“…a draft of four Australian youngsters touched down at Oliver Tambo…”
(Photo : Australa/Pic Post)
“THE EAGLE HAS LANDED”
You’ve heard us say this before, and while repetition can be boring, it’s a statement about the never-ending exhilaration of living on a stud farm. In particular, we want you to know, we never fail to be excited about the arrival of new horses.
Sunday morning a draft of four Australian youngsters touched down at Oliver Tambo to begin a new journey in their lives. No doubt, having left behind twelve years of drought, and most of the flies on the planet, they’ll be looking forward to their time in Africa.
For some years now, we’ve been searching the driest continent for some of the pearls that fall through the cracks as a result of the vagaries of a fashion-conscious Australian buying public, and making them available to local investors at prices still well inside what the same horses command in the northern hemisphere.
This last weekend, we were reminded of the value of this “gap”, when the Anabaa colt, Ridethebreeze trotted up first time out for Markus and Ingrid Jooste and Joey Ramsden at Greyville. He was the third (of three Australians at last year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale) to win first time out, the others being Hollywoodboulevard and His Affadavit, the most facile of winners for Charles Laird and the same owners some months back.
This time, we think we’ve brought back three individuals whose credentials might exceed anything we’ve previously imported. The Royal Academys as a tribe are often difficult to look at, as they come in all shapes and sizes, and often with “imperfect” wheels. However, as a sire who’s produced more than 150 Stakes winners around the world, he ranks with the all-time greats, and we think we’ve found as good looking a son as we’ve looked at in Australia.
He’s accompanied by quite a rare Australian bird in the form of the son of England’s hottest sire of the moment, Dansili. The Aussies appeared not to even know of Dansili, which made buying this fellow (out of a very well related Sadler’s Wells mare) reachable. Another is a son of the seven-times Champion South American sire Hussonet, whose progeny have an impressive record here as well, and our decision to invest in this colt was prompted by his outstanding looks and pedigree.
Finally, we managed to pick up an elegant daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar, one weekend before his two daughters were first over the line in the English and Gauteng Guineas. That’ll give Ready To Run fans something to look forward to.