Pierre Jourdan - SA Classic (Gr1)
(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)
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Much has been made of the almost R3million harvest the owners of Pierre Jourdan are sitting on after only seven starts, and the fact he cost just R60,000 at the 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale. Yet in the space of just one week, we’ve been reminded by their victories, of several other stars who graduated from these paddocks for even less money at the Ready To Run.
At R42,000, Hear The Drums’R1,8million haul, tells us there’s still gold in these seams, while Jay Peg’s vanquisher, Dynamite Mike, in the KZN Guineas two seasons back, made a mockery of his R45,000 knockdown.
Some you win, some you lose, and that was apparent from Gary Alexander’s remarks from the winner’s podium after the R2million SA Classic (Gr1) on Saturday. He reminded us of the value of athleticism in a racehorse, and that Pierre Jourdan’s sixty grand price tag was not an exception. Pierre Jourdan lines up next for the SASCOC Triple Crown, and those with memories will recall how close a previous 60K gamble came to winning a Triple Tiara. That year, Gary Alexander’s Icy Air was second in the Gauteng Fillies Guineas, and took out the SA Fillies Classic and then the SA Oaks. She followed up in the Woolavington and the Natal Oaks, on her way to a narrow loss in the J&B Met. Of course, she also nabbed two national titles for her exertions.
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