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A Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS) inspection team comprising of New Zealander Ric Wylie, Kerry Jack and the evergreen John Kramer have started yearling inspections for January’s 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

Wylie, whose expertise lies with “conformation and assessing what a young horse may develop into”, has only visited South Africa once before. He consults to a varied group of owners and breeders around the world and his horsemanship is well documented.

Wylie commented in an interview recently: “Foals can change dramatically in their growth and a successful sale depends on a satisfied buying bench.  That starts with selection of the right individual for that specific sale.”

Kramer needs no introduction. He has long been one of South Africa’s most established and recognised horse inspectors and his expert advice and trained eye have been integral to the selection processes at many sales over many decades.

Jack, Bloodstock Manager for CTS, has worked closely with Kramer over a number of years and last year also shared the duties with UK expert, Grant Pritchard-Gordon. She has emerged as an expert in her own right.

“We’re starting in Hermanus on Monday with Hemel N Aarde Stud, Nadeson Park and Oldlands Stud. We’ll be moving on to Robertson on Tuesday to see the youngsters at Klawervlei and a few others. The entire process will take about two weeks, we’ll be travelling to other parts of the country next week,” said Jack.

The 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale will be held on 16 January, a week after the running of the L’Ormarins Queens Plate.

“The new date will add more excitement to the LQP Festival, and CTS will host several pre-sale events for guests and buyers,” said Wéhann Smith, CEO of CTS.