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BATTLESTAR EXPRESS : The little Dynamo wins again

battlestar expressBattlestar Express (Muhtafal) winning the Golden Loom Sprint (L)
(Photo: JC Photos)


megan romeynMegan RomeynAlthough much of this last weekend’s attention was focused on the R1,25million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup and the R600,000 Charity Mile, a son of Summerhill super sire Muhtafal, BATTLESTAR EXPRESS, was not the least deterred. He put in another hugely impressive performance in the Golden Loom Sprint (Listed) to confirm his growing stature as a top-class sprinter.

Running without blinkers on the instincts of top jockey Anton Marcus, BATTLESTAR EXPRESS was competitive from the jump, moving up a gear and winning easily by two lengths.

This is the seventh win from 16 starts for this little dynamo trained by Gauteng based trainer, Karen Anthony.

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MIKE MILLAR ON TOP WITH SMANGALISO

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Smangaliso (Kahal) winning the 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
(Photo: JC Photos)

david thiseltonDavid ThiseltonMike Miller celebrated the biggest stakes win of his training career on Saturday when Robbie Hill brought home the Kahal filly, SMANGALISO, to win the R1,25 million Emperor’s Palace Ready To Run Cup over 1400m at Turffontein.

The Summerveld yard is riding high this year. They won their first ever Grade I race on Vodacom Durban July day with Outcome (Muhtafal), who won the Garden Province Stakes, and on Friday night the very promising three-year-old Parade Leader colt, Monterey Boulevard, ran a fine third in the Listed KZN Guineas Trial in just his second visit to the racecourse.

Mike Miller said yesterday, “I thought Smangaliso had the fillies beaten as she had been working very well with Outcome. But you never know how good the Highveld colts are. Up there they always want champions so will talk horses up.”

He added that Smangaliso had come out of the race very well.

She was on her way back from Johannesburg yesterday with El Padrino (Muhtafal) and four horses that Mike Miller bought at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale on Sunday.

Part-owner Michel Nairac, the CEO of Gold Circle, was over the moon with Smangaliso’s victory, which happened on his birthday.

He wasn’t on course to cheer her home as he was attending the wedding of the son of Gold Circle director, Moga Pillay.

“I listened to the commentary on my cellphone on the way to the wedding,” said Michel Nairac. “I was shouting and screaming and my wife was shouting at me because I missed the turn off to the temple! It was very exciting and a lovely birthday present. We watched the race at home later and I was surprised at how easily she won. In the live commentary it sounded as if she had just got up. Robbie Hill weaved his way through as if they were standing still. On that performance she must be one of the best three-year-old fillies in the country.”

Michel Nairac had been quite confident before the race. “On Friday night at Greyville Robbie Hill told me that I had better back my horse because she was going to win. I thought with the stake money it was pointless having a bet, but my friends all backed her, and my son, who is a student in Cape Town, was smiling after putting 100 rand on her.”

Michel Nairac’s fine weekend was enhanced when another of his horses, Lizard’s Lust, won at Scottsville on Sunday.

He has always had luck at the Ready To Run Sale from which, as a bloodstock agent, he selected such horses as Respectable, Golden Words and Young Harvest.

He owned Young Harvest, who went on to win the Grade I Gilbey’s Stakes (today the Golden Horse Casino Sprint).

The other owners of Smangaliso, the Baron and Baroness of Bergsma, were out on holiday from the UK and were there to lead Smangaliso in. Mike Miller and his wife Rae also have a share.

Summerveld almost had cause for a double celebration after the Craig Eudey-trained Thandolwami flew home and only just failed to win the Grade 2 R600 000 November Handicap.

Thandolwami arrived back at Summerveld on Sunday morning and Craig Eudey said that the four-year-old Woodborough gelding would have three or four days rest before preparations for the Grade 1 Summer Cup over 2000m on the same Turffontein standside course would begin.

Craig Eudey said that Thandolwami had come back from his recent rest a more relaxed horse and would prefer the 2000m trip.

“I just hope we can get a nice draw for a change,” he added. “With him it doesn’t make too much difference, because we drop him out anyway, but it would be nice to have horses going around us instead of us having to find a position.”

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Records Tumble at Ready To Run Sale

oscar pistorius with michael azzie and insasaOscar Pistorius and Michael Azzie with Lot 26 INSASA (Galileo)
(Photo: Grant Norval)

Economic crisis? What crisis. Bucking the recent trend in international bloodstock markets, all predictions of an expected slump came to naught when previous records crashed by the wayside at Sunday’s sensational Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Sale.

Racing South Africa reports that the aggregate of R25,85 million reflected a staggering 52% increase on last year’s figure of R16,965 million, while the average price of R174,662 rose by almost 34% from R130,500 in 2007.

The success of this year’s renewal left even the most optimistic commentators speechless and Mick Goss of Summerhill Stud, who consigned the biggest proportion of the 166-lot catalogue, said: “The sale produced awesome results and delivered ample testimony to the confidence that buyers have in the South African racing and breeding industries. We are extremely pleased.’’

History was made when no less than 3 lots broke through the magical million rand barrier. The record price of R900,000 set for a colt by Hawk Wing at last year’s sale was made to look like small change when Cape trainer Basil Marcus outlayed R2,2-million for a stunning colt by Rock Of Gibraltar (Lot 121 MATAMBO), sire also of Mike de Kock’s Breeders Cup Turf runner-up Eagle Mountain.

Offered by champion breeders Summerhill, the November-foaled bay, boasts a pedigree page saturated with North American black-type. He is the first foal of an unraced half-sister to American Gr.3 winner Erica’s Dream and Listed winner Twosies Answer, the dam of 1998 champion 2yo colt and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, Answer Lively. The colt’s grandam Lady’s Answer is a half-sister to multiple Gr.3 winner Briarctic, one of the most successful stallions to stand in Canada.

Summerhill Stud sold eight of the top ten lots, and once again, their Australian-bred imports were keenly pursued.

INSASA, a daughter of English champion sire elect Galileo (Lot 26) set the sales ring abuzz early, registering a final bid of R1,5-million bid from trainer Michael Azzie. The filly’s attraction undoubtedly lies in the fact that her dam is a half-sister to the stud’s exciting young stallion Way West, while her third dam is the accomplished Annoconnor, a triple Gr.1 winning daughter of Nureyev and half-sister to Melbourne Cup hero At Talaq.

South Africa’s athlete of distinction, Oscar Pistorius, is a member of the syndicate which purchased Insasa and his sole purchase Watchful  (Lot 7 R200,000), will also be going into training with Michael Azzie. Oscar Pistorius said: “My involvement in racing is a long time coming. I learnt to love racing through my association with the Azzie family and I can’t wait for them to run!’’

Summerhill’s smart colt Mahubo (Lot 96), a National Emblem half-brother to dual Gr.2 winner Imbongi and Gr.3 winner Spring Garland, was another to find favour with the buyers and when the gavel came down at R900,000, the name on the docket was that of trainer Herman Brown Jnr’s B&B Racing.

Graham Beck’s Highlands Farms Stud celebrated its debut at this sale when its Spectrum colt Tap Tempo (Lot 23) reached a final bid of R600,000 from trainer Charles Laird. The colt is out of a West Man half-sister to champion juvenile filly Forward Filly and Gr.3 winner Golden Tulip.

Basil Marcus emerged as the top buyer at the sale by aggregate. The former jockey and now top trainer and his clients invested R3,12- million at an average of R520,000 for six lots. This average was marginally bettered by trainer Charles Laird (R540 000, 4 lots), which made him the top buyer by average. Charles Laird’s most expensive purchase was the Muhtafal colt Blue Voyager (Lot 53), which was knocked down at an even million, the third highest price of the sale.

Summerhill’s Kahal was the top sire by aggregate, with 17 two-year-olds selling for R2,865-million, headed by the filly Fisani (Lot 101) at R400,000. The brown miss is a half-sister to Gr.1-placed Catmandu and stakesplaced Ecole Militaire and hails from the female family of 2006 English Derby winner Sir Percy.

Foreigners were once again active at the sale and Bloodstock South Africa entertained buyers from Hong Kong and even Turkey. Turkish businessman Fedai Kahraman, who spent almost a R million in 2007, purchased Highlands Farms’ Spectrum colt Snow Special (Lot 123) for R280,000.

BloodStock South Africa’s Chief Executive Jan Naude, delighted with the outcome of the sale, commented: “The presence of several top imported lots was a factor that gave the sale a boost, but even without them the aggregate would have been up on last year, which is most encouraging in the current economic climate.’’

BSA’s Sales Manager Caroline Simpson added: “Over the last few years a big buzz has been created around the Ready To Run Sale, from the breeze-up gallops to the cocktail party to the big raceday that includes the exclusive Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup which is expected to have prize money of at least R1,5 million next year.’

“Importantly,’’ Caroline Simpson added, “Summerhill Stud’s six-cheque payment scheme made purchases affordable for everyone. Most of the other vendors followed suit, which brought regular buyers back to the sale, while new clients came on board too.’’

For detailed prices and statistics of the sale, visit www.tba.co.za

TOP TEN LOTS

Lot 121 Matambo (AUS) (ch.c. Rock Of Gibraltar - Lady’s Light) R2,200,000
Vendor: Summerhill Sales Buyer: B Marcus

Lot 26 Insasa (AUS) (ch.f. Galileo - Tantalum Fever) R1,500,000
Vendor: Summerhill Sale Buyer: Prancing Horse CC

Lot 53 Blue Voyager (br.c. Muhtafal - Blue Yonder) R1,000,000
Vendor: Summerhill Sales Buyer: Laird Racing Stable (Pty) Ltd

Lot 96 Mahubo (ch.c. National Emblem - Garden Verse) R900,000
Vendor: Summerhill Sales Buyer: B & B Racing

Lot 23 Tap Tempo (b.c. Spectrum - Sweet Lark Sing) R600,000
Vendor: Highlands Farms Stud Buyer: Laird Racing Stable (Pty) Ltd

Lot 128 Tucana (AUS) (b.c. Galileo - Luanda Star) R500,000
Vendor: Summerhill Sales Buyer: Good-Hope Racing

Lot 39 Unnamed (AUS) (gr.f. Hawk Wing - Vintage Silver) R460,000
Vendor: Far End Pre-Training (Agent) Buyer: World Wide Bloodstock

Lot 101 Fisani (br.f. Kahal - Gypsey Spirit) R400,000
Vendor: Summerhill Sales Buyer: Equine Group

Lot 76 Danse To Destiny (b.c. Malhub - Derniere Danse) R380,000
Vendor: Summerhill Sales Buyer: Laird Racing Stable (Pty) Ltd

Lot 78 Sekela (b.f. Muhtafal - Dignify) R360,000
Vendor: Summerhill Sales Buyer: Good-Hope Racing

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EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE SHATTERS RECORDS

basil marcus with denis and gail evans and babazaniDenis and Gael Evans with Basil Marcus and Babazani (Lot 43)
(Grant Norval)

charl pretoriusCharl Pretorius www.freeracer.co.zaThe 2008 Emperors Ready To Run Sale turned over an incredible all-time record R25.85 million at the TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, on Sunday. This brought to an unexpectedly climactic close, another terrific year for Bloodstock South Africa.

