Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
4 minute read
10 Nov 2020
4:32 pm

You have Covid-19 to thank for bargain horses

Mike Moon

South Africa's strict export controls, combined with the jitters surrounding coronavirus, have made it a good year for those who have a few extra rands lying around and are looking to buy a racehorse.

Revered trainer Wendy Whitehead saddles three runners in Race 6 at the Greyville Polytrack meeting on Wednesday. Picture: iStock

This could be a good week to buy a racehorse. South African thoroughbreds are very undervalued in the world market – thanks to cumbersome export protocols – and are changing hands even cheaper this year thanks to coronavirus jitters. Thus, Bloodstock South Africa's National Two-Year-Old (2YO) Sale in Germiston on Thursday and Friday offers brave souls a chance to purchase choice horseflesh at keen prices. The 2YO Sale is traditionally a value-for-money auction anyway and, in a fearful world, it’s likely to be even better value than usual. JJ The Jet Plane, The Apache, Iridescence, Noah From Goa, River Jetez...