National Sale

“Select Evening” is an innovation at the National Sale. Instead of a Select Day, with just over 200 horses, the Evening has a mere 99 of what ought to be the most sought after lots. Indeed the highest priced yearling is one of these. The Northfields filly Sister Divine breaks all records when the hammer falls at a bid R300.000. Buyer is surgeon Hans Roos (pictured).

Hans RoosCoromandel and Northfields take the Sale by storm, with unprecedented promotional support. Sydney Press after all has an impressive track record in the retailing business and knows how these things ought to be done. Coromandel and Northfields head both aggregate and average at the Sales. As Press puts it: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”.
Turnover at the Sale reaches R21 million, of which the Select group takes less than a third. Top priced colt is Dancing Champ’s son First Champ who outsprints another of that sire’s sons Castle Walk: R240.000 to R210.000.

Corn Belt goes for R50.000 and the same price is paid by Millard for Royal Chalice (“too small” claim two prospective owners). R50.000 too is the price for Mill Hill. Harry’s Echoe goes for R47.000, Priceless Asset fetches R45.000, while for Young England the hammer falls at R25.000. Tony Factor needs just R8000 to secure Imperial Silver.
Bloodstock agent Chris Smith is the leading buyer, spending R3.1 million.



The Futures Game (SA Racehorse, February 1986)
National Sale – a perspective (SA Racehorse May 1986)
Jonathan Irwin - the Irish View (SA Racehorse May 1986)


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