EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE
4 November 2012
There have been many high-class horses to have come off the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sales who continue to prove the unprecedented success of this sale, and it’s ability to unearth true racehorses. One of the most remarkable triumphs for the Ready To Run Sale occurred in the Vodacom Durban July 2011, where graduates Igugu and Pierre Jourdan ran 1-2 in South Africa’s most famous race. Igugu would later go on to be named Horse of the Year.
A R1 million purchase at the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale , Igugu became the first filly ever to win the Triple Tiara, and went on to win the J&B Met. To date, she has earned over R6.7 million with the promise of plenty more to come!
From Igugu, to one of the great bargains of the sale, Pierre Jourdan. The latter cost just R60,000 at the 2008 Ready To Run Sale, before embarking on a career which saw him become a beloved Highveld Champion. Pierre Jourdan, to date, has won five feature races and over R4.5 million in prize money.
The list goes on and is proof of a well-established and successful sale that has proven itself over and over again as a great place to buy champions.
Most of last year’s graduates are still just two-years-old, and, yet, there have been a number of very promising performers to emerge.
Rock of Arts (Rock of Gibraltar - Dash On Ruby) was a colt who fetched R850,000. He subsequently made a winning debut to stamp himself a horse to follow for owners Mr and Mrs Chinsammy. He subsequently ran third to the talented Desert Sheik, before taking on G1 company in the Golden Horseshoe.
The following two-year-olds from the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale also made winning debuts :
Cape Royal (Royal Academy - Dubai’s Fairy), consigned by Summerhill Stud, topped the Sale fetching R1.5 million. He subsequently broke his maiden by over six lengths first time out for Lady Christine Laidlaw, and looks a potential star in the making.
Indaba My Children (Tale of the Cat - Hampton Rover) is one of the more promising babies around, the R600,000 purchase has won twice in five starts and was second in the G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes.
Dylan’s Promise (Dylan Thomas - Madonna), owned by the Fire Racing Trust in partnership with Mr Chetty, has won two of four, with her wins including the Listed Devon Air Stakes. She is a filly to watch for the future.
Lonsome Dove (Trippi - Western Hour), consigned by Klawervlei Stud, made a facile winning debut for champion trainer Mike de Kock, and looks a very smart filly.
Extra Zing (Carpocrates - Linsumi), from the first crop of her sire and consigned by the Middlefield Stud, won a good race on debut recently, beating felow Ready To Run graduate, Negev (Stronghold - Haifaa). Negev, owned by Messrs Comaroff, S Reid, B Parker and M Wilken, subsequently franked the form with a fluent 3.25 length win next time out for trainer Louis Goosen.
The beautifully bred Emaliyami (Rock of Gibraltar - Elusive Kash) stamped herself as one to follow for the future when scoring a facile win at Scottsville recently. Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, the three-year-old filly was consigned to last year’s sale by Summerhill Sales. With powerful connections, and a world class pedigree, this filly could be anything.
Another smart looking daughter of Rock of Gibraltar to have been sold at the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale is the Geoff Woodruff-trained, Ilha da Rock (Rock of Gibraltar - Les Ry Leigh). Fourth in the G2 SA Fillies Nursery as a maiden, Ilha da Rock subsequently broke her maiden by nearly four lengths - when sent off a 5-1 ON shot. Owned by Mrs Devachander and Mr Mathen, Ilha da Rock was then rated good enough to take on a top field in the G1 Golden Slipper on Vodacom Durban July day. Consigned by Summerhill Sales, Ilha Da Rock was a R900,000 buy.
With a number of well bred horses as yet unraced, and several youngsters who have placed in their only starts to date, the list of classy performers from the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale can only continue to grow.
The graduates of the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale are eligible to race for an incredible R2.5million in the Sweepstakes Race, the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, on 3rd November which will be the stuff of dreams for some lucky buyers from last year’s sale.
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