EMPERORS PALACE SUMMER READY TO RUN SALE
Summerhill Stud, Mooi River
Tuesday 18 February 2014
Let’s start with a confession: this is an unashamed commercial, so if you don’t want to read it, don’t. The fruits flowing from the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale have not only been low-hanging, but for those “Adams and Eves” whose wives and husbands have threatened them with death if they buy another racehorse, they’ve shown themselves to be irresistible. South Africans love a bargain, they know the meaning of “value”, and this sale has set itself apart for the runners it’s produced relative to the cost of acquiring them. You can’t hoodwink the market though, so if there’s anyone out there who still needs convincing, let me invite you to go to our website where you’ll find the evidence (go to www.summerhill.co.za and click on the sales tab on the top of the page and then click on Ready To Run Graduates).
In the past fortnight alone, Tora Tora (cost R60,000 at the 2013 renewal) made it two wins and a second in three starts for Scott Kenny, and looks headed for the “tops”; the same weekend at Clairwood Josie’s Girl (R70,000) maintained a full house of cheques from starts when she rolled home for Michael Miller: attendees at last year’s sale witnessed the comical sight of Bruce Gardner trying to restrain his wife, Jo, in her attempts to buy a blue-blooded daughter of A.P. Arrow at R100,000, and she turned out to be Coby, who’s not missed a cheque in three starts, breaking her maiden in impressive fashion at the last time of asking for Gary Alexander, and in the process putting up her hand as a candidate for this year’s S.A. Oaks (Gr.1); midweek, the man who earned his nom-de-plume, “Buffalo Bill“ at this very venue when putting his hand up for No Worries, was rewarded again when Hana (R60,000) whistled up for Gavin Van Zyl; and on Sunday, Walking On Air, who failed to raise a bid of any sort and was forced to don the Summerhill silks as a result, earned a mention from commentator, Nico Kritsiotis for her flying finish for Alec Laird on debut, reminding us of the old adage that the A.P. Indy tribe get better with age, and they get better with distance… “hell man, they just get better!”
The sceptics will tell you that the old evidence is fine, but there’s no guarantee that every year will be the same. The rapid-fire response from those who are closest to them, their jockeys, is that this lot are as good as anything we’ve brought to the table, only there are twice as many of them. The same applies to the fact that we have twice as many (fourteen) candidates with the additional attraction of a ticket for this November’s R4million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.
And speaking of irresistible, the good news is we have a “flotilla” of Mauritian customers coming out, knowing that two of their stars of recent seasons, Ice Axe (also a Ready To Run millionaire) and Tales Of Bravery, both have their roots in our stallion barn. Who wouldn’t want another Horse Of The Year?