What to expect...

The major South African auction sales are held in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

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 Bloodstock South Africa National Yearling Sale held at the TBA's world class sales complex in Johannesburg, in April and the Cape Racing Premier Yearling Sale at the end of January, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

  • 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.