MEGAN ROMEYN - Just because the boss is away enjoying a well deserved break doesn’t mean that the rest of the farm, or the Summerhill runners, get a day off. This last week our Ready To Run graduates proved yet again the merit and value of the Ready To Run programme, with wins around the Nation.
Getting the week off to a great start at Scottsville on Sunday was the Dennis Drier-trained Ntabankulu, or “The Big Mountain” if translated from isiZulu, in the Maiden Plate over 1000m. This promising son of Summerhill super sire, Muhtafal out of Cousin Linda, and half-brother to Rebel King, quickly got into his stride and kept pace with the rest of the field. He then surged and held onto a narrow but impressive win from the rapidly approaching Greenspan.
Tuesday at Arlington saw Jamarahin, a daughter of Albarahin out the Harry Hotspur mare, Jamaican Summer, recording her first win in the Maiden Plate for Fillies and Mares over 1800m. Maintaining a steady pace throughout the race, she sneaked up in the straight, and at the 200m mark was in the clear. She recorded any easy win from a fast finishing Barinia who made a remarkable come-back from the rear of the field.
Then it was the turn of Catmandu’s half-brother, Ecole Militaire. This graduate of the 2007 Ready to Run, by Deep Sleep out of Gypsey Spirit, recorded his 5th win when he mowed down the field in the MR 96 Handicap over 1400m at the same course. Biding his time and hanging just off the pace initially, he openend up to cut down the brave Chopsticks at the 100m mark, winning comfortably going away.
So while the boss is away our horses do not play – they win!