Trainer Mike Miller
Saturday’s Emperors Palace Ready to Run Cup was a triumph not only for the event itself, but also for the Summerhill draft of horses from last year’s sale, and for resident stallion KAHAL.
In the event, SMANGALISO’s (by Kahal) inspiring win finally put a nail in the coffin of the argument that the fillies were not up to competing with the colts at the weights, particularly as she was joined in her spectacular feat by two other fillies in the first five.
For the record, when it came to doling out the cash, Summerhill horses occupied 8 of the top 10 places in that race, rounding out a great week for the farm-breds, as BATTLESTAR EXPRESS (by Muhtafal), trained by Karen Anthony, rolled home under a confident Anton Marcus in the Golden Loom Sprint (L) and THANDOLWAMI produced his lifetime best, with a flying second for Craig Eudey in the R600,000 Charity Mile (Gr2).
Oh, and let’s not forget there was another argument finally put to rest in the “Cup”, and that was the question of the impact of altitude. For the second year running, a KZN-trained horse took the spoils for Mike Miller, Baron and Baroness Bergsma and Gold Circle Chairman, Michele Nairac. No doubt the latter will have some satisfaction in picking up such a fat cheque from Phumelela!