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Hell Or High Water

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Hell Or High Water

If you read our piece on the Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale last Sunday, this is episode two. That there is a need for a second report is a symptom of the dilemma consignors face in the battle for sales ground supremacy between their “spiritual” home, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) and Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS).

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Record Tumbles at National Yearling Sale

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Record Tumbles at National Yearling Sale

Session one of the Bloodstock South Africa National Yearling Sale commenced Wednesday and Liesl King has the scoop. A new Bloodstock South Africa record price was established for a yearling when lot 41 went for R4.25 million (US$348,388).

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"RABADA": Another word for "THUNDERBOLT"

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"RABADA": Another word for "THUNDERBOLT"

That's the name given to the Jo'burg quick-bowling sensation. It also recalls Brave Tin Soldier's "lightning shot" at Turffontein two Saturdays back. Then, Red Hot Poker slayed an odds-on at Scottsville. Both headed for the heavens. Ask Anton Marcus: he'll tell you the rest.

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Foresight is the Breath Of Hope: Hindsight is 20/20

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Foresight is the Breath Of Hope: Hindsight is 20/20

So there is a God after all. And if he isn't a Zulu, he's certainly come to Zululand at last. We couldn't wait for Monday morning to share our delight at the fulfillment of our prophecies on the Visionaires; Harry Nillson obviously didn't have Visionaire in mind when he composed his famous first line 'Everybody's talkin' bout me,' but the stallion is certainly singing from the same song sheet.

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Not Since Moses Floated His Boat

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Not Since Moses Floated His Boat

For all our years in the breeding game, we've never been a farm whose purpose has been the production of precocious juveniles; yet there was a time in the dim and distant past, when the stars were inline, and the early ones “came home” with a certain monotony.

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Doing Exactly What It Says On The "Tin"

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Doing Exactly What It Says On The "Tin"

Big, brave, brilliant. And bred in the purple. That's what it says. So when Rosalie trotted up by 8.5 last time, expectations were high. Not surprisingly, she did it again. With "6.1" on her back. Against her elders. Bring on the Oaks!

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Where to now?

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Where to now?

There’s one thing about time in the racing game; it lends a perspective to your thinking. We’ve had a bit of time to reflect on the outcomes accruing from last week’s CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale, as well as the contingency plans we’re having to make in the wake of Await The Dawn’s passing.

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Thabani Nzimande's 2014 Ready To Run Selections

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Thabani Nzimande's 2014 Ready To Run Selections

Here are Thabani Nzimande's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale. Thabani was awarded the Top Student at the School of Equine Management Excellence in 20111 and the Top Practical Student at the English National Stud in 2012.

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The Verdict Is Out: "AS CHARGED"

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The Verdict Is Out: "AS CHARGED"

On a day attended by the former Premier of KZN and the current Treasurer-General of the ruling party, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, as well as a good spread of the nation’s biggest-hitters, the whole gathering enthusiastically, and at times vociferously, voted to put their fancies on the board.

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