The vibe is up and breeders overall should be feeling happier. The fact that owners are prepared to spend is a clear vote of confidence in the future of our racing.
Those were the words of Corne Spies, a vastly experienced trainer and one of the most astute buyers around as the shadows lengthened over the TBA Sales Complex at the end of the final of two sessions that brought the curtain down on the BSA National 2yo Sale last Saturday.
Corne, who has enjoyed terrific success in the BSA Sales races with his 2020 graduates William Robertson and Supreme Quest, said that he was happy with his 2021 2yo Sale quintet and it was always their philosophy to buy ‘above average horses at below average prices’.
“It was a tiring but satisfying exercise and I’m excited by what we managed to get over the past two days. Also the timing last year in November wasn’t ideal and the traditional August slot works far better in allowing us time to go for the maiden race incentive. So all said, we are restocking and hopefully it’s onwards and upwards from here for racing,” he told the Sporting Post while loading his new intake and pointing out that shares are available.
The Spies positivity is underscored by the year-on-year numbers, with the aggregate of R39 425 000 (275 lots sold) falling just under R300 000 short of November 2020, with 25% less horses catalogued and 17% less horses sold this time round.
The average went to R143 364, up from R122 957 (November 2020) and R103 028 in August 2019.
The median at the close on Saturday was R90 000, up from R70 000 (2020) and R60 000 in August 2019.
Photo by Candiese Lenferna.
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