Nic Jonsson and Stradivarius's owner, Bjorn Nielsen, purchased a Silvano colt (Lot 99) for three million rands (US$208,518), the top price at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale (CPYS).
The colt (provisionally named I Want It All), was seemingly held in high regard by his breeders at Drakenstein Stud, and such high rolling will surely fuel the interest whenever his 2yo half-sister Orange Bowl makes her debut for the Justin Snaith stable. She was picked up for 3.2 million and 12 months ago.
The pair are the first and second foals of Giant's Causeway's Song of Happiness, a minor winner in South Africa who is out of the group 1 winning Captain Al mare Captain's Lover.
Jonsson, whose family has established a global company producing uniforms and workwear, is continuing a dynasty of ownership by his forefathers that stretches back well over a century. He is a partner in Snaith's Do It Again, last year's South African champion who landed the Gr.1 Vodacom Durban July among a slew of big-race wins but has not looked on his game so far this term.
There was also some international interest from another jurisdiction through sustained bidding for Avontuur Thoroughbreds' Trippi filly, who is a half-sister to Miss Frankel, the first of the Juddmonte superstar's progeny to appear, and win, in South Africa.