Yearling sale ready to bounce back to its glory days
'The 2018 catalogue is a bumper one and the diversity and range give everyone a chance to get among the action'
In recent years, there has been no shortage of prophets of doom ready to deliver the last rites to the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA).Due to the success of the Cape Thoroughbred Sales — notably the Premier Yearling Sale in Cape Town in January — TBA’s turnover plummeted. Some breeders followed the money and — in parliamentary terms — "crossed the floor". They could not believe they were getting three or four times more for horses than expected.Recent social media posts suggest this did not go down well with loyal buyers. One said: "I’ve been shunned by previously friendly breeders because I haven’t got millions to spend."Obviously, there will not have been too many tears shed by TBA officials after the recent Steinhoff saga and now — with the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale in Germiston starting on Tuesday — we have the bounce factor.Interviewed by Sporting Post, Michael Holmes, CEO of Bloodstock SA, predicted this week’s sale is "set to be one of the most well ...