There ought to be a correlation between a stud farm's standing in the breeding affairs of a nation and its entries in big races, and as the current prize money leaders for the Breeders' Premiership, it's appropriate that there should be a corresponding reflection of this in the candidates log for Africa's richest horserace, the R3.85million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup. Our protest against the significant enlargement in entries for last year's Ready To Run sale is already well-documented, arising from a concern at its impact against the odds of buyers getting a run for their money, so it's gratifying to find that as many as 21 of the top 30 rated horses with a shot at a slot for the big event on the 1st November, were part of the Summerhill draft last November. The world doesn't need our permission to change however, and there are some unexposed horses who might still stake a claim, but to hold a ticket with any chance of getting a run, history says you should be in the vicinity of the top thirty at this stage.
Meanwhile, somewhat against the usual early season flow, our Summerhill steeds have gotten us off to a smashing start to the new racing year, rattling up victory after victory, including Tomorrow’s Miss’ big win for Roy Magner & Co in the Emerald Casino Fillies Stakes at the Vaal on Saturday. Like No Worries, Corredor, the Sophomore Sprint winners Rooi Nooi and Sithela, and the other big winner on the weekend, Flyfirstclass, she was an R80,000 graduate of the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale, which takes place here in our School Of Equine Management Excellence each February. Other notable performers on the weekend that know the taste of our pastures, were Uncle Tommy, who took his earnings beyond the R1.3million mark for Hassen Adams and Weiho Marwing with a blistering closing effort for second in the country’s richest race on sand, the R1million Emerald Cup. He was chased home by Ready To Run graduate Killua Castle for Geoff Woodruff and Ashnee Devachander, picking up R100,000 for his third place exertions.
In this column alone, we've mentioned the names of three equine millionaires with big wins on recent weekends, which proves the old saying "If you aren’t one already, give them a chance: they can make you one!".
R3.85 MILLION EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP
Turffontein, Turf, 1400m
1 November 2014
Log as at 1 October 2014
|1||RICH GIRL (AUS)||F||104|
|4||ALIYSA'S PRIZE (ARG)||F||85|
|11||NISA'S MACHINE (AUS)||C||86|
|14||GOLD CUP GIRL||F||79|
|17||THE ELMO EFFECT||C||83|
|25||RAZED IN BLACK||G||81|
|28||OI YOI YOI||F||75|
Summerhill runners denoted by yellow
National Horseracing Authority
Correct as at 1/10//14