As our Ready To Run candidates parade before the judges at Monday’s gallops in Randjesfontein, the Hartford House team faces a similar fate on Sunday (20th) when the nation gets to know the names of the top ten restaurants in the country. It’s one thing standing out in a foal crop of 3500, it’s another entirely when you’re one of more than 80 000 restaurants in South Africa in the glare of millions of “wannabee” food fanciers.
Chef Constantijn Hahndiek

Chef Constantijn Hahndiek

On the farm, we know the pressure that comes from the trials of the Ready To Run, yet we can hardly imagine the heat that comes with being in the “Top Ten” kitchen; we can only applaud Head Chef Tijn Hahndiek and co for their matchless performance in their first year of eligibility. It doesn’t stop there though, it’s a combo of everything that sets Hartford House apart, the ambiance of the place, the professionalism and the authenticity of those in front, and let’s wave a flag for our local suppliers, too, without whom we're “nothing”.

One day, maybe, just maybe, the celebration of these two big events in our lives will be uncoupled, so that their alignment is such that we can be part of both. To Duncan, Tijn and their teams, and to Cheryl whose dream came true in Hartford’s creation, know that we are with you every yard of your gallop, just as we know you will be with us and our steeds on Monday.

Turning to Monday’s business now, we’ve promised to release the personal “picks” of some of the leading lights in the Ready To Run gang, and for starters here’s where Michael Booysen, whose time at Summerhill goes back to the earliest days of the Ready To Run, posted his crosses:


MICHAEL BOOYSEN

Michael Booysen
Michael is the senior member of our RTR sales staff and has been instrumental in the training of all the riders that’ve passed through Summerhill, in the art of work riding. Highly talented in his own right, Michael has schooled horses such as champions Imperial Despatch Bridal Paths and Icy Air through the Ready To Run programme. (30 years service).

COLTS

LOT 114 – Passage To India
LOT 50 – Wembino
LOT 13 – Till Dawn
LOT 213 – Right In The Scrum
LOT 153 – Star Of Kazan

FILLIES

LOT 78 - Adilara
LOT 19 - Sussex
LOT 151 – Go Thuli Go
LOT 9 – West Coast Way
LOT 112 - Oshidori


BONGANI NZIMANDE

Bongani Nzimande
Bongani is a much accomplished rider with a gift for schooling young horses for Breeze-up sales. He formed a deep bond with Pierre Jourdan as a yearling and taught him to breeze. (8 year’ service).

COLTS

LOT 235 – 14 UP 'N DOING
LOT 178 – General Mao
LOT 13 – Till Dawn
LOT 213 – Right In The Scrum
LOT 150 – Desert Thief

FILLIES

LOT 226 – There’s The Light
LOT 151 – Go Thuli Go
LOT 134 – Linnger Longer
LOT 141 - Cocobean
LOT 7 - Truce


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