Off To A Blooming Good Start!


The Act Of War sibling to two Gr1 sprinters and carrying an unusual marking on his back leg, sold to Corne Spies for R375 000. Image: Candiese Lenferna

Bloomhill Stud presented a well prepared draft on sales debut and reaped the rewards which also saw one of South Africa’s leading bloodstock agents, John Freeman, sign a ticket from the budding new stud for Lot 227, a filly by Act of War.

With six well grown two year olds on offer including a lovely chestnut colt by Act Of War – well related with two Gr1 siblings in the form of Bohica (Capetown Noir) and Bartholdi (Act Of War), sold to Corne Spies for R375 000, making Bloomhill Stud the leading KZN farm of the sale.

Others to attract interest were Perfectly Picked, by Ideal World from the family of Bridal Paths, sold for R100 000 to Rutherford Racing.

Another impressive colt on offer was by Rabada out of Bindella, attracting R120 000 from Lilly Blue Concepts, from the family of Syncopate.

Overall the farm averaged R146 000 for five Lots sold, with one horse not reaching reserve.

A Rabada colt out of Bindella sold for R120 000. Image: Candiese Lenferna

Bush Hill Stud’s top Lot was by Willow Magic from the family of Shoe Shac and Green Keeper, sold to Yogas Govender.

Piemonte’s leading Lot sold to Fanie Bronkhorst for R150 000. The chestnut flashy daughter of Erupt is very reminiscent of her broodmare sire Wolfhound with her white stockings, a half sister to Zim champ Mia Finola and the family of At The Savoy, Kiss Of Peace and Gang Related.

The overall results of the sale were very pleasing with Bloodstock South Africa reporting that, “the 2022 August Two Year Old Sale drew to a stirring conclusion at the TBA complex on Saturday afternoon, with results and prices from the two day auction all having exceeded all expectations.”

Aggregate for this year’s sale rose to R48.975 million, off a base of R39.64 million recorded in 2021, and, just as pleasingly, both the average prices and median prices recorded notable gains in 2022.

This year’s August Two Year Old Sale recorded a handsome average of R220 608 with the 2021 average price R141 571, and the auction’s median increased from R90 000 in 2021 to R140 000 this year.

Well done to all concerned.


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