South Africa now boasts the fastest growing Thoroughbred Yearling Sales in the Southern Hemisphere. 2003 has proven to be a watershed year for South African Racing, marking the extraordinary success of Southern African bred horses in Dubai, which in-turn, has led to the growing interest in South African Horses on the International Market. The South African Yearling Sales offer Excellent Value For Money, when compared to the global market, especially considering that our bloodlines are on a par with that of competitive markets, and exports have proven the Class One status of our stock.
Even with limited International exposure, South African Racehorses have achieved great success on foreign soils, on the Racetrack and at Stud, and have proven their worth in the International Racing spectrum. Colorado King, famous for his win in the Hollywood Gold Cup (Gr.1) and breaking the World Record for 9 furlongs; Hawaii achieving the notable Eclipse Award; Wolf Power - one of the best miles of his time; Horse Chestnut, Spook Express - the Queen of America's Turf in 2001 and most recently our 2002 Vodacom July winner, Ipi Tombe - having beaten all and sundry in Dubai on the 29th March 2003 in the US$2 million UAE Duty Free, Gr.1. and Victory Moon who beat the Sheiks’ top horses in the UAE 2000 Guineas, Gr.3 on the 13th February 2003 and proceeded to scoop the US$2 million UAE Derby, Gr.2. Hot off the press is another South African Champion Older Horse, Trademark, having being exported to the United States, has now picked up 2 Group races since taking up residence there! On Hong Kong soil the likes of London News, winner of the 1997 Hong Kong QEII, Gr.2; the 5 time winner Asia Rising and the newest competitor Arabian Wager and not to forget National Currency who ran a great 2nd to Silent Witness in the 2003 Hong Kong Sprint, have shown their metal! These champions have flown the South African flag and done us proud and our latest overseas campaigners have proved that our upper echelon of thoroughbreds are competitive internationally. Not only has South Africa proven that it has top quality, world class thoroughbred racehorses, but also supercedes in many aspects of the racing industry, having exported some of the worlds top jockeys like Michael Roberts, Basil Marcus and Dougie Whyte. In Hong Kong alone, there are 6 South African jockeys finishing in the top 11 of the Hong Kong Jockeys log, with Dougie Whyte winning the Championship on numerous occasions and Felix Coetzee continuously finishing in the top 3. Recent exports to Hong Kong also include two Champion Trainers from South Africa, Tony Millard and David Ferraris, who have not wasted any time in proving their ability as top class horsemen! International recognition has been achieved by world renowned racing personalities like Robert Sangster and the Maktoum's of Dubai already investing in the South African Horse Racing Industry.

South African horseracing is still basking in the glory of capturing two races at the world's richest race meeting in front of an estimated television audience of over 100 million viewers! This has to be South Africa's finest horseracing hour — succeeding in internationally branding South African Horseracing and its Bloodstock as quality products.

The two most prestigious South African Horse Sales are the Bloodstock South Africa National Yearling Sales and the Equimark Vintage Yearling Sales.
The yearlings on offer at these two sales are selected from South Africa's supreme annual foal crop for their outstanding physical presence and the blood of Champions that flow through their veins. Both Sales host an impressive list of Group 1 winning graduates.

Bloodstock South Africa National Yearling Sales is held annually in March at the TBA Sales Complex, Germiston, Gauteng, SA. The 2003 National Yearling Sale saw a 25% improvement on the previous year's figures, with the average price of a yearling increasing from R118,944 to R149,147. A syndicate from Dubai were the under-bidders on the top colt, a son of Fortwood (Sire of Horse Chestnut), which reached a record price of R1,7 million. Other overseas buyers were Peter Doyle and Champion Singapore Trainer, Malcolm Thwaites.





London News: Bloodstock South Africa National Yearling Sale Candidate! Sold for R140,000 & went on to win 11 races for R3.8 Million and HK$2 Million.

 
   
Victory Moon: Equimark Vintage Yearling Sale candidate! Sold for R200,000 & went on to win 5 races for US$2,5 Million
   

Equimark Vintage Yearling Sales
are held annually in April at the Worcester
Show grounds in the Western Cape, SA.

At the 2003 Vintage Yearling Sale, Victory Moon's half brother came under the hammer and was bought for the top price of R800,000 by the Mad Syndicate. This sale showed trends of the top stallions being in great demand, with strong support for well-conformed yearlings. The outstanding characteristic of this sale is that there is always something for everybody!