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First White SAf Thoroughbred Foal For Sale

Wednesday, 13th March 2013

The first white thoroughbred foal ever born in South Africa will go under the hammer at the Emperor's Palace National Yearling Sales that take place at the TBA Sales complex at Gosforth Park on April 26 to 28, reports goldcircle.co.za. Gran Blanco (Kahal-Perakeen, by Rakeen) was bred by Mike and Tanya McHardy's Rathmor Stud. McHardy commented, "I find it quite hard to analyse a white yearling because it's so rare! But he is coming on very nicely and there is nothing wrong." The colt is out of a multiple stakes-placed five-time winner and McHardy has received interest from all over the world. However, he is hoping that the colt is bought to race, rather than purely for paint horse breeding. The world's first ever white thoroughbred registered was a filly born in 1963 in Kentucky called White Beauty. She was a genetic mutation. By the end of 2005, only 48 white thoroughbreds had been registered in history, but 28 of these occurred between 2001 and 2005, primarily as a result of the American Paint Horse Association, which specifically breeds unusually coloured thoroughbreds and quarter horses. Actual white colouring, as opposed to grey, whether white markings, white patterns or dominant white, is collectively known as depigmentation phenotypes, and is caused by areas of skin that lack pigment cells. It has various genetic causes, but much of the genetics behind all-white depigmentation phenotypes is still unknown. On the other hand, greys are born with a base colour, usually bay, chestnut or black, but an inherited gene slowly removes pigment from the coat and they eventually turn white as they age.

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