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The Cape Premier Sale was a resounding success and there was lots of money for good horses. I am writing a more detailed report about the sale which I can only finish once I’ve concluded my duties with the members of the English Jockey Club that are here as guests of Investec. We took them to Drakenstein yesterday and I took them on the Lion’s Head contour path this morning. With a visit to Klawervlei tomorrow and Highlands on Friday, I’m left with very little time at my desk before the Met.

I want to share with you the news that Klawervlei put out this morning about Twice Over. I was the R2m underbidder for Jack Mitchell on Ian Heyns' beautiful Twice Over colt bought by Amanda Skiffington. I spoke to Amanda after the hammer had fallen and she told me that she went over budget (as did I) because she loved the colt so much. I managed to get two Twice Over lots for my clients at R700k and R600k and I am very excited about that. We took the English Jockey Club team to see some of the Snaith horses have fun in the sea on Tuesday. One of them is a Twice Over colt out of Sweet Virginia that I bought at the National Yearling Sale last year for R1.1m. He is a magnificent beast and we have very encouraging report of his work.

I caught up with Shane Horan from Juddmonte and we spoke about Twice Over, his incredible race record and how the English public were upset that he was sold to stand for us in South Africa. The Jockey Club members are going to see him tomorrow and will happily take the news back home that he is very much loved and well cared for and is a great asset to our industry.

Please read Klawerveli's news of Twice Over's fantastic family below:


Klawervlei’s popular young sire Twice Over, whose progeny really shone at last weekend’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, could well have another handsome update to his impeccable pedigree. His close relative, the exciting colt American Anthem, has been nominated to the 2017 American Triple Crown, won most recently by American Pharoah two years ago.

American Anthem, whose dam is a half-sister to ill-fated champion Banshee Breeze, made a stylish winning debut when getting up late to score over 1200m. The son of Bodemeister followed up that debut win by finishing a close second in the G3 Sham Stakes, beaten only by G1 winner Gormley –with the third place finisher no less than 13 lengths back.

Trainer Bob Baffert, the last man to saddle a US Triple Crown winner, rates his charge highly, saying, “We’ve been excited about him since we got him, and he ran to his works He was showing us that he was very talented. He’s changed a lot, he’s a big, beautiful horse. I was afraid that it was going to be a little bit too short for him. He just looks like a giant version of Bodemeister. He’s not a sprinter, he’s going to get better as he goes longer, when he goes two turns. I think he’s one of my top ones.”

American Anthem is a descendant of Lost Virtue (third dam of Twice Over), whose other notable descendants include G1 winners All At Sea, Hilda’s Passion, Mutual Trust, Passage Of Time and Timepiece.

Twice Over, whose first crop daughter Lacerta lines up in Saturday’s R1 000 000 Kuda Sprint on Sun Met day, enjoyed plenty of success at the 2017 Premier Sale. The four time G1 winning European champion had eight lots fetch R5 425 000, with Twice Over’s yearlings averaging R678 125.

Amanda Skiffington went to R2.1 million to acquire a colt by Twice Over, with other lots by the sire fetching R800 000, R700 000 and R600 000 respectively.

With a pedigree continuing to flourish, his first runners shaping up with promise, and his yearlings in demand, Twice Over looks on course for a most successful stud career!

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