Racing South Africa Racing and Breeding Be Pa rt by Buick


2006 / 2007

“ Be Pa rt
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    It’s a story of                     O
                                        South A frica:
                                        alive with possibility
                                        Visitors have long admired South Africa as one of the
                                        most beautiful places on earth. The southern tip of
                                        Africa offers some of the finest vistas on the planet,
                                        stretching from neat estates in the winelands of the
                                        Cape, to the great space and tranquility of the Karoo,
                                        and on to the verdant pastures east of the picturesque
                                        Drakensberg mountain range.
                                        Coupled with a highly-developed infrastructure and
                                        supported by a growing economy, South Africa is fast
                                        becoming the destination of choice for visitors and
                                        investors alike.

                                                                     I believe that South Africa is
                                                               the most beautiful place on earth.
                                                               Admittedly, I am biased but when
                                                               you combine the natural beauty of
                                                               sunny South Africa with the
                                                               friendliness and cultural diversity of
                                                               our people, and the fact that the
                                                               region is a haven for Africa’s most
                                        splendid wildlife, then I think even the most scrupulous
                                        critic would agree that we have been blessed with a truly
                                        wonderful land.

                                        I would like to extend a personal invitation to you to come
                                        and see for yourself the splendour of South Africa. I know
                                        my people will be delighted to welcome you and I think you
                                        will be enchanted by their warmth and hospitality.
                                        Nelson Mandela

                                        For enquiries about tourism opportunities in South Africa
       Cover photograph: Irridescence
    Courtesy of Hong Kong Jockey Club
...and a story of
SA Bloodstock achieves
                                   Q                uality.
new heights
Further international success for South African breds during
2006: Perfect Promise (Caesour) added to her GR2 $250 000
Emancipation Stakes victory and growing Australian fan base
by beating Australia’s best in the GR1 C F Orr Stakes at
Caulfield Racecourse.
Her full sister, Irridescence, proved yet another smart South
                                                                  Perfect Promise
African buy for Team Valor when she emulated London News
in winning the coveted GR1 QE II Cup in Hong Kong.
Amongst those behind her were globe-trotting multiple GR1
winning mare, Ouija Board, and Hong Kong Horse of the
Year, Bullish Luck.
The flying grey, National Colour, joined Perfect Promise and
Irridescence amongst the top of the World Thoroughbred
Rankings for fillies and mares with a rating of 115, bringing
South Africa’s total to four out of the top ten. Joint Horse
Of The Year, Ilha Da Vitoria, now retired to Wilgerbosdrift
Stud, was the other top performer.
South Africa successes continued in Dubai with Oracle West
(Western Winter), Tyson (Silvino), Imperial Ice (Western
Winter), Tiger Shark (Spaceship) and Safe Structure (National
Assembly) all recording victories during the 2006 Dubai
International Racing Carnival.
Back on home soil, the South African Bloodstock market
continued its upward trend of the last few years. Despite the
yearling sales average rising by 40%, South African bloodstock
remains amongst the most affordable in the racing world.          Fort Wood

South Africa’s stallion band is exceptional at present and last
year’s Champion Sire, Western Winter (Gone West), was
supported by the likes of Jallad (Blushing Groom), Fort
Wood (Sadler’s Wells), Al Mufti (Roberto), National Assembly
(Danzig) and National Emblem (National Assembly).
Outstanding freshman sires of 2004/05, Jet Master (Rakeen)
and Captain Al (Al Mufti), continued to produce excellent
results and at the start of the 2006/07 breeding season, South
Africa welcomed sixteen new sires to its ranks.
                                                                  Western Winter
    The  D                      ubai Connection
                                 South Africa’s association with Dubai continues to
                                 produce excellent results for its horses and horsemen as
                                 the graph below suggests:

                                 16                        Group 1          Records in Group and
                                                           Group 2           Listed races at the
                                 14                        Group 3          Dubai International
                                                           Listed             Racing Carnival
                                                           Total                 2004-2006
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The South African race horse has now become an internationally recognized competitor
due, for the most part, to the platform Dubai has provided South Africa. Equally,
South Africa supplied numbers and horses of high caliber during the formative years
of the Carnival and the relationship has never been stronger. As proof of their
commitment to the South African horseracing industry, Dubai Racing Club sponsored
for the first time the All Stars Day at Clairwood Park racecourse in Kwa-Zulu Natal
in late July 2006.
With an improved delivery system under negotiation, South Africa will have much
greater access to global markets. However, the Dubai International Racing Carnival
is expected to remain the first port of call for South African horses given the obvious
suitability of the desert conditions to South African horses, the great riches on offer
and the springboard Dubai provides for further international challenges. Ipi Tombe,
Trademark, Crimson Palace and most recently, Irridescence, launched their successful
International campaigns from Dubai.
The 2007 Dubai International Racing Carnival promises further glory for South Africa
with the likes of newcomers National Colour, Kapil and Money Bags joining Irridescence
and Oracle West in spearheading the Springbok attack.
It’s a story of        V
Performance at the best price

South African racehorses continue to perform at the highest level and when
it comes to value for money, nothing but nothing compares to South African
National Yearling Sales (RSA) Top price: 543 000       Average:    34 000
Karaka (NZ)                   Top price: 924 950       Average:    75 961
Sydney Easter Sales (AUS)     Top price: 1 930 000     Average:   160 230
Tattersalls October (UK)      Top price: 2 300 000     Average:   220 249
Keeneland September (US)      Top price: 9 700 000     Average:   108 420

(Rand : Dollar = 7.20 : 1.00)
  Year Aggregate (Rand) Average (Rand)
  2001 45 000 000             100 000
  2002 48 500 000             120 000
  2003 64 000 000             150 000
  2004 89 745 000             196 000
  2005 105 140 000            220 419
  2006 137 000 000            287 000

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    Home breds conquer the world

                               IPI TOMBE (ZIM)
                               Bay mare by MANSHOOD (GB) ex Carnet de
                               Danse by Dance in Time (IRE)
                               • Bought as a yearling in Zimbabwe for $1250
                                  in 2000, she lost only once en route to a famous
                                  victory in the GR1 Vodacom Durban July.
                               • Sold privately to Team Valor & Winstar Farm
                                  (USA) and exported to Dubai, where she won
                                  all three starts including the GR1 $2 million
                                  Dubai Duty Free in track record time.
              Ipi Tombe
                          • Won her first start in Kentucky before being retired
                            with career earnings of $1 416 273.
                          • Sold for 800 000 Guineas when in foal to
                            Sadler’s Wells.

                               CRIMSON PALACE (SAF)
                                Bay mare by ELLIODOR (FR) ex Perfect Guest
                                by Northern Guest (USA)
                                • Bought at the 2001 Equimark Vintage Yearling
                                   Sales for $37 500, she won the GR1 Cape Fillies
                                • Sold privately to Team Valor and exported to
                                   Dubai, where she won her first start in course
                                   record time in February 2004.
                                • Sold to Godolphin Racing Stables, running
         Crimson Palace
                                   4th in the GR1 Dubai Duty Free.
                          • Relocated to Godolphin’s Newmarket base and added
                            a GR3 win before winning the GR1 Beverly D Stakes
                            in the USA to take her career earnings to $637 731.
                          • Joined the Darley Breeding operation
Bay colt by AL MUFTI (USA) ex Dancing Flower
by Dancing Champ (USA)
• Bought at the 2001 Equimark Vintage Yearling
  Sales for $25 000, he won his only start in
  South Africa.
• Exported to Dubai in 2002 with Mike de Kock’s
  racing stable, where he won all his starts in
  Dubai during the 2002/2003 season including
  the GR2 UAE Derby, then took on Europe’s
  best in the GR1 Coral Eclipse Stakes when he
  finished a close up 5th behind multiple GR1            Victory Moon
  winner, Falbrav.
• On his return to Dubai for the 2003/2004 season, Victory Moon showed improved
  form and ran the race of his career when 5 lengths third to the American giants,
  Medaglia d’Oro and Pleasantly Perfect in the GR1 Dubai World Cup to take his
  career earnings to US$2 414 974.
• Now standing at Maine Chance Stud in the Western Cape where his first crop
  are foals.

