SA racehorses in demand

The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) recently hosted its 2015 national sale of two-year-old racehorse stock at Gosforth Park, Johannesburg.

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In a statement, Kevin Woolward, CEO of TBA, said show results indicated that South Africa’s racehorses were sought-after across the continent.

Some 5% of buyers were from Kenya and Zimbabwe. In the past, horses from the national two-year-old sale proved to be successful in races, both locally and abroad. Arabian Beat, for example, was purchased for R70 000 and had earnings of over R837 000; Bezanova went for R150 000 and had earnings of more than R1,6 million; while Trip Tease, purchased for R70 000, had made more than R1,1 million.

The top two buyers of horses at the 2015 sale were Misty Meadows equestrian estate and KwaZulu-Natal breeder Vanessa Harrison. Varsfontein Stud Farm of Paarl who sold all 14 of its two year-old horses on offer was the top seller, followed closely by Gary Player’s Stud Farm in Colesberg in the Northern Cape, with 18 of its 20 horses sold.

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