mick-gossMick Goss
(Photo: Summerhill Stud)

The following is an extract from the RaceGoer, Daily News :

Mick Goss of Summerhill Stud described the record breaking 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale on Sunday as a phenomenon and the financial story of the year.

Goss told RaceGoer’s David Thiselton: “There’s not a man alive who could have predicted it.”

“Markets have been down by up to 60% this year and yet the turnaround here was spectacular.”

“To me it was testimony to a fine draft of horses and to the skills of the people who prepared them. I have also been saying in the lead up that I have an unshakeable faith in South Africans. I have always been proud of their courage and far-sightedness.”

“The sale produced awesome results and delivered ample testimony to the confidence that buyers have in the South African racing and breeding industries.”

“We are extremely pleased.”

Goss flew via Dubai to Japan the day after the sale. Over there he is to be the convenor of the 32nd Asian Racing Conference to be held in Tokyo from 9-14 November.

“There will be such people as Louis Romanet, who was head of French Racing for years, Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, who is head of Indian Racing, David Chester, who is the CEO of Magic Millions in Australia.” said Goss.

“To be made convenor was a great honour for me.”