National Yearling Sale 2011
(Photo : Summerhill Stud)
EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE
15 - 17 April 2011
(From the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale…) The usual tepid mood that engulfs breeders when the sale grounds are quiet, has been heightened this year by concerns as to how much of the annual spend had been taken up by the Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
But if the traffic yesterday was anything to go by, the temperature’s definitely moving in the right direction.
Among the industry’s legends seen thus far in the vicinity of Summerhill’s Block “A”, we’ve had sightings of Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe and Charles Faull, new “bloodstocker” Eamonn Cullen, Chris and Johnno Snaith, John Freeman, the boys from Alexander Racing, Sean Tarry, Dean Kannemeyer, Gavin van Zyl, John Koster and Grant Knowles from Klawervlei, Mary Slack, Ormond Ferraris, Gavin Hunter, John Kramer, Vaughan Marshall, Mark Tarry, David and Yoshi Allen from the UK, the “Menere” Spies and last evening’s revellers, Mike Bass, Joey Ramsden and Alec Laird.
Mike de Kock has issued an early warning to stock the fridge for today, while England’s Tom Goff had fellow Etonian, Archie Watson, out scouting for him under cover of darkness. Germany’s Rupert Plersch touches down tomorrow, while French bloodstock agents, Xavier and Nathalie Bozo, together with their daughter Valentine, will be arriving on the weekend. We’ve even had calls from as far afield as the Democratic Republic of Congo. All good reasons to pick up the chins. And SWEET SONETTE’S famous win over one-time world champion sprinter, SACRED KINGDOM on Friday in Hong Kong won’t have done any harm either.
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