Ready To Run Gallops Panel Picks
Ready To Run Gallops Panel Picks

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Germiston

2nd and 4th November 2012

Racing’s constitutional court handed down its verdict on the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops on Friday afternoon, and while they were split in their choices of the outstanding performers on the day, they were universally at one on the depth and the quality of what they saw. The novel thing about these gallops is that by this time tomorrow, every racing fan will have his opportunity to make his own private judgement, as the gallops may be accessed by visiting the TBA (www.tba.co.za) or the Summerhill websites (www.summerhill.co.za) and you’d do well to remember that several of the sale’s star performers over the years have escaped the attention of a panel even of this stature. That’s the way it must be, as the judges are restricted to a choice of three colts and three fillies each, and racehorses are no different to children inasmuch they’re a work-in-progress at this stage of their lives. In a catalogue numbering more than 200, there are bound to be any number of jewels whose potential is only likely to emerge further down the road. And who’s to say, when the difference between two gallops is as little as a hair’s breadth, that the “chosen one” wasn’t simply the beneficiary of a slightly better ride, or was mentally that bit more ready for the occasion?

What was certainly evident in the number of people that pitched up at Summerhill on Friday, is that this sale continues to enjoy unprecedented popularity, and quite clearly, the new record stake of R2.5million for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, (equal to the J&B Met in prize money) has obviously got the “juices” going.

While it is so that all five of the Ready To Run Cup winners thus far have emerged from the Summerhill gallops, there were some favourable remarks from Geoff Woodruff and Sharon Patterson about those that did their stuff at Turffontein on Wednesday, including special mention of a Rock Of Gibraltar filly (Lot 161) and a pair of Teofilos (Lots 13 and 90), while Nico Kristiotis observed that the gap between the performances of the Summerhill horses and those of other consignors had narrowed appreciably this year.

This is how the judges called them:

MIKE DE KOCK

Fillies

mike de kock
mike de kock

47 MYSTICAL STAR

Jet Master - Leading Dame

120 ADMIRAL’S EYE

Admire Main (JPN) - Surfers Eye

181 PICK OF THE FIELD

Kahal (GB) - Choice Field

Colts

88 ILITSHE (AUS)

Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Reem Albaraari (GB)

94 VARIETY ROMP

Var (USA) - Rollicking Romp

122 SWISS ARROW

A.P. Arrow (USA) - Swiss Pearl

JEHAN MALHERBE

Fillies

jehan malherbe
jehan malherbe

47 MYSTICAL STAR

Jet Master - Leading Dame

120 ADMIRAL’S EYE

Admire Main (JPN) - Surfers Eye

133 ENCHANTED SILK

Kahal (GB) - Vanilla Silk

Colts

17 FRANCOIS P

Captain Al - Great Wall

31 UNNAMED

Jet Master - Hunter’s Glen

88 ILITSHE (AUS)

Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Reem Albaraari (GB)

ALEC LAIRD

Fillies

alec laird
alec laird

110 SKUKUZA

Mullins Bay (GB) - Sphalaphala

192 FLIGHT CHECK

A.P. Arrow - Diligence

199 IKIMASU

Admire Main (JPN) - Espinado

Colts

22 THE GOBI

Kahal (GB) - Haifaa (IRE)

88 ILITSHE (AUS)

Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Reem Albaraari (GB)

138 EAGLE ONE

National Assembly (CAN) - Voga Longa

YUSUKE TSUKAHARA

Fillies

yusuke tsukahara
yusuke tsukahara

12 FUNEKA

A.P. Arrow (USA) - Glitz

120 ADMIRAL’S EYE

Admire Main (JPN) - Surfers Eye

199 IKIMASU

Admire Main (JPN) - Espinado

Colts

20 FYRKAT

Stronghold (GB) - Habib Laziza (BRZ)

115 TAKUSHI

Admire Main (JPN) - Stolen Beauty

157 DIE KAT (AUS)

Tale Of The Cat (USA) - America’s Idol (USA)

