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Posted 2024-04-09 04:47:35  
Markets Open, Sales Season is here

The recent announcement of the successful reopening of the European Export Market has sparked a wave of optimism within the South African horseracing community. Cape Racing, in collaboration with its partners, has diligently worked to restore pride and enhance its jurisdiction, resulting in a highly successful 2024 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. Now, anticipation mounts for the upcoming 2024 National Yearling Sales in late April, where top nurseries will showcase the progeny of South Africa's leading pedigrees.

There's a palpable curiosity regarding the potential influx of foreign interest and whether bidding will indicate early overseas buying or ignite competition among local agents for some of South Africa's finest pedigrees. Which bloodlines will emerge as the most sought after remains a topic of intrigue.

Equally fascinating will be observing the breeding choices in the 2024 season, as they may reflect whether local breeders are adjusting their selections to align with international racing trends or maintaining focus on domestic bloodline demand. While the international response may not be immediate and could perhaps be more evident in 2025, it's clear that behind-the-scenes discussions are underway between South African breeders and foreign interests. Plans are likely being formulated to reestablish South African presence on international racetracks.

These are indeed interesting times, filled with anticipation and excitement for what the future holds. Patience and resilience, characteristic of Southern Africans, will undoubtedly play pivotal roles as the industry navigates these developments. 

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