igugu winning the joburg spring f&m challenge grade 3
igugu winning the joburg spring f&m challenge grade 3

Igugu - Joburg Spring F&M Challenge (Grade 3)

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)



karel miedema sporting post
karel miedema sporting post

Karel Miedema www.sportingpost.co.zaIn his preview for Saturday’s Joburg Spring Stakes (Gr3), veteran KZN sportswriter, Andrew Harrison described Pierre Jourdan as the “darling of the Highveld”. And in his television preview of the prospects for the Fillies & Mares equivalent, (also Gr3), Nico Kritsiotis was lyrical of the talent of the Mike de Kock-trained Galileo filly, Igugu. The results tell us they were both right.

What they omitted to mention though, is that both horses were also graduates of the Emperors Place Ready To Run Sale, Pierre Jourdan the hero of last year’s running of the R1,5 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, Igugu likely to start at restricted odds for this year’s renewal on Saturday, 6th November. In common, both were consigned by our champion breeders, Summerhill Stud, and both were just as emphatic in the manner of their victories. What separated them was what they cost in the sales ring, Pierre Jourdan a modest R60,000, and Igugu a hefty R1 million, and that pretty much sums up the often-stated mantra of the sale, “there’s a horse for everyone at the Ready To Run”.

It’s a matter of history now that the sale has graduated any number of millionaires, and that a good proportion of them cost less than R100,000, surely the best evidence of the validity of Summerhill’s claim that the Ready To Run is, pound-for-pound, the best source of Stakes winners in the land.

No doubt, there will be those that will say that you have to have serious money to buy an Igugu, and that may be true, but if you weigh up her cost by international standards, particularly in the wake of the events of last week, where the progeny of Galileo stood head and shoulders above the rest at Europe’s premier yearling sale in Newmaret England, you’d have to say that Igugu was a veritable bargain. For starters, her sire’s stud fee sits in the region of €250,000 (roughly R2,5million), and Galileo averaged £107,445 (R1,176.63) in the ring. If you were to ask Igugu’s owner, Andre MacDonald, how he values her these days, even he would concede he bought himself a bargain, and that’s saying something!

By the way, and whichever way you look at it, if the owner of next month’s Ready To Run Cup winner is not already a millionaire, one thing we know is that after the race he will be, even more so in 2011 when the stake goes to R2million.

A glance at this week’s revised log tells us that our champion trainer, Mike de Kock, has yet another powerful hand. He’s had some remarkable runners graduate from this programme in the likes of Bold Ellinore, Emperor Napoleon, Imbongi and Havasha, so it’s no surprise he’s a big fan of the sale. There are a few in the top 16 who are known to be non-runners, so there’s already hope for those just outside of the number, and there’s plenty of time for others to get themselves qualified. Remember, there are still trials to be run in KZN on 17th October and Gauteng on 19th October.

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

emperors palace ready to run 2010
emperors palace ready to run 2010

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