BLOODSTOCK SA‘s November Mixed Sale turned over R6,75-million at the TBA Complex yesterday and Michael Holmes, who conducted the Sale, was absolutely delighted.
“We are pleasantly surprised at the yield, and the average of almost R75,000 per horse sold, quite amazing for a horses-in-training sale that came out of nowhere this year and considering the economic climate,” said Holmes.
He added: “Adriaan and Rika van Vuuren sold their 90-plus horses on the sale without reserve, buyers came for bargains and they got them, no problem.”
The diverse buyers‘ bench included Mauritian Jean-Michel Henry, who paid R420,000 for the former Van Vuuren racer Oomph, a fine prospect for rac-ing on the island. He also bought proven handicap-per Easy Lover for R180,000.
Mike Azzie paid R500,000 to keep an unraced Australian-bred colt by Pluck from Sessantisimo (Flying Spur) in his stable – obviously one to watch when it comes to the racetrack.
Jockeys Piere Strydom and Johnny Geroudis surprisingly also each parted with some petty cash in support of the sale. Strydom forked out a whole R5,000 for Lot 12, Oasis Queen (a winner by Golden Sword), while the retired Geroudis splashed out an unknown amount for his share of a winning Kahal filly Lot 41, Mam‘selle Magique, in partner-ship with Mike de Kock and friends. – Turf Talk.