4 May 2017
The late, great Fort Wood, whose last yearlings sell in 2017, really made his presence felt on day two of the 2017 National Yearling Sale on Thursday. Not only was his son Dynasty in demand at the session, but Fort Wood himself was responsible for a R1.6 million buy and is also the broodmare sire of the filly Ella Va, who was knocked down to Form Bloodstock for R1.4 million. Fort Wood’s unnamed son, catalogued as lot 253, out of the brilliant mare Welwitschia was described by auctioner Graham Hawkins as arguably the best bred colt on the sale, and he duly lived up to expectations on Thursday. The bay was purchased by Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe for R1 600 000 and is currently the top lot sold on the second day of the three day sale. Consigned by Wilgerbosdrift, the colt’s dam Welwitschia, a daughter of champion sprinter and top international sire Oasis Dream, won seven times and earned over R1 000 000, with her wins including the G2 Diadem Stakes and the G2 Camellia Stakes. Trading continues until Friday and live stream can be viewed online.