The success of this year’s renewal left even the most optimistic commentators speechless and Mick Goss of Summerhill Stud, who consigned the biggest proportion of the 166-lot catalogue, said: “The sale produced awesome results and delivered ample testimony to the confidence that buyers have in the South African racing and breeding industries. We are extremely pleased.’’

The staggering one-day aggregate is 48.3% up on the record figure of 2007 and the average of R174 622 is up 38.2%. The highest price of R2,2 million was paid by Basil Marcus Racing Stables for MATAMBO (Lot 121) , a son of international boom sire Rock Of Gibraltar.

Second-highest price was paid by trainer Mike Azzie and partners for INSASA (Lot 26), a filly by another international sire sensation Galileo. South Africa’s athlete of distinction Oscar Pistorius is a member of the syndicate that purchased INSASA. Oscar’s sole purchase WATCHFUL (Lot 7, R200 000), will also be going into training with Mike Azzie and he said: “My involvement in racing is a long time coming. I learnt to love racing through my association with the Azzie family and I can’t wait for them to run!’’

BloodStock South Africa’s Chief Executive Jan Naude, delighted with the outcome of the sale, commented: “The presence of several top imported lots was a factor that gave the sale a boost, but even without them the aggregate would have been up on last year, which is most encouraging in the current economic climate.’’

Bloodstock South Africa’s Sales Manager Caroline Simpson added: “Over the last few years a big buzz has been created around the Ready To Run Sale, from the breeze-up gallops to the cocktail party to the big raceday that includes the exclusive Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup which is expected to have prize money of at least R1,5 million next year.’’

“Importantly,’’ Caroline Simpson adds, “Summerhill Stud’s six-cheque payment scheme made purchases affordable for everyone. Most of the other vendors followed suit, which brought regular buyers back to the sale while new clients came on board too.’’

Basil Marcus was the top buyer at the sale by aggregate. The former jockey and now top trainer and his clients, Denis and Gail Evans, invested R3,12 million at an average of R520 000 for six foals. This average was marginally bettered by trainer Charles Laird (R540 000, 4 lots), which made him the top buyer by average.

Summerhill’s Kahal, with 17 two-year-olds sold for R2,865 million, was the top sire by aggregate, closely followed by his Mooi River “stablemate’’ Muhtafal with R2,81 million for 11 lots.

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SMANGALISO : EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

mike millerTrainer Mike Miller
(Heather Morkel)

Saturday’s Emperors Palace Ready to Run Cup was a triumph not only for the event itself, but also for the Summerhill draft of horses from last year’s sale, and for resident stallion KAHAL.

In the event, SMANGALISO’s (by Kahal) inspiring win finally put a nail in the coffin of the argument that the fillies were not up to competing with the colts at the weights, particularly as she was joined in her spectacular feat by two other fillies in the first five.

For the record, when it came to doling out the cash, Summerhill horses occupied 8 of the top 10 places in that race, rounding out a great week for the farm-breds, as BATTLESTAR EXPRESS (by Muhtafal), trained by Karen Anthony, rolled home under a confident Anton Marcus in the Golden Loom Sprint (L) and THANDOLWAMI produced his lifetime best, with a flying second for Craig Eudey in the R600,000 Charity Mile (Gr2).

Oh, and let’s not forget there was another argument finally put to rest in the “Cup”, and that was the question of the impact of altitude. For the second year running, a KZN-trained horse took the spoils for Mike Miller, Baron and Baroness Bergsma and Gold Circle Chairman, Michele Nairac. No doubt the latter will have some satisfaction in picking up such a fat cheque from Phumelela!

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KAREL MIEDEMA previews the Ready To Run Sale 2008

Desert Links (Kahal) winning the Canon Gold Cup
(John Lewis)

 

karel miedemaKarel Miedema Sporting PostIf any proof was needed that the Ready To Run concept has really come of age, then the performances of 2008 are it.

Big winners from four consecutive Ready To Run sales made their presence felt in no uncertain way. Biggest of them all was Gr1 Canon Gold Cup winner Desert Links, who was bought in 2005 and brought his earnings to R1.2 million.

From the same sale came the filly Outcome, winner of the Gr1 Garden Province Stakes on July day, bringing her earnings to R600k. July day, incidentally, was also when Desert Links took his place in the big One, the Vodacom Durban July, where he ran the fastest 400m to finish.

From the 2006 Ready To Run sale came Umngazi. He won the Gr3 Byerly Turk Plate, after he’d earlier become the very first winner of the Emperors Palace Cup - that special race only for Ready To Run graduates, which this year is worth a sizzling R1.25million.Then there was Thekkady, graduate from last year’s sale, who won the Gr3 Strelitzia Stakes as a 2yo in 2008 and has a half sister (lot 36) at the sale this year.

Look back a little further, to the 2004 Ready To Run sale, and you’ll find Hear The Drums, the East Cape Sprint Cup winner whose earnings of just over R1 million come from 20 wins, accompanied by a 114 merit rating.

Imagine being able to lead in your horse twenty times! Imagine, indeed. After all, dreams of the Big Time are what the Emperors Palace Ready To Run sale is all about. Not to be left behind, we take a look at the pedigrees of the 160 entrants, and unearth a nugget or two. Read on………………..

Al Mufti (Roberto)
He’s not covering any more, so getting stock from the old warrior will soon be difficult. Remember, he’s a sire-of-sires, and lightning can strike again - certainly when there’s a young colt out of a mare with an international pedigree such as (14) Smart Cookie (Jallad: 1r/1w). The mare is a 3-time winning full sister to a 6-time winner, the pair inbred 2x2 to closely related sons of Red God, Blushing Groom and Red Alert. The cross with Al Mufti should suit this mare very well, linking Buckpasser to her three lines of Tom Fool/Spring Run, and making her youngster one to note.

Alado (Danzig)
From the first crop of this young sire - comes a colt out of 3-time winner (46) Antiqua (Jungle Warrior). The mare is from an English female line, her grandam a daughter of Red God, which is the source of the mare’s own double of close relatives Tom Fool and Spring Run, similar to that of her stakes placed half sister Russian Gal.

Asaal (Machiavellian)
Gr3 pl 5-time winner (24) Swinging London (Roland Gardens: 1r/1w) is the dam of 3-time winner London Eye, full bro to the 2yo colt on offer.

Winning mare (61) Chase The Stars (Token Of Youth) has an American pedigree background. Her dam is a half sister to a host of stakes winners and dam of stakes performers, the next dam a daughter of Bold Reason. On offer a colt.

Badger’s Drift (Badger Land)
Lightly raced winning mare (119) Kasbah Queen (Al Mufti: 1r/1w) has a colt, her 2nd foal. The mare is half sister to Gr3 pl Liberty, from a productive US female line. She’s inbred 3x3 to Buckpasser, which provides a suitable link to Badger’s Drift grandam who is by Red God and a close relative of Blushing Groom. Interesting mating given Badger’s Drift’s own pedigree.

Caesour (Nureyev)
The filly out of 2-time winner (136) Mosca (Fort Wood: 2r/0w) is a first foal. The mare is half sister to 2 other multiple winners, from a highclass family which also produced Al Mufti, Sportsworld, AP Indy & others. The filly doubles 3-part brothers Nureyev and Sadler’s Wells 2x3, but probably more importantly brings Caesour’s damsire Graustark as a link for the dam of Fort Wood. It must be noted that French champion 2yo Fotitieng is a half brother by Caesour’s sire Nureyev to grandam Oak Fly. The latter was bred to Caesour without success, but the “insertion” of Fort Wood in the pedigree may make all the difference.

Stakes placed 3-time winner (149) Persuasive Reason (Rainbow Dream: 3r/1w) has produced 6 winners to date, from as many runners. She’s a daughter of highclass broodmare Izindaba, and represented by a colt, who is 3-part related to Gr3 pl Caesar’s Warrior.

Cape Cross (Green Desert)
English mare (50) Berkshire Lass (Zilzal) has an American pedigree background, and is half sister to US Gr1 winner & sire Alydeed as well as to the dam of two Graded stakes performers. On offer a colt, her second foal, imported from Aus.

Captain Al (Al Mufti)
Winning mare (150) Piety And Whit (Dancing Champ: 2r/1w) has produced five winners to date, from a variety of sires. She is from a strong Gr1 producing background. Her sire Dancing Champ has a cracking good record with Captain Al’s sire Al Mufti, making her colt one to note.

Five-time winning sprinter (47) Ask Aly (Tilden) is half sis to a Gr3 performer, their dam a Gr3 wnnr. Her colt is a 2nd foal, inbred 3x3 to very close genetic relatives Complete Warrior and Imperial Dilemma, whose pedigrees have (among others) Busanda, dam of Buckpasser who is so relevant in Captain Al’s own pedigree. Could be interesting.

Doowaley (Sadler’s Wells)
The colt out of American mare (3) Sara’s Warning (Caveat) is half bro to 2 Oaks wnnrs, and also to the dam of a Gr1 & a Gr2 winner. Classy stuff, which deserves attention.

Dynasty (Fort Wood)
From the first crop of the Horse of the Year - comes a filly out of winning mare (33) Tripple P (Shoe Danzig). The mare is a half sister to 4 other wnnrs; this is her 2nd foal. The mare’s damsire Golden Thatch is a close relative of Sadler’s Wells’ dam Fairy Bridge, giving a 4x3 cross in the youngster on offer.

