Wilgerbosdrift made history on Wednesday when their Masaki made R9 000 000 to top the first day of the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Catalogued as lot 184, the striking son of Silvano was knocked down to Mike de Kock on behalf of Shadwell South Africa for a new South African record price paid for a yearling sold at public auction.
De Kock said of Masaki “He was our pick of the sale, the one we wanted, a late foal with huge scope from a family I’ve had a lot of success with, one I am very fond of.”
Masaki is out of the Fort Wood mare Quickwood, whose four wins included the G3 Magnolia Handicap, and he is a full-brother to G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes winner Nightingale and to G2 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks second Oriental Oak.
Bred on the same Silvano/Fort Wood cross as champion Marinaresco, Masaki is out of a full-sister to G1 SA Guineas hero Heir Apparent and ¾ sister to G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Athina.
Wilgerbosdrift’s much missed Soft Falling Rain also made news early at the National Sale this week, when his Wilgerbosdrift consigned son Inherit The Rain (Lot 233) was knocked down to Form Bloodstock for R2 000 000.
A half-brother to the above mentioned Athina, Inherit The Rain’s dam The Heiress is a half-sister to Quickwood!