(Photo : Leigh Willson)
EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS
Summerhill Stud, South Africa
11 October 2013
A man who’s rapidly accumulating Gold status Voyager points is John Motaung. A previous beneficiary of our International Scholarship Programme, where he fell under the tutorship of one of America’s most celebrated Ready To Run consignors, Becky Thomas, John has just graduated as one of the top two students at our School Of Management Excellence. In the process, he earned himself a Childwick Trust Scholarship to the English National Stud in January, where he’ll have big boots to fill; the 2012 Top Practical student of that venerable institution was his Summerhill colleague Thabani Nzimande. It’s enough to say John is our most experienced rider, and he’s about as good with “babies” as we know. Whatever else happens in his life, his tombstone will bear the words “He rode Igugu”, and no doubt hers will be emblazoned with “I knew John Motaung”. These are his picks for the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.
Lot 36: Defining Looks (Trippi x Snooty Lady) Bay Filly
Lot 36: Defining Looks (Trippi x Snooty Lady)
Her sire Trippi needs no introduction: his progeny are the “business” at the sales, and they’re the business on the racecourse right now. Difining Looks was well named, classy, elegant and typical of her family, she’s a sister to Lostintranslation, whose loss Joey Ramsden mourned when he was the early favourite for the S.A. Guineas (Gr.1). There’s a deep pedigree underlying this filly, including a J&B Met hero and a Golden Slipper ace, and she has the looks and the pedigree to go all the way.
Lot 204: Eight Stories (AUS) (Dylan Thomas x Miss Ichi) Chestnut Colt
Lot 204: Eight Stories (AUS) (Dylan Thomas x Miss Ichi)
We’re a long way from Sydney and Dublin, so by any stretch, having a Dylan Thomas in the sale is something to savour. Particularly when Dylan Thomas is such hot property right now, heading up the second crop sires list in Europe by Stakes winners this season, including the facile Gold Circle Oaks victress, Dylan’s Promise, and recent European Group One heroine, Nymphea. This fellow has “classic” stamped all over him, a lovely, well-grown long striding colt, oozing class. If you’re looking for something to line up on the first Saturday of July, don’t turn his page too quickly.
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park
Friday 1st November 2013, Lots 1 - 110
Sunday 3rd November 2013, Lots 111 - 248
*Six cheque payment scheme for qualifying buyers.