Fan Club’s Mister (Mr Greely)
Two-time winner (89) Flaxen Fields (Badger Land), who is a half sis to Gr3 wnnr Golden Gangster, her a colt, her 1st foal. This is the potent female line of Gr1 wnnrs Have a Ball and Bush Telegraph.

Also with her 1st foal is 4-time winner (97) Gateway (Damascus Gate), whose own dam is a SW of 6 races.
The colt out of winning mare (58) Catch On (Krusenstern: 1r/1w) is full bro to a winner. The mating is interesting, as Mr Greeley’s sire Gone West is a full bro to the mare’s sire Krusenstern, making for a 3x2 cross in the youngster. Looks interesting.

(135) Montana’s Pride (N. Assembly: 1r/0w) is a daughter of 5-time winner Montana Girl. She’s represented by a filly, her 3rd foal.

Two-time winner (73) Decoder (Northern Guest: 2r/0w) has an American family background. Her colt is a 2nd foal.

NZ bred winner (1) Sale e’ Pepe (Volksraad) has had one previous foal to race, a winning half brother to the filly on offer.

Flying Spur (Danehill)
The imported 2yo colt out of NZ bred 4-time winner (55) Bon Cher (Sir Tristram) is full bro to a 4-time winner (and half brother to 7 other winners down under). The mare herself is a 3-part sister to successful sire Grosvenor, and also to the dam of new local sire Requiem. The latter is a son of Danehill, who is also sire of Flying Spur, which makes the young colt on offer a remarkably close relative to Requiem.

Galileo (Sadler’s Wells)
This world-class sire has recently come of age down under as well, siring his first Gr1 winner there. That should certainly stimulate interest in the three 2yo’s on offer here, all of them imported from Aus.
Unraced Irish mare (83) Elaine (Common Grounds) is dam of 2 winners, one a full brother to the filly on offer. The mare has a solid black-type background.

Two-time winning mare (128) Luanda Star (Danzig Connection) is half sister to two Graded SWs down under. Her colt offered is her 3rd foal Aus mare (26) Tantalum Fever (Encounter) has a black-type American background. She’s half sister to new local (Summerhill) sire Way West. The filly on offer is her third foal. Interestingly, Galileo and her grandam Prospect Fever have a great deal in common when their pedigrees are viewed (Sadler’s Wells/Nureyev, Mr Prospector, Busanda). Looks to be an interesting prospect.

Giant’s Causeway (Storm Cat)
American mare (152) Policy Issue (Moscow Ballet) is a 2-time winning half sis to two Graded SW in the US, of which one is sire Vinnie The Viper. She has had two foals to race, both multiple winners in the US, and comes with a half brother to those, also bred in the US. The youngster not only doubles close relatives Storm Bird and Nijinsky 3x3, but also has a 4x4x3 cross of close relatives Secretariat, Imsodear and Millicent (the first two appear 3x3 in Giant’s Causeway). There are other interesting links in the pedigree, going to the bottom female line, and present also in the mare’s half bro Vinnie The Viper. No doubt should be one to note.

Gold Press (Seeking The Gold)
Two-time winning mare (82) Eiger (Fort Wood) is a full sister to Holly Oak, SW of 8 races, and to Matumi, dam of Gr3 performer Mokaro. On offer is a filly, her dam’s 2nd foal.

Grey Eminence (Indian Ridge)
(165) Rouble (Northern Guest) is a winning half sister to highclass Sovereign Seas and 5 other winners. Her 2yo filly is her 3rd foal, and half sister to a winner.

Hawk Wing (Woodman)
SA Gr1 pl SW Silver Empire is half sister to the 2yo grey filly out of Aus mare (39) Vintage Silver (Marooned). The dam is herself half sister to SWs and dams of stakes winners. The youngster was bred in Aus.

Jallad (Blushing Groom)
Equus champion filly Icy Air, a Gr1 placed multiple Gr2 winner of 9 races, has a full brother on offer. Their dam (142) Nordic Air (Northern Guest: 22r/18w/2sw) is half sister to 2 other dams of Graded stakes winners, in France & SA.

Jet Master (Rakeen)
Gr1 placed SW (48) Bacio (Del Sarto) has produced 6 winners to date, two of those with black type, and all from different sires. The mare is a granddaughter of highclass matron Party Time. On offer a filly with obvious paddock potential.

Unraced Irish mare (124) Lamri(IRE) (Fort Wood) is an Irish-bred daughter of local champion racemare Arabian Lass. She has a 2yo filly here, her third foal, and half sister to a multiple winner.

Kabool (Groom Dancer)
The filly out of (105) Honour And Glory (Hermitage) is the first foal of her Gr3 winning dam, who is a half sister to 3 other black type performers. One of the latter three is by Fort Wood, who is a half brother to the dam of Kabool. There is significance in this, as there is a close relationship between the pedigrees of Fall Aspen and the dam of Secret Prospector. There are other links in the pedigrees of the sire & dam of the 2yo filly to suggest this is a very nice mating, giving future paddock value to boot. One to note.

Kahal (Machiavellian)
From an international black type female line comes winning mare (38) Vintage Event (Braashee: 4r/4w), who herself is half sister to a winner in Britain. Her only runner to date (by Personal Hope) won twice. She has a half brother to that one, inbred to close genetic relatives Coup de Folie and Sadler’s Wells. The sire x broodmare sire cross is still perfect at 4 from 4.

Argentinian bred winning mare (81) East Africa (Candy Stripes) is dam of 2 winners to date. On offer a half bro to those.

Winning mare (101) Gypsey Spirit (Coastal: 7r/5w) is dam of 5 winners from 5 runners, two of those with black type, including Gr1 placed Catmandu (by Makaarem). All are by different sires. This is the family of Epsom Derby winner Sir Percy. On offer a filly with a very nicely constructed pedigree. One to take seriously.

Winning mare (116) Juniper Berry (Fahal) comes from a highclass English female line, which also produced Count duBois. She’s a half sis to 2 dams of black type runners, and has a colt, her first foal.
Winning mare (125) License To Print (Lustra: 2r/2w) has an American pedigree background. From five previous foals, she’s had 4 winners (of which one has produced a stakes horse already). On offer a half bro to those.

English mare (44) Anoof (Marju) counts highly rated fillies in UK & Italy close up in her family. She is herself a half sister to 6 wnnrs and has a filly here, her third foal.

NZ mare (129) Maroof’s Grace (Maroof) is a winning half sis to 3 winners down under, one with black type. She’s represented here by her 2nd foal, a filly inbred to Danzig.

The only previous foal of 2-time winning mare (110) In Style (Model Man: 2r/2w) is a winner. She has her 2nd foal here, a colt. The sire x broodmare sire cross is still perfect. Also bred on that cross is the filly out of 2-time winner (134) Model K (Model Man: 2r/2w). The mare is a daughter of Gr1 placed SW Kal Sufi.
(126) Lizmay Creek (Muhtafal: 1r/1w) is a winning daughter of champion racemare Up The Creek, the latter the dam of nine winners, of which 3 are stakes horses. On offer the mare’s 2nd foal, a colt inbred 3x3 to Mr Prospector.

Internationally, the cross of Mr Prospector line sires with mares by El Gran Senor has paid big dividends. Locally, El Gran Senor’s full bro Northern Guest has the likes of Bold Ellinore from Mr P.-line sire Kahal. The match seems to be based on the compatibility of Raise a Native and Sex Appeal. There are three 2yo’s on offer with the same cross. The 7 previous runners of (86) Favoured Nation (Northern Guest: 22r/20w/2sw) are all winners, and were produced from different sires. The mare has an American pedigree background and comes with a colt. Then there is the colt out of (95) Gamalakhe (Northern Guest: 22r/20w/2sw). He’s the 2nd foal of the mare, who is a full sis to stakes pl Mercury Rising and to the dam of Gr3 wnnr Thekkady. This is a French female line. The trio is completed by a filly out of winning mare (113) Jibe (Northern Guest: 22r/20w/2sw), whose family background is Irish.

The filly out of 3-time winning mare (71) Dance On Silver (Rambo Dancer: 1r/1w) is the second foal of her dam. Interesting pedigree, with Kahal’s damsire Green Desert linking to the mare’s bottom female line elements. One to note.

Lightly raced (158) Rambo’s Gem (Rambo Dancer: 1r/1w) is a full sister to Gr2 wnnr Rambo’s Jewel, with the next dam a daughter of Northern Guest. On offer a filly, her dam’s 1st foal.
Gr2 pl multiple winner (7) Shoe Dance (Shoe Danzig: 2r/0w) is dam of three multiple winners to date (two of them fillies). She comes with a half sister to those.

Winning mare (9) Silent Manoeuvre (West Man) is a half sister to Gr1 Cape Guineas winner St John’s Wood, from a highclass female line which also produced champion sprinters Phantom Earl, Extra Cover & Scarlet Lady. On offer her 2nd foal, a filly.

Know Heights (Shirley Heights)
Brazilian mare (35) Vera Mossa (Itajara) is dam of a 2-time winning full bro to the 2yo colt on offer. The female line originally is French, but also produced Aus bred Super Sheila, a Gr1 winner in SA.

Labeeb (Lear Fan)
This American Gr1 winner made a good impression with his first crop of local juveniles, which included stakes winner Chief Blackfoot last season. He is also sire of Graded SWs in the US. The key to his pedigree appears to be Hail to Reason, to which his best American runner is inbred (also involving another close genetic relative of Hail to Reason).

Unraced mare (30) Treasure (Coastal: 1r/0w) is a daughter of US Gr2 winner Improyal, from a solid black type family. She’s represented by a colt, half bro to a 3-time winner.

The 6 previous wnnrs produced by (67) Coastal Relative (Coastal: 1r/0w) are all by different sires. They incl SW of 11 races Coastal Waltz and Gr3 pl Coastal Rock. On offer a half bro to those.

Two-time winner (160) Redruth (Coastal: 1r/0w) comes from an impressive SA black type female line. Her 2yo colt is her 3rd foal.

The only previous runner for stakes placed 3-time winner (69) Contradiction (Imperial Dilemma: 1r/0w) is a winner, and has a half bro on offer. The female line is English, and produced (among others) successful sire Mummy’s Pet.

