alan briggs
Alan Briggs
(BC Thoroughbred/Keeneland)

Most breeders around the country will recall the visit to South Africa of Alan Briggs, one of the world’s foremost pedigree experts and a bloodstock agent in Florida, USA.

He came on the recommendation of the greatest bloodstock analyst of them all, Bill Oppenheim, and sized up a “mating-recommended” for just about every mare in KwaZulu Natal, and a heap of them in the Western and Eastern Cape.

This week, Alan Briggs and partner Bob Cromartie teamed up in the sale of the top priced colt (by Giants Causeway) on the opening day of the greatest horse sale in the world, Keeneland September.

The son of Kingmambo mare, Voodoo Dancer, made a flat $1 million, sold apparently to an English investor.

Those that heeded his wisdom on his visit to South Africa, when he came as a guest and at the expense of Summerhill, would be wise to revisit his recommendations. The proof of his pudding is in his eating.