Cape Premier Sale Postponed


A yearling is auctioned at the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale | Liesl King

The Cape Premier Yearling Sale, which has previously taken place in Cape Town in late January and was this year scheduled for Jan. 28 at De Grendel Estate, has been postponed to a provisional date of Mar. 14. The delay is due to Covid-19 lockdown measures.

The Cape Premier Yearling Sale has in the past drawn an international audience.

Grant Knowles, marketing and bloodstock director of Cape Thoroughbred Sales, said, “This has taken a great deal of thought and consideration. After consultation with the majority of vendors, I believe that it will be in everyone's best interest to postpone our sale for roughly six weeks. There is a possibility that further Covid-19 restrictions will be imposed this week. This will have a direct bearing on our already restricted planning. We anticipate further restrictions on gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, affecting capacity at the De Grendel restaurant and the sales marquee. Additionally, we have concerns about accommodating grooms from 28 individual vendors at the sales venue.”

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