You’d think in the wake of a sale of over a 100 lots and all of its attendant comings-and-goings (not to mention the politics!) there’d be a bit of respite for Team Summerhill. Not a word of it: the next lot for the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale are already in and grabbing the attentions of Michael Booysen, Thabani Nzimande, Tarryn Liebenberg and co
If you’ve never raced at the Champ de Mars in Mauritius, you’ve never raced at all, so those of us aficionados of the game will tell you. It’s not only the second oldest turf club in the world, it’s the also the most atmospheric.
There’s one thing about time in the racing game; it lends a perspective to your thinking. We’ve had a bit of time to reflect on the outcomes accruing from last week’s CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale, as well as the contingency plans we’re having to make in the wake of Await The Dawn’s passing.
The brilliance of jockey Anton Marcus sealed the deal in a thrilling finish to the R3,85 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup run at Turffontein on Saturday as the Rock Of Gibraltar filly Rich Girl took line honours for Ingrid and Markus Jooste.
The Inanda Club played host to the inaugural CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale Friday, where 145 lots went through the ring for an aggregate of R24,680,000, an average of R178 841 and a median of R90,000.
The Johannesburg Ready To Run festivities kick off at Sandton's Inanda Club at lunch time today with the sale commencing at 4:30pm. Here is a summary of the public voting (Top 5 Colts and Fillies) as at 31 October 2014.
It’s true, we all like to think our geese are swans, but it’s a fact that at last week’s gallops, the judges panel were pretty unanimous in their belief that this was as good a crop of Ready To Run horses as have ever left Summerhill; given the history, that’s some statement.
Talk about tsunamis, you only have to put money on the table when it comes to a horserace, and the fur is bound to fly; I doubt there’s ever been an invitational log issued for a major prize in racing, which hasn’t attracted an outcry.
On a day attended by the former Premier of KZN and the current Treasurer-General of the ruling party, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, as well as a good spread of the nation’s biggest-hitters, the whole gathering enthusiastically, and at times vociferously, voted to put their fancies on the board.