The gallops are behind us and phase 1 is complete. In the yard as we write is the doyen of Highveld trainers, Ormond Ferraris, hot-as-hell Gary and Dean Alexander and champion trainer Sean Tarry. If ever a measure of the quality of the horses was needed, I guess these three gents say it all.


"JUDGE FOR YOURSELF"

Our team has been touting this string as the strongest we've consigned to a Ready To Run. While it's all part of the attempt to keep improving, it's also a result of the birth of numbers under of the 2014 foal crop in the latter part of the breeding season. And yesterday the judges responded as we'd hoped with a staggering 48 (or 70%) of the 70 premier choices between them. Considering that is only 40% of the total, it's the equivalent of a genuine stamp of approval.

As encouraging as anything has been  the broad appeal and the reception trainers have shown for the first crop of the world class racehorse Await The Dawn, which besides their fluidity of movement (which you might have expected) surprised the marquee with their speed. And equally gratifying, particularly in the light of the rate at which fashion condemns stallions to the scrap heap, have been the performances of the Admire Mains and Mullins Bays. Both these horses have had their moments at the races in recent seasons, they instill their stock with a good dose of genuineness, yet we are quick to forsake them for the flashier prospects, even when their progeny have the look of eagles about them. So someone, somewhere is going to get lucky.

Muis Roberts

Colts: 50, 58, 106, 153, 202
Fillies: 42, 57, 118, 151, 195

Sean Tarry

Colts: 34, 50, 61, 106, 201
Fillies: 42, 101, 121, 151, 217

Dean Kannemeyer

Colts: 234, 106, 50, 65, 129
Fillies: 127, 117, 141, 162, 217

Graeme Hawkins

Colts: 105, 41, 106, 202, 178
Fillies: 121, 127, 103, 101, 149

Chris Snaith

Colts: 34, 35, 182, 178, 228
Fillies: 75, 230, 98, 195, 166

Joey Ramsden

Colts: 154, 178, 235, 124, 50
Fillies: 149, 19, 97, 79, 195

Michael Azzie

Colts: 182, 45, 70, 92
Fillies: 162, 88, 57, 117, 37, 3

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