The TBA is a Happy Place again! - Turf Talk

0 downloads 112 Views 9MB Size Report
Apr 24, 2018 - general feeling is that this is a better catalogue than the one we .... The cricket stars were not on cou * [email protected]

Tuesday 24 April 2018


The TBA is a Happy Place again! GOOD VIBES AT THE START OF 2018 SALE

AT the start of today’s 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale at the TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, Gary Grant of BloodStock SA is taken with what he terms, “A Happy Place”. “The sentiments on the sales grounds are all positive, like in the glory days. The mood is jovial and the atmosphere is relaxed, like it hasn’t been in a while. We’re hoping this is going to translate into a good sale.”

year to a R2 million profit for 2017. He said: “It’s vital that Bloodstock SA makes a profit because this is where the TBA gets their funding which enables them to make contributions to the industry. We are also giving cash back to breeders with reduced levies and commissions and reduced entries and acceptance fees.

Grant said that in his few days spent at the complex he has seen a good flow of prospective buyers and their comments have been good. “The general feeling is that this is a better catalogue than the one we had last year.”

“Now, more than ever believe in looking after our vendors. If they are not happy, everything is affected and we will lose business. As things stand now, 80% is being paid at 30 days and by 60 days, we’re up to 90-95%.” They haven’t written anything off and have collected every cent so far. (to p 2)

Grant, his Equine Group partner Chris Haynes and BSA CEO Michael Holmes have swung the balance sheet from a loss of R6-million in the 2016 financial 1



THE HAPPY PLACE (from page 1) “As I said to another publication the other day, we are making strides and we believe we’re improving with each sale. We’d like to improve more, we are not the finished article.”

A ruling in the Consumer Protection Act requires every person applying for a buyers card, whether a first time buyer or platinum card holder, to submit a copy of their ID, together with their proof of residence.

Grant said that buyers are also important to the team.

In order to smooth the process and to avoid delays in issuing buyers cards for the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale in April, kindly send us the requisite documentation as soon as possible.

BSA offer bonuses for selected Gr1’s and Gr2’s and have implemented a series of maiden juvenile bonuses. “We offered a maiden juvenile bonus of R40k for 2017 sales graduates which we are bumping up to R50k for 2018 and they have been very well received.

“It’s quite a nice injection for those owners and nice for them to get cash back early. If you look at the price range of horses that qualified, many have more than paid back their purchase price already, so I think it’s working well. “I think we’re seeing bigger juvenile fields and hopefully the stakes bonus is part of the reason for that. If we can help new buyers have quick return, they may look at buying a classic horse a little further down the line.” Grant predicts that the top end of the sale will be strong, and that there will be plenty of value for buyers in the other sessions. “Last year we had more money than horses at the top end of the market and I think breeders took note of that, which has helped form a strong catalogue.”

Lot 382— from Hemel N Aarde: A beautiful, strong and well balanced colt by Potala Palace from Competitor, by Tara’s Halls. Dam won the Listed Sun Classique Handicap.

“It’s going to be difficult to compare because of the split catalogue, but if you asked for my dream result, it would be an increase in the median and clearance rate. We wish everyone a great sale and an enjoyable time with us.” - tt.


Phone David 082 898 1231 3

MOUTONSHOEK MOOLA! UP-and-coming Moutonshoek Stud have spared no expenses in making their stallion and broodmare band comparable with the best in the land and their drafts have improved year-on-year. It won’t be long before Moutonshoek’s yearling prices take a hike – their NYS 2018 draft includes yearlings out of no less than 10 individual black type winners! They’re back with the popular Moutonshoek Moola competition, this time with two R10,000 prizes to be won. The two winners must employ the winning cash towards Moutonshoek purchases at the 2018 National Sale. Get involved!



In what Stable Complex are the Moutonshoek horses housed at the upcoming NYS?



Near which Western Cape Town is Moutonshoek Stud located? ANSWERS to [email protected] (closes Tuesday 24/4 at 11.30)



A Select filly from Moutonshoek today: Lot 40 is Upclosenandpersonal, by Captain Al from Smooch, by Fort Wood. Rare!

