CBC Insights Form Bloodstock
One of South Africa’s most long standing fixtures in the thoroughbred world, Form Bloodstock had its origins when owner Charles Faull purchased the Peninsula Turf Guide for the princely sum of R1. An original BComm law student, Charles had become interested in the turf a few years earlier, and his original purchase would eventually lead him to create both the the Form Stallion Register and The Thoroughbred News. Sadly, due to various political issues, the Thoroughbred News ended in 1987.
Form’s current offices, based in Maitland, include a large library which surely has claims to being the most comprehensive on equine history and notes in South Africa.
Jehan Malherbe joined Form in 1976 and he is still a partner in the business today.
In 1980, Form Organisation produced South Africa’s first stallion register, a reference work described the editor of the British Racehorse as “the Utopian standard the world over.”
When the digital age dawned, Form Organisation launched an online database, the ARO website (Action Racing Online), which went live in 1997. It was voted “one of the World’s top three Sports websites” by Encyclopedia Britannica.
Form’s most recent undertaking is to convert its extensive library into a live website. The project, which has been sponsored and supported by Gold Circle, Phumelela, the Racing Association and the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, has been named Thoroughpedia (in a salute to the hugely popular Wikipedia). Thoroughpedia’s aims include building a comprehensive online library of horse racing’s oft neglected history.
Form also runs a Bloodstock Agency division (Form Bloodstock), and have purchased a host of stallions which have gone on to Champion Sires in this country – ie Royal Prerogative, Dancing Champ, Secret Prospector, Western Winter. Other highly successful sires bought by Form Bloodstock include Russian Fox, Tiger Ridge and Trippi.
Jehan heads up the “yearling” division and has purchased over 80 yearlings which have gone onto become stakes winners, with over 50 of them having performed at Grade One level. His international stakes winners bought include Archipenko, Asiatic Boy, Bold Silvano, Eagle Mountain, Igugu and The Apache.
Jehan has enjoyed considerable success when attending Goffs and Tattersalls over the past few seasons, with his purchases including this season’s Gr1 Cape Flying Championship winner Alboran Sea, multiple Grade 1 winner Europa Point, and former Oaks winner Front House, as well as the graded winners Espumanti, Gorongosa, Headstrong and Welwitschia.
In turn, both Archipenko and Asiatic Boy have been extremely successful young sires in their own right – suggesting the Form legacy will live on for years to come.