Graeme Hawkins aka Mr Racing
(Photo : Gareth Du Plessis)
Some people are liberty takers. Yet some are entitled to be. A man who received his “honours degree” at the Al Maktoum School Of Excellence on Thursday evening, and whose almost thirty years of excellence in racing have earned him the title of “Mr Racing”, Graeme Hawkins ranks among the most successful of our Ready To Run judges. That distinction alone allows him as many “picks” as he chooses.
His outright selection for the first Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, was the “hero”, Umngazi, and let it be said his vote was the only one cast in this fellow’s direction. Despite our urgings that the family had failed us, Graeme stuck to his guns, and Umngazi came home smoking. He was in the money again the following year, and while he was just an “also-ran” with all the other panellists when it came to Pierre Jourdan in 2009, he had both the runner-up and the third placed horses on his list.
For this year’s event, he picked his usual quota of six, four of which have run, and all of which have won at the first time of asking. All four are “ranked” with a run for the R1,5million event on the 6th November.
In an attempt to preserve his credibility, he went a bit wider this year, because, as he announced on Friday, he thought the offering was a little deeper, and he had a dilemma in arriving at the best three in each of the colts and fillies categories. We thought it worth providing our readers with his other choices, given his history as a “picker”.
TOP 6 COLTS AND FILLIES
49 (NATIONAL EMBLEM)
10 (WAY WEST)
61 (ELUSIVE QUALITY)
63 (CAPTAIN AL)
132 (GREYS IN)
92 (WAY WEST)
134 (RIGHT APPROACH)
Dates to remember :
Saturday 6 November 2010 - Raceday
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
Sunday 7 November 2010 - Auction Sale
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale