Telly watchers of Saturday’s big meeting at the Vaal would’ve been gob-smacked by the runaway victories of Muhtafal’s two daughters, Nottgalashia and Alejate in the Banyana Handicap (Listed) and Riviera Handicap (Listed) respectively, so fluent were their victories. However, very few would’ve recognized the fact the first three home in the Riviera were all graduates of the Summerhill Ready To Run Sales draft, and in the newer scheme of things, they would’ve all been qualifiers for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, now endowed as the fourth richest race in South Africa, at R1,25 million.
Alejate led home a merry procession comprising Cape Tango and Mat Gold, and just to illustrate our claim that there’s a horse for everyone in the Ready To Run, they cost respectively R80,000 (Alejate), R150,000 (Cape Tango) and R60,000 (Mat Gold). The collective value of these fillies after Saturday’s events would be many times their collective cost, and as will be evident from the schedule of earnings to costs we’ll be posting later in the week alongside Charl Pretorius’ weekly column on the Ready To Run. It’s clear that graduates of that sale seldom let their purchasers down. The returns on their investments are quite remarkable, and they’re a revelation to see.
Now that will give you something to look forward to.