We had a good turn-out Wednesday at the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale staged at the School of Equine Management Excellence, with representation from Mauritius, Mogadishu, France and Cyprus.
Remember Barley from Darley, he of the riveting lecture on Sheikh Mohammed's pre-training programme in Australia. At last year's Winter School, Barley Ward-Thomas delivered a paper on what the Darley operation Down Under had done to address the consequences of losing to the commercial market a horse like Pierro, described by Australia's top trainer, Gai Waterhouse as the best two-year-old she'd ever trained.
Double Clutch is by the ill-fated Stronghold out of the Northern Guest mare, Incremental, and is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2012 Ready To Run Sale. We look forward to seeing you at the Summer Ready To Run Sale tomorrow!
It’s getting hot in the kitchen, and the ambient temperature at Summerhill for today and tomorrow is in parallel mode. It’s something of a tribute to the power of the internet, that we’ve had interest expressed in tomorrow’s Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale from as far afield as Cyprus and Ethiopia (of all places), Zambia, Kenya and Mauritius, obviously on the strength of what they’ve seen of the gallops.
We all know the saying "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer," but history and Summerhill at the Ready To Run tells us otherwise.
Horse Chestnut – South African Horse of the Year, Triple Crown Champion, and horse racing icon – died last night in his stall at the age of 19.
In the second part of his question-and-answer session with TRC, trainer John Gosden addresses a number of key issues, including the role of the Breeders' Cup, British racing's financial plight, and the importance of international racing to the long-term health of the sport.
Followers of these columns will remember that our troupe of traditional dancers, the Ngobamakhosi, became the first Zulu invitees to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo last August. Their performances were the subject of overwhelming critical acclaim, not to mention a two and a half minute standing ovation, virtually unprecedented in the events 58 year history.
The Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run
Tuesday 24th February | Viewing from Friday 20th
Charles Faull is a genius. Don't take my word for it, listen to the sages.
Following the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale on Tuesday, 24th February at the School of Equine Management Excellence, we will be auctioning well-known KZN stallions Mullins Bay, Solskjaer and Way West.
There are some things in life that are simple arithmetic, even in the bewildering sport of horseracing. We all know that the odds of finding a winner were set to confound us, but when you're saving as much as a hundred grand, there can be no doubt about the logic.
Everything in life runs to a rhythm. Even democracies. And history teaches us young democracies are turbulent, messy places. It takes time for Parliamentary rules of engagement to become ingrained. Until then, expect the unexpected.
We all know the deep history of high achievers sold off Summerhill, and that buying off the farm in February saves a hundred grand. What we've forgotten though, is that nineteen (30%) of the catalogue hold tickets for the 16 slots in the R2.5 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.
With all the shenanigans going on in Parliament and the gravity of the stuff we see on CNN every day, there is relief in the passages of story-teller extraordinaire, David Rattray, whose accounts of the battles that wracked our region for most of the 19th century, are a magnet to thousands of international visitors to this day.
The much anticipated Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas at Meydan Thursday produced a thrilling battle up the straight between the Mike de Kock-trained Mubtaahij (Dubawi) and the Godolphin runner, Maftool (Hard Spun).
Thursday's $250,000 UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) at Meydan sets up as an exciting re-match between the top three of the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial; the Mike de Kock-trained duo of Mubtaahij and Ajwad and the Godolphin runner Maftool, this time going a furlong shorter than 15 January.
Your invitation to the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale, 24 February at the School Of Equine Management Excellence.
Michael Ross, a former member of the pedigree department of that great dinosaur of the horse racing world, the British Bloodstock Agency, reminded us this week of Winston Churchill's flirtation with our sport, and the word “flirtation” is used advisedly.
At the recent CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale, James Goodman conducted a fascinating interview with Professor Ian Sanne of the Wits Health Institute, to get an update on where we currently stand in terms of our AHS and export protocol efforts.