Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

R2 Million Emperors Palace Ready To Tun Cup

5 November 2011

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

6 November 2011

Nico Kritsiotis
Nico Kritsiotis

Nico KritsiotisPaging through the latest issue of the Summerhill Sires brochure, I came across a truism which is as applicable to the Rugby World Cup as it is to the sport of horse racing. Emblazoned across a beautiful close up photograph of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup are the words, “All can play, all can win. Victory goes to the hungry.” Whilst this might not have been exactly what was intended when King George V’s sister, Princess Alice and her husband, donated this treasure of a trophy to the Johannesburg Turf Club during the Royal Visit in 1922, the words couldn’t be more faithful to the history of the Ready To Run Sale. Last week I invited readers of this column to visit the Summerhill website (www.summerhill.co.za) if they wanted to recall the sale’s most famous graduates and the modest outlays the bulk of them had involved, but I know my readers. Many of you have followed my advice, but there are an equal number of “defaulters”, so to help you understand what I mean, I’m going to refresh your memories with a few of these names, their costs and their earnings :

Horse

Breeding

Sold For (ZAR)

Earnings To Date (ZAR)

Imbongi

Russian Revival x Garden Verse

70,000

8,887,000

Paris Perfect

Muhtafal x Candle Princess

80,000

5,263,925

Igugu

Galileo x Zarinia

1,000,000

5,071,850

Pierre Jourdan

Parade Leader x Vin Fizz

60,000

4,167,500

Hear The Drums

Gold Press x Winning Glory

42,000

1,816,080

Emperor Napoleon

Kahal x Ellinore

60,000

1,545,610

Icy Air

Jallad x Nordic Air

60,000

1,264,905

Amphitheatre

Braashee x Great Attraction

30,000

1,203,826

Bold Ellinore

Kahal x Ellinore

60,000

1,096,880

Fork Lightening

Rambo Dancer x Dancing Firelight

75,000

1,077,830

Catmandu

Makaarem x Gypsey Spirit

60,000

1,036,110

Bhekinkosi

Kahal x Amabokoboko

65,000

685,085

Dynamite Mike

Fard x Beyond The Call

50,000

614,260

Mannequin

Kahal x Model K

80,000

612,275

Coastal Waltz

Rambo Dancer x Coastal Relative

65,000

560,700

Alejate

Muhtafal x Tristram’s Frolic

60,000

531,755

Freecell

Makaarem x Game

70,000

494,610

We all know that times are tough though, and that a racehorse involves more than a modest outlay. There are some who will draw comparisons with a luxury motorcar, but the reality is, cars can’t earn you a living, no matter how fast they go, and this writer knows of no car that grows in value. We also know that it’s not every racehorse that reaches for the stars, and that like cars, they too, can depreciate. But there have been an astonishing number emerging from the Ready To Run Sale that have earned their purchase price many times over, and among them have been a regular stream of real jewels, several of which have been sold on to international interests for tens-of-millions of rands, literally.

Getting back to the topic of my headline, the reality is, all can play. The Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale is the only one of its kind in the world where there is a standing arrangement between most vendors and their clients, of a facility to pay for your purchases in several installments. Most of these offerings kick in at R60,000 in aggregate purchases, enabling payment in three-monthly installments (ie.R20,000 per month), and the arrangement extends all the way to R300,000, where buyers can settle in six installments. There is no interest attached, as long as you meet your obligations, and that makes the sale and its associated R2million race accessible to a much wider audience. The stakeholders have purposely limited the number of horses entered for the sale to ensure that both the sale and the race offer the best odds in the world. Nobody really knows where the jewels will be found, but the history of the Ready To Run tells us that, contrary to popular perceptions about horse racing in general, you don’t have to spend a fortune to buy a champion.

Extract from www.sportingpost.co.za

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

For more information please visit :

www.tba.co.za

and

www.summerhill.co.za

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