Bay filly by CAESOUR (USA) ex Meretricious
by Dancing Champ (USA)
• Won six of 17 starts in SA, including the
  Gr.1 Cape Fillies Guineas and the following
  season’s GR3 Diana Stakes and the Listed Prix
  Du Cap.
• Exported to Australia, she became the first
  South African bred to win a graded race “down
  under”. Following her success in the GR2
  Emancipation Stks, she ran second in the GR1
  Stradbroke Hcp, defeating some of Australia’s          Perfect Promise
  best runners in the form of Shamekha, Dance Hero,
  Takeover Target and champion Yell.
• Sold for AUS$ 750 000 to join the Lee Freeman
  Racing Stable.
• Since added the GR1 C F Orr Stakes run at Caulfield
  Racecourse beating Australia’s best sprinter/milers.
• Rated 110 in the World Thoroughbred Rankings to
  31 July 2006.
                                      Bay mare by CAESOUR (USA) ex Meretricious
                                      by Dancing Champ (USA)
                                      • Bought for R160 000 at Bloodstock South
                                         Africa’s 2003 National 2YO Sale.
                                      • Won 3 races including the Grade 1 SA Fillies
                                         Classic before being sold privately to Team
                                         Valor for whom she won the Gr1 Zimbali
                                         Lodge Woolavington Stakes and Grade 2 Gerald
                                         Rosenberg Stakes. Voted the Champion 3YO
                                         Classic Female of the 2004/05 season.
                  Irridescence        • Exported to the United Arab Emirates, she
                                easily won the Balanchine (Listed), defeating
                                high-class French filly Satwa Queen. An intended runner
                                in the Dubai Duty Free, she was scratched when injuring
                                herself in the paddock, minutes before the start.
• Went on to score a phenomenal start-to-finish victory over champion and multiple
  Group 1 winner Ouija Board in the Group 1 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II
  Cup at Sha Tin, a race won by SA-bred Champion London News in 1997.
• Irridescence is an own sister to the outstanding filly, Perfect Promise.
• Rated 115 in the World Thoroughbred Rankings to 31 July 2006.

                                      NATIONAL COLOUR
                                      Grey filly by NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (CAN) ex
                                      Rainbow Cake by Mr Eats (IRE)
                                      • Bought for R150 000 at the 2004 National
                                         Yearling Sales.
                                      • A winner of seven of her 10 starts, the grey
                                         rates as one of the finest sprinters of the modern
                                      • Blessed with exceptional speed, she reeled off
                                         a unique GR1 triple as a three-year-old in the
                                         Computaform Sprint, SA Fillies Sprint and the
               National Colour           Mercury Sprint.
                                 • Voted Champion 3YO Female Sprinter, she also had
                                   the honour of sharing the Horse Of The Year award
                                   with the remarkable Ilha Da Vitoria (BRZ).
                                 • Slated to continue her career on the world stage.
                                 • Rated 116 in the World Thoroughbred Rankings to
                                   31 July 2006.
It’s a story of the
Poised for success
                                      F               uture...

South Africa produces just over 3000 thoroughbred
foals per annum. This amounts to less than 3% of the
world annual foal production and given its space, suitable
climate and skills base, South Africa has the capacity
to increase its production significantly.
In 1997, the EU ratified the first export protocol
(97/10/EC) with South Africa and was soon adopted by
South Africa’s main trading partners: UAE, Hong Kong,
Singapore and Malaysia.
Based on the risk posed to the world’s equine population
by African Horse Sickness (AHS), the protocol allows
for the transport of horses from South Africa when the
controlled area in the Western Cape is free of the disease.
Changing scientific and veterinary opinion, however,
will pave the way for fundamental changes to the export
process and the World Animal Health Organisation
(OIE) is expected to review the AHS Code in due course.
Since 1997, over 400 horses have been exported from
quarantine stations in the Western Cape. Export horses
are required to spend 40 days in the facility during
which time they are permitted to exercise during the
vector safe part of the day. The state-of-the-art vector
protected Kenilworth Quarantine Station (KQS)
completed its first export of 33 horses in September
KQS also has the capacity to receive international
challengers for one of South Africa’s premier races,
the GR1 J&B Met.
(Alternative export routes include Mauritius and
the USA.)
    Now write your own       S
               Own the African Lifestyle

