Bob Yearham (left) - Emperors Palace COO
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SUMMER READY TO RUN SALE
22 February 2012
Summerhill Stud CEOTime was when we traded racehorses off the farm. Those that thrust their hands into the remnants of the farm barrel, came away with Imbongi (Dual Guineas hero, Group winner in three countries and R8.8million earner;)Paris Perfect (the first “South African” to pick up a cheque in the world’s richest race, and the earner of R5.5 million;)Bold Ellinore (Champion race filly;)Emperor Napolean (millionaire and rated in the top three of his generation;)South Africa’s winningmost racehorse, Hear The Drums; Champion Stayer and millionaire, Amphitheatre, and millionaire and thirteen time winner, Vangelis. That’s for starters; the list is long, the achievements enduring.
It occurred to us that we should build a second Ready To Run for those horses which, for whatever reason, missed the Spring edition. Igugu and Pierre Jourdan, the nation’s leading earners for the past two seasons reminded us that we owed this to those that were left behind, and besides, our customers have voted with their feet. They love a Ready To Run.
Already, last year’s experiment has reaped its rewards. The graduates include a string of quality performers (costing as little as R7,000 and no more than R60,000) including the Sophomore Sprint ace, Sithela, who was robbed of favouritism for the R2million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup by a fatal intervention.
There’s little point though, in running a Summer version if it’s not going to be done properly, and especially if it’s not built to last. It’s just not the Summerhill style. So we’ve decided to hold the sale in the world’s most unique venue; we’re going to get the country’s Number One restaurant to cater, and we’re going to have a helluva time. And we’re going to remember that at the Ready To Run, there’s a horse for everyone.
By the way, we’ve an old pal who’s got the best eye for a gap we know. It only took Bob Yearham of Emperors Palace a split second to put his company’s name to the sale. He knows the history, and he knows Summerhill. So welcome to the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale.