed as a 2yo; she hails from the potent Let Kiss female line; vendor describes her as a ‘strong, beautifully topped filly’ (Moutonshoek)


Leading sire of 3yo’s at time of writing, his daughter Inara dual Gr1 winner (Paddock & Majorca S.) #5 second foal of 2-time winning Fort Wood mare who is full sister to two other multiple winners; this is the family of Horse of the Year Celtic Grove and Gr1 performer Hold The Fort (Fort Wood); ‘a great looking, correct colt’ says Guy Murdoch. (Mauritzfontein)

This winner of the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Cup in Hong Kong raced with Mike de Kock, notched up a couple of Graded wins & places in Dubai, and was an unlucky second in the Arlington Million. He had a rating around 122. With his impeccable pedigree, by Kingmambo out of half sister to Nureyev, it was always on the cards that he went to stud in the UK. Archi sired Gr1 F&M Champions Stakes winner Madame Chiang in his first crop, and scored highly with his second crop of 2yo’s in 2014 (over 50% winners to runners). Madame Chiang has an interesting pedigree. Her Gr1 placed

#14 colt out of Gr3 winner of six races grandam Kiliniski is by Niniski (son of Nijinsky) out of the Hawaii Milden Magic, who mare Kilavea, who is a half sister to Archipenko’s dam already produced Gr3 Bound (by Nijinsky out of Special). That gives Madame placed Silver Apples as well as the dam of Louis Chiang a double of the mare Special (bottom female Sire of top performers The King (Drakenstein) line of sire and dam). Added to that, Archipenko is by


#18 the dam of this colt has a smashing pedigree background, with his dam a daughter to champion Olympic Duel; the yearling is half brother to a winner; stud master reports the colts stands over ground, is deep through the girth, well put together, and altogether a lovely colt (Varsfontein)

over all sorts of distances, including the world’s fifth best racehorse in 2014, Variety Club

Kingmambo, a son of champion racemare Miesque, who is by Nureyev – a son of Special, giving that mare a treble in the pedigree.

#26 this colt is bred on the sire x broodmare sire cross that got 2yo Gr1 winner Villandry; the yearling is half brother to 3 winners, which include Gr2 placed stakes winner Control Freak – their dam is Gr1 and Gr3 placed Time Control, from the female line of Model Man; #24 this filly is the second stud master Vaughan Koster describes him as ‘a quality foal of Gr2 placed stakes individual with a great attitude, winning Al Mufi mare Secret Pleasure, from the very correct and scopy - his female line champion filly best attribute is that he’s very athletic’ (Cheveley)| Witchita (Wicklow)

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His two Select colts are bred Northern hemisphere time, and are out of mares specifically bought by Ashley Parker to be mated to him (the Parkers raced Archi in partnership with Mike de Kock and retained an interest when he went to stud). #29 is a March-foal, and is half brother to two winners in the UK including middle distance winner Commend who rated Timeform 94 as a 3yo; the unraced dam is half sister to five stakes horses, notably US G1 winner Jovial. #30 is an April-foal, and is half brother to 3 winners in Italy and Dubai, one of them stakes placed in Italy, by Duke Of Marmalade; their dam won in France, and is half sister to five stakes performers – the grandam is a French Gr1 winner; this is the productive Horama female line, known in SA through Hobnob (sire of Gr1 winner Novenna, the third dam of Variety Club).

STAMPED Like Father Like Son

To turn up the heat, Riverton Stud releases this season’s first grey yearling offspring of stallion Blue Tiger (what’s in a name?) at Val de Vie. Blue Tiger, who’ll have his first 2yo runners this season, was a solid Gr1 performer from 1000m to a mile when trained by Mike Bass. He finished twice runner-up in the WFA Cape Flying Championship, and also in that spectacular Gr1 Gold Challenge over a mile at WFA at Clairwood, where his front running tactics caused the unexpected defeat of his stable mate Pocket Power. Pictured here are father Grey Tiger and son Mercury Fire, catalogued as lot 60 at Val de Vie. The colt is the first foal of his 3-time winning dam Grey Rose (more Valentine connections!), who is by Tiger Ridge out of Gr2 placed Rose Gypsy. Stud master Duncan Barry calls the colt a superb athlete – now that’s staying with the theme, and putting Tigers in your tank!

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It’s all happening at Val de Vie Return Of The Select Sale

30 yearlings at the sale are catalogued SELECT purely on nomination by their vendors including outstanding colts & fillies by Captain Al, Dynasty, Fort Wood, Silvano, Trippi, Var, etc.

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Riverton Stud

ArchipenkO with just 2 crops racing

Leading Sire of 2yo’s in Europe in 2014 (over 50% winners to runners) Sire of English 3yo Madame Chiang Gr1 Champion F&M Stakes winner Sire of Kingston Mine Gr2 J&B Stayers

Duncan Barry

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2 Select N-hemisphere 2yo’s Val De Vie Yearling Sale • 22 February

#29 half brother to 2 winners in UK; dam half sister to US G1 winner JOVIAL #30 half brother to 3 winners incl Orange Sun (SP in Italy); dam out of French Gr1 winner FIELD OF HOPE

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