Winter Star Horse
Winter Star Horse

Current favourite, Winter Star, picked up the number 4 berth for Mauritian owner Vicky Meeramootoo

and “rookie” trainer, Johan Janse van Vuuren

(Photo : JC Photos)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Turffontein, South Africa

2 November 2013

Mick Goss - Summerhill CEO
Mick Goss - Summerhill CEO

Mick Goss

Summerhill CEOWould you like the good news or the bad news first? The good news is that eleven of the eighteen in Saturday’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup were graduates of the Summerhill draft last November, and they’re lining up for the richest Ready To Run prize in the world. The bad news though, is that many of our candidates (and especially the more fancied ones) drew in the sticks, and so there’ll be a couple of worried souls out there trying to work out how to overcome that adversity. A chat with Sean Tarry this morning was a little reassuring however, when he reminded me that the draw at Turffontein, whilst always material, is not necessarily the kiss of death it can be at the tighter tracks like Greyville. Much of it depends on the horse of course, because, if you’re on board a forward-running type, you have to “use” your mount quite a bit from the outside in order to get a position. With this kind of money on the line, they usually land running, and there’s seldom a shortage of pace. That said, if you’re a come-from-behind sort, for the same reason and the bulk of the field “flying” early, you can tuck yourself into a neat spot towards the back, right on the rail. Shortest way home, they call it.

A couple of years back, when Mike de Kock had Imbongi in the race, I was asked by the organisers to assist with the draw out at the Vaal. The champion trainer had three entries all told, and they all drew in the bush. The phone rang on the once-peaceful journey from the racecourse to the yard, and what started out as an hour’s contemplation, was suddenly shattered with the words: “With friends like you, who needs enemies?!” It’s a matter of history now that Imbongi ran second, and went on to be champion miler of his generation. While I was not involved in yesterday’s draw, I did form part of the packed gallery in the studio, and I couldn’t help thinking by the end of the proceedings, that Charles Laird must have been asking the same question. He has three entries this year, and his closest slot was 10. Alongside me was his big patron, Alesh Naidoo, owner of Admiral’s Eye and Nisa’s Love, and you have to hand it to the man, he handled the “bad news” in his usual cheerful way. Alesh is nothing if he’s not a tactician though, and within minutes it seemed he’s already worked it out.

De Kock’s “hot” fancy, Umgiyo, a R520,000 graduate of our draft, found himself almost in Turf Club Street in 17, but if anybody can get him into a “hotspot”, it will be master pilot, Anthony Delpech. The only two Summerhill runners with favourable poles were Mount Hillaby (1); that’ll give former Jockey Club chair, Larry Nestadt and Dominic Zaki something to cheer about, while the current favourite, Winter Star, picked up the number 4 berth for Mauritian owner Vicky Meeramootoo and “rookie” trainer, Johan Janse van Vuuren. There’s been talk around the grounds that she’s spiked a bit of a “temp” late last week, but the news this morning was that she’s already over it, and should be good for Saturday.

The doomsayers have been predicting a rainy week, but Sean Tarry’s weather app says we’re in good shape through the weekend. I guess it depends how full your glass is. We’ll go with Sean.

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Final Field 

#

Horse

Sire

Sex

Kg

MR

Dr

Trainer

Jockey

Price (ZAR)

1

UMGIYO (AUS)

Danehill Dancer

Colt

58.0

105

17

M de Kock

A Delpech

525,000

2

DULY ORDAINED (AUS)

Encosta Da Lago

Colt

58.0

96

7

M de Kock

A Marcus

350,000

3

JUDICIAL

Miesque’s Approval

Colt

58.0

90

9

T Zackey

P Strydom

vbb

4

MOUNT HILLABY

Mullins Bay

Colt

58.0

89

1

D Zaki

S Chambers

80,000

5

MANIEVIC

Var

Colt

58.0

88

13

V Marshall

M Byleveld

375,000

6

WINTER STAR

Solskjaer

Filly

55.5

104

4

J Janse Van Vuuren

G Hatt

100,000

7

ADMIRAL’S EYE

Admire Main

Filly

55.5

102

16

C Laird

S Cormack

340,000

8

ARCETRI PINK (AUS)

Rock Of Gibraltar

Filly

55.5

102

6

G Woodruff

R Fradd

vbb

9

PEJ

Kahal

Filly

55.5

91

14

C Laird

K Shea

240,000

10

NISA’S LOVE

Kahal

Filly

55.5

90

10

C Laird

G Cheyne

375,000

11

ENCHANTED SILK

Kahal

Filly

55.5

88

12

S Tarry

R Danielson

150,000

12

DOVER BEACH

Mullins Bay

Filly

55.5

87

15

M Azzie

G Lerena

80,000

13

CELTIC LEGEND

Stronghold

Filly

55.5

86

5

M de Kock

K Latham

300,000

14

ARTIC ROUTE

Solskjaer

Filly

55.5

85

2

L Houdalakis

C Maujean

60,000

15

PRINCESS CREO

Kahal

Filly

55.5

85

3

J Snaith

R Fourie

300,000

16

USISI (AUS)

Rock Of Gibraltar

Filly

55.5

85

11

R Magner

I Sturgeon

425,000

Reserve Runners

17

FRANCOIS P

Captain Al

Colt

58.0

90

18

M Azzie

Reserve 1

425,000

18

DIAMOND DIVA

Solskjaer

Filly

55.5

85

8

G Van Zyl

Reserve 2

80,000

National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa

Correct as at 29 October 2013

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

Saturday 2nd November

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

Lots 1-110 • Friday 1st November

Lots 111-248 • Sunday 3rd November

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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