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A Breath of Fresh Air: Positive Protocol Press

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A Breath of Fresh Air: Positive Protocol Press

Let’s face it, it was tough going at the National Yearling Sale, more so on the third day. There were those who complained that the market could not take more than 600 horses in a matter of a fortnight, and there was probably some truth in it. Others complained about the sale being sandwiched between an extra-long weekend and a big race meeting, and there may be a modicum of validity there as well.

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Lasting Lament

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Lasting Lament

We’re not the only ones lamenting the early demise of Giant’s Causeway’s best racing son of 2013, Await The Dawn. There’s an old saying about familiarity breeding contempt, and while contempt is much too strong a word in this context, pedigree guru Andrew Caulfield was right to say that in the racing game “familiarity often unravels into boredom”. Time and again we see the elder statesmen of the stallion landscape coming out second-best in the popularity stakes against their “hot” young rivals, most of whom never come close to emulating the old boys’ achievements. In this case, he had in mind the 19 year-old Giant’s Causeway.

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Hell Or High Water

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Hell Or High Water

If you read our piece on the Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale last Sunday, this is episode two. That there is a need for a second report is a symptom of the dilemma consignors face in the battle for sales ground supremacy between their “spiritual” home, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) and Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS).

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National Yearling Sale Ends With Strength At The Top

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National Yearling Sale Ends With Strength At The Top

Bloodstock South Africa's National yearling sale ended its three-session run Friday with figures slightly down on last year, although the average and median were up marginally. The aggregate wrapped up at R126,527,500 (US$10,451,592), versus R134,615,000 last year (a decrease of 5.9%, although with 58 fewer yearlings offered). The buyback rate was up slightly to 15.8% from 14.7%. The average was up 8.7% from R338,229 to R367,812 (US$30,275), while the median increased by 6.7% from R225,000 to R240,000 (US$19,795).

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Records Continue at National Yearling Sale

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Records Continue at National Yearling Sale

Bloodstock South Africa's National Yearling Sale saw a new South African sales record for a filly during the second session Thursday, with Lot 221 selling for R4.75 million (US$390,927). The bidding on the daughter of Fort Wood, consigned by Lammerskraal Stud, started at a million and jumped in million-rand increments, finally slowing down at the R4 million mark.

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Record Tumbles at National Yearling Sale

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Record Tumbles at National Yearling Sale

Session one of the Bloodstock South Africa National Yearling Sale commenced Wednesday and Liesl King has the scoop. A new Bloodstock South Africa record price was established for a yearling when lot 41 went for R4.25 million (US$348,388).

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