smanyo greyville 20 september 2009 chips and elma pennells video
smanyo greyville 20 september 2009 chips and elma pennells video

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7 NOVEMBER 2009 

The Sporting Post reports that just last week, Bloodstock South Africa announced the subscribed entries for the R1,5 Million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, now formally the fourth richest event on the racing calendar and restricted to those graduates of the sale whose buyers “ticked” the box on Sales day. Already 15 of them have made the winners’ enclosure, and are in strong contention for a place in the big race line-up.

Two more got over the line this past weekend, the first being the Highlands-bred Snow Special, whose Turkish owners almost scooped the pool last year with Fenerbahce, and then at Greyville on Sunday, Smanyo flew up to grab the spoils for Chips Pennells in a competitive maiden, shading two other candidates in Buka Mina and Kwela Kwela.

Saturday afternoon at Turffontein, we were reminded that this race is never a one-horse contest, however, when this scribe’s own choice, Havasha, maintained his unbeaten record against a quality field of older horses, delighting fellow owners, Tony Moodley, Karel and Kiki Miedema, John Finlayson and Mike de Kockno end with his showing. I’ve said it before in this column, but the Ready To Run represents a unique opportunity to acquire a horse with the hindsight of seeing him run, and with the generous benefit of up to six cheques to pay for your purchases, it’s almost irresistible.