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GALILEO, STREET CRY, RED RANSOM, ANABAA, OASIS DREAM
HUSSONET AND SHAMARDAL
Charl Pretorius www.racingweb.co.zaWhile there’s already a good deal of allure in the R1.5million on offer for graduates of last year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Salein this year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup(scheduled for Saturday 7 November), there’s another very good reason to be in Johannesburg that weekend, besides the celebrity cocktail party at the “Emperor’s” on the Friday evening. That rests squarely on the quality of the entry for this year’s sale on the Sunday.
The virtues of high performing graduates of the sale have long been extolled by Summerhill Stud in its brochures, adverts and on television, so we’re not going there right now, other than to say that in more recent years, Summerhill have introduced a new dimension to the sale in the form of its imported entries.
The depth in the quality of their offering last year was evident in the fact that both sales’ toppers, colt and filly, were by the international celebrity sires, Rock Of Gibraltar and Galileo, the former being Trafalgar Legacy, who has already given notice that he could be worth every cent of the R2,2 million Denis Evans forked out for him, when he posted a facile first-up victory during the KZN season. If he isn’t destined in the first draft of Basil Marcus’ horses departing for Singapore, he’ll be short odds to recover a healthy portion of his purchase price on the 7th November.
This year’s “imported content” for the sale is, if anything, even more formidable. Firstly, they include two outstanding daughters of Europe’s standout stallion, Galileo, and this is the very last opportunity investors will have to acquire Galileos born to southern hemisphere time. You can’t buy them in Australia or New Zealand any longer because their sales are over, so this is it, and one of them hails from the immediate family of the best horse in the world last year, Zarkava, the other out of a Danehill sister to two Graded Stakes winners. They don’t come much better than that.
In their determination to broaden the appeal of the sale and to provide buyers with genuine investment pieces, Summerhill have cast their net into the richest of waters, and again the emphasis has been on the best. For example, their entry includes a daughter of the best young stallion in the United States, Street Cry (he may even be the best stallion period), a striking son of one of the best representatives of the Roberto male line, Red Ransom; a son of the best French stallion of recent times, Anabaa; a son of the best South American stallion of the modern era, Hussonet; and a daughter of the best freshman sire in Europe this year, the all-conquering racehorse, Shamardal.
Given that it costs in the order of R150 000 to bring a horse from Australia to South Africa these days, there’s consolation in knowing that these specimens are already in solid work in South Africa, and that their transport and keep to date have already been taken care of.