"THE READY TO RUN SALE"
Friday 31 October 2014
It pays to do your homework sometimes, especially when we think we already know it all. You see, ever since its baptism a hundred metres from the Summerhill Stallion Barn almost three decades ago, we’ve treated the Ready To Run sale as our own; we’ve always seen its outcomes as “one”, rather than a matter of “we” and “them”. When it came to “who” contributed “what” in the way of turnovers, and who turned out the big race winners, it was much the same. The sale’s recent mutation into two separate entities, and our decision to throw our lot in with CTS, called for a stock-take of its history, and in view of our ongoing relationship with the sponsors next year, especially that period since we first conceived of the idea of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, which incidentally, will remain the name of the contest this year’s Summerhill draft will be contending for, come November 2015. Emperors, as you might’ve expected from a business of their repute, have been true to the “Cup’s” origins and the personal friendships that forged them in the first place.
Back to the horses, where we should always be, Sales Manager Tarryn Liebenberg and her gang have audited the performances of our graduates of the Ready To Run programme in that time, including those that passed through the ring in Joburg since Bob Yearham pledged his group’s support. Even we were surprised by the research:
- A remarkable 57 have become Stakes winners. Even more remarkable, fifty-five of them graduated from Summerhill.
- One hundred and fifteen that once grazed our paddocks, earned cheques in Black type competition.
- At national or provincial level, an astonishing eight became Horses of the Year; twenty-three were crowned Champions.
- Eleven of them were victorious in Group Ones or Classics, and a further two won races now designated Group One.
- Five of the seven “Cup” aces to date, came from Summerhill.
- Twenty-six made millionaires of their owners, if they weren’t already.
I know you’ll forgive me saying so, but it’s a helluva story.
Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982
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