Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud, South Africa
Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud, South Africa

The judges have spoken…

(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa

6 November 2011

Nico Kritsiotis
Nico Kritsiotis

Nico KritsiotisThey have an impossible task really, especially when the draft for this year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale is as deep as it is. It was the universal view at Friday’s gallops at Summerhill, that this was by some stretch the best catalogue the Ready To Run had assembled, so having to pick a handful of horses from those on display is at best, unenviable, at worst, downright outrageous. Nonetheless, the judging panel they’ve convened, is not only drawn from the country’s most astute and experienced horseman, but the bulk of them have had five years “practice” now, and the results tell us, they’re getting smarter at it with every passing year.

Given the size of the foreign-bred entry this year, at 25 the biggest of its kind at any sale in South African history, and our penchant as a nation for the Colonial belief that all things foreign are better (witness the Hollywoodboulevard / Igugu exacta in last year’s Ready To Run Cup), it was inevitable that a number of the judges’ choices would include the imports. It’s a tribute then, to the local breds that the “hardy annuals”, Kahal and Muhtafal, as well as Silvano, Tiger Ridge and Victory Moon, stood their ground in the vanguard of selections.

But it was the performances of the two first crop sires, Mullins Bay and the ill-fated European champion, Stronghold, that took the numerical honours. There were five Strongholds among the elect, while Mullins Bay was the outright victor ludorum, with no fewer than eight first choices. Before the judges delivered their verdicts, the man who’s regularly referred to these days as the world’s best trainer, Mike de Kock, labelled the Mullins Bays and the Strongholds as standouts. When he speaks, we’d do well to listen.

Horsemen the world over are forever looking for a new edge in life, and these two young stallions, former racehorses of the highest calibre, look like the goods. “Hot” stallions are the prime currency of the horse trade. They triumph over Wall Street crashes and lift rough mares, and their very names tempt buyers into abandoning price limits arrived at so carefully in the calm of the hotel room the night before. So how do you pick them before the rest of the world? There are some who gave up long ago, who believe that Lord Byron had hot stallions in mind when he penned “Luck’s All”.

Difficult, you might say, particularly when you have to guess whether or not the youngster being paraded before you at a conventional sale, will turn his good “walk” into a good “run”, when that time comes. The beauty of the Ready To Run, is that you can actually see them in their quicker paces, (as against what you think you can see), you can judge their actions, their turn of foot, and in many respects, their demeanours and their “tick of the heart”. That’s what I’d call a leg-up!

Here’s how the panel voted :

MIKE DE KOCK

Fillies

mike de kock
mike de kock

17 NANDI (AUS)

Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Celtic Queen (IRE)

97 DYLAN’S PROMISE (AUS)

Dylan Thomas (IRE) - Madonna (AUS)

45 EXCEPTIONAL (ARG)

El Prado (IRE) - Exact (USA)

Colts

35 UNNAMED (AUS)

Royal Academy (USA) - Dubai’s Fairy (GB)

136 ROCKY AFFAIR

Mullins Bay (GB) - Rock Anthem 

180 DUKE OF MEDINA (AUS)

Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) - Amah Dramas (AUS)

111 GOTHIC

Silvano (GER) - Mysterious Land

MICHAEL ROBERTS

Fillies

michael roberts
michael roberts

71 HOPE FOREVER (ARG)

El Prado (IRE) - Hopeitsadiamond (USA)

89 ILHA DA ROCK (AUS)

Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) - Les Ry Leigh (USA)

51 DUKUDUKU

Muhtafal (USA) - Fragrant Forest

Colts

35 UNNAMED (AUS)

Royal Academy (USA) - Dubai’s Fairy (GB)

143 KITE SURFER

Tiger Ridge (USA) - Seeking The Wind

135 WHITE TIGER

Tiger Ridge (USA) - Refined Gold

SEAN TARRY

Fillies

sean tarry
sean tarry

19 GOLDEN DYNASTY

Mullins Bay (GB) - Class Will Sell

107 TINCHY STRYDER

Mullins Bay (GB) - Model K

162 CRITICAL MIND (ARG)

Johannesburg (USA) - Tough City (ARG)