Once-raced (54) Blushing Summer (Jallad: 1r/0w) came good at stud, where her 5 wnnrs incl Gr3 wnnr majestic Sun and Gr2 pl Brock. Her 2yo is a half bro to those.

Another lightly raced mare with ability at stud is (40) Absolute Magic (Jungle Cove). Her eight winners to date include Gr1 SA Derby runner-up Dangerous Donald. The mare herself is half sister to Gr1 winner Voodoo Charm. She has a colt. This youngster has a half sis here with a filly. That is 3-time winner (108) Idle Song (Russian Fox: 1r/1w), already dam of 3 wnnrs.

Stakes winning mare (62) Choice (Lustra) is half sister to 2 SWs and to the dam of 2 others. Her tally stands at 4 winners to date, her 2yo is a half bro to those.

(115) Jumping Jaguar (Muhtafal) is a winning half sister to Gr1 pl Gr3 wnnr Sleek Braashee, their dam Sleek Wine a Gr1 winner. The 2yo colt offered is his dam’s 1st foal.
Lightly raced (156) Qurrah (Muhtafal) is half sis to stks performers in Ireland and SA. She has a colt, her 2nd foal.

(68) Competitive Edge (National Emblem)is a winning half sister to stakes winner Skeem Team and to Gr1 pl Star of the Sea, from an American female line. The 2yo filly offered is her 3rd foal.

The two previous foals of unraced mare (22) Summersault (Northern Guest) are both multiple winners, including stakes placed Gymnast. The mare comes from one of the Aga Khan’s strong families, tracing to influential Mumtaz Mahal. On offer a colt, her third foal.
Stakes pl 5-time winner (143) Northern Singer (Northern Guest) is a full sister to Gr1 winner Travel North. She has made her mark at stud with 7 winners, one a Gr1 placed stakes winner. Her 2yo is a half sister to those.
Unraced (163) Rose North (Northern Guest) is dam of 3 winners including Gr3 runner-up Rose Window. Her female line has produced a string of champions in Europe. On offer a colt.

Gr2 & Gr3 pl 4-time winner (139) My Sweet Love (Prontisimo) is dam of 4 wnnrs, two of them with black type. The 2yo offered is a half bro to those. One of the youngster’s siblings is stakes pl 5-time winner (145) Particular Passion (Rambo Dancer), who is dam of a winner and comes with a filly here, her 3rd foal.
Kenian bred (132) Mesopotamia (Triarius) was the champion 2yo & 3yo filly in her homeland, and half sister to 2 other Champion 2yo’s, both colts. She is represented by her 1st foal here, a colt.

Aus-bred (148) Perrenial Power (Snippets) won 2 in SA, and finished 4th in the Gr1 Allan Robertson as a 2yo. Her only 2 runners to date are both winners. She comes with a half sis to those.

Gr3 winner (104) Heat Machine (Volcanic) is dam of 4 wnnrs, incl Gr3 pl 4-time winner Uzuma. On offer is a half bro.

Lavery (Royal Academy)
From the female line of Home Guard and Peaceable Kingdom comes (85) Fast Tracks (Desert Team). Her 2yo colt is half bro to a wnnr, bred on the Nijinsky x Blushing Groom cross.

Stakes placed (118) Kaminsky (Harry Hotspur: 1r/1w) is full sister to the dam of champion sprint filly Texan Summer, from a successful American family. Her colt is half brother to a winner.

Lecture (Seeking The Gold)
Three-time wnnr (11) Silver Splash (Model Man: 4r/2w) has had 3 previous foals, all wnnrs, incl Gr2 pl Glint Of Ice. The mare is a full sis to Gr1 wnnr Pacific Blue. On offer a colt, her fourth foal.

Stakes placed three-time winner (122) Laetitia Penn (Rakeen) is half sister to 2 other winners with black type, from a potent family. The colt offered is her first foal.

Malhub (Kingmambo)
Unraced American mare (130) Mazoon (Affirmed) comes from one of the world’s best female lines. She’s dam of 3 winners from different sires and has a half brother to those.

Unraced Irish bred (131) Mentalite (Alhaarth) has two previous foals, both multiple winners. The filly offered is her 3rd foal.

Three-time winner (103) Hardened Sands (Coastal) has an American family background. She has two half sisters who produced stakes winners in SA, including Gr1 winner Disappear whose dam is a full sister to her. Her 2yo colt is half brother to a winner.

The dam of unraced Irish mare (102) Haifaa (Doyoun) is half sister to Gr1 winner & sire Maroof, and to the dam of another Gr1 winning sire Desert King. The mare has a filly, half sis to 2 wnnrs.

The 4 winners produced to date by winning mare (87) Fearless Goddess (Foveros: 1r/0w) include stakes placed Contradiction. The mare has a black type English family background. On offer a colt.

All three previous foals of 2-time winner (162) Roman Dream (Jallad) are winners, by different sires. The 2yo offered is a half sister to those.

Gr2 pl multiple winner (117) Kamala (Kamakura) has produced five winners from a variety of sires; her current 2yo is a colt.

Five-time winner (133) Miss Wonderful (Mount Hagen) has a solid black type English family background. She’s dam of 2 winners, both fillies, incl stakes pl 4-time winner The Convent. She has another filly here. (28) The Convent (N. Emblem) is also represented; her 2yo colt is a 2nd foal.

Four-time winning mare (19) Stolen Beauty (Muhtafal: 1r/0w) has a US family background. The 2yo colt on offer is her first foal, and inbred 3x3 to Mr Prospector.

Two-time winning (140) Mythical Madam (National Assembly) is full sister to Gr2 wnnr Deliberation, half sister to Gr1 pl SW Gang related, and to the dam of stakes winners Horatio & hector. This is a potent female line. Her 2yo filly is a 2nd foal.

Zim-bred (8) Shoreline Symphony (N. Emblem) comes from a very strong Gr1 producing family. The filly on offer heralds the start of the mare’s breeding career.

Once-raced (36) Verve Cliquot (Northern Guest: 1r/0w) has produced 3 wnnrs to date, incl. Gr3 pl filly Thekkady. On offer a half sister.

The colt out of (64) Citidancer (Northern Guest: 1r/0w) comes with great credentials. He’s half bro to a stakes pl multiple wnnr, his dam is half sis to Gr1 wnnrs Record Edge & Golden Peak and to the dam of champion 2yo Warning Zone.

Unraced (76) Derniere Danse (Northern Guest: 1r/0w) has 3 previous foals, all wnnrs, 2 of them with black type, incl Gr1 runner-up Galant Gagnant. Her 2yo colt is her 4th foal.

(80) Dress Code (Northern Guest: 1r/0w) is half sis to Champion 2yo Imperial Despatch, from a black type English female line. She’s the dam of 2 multiple winners. Her 2yo is a colt.

Three-time winner (90) Fly Away Home (Rambo Dancer) is a half sis to Gr1 winner Last Watch, Gr2 pl Spring Hill and to the dam of two SWs. Her 2yo filly, a 3rd foal, is half sister to a winner.

Medaaly (Highest Honor)
Lightly raced 3-time winner (166) Royal Date (Northern Guest) is the dam of 3 wnnrs to date, and comes with a half bro to those. The mare’s a half sis to SW Whistling Prince, their dam Karate Do a Gr3 winner.
American mare (153) Porizkova (Polish Navy) produced 6 wnnrs in her home country, including a stakes winner. The mare is half sister to three dams of SWs, and comes from a sire producing female line. On offer is a colt.

Mogok (Storm Cat)
(17) Sportswear (Sports-world) is a half sister to five winners, their dam a half sister to seven winners. Her current 2yo is a filly.

Muhtafal (Mr Prospector)
Two-time winning mare (109) Ille Saint Marie (Braashee: 6r/4w) has produced two multiple winners to date, one Gr3 pl. The mare herself is half sis to a SW, from a French female line. She has a filly on offer.

The 4 (multiple) winners out of unraced mare (13) Siren Song (Coastal: 19r/12w/4sw) incl 2 SWs. One of these, Gr3 winner Mzwilili, is a full sis to the 2yo filly on offer. Muhtafal has an excellent record with Coastal as a damsire, making the youngster one to note. From the same sire x broodmare sire combination comes a filly out of unraced (100) Glitz (Coastal: 19r/12w/4sw). She, too, is full sister to a stakes winner by Muhtafal - this is Nondweni, wnnr of 3 and Gr3 pl to boot. And then there’s the dam of Glitz, winning mare (154) Queen’s Conduct (Royal Prerogative: 8r/5w), who has produced 4 wnnrs to date. She has a colt.

SW of 5 races (53) Blue Yonder (Comedy Star: 2r/1w) is a half sis to 4 black type runners and to the dam of another. Her 2yo colt is half bro to 4 wnnrs.

(32) Triple Crown (Desert Team: 2r/1w) is a half sister to six winners, which include two stakes winners by Muhtafal, Gr3 wnnrs The Waltz and Hot Reception. The latter duo is therefore 3-parts related to the colt on offer. The youngster is his dam’s 3rd foal, and is half bro to a winner.

Gr3 pl 3-time winner (114) Julia’s Choice (Jallad: 3r/2w) is the dam of 2 wnnrs from as many runners, incl stakes placed Beyond Reproach who won 4. The latter is a full sis to the 2yo filly offered.

Northern Guest as a broodmare sire has struck up a great relationship with Muhtafal. Here’s another example of the union: a filly out of (66) Claim To Fame (Northern Guest: 45r/37w/5sw), whose previous 3 foals (by different sires) are all winners. The mare is a half sis to the dam of Muhtafal’s Gr3 pl SW Nondweni. One for the notebook.

Gr2 pl Gr2 wnnr (78) Dignify (Rambo Dancer) is a 3-part sister to J&B Met winner Angus, to Gr2 pl (sire) Noble American, and to Snooty Lady (dam of Gr3 pl Lostintranslation, by Muhtafal). The filly offered is her 2nd living foal.

(161) Ring Of Bells (Spaceship) is a winning half sister to ten winners. One of these is stakes winner Regal Runner, by Muhtafal, which makes him a 3-part brother to the filly on offer. The youngster is the mare’s first foal.

Unraced Irish mare (137) Mutasader (Unfuwain) is full sister to a stakes winner in UK. She comes from a highclass US female line. On offer a filly.

