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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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Mick Goss to convene 32nd ASIAN RACING CONFERENCE

mick-gossMick Goss
(Photo: Summerhill Stud)

The following is an extract from the RaceGoer, Daily News :

Mick Goss of Summerhill Stud described the record breaking 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale on Sunday as a phenomenon and the financial story of the year.

Goss told RaceGoer’s David Thiselton: “There’s not a man alive who could have predicted it.”

“Markets have been down by up to 60% this year and yet the turnaround here was spectacular.”

“To me it was testimony to a fine draft of horses and to the skills of the people who prepared them. I have also been saying in the lead up that I have an unshakeable faith in South Africans. I have always been proud of their courage and far-sightedness.”

“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.”

Goss flew via Dubai to Japan the day after the sale. Over there he is to be the convenor of the 32nd Asian Racing Conference to be held in Tokyo from 9-14 November.

“There will be such people as Louis Romanet, who was head of French Racing for years, Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, who is head of Indian Racing, David Chester, who is the CEO of Magic Millions in Australia.” said Goss.

“To be made convenor was a great honour for me.”

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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.”

video link Click here to watch the
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup 2008

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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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OBITUARY : CATALOOCHEE - OUT ON HIS OWN.


 

In the midst of the frenetic activity at the Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale, we were served a mortal body blow, with the news of CATALOOCHEE’s passing. One of the fleetest-footed thoroughbreds of all time, CATALOOCHEE had already given notice of his intentions as a sire.

If his foals were anything to judge him by, there was every chance his career as a stallion would be a repeat of his mercurial feats as a racehorse.

Often enough, a stallion’s career is fashioned (or destroyed) by where he stands. Here was a man who’d discovered his perfect place, among a harem who matched his needs to the last, in an environment that would make a difference.

Besides it all, CATALOOCHEE was a really decent bloke, a gentleman to the core. Generous, kind and always willing, he reminded us of his owner Robert Muir, whose hand is always open to the needs of those around him.

We’ll miss “the Cat” like hell. Yet somehow, we don’t believe we’ve heard the last of him.

Cataloochee’s is a story worth telling. The story of a loner who toughed it out against the odds, who shouldered his 530kgs through both the sound and the pain barriers. A horse who, in the very best of races, never let another horse lead him once he’d hit the front. Even for a stride. Who ran the fastest 1000 metres in history, doing it the hard way. And came back for more, and did it again at 1200 metres. Against the best. A real champion, a fighter, a winner, CATALOOCHEE: out on his own. Metaphorically. Literally.”

(Summerhill Sires Brochure 2008/2009)

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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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READY TO RUN SALE : A great chance to secure YOUR CHAMPION!

tarryn liebenberg at gosforth park Tarryn Liebenberg puts her Summerhill Ready To Run talents through their
final checks and balances at the TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park
(Photo by: Catherine Hartley www.vumafeed.co.za)
 

charl pretoriusCharl Pretorius www.freeracer.co.zaThe 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale at the TBA on Sunday will offer good opportunities for small and big buyers. Mick Goss of Summerhill is expecting a good sale.

The secret behind the sale rests in the remarkable number of black-type performers to have emerged from its ranks as well as the fact that the sale is attached exclusively to the fourth richest event on the South African horseracing calendar, Saturday’s R1,25million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.

It has long been the chant of South Africa’s champion breeder, Summerhill Stud, that the Ready To Run Sale offers the best value in the world. Distinguished graduates of the sale read like the who’s who of the past season and include 2008 KZN Horse Of The Year Imbongi, recent G1 winners Outcome, Disappear and Desert Links, as well as millionaires Hear The Drums, Emperor Napoleon and Bold Ellinore, and not forgetting Dynamite Mike, Galant Gagnant, Catmandu and Paris Perfect.

