Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)


TBA Sales Complex, Germiston

2nd and 4th November 2012

Dave Mollett
Dave Mollett

Dave Mollett

Business Day“Forget about recession in the horse sale ring,” - these words from bloodstock consultant John Freeman after attending two overseas sales last week - will be sweet music to the ears of champion breeder, Mick Goss.

A week on Friday (2 November) sees the first session of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale at Germiston, when there looks certain to be keen competetion for some choicely-bred two-year-olds.

John says that turnover was up 27% and average a stunning 47% at the Goffs Orby Sale in Ireland where Mike de Kock secured a Galileo colt for €800,000 and a Galileo filly for €470,000 - both for Mary Slack.

“It continued at Tattersalls (in the UK) when the top price was 2,5 million guineas for a colt named Hydrogen and another highlight came on the second day when a Galileo sister to Was made 1,500,000 guineas to a French bid,” added John.

The big attraction of the Ready To Run is that - while there are no Galileos this year - there are some big name stallions whose progeny can be bought for a fraction of the price than if they were offered in the UK or Australia. Try these names on for size - Henrythenavigator, Authorized, Danehill Dancer, Admire Main, Rock Of Gibraltar, Flying Spur, Teofilo and Fastnet Rock. They are all represented on next month’s sale.

Now it’s food for thought that Igugu’s purchase price of R1million equates - with the ever-decreasing rand - to just £70,000 today. You’d hardly get a bid in at that price at Tattersalls which means shrewd South African buyers should strike now before overseas buyers wake up to the amazing value being offered here.

The panel for the gallops which took place at Summerhill yesterday was almost identical to last year and we’ll be publishing their choices during the week.

So let’s look at the lots likely to get those catalogues waving:

Lot 5:

A full-brother to Durban Gold Cup winner, Ancestral Fore.

This grey son of Dynasty was an early foal.

Lot 31:

A half-brother by Jet Master to nine-time and Gr1 winner, Ivory Trail.

Lot 42:

A half-sister by Mullins Bay to five-time winner, Havasha.

Lot 55:

A half-sister by Toreador to last Saturday’s impressive

Turffontein winner, Cannon.

Lot 64:

A half-sister by Mullins Bay to 12-time winner Mannequin.

Lot 70:

Expect big action here for a half-brother by Trippi to

Joey Ramsden’s star, Trinity House.

Lot 88:

A half-brother by Fastnet Rock to four-time winner, Mining Prospect.

Half-brother Morshdi (by Slip Anchor), Gr.1 winner.

Lot 94:

A half-brother by Var to three-time winner, Jet Jamboree.

Lot 95:

This is timely - a full-sister to Emperor Augustus who is on the upgrade

following another eye-catching win at Turffontein last Saturday.

Lot 97:

A half-brother by Badger’s Drift to the well-performed Cape colt, Run For It.

Lot 120:

A half-sister by Japan Derby second, Admire Man, to Saltwater Girl and Rapid Flow.

Lot 149:

A colt by Admire Man who is the first produce of the five-time winner, Aces Wild.

Lot 153:

A filly by Rock Of Gibraltar who is a half-sister to the

seven-time Aussie winner, Grace And Power.

Lot 154:

A colt by Flying Spur - one of Danehill’s best sons -

from a dam line packed with winners.

Lot 176:

A full-brother (by Danehill Dancer) to the Gr2 and Gr3 placed filly, Queen Mira.

Lot 178:

Wow! A filly by Epsom Derby winner Authorized

out of the New Zealand mare, Cherry Orchard.

Lot 181:

A half-sister by Kahal to Gr1 winner, Pick Six.

Lot 188:

A colt by Henrythenavigator who won four Gr 1 races in a row.

This is a well-known family here as the colt is related to

Champion Two-Year-Old filly, Ruby Clipper.

Lot 193:

A half-sister by Solskjaer to Durban Gold Cup winner, Diamond Quest.

So there you have it - a line-up which would have the late Chris Smith - brainchild of the Ready To Run Sale - shaking his head in disbelief. It was a sale which began with modestly-bred animals - just look at it now!

If I have a criticism it’s my “golden oldie” of too many of Mick’s Zulu names - horses called Ikimasu, Ilitshe and Wysiwyg hardly have the ring of a July winner. Mick would, of course, counter: “Yes, but what about Igugu?”

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