Mull of Kintyre (Danzig)
This sire is an English 2yo Gr2 winner, who ran 4th in the Breeders Cup Juvenile.

NZ bred unraced mare (77) Diamante (Bigstone) has a colt by him, her fourth foal. The mare already has a 3-time winner in SA named Seeking the Stone.

National Assembly (Danzig)
Aus mare (10) Silky Dancer (Citidancer) is a Gr1 pl Gr3 wnnr of 5 races in SA. She’s the dam of a 3-time winner and comes with a half sister to that one.

Lightly raced American mare (12) Singing Miss Lass (Unbridled’s Song: 1r/0w) comes from the female line of champion racemare & US horse of the Year Lady’s Secret. She has her 2nd foal, a colt inbred 1x2 to N. Assembly and close genetic relative Missy Day. Looks a good mating and should be one for the notebook.

National Emblem (National Assembly)
Winning mare (56) Bound For Gold (Al Mufti: 7r/6w) hit paydirt with her very first foal Amber Bouquet, who earned black type. Another multiple winner followed, and here she has her 4th foal, a colt. Sire x broodmare sire cross looks the part, so pay attention.

Unraced mare (96) Garden Verse (Foveros: 9r/6w) kept all her prowess for a career at stud. She’s dam of 7 wnnrs, incl Gr2 wnnr Imbongi, Gr3 winner Spring Garland, Gr2 runner-up Prima Versa, and Gr3 placed Full Spectrum who is the dam of Gr3 wnnr Oracle News. All this didn’t come out of the blue, as the mare is a full sister to Gr1 performer Wild Cocktail, and half sister to the dam of Victory Moon (among others). The 2yo colt offered is a full brother to Full Spectrum. If their pedigrees are anything to go by, the sire x broodmare sire cross ought to produce a real cracker one day. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Multiple winner (6) Shimmering Sea (Model Man: 15r/9w/1sw) is a half sis to the dam of Gr1 winner Ingleside, from a top female line. The mare’s 3 runners to date are all winners. She has a half sister to those.

Six-time winner (70) Country Hideaway (Muhtafal) is a half sis to 8 wnnrs (3 with black type) out of champion racemare Up The Creek. On offer is her 1st foal, a filly.

The 3 winning half sisters to (65) Civil Affair (Northern Guest: 40r/22w/2sw) incl lightning fast Gr1 performer Got The Giggles 9dam of a Derby horse) as well as Laughalot (full sister to Civil Affair) who bred 2 Gr3 pl wnnrs. The mare herself has produced 2 winners to date. She has a colt.

Unraced (63) Choice Field (Rami) is the dam of Gr1 wnnr Pick Six and 2 other wnnrs. The mare’s a half sis to Gr1 pl Gr2 wnnr Bridal Paths, from a speed female line. On offer is a colt.

Bred on the same cross is the filly out of winning mare (120) Keepsake (Rami). The 2yo is half sis to 2 wnnrs, her dam is half sis to a Gr3 wnnr, and comes from a topclass international female line.

Among the 4 wnnrs produced by winning mare (106) How About Now (Red Ryder: 1r/1w) are a 6- and 7-time winner, produced by different sires. On offer is a half sister.

Parade Leader (Kingmambo)
Gr2 pl 4-time winner (37) Vin Fizz (Qui Danzig) has had 2 rnnrs to date, both wnnrs. The cross with a Mr Prospector line sire should suit her well. On offer is a colt, her 4th foal.

(99) Get Sporty (Sportsworld: 2r/1w) is a full sister to SW Sports Model, and half sister to Gr1 pl Gr2 wnnr Bold Cruiser. The 2yo filly at this sale is the dam’s 2nd foal.

Qui Danzig (Danzig)
From the Party Time family comes (25) Swiss Pearl (Fort Wood), who is a half sis to Gr2 pl Front Page, out of Gr3 wnnr Popular Girl. She has a filly, her first foal.

Also with her 1st foal is lightly raced (16) Space Trader (Houston Connection). The mare is a half sis to topclass Trade Enquiry, who is dam of two Gr1 wnnrs. Trade Enquiry is by Qui Danzig, whose cross with Secret Prospector is a gem. The pedigree of the 2yo colt is a variation on the theme. One to note.

Gr3 pl multiple wnnr (94) Galaxy Princess (Temptation Time) is a half sis to 3 other stks horses, 2 of them dams of multiple wnnrs. The 2yo colt on offer is her third foal.

Ransom O’War (Red Ransom)
Irish bred mare (144) Numancia (Alzao) is half sister to an English Gr2 winner and to the dam of another English SW. The family has a familiar ring in SA, as it also produced July winner Teal and influential sire Dancing Champ. On offer a colt, who is half brother to a multiple winner over a mile in UK.

Red Sun (Equalize)
Aus mare (79) Distant Flame (King delaMere) is half sister to multiple Gr1 winner Trissaro and his stakes pl full bro. She has produced 2 wnnrs down under and comes with a (grey) half bro to those.

Requiem (Danehill)
Winning mare (91) Free Trade (Al Mufti) has a colt, her 2nd foal. Given the affinities of the mare’s sire Al Mufti, she might be well suited to the pedigree of Requiem. It looks a nice mating.

Five-time winner (59) Celestial Flame (All Fired Up) has managed to conjure up four winners from a wildly varied bunch of sires. She’s here with a half sister to those. Bred on the same sire x broodmare sire cross is the colt out of (88) Fidelity Bond (All Fired Up). The mare has produced 4 winners so far, including Gr1 placed 9-time winner Fanyana.

(5) Setting Standards (Braashee: 1r/0w) is a winning half sister to the dam of stakes winner Bhekinkosi, as well as full sister to an 8-time winner. The mare comes from a highclass female line, which also produced sire Caesour. On paper the mare should be well suited to Requiem (her dam and Danehill’s dam are close genetic relatives), making her colt very much one to note. He’s a half brother to two multiple winners. Could this be the proverbial buy of the sale?

There are two 2yo fillies who are coupled on the Tote with the colt above. They come from Setting Standard’s unraced half sister (93) Full Stop (Northern Guest: 1r/0w), who is dam of 2 winners to date and has a half sister to those. And there is Full Stop’s daughter (84) Facination (Muhtafal: 1r/0w), whose filly is a second foal, and half sister to a winner. Both these 2yo fillies have the same link between the pedigree of Danehill and the bottom female line.

NZ mare (146) Passionate Love (College Chapel) has a filly, her third foal. The mare’s own dam is half sister to a host of stakes horses and dams of stakes horses in Europe & the USA.

Winning mare (31) Tribute (Desert Team) is a half sister to Guineas winner Last Watch and to the dam of two other black type winners. On offer a filly, her fourth foal.

Four-time winning mare (57) Captive Audience (Desert Team) has a black type American family background. Her 2yo colt is her 4th foal, and half bro to a wnnr.

Gr2 pl 5-time winner (92) French Braid (Formaz) continued her success at stud. She’s the dam of 5 wnnrs, incl 2 with black type. She comes with a half sister to those.

(27) Thank Heaven (French Stress) is a half sis to Gr1 pl speedster Got the Giggles (dam of a Derby placed runner) and to the dam of two stakes horses. Her 2yo colt is half bro to 3 wnnrs.

Multiple wnnr (60) Chase The Light (Golden Thatch) is a daughter of Guineas winner Flying Snowdrop, and half sis to the dam of a SW. She has produced 4 wnnrs to date and comes with a half sis to those.

The tally of winners to date produced by (112) Jamaican Summer (Harry Hotspur) stands at four, all from different sires. The mare hails from a solid black type family, and has a 2yo colt here.

Unraced (4) Saucy Thatch (Muhtafal: 1r/0w) is a half sis to 5 wnnrs which incl Gr2 winner Golden Silvino. All three of the mare’s previous foals are winners, from different sires. On offer a half brother to those.

Four-time winner (18) Spring Meeting (N. Assembly) is half sister to five other winners, their dam Gr1 pl and from a highclass female line. The mare is represented by a filly, half sister to a 3-time winner. The cross of Requiem on N. Assembly looks an interesting one.

All of the 5 rnnrs to date for winning mare (34) Valkyrie Queen (Northern Guest: 1r/0w) have found the wnnr’s box. All are by different sires. On offer is a half sister.

Five wnnrs from 5 previous foals is the tally for (52) Blue (Northern Guest: 1r/0w), the mare herself a full sis to the dam of wnnrs and half sis to 4 other winners. On offer is a colt.
(93) Full Stop (Northern Guest: 1r/0w)

Rock Of Gibraltar (Danehill)
The colt out of unraced US-bred mare (121) Lady’s Light (Toolighttoquit) is the first foal of his dam. The mare is a half sis to 8 wnnrs, 3 of them with black type. Three of the mare’s half sisters have produced black type performers. The youngster was bought as a yearling in Aus (A$75k).

Royal Academy (Nijinsky)
Aus mare (151) Pitrizza (Green Line Express) comes from a famous female line down under, which produced Rose Of Kingston. The mare is the dam of 5 winners to date in Aus, one a 13-time wnnr with black type. On offer is a half brother, imported from Aus.

Irish-bred mare (74) Deemar (Lahib) is a full sister to a stakes pl 5-time wnnr in UK. Their dam is half sis to sire Maroof and to the dam of another sire, Desert King. Both previous foals produced by the mare are wnnrs, one a full sister to the colt on offer. The youngster was imported from Aus.

Second Empire (Fairy King)
Three-time winner (49) Bella Diva (Eli’s Star) is a half sis to 7 wnnrs, incl stakes placed Bel Bimbo. On offer is her third foal, a colt.

Another 3-time winner, (157) Radiant Lass (Northern Guest), has a filly, her 1st foal. The mare hails from the female line of famous matron Sun Lass.

US mare (164) Rossellini (Spinning World) is half sis to a stakes pl wnnr, their dam a half sis to Gr1 miler Among Men. The 2yo colt on offer is his dam’s 1st foal.

Slew The Red (Red Ransom)
Two-time winner (43) Amusing (Liloy) is a half sis to 2 dams of European Graded SWs. The mare has produced 5 wnnrs to date from a variety of sires. Her 2yo is a colt.

