​Arundel secures second-last Gold Rush Prospector’s Certificate

​Arundel secures second-last Gold Rush Prospector’s Certificate

May 06, 2021 / 1 month ago

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Owner Sandy Arundel has bought one of two Prospector’s certificates that were available after the March 2021 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, which now leaves just one of the original 16 certificates up for grabs.

In January 2023, 16 Prospectors will have an opportunity to participate in the CTS Gold Rush, a 1600m race in which a capacity field of 16 runners will participate. The Prospectors will be able to negotiate outright purchases or partnership deals in the lead-up to the race.

The R7,5-million on offer will make this innovative stakes prize the richest in South Africa. The winning owner, or owners, will receive a lucrative R5-million.

Sandy Arundel and her husband Eugene hail from the IT industry, and while they have always had a passion for horses, their interest in racing was rekindled just recently by Graeme Hawkins, who introduced them to trainer Wendy Whitehead.

“We have bought at various sales and we now have 11 horses in training,” said Sandy. “We acquired four well-bred lots at the CTS Premier Sale, a filly and three colts. After the sale we looked at our buys and we thought we had chosen them well; they have already furnished nicely. And so, we decided we may as well take a chance at the Gold Rush and get our Prospector’s certificate.

We live between Johannesburg and Durban, and ideally we would like to have runners in all the centres. Racing fascinates and excites us, and we would love to travel between centres to see them run. That includes Cape Town, where we are looking to invest in property.”

Any buyers interested in the last certificate are invited to contact Grant Knowles grant@cthbs.com or Amanda Carey amanda@cthbs.com.

The list of those who have received Prospector’s certificates so far are:

  • 1 DAVID ABERY
  • 2 CENTRAL ROUTE TRADING
  • 3 CHRIS VAN NIEKERK AND BERNARD KANTOR
  • 4 SUZETTE AND BASIE VILJOEN
  • 5 RIDGEMONT HIGHLANDS
  • 6 HOLLYWOODBETS
  • 7 PIETER GRAAFF AND KEN TRUTER
  • 8 MAINE CHANCE FARMS
  • 9 BASS RACING
  • 10 RIKESH SEWGOOLAM
  • 11 DRAKENSTEIN STUD
  • 12 LAWRENCE WERNARS
  • 13 CRAWFORD RACING
  • 14 KLAWERVLEI STUD
  • 15 SANDY ARUNDEL