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Tapp's Travels: Cape Premier Yearling Sale

Sunday, February 02, 2014 6:00 PM

When South Africa's Western Cape Breeders Club invited me to talk at their Thoroughbred & Equestrian seminar, I knew it meant one thing—an opportunity for another installment of Tapp's Travels, which I hadn't done since 2011 in Australia and New Zealand . The seminar coincided with the Cape Premier Yearling Sale in Cape Town Jan. 23-24. This gave me the opportunity... Read More...

Written by Ian Tapp | Feb 02, 2014 | 3 Comments

Leading South African Sires

Wednesday, October 02, 2013 11:00 PM

Although we see relatively few runners from South Africa in the U.S. or Europe, the performances of horses from that country in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) meet and in major preps at Meydan have left no doubt that South Africa can produce world-class runners. South African stallion masters have gathered an intriguing and eclectic group of sires, as can be seen... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Oct 02, 2013 | 0 Comments

Silvano Sires Unique Group I Double

Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:40 AM

This week we have a guest post from Michelle Kinane ( @MichelleKinane ) on the wonderful Jacobs family stallion Silvano. Michelle is a young pedigree enthusiast based in Ireland and has her own blog which can be found here . Photo: Maine Chance Farms Silvano (Lomitas—Spirit of Eagles, by Beau's Eagle) Owned and bred by Dr. Andreas Jacobs' Gestüt Fährhof, Silvano... Read More...

Written by Byron Rogers | Jul 11, 2013 | 1 Comment

First Stallions from South Africa, Chile Join TrueNicks

Thursday, June 27, 2013 3:30 AM

TrueNicks passed another landmark last week with the first stallions from South Africa and Chile to officially join the program. Photo: Avontuur Estate Var (Forest Wildcat—Loma Preata, by Zilzal) At Avontuur Estate we find two of the hottest young sires standing in South Africa in Oratorio (IRE) ( TrueNicks ) and Var ( TrueNicks ). The well-traveled duo both... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Jun 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Strength in Depth in the Cape

Wednesday, February 01, 2012 5:00 PM

Although the average – R419,000 against R435,000 – for this year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, which is in its infancy on the South African sales calendar, was down very slightly from last year’s inaugural event, the overall picture was of considerable strength in depth. With an extra 51 lots selling, the sale topped the R100 million mark in total sales, with... Read More...

Written by Alan Porter | Feb 01, 2012 | 3 Comments