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The Who’s Who of Bloodstock Buyers Expected at CPYS 2024: Save The Date!

Entries have been finalised for the 2024 Cape Premier Yearling Sale renewal, set for the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Thursday, 25 January 2024. The event will be hosted for the second time under the auspices of Cape Racing and powered by Tattersalls, Europe’s leading bloodstock auctioneers.

CPYS 2024 promises to showcase the best in the South African breeding industry, featuring 140 top-notch yearlings that will attract serious interest from the most discerning thoroughbred experts. A formidable bench is expected, with the sale being held just two days before the World Sports Betting Cape Town Met and a host of horse buyers, racing fans and holidaymakers in Cape Town.

Last year’s Premier Sale attracted a gathering of the who’s who of thoroughbred buyers, with leading, prominent international interests represented. They included the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), Bjorn Nielsen, Amanda Skiffington, Peter and Ross Doyle, Fiona Carmichael, and the Niarchos family. The HKJC secured the top seller, Valley of The Kings (Lot 107, Gimmethegreenlight), for R3.8 million from Maine Chance Farms.

Spirited bidding can be expected with the bar set this high, and new benchmarks are possible. Graduates from the 2024 Premier Sale onwards will qualify for all of Cape Racing’s incentive schemes and the Golden Slipper, the new “sales race”. Bonuses of R100,000 will be paid for the first juvenile win of any race, and this will be payable not only in Juvenile races but with a broader reach to include open Maiden races won by juveniles. The inaugural Golden Slipper (featuring 2023 Premier Sale graduates) will be held on Met Day in 2024 with R1.25 million on offer. The Slipper’s purse has already been increased to R1.5 million for 2025, open to all graduates from the 2024 sale.

“We have positioned the Cape Premier Yearling Sale powered by Tattersalls as a go-to for breeders with high-quality forward types. We are excited to be offering a selection of classic yearlings, marked by our inspectors for having increased quality and depth,” said Justin Vermaak, Racing & Bloodstock Executive for Cape Racing.

Save The Date: 25 January 2024!


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Watch the Cape Racing Premier Yearling Sale 2023 Highlights