Colts

135 WHITE TIGER

Tiger Ridge (USA) - Refined Gold

143 KITE SURFER

Tiger Ridge (USA) - Seeking The Wind

176 THE ITALIAN JOB (AUS)

Street Sense (USA) - Albanella (GER)

GRAEME HAWKINS

Fillies

graeme hawkins
graeme hawkins

Allowed a bit of latitude to cater for the ‘value’ choices

43 ORLANDO MAGIC

Mullins Bay (GB) - Entice The Gold

51 DUKUDUKU

Muhtafal (USA) - Fragrant Forest

109 MY ARGENTINE LADY (ARG)

El Prado (IRE) - My American Lady (USA)

65 NEGEV

Stronghold (GB) - Haifaa (IRE)

45 EXCEPTIONAL (ARG)

El Prado (IRE) - Exact (USA)

Colts

184 NOBLE STAR

Kahal (GB) - Arabian Magic

34 COOKIE MONSTER

Kahal (GB) - Dream Starling

135 WHITE TIGER

Tiger Ridge (USA) - Refined Gold

116 GALLIPOLI

Daylami (IRE) - Northern Duel

118 UNNAMED

Windrush (USA) - Ode To Joy

62 BINGELELA

Cataloochee - Greet The Greek (SNL)

176 THE ITALIAN JOB (AUS)

Street Sense (USA) - Albanella (GER)

KIP ELSER

Fillies

kip elser
kip elser

Allowed a couple of ‘discretionary’ choices on account of his ‘special guest’ status

109 MY ARGENTINE LADY (ARG)

El Prado (IRE) - My American Lady (USA)

144 ROARING WATER

Mullins Bay (GB) - Shirley Singer

104 FORTITUDE

Stronghold (GB) - Mininski (SNL)

Colts

180 DUKE OF MEDINA (AUS)

Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) - Amah Dramas (AUS)

139 RED ROVER

Victory Moon - Rosella

79 BRIGHT AND BLUE

Mullins Bay (GB) - Jibe

116 GALLIPOLI

Daylami (IRE) - Northern Duel

176 THE ITALIAN JOB (AUS)

Street Sense (USA) - Albanella (GER)

JEHAN MALHERBE

Fillies

jehan malherbe
jehan malherbe

17 NANDI (AUS)

Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Celtic Queen (IRE)

109 MY ARGENTINE LADY (ARG)

El Prado (IRE) - My American Lady (USA)

125 QUE BONITA

Stronghold (GB) - Perfect Lady

Colts

35 UNNAMED (AUS)

Royal Academy (USA) - Dubai’s Fairy (GB)

143 KITE SURFER

Tiger Ridge (USA) - Seeking The Wind

169 THE MUTINEER

Mullins Bay (GB) - Wanted

DEAN KANNEMEYER

Fillies

dean kannemeyer
dean kannemeyer

109 MY ARGENTINE LADY (ARG)

El Prado (IRE) - My American Lady (USA)

37 STONE TOWN

Stronghold (GB) - East Africa (ARG)

65 NEGEV

Stronghold (GB) - Haifaa (IRE)

Colts

184 NOBLE STAR

Kahal (GB) - Arabian Magic

111 GOTHIC

Silvano (GER) - Mysterious Land

35 UNNAMED (AUS)

Royal Academy (USA) - Dubai’s Fairy (GB)

JOEY RAMSDEN

Fillies

joey ramsden
joey ramsden

107 TINCHY STRYDER

Mullins Bay (GB) - Model K

55 KHANYA

Kahal (GB) - Glitz

17 NANDI (AUS)

Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Celtic Queen (IRE)

Colts

111 GOTHIC

Silvano (GER) - Mysterious Land

35 UNNAMED (AUS)

Royal Academy (USA) - Dubai’s Fairy (GB)

170 WENDY’S MAN

Black Minnaloushe (USA) - Wendys (ARG)

Extract from www.sportingpost.co.za

emperors palace ready to run sale 2011
emperors palace ready to run sale 2011

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www.summerhill.co.za

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