               South African bloodstock remains very competitive: on
               average buyers would have to spend less that one fifth at
               Bloodstock South Africa’s auctions than they would have
               to at the equivalent Tattersalls Sales in the UK.
               With training fees averaging less than US$600 per month,
               South Africa offers both local and international racing
               enthusiasts one of the lowest entry levels into the world
               of horseracing.
               With its world class standards of horsemanship and
               excellent racing infrastructure there are real incentives to
               purchase and race horses in South Africa as a nursery for
               later export.
               Horseracing is well organised and the National Horseracing
               Authority (South African Jockey Club) maintains high
               levels of integrity.
               Coupled with a stable Government and a buoyant economy,
               the future of racing looks bright.
               Now is the time to consider South Africa as your racing
               destination of choice!
               South Africa has modern purpose-built training facilities,
               comparable with the best in the world. Racing facilities
               are superb, with high standards of service at the country’s
               eleven racecourses situated in every major city.
               In addition to the impeccable racing experience,
               international owners have access to a wide range of other
               entertainment options, including visits to Africa’s best
               wildlife reserves; world class golf and sporting venues; and
               a host of cultural, commercial and lifestyle activities.
               With the eyes of the world turning towards the host
               country for soccer’s 2010 World Cup, South Africa is
               experiencing an upsurge in investor interest.
               Now is the time to be part of the South African
               success story!
                      Bloodstock South A frica
                      Major Sales Dates
  5 November                   Johannesburg

  10 & 11 March         Cape Town
  4, 6 & 7 May           Johannesburg
  6 July                 Durban
  9 July                Durban
  11, 12 August         Johannesburg
  4 November                   Johannesburg

International Group Winning Graduates:
NATIONAL CURRENCY (National Assembly)
GRAND EMPORIUM (National Assembly)

Contact: BYRON KENNEDY - Marketing Manager
Bloodstock South Africa
PO Box 827, Germiston 1400, South Africa
Tel: +27 (11) 825 1713 Fax: +27 (11) 825 3988
Mob: +27 (82) 453 2066
Email: Website:
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                                                          READY TO RUN SALE
                                                          24 & 25 January      Cape Town
                                                          KZN PREMIER YEARLING SALE
                                                          4 March            Durban
                                                          VINTAGE YEARLING SALE
                                                          25 March            Cape Town
                                                          WINTER MIXED SALE
                                                          22 July              Cape Town

                                    Premier Racing Events 2006
Steinhoff International                            25 November   Turffontein   Johannesburg
Summer Cup
Avontuur Estate                                     2 December   Kenilworth    Cape Town
Cape Fillies Guineas
L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate                           30 December   Kenilworth    Cape Town

International Group Winning Graduates
TRADEMARK (Goldmark)
Equimark Equestrian Sales (Pty) Ltd
P.O. Box 1620, Milnerton, Cape Town, 7435
Tel. +27 (21) 555 2356 Fax. +27 (21) 5550758
Mob. +27 (82) 657 0665
Mob. +27 (82) 657 0664

               Premier Racing Events 2007
Bloodstock SA Cape Guineas 6 January           Kenilworth    Cape Town
J&B Met                      27 January        Kenilworth    Cape Town
Investec Cape Derby          27 January        Kenilworth    Cape Town
SA Derby                     31 March          Turffontein   Johannesburg
GommaGomma                    5 May            Turffontein   Johannesburg
Daily News 2200               2 June           Greyville     Durban
Vodacom Durban July           7 July           Greyville     Durban
Dubai All Stars Race Day     28 July           Clairwood     Durban
Canon Gold Cup                4 August         Greyville     Durban
Emperors Palace               3 November       Turffontein   Johannesburg
Ready to Run Cup
Steinhoff International      24 November       Turffontein   Johannesburg
Summer Cup
Avontuur Estate               1 December       Kenilworth    Cape Town
Cape Fillies Guineas

