Tomorrow sees the first of the ZAR Bloodstock approved 2yr olds off the 2018 CTS R2R stepping out at the Vaal and that is Land of the Brave (lot 110) – no.1 Top pick for early action out of 54 colts assessed. View his pre-auction showcase and read his PPA (predicted performance assessment) summary here from back in Nov last year.
He was purchased by Tawny Syndicate for Larry Nestadt costing only R180kwhat a steal. I was the under-under bidder (to R140k) hoping for a big luck with limited client fire-power, but no surprises when it wasn’t enough. The expectation was he’d go between R220k to R250k but anything higher would be exiting the high-value purchase zone. Take note that barely 2 months ago he was still on the farm getting ready for auction so this is a really fast turnaround time getting to the races. Without a doubt he’s got a way to go before reaching peak but must surely be showing some class to be carded this early.
He takes on another What a Winter progeny in the Mike De Kock trained Winter in Ireland (pictured below), a R1.5mil purchaseoff the 2018 CPYS by Shadwell Stud for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, as well as 14 other 2yrs olds of which 10 also make their debuts. View the racecard here
by Leon Setaro for zarbloodstock.com