Lot 176 The Italian Job (AUS) (Street Sense (USA) - Albanella (GER))
(Consigner : Summerhill Stud)
EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE
6 November 2011
Nico KritsiotisIt’s “Gallops” week for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, and so the performance of Bloodstock markets around the world was always going to be of topical interest to South African horsemen. Europe’s premier sale of yearlings, at Tattersalls in England, wound up this week with staggering gains in average and median ranging between 32% and 41%. This follows hard on the heels of a mightily successful Keeneland September, America’s number one vendue, which reminds us that there is a point beneath which horsemen with an appreciation for the inherent quality of bloodstock, will not allow values to descend. The desire of one rich man to beat the next rich man for racing’s biggest prizes remains as compelling as ever, and it’s worth remembering that next year in South Africa, there will still be Vodacom Durban Julys, J&B Mets and Summer Cups to be won, not to mention the R2million Ready To Run Cup.
This is obviously heartening news for consignors to this year’s Ready To Run Sale, where the catalogue advertises a record entry of foreign-breds (25) for any sale in South Africa, despite the limitation of this one to a 160-odd entries. The progeny of Galileo were the star performers at the English sale, following a season in which his runners have broken every conceivable record in terms of major races, and we were reminded here just how good a stallion he is, in the exploits of Igugu, our 2011 Horse of the Year. Interestingly, the Summerhill draft includes a colt from the immediate family of Galileo and his illustrious half-brother, Sea The Stars, a son from the first Southern hemisphere-bred crop of Street Sense, the only horse in history to have won a Breeder’s Cup Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby.
He’s no one-horse pony trick however, as there are any number of world class sires scattered about the catalogue, including four youngsters by Rock of Gibraltar, who, on Saturday, notched up his 15th and 16th Group winners for this season alone. The record books tell us this is an achievement without precedent in South African breeding.
The gallops are staged at Turffontein on Wednesday, 12th October and then there’s the big one at Summerhill Stud on Friday, 14th October at 11h00 sharp. The “one-two” finish of graduates of the sale in this year’s Vodacom Durban July has obviously stirred the interests of horsemen, and Summerhill has been a hive of visitors to see the horses, including perennial KZN Champion trainer, Dennis Drier and 2009 National Champion trainer, Charles Laird. Wednesday and Thursday witnesses an influx of visitors from around the world to the Midlands nursery, as well as the panellists Mike de Kock, Jehan Malherbe, Joey Ramsden, Sean Tarry, Graeme Hawkins, Dean Kannemeyer, Michael Roberts, Craig Peters and celebrated international guest, Kip Elser, whose job it is to make their fancies for the sale known to the public once the gallops have been concluded. There is no other sale in the world that provides this service, and the number of people that remain behind to hear the views of these learned gentleman, is testimony to the success of what has now been a feature of the Summerhill Gallops for five years, and the popularity of which is revealed in the thousands of people who visit the Summerhill website in the aftermath of the gallops.
There are some interesting insights on these gentlemen on their website, (www.summerhill.co.za) parts of which I have reproduced here with their kind permission :
MIKE DE KOCK
He’s the man everyone wants to know. He’s become the idol of a social set to which he never belonged, and to which, you suspect, he never wanted to belong. De Kock knows the rich and famous, he has himself become rich and famous. Yet fame has not changed him, not outwardly anyway. He doesn’t conform. He can’t; he isn’t like anyone else.
Has a pedigree as deep as the game itself. On his way to the mountaintop. Takes a few scalps en route. His CV includes “Picked Igugu”. His obituary will say the same.
Horses from his toes to the top of his head. Nothing left to prove. One of the best. Dean’s charges do the talking for him. They speak well.
Taught the British how to ride. A legend long before his time, from Japan to the United States.
Simply put, ‘Mr Racing’. Commentator, auctioneer and administrator, he sees them coming, while others search for clues.
Serves some of the biggest names in racing. When he wants to, he can say absolutely nothing with a stare that would guarantee him high political office if ever tired of his commentary rituals at Kenilworth.
to name a few. A meteoric rise through the ranks, this rocket’s got momentum, and it ain’t stoppin’ here. The powder’s dry, and the bullets are blasting.
Master of his profession, and a walking encylopedia on the game. His binoculars bring a special dimension to the gallops.
Special international guest Kip Elser is one of the leading exponents of the art of prepping Ready To Run horses in the USA. Kip’s triumphs include 2011 Kentucky Oaks (Gr1) heroine,
, and Garden City (Gr1) ace
, as well as champions
Memories of Silver
, and a further two Kentucky Oaks winners in
Gal In A Ruckus
has several times sold the top priced horse at the American Breeze-Ups.
Extract from www.sportingpost.co.za