A bidding war between Jehan Malherbe’s Form Bloodstock and prolific buyer Greg Bortz drove lot 91 to a price of R3.8 million at the Bloodstock South Africa (BSA) August Sale last week.
Alistair Gordon of BSA confirmed the price to be a new record for a two-year-old at a sale in South Africa.
Gordon added, “He was a nice horse. We didn’t really expect him to go for that amount, but when two people want a horse that is what can happen.”
Form Bloodstock won the battle.
The price rose relatively slowly from an opening bid of R100,000 to R625,000 and hesitated on that amount, but the bidding then became quick. The price rose rapidly to R3.8 million as an enthralled audience watched on. The auctioneer was Angus Williamson, who was doing his first BSA Sale.
“Yes We Can” is the name of the horse, and likely refers to a slogan coined by President Barrack Obama which was made into a song by The Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am. The idea for the name was undoubtedly derived from Gimmethegeenlight’s dam called Yes She Can CanCan (Canny Lad).
Gordon continued, “It was another incredible Sale. The quality at the sales has been very good throughout the year. There is a bit of a shortage of horses and it has been a battle for some to buy because the prices are high. But it is amazing that the prices are being maintained at such a high level. They keep on breaking records.”