Yusuke Tsukhara
Yusuke Tsukhara

Yusuke Tsukahara - Shadai Corporation International Breeding Operations

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)


TBA Sales Complex, Germiston

2nd and 4th November 2012

Dave Mollett
Dave Mollett

Dave Mollett

Business Day“You don’t have to go to Sydney to buy some of the best bloodstock in the world - they’ll be right here at the TBA complex in Germiston in a fortnight’s time.”

That is the bullish view of champion breeder Mick Goss ahead of the 2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale next month.

Goss is a master of promoting this annual sale but he is right on the button when stating that the decreasing Rand means buyers are getting value for money like never before.

“These horses (a total of 202 will be sold over two sessions on November 2 and 4) were bought when the Rand against the Aussie Dollar was still measured in the sevens, yet this morning you’d have to give nine and some change of our battered currency for every Australian,” Goss said.

“This means if you wanted to buy the same stock today, you’d have to give of the order of 30% more for your purchase.”

The catalogue for next month’s sale has a record number of foreign-bred entries - no sale in South African history has ever carried so many.

The list of world-renowned stallions available includes Fastnet Rock, Henrythenavigator, Authorized, Rock Of Gibraltar and Flying Spur.

Consequently, on Friday all roads lead to Summerhill Stud in Mooi River when the breezing of the majority of the lots on offer will take place.

Every year Goss assembles a panel of experts to give their top six choices. Top trainer Mike de Kock heads a list which this year includes Yusuke Tsukahara from Shadai Farm in Japan.

De Kock was once asked what he looked for in a young two-year-old at the breezing and replied: “I like to see an economical action and how the limbs move. But I also believe I was born lucky, and I’d rather have an ounce of luck than a ton of ability!”

Buyers at last year’s sale could be in for a big payday on November 3 when the R2.5million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup will take place at Turffontein. De Kock won last year’s race with Red Barrel.

One horse who put her hat firmly in the ring for that race is Summerhill-bredTinchy Stryder, who kept her 100% record at Turffontein track Tuesday night. She cost owner Chris van Niekerk just R130,000 and will be chasing a first prize of R1.1m in next month’s Cup.

Extract from Business Day