Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)
EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE
4 November 2012
For most farms, the sales season is over, and heads are down concentrating on the breeding season. While the latter is true for Summerhill, we’re at the same time entering our busiest sales period, with close to 150 horses in work right now, 120 of which have a date with their sales destinies at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale on Sunday 4th November. It’s quite amazing how the public interest in this sale has escalated over the years, but we guess that if you limit your examination to the 2011 Vodacom Durban July, the 2012 J&B Met and the 2012 Vodacom Durban July, you’ll find a first and a second in the first of them, you’ll see a winner in the second, and a nose second in the third one, so if you’re looking for a promotional jingle, you need look no further than the Ready To Run if you’re wanting to win the Vodacom Durban July or the J&B Met. Tarryn Liebenberg, Michael Booysen and their crew have been hard at it for a while now, and they’re telling us that this lot measures up to anything we’ve consigned to the Ready To Run in the past. If you’d like to know what the entry looks like, its posted under Sales on the Summerhill website (www.summerhill.co.za) which you can visit with a simple click from here.
As far as the breeding season is concerned, if you’re looking for a measure of the popularity of our new stallions, you need only glance at the mates that’ve been booked thus far. One of the first to put up her hand for Traffic Guard was the most expensive broodmare of 2012, the Jet Master Stakes winner, White Mischief, who was acquired for R440,000 at the recent Milkwood Dispersal. It’s a well advertised fact that Golden Sword already has a capacity book, supported as he is by the likes of Mary Slack’s Wilgersbosdrift Stud, the Ruperts of Drakenstein, Moutonshoek and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifah Al Maktoum, and among the early hands we’ve seen raised has been that of the Guineas and Gerald Rosenberg heroine, Fisani, together with other outstanding performers, Dignify (Golden Slipper Gr.1) and Real Red (the best seven furlong filly of her generation).