Markus Jooste and Blue Voyager
(Photo : Heather Morkel/JC Photographics)
WHEN IT GETS DOWN TO VOYAGER, OUR BOY MARKUS
TAKES A BIT OF BEATING
If there’s a more travelled businessman in South Africa, we’d like to meet him. We’re sure if you get your hands on Markus Jooste’s diary, you’ll find he spent as many nights on an airplane bunk as he did in his own home in the past twelve months, and SAA have probably run out of minerals to describe his class of Voyager card.
If you were tuned into the first at Turffontein Tuesday, you would’ve come across a new definition for the word “Voyager”, as the million Rand son of Muhtafal demolished an expectant field on his first racecourse appearance.
As a graduate of the Summerhill draft at last year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, a performance of this class catapults Blue Voyager right into the front line of contenders for the R1,5 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, prize restricted to graduates of last year’s sale, and while he’ll be short of experience, what he proved Tuesday, was he won’t lack for class.
There were three millionaires in last year’s sale, the R2,2 million Rock Of Gibraltar colt, Trafalgar Legacy who sparkled on debut during the KZN winter season for Basil Marcus, and last week we witnessed an encouraging first attempt from the Galileo filly, Insasa, when the daughter of Europe’s best stallion was an underprepared fifth for Michael Azzie over the minimum trip. Those that know Galileo will tell you they only find their gears beyond a mile, so this was heart-warming.
With a run, Trafalgar Legacy and Blue Voyager will be many people’s idea of starting favourites for the big event, which is hardly the sort of news the connections of Havasha, Pierre Jourdan, Smanjemanje,Mahuboor Fisani would want to hear.
But for racegoers, this has to be music for the ears. The handicappers have been saying for a while now, this is looking like a vintage crop of Three-Year-Olds, and the best evidence lies in the early entries for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.
Roll on Saturday 7th November.