Five more top South African racehorses have changed hands recently and at least two of them will soon be chasing the big money that is on offer at some of the world’s major international racing entries.
Pointing North, the first Grade 1 winning progeny of one of the season’s most talked about sires, Joshua Dancer, was bought by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Zabeel Racing International for an undisclosed sum.
The bay three-year-old gelding, formerly trained by Robbie Sage, is unbeaten in four races, culminating with an impressive win in the Grade 1 Bloodstock SA Cape Guineas, and he will now head for New York, via the Mauritius quarantine station.
One of Pointing North’s previous owners, Gary Barber, was co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spyglass Entertainment who produced the film “Sea Biscuit”, the true story about the legendary rags to riches American racehorse which bore that name.
Two more three-year-olds, Joshlin and Joshua’s Mistress were recently purchased by Barry Irwin’s Team Valor, a prolific international syndicate operation based in the USA, but they will be remaining in Cape Town with South Africa’s current leading trainer, Justin Snaith.
The former Dennis Drier-trained Street Cat is currently in quarantine at Kenilworth and is on his way to Hong Kong.
The former Tyrone Zackey-trained Warrior Man, who was initially a R230 000 purchase, has moved to the yard of Herman Brown Jnr, and is destined for Dubai.
Extract by David Thiselton from The Mercury