Siyabonga Bhengu (front)
(Photo : Leigh Willson)
EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS
Summerhill Stud, South Africa
11 October 2013
They say horsemanship resides in families, and if ever you needed proof, Siyabonga Bhengu is the living testimony of it. By Richard Hlongwane, Greig Muir’s right-hand man, out of Eunice Bhengu, a second generation stable supervisor with more than twenty years under her belt, Siyabonga Bhengu is the whole package as a rider. His family have nothing besides horses in their blood, they took to the game like ducks-to-water, and despite what they say at the United Nations about child labour, here was a youngster you couldn’t keep off the feed tractor from the time he was first able to clamber aboard the trailer. His love is horses, his forte is speed, and his music is the Ready To Run. We all have our gifts, and his is his instinct for a “good thing”. These are his good things for the Ready To Run:
Lot 166: Blue Lily (Muhtafal x Heliantha) Chestnut Filly
Lot 166: Blue Lily (Muhtafal x Heliantha)
Here’s the epitome of what they say about dynamite and small packages. Built like the proverbial “brick…”, Blue Lily is a bullet, and reminds our team of her accomplished predecessors by Muhtafal, Veiled Essence (who lined up in both a Vodacom Durban July and a J&B Met) and the Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr.3) heroine, Mzwilili. This family kept Pauly de Wet’s Zandvliet Stud in the headlines, and this one could be writing her own history this time next year.
Lot 170: Unnamed (Mullins Bay x Icy Thunder) Bay Colt
Lot 170: Unnamed (Mullins Bay x Icy Thunder)
More than a few of the nation’s leading stud farms have got their hands on this family, and this one’s by the accomplished second crop sire Mullins Bay out of a Fort Wood mare, who’s already made her mark with the four-time winner Silverano. His drop-dead- gorgeous looks and his classic pedigree will have the catalogues fluttering when he enters the ring.
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.