MAC N Scar, bred by the Birch Brothers, was a fluent winner on Sunday for a Green Street Bloodstock Syndicate comprising of cricketers David Miller, Kyle Abbott and Simon Harmer, in partnership with Andrew Miller, Richard Smart and his breeders (Colin Birch the name partner for Birch Bros). The cricket stars were not on course, but David Miller tweeted: “This is very exciting, one run, one winner!” Mac n Scar (Dennis Drier) is by Black Minnaloushe from Seven Veils, a R90,000 value buy by GSB’s Justin Vermaak at the 2017 National Two-Year-Old Sale.

Celebs make world go round!

TREVOR Noah has just been named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by TIME. Someone in racing must know the funny man, seen driving his Rolls Royce into the Northgate Dome before his most recent show in SA. Get him involved in the Sport of Influentials! 5

DR Adè van Heerden, Miss South Africa, blew through Turffontein on Saturday like a bright flower in the desert . When she’s not on doing official duties in her capacity as SA’s most beautiful woman, she works at 2 Military Hospital in Cape Town. We’ve never been more in need of healing! (JC Photos).

Oratorio, as expected, producing the goods! “It’s always wonderful to be proven right and in the case of our highly rated international sire, Oratorio, our policy of ‘give them time’, seems to be paying off as his progeny makes waves on race courses country-wide,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh. “Carlita showed her class in the Listed Eastern Cape Fillies Nursery and recently it was the turn of the beautiful grey, Mardi Gras out of Sarabande who won in fine style. We therefore have high hopes for the Oratorio yearlings, making up the bulk of our crop set for the National Yearling Sale in Gosforth Park this week.” Avontuur starts off with the two Select colts. First up is Lot 58, Cassimbo out of Torra Bay (AUS) who is a powerful, very attractive Oratrio colt from an internationally successful female line.

Lot 96: VIVANT (Oratorio x Viva)

Lot 69 – Vivant - out of Viva is a strong, robust brother to Live Life and Cold as Ice. “Viva is one of our foundation mares and she hasn’t thrown a colt in a long time, which makes this boy a wonderful surprise,” says Mickleburgh.

Lot 58: CASSIMBO (Oratorio x Torra Bay)

Lot 393 from Clifton: DOUBLE ESPRESSO, by Crusade from Demitasse by 6


TBA’s annual Gr1 Breeders Awards THE Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of SA (TBA) hosted the annual Grade 1 Breeders Awards at Emperors Palace on Friday evening, at a cocktail function held after the Annual General Meeting of the Association.

DR Marianne Thomson won two trophies as breeder of Bull Valley, for his wins in the Tsogo Sun and Mercury Sprints. The trophies were awarded by the TBA’S Chairman, Lee Scribante. (Candiese Marnewick).

The awards are a celebration and an acknowledgment of excellence for our South African bred horses, and the TBA feels that receiving an award for breeding a Grade 1 winner should be celebrated and enjoyed with all fellow breeders and the winning connections. Apart from the 27 Grade 1 trophies handed out to the winning breeders, the 2017 Equus Awards winners were also recognised again on the evening with a small token to celebrate their achievements. The award for Outstanding International Achievement was given to (and well deserved by) Drakenstein Stud Farm for Singapore Slings Grade 1 Hong Kong Cup victory. This award is usually given out at the Equus Awards but the TBA felt that it was fitting that it be recognised at our very own breeders awards, among fellow breeders, to celebrate the enormity of breeding an international Grade 1 winner.

KLAWERVLEI Stud: Champion Breeders: From left Chris van Niekerk, Catherine Hartley (CEO of the TBA), Erich van Niekerk and John Koster.

Gaynor Rupert received the Outstanding International Achievement award for Drakenstein Stud’s graduate Singapore Sling’s Grade 1 Hong Kong Cup. On the photo are Kevin Sommerville, Hartley, Rupert and Ross Fuller.


Singapore Sling has quickly found himself the poster-boy for South African Thoroughbreds and features in current magazines, and in the new promotional video launched at the awards and to be shown at the TBA complex during the week.

MIKE Sharkey (Highlands/Ridgemont) with an award for Lady Of The House (Woolavington).

Singapore Sling reverts to a mile for Sha-Tin feature

Singapore Sling, back to 1600m. TRAINER Tony Millard has his sights set on next season with Hong Kong Classic Cup winner Singapore Sling, but he is still hopeful of a big effort when the SA-bred four-year-old drops back to 1600m for the Gr1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday.

