Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud
(Photo : Annet Becker)
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops
Friday 15 October 2010
Charl Pretorius www.racingweb.co.zaSummerhill Stud’s Ready To Run Gallops take place this Friday 15 October and it’s a great occasion not only to meet trainers and horsemen, but to learn about young horses and hone your selecting skills.
When you watch the youngsters gallop, a few of them are guaranteed to strike a chord. You will jot down their names and remember them, and once they’re on track (and winning!), you will feel a sense of pride and a feeling of “My word, I can actually pick them?!”
Sure, the conformation and pedigree gurus have an edge, but many champs have been selected on sheer gut feel by owners with no experience, individuals who simply saw something that they liked and made the call. Your four-hour drive to Mooi River (from Johannesburg) will be well worth your while.
That’s the way it works, for those who didn’t know. If you’ve become adept at spotting runners that “go down short” (and often being scratched when you tipped it would be scratched), and at getting a winning feeling when you know a horse is “moving beautifully to the start”, you already possess the skills needed to spot the horses that have nice, flowing actions from those that look ‘scratchy’.
The sense of knowing when a horse has a nice action differs from horseman to horseman and of course a nice action doesn’t guarantee you a good horse, but it helps! Selecting one or two young horses among many is a personal skill that comes with years of watching horses run in a race or close observation on the gallop track. One man’s ‘jet’ will be another man’s ‘spider’ but in this weird and wonderful sport there seems to be a flexible niche where every gallop-watcher finds his ‘special ones’. The ‘gurus’ get their good horses every year, and the ‘amateurs’ get theirs too!
The Ready To Run gallops at Summerhill’s magnificent establishment is all about spotting horses who already show a good measure of confidence at this young age and move smoothly. When they exhibit these traits, maybe 6 out of 10 will win you at least one race. This is just an estimate and perhaps it is too high, maybe too low. It comes down to personal observation skills, experience and in the end just a passion for the galloping thoroughbred.
It doesn’t matter how they are bred or if they’re not the best lookers. Ask Gary Alexander about Pierre Jourdan. Gary liked the way this one handled himself as a youngster, saw something special in the way he moved and something struck a nerve. PJ cost 60k, he’s earned 3,4 mil so far!
Owning a horse is a great adventure and the Ready To Run presents excellent value every year.
Extract from the latest Racingweb Newsletter
Dates to remember :
Friday 15 October 2010
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill stud
Saturday 6 November 2010 - Raceday
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
Sunday 7 November 2010 - Auction Sale
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale