Muis Roberts and Graeme Hawkins
Muis Roberts and Graeme Hawkins

Ready To Run judges Muis Roberts and Graeme Hawkins

(Photo : Leigh Willson)


Summerhill Stud, South Africa

Dave Mollett
Dave Mollett

Dave Mollett

The CitizenMick Goss might have made it to the top of the law profession, but probably not as a schoolmaster.

In the past, the instruction to the panel of experts giving their views on the breeze-up gallops at Summerhill of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run candidates was that you selected three colts and three fillies.

Now there’s plenty of cause for concern about some schools in this country, but this class got out out of control. The following must all report for detention - Alec Laird, Simon Vivian (he may appeal as it was his first visit!) and particularly Graeme Hawkins and Muis Roberts. The latter two came up with 13 and 10 choices respectively!

Full marks to Sean Tarry, Dean Kannemeyer, Joey Ramsden and Craig Peters who knew the rules and picked three colts and three fillies each.

Now the joint most popular colt - selected by Messrs Ramsden, Tarry, Vivian and Hawkins - was the Encosta De Lago youngster out of the four-time winning Aussie mare, Bella Princess (lot 104).

In true Mick Goss fashion it’s been named Intandokazi which I’m sure the Summerhill boss will enlighten on its meaning for those of us whose extra subjects at school were Latin and French. The name is also unlikely to delight our commentators - Igugu was easy as she only had five letters.

Also getting four votes - and the nod from Messrs Laird, Kannemeyer, Hawkins and Vivian - was another Aussie-bred (lot 159). He is a son of Hussonet out of the unraced Australian mare, Get Around.

Both Alec Laird and Simon Vivian both liked lot 163 which is a son of Admire Main and a half-brother to Extra Zero and Negev. Trainer Louis Goosen is sure to take a close look at this colt whose name - Hyaku - shouldn’t be hard to remember.

Last year Sean Tarry backed up his opinion by buying a couple that he’d picked out so it’s worth noting that he liked a Western Winter colt (lot 4) from Ambleway Thoroughbred Stables as well as a Mullins Bay colt (lot 170) consigned by Summerhill.

In the fillies department, four of the panel - Messrs Ramsden, Tarry, Vivian and Hawkins - were clearly impressed by a daughter of Silvano (lot 222) who is the first produce of a half-sister to Lostintranslation.

Three of this quartet Sean, Joey and Graeme also liked the same family lot 36 - a daughter of Trippi named Defining Looks. She is the eighth produce of the mare, Snooty Lady, dam of Lostintranslation.

Another of the female sex getting three votes - this time from Messrs Vivian, Ramsden and Kannemeyer - was Summerhill’s Rock Of Gibraltar filly, Rich Girl. This is a top Australian pedigree and the filly’s dam, Miss Moguls, is a half-sister to Wyndam Easy who is a six-time winner in Hong Kong. She should sell for big money.

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Extract from The Citizen