Ready To Run Sale Mark II
(Photo : Leigh Willson)
READY TO RUN SALE MARK II
Shongweni, 23 February 2011
Because it could be the forerunner to something quite significant for the future, Wednesday 23rd February could be historic. Summerhill pioneered the Ready To Run concept some 25 years ago in South Africa, and while its original intent was to provide a new idea in thoroughbred marketing, it also served to clear the decks of what was left on the farm.
It’s come a long way since, developing a reputation as the best source of quality racehorses in the land, pound-for-pound. That it remains that, is evident in the six Graded Stakes winners (including two of the best three-year-old fillies in South Africa) already this season. Yet the number of outstanding horses (champions amongst them) that’ve remained on the farm for private sale, is quite astounding. Last year’s Dubai Carnival Victor Ludorum, Imbongi; Champion Older Filly, Bold Ellinore; top three of his generation, Emperor Napoleon; and millionaire and Champion Stayer, Amphitheatre; make up the honour roll, all of them making less than R100,000 off the farm.
Tomorrow represents an opportunity for investors, local and foreign, to stake their claims to a hand in 55 lots, and it’s a pretty sure bet that this time next year, we’ll be hailing the astuteness of at least a couple of buyers who got lucky particularly as they go through the ring without reserve.
Tonight at Hartford, we entertain a fairly auspicious gathering of horsemen, including two of Singapore’s biggest owners, Dennis and Gael Evans, the Niarchos family’s big chief, Alan Cooper from France, Charles Vaughan Fowler of the UK, Irishman Eamonn Cullen, and Summerhill patron and big German owner, Rupert Plersch, Wolf Power’s celebrated trainer, Ricky Maingard (now in Mauritius), and one of Mauritius’ perennial top conditioners, Hughes Maigrot, and his long-serving client, Eduard Nairac. It promises to be some kind of party.