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The beautiful black-and-gold catalogue for the 2018 CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale has arrived in mailboxes. It’s worth its weight in gold, carrying on its pages the names of 25 future stakes winners, based on the average of more than 10% achieved between 2011 and 2016.

Figures show how CTS has raised the bar remarkably for buyers and sellers since its inception in 2011. Statistics reveal why this sale, scheduled for 20 and 21 January 2018, is the single thoroughbred auction serious buyers cannot afford to miss next year.
Figures supplied for the Cape Premier Yearling Sale contain some interesting facts, starting with an outstanding 27 Gr1 winners from the six Premier Sales completed so far.

The five Sales spanning from 2011 to 2015 have produced no fewer than 125 stakes winners. This equates to more than 10% of horses catalogued. The 2016 draft has already produced 6 stakes winners even though these runners are only three-year-olds, so there is every reason to believe that a figure of 10% will be achieved again.

This incredible statistic is more than twice as good as the comparative achieved by any other Yearling Sale in South Africa over the same period. This means that your chances of buying a stakes winner is more than twice as good at CPYS than at any other Yearling Sale in the land.

The 2012 CPYS produced 38 stakes winners so far (11% of horses catalogued) including Red Ray, Normanz, Athina, Gulf Storm, Whistle Stop, Graduation Day and Lanner Falcon.

The high quality 2013 sale has produced 23 stakes winners thus far including Act Of War, Brutal Force, Pine Princess and Real Princess. In 2014, stakes winners like Liege, Banner Hill and Jo’s Bond passed through the ring.

Cloth Of Cloud, Lady Of The House, Singapore Sling and Smiling Blue Eyes are just four of 22 stakes winners from the 2015 renewal, while Magic Wonderland and Sand and Sea are among the early stakes successes from CPYS 2016.

Wehann Smith, CEO of CTS, commented: “These figures are pretty amazing in my view. I think it is fair to say that we are around the 10% long-term mark of stakes winners to catalogued which must surely be an incredible statistic.”

Overall, a formidable 85,9% of all lots catalogued since 2012 have made it to the racetrack, while 61,7% of all lots catalogued have won at least one race. Both these figures are markedly higher than those attained at other sales. This confirms CTS’s belief that January is an excellent time to sell yearlings.

“This is a fantastic catalogue,” said CTS Bloodstock Manager Kerry Jack. “We have 70 lots by South Africa’s top four sires Captain Al, Dynasty, Silvano and Trippi and 18 lots by international sires including Frankel and Camelot. There are eight lots produced from Gr1 winning mares and 14 siblings to Gr1 winners.”

CTS has instituted an Inward Buyer Incentive to reward international investment, which includes subsidies for travellers outside South Africa, both for established and new buyers.

For more information contact Kerry Jack on (+27) 82 782 7297 or

For Buyer’s Card Applications, travel and accommodation contact Kirsty Coertze on (+27) (0) 21 873 0734, or mail

The catalogue can be viewed online, here.