EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE
TBA Sales Complex, Germiston
2nd and 4th November 2012
Business DayFlip through the DSTV channels and you’re likely to come across the show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”
The answer, of course, is “I do”. But more often than not - as Shaheen Shaw is fond of saying - the questions get too hard and it’s “Goodnight, Nurse.”
There’s no million up for grabs for this question, but it would be interesting to see how close racing fans get. “How many two-year-olds bought at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale have gone on to become millionaires in stake earnings?”
The answer I believe - although Mick Goss will know and might copy that stern lady on “The Weakest Link” by saying “Goodbye” - is 19. Although the most famous is Igugu - cost R1 million and earnings currently stand at R6,8 million - the biggest bargain has been Imbongi. He cost just R140,000 - I wonder if any of the experts picked him at the gallops - and he amassed a bankroll of R8,8 million.
Can you name another 10? In order of most money won, the list reads: Paris Perfect, Pierre Jourdan (who defends his Charity Mile title on Saturday), Hear The Drums, Smanjemanje, Emperor Napoleon, Desert Links, Angus, Icy Air, Amphitheatre and Bold Ellinore.
What is interesting about this year’s Ready To Run Sale - scheduled for the TBA Complex at Germiston this Friday and Sunday - is that two experts, Mike de Kock and Karel Miedema, are singing from the same hymn book. When I interviewed Mike on Tellytrack recently he said he was “impressed - the sale seems to get more professional every year.”
Karel wrote: “The Sale-With-Race concept has South Africa in its grip. First there was the original Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, which is this one. But now there are three - a yearling one in KZN launched last July, and a new 2-year-old one in the Cape launching in December.”
“The concept is great as you don’t have to buy the best horse in the country to score. Just buying the best from one single sale is enough to boost the bankroll big time.”
“And - if by chance the best horse at the sale also is among the best in the country - then the sky’s the limit. As graduates Igugu and Pierre Jourdan have shown - earning the accolades, one bar after another.”
If the eight-member panel have got it right, Graeme Hawkins will be selling the top lot on Sunday afternoon. Three panelists (Mike de Kock, Jehan Malherbe and Dean Kannemeyer) napped Lot 88 - a son of Fastnet Rock - while two others (Sean Tarry and Alec Laird) rated the half-brother to Gr1 winner Morshdi amongst their top three colts.
Auctioneer Andrew Miller might fancy his chances of upstaging Graeme as there’s sure to be plenty of interest in Lot 157 - a Tale Of The Cat colt out of an American mare. This youngster was napped by both Graeme and Muis Roberts at the gallops and included in the top three by visiting Japanese expert, Yusuke Tsukahara.
Trippi has been the big-talking stallion of sales this year and he is represented by two colts on the sale. One (lot 70) is a half-brother to the talented Trinity House so it comes as a surprise that not one of the eight panelists selected him in their top three in the colts section.
Nor were there any votes for two sons of Flying Spur, a daughter of Dylan Thomas, a colt by Henrythenavigator and three progeny of Rock Of Gibraltar. The latter is quite a shock when you consider he’s sired such top horses as Eagle Mountain, Gibraltar Blue, Seventh Rock, and, more recently, Europa Point.
This will be good news for those middle market buyers who might - at last - be able to acquire a horse with an international pedigree.
Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile (Gr1)
Saturday’s Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile meeting at Turffontein is a must for any racing fan, and I intend getting an early Xmas present from bookie Lance Michael by backing Snowdon.
Ormond Ferraris is not known as the most jovial person in Joburg, but I bet he had a smile on his face when he learnt that Snowdon had drawn well at barrier two.
Interestingly, Ormond has booked Mr Pocket Power, Bernard Fayd’Herbe, for the ride. The 31 year-old jockey knows his way home in feature races via his association with such top performers as River Jetez and Ebony Flyer.
Snowdon is currently second favourite at 5-1 behind Link Man - surely he’s nailed on for the first three!
Frankel and Black Caviar
According to one overseas source, Frankel’s first date could be with 22-time winning Aussie champ, Black Caviar.
Neil Werrett, co-owner of Black Caviar, is quoted as saying: “We would consider going to Frankel because he is clearly the best distance horse in the world. Putting the two best together - that would be something.”
Then Mr Werrett added: “I might be a little biased, but I would say he is the second best horse I have ever seen.”
Excuse him, he’s an Aussie!
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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