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Tattersalls (founded in 1766), Europe’s leading bloodstock auctioneers, is to join forces with Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS) in a joint venture focused primarily on the 2023 CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale. 

Tattersalls will be affording their famous brand and renowned expertise to the CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale, set for a return to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in January 2023. 

The 2023 renewal will be branded the ‘Cape Premier Yearling Sale powered by Tattersalls’, and the 2023 CTS Farm Yearling Sale and the 2023 CTS Ready To Run Sale will also be conducted under this exciting partnership banner.

Tattersalls, who sell approximately 10,000 horses per year, are the leading bloodstock auctioneers in Europe, and admired the world over. 

Synonymous with thoroughbreds of the best quality, high-profile sales, and unrivalled service, their partnership with CTS, who at its inception in 2011 took South African bloodstock auctions to new levels of innovation and client service, is a dream match for bloodstock investors.

Grant Knowles, MD of CTS, expressed his delight with this announcement, and commented: “The new association with Tattersalls is a marvellous endorsement of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale. The original concept of an inner-city racehorse sale in one of the world’s most beautiful locations was hugely popular with buyers from around the globe, and the Tattersalls support is a great addition to the fixture. A boutique Select Sale will be held with approximately 150 yearlings, which would be stabled in the convention centre.”

He added: “The sale will follow on from Gaynor Rupert’s L’Ormarins Queens Plate Day at Kenilworth, which offers an unrivalled race day experience and hospitality. Sales have been under pressure during the strenuous and difficult Covid period, and with international travel prohibited during that time, 2023 appears to be an ideal opportunity to re-introduce the quality of our bloodstock, and the magic of our Mother City to buyers”.

The Tattersalls Group entered the South African horseracing market several years ago, sponsoring a popular Juvenile Race series, which culminated with a sponsored Listed contest on Sun Met Day at Kenilworth, and two Two-Year-Old Races during the prestigious L’Ormarins Queens Plate Racing Festival.

Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented, “Tattersalls has enjoyed a long and valued relationship with Cape Thoroughbred Sales and South African racing and breeding, and our new association with CTS, and particularly their world-renowned Cape Premier Yearling Sale in January, reinforces the Tattersalls commitment to the South African thoroughbred industry. The Cape Premier Yearling Sale quickly established itself as a unique and prestigious fixture in the global sales calendar, and Tattersalls is proud to be assisting with the 2023 renewal which promises to showcase many of the best yearlings to be found in South Africa to a global audience.”

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CTS has achieved truly remarkable results in only 11 years of trading, with no fewer than 48 individual Group 1 winners having been sold at various CTS auctions, the equivalent of more than 4 per year. CTS graduates have won 54 Group 1 races between them to date.

The sale is set to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Thursday 12th January 2023