Extract from an article written by Mike de Kock which is published in the Citizen, Racing Express and mikedekockracing.com :
“I was delighted with the run of our charge Mullins Bay, who finished a close third in Sunday’s Select Racing UK (Group 3) over 2000m at Goodwood. He got to the front easily under Jamie Spencer, kept up a powerful gallop and was only caught in the last 50m, beaten half a length and a short head.
Summerhill Stud and Barry Clements own the five-year-old Mullins Bay and I know that Mick Goss can hardly wait for the horse to join his already formidable band of stallions in Mooi River. Mullins Bay, like Summerhill’s current boom stallion Kahal, is a son of Machiavellian with an arguably even more impressive female line.
But they’d also like to see Mullin’s Bay in the winner’s enclosure and judged on Sunday’s run it won’t be long before he gets the success he deserves. He was still not at his best in Sunday’s run and we’d like to get him to his peak now and find another suitable race.
Mick also owns a share in Russian Revival’s three-year-old son, Imbongi, who impressed us with a fluent win over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday. I knew that Imbongi would like the extra ground after winning over 1200m by a short head. Mick believes he will do well up to 2400m. His dam, Garden Verse, by Foveros, produced a few good stayers in Prima Versa and Wild Cocktail and his half-sister Spring Garland looks promising too.
Staying with Summerhill, their Ready To Run Breeze-Ups will be held on 19 October and I am looking forward to it. Our Imbongi and Galant Gagnant are graduates from last year’s sale who both look like going places.
The obvious advantage of a sale like this is that you can see how the young horses move. You can even bring your own jockeys along to “feel’” them. It is a known fact worldwide that buying at a Ready To Run sale increases one’s chances of buying horses that win races, or make the grades more often. Prospective buyers have a chance of looking at the galloping actions of horses on offer and this makes a huge difference.
Indeed the Ready To Run Sales around the world are growing fast in popularity, not only for the obvious reasons explained but also due to the fact that new investors can get a quicker return on their money. Some of the Ready To Run Graduates race and win within weeks. The top local sprinter Fanyana, for example, won a race one month after he was sold.
Last year The Green Monkey, the world’s most expensive ever colt at $US16 million, passed through the ring at a Ready To Run Sale in the US. In Australia and Asia buyers are using modern technology as a further aid, studying live and recorded videos of galloping horses and bidding via the internet.
Summerhill stands at the forefront of the development of the concept in South Africa and one would like to see more breeders following Goss’ example. Wily Mick is also ahead of the pack in his part-sponsoring and promotion of the Ready To Run Sweepstakes at Turffontein on 3 November, which will start with a stake of R500 000 and for which R1 million has been confirmed for 2008.
Mick is putting his money where his mouth is and to my mind it is a recipe that will return success and dividends many times over. The publicity gained from an event like this brings buyers back to the sale, horses fetch higher prices and healthy competition will start to develop among buyers. Pundits who fancy themselves as experts of horseflesh will soon be out to prove that they are better at shrewd buys than the next guy.”