Picture: ISTOCK
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Perhaps no breeder is approaching next Wednesday’s Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS) Premier Yearling Sale in Cape Town with more confidence than John Everett, whose Narrow Creek Stud has consigned a six-pack of quality youngsters.

Heading the sextet is a half-brother by Flower Alley to Noah From Goa, winner of the Cape Guineas but who died in an accident in Singapore in 2018.

“To get the opportunity to sell such a well-related yearling as Noah from Goa’s half-brother doesn’t come along that often.

We’re understandably excited,” said Everett on Wednesday.

“We bought the mare in foal to Flower Alley from Favour Stud and she’s got a What A Winter foal at foot,” he said.

Perhaps Everett has taken a leaf out of the Coolmore operation, who always use strong — and often historical names — for their thoroughbreds.

The Flower Alley colt is named Van Gogh after the famous painter.

Another yearling Everett is expecting to prove popular is the half-brother by Querari to fivetime winner Dutch Philip.

“He ’s not as big as the Noah yearling, but Candice [BassRobinson] has done so well with Dutch Philip that I feel sure she’ll have a good look at him.”

The stud offered a full-sister to Dutch Philip at the 2018 Premier Sale and the daughter of What A Winter was bought by Worldwide Bloodstock for R550,000.

Everett does not feel that his quality consignment ends there as they are also offering a colt by another ill-fated top performer, Soft Falling Rain, and a colt by Duke Of Marmalade, whom this correspondent saw win the Juddmonte International at York in 2008.

Everett feels the fact that the Duke of Marmalade colt is a grey is a bonus, and this seventh produce of the mare, Trading Up, is a half-brother to the seven-time winner Two Gun Kid.

CTS will be buoyed by the strength of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale in Australia, which saw 11 lots make $717,00 or more — a record for the sale. The top lot was a colt by I Am Invincible who was sold for $1.22m. There is certainly plenty to excite buyers next week — the sale commences at 2pm on January 23 — with 54 of the 226 lots catalogued out of black type mares. A total of 43 yearlings are siblings to stakes winners.

Add in the progeny of worldrenowned sires such as Frankel, Camelot, Uncle Mo and Ziffany and no-one can argue with CTS’s assessment that this is “truly an international sale”.

One could say that the progeny of Frankel have yet to fire here — his daughter Frankly trained by Ormond Ferraris is no star -but the champion rated 140 by Timeform is represented by a colt and a filly both out of Irish mares.

Epsom Derby winner Camelot has four of his progeny coming up for sale and they include a filly out of the Fastnet Rock mare Fearbuster.

This is the last year to buy the offspring of Captain Al. His nine yearlings on the sale include a full-sister to Cape Guineas winner William Longsword.

Another of his daughters who should sell for a decent price is a full-sister to Like A Panther, whom trainer Mike de Kock feels has more races in him once he gets over his injury issues.

Turffontein selections:

1st Race: (3) Fire And Rescue (4) Dry Your Eyes (7) African Rock (12) William Henley

2nd: (1) Dancing Queen (7) Elbi (3) Casual Wear (5) Ottawa

3rd: (5) Ever Fair (4) Midnight In Paris (14) African Daisy (15) Laconia

4th: (2) Wonderous Climber (3) Highlander (5) Powered Beauty (12) Village Deep

5th: (1) Noble Secret (2) Cash Time (8) Arte (6) American Indian

6 th: (10) African Sunbird (9) Live In Love (8) Regal Girl (2) Glamorous Scandal

7th: (3) Full Frolic (2) Seeking Gold (4) Kissmeinmydreams (1) Angelic

8th: (1) Lady Jackson (10) Claremorris (12) Ilha Da Var (2) I Ain ’t Trippin