The defining moment in Sunday evening’s World Cup semi-final between South Africa and Argentina, came in the first five minutes of the match, when Fourie Du Preez intercepted a pass close to the Boks try line and streaked more than 70 metres across the field to dot down for the opening score. At the opposite end of the globe, Mark Dixon’s Umngazi (Muhtafal), in a last ditch attempt to qualify for the R500 000 Emperor’s Palace Ready To Run Sweepstakes, ran away in “Fourie Du Preez” style with the opening event on Scottsville’s card on the same day, and looks like a “cinch” for the line-up for the big race on 3rd November.
As if Umngazi’s win on Sunday wasn’t enough in itself, we were reminded of some of the best adverts for the Ready To Run Sale on Friday afternoon, when Hear The Drums and Disappear (Muhtafal), carrying hitherto unprecedented welter burdens, came home first and second in the dash for the Craddock Place Stakes. That makes the R45 000 purchase Hear The Drums, a 14 time winner of close on R750 000, while Disappear, already a Group One winner in his own right, is closing in on the R1 million mark with nine victories to his credit. He was a R160 000 buy, for the record.