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Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

Goosebumps Come Standard

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Goosebumps Come Standard

Our prime focus this weekend will be the Ready To Run Cup of course, where 13 of the finalists going to post were graduates of our entry at the same sale in October a year ago.

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Back With A Bang

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Back With A Bang

It always helps to have a couple of updates on the eve of a sale, and yesterday's five-and-a-quarter length romp by the Visionaire second-timer Heaps Of Fun for Nchakha Moloi and Sean Tarry was especially gratifying. There are several who saw her victory, who believe she'll win at least three on-the-trot before she breaks a sweat, as good a start as a debutant owner like Nchakha could wish for.
 

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Movers And Shakers

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Movers And Shakers

We're talking of course, about the 31 horses at the top of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup log, and the jostling among owners, trainers and jockeys for a place in the final eighteen.

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Of Sticks And Stones And Solid Bones

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Of Sticks And Stones And Solid Bones

While Summerhill has never been accused of "masking" anything in our twenty eight years of association with the Ready To Run (which was our invention, remember), we remind ourselves that it takes a lifetime to build a reputation, and only five minutes to destroy it.

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You don't have to be one of the 20,000 in the stands...

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You don't have to be one of the 20,000 in the stands...

We all know the deep history of high achievers sold off Summerhill, and that buying off the farm in February saves a hundred grand. What we've forgotten though, is that nineteen (30%) of the catalogue hold tickets for the 16 slots in the R2.5 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.

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Galloping Goldmines

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Galloping Goldmines

The past four weeks at the races have been punctuated by one overwhelming feature from a Summerhill perspective: eight winners, seven winners, six winners and nine this week, putting graduates of the farm at the top of the winners' leaderboard by a country mile.

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1 November... It's Time for the "Big Time"!

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1 November... It's Time for the "Big Time"!

While some of the best horses in the country will contest Saturday's Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile at Turffontein, the biggest cheque at the meeting awaits the winning connections of the sixth race, the R3,85m Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup over 1,400m.

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The Cup... It's Dog Eats Dog

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The Cup... It's Dog Eats Dog

Talk about tsunamis, you only have to put money on the table when it comes to a horserace, and the fur is bound to fly; I doubt there’s ever been an invitational log issued for a major prize in racing, which hasn’t attracted an outcry.

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If you want a ticket, you know where to get it

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If you want a ticket, you know where to get it

It's Gallops Day today, and there’s a reason so many of the country’s biggest-hitters are mooching around the stable yards here at Summerhill. The biggest owners in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KZN are all part of a racing brigade that’s flown, bussed or driven into the Mooi River precinct for this morning’s fireworks.

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You Be The Judge

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You Be The Judge

For eight years now, we've had some of the nation's top racing personalities judging our gallops. This year, we bring a new dimension to the judging.

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The Richest 85 Seconds In Sport

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The Richest 85 Seconds In Sport

When David Mollett commented in his Business Day column a few weeks back, that we'd made a few waves in our time and that our announcement of a R3.85milliion prize for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup in 2014, eclipsing all previous African records, was in the nature of a tsunami, we took it as a compliment.

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