                           J&B Met
                           A spectacle of glossy vibrancy is the core of J&B Met day
                           at South Africa’s Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town on
                           the last Saturday of January. It’s a gathering of the rich and
                           famous, the fashion junkies and the serious horseracing fan.
                           The first recorded winner of the Metropolitan Mile, as it
                           was originally known in 1883, was Sir Hercules and by the
                           1960’s it was firmly established as one of the “big three”
                           races in the country.
         Zebra Crossing    The race really came to life in 1978 when Justerini &
                           Brookes stepped in as sponsor and the J&B Met as we know
                           it today was born. As if to celebrate the dawning of a new
                           era, Politician, a magnificent chestnut with an outstanding
                           record and one of the greatest horses ever to race in South
                           Africa, won in a canter. He won it again the following year
                           and headed the roll of honour that included household
                           names in South Africa such as Foveros, Wolf Power, Model
                           Man, Empress Club, London News, Horse Chestnut and
     Winning connections
                           Like the great sporting and social events around the world,
                           the J&B Met is a celebration of beauty and magnificence
                           - a gathering of beautiful people and majestic thoroughbreds.

                           GommaGomma Challenge
                           The first Saturday in May plays host to six Graded races over
                           a range of distances. The GR1 Computaform Sprint is run
                           over the minimum trip of five furlongs whilst the GR2 Gold
       Kenilworth crowd
                           Bowl caters for the country’s stayers over the extended trip of
                           two miles. The day is headlined by Africa’s richest horserace
                           in the form of the GommaGomma Challenge - a conditions
                           race over ten furlongs and which saw last season’s joint Horse
                           Of The Year, Ilha Da Vitoria, win the inaugural running
                           during the 2005/06 season.
                           The festival atmosphere of the weekend is heightened by
                           Bloodstock South Africa’s National Yearling Sales - the premier
                           yearling sale in South Africa. The popular select session is
                           held on the Friday night and resumes on Sunday and Monday.
         National Colour
The yearling sale attracts owners, trainers and breeders to
Johannesburg in the week prior to the sales and there is an
exciting build up to Turffontein’s big raceday.
Turffontein Racecourse is Phumelela’s flagship venue and has
been the home of horseracing in Johannesburg virtually since
the city’s birth back in 1886. Other major races run at the
venue include the R1,5-million Steinhoff International Summer
Cup (last Saturday in November) and the R1-million
SA Classic and SA Derby, Africa’s richest events for three-     Ilha Da Vitoria

Vodacom Durban July
On the first Saturday in July, Greyville Racecourse reaffirms
its status as the trendiest racecourse in the country with
the running of the R2,5 million GR1 Vodacom Durban
July. Attracting over sixty thousand spectators from home
and abroad, the Durban July is the most talked-about social
gathering in South Africa. It is also the race of legends and
from humble beginnings in 1897, “July Fever” stops the
nation and is THE race every serious owner, trainer, jockey
and breeder wants to win.
The 2004 renewal of the Vodacom Durban July combined
with ten years of democratic rule in South Africa. In
recognition of this milestone, the saddle cloth bearing the
number ten horse carried the colours of the national flag
and fittingly, Grey's Inn, carried this number and the hopes
                                                                July fashion
of a new nation to victory before being exported to Dubai.
The twelve race programme, including five Graded races
and a brace of Listed events, makes for excellent racing.
Last year’s favourite, Eyeofthetiger, took the honours in
front of a record crowd which pushed Tote takings to an
all-time high. Whichever way you look at it, Africa’s
greatest horseracing showpiece, the Vodacom Durban July,
is the event on South Africa’s racing and social calendar
not to be missed.
                                                                Greyville Racecourse
The South African Equine Trade Council (SAETRAC)
is a non-profit organisation officially recognised and
supported by the Department of Trade and Industry.
Working closely with its technical division, SAETRAC
has very clear global objectives:
• to present the face of South African Horseracing and
• to promote South African Bloodstock
• to facilitate Trade.

Chief Executive Officer
(Representing the South African Equine Trade Council)
PO Box 40, Durban, 4000
150 Avondale Rd, Greyville, Durban 4001
Tel: +27 (31) 314 1799
Fax: +27 (31) 314 1647
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                                             Acknowledgements:                 Photography:
                                           South African Tourism,
                                          John Lewis, Gold Circle,
   “ B e Pa rt o f t he                Sporting Post, JC Photographics,
     S o u t h A fr i c a n              various other contributors.
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