We know the ink hasn’t yet dried on the vendors’ role at the National Two Year Old Sale, and here we are talking about the Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale, scheduled for 2nd November. However, the Ready to Run has long been established as the best source, pound-for-pound, of Feature race performers in the country, and because it offers the value it does, it has become the hunting ground for the broadest buyers’ bench in the land.
The Sporting Post reports, “Among its most recent “high-profile, low-cost” celebrities are the likes of JAY PEG’s KZN Guineas nemesis, DYNAMITE MIKE (who cost R45,000), eighteen time millionaire winner, HEAR THE DRUMS (cost R45,000) and multiple Group One performer, CATMANDU (cost R70,000), while Group One winners of the last month and a half, OUTCOME and DESERT LINKS cost R110,000 and R150,000 respectively.
It’s all very well speaking of a few luminaries, but the Ready to Run honour roll of current in-training racehorses reads like a “who’s who”, and significantly all of them are graduates of our Champion breeders, Summerhill Stud’s Ready to Race programme. Among those that’ve come from the KZN Midlands-based nursery, where sales of quality horses include direct purchases off the property, in the past season alone are IMBONGI, GALANT GAGNANT, OUTCOME, DESERT LINKS, HEAR THE DRUMS, CATMANDU, EMPEROR NAPOLEON, BOLD ELLINORE, DYNAMITE MIKE, PARIS PERFECT, DISAPPEAR, ITHALA, MZWILILI, UMNGAZI, BHEKINKOSI, TAP TAP, ART OF WAR, ECOLE MILITAIRE and THEKKADY.
The big news this week though, is that those horses that passed through the sales ring in November last year, will be contesting South Africa’s fourth richest race on the first Saturday in November, the R1.25 million Emperors Palace Ready to Run Cup over the 1400 metres of Turffontein’s standside track. It‘s anticipated, given the fact that breeders will be contributing just short of R1 million towards next year’s race, that Stakes will exceed R1.5 million in 2009.”
Now that’s a very good reason to keep your powder dry.