DEAN KANNEMEYER

Fillies

dean kannemeyer
dean kannemeyer

47 MYSTICAL STAR

Jet Master - Leading Dame

49 YANGTZE KIANG

Stronghold (GB) - Lizmay Creek

131 UNNAMED

Dynasty - Until Now (ZIM)

Colts

31 UNNAMED

Jet Master - Hunter’s Glen

56 UNNAMED

Western Winter (USA) - Making Whoopee (AUS)

88 ILITSHE (AUS)

Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Reem Albaraari (GB)

MICHAEL ROBERTS

Fillies

michael roberts
michael roberts

89 AUTODROME

A.P. Arrow (USA) - Resolutiva (ARG)

198 ENTICE THE ARROW

A.P. Arrow (USA) - Entice The Gold

199 IKIMASU

Admire Main (JPN) - Espinado

Colts

94 VARIETY ROMP

Var (USA) - Rollicking Romp

157 DIE KAT (AUS)

Tale Of The Cat (USA) - America’s Idol (USA)

197 YEAROFTHEDRAGON

Kahal (GB) - Electric Elegance

GRAEME HAWKINS

Fillies

graeme hawkins
graeme hawkins

24 DOVER BEACH

Mullins Bay (GB) - Hard To Get

82 ISTHANDOSAMI

Kahal (GB) - Particular Passion

159 ARABIAN ARROW

A.P. Arrow (USA) - Arabian Charm

Colts

31 UNNAMED

Jet Master Hunter’s Glen

94 VARIETY ROMP

Var (USA) - Rollicking Romp

157 DIE KAT (AUS)

Tale Of The Cat (USA) - America’s Idol (USA)

SEAN TARRY

Fillies

sean tarry
sean tarry

6 RAINY DAY

Stronghold (GB) - Fovesta

66 AYESSAYPEE

A.P. Arrow (USA) - Mythical Madam

118 SUGAR BAY

Mullins Bay (GB) - Sugar Biscuit

Colts

22 THE GOBI

Kahal (GB) - Haifaa (IRE)

31 UNNAMED

Jet Master Hunter’s Glen

88 ILITSHE (AUS)

Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Reem Albaraari (GB)

The obvious favourities were Summerhill’sTale Of The Cat colt (Lot 157), their Fastnet Rock lad (Lot 88) and Chevely Stud’sJet Master colt (Lot 31), while Lots 47,120 and 199 pricked the judges’ imaginations among the fillies. Summerhill will be especially gratified at the broad appeal enjoyed by the first crop of A.P. Arrow, which seemed to have especially athletic frames and the actions that have made the A.P. Indy strain famous. If you can crack one stallion in a season as a studmaster, you can consider yourself lucky, but it seems they may have another “talker” this year in Admire Main. Like the panel, Glen Kotzen made a point of singling out the Admire Mains, while Shadai Corporation’s Yusuke Tsukahara felt they were typical of the Sunday Silence tribe in general.

Given the enormous international success of the likes of Deep Impact, Hat Trick, Stay Gold and Dance In The Dark in recent seasons, this is just about the best news for those who believe in the value of the international outcross, and the benefits of diversity in the success of nations.

It’s now part of the conventional wisdom of the sale that “there’s a horse for everyone at the Ready To Run”, and there may be a perception that the judges’ choices are more likely to be at the top end of the sale, and therefore have an element of elitism to them. While they might not be entirely true, Graeme Hawkins has especially offered another few “value” picks to his list, which will be mounted on the Summerhill blog site tomorrow morning (see Hawkeye’s Hopes).

Finally, talking of judges’ panels, the one that chooses the candidates for the R2.5 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, has a growing headache. Before last weekend, they already had an unprecedented 42 winners from last year’s sale, and their dilemma was heightened this week by the first-time victory of Killua Castle (who had to be sold in absentia last year, after undergoing colic surgery during the sale), while Waka Waka (a second timer) and Noble Star trotted up for Gary Alexander and Dean Kannemeyer at Turffontein and Durbanville respectively. Good luck, boys!

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup • Saturday 3rd November

Lots 1-75 • Friday 2nd November 17h00

Lots 76-202 • Sunday 4th November 14h00

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2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

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www.tba.co.za

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