BENMARNE Stud’s Select Session yearlings: Lot 6 BINDI (by Querari from Quilted Bonnet) and LOT 87 VERATRUM (by Querari from Amber Bouquet), the full-brother to Monks Hood (below).

Singapore Sling is the only four-year-old among the nine runners for this year’s Champions Mile. There has only been one winner from that age group in the last decade – the John Mooretrained Xtension in 2011 – while all four Classic Cup winners to run in the Champions Mile have been unplaced.

However, Millard did taste spring glory with a Classic Cup winner in Ambitious Dragon, preparing the champion to take the Gr1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (2000m) in 2011. “I thought he deserved his chance in here,” Millard said. “A lot of these horses have been on the go all season and he has only had five starts, so he’s got a bit of freshness on his side.” Singapore Sling, a winner of the Gr2 Dingaans (1600m) at Turffontein pre-arrival, has proven to be a solid indicator among this year’s four-yearold crop. A strong second to the John Sizetrained Nothingilikemore in the Hong Kong Classic Mile in January, he then took the Hong Kong Classic Cup before another game performance when runner-up to Size’s Ping Hai Star in the BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) last month. Millard had the choice between the QEII Cup and the Champions Mile for Singapore Sling, but decided that the son of Philanthropist would benefit long-term from a step back in trip. “I have no concerns about him running out 2000m,” Millard said. “I think he showed last start that he is capable of seeing out that trip. What I’m thinking about though is having a horse for next season. “Coming back to the mile gives him a softer run to end this season, which is still his first in Hong Kong, and hopefully it is a good stepping stone to next season’s big races.”






Shrewdies buy an interest in Derby horse My Boy Jack WEST Point Thoroughbreds has purchased an interest in Kentucky Derby (G1) contender My Boy Jack.

Crawford’s dream rests on Perovskia

Trained by Keith Desormeaux, the son of Creative Cause is now owned in a partnership that includes Sol Kumin's Monomoy Stables, Kirk Godby and Matt Bryan's Don't Tell My Wife Stables, and West Point. In the Derby, the last-out Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) winner will carry regular rider Kent Desormeaux and the Monomoy silks.

"I've always liked this horse and admire his EVERYBODY in South African racing wants to have a versatility," West Point's Terry Finley said of runner in the Vodacom Durban July and for Harold the colt, who also won the Southwest Stakes Crawford the dream could finally become a reality after 42 (G3) at Oaklawn Park and finished third in the years as a trainer. Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots this year. Perovskia is among the 250-1 longshots at the moment but the much-improved four-year-old has won his last "There's great karma surrounding this colt three including the Jet Master, Crawford’s first feature and his connections, and he's come out success since Native King landed the 1993 Langerman and swinging this year despite several tough trips. followed up in a Port Elizabeth Listed race the following We're grateful for the opportunity to join an awesome ownership group and thrilled to year. provide a dedicated group of our partners the Crawford, 65, has had to fight his way for most of his chance to once again experience the magic of career and he is realistic (“at the moment I don’t think he the Derby dream." will get in unless he runs well in another feature”) but he is determined to go down the right path – “I’m running West Point purchased an interest in Always him in the (Independent on Saturday) Drill Hall on May 6 Dreaming before the colt won both the even though that is not the right race for him and then Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) and Kentucky Derby in 2017.—Bloodhorse maybe the Cup Trial on June 9.” - M Clower/Gold Circle.


Nou gaan ons braai..!

THE TBA Council cooked up a storm for breeders at the Breeders Bash, TBA Complex, on Friday night. Council provided all the meat, the highlight of which was Rennie Price’s rare rump! (His meat on the braai, that is!) The band Afritude, kindly sponsored by New Turf Carriers, kept everyone entertained. A casual and relaxed evening for some thoroughly good fun and breeder banter.

Learning every moment

HARD work but worth it! The students from Summerhill Stud’s School of Management Excellence walking the farm’s lots at the sales grounds on Sunday afternoon. Summerhill have 18 lots consigned, including colts and fillies by Visionaire, the now Lammerskraal-based sire of their latest star, Takingthepeace. 15