Emperors Palace Ready to Run Breeze-ups
Emperors Palace Ready to Run Breeze-ups

Graeme Hawkins, Kip Elser and Jehan Malherbe deliberate at the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops

(Photo: Gareth du Plessis)


Summerhill Stud, Mooi River

Friday 19th October 2012

Friday’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops brings together some of racing’s most recognisable personalities. They come because it’s the sale of “Champions”, the one with the most enviable record in the production of top class racehorses (21 millionaires, 8 multi-millionaires in recent seasons;) they come because it features the only panel of judges of its kind in the world, and the richest prize money of any sale-dedicated race of its kind in the world, and they come because it’s a great day out and they might get their mugs on TV. And, and, and!

This year, there’s an additional reason. Not for the first time, mark you, but one of the sport’s greatest friends His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho, will be the Honour Guest, for no better reason than that he’s one of Africa’s most respected statesmen, and he loves the game. Not entirely surprising, because his people are the only nation in Africa besides the Boers, with their own home-grown breed of horse, the Basutho pony.

And from Japan, we welcome Yusuke Tsukahara, the International Relations representative and International Breeding Operations chief from the world-renowned Shadai Corporation, home to among many others, of three of history’s most celebrated stallions, Northern Taste, Sunday Silence and Deep Impact. Yusuke will add a fresh dimension to the panel of judges on the day, and with his knowledge of international racing, he might just be the one to follow if you’re looking for the next Igugu. The Japanese gave us Toyota, remember, not just Sunday Silence!