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AHEAD of the CTS April Yearling Sale at Durbanville on Thursday and Friday, the company’s CEO, Wéhann Smith, says “the increase in overseas buyers is a wonderful sign for our industry”.

“At our premier sale in January, overseas buyers were responsible for 30% of total turnover. That’s a big number compared with previous years.”

A total of 297 yearlings — representing 53 sires — will come under the hammer of auctioneers John O’Kelly and Andrew Miller and Smith is confident of a successful sale.

“I believe it offers something for everyone. There will be horses sold for big figures and some for R20,000.”

In 2017, Smith said he believed “the markedly reduced number of sales in 2018 will be a huge positive and enable us to better retain the attention of buyers. The fact we are now having a premier auction in April will certainly provide breeders with the opportunity to sell their later developing yearlings in Cape Town.

“We also believe we will be able to attract international buyers to this later sale.”

Racecourse performances

A boost for any sale is the racecourse performances of its graduates and two of them, Janoobi and Singapore Sling, have made headlines in 2018.

Mike de Kock’s Janoobi won the Zabeel Mile in Dubai, while Singapore Sling — formerly trained by Geoff Woodruff — won the Hong Kong Classic Cup. His purchase price was just R225,000.

>span class=”s4″>Trippi, Dynasty and Silvano, there are yearlings by top-class international stallions including Exchange Rate, Rock Of Gibraltar and Investec Derby winner Camelot.

Buyers of yearlings this week are eligible for the two rich CTS races to be run at Kenilworth in January 2020 — the 1,200m CTS Sprint and 1,600m CTS Mile. Both races carry a stake of R5m. – Business Day.