Summer Ready To Run Sale Summary

Summer Ready To Run Sale Summary

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.

Striking Gold

Striking Gold

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 Burns Up Umthombothi Stakes

Double Clutch Burns Up Umthombothi Stakes

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 Cooking In The Kitchen

It's Cooking In The Kitchen

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.

Death of Horse Chestnut

Death of Horse Chestnut

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.

Straight Talk: Part Two

Straight Talk: Part Two

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.

Instant Gratification

Instant Gratification

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.

NEWSFLASH! Stallion Auction at Summerhill

NEWSFLASH! Stallion Auction at Summerhill

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.

The Wonderful Uncertainty

The Wonderful Uncertainty

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.

Alec Hogg’s View on SONA

Alec Hogg’s View on SONA

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.

You don't have to be one of the 20,000 in the stands...

You don't have to be one of the 20,000 in the stands...

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.

Day Of The Dead Moon Brings New Light

Day Of The Dead Moon Brings New Light

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.

UAE 2000 Guineas falls to Maftool

UAE 2000 Guineas falls to Maftool

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).

UAE 2000 Guineas De Kock vs Godolphin Showdown

UAE 2000 Guineas De Kock vs Godolphin Showdown

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.

Age Shall Not Weary Them

Age Shall Not Weary Them

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.

Export Update: James Goodman Interviews Prof Ian Sanne

Export Update: James Goodman Interviews Prof Ian Sanne

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.