South Africa has been dominating a few international headlines of late: first Charles Laird’s spending spree at Sydney’s Easter Sale, then Irridescence’s Group 1 win in Hong Kong; and this week the second and third highest priced lots at the Easter Broodmare sale were none other than South African mares (3-times Group 1 winner Paraca who sold for AUD$800,000 and another G1 winner Battle Maiden who sold for AUD$625,000).