checcetti racehorse a 2009 emperors palace ready to run graduate
checcetti racehorse a 2009 emperors palace ready to run graduate

Checcetti - 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Graduate

(Photo : JC Photographics)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

6 November 2010 

charl pretorius
charl pretorius

Charl Pretorius

www.racingweb.co.zaJust a fortnight ago, the news broke of an intended increase in the stake for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup to R2 million. Of course, that innovation becomes a reality for graduates of this year’s sale, while last year’s will be running for the advertised R1,5 million on Saturday 6thNovember.

The Ready To Run’s reputation among sales countrywide has not only been hard-earned, it has been sustained over many years. In a relatively short space, its associated race has grown from a half a million Rand event to R2 million, and now we have the news the stakeholders have introduced special trials in the lead up to this year’s event. History tell us that a strong preponderance of potential candidates only start their racing careers at this time of year, and with the heavy over-subscription of maiden events in all our big centres, there’s no guarantee of a run for a horse trying to make the cut.

As a result, both Phumelela and Gold Circle have allowed for dedicated trials with added stakes in each of the three major centres, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, where graduates of the sale are guaranteed a run without the risk of elimination. While this doesn’t preclude non-candidates from participating, those who are subscribed for the race with an opportunity to qualify, will get a run.

The details of the races are as follows :

Gauteng

Thursday 7 October 2010

R100,000

Vaal Turf Outside Track

1200m

Tuesday 19 October 2010

R100,000

Turffontein Standside Night Meeting

1400m

KwaZulu Natal

Sunday 3 October 2010

R80,000

Clairwood Racecourse

1450m

Sunday 17 October 2010

R80,000

Clairwood Racecourse

1200m

Western Cape

Wednesday 6 October 2010

R78,000

Durbanville Racecourse

1400m

Speaking from Summerhill, manager in charge of the Ready To Run string, Tarryn Liebenberg commented “It’s one thing incentivising investors with a big prize, it’s another affording them the opportunity to qualify. While the odds of competing for such a prize from just 150 candidates makes this the best sales race in the world, clearing the way for the best horses is just as important. This new innovation makes this possible, and provides our customers with the assurance that we’re batting for them all the way to the finish line”.

One horse who certainly put her hand up for a place in the line-up was Saturday’s 7,5 length winner, Checcetti, who couldn’t have been more impressive in beating a couple of competitive runners the first time Mike de Kock fitted the blinkers. Fillies already have a more than impressive record in the race, with a victory from the subsequent Group winner, Smangaliso, and a runner-up effort in last year’s event from the Gauteng Guineas heroine, Fisani.

For more information, please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

and

www.tba.co.za 

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