Race 6 at Fairview on Friday - The R70,000 Greenbushes Sprint - sees three Ready to Race graduates going head to head. 18-time winner BRIGADIER PARKER takes on the winner of seven including the 2005 Group One Mercury Sprint winner DISAPPEAR and Champion Eastern Cape Three Year Old HEAR THE DRUMS. All three horses are Summerhill bred.
At Kenilworth on Saturday the R85,000 Lake Coniston MR 100 Handicap sees the appearance of last start graded stakes winner MAJESTIC SUN (Ready to Run graduate). The R150,000 Gr 2 Odessa Stud Fillies Stakes over 1400m sees a daughter of Muhtafal - PERSIAN LEGACY - take her place.
At Newmarket on Saturday evening the feature race is the R500,000 Gr 2 Gauteng Charity Mile November Handicap. The field of 16 sees 4 Summerhill connected horses: the Summerhill bred Ready to Run filly BOLD ELLINORE - Winner of the KZN Fillies Guineas. (pr. Gr. 1) defeating six Group One winners in the process. She also ran second in the Garden Province Stakes (Gr. 1) and was stakes placed in her first appearance this season; another Ready to Run graduate Talahatchie - winner of the Gr. 1 Premiers Champion Juvenile Stakes in 2005; the Summerhill bred and Team Valor owned Carnadore, and graded stakes winner RIVER PLATE (whose half brother - REGAL RUNNER sells on Sunday at the Ready to Run sale).
In the Listed Lexmark Starling Stakes over 1300m, the Summerhill bred daughter of Kahal - LONDON BALLET - steps up to stakes class. Her full sister - CAPE TANGO - whose gallop Friday week ago earned her the tag of ” absolute machine” - will also sell this weekend.
In the Gr 3 Graham Beck Stakes (also over 1300m) the very exciting Mike de Kock galloper KHEBRAAT (Kahal) makes his first start since June. Khebraat won his first start by 1.25 lengths (going away) and the stable holds him in high regard.
Race 8 - the Listed CT Brand Handicap over 1000m - sees the 9-time winner as a three year old (including two Group One performances) - FANYANA - step up the mark. Fanyana (a Ready to Run graduate) defeated 3 Group 1 performers when carrying 60.5 kgs to victory at Newmarket two weeks ago. Whilst not yet a graded stakes winner he carries top weight of 61.5 kilos and concedes 3.5 kilos to the Gr 1 winner (by Muhtafal) LET’S ROCK ‘N ROLL. Another son of Muhtafal - GYPSEY CARAVAN - will also face the starter. A half sister to FANYANA is part of this year’s Ready to Run draft. Tipped as one of the sales toppers, she sells as Lot 109.
On Sunday the R125,000 KZN Betting World KZN Guineas Trial over 1600m at Clairwood showcases the brilliant Kahal juvenile trained by Mike de Kock - EMPEROR NAPOLEON (2-time winner by a combined margin of 5 lengths from just 4 starts and currently on his hat trick). Emperor Napoleon is a full brother to Bold Ellinore (Gr 2 winner; Gr 1 placed) . ROSE WINDOW (last year’s top priced Ready to Run graduate at R280,000) is also pursuing a hat trick after winning his last 2 starts by a combined margin of 5.5 lengths. His brother - ILLUSIONIST - a strong well conformed son of National Emblem sells as Lot 39 on Sunday). Also in the race is Infinite Spirit - a very swift son of Muhtafal who ran well during the Winter in Durban (including a 3rd to Fearless in the R500,000 Gr 1 Golden Horseshoe and a 4th to Kildonan in the R500,000 Gr 1 Premiers Champions Stakes on All Stars Day). In 6 starts last season he was never out of the prize money.