(42) Agency Girl (Model Man: 2r/0w) is a winning daughter of SW Harry’s Lady, from a black type family. The 2yo colt is her third foal, and half bro to a wnnr.

Winning mare (147) Penthouse Pet (My Earl) is a half sister to 8 other wnnrs, incl very smart Midnight Run. The female line is highclass black type, from an English background. The 2yo filly is half sister to 2 winners.
(45) Anouk Aimee (Northern Guest: 5r/2w) made her mark first with Gr2 pl daughter Fly To The Stars, then with the latter’s daughter Diana’s Choice. The mare comes from a productive French black type family. Her 2yo is half sister to 5 winners.

From the Party Time family comes (138) My Lady Furness (West Man), who is half sister to 6 winners. The 2yo filly on offer is her first living progeny.

Spectrum (Rainbow Quest)
Irish classic Guineas wnnr, still going strong in Europe with Gr1 performer Tartan Bearer in 2008. This is his 1st SA crop.

Aus bred (20) Striking Feature (Pentire) hails from a sire producing European family. The 2yo filly is her 2nd foal and inbred 3x4 to Spectrum’s damsire Irish River.

Three-time winner (127) Love Leah (Restructure) is a half sister to Gr1 winner Vega, from the potent Lily family. On offer a filly, her 2nd foal.

US-bred (123) Lake Snowy (Salt Lake) is a winning daughter of US Gr2 pl SW Snowy Apparition. The mare’s 1st foal is a winner, the 2yo colt on offer is her 3rd foal.

The cross of Spectrum with mares by West man looks a very nice one on paper, as Spectrum’s damsire Irish River and West man’s dam Belka are very closely related. Here the cross appears in a 2yo colt out of once-raced mare (23) Sweet Lark Sing (West Man), who is half sister to champion 2yo Forward Filly, from a strong family. The youngster is half brother to a winner.

Strike Smartly (Mr Prospector)
Gr3 pl 3-time winner (72) Dangriga (Freedom Land) is a full sister to stakes runner-up Detroit City, the pair the best of the seven winners produced by their dam. The 2yo filly is half sister to a winner and her dam’s 3rd foal. Looks a nice matingand must be one to note.

Tara’s Halls (Fairy King)
If class counts, then the colt out of (51) Best Gem (Best By Test: 17r/12w/2sw) deserves attention. He’s a full bro to Equus champion filly Tara’s Touch and to Cape champion 2yo Dance of Diamonds. When it works it works!

The Sheik (Al Mufti)
Among the 3 wnnrs produced to date by 3-time wnnr (98) Generous Jewel (Northern Guest: 3r/0w) are Gr2 wnnr Rambo’s Jewel and 5-timer Barahin’s Jewel. The mare’s a half sis to Gr1 pl SW Lothair, from an American black type female line. She has a filly, whose half sis (159) Rambo’s Jewel (Rambo Dancer: 1r/1w) is also represented, with a 2yo colt. The latter is a full bro to 2-time winner The Madji.

Untouchable (Danehill)
Aus mare (29) The Padreen (New Regent) is dam of four winners down under, all by different sires. On offer a 2yo filly, imported from Aus after being bought as a weanling when her sire’s 1st crop were yearlings.

Var (Forest Wildcat)
From the first crop of the European Gr1 winning champion sprinter - comes the first foal of Zim mare (41) Actress (Kahir Almaydan). The latter is a daughter of champion racemare Devon Air. The 2yo is a colt.

Victory Moon (Al Mufti)
First crop of the international hero.
(2) Sand Trap (Fahal) is a winning half sis to 5 other wnnrs, one a SW, another Gr3 pl. Her 2yo filly is her first living produce, and inbred 4x3 to Roberto.

Two-time winner (141) New York Folly (N. Assembly) is a full sis to 2 other wnnrs out of stakes winning mare Printemp, from an Argentinian female line. She has a filly.

Gr2 pl SW of 3 races (15) Sound Of Angels (Russian Fox) comes from the family of Horse of the Year Winter Solstice. Her 2yo colt is inbred 3x2 to close genetic relatives Dancing Champ and Russian Fox. Interesting mating, given Dancing Champ’s apparent importance in Victory Moon’s pedigree.

Windrush (Seeking The Gold)
Lightly raced (21) Summer Guest (Badger Land: 6r/4w) is a half sis to 5 wnnrs which incl Gr1 pl Hundredpercent. Their dam regal Guest is a Gr2 pl wnnr from an American family. The 2yo colt is his dam’s first foal.

Also from a US female line is (155) Qui Song (Qui Danzig), half sis to Mauritian Horse of the Year Trump and also half sister to the dam of a SW. The filly on offer is her dam’s 1st foal.

(75) Delta Dance (Lustra) has no less than 11 winning siblings, four of them with black type. The mare is represented by a colt, half brother to a winner.

Yagli (Jade Hunter)
Brazilian mare (111) Inesqueciuel Lady (Maniato) is the dam of 5 winners in her home country, two of them stakes placed. Her 2yo filly was imported from Brazil.

Auctioneers : Andrew Miller - Mike Kilassy
For more info call Caroline Simpson +27 (11) 825 1713
caroline@tba.co.za

Visit the TBA website
www.tba.co.za

Visit the Summerhill website
www.summerhill.co.za

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READY TO RUN DRAFT has plenty of depth.

summerhill gallops

Lot 161 Running Riot (Muhtafal)
(Gareth Du Plessis)


charl pretoriusCharl Pretorius FreeracerThere is a lot of depth to the catalogue for this year’s Emperors Ready To Run Sale, evident in the variety of choices made by experts at the breeze-ups last week.

The two-year-olds, drafted into next week’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale to be held at the TBA Sales Complex, were put through their paces at the breeze-up gallops held at Summerhill Stud last Friday and at Eikenhof on Saturday.

A crowd of about 250 enjoyed the entertainment laid on by Mick Goss of Summerhill Stud while watching the 2008 consignment of SA’s Champion Breeders run along on the farm track.

Generally, the progeny of Kahal and Labeeb were again considered to be some of the best movers at Summerhill, although members of an expert panel were varied in their individual selections, unlike last year when several popular choices appeared on most of the experts’ lists.

With the exception of the strong, across-the-board sentiments about Mathafa Lot 63, a half-brother to Pick Six by National Emblem, the varied opinions among panelists and the public alike proved that there is even more depth to this year’s catalogue. The bidding is likely to be competitive when the Sale starts at 2pm on Sunday, 2 November.

The Summerhill panelists’ choices were:

Colts:
Mike Azzie (Lots 22, 63 and 151)
Michael Roberts (Lots 23, 81 and 121)
Dean Kannemeyer (Lots 53, 63 and 139)
Sean Tarry (Lots 63, 96 and 88)
Eamonn Cullen (54, 63 and 130)
Graeme Hawkins (63, 86 and 121)

Fillies:
Mike Azzie (Lots 36, 39, 78)
Michael Roberts (Lots 93, 98 and 140)
Dean Kannemeyer (Lots 39, 44 and 114)
Sean Tarry (Lots 8, 45 and 66)
Eamonn Cullen (13, 36 and 139)
Graeme Hawkins (7, 101, 145)

A total of 42 two-year-olds galloped at Eikenhof on Saturday afternoon and Bloodstock SA’s Sales Manager Caroline Simpson reported: “There wasn’t a big public turnout here, but the horses were impressive, this draft is undoubtedly more impressive than last year’s consignment. All 42 young horses breezed up and things went smoothly. We are looking forward to the sale.

Catalogues are available from TBA Headquarters @ Gosforth Park or visit www.tba.co.za
Most of the lots should be in their TBA stables by Thursday, 30 October.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT :
Jan Naudé, BSA’s Chief Executive: 083 627 7917 or jan@tba.co.za
or Caroline Simpson, Sales Manager: 082 552 6525 or caroline@tba.co.za

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Charity Mile November Handicap

galant gagnantGalant Gagnant
(Gold Circle)


On the same card as the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup at Turffontein on 1 November is the running of the Charity Mile November Handicap.

Our Giant
is set to defend his title in this year’s Charity Mile November Handicap which will be run on Turffontein’s standside track. Our Giant is one of 33 runners entered into this glittering R600 000 Grade 2 race.

TAB Online reports that the five-year-old has won four races since beating Biarritz by 0.50 lengths in last year’s race, including the Horse Chestnut Stakes over this same course and distance back in April this year.

Last Saturday he showed he’s at the top of his game when he raced over 1450m on the inside track at Turffontein and maintained his unbeaten record over that trip by beating Kingdom Come impressively.

His trainer, Charles Laird, has also entered Likeithot and talented four-year-old Smart Banker, who has won four of eight career starts.

Kingdom Come is one of four runners entered by SA trainers’ log-leader Geoff Woodruff. He has also nominated Buscador and Profit Report, first and second in the Nomads Hyperion Handicap at Turffontein last Saturday, and six-time winner Chariots Of Fire.

Ruling champion trainer Mike de Kock’s four-pronged entry includes Galant Gagnant, Gilded Minaret, Lubricator and Rudra, while KwaZulu-Natal-based Michael Roberts has entered his charge Tropical Empire, who visited the Highveld recently to contest the Emerald Cup at the Vaal.

Supplementary entries fall due on Monday 2 October with final acceptances on Thursday 23 October.

The first entries for the R600 000 Charity Mile November Handicap over 1600m at Turffontein on 1 November are as follows :

BUSCADOR (G V Woodruff);
CATMANDU (A Kirsten);
CHARIOTS OF FIRE (G V Woodruff);
CITIZEN DANTE (D Cunha);
DYNAMITE MIKE (K Naidoo);
E-FUEL (A Kirsten);
EDDINGTON (D Zaki);
EL PADRINO (D C Goss);
FORK LIGHTENING (S G Tarry);
GALANT GAGNANT (M F De Kock);
GILDED MINARET (M F De Kock);
GLIDING HIGH (B O Wiid);
HERALDIC SEAL (C Spies);
KILCOY CASTLE (S G Tarry);
KINGDOM COME (G V Woodruff);
LIKEITHOT (C Laird);
LUBRICATOR (M F De Kock);
OLYMPIC GOLD (G S Kotzen);
OUR GIANT (C Laird);
OUTCOME (M D Miller);
PREACH CONNECTION (K Naidoo);
PROFIT REPORT (G V Woodruff);
PURPLE RAIN (R R Sage);
RAY SAUCE (S G Tarry);
RUDRA (M F De Kock);
SHE’S ON FIRE (O A Ferraris);
SIRIUS STAR (G M Alexander);
SMART BANKER (C Laird);
TAP TAP (A G Laird);
THANDOLWAMI (C Eudey);
THE BIG ASK (M D Miller);
THEREALSLIMSHADY (A G Laird);
TROPICAL EMPIRE (M L Roberts).

