From 3 to 5 May South Africa’s oldest and most prestigious racehorse auction, the Bloodstock South Africa National Yearling Sale, took place at the Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s (TBA) purpose built sales complex in Germiston. Disappointing sales earlier in the year, and a general decline in international Thoroughbred markets had vendors expecting the worst. Therefore, when, on the final day of the sale, the gavel was brought down on lot 395 for a record breaking R 5 million, the shock was palpable.
Goddess Var, a bay filly by Var out of Fidelity by Captain Al, was sold by Varsfontein Stud to UK based Shadwell Racing, marking the highest price paid for a Thoroughbred during the sale’s 40 year history. The filly is by European champion sprinter Var, who racked up a total of seven wins during his illustrious international career. Her dam, herself a winner, is out of the Champion race mare Promisefrommyheart, also dam of up- and coming stallion Master of my Fate.
Matador Step, the event’s top selling colt also had pulses racing when, during the first day of the sale, he was knocked down to Form Bloodstock for R4 million. The Bay Colt, consigned by Lammerskraal Stud, is by seven-time international winner Silvano and out of Maxixe, a five time winner and full sister to Capetown Noir and Across the Ice.
Comments Catherine Hartley, TBA Head of Breed Affairs: “Despite our top sellers commanding jaw dropping prices during last week’s auction, many very promising Thoroughbreds changed hands for, what could be considered, bargain prices. While the sale’s aggregate increased by 5%, the sale’s average and median price fell signaling that, for the most part, it is still a buyers’ market. For those interested in the pursuit of racehorse ownership, now would be a great time to get involved. As evidenced by the participation of international buyers such as Shadwell, Tony Millard and James Bester, South African horses still offer great value.”
During the three day event a total of 369 lots were sold, generating an overall aggregate of over R112 million. The average of R303 726 was down from last year’s average of R320 015, and the median of R175 000 was also down from last year’s R200 000.
Issued by Bloodstock South Africa