smanjemanje r1,5 million emperors palace ready to run cup candidate
smanjemanje r1,5 million emperors palace ready to run cup candidate

“WHO’S IN AND WHO’S OUT?”

I was a fascinated participant in a Tellytrack programme Monday night. It’s only when you’re involved in these things, that you realise just how much research and work goes into putting on a show. For example, among the topics Monday night was Europe’s biggest race this weekend, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and Robin Bruss had researched every horse’s Timeform rating, and then aligned the ratings to the betting. Since the race is run at weight-for-age, there should be some sort of theoretical correlation between a horse’s best form and his price in the race. Were there’s a disparity, unless there’s something wrong with the horse, there’s usually a betting opportunity in the degree to which he’s fancied, and the extent to which it falls below his best race rating.

In parallel, Robin had a schedule of the horses which looked likely candidates for this year’s R1,5million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup. He’d extracted their merit ratings, as the invitation to participate will ultimately rest in the hands of the handicappers, and they’re likely to use the merit ratings as a guide at least, when they get down to the exercising of their discretions.

Thus far, Summerhill has had 19 of the 20 winners graduated from the sale last year, with a further eighteen having earned cheques. Of course, it used to be good enough, as a winner, to qualify for the event, but there will undoubtedly be eliminations among those that’ve already visited the winner’s enclosure, for this year’s renewal. Some of the placed horses have higher merit ratings than the winners (which begs the question, what will the handicappers do?), while there are as yet unraced horses and one or two unplaced horses, who might still get over the line.

It’s an intense affair, and as things stand, herewith the merit ratings :

HORSE

VENDOR

SIRE

SEX

MR

SMANJEMANJE

Summerhill

Kahal

C

96

ASHJAAN

Summerhill

Malhub

F

93

HAVASHA

Summerhill

Kahal

C

92

KHETHANI

Summerhill

Labeeb

C

91

ONEHUNDREDACREWOOD

Summerhill

Malhub

F

90

DIGNIFICATION

Summerhill

Muhtafal

F

89

TRAFALGAR LEGACY

Summerhill

Rock Of Gibraltar

C

88

SMANYO

Summerhill

Second Empire

C

87

MAHUBO

Summerhill

National Emblem

C

85

SICOCO

Summerhill

Muhtafal

C

84

FISANI

Summerhill

Kahal

F

83

COCOA ROSE

Summerhill

Kahal

F

82

MANNEQUIN

Summerhill

Kahal

F

82

SMART AL

Highlands

Al Mufti

C

81

VUMANI

Summerhill

Malhub

C

81

BUKA MINA

Summerhill

Slew The Red

F

80

GUNG HO

Summerhill

Labeeb

F

80

NYAKATHO

Summerhill

Labeeb

C

80

ROSETTA STONE

Ambiance

Jet Master

F

80

WARMONGER

Equine Gr

Kabool

F

80

I’LOLLIPOP

Summerhill

National Emblem

F

79

HEY MON

Summerhill

Requiem

C

78

CRY HAVOC

Sandown

Caesour

C

78

HOLD THE GOLD

Beaumont

Captain Al

C

78

I’GEM

Summerhill

Kahal

F

77

MABHALANE

Summerhill

National Emblem

C

77

MLULEKI

Summerhill

Muhtafal

C

76

GORGEOUS GEORGE

Summerhill

Labeeb

C

75

MACK M

Summerhill

Labeeb

C

75

TOBRUSKY

Summerhill

Lavery

C

75

BABAZANI

Summerhill

Slew The Red

C

74

RAJINSKY

Sandown

Parade Leader

F

74

STANN CREEK

Summerhill

Strike Smartly

F

73

JIKA MAJIKA

Summerhill

Malhub

C

71

LAST TOUCH

Summerhill

Slew The Red

F

71

RUNNING RIOT

Summerhill

Muhtafal

F

70

CRIMSON MOONLIGHT (Aus)

Brian Roux

Untouchable

F

70

GALAXY QUEST

Waterford

Kahal

C

70

SPICE CLUB

Classic

Fan Club’s Mister

F

70