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READY TO RUN SALE : A Great Place To Shop

paul matchettPaul Matchett
(Sporting Post)

charl pretoriusCharl Pretorius FreeracerAnother week closer to the Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale and its associated R1.25 million Cup, and another series of scintillating performances from prospective candidates for the big race.

Just as we were beginning to believe the field for South Africa’s 4th richest prize was starting to settle into something of a known entity, FENERBAHCE emerged from the shadows of Gary Alexander’s shedrow and blew the likely ante-post betting market for the Cup in a number of new directions. It wasn’t just his winning margin that impressed, it was the manner in which the son of Kahal, so obviously still a “learner-driver”, simply marched away from his field, vindicating the prohibitive 1/3 odds about his chances. Anyone with an eye for an “improver”, will have noticed Andre MacDonald’s SAZIWAYO (Labeeb) flying from what seemed like a hopeless position at the back on the inside course at Turffontein, to finish within a few metres of the Turkish owned winner’s pursuers.

Make a note of SAZIWAYO; he may well run out of time before the cut for the big race, but there’s no argument about his credentials as a racehorse.

In other action at Turffontein, impressive first time winner THE GENERAL, (Muhtafal), was beaten in the dying stages by a well tried older horse in a race in which his master jockey, Mark Khan, was likely to say he may have gone a little early. Doubtless, he’d be quick to add that THE GENERAL is ready to take his place among the pre-race favourites for the winner’s loot.

A third Gary Alexander debutant (we’ve been talking about his hand in this race for several weeks now) to have his cloak removed was BURN UP, co-owned by Tellytrack’s most glamorous presenter, Julie Alexander, who was always battling on the tight bend over a distance too short for him (1000m), but nonetheless picked up a place cheque at the first time of asking.

He’s bound to improve, this one, and while it’s not like the Alexanders to put three races into a horse in just over a month, they might need to do so if he’s to be a player for the spoils on 1st November. Again, it was Mark Khan in the saddle, and he took little time in labeling BURN UP as a prospect for the future, over more ground.

Meanwhile, with interest in the Gallops (scheduled for Friday 17th October, at Summerhill) growing by the hour (the pilgrimage of top horsemen started some time ago) and the likes of Basil Marcus and a legion of clients due to fly in later this week, following inspections by Dennis Drier, Wally Brits, Mark Struwig and Tim Keating, it seems the financial woes of the world are little deterrent to the enthusiasm fans have developed for this sale. No doubt Summerhill’s “banking” offer of as much as a 6 cheque payment scheme to buyers has pricked their ears, and between Caroline Simpson of Bloodstock SA and Linda Norval and Marlene Breed of Summerhill, the enquiries are flooding in.

The most often-asked question, apart from the arrangements for the Gallops, is what those closest to the horses are beginning to tip. The sales biggest consignor, Summerhill, started this innovation five or six years ago with their managers and jockeys “picks” of the draft, and while there’s been many a star from beyond those identified at home, there’ve also been some serious horses singled out by these guys as well.

Among those whose names crop up regularly are siblings of IMBONGI, PICK SIX, SPRING GARLAND and CATMANDU, while those we mentioned include a daughter of Galileo, and colts by Rock of Gibraltar, Royal Academy and Galileo. There is universal admiration for the Labeebs in the sale, besides the usual “oohs” and “aahs” for the Kahals and Muhtafals.

A man whose opinion you’d always want to reckon with is Ben Mbhele, whose life-time at Hartford goes back to the legendary likes of SENTINEL and MOWGLI. It seems just the other day that Ben once again distinguished himself by singling out IMBONGI as a serious racehorse, when nobody bothered to so much as bid for him when he got to the sale.

Ben’s choices include CATMANDU’s sister; a GOLD PRESS filly out of EIGER; the MUHTAFAL/BLUE YONDER colt; and a stunning son of one Europe’s best stallions, CAPE CROSS, whose daughter OUIJA BOARD (among 6 other Gr1 winners) guaranteed him a place in the pantheon of great Thoroughbred stallions.

One of the sale’s most successful “pickers” is Paul Matchett, whose stand-outs from last year included MZWILILI, ineligible for the Cup because she was not subscribed. Paul’s connections have made no such mistake this time around, with their multiple winning FAKAZI, who illustrated her wellbeing for the Cup with a well earned victory over a Gr1 performer last time out. With a 2kg fillies’ allowance, FAKAZI is a live prospect in her own right.

“We’ve always thought the Ready to Run Sale a great place to shop. We’ve had some fine successes with our investments. We like the way Summerhill do their horses, and of course you get a horse where most of the hard yards have already been run. The horses are well-schooled and for all intents and purposes, many are ready for the races. There is a great incentive for buyers in the savings this generates, and there’s always the prospect of instant gratification”.

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Alexander Runners Strut Their Stuff.

gary alexanderGary Alexander
(Summerhill Stud)

kerry jackOn Sunday at Turffontein the Alexander stable’s hopefuls for the R1 250 000 Emperors Palace Ready to Run Cup were out in force.

In the first race of the day Burn Up (Russian Revival/Passionate Love) had a promising debut run to finish 4th under Mark Khan at a distance short of his best and Mark Khan feels that this is a Derby horse in the making. Burn Up has a sister by Requiem on the Ready to Run sale who is working exceptionally well and is worth taking note of.

In the next race Fenerbahce (Kahal/Shoe Dance), also piloted by Mark Kahn, cruised home lengths clear of his field on just his second start. He was a worthy favourite and won in a fashion that suggested we will be seeing a lot more of this imposing son of Kahal in the future. He has a full sister on this year’s sale who is a lovely big scopey individual with a good action.

The General (Muhtafal/Roman Dream) was an eye catching winner on his first start last month. Yesterday, he started favourite and took up the running soon after turning for home, but was caught by the older more experienced Sandown Bay. A good effort from this speedy son of Muhtafal and I’m sure the stable will have him fine tuned for the Emperors Palace Ready to Run Cup come 1st November. The General has a sister by Malhub on the sale.

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World’s Richest Ready to Run Sales Race

the big ask and bush pirateThe Big Ask and Bush Pirate
(Gold Circle)

charl pretoriusCharl Pretorius FreeracerWhen the big day dawns on the 1 November, racegoers will wake up to the fact that they will be witnessing the richest Ready to Run sales race in the world that afternoon. Not only that, the Emperors Palace Ready to Run Cup will rank as the fourth richest race in South Africa, and the excitement around it is already palpable.  We’re told by Caroline Simpson at Bloodstock South Africa and Linda Norval at Summerhill, that customers are enquiring on a daily basis about what it will take to qualify their horses for the event, painfully aware that last year, the Stakes winners Mzwilili and Regal Runner were eliminated from entry by dint of the fact that their connections had not subscribed them in the aftermath of the sale.
 
Those lucky enough to have the hammer drop in their favour at this year’s sale should remember this: it costs a mere R3,000 over and above what you’ve outlaid to ensure you have a ticket in the sweep for the 2009 version, and that’s surely irresistible in the context of the prize money on offer and the opportunities a place in the race represents, in terms of the added value to your horses.

As an illustration, four of those that lined up in the fourteen horse field last year, have already been the subject of multi million rand bids from abroad, and if the owners weren’t already there, they’re now multi-millionaires.

Just this past week, we were reminded of the class of the race when The Big Ask steamed past one of the nation’s best juveniles of 2008, Bush Pirate, under the lights at Greyville, conceding 5.5kg to a horse who must have ranked in the top five two-year-olds of his generation.

Yet there was nothing in the pedigree or the looks of The Big Ask (nor in what they knew of Imbongi at the time) to suggest they would be precocious enough to line up for the “Cup” the following November. That they did, and that they were among the cheque earners in the end, reminds us to leave nothing to chance. This is undoubtedly a chance in a lifetime, in a lifetime of chance.

So what do you suppose prompts breeders to subscribe close to R1 million towards the stake for the 2009 running of this “buzzy” event (where the prize money is expected to exceed R1.5 million), at a time when the world’s financial markets are in such turmoil?

Summerhill’s Tarryn Liebenberg, who together with Michael Booysen heads up the stud’s Ready to Race programme, is quick to answer,  “We needed to do something to set this sale apart, and that we’ve achieved that is exemplified in the over-subscription for this year’s sale, at more than 200 entries. In keeping with our promise to the buying public that this sale offers “the best odds in the world” of a runner in  a restricted event, the catalogue has been cut back to 166, a country mile ahead of its predecessors in terms of pedigree. Summerhill alone contributes close to R700,000 this year, and it’s one way of saying “thank you” to those who’ve become cult followers of the Ready to  Run in recent years.

“Our offering this year includes seven Australian imports by some of the world’s best stallions, carrying some exceptional “ink on their pages”. Besides we have 21 representatives of current leading sire Kahal, and no fewer than 11 by perennial “Big Five” sire Muhtafal.  Yet, the hallmark of Summerhill’s annual draft is that it not only offers  the best value  from a quality perspective, but we’ve also made it as accessible as possible by providing extended terms, up to six months depending on your aggregate purchases.”

There is another stark reality about the Ready to Run, and that revolves around the cost of keeping horses. Because of its positioning in November, it takes place as much as 10 months after the first sales of the year, and that represents as much as a R50,000 saving on horses purchased at the beginning of the year.  Besides, a Ready to Run graduate has been in work for at least four to five months before it’s presented for sale, and horses have been known to step right out of the sales ring onto the racecourse within a fortnight, finding themselves in the Number One box at the first opportunity.

Mick Goss of Summerhill wraps: “While we don’t get our horses much beyond 70% fit on the farm, the truth is that some of them are so talented, they’re able to step onto a racecourse within days of the sale. The likes of Fanyana (a 10 time winning Group One performer) and Effervesence have been facile winners of their opening starts, literally within weeks”.

