TBA CEO’s Blog – Monday 3rd June

TBA CEO’s Blog – Monday 3rd June

To get Black Friday over with…I apologise to everyone who received sms’s in error on Friday. Our database supplier had a technical glitch that sent out repeat SMS’s to many of you in error requesting payment for NYS13. In fact some of you received SMS’s selling Life Cover and Car Insurance from us too! I apologise for any inconvenience this might have caused you, and this error has been rectified. On a positive note thanks to those who did pay us as a result.

Moving forward -what a day of racing on Saturday at Greyville – a clean sweep by South African breds which is a great advert for South African breeding and the investments breeders and buyers have made in local bloodstock is starting to pay off.

In fact except for one race all racing in South Africa on Saturday was dominated by South African breds. Pardon my patriotism but that does make the $10 rand a better pill to swallow.

Silvano stamped his class on Saturday with two impressive fighting victories in the feature races , Maine Chance,John Slade and Andreas Jacobs deserve all the good fortune coming their way. What a month it has been for this magnificent stallion and team! The Grooms Co-op selected Vercingetorix and he definitely seems to have the Asterix magic potion as he sure runs them off their feet(this is for those who remember the Asterix and Obelix comics!). This story behind this horse is destined to become legend. Well done to all connections involved. Do you Remember provided Mr de Broglio with first GR 1 winner , and to add to this he bred the filly as well who seems to be coming into her own  – well done Geoff Woodruff and team.

The Epsom Derby Meeting showed that it is the premier racing event in the world ,and our South African connection with Mr Kantor and the title sponsor Investec make it another South African victory this weekend.

On the sales front the KZN Yearling Sale catalogue is online(www.tba.co.za) and printed copies should be ready soon. We have a strong catalogue with some excellent sales incentives ,and with the way that Natal horses are performing at the moment this sale makes a lot of sense. We have a great mix of studs, stallion power and some striking specimens so make a note for your dairy of the 4 -5 July.

Vendors are urged to finalise their entries for the KZN Mare and Weanling sale this week  – I am hoping to get some more weanlings and fillies for stud entries as breeders are looking for breeding stock, and the pinhooking market is definitely on the up.

Please note entries for the Emperors Palace National 2 year old sale are closing this week so remember to send us those entries. Owners and trainers make note that we will be selling fillies for stud at this sale too so please contact us if you would like to enter fillies on this sale.

To all those in the Cape wrap up warm!

Have a good week.

Tom

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