The Daily Insider with Alec Hogg

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The Daily Insider with Alec Hogg

Our friends thought us daft when, in late 2009, we acquired a small farm near Mooi River in KZN to start our great thoroughbred breeding adventure. How do you make a small fortune… some reminded me… start with a big fortune and go farming.

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The Year Of The Horse

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The Year Of The Horse

On the eve of the departure of the South African delegation for Hong Kong where they will be negotiating the normalisation of South Africa’s export protocols, the prospect of trade with China raises its enticing head. It’s well documented that Mick Goss presented South Africa’s political and commercial case for this process at the Asian Racing Conference in Mumbai earlier this year, and the delegation now representing our cause is taking the scientific argument to the international race meeting in Hong Kong next week. We all know this could be a game-changer for the South African racing and breeding industry, so that its significance cannot be underestimated. The relevance of this development was highlighted by Paul Haigh in an article in the Daily Telegraph.

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So You See... The Judges Agree: The Best Ever

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So You See... The Judges Agree: The Best Ever

The gallops are behind us and phase 1 is complete. In the yard as we write is the doyen of Highveld trainers, Ormond Ferraris, hot-as-hell Gary and Dean Alexander and champion trainer Sean Tarry. If ever a measure of the quality of the horses was needed, I guess these three gents say it all.

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The Final Big Sale of the Year

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The Final Big Sale of the Year

Joburg residents are used to traffic jams, but we could get a horse jam in Midrand this week with 235 two-year-olds in town for the last big sale of the year - the Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run scheduled for Thursday and Friday evenings.

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Ringsider - The Ready To Run Sale

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Ringsider - The Ready To Run Sale

Ahead of his biggest sale of the year - the Emperors Palace Joburg Ready-To-Run which is scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week - champion breeder, Mick Goss, can be relied on to provide an enticing quote.

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The Inside Track

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The Inside Track

The racing fraternity is a community all of its own, yet within that world there is another called the “insiders”. These are the guys that live and work in a world “normal” people don’t know, whose day kicks off long before normal people rise, who speak a language of their own and have an affinity for racehorses which is often greater than their affection for their fellow man. 

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Pro Amico

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Pro Amico

For the past 20 years, Seamie Heffernan has been the ultimate team player at Ballydoyle: self-effacing, patient, uncomplaining, a shoulder to the wheel. But his maiden Breeders' Cup success, unmistakably, was the result of an inspired and vivid exhibition of individual flair.

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Ready To Race

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Ready To Race

As our Ready To Run candidates parade before the judges at Monday’s gallops in Randjesfontein, the Hartford House team faces a similar fate on Sunday (20th) when the nation gets to know the names of the top ten restaurants in the country. It’s one thing standing out in a foal crop of 3500, it’s another entirely when you’re one of more than 80 000 restaurants in South Africa in the glare of millions of “wannabee” food fanciers.

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“V is for Vision” (as we’ve said before)

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“V is for Vision” (as we’ve said before)

"The one thing that never ceases to amaze me, is how things have turned out for the Irish-based racehorse breeding business Coolmore, and its international agencies, Ashford in the USA and the Hunter Valley’s Coolmore Australia." - Mick Goss / Summerhill CEO

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How do you separate them?

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How do you separate them?

That is the question. Just yesterday, one of our pre-Training managers and certainly the most experienced of our jockeys, John Motaung, proclaimed this the best Ready To Run string he’s known. He should know; over the years he’s ridden in the States, the UK and here, he’s seen plenty of champions, July, Met and Summer Cup winners, and any number of millionaires pass through the Summerhill “breeze- up” programme, and he sat on the likes of Igugu, Pierre Jourdan, Smanjemanje, Imbongi, Rabada and Africa Rising.

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“P” for Prosperity

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“P” for Prosperity

Things are hotting up for the CTS Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, and from the traffic to our website, it’s clear that public interest in what’s “cooking” on the farm, is as brisk as ever.

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WELL, WELL, WELL

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WELL, WELL, WELL

For a son of Northern Dancer, Sadler’s Wells was anointed thus in honour of one of the world’s leading dance venues, which in turn earned its appellation from its original founder, Richard Sadler and the rediscovery of a monastic spring on the property, the waters of which were said to have strong medicinal powers. While we revel in the appropriateness of his association with the world of dance, just as we can in the case of his paternal half-brothers, Nijinsky, Nureyev, Lyphard and The Minstrel, there’s little doubt either about the “powers” of the stallion Sadler’s Wells, who, both as a sire and a sire of sires, was destined to become the most remarkable of all Northern Dancer’s sons.

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OH NO, IT’S THE DRAW!

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OH NO, IT’S THE DRAW!

Looking at the slots for the R2.5million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup and the R1million Emperors Palace Charity Mile on Saturday, you’d swear we were being punished for having a hand in “state capture”!

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