ONE of the best things about CTS Sales is that they are staged in wonderful Cape Town, which undoubtedly enhances prospects for good client turnouts, especially at a time when the Cape is at its most picturesque and the weather tends to play along.

A strong buyer’s bench is expected at this week’s CTS Ready To Run Sale at Durbanville and CTS Bloodstock Manager Kerry Jack is excited. She said on Tuesday: “The recent BSA Ready To Run Sale in Johannesburg was encouraging, they posted good results and we have every reason to expect something similar.

“We have an exceptional, 117-lot catalogue and we’ll have Cape trainers and their clients in attendance in addition to those flying in from Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, for which bookings have been great. We’ll also have an early group of international clients attending the sale, including clients of Empire International Bloodstock and Snaith Racing.

“Most of the internationals normally come for the Cape Premier Sale in January, so it’s encouraging that we’ll have a few at the Ready To Run Auction.”

Jack shares the sentiments of CTS CEO Wéhann Smith that this compact catalogue will see more competition between buyers due to the qualifying races attached to the sale, and that their spirited bidding will reflect in the aggregate.

Kerry Jack, CTS.
Kerry Jack, CTS.

“Buyers have a one-in-seven chance of securing a qualifier for the 2019 Ready To Run Stakes. Horses sold here will also qualify for the 2020 CTS Mile and Sprint each worth R5-million. CTS Ready To Run graduates, and their connections, have plenty going for them!”

The catalogued lots from KZN’s Far End Stud have already arrived and the balance of horses are expected at Durbanville on Wednesday, Jack said: “The official viewing day is Thursday, when all the lots and their breeders or representatives will be here from 8am to 6pm. There will be a Kuda Braai at the Yard Bedouin from 16.30 onwards.

“Anne Dalton and her team have been busy setting up the Marquee and the facilities this week and it’s all looking good. We’ll have the gallops on Friday starting at 9.30, in lot number order. All the gallops will be filmed.”

A nice innovation this year is that there will be viewing stations where the gallops can be viewed as many times as needed on the CTS website, after they’ve been completed.

While the gallops will be re-played on the screens around the marquee, buyers will also be able to look at individual gallops on laptops which will be placed in the viewing stations, or cubicles. Replays will be available after each batch of 10 gallops, which are expected to finish before 12pm. The gallops will also go out live on Tellytrack.

“We’ll be serving breakfast and a light lunch, and we’ll give vendors and their horses a chance to settle down after the gallops before the additional viewing ahead of the sale, which will start at 6pm, with dinner at 7,” said Jack.

The catalogue features progeny of the established local favourites, including Dynasty, Silvano, Trippi, Querari and VAR, to two-year-olds by Camelot, Rock Of Gibraltar and Pour Moi.

Asked to identify her personal best lots, Jack said: “That would be unfair as I’ve only seen the lots from Far End, Sorrento and Soetendal, all impressive. Normandy Stud and others are bringing superb lots with top pedigrees too, I’m not going to single anything out at this stage!”

In conclusion, Jack noted that the catalogue for the 2019 Cape Premier Sale, scheduled for 23 January, had been finalised. “The catalogue will have 226 lots, quality all round, and it will be available online next week.”