Tinus Gericke and Bruce Le Roux of Blue Sky Thoroughbreds. Image: Candiese Lenferna

Bruce Le Roux and Tinus Gericke’s Blue Sky Thoroughbreds is an emerging force in the South African thoroughbred industry.

The partnership, who began accumulating a broodmare band together in 2016, have already enjoyed success both on the racetrack and in the sales ring. Blue Sky Thoroughbreds had yearlings make up to R750 000 at last year’s National Sale, and the partnership have already bred some smart individuals including the very smart Coin Spinner.

The goal of Blue Sky Thoroughbreds is to acquire the best families possible in the stud book in order to breed the best, and their strike rate for purchasing fillies to race and succeed with a view for stud is excellent.

Blue Sky Thoroughbreds have acquired the former Yellow Star Stud and are now selling solely under the Blue Sky Thoroughbreds banner.

Amber Forever, first win in the colours of Blue Sky Thoroughbreds. Image: Candiese Lenferna

The partnership will be offering an impressive draft at this year’s National Yearling Sale, with Blue Sky Thoroughbreds’ National draft made up of yearlings sired by such high-class stallions as Act Of War, Erupt, Gimmethegreenlight, Rafeef, Var, William Longsword and Willow Magic.

This string also includes a pair of yearlings sired by dual G1 winner Rabada, as well as three lots from the first crop of New Approach’s dual G2 winning son New Predator.

Among the potential standouts in this string are the Var filly (Lot 298) out of the Spring Valley bred G2 SA Oaks winner Bedloe’s Island and the Gimmethegreenlight colt (Lot 409) out of Dynasty’s regally bred G3 Flamboyant Stakes winning daughter Hashtagyolo. 

Blue Sky Thoroughbreds will also be acting as agent, on behalf of Summerhill, for a Willow Magic filly (Lot 115) and  acting as agent for yearlings sired by all of Canford Cliffs (Lot 201), Flower Alley colt (Lot 423), Global View filly (Lot 137) and a filly (Lot 364) by The United States.

This draft can be viewed in Block C at TBA complex in Germiston.

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