COLIN Gordon, Racing Manager to the late Chris Gerber, has been tasked with consolidating the interests of Gerber Racing and he said on Tuesday: “I have been fielding a number of calls regarding the horses on offer and thought it best to share the feedback far and wide.”
“The Gerber family has retained a handful of horses based largely on sentimental reasons, ranging from partnerships with Chris’ brother Johnny (some fillies they purchased together) to the first horse that won following his passing (Banjo On My Knee).
“The other partnership horses which made up a large number of his horses in training were subsequently taken up by partners. There are still a number of 100% owned horses, some of which are untried (12 unraced horses) and some of which have raced quite successfully (10 winners) and have their whole racing careers and in the case of a few fillies their breeding careers ahead of them.
“We have a number of lots from the estate of Chris Gerber that will be offered on sale at the Central Route H-I-T sale on 8 February 2019 (5 of our Cape Based horses) and then at the BSA Shongweni Sale on 26 February 2019 (19 of our Jhb based horses).
“The assumption that we are selling them because they aren’t too good is simply not true. With the unraced horses we quite frankly don’t know their ability and buyers will see based on the raced horses that we are offering at Shongweni that there are some very useful sorts amongst them. The same will apply to the unraced horses.”
Central Route Sale 8 February 2019 Durbanville
Bay Colt Smart Sox by Mambo in Seattle (USA)
“This late developer was unsold at the N2yo Sale. As Chris felt he just needed more time being a full brother to the stayer Smart Mart, he was bought by Chris and sent back to the farm. He only went into pre-training about a month ago so we really don’t know if he is good bad or indifferent at this stage.”
33 Chestnut Colt Blacksage Alley by Flower Alley (USA)
“This is a strapping 500kg plus colt. He did go into a trainer’s yard but given his size hasn’t been pressed yet. His half sister Bize by Mambo in Seattle won impressively on debut. The horse that ran 4th there coming out to win by 13 lengths.”
34 Bay Filly Twice Over (GB) Unnamed-Mousike
“Chris has desperately tried to get his hands on this family (Winter Solstice, Bravura), so we went to the Klawervlei Farm sale to buy 1 horse and were pleased to get Normandy stud’s 16’ Mousike. From the sale we sent her straight to Moutonshoek and similarly she has just recently gone into pre-training.”
36 Bay Filly Freshet by Silvano (GER)
“Chris bought the Silvano filly Freshet from our 2yo offering at the N2yoSale. Like many of the Silvano’s she simply needed time and so from the sale she went back to the farm. Like the others she has only been in for pre training and hasn’t been in a trainer’s yard yet.”
38 Bay Filly We Like by Mambo in Seattle (USA)
“Well I’m sure everyone can work out why Chris wanted this filly! It’s the Al Mufti cross with Mambo in Seattle. On top of that As you Like had raced so well for Chris in his silks so he was always planning to race this filly! So far just pre-training with no trainer having tested/tried her.
“I will be sending out a similar update for the BSA Shongweni Sale taking place on 26 February 2019 where we have 19 lots including exciting raced prospects like Bize, Factor Fifty, Circle of Latitude, Noceur, Drop Kick amongst the offerings.”