Shoot The Breeze
(Photos : Gold Circle)
“SHOOT THE BREEZE”
THE INDEPENDENT PUNTER CLUB
Well not quite, but certainly Shoot The Breeze, a three parts sister to the 2007 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup hero, Umngazi. Retained out of sentiment from an ageing Summerhill family, Shoot The Breeze went to post last weekend under the colours of the IOS Punter Club racing syndicate, whose principal protagonists, ex racing editor for the Independent Group, Chad Cooke, editor of the Independent On Saturday (IOS), Clyde Bawden, and Praveen Naidoo, PR and Communications Manager at Gold Circle, had put together a syndicate of Independent readers. Their purpose was to introduce the everyday fan to racing at minimal cost, and Summerhill obliged by leasing them the career of this beautifully bred filly.
As it turns out, the concept got off to a startling beginning, when Mark Dixon’s charge literally “charged” home by an astonishing 6 lengths, boosting readership of the independent on Saturday by several thousand! Some people wait an eternity for their first winner; others never quite get to know what Graham Beck once famously described as “the best sensation known to man”. Let’s hope these guys don’t think this is par for the course, though with Shoot the Breeze, it looks like they can expect to be regular visitors to the most hallowed piece of real estate in the world, the Winners Circle.