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KWELA-KWELA : Ready To Run Rider's Picks

 

“FAVOURITE FILLIES”

Thokozani Dlungwane Thokozani Dlungwane has been a part of the Summerhill Ready To Run team for many years and has turned out some outstanding race horses. He has a natural ability when it comes to schooling these youngsters and it shows on the race tracks all over South Africa. Over the last couple of years he’s ridden the likes of Tap Tap, Ithala and Fork Lightening.

Thokozani knows what to look for in a top Ready To Run horse and opted to school and breeze last years winner of the EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP, UMNGAZI (by Muhtafal).

The second of Thokozani’s “top 2 fillies” for this year’s draft is KWELA-KWELA.

KWELA-KWELA (meaning pennywhistle) is by Muhtafal, out of Coastal mare, Siren Song.

KWELA-KWELA is a sister to MZWILILI (2 wins including the Pretty Polly Stakes G3) and ITHALA (4 wins including the Syringa Handicap L) and is from the family of this year’s G1 CANON GOLD CUP winner, DESERT LINKS.

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It’s War Out There: The “Cats’’ are lining up.

Gary Alexander with Fedai Kahraman and Berdan YerlikayaGary Alexander with Fedai Kahraman and Berdan Yerlikaya
2007 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
(Heather Morkel/Summerhill Stud)

charl pretoriusCharl Pretorius FreeracerFrom a Ready To Run perspective recent events have been instructive. We’ve seen a few “bombers” emerge, and news filtering back is that trainers are beginning to take positions on their horses. The big race takes a bit of planning, more so because we’re dealing with relatively inexperienced horses. All of Gary Alexander, Lucky Houdalakis and Mark Dixon took the veils off some serious prospects in the last fortnight, while the established likes of Charles Laird’s Hurricane Force, Alexander’s The General, Tyrone Zackey’s Mpumelelo, Gavin Van Zyl’s Sishebo, and Paul Matchett’s Fakazi are in waiting. There’s been a lot of talk of late about the fistful of talent that Alexander’s sitting on from last year’s sale, and he chose last weekend to take the covers off Fenerbahce, a Turkish-owned son of Kahal. He was left behind as the curtains came up on Saturday, but he literally took off in the last 200m for an excellent second, and Johnny Geroudis speaks highly of him. Alec Laird’s R80 000 purchase, Tap Tap, friendless in an active market after a lay-off, came home lonely after being swamped coming off the Turffontein’s bend, making him a proper prospect for the big features during Gauteng’s spring season.

Ready To Run watchers preparing themselves for the 17 October Gallops at Summerhill, have begun to surf the Summerhill site for clues, and others like the two Hermans, Snr and Jnr, Wally Brits, Mark Struwig and Ian Keating were inmates at Hartford House this past weekend, sniffing the ground like bloodhounds. If you can’t get there in advance of the gallops, you might like to visit the website at www.summerhill.co.za, where the farm are releasing the “picks” of those closest to the horses, namely their jockeys.

A couple of horses that seem to be cropping up with regularity among their selections are Catmandu’s sister by Kahal, Imbongi’s brother by National Emblem, Pick Six’s brother by National Emblem, the Darley bred Cape Cross colt, a brace of youngsters by Royal Academy, two of the three Galileos and a Muhtafal colt described by the farm as arguably as good as they’ve seen. There will be a handful of these selections uploaded to the website every day, all part of the process of making it a uniquely different sale. Where else in the world do you get the benefit of seeing the horses run, the picks of the jockeys, and the selections of the best equipped panel in racing, to tell you where to dig for gold. Important dates:

17 October: Summerhill Gallops
1 November: Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup and Charity Mile
2 November: Ready To Run Sale 

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Ready to Run Gallops : Good Friday... Very Good.

mark dixon and bellagio
Mark Dixon and Bellagio
(Gold Circle/Heather Morkel)

charl pretoriusCharl Pretorius FreeracerMake a note of this date. Friday, 17 October. If you miss it, and don’t get to see the Ready to Run gallops on the TV  “loop” after that, you forfeit the right to a slot in next year’s R1.5 Million Emperors Palace Ready to Run Cup.

But the action starts the evening before, when some of the nation’s top judges convene at Hartford House, Summerhill, for a celebration of a sale that offers the best odds in the world.

The Ready to Run has been promoted by its principal protagonists, Summerhill, as the best source, pound for pound, of feature race performers in the land, and the statistics bear them out.

Add to that statement the fact that one in six or seven of the subscribed horses get a run in the country’s fourth richest race, and you have a compelling cocktail. Unsurprisingly, the sale has attracted a record entry of close to 200, and the selectors are beavering away as we write to get the numbers to comply with the auction’s billing as “the best odds in the world”.

Meanwhile, one of the most successful “exploiters” of the Ready to Run, Mark Dixon, who saddled up Umngazi, the hero of last year’s inaugural running of the Cup, gave notice Saturday that he has another “bomber” lined up for the big prize on 1 November.

Mark Dixon’s first-timer Bellagio, racing in the same silks as Umngazi, streaked off with the laurels on her racecourse debut, and his trainer is hopeful he can stretch his speed to the 1400m of Turffontein’s standside track.

As a top class jockey himself in his “first life”, Mark has revealed a rare flair in the selection of his “Ready to Runners”, capitalizing on his experience as a quality rider.

“My wife and I are fans of the Ready to Run, as we think it offers great value. Even as prices have escalated with the improved quality on the sale, it remains a place where you can buy a really decent horse for respectable money”.

Mark, who was seduced by South Africa on his visit to the country for the World Rugby Cup in 1995, confesses to a special admiration, shared by his wife, Hayley, for the progeny of Muhtafal, who he says has everything they look for in a horse - speed, temperament, soundness and reliability.

Dates to remember:

17 October: Ready To Run Gallops
1 November: Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
2 November: Ready To Run Sale

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East Cape Racing Awards

peter fabricius and paris perfectPeter Fabricius and Paris Perfect
(Wally Strydom/Summerhill)
FOUR SUMMERHILL PRODUCT CHAMPIONSHIPS


We’ve always held the softest of spots for the Eastern Cape. The boss grew up in Pondoland, and if you could hear him banging on in Xhosa, you’d know that he’s still firmly rooted there. We’ve the warmest affection for Port Elizabeth and its racing, and we’ve had many a horse thrive in that neck of the woods. In the past five years alone, we’ve seen three Horse of the Year Champions emerging from our paddocks, all courtesy of our association with Peter and Gail Fabricius, and their trainer Des “Choppies” MacLachlan “.

Rewind that many years ago and you’ll dig up BRIGADIER PARKER, a duel holder of the title and a R45,000 graduate of the Ready to Run draft. It took another forty-odd thousand to secure the next one, dual Horse of the Year, HEAR THE DRUMS. This 18 time winner just took out the title of Champion Older Male and Champion Sprinter again.

This time Horse of the Year went to MUHTAFAL’s son, PARIS PERFECT, the Champion Three-Year-Old, as well as the winner of the greatest tag in East Cape racing. Recently sold for a multi-million Rand sum to Saudi Arabia, the 10-time winner will not be able emulate his predecessors, but we’re confident he’ll show the Saudis what galloping is all about.

Meanwhile our best wishes to those top sportsmen (let’s not forget the lady!) and while we’re about it, to our long-time friend and patron, Alec Foster and his wife “The Honourable”, on JETTURA’s Champion Three Year Old Filly title.

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R2R : MUHTAFAL is "Top of the Pops"

muhtafalMuhtafal
(Nicholas Goss)

charl pretoriusCharl Pretorius FreeracerTwo of several good things about Summerhill Stud‘s leading stallion Muhtafal is that his progeny enjoy racing, and that they train on. He‘s a “Big Five” stallion with 18% Black Type perfomers and rose to prominence again last weekend when his daughter, Ready-To-Run graduate Alejate from Greg Anthony‘s yard won the Listed Riviera Handicap at the Vaal from Cape Tango and Mat Gold, two others also sold at the Ready To Run Sale!

Just half an hour earlier Muhtafal mare Nottgalashia had won the Listed Banyana Handicap, beating a competitive field on the sand track at the Vaal. The Muhtafals are versatile, with Graded and Stakes winners on sands and turf over distances from 1000 - 2400m including Let‘s Rock ‘N Roll, Outcome, Umngazi, Fair Brutus and Veiled Essence.

Muhtafal is the second leading sire of stakes winners in the land and interestingly, after all that he‘s achieved, it is still relatively easy to buy his offspring without spending an arm and a leg. Alejate cost only R80,000 a few years ago, she‘s earned over half a million rand. There have been several other money-spinners in the R100 - R150 000 bracket, including Regal Runner, Mhlekazi, Prize Flower and Nondweni, and it is not inconceivable that even low-budget owners could lead in stakes winners by Muhtafal in seasons to come.

The Muhtafals at the 2008 Ready-To Run Sale are Cwele Cwele, a sister to Nondweni; Julia‘s Pride, a sister to Beyond Reproach and Kwela-Kwela, a sister to Mzwilili and Ithala.

Continuing last week‘s discussion about value, there are a few more Ready-To-Run graduates worth mentioning. The R40,000 purchase Hear The Drums has won an amazing 18 races; R60 000 foal Catmandu has returned R810 000 for his happy owner and as a serious Graded contender won‘t be long in reaching the R1 million mark. Bhejane, a R30 000 buy has already amassed over R300 000 and Sweet Chilli, also bought for 30k, has earnings of over R200 000 to her name with what seems like at least another few wins to follow.

The list goes in and on, week after week Ready To Run graduates distinguish themselves by winning races all over the country. When you open a newspaper or click on a racing results site, their names are there. Before this time next year you, too, can stand in the winner‘s box with your proud Ready To Run purchase. It has to be noted too that Ready To Run offers the best odds of big race success and participants in a Restricted race in the world, approximately 1 in 6 horses subscribed get a run and they get to run for what this year will be at least R1.25 million.

The Summerhill website, www.summerhill.co.za, apart from having one of the best racing blogs in the world, also contains photos and detailed statistics of Summerhill’s horses and stallions.

Dates to remember: 17 October (Ready To Run gallops); 1 November (Charity Mile and Ready to Run Cup); 2 November (R2R Sale,TBA Sales Complex

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