(Photo : Leigh Willson)
EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE 2009
Following is an extract from an article written by David Mollet, which appeared in yesterday’s Business Day.
“If popular American talkshow host Jay Leno went head to head with SA Champion Breeder Mick Goss he might battle to come out on top.
Leno never missed a beat in his recent interview with President Barack Obama, but he would have to do his homework to match strides with Goss on the subject of breeding.
The Mooi River-based breeder was in his usual ebullient form yesterday. He said : “The list of top horses that have emerged from this sale are all the adverts we need. They include 2009 champion sprinter Rebel King, Gold Cup winner Desert Links, Garden Province Stakes heroine Outcome and dual Guineas winner Imbongi.
“The Summerhill draft at the Ready To Run is the best source, pound for pound, of big race performers anywhere.
“You might not be able to beat Bill Gates in the boardroom, but on Saturdays at Turffontein, you can level the playing fields,” said Goss. At last year’s Ready To Run sale, a total of 38 of the Summerhill draft sold for R100,000 and under. However, buyers might have to dig deeper this year due to some top-class pedigrees and the improvement in economic sentiment.
One of Goss’s top picks is Igugu (lot 114), an Aussie-bred filly by Galileo out of the Irish mare, Zarinia. The youngster hails from the family of last year’s champion European filly, Zarkava, so auctioneer Mike Killassy will be aware he is likely to be bombarded with bids.
Trainer Mike de Kock is hopeful of a big run from Havasha in Saturday’s R1,5m Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, and victory for the Kahal colt would provide a big boost for his half- sister, Boysenberry (lot 28). The filly is by Computaform Sprint victor, Cataloochee.
A big threat to Havasha could be Pierre Jourdan - a R60,000 Ready To Run purchase last year - who went into the notebooks of many pundits when given the verdict over another graduate, Smanjemanje, at Turffontein 10 days ago.
Summerhill graduate Mystic has proved a bargain, with this R90,000 buy boasting earnings of R400,000. The six-year-old will bid to add to that total when he takes on nine rivals in the fifth race at the Vaal today.”