Leading South African bloodstock agent John Freeman has expressed his concern about difficulties for racehorse buyers in an awkward and economically strained time for racing and breeding in the region.
Freeman writes in his latest newsletter: “Sale season is here and in a hurry. The weather hasn’t played ball. Just two weeks after a blistering BSA Cape Yearling sale at Mistico we found heavy rain and almost wintery weather at the De Grendel sponsored CTS Cape Premier Sale. This, just over three weeks before we all find ourselves at Gosforth Park for the Nationals.
“This is an unusual state of affairs and not ideal in the current climate. BSA catalogues were doing the rounds in the week of the CTS sale and so some decided to keep their powder dry. I am of the view that we are all in the game together, breeders deserve support at wherever they decide to offer their horses. The cost to Cape Breeders of selling in Johannesburg is prohibitive. For Cape buyers it’s not ideal either. But, as always, we will be there.”