What to expect...
The major South African auction sales are held in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
Sales are conducted throughout the year in South Africa by two sales entities - Bloodstock South Africa (BSA) and Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS).
The two major yearling sales are the Cape Premier Yearling Sale (CTS) in the Cape Town International Convention Centre at the end of January, and the National Yearling Sale (BSA) at the TBA's world class sales complex in Johannesburg at the end of April.
- Anybody is welcome at the sales as a buyer, as long as you have made arrangements with the sales company for a buyers card before the auction starts, unless someone is buying on your behalf.
- Give yourself enough time to inspect the lots that you are interested in, view them walking and make your short-list.
- If not already decided, you should ensure that you know which trainer or farm the horse will be going to after the sale.
- Purchasers are responsible for the care of their horse from the fall of the hammer, that includes transport from the sales yard and insurance.
- If you’re using a bloodstock agent or trainer, they will assist you in making arrangements with a transport company. You should also consider insuring your new purchase, as you are liable from the fall of the hammer.
(Photos courtesy of Candiese Marnewick, Cape Thoroughbred Sales and Bloodstock South Africa)