This year, the Summerhill team is joined for the first time at the sale by previous title-holders Highlands and Maine Chance and the sale includes the last three southern hemisphere-bred progeny of Europe’s champion sire elect Galileo (Lots 26 INSASA, 83 GRAIL MAIDEN and 128 TUCANA).

Giant’s Causeway
, another prolific producer of international group winners is represented by Paradise Island, Lot 152 from Main Chance, while Australian-based stallion Flying Spur’s son from Bon Cher (Lot 55 BHUSENDE) is a beautiful mover who caught the eye at the Summerhill breeze-ups.

There is also an excellent spread of local stallions’ progeny. The six-man Ready to Run panel was unanimous in its praise for Lot 63 MATHAFA, a half brother to GommaGomma Challenge winner Pick Six (by National Emblem), but differed vastly in their other selections, which underlines the depth of the sale.

Buyers’ interest will be spread across 166 choice lots which will ensure that value hunters get their slice of the action too.

The sale starts at 2pm.

*DVDs of the breeze-ups are available from the TBA offices on request. These can also be viewed on Tellytrack’s re-broadcasts.

* Virtually all the vendors at the sale are offering special payment terms to buyers. Details of the payment schemes can be obtained from the TBA offices.

*Catalogues are available from the TBA sales complex and on its website www.tba.co.za .

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Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup up for the taking!

ready to run cup

Bookmakers will be waiting until late this afternoon (Friday) before they price up on Saturday’s R1.25 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup over 1400m on Turffontein’s standside track, and with good reason. This year’s field is markedly stronger and more competitive than last year’s inaugural line-up. This is a result not only of the bigger prize pool, but also of greater owner and trainer participation following the success of the inaugural event in 2007.

At this time last year Bloodstock SA asked buyers at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale to “tick the box’’ when signing for their purchases. Those who did, qualified their runners for the 2008 Ready To Run Cup at a small levy. This option is again available to buyers who wish to fly from the starting blocks when signing for their new acquisitions at the 2008 renewal of the Sale this Sunday.

Prize money will be distributed to the first ten horses past the post in Saturday’s prestigious second running of the Ready To Run Cup. The winning owner/s of what is already South Africa’s fourth-richest race will receive R625 000; the 5th placed horse will chalk up R34 500 and the connections of the 10th horse will pocket R16 000 for their efforts.

Trainers interviewed for the race agree that there are no standout bets in the this year’s race and that although the Charles Laird three-time winning Hurricane Force appears to have the best credentials, he is poorly drawn and cannot be considered a “good thing’’ by any means.

Trainer Mark Dixon, who won last year’s race with Umngazi and finished 12th with Prize Flower, who was beaten under seven lengths by her stablemate, comments: “I only have a filly this year in Bellagio, but she’s a smart sort, not inferior to Prize Flower who went on to win three races after the Cup last year. I’m more hopeful than optimistic because I believe the fillies should get a bigger allowance, but we’ll take our chances. It’s a nice race.’’

Dominic Zaki says that his Summerhill graduate Fantasy Flight, by Labeeb, also fell in the “hopeful’’ category. “This will be his first run after gelding. He has a lot of pace, I’m not sure if he will see out 1400m at this stage of his career, but he’s well and perhaps we can take a minor prize.’’

Dean Alexander, representing the Gary Alexander stable, was a tad more optimistic about their pair, The General and Fenerbahce, impressive winners within their first two respective starts. Dean commented: “On what they’ve shown they can both finish somewhere in the money, they will be involved in the finish. Personally I lean towards The General, who is a little more forward than Fenerbahce, but that’s just an opinion.’’

Mike Azzie will put the saddles on gelding Golden Web and filly Thundering Lady and he gave the latter the best chance of earning a stake. “She’s a fair filly and should run well, but her poor draw is a big concern. The gelding is a monster, he has a mind of his own.’’

Mike Azzie opined that his former inmate Thekkady, now with Sean Tarry’s stable, would be the horse to watch for and said: “If Sean has her ready she will be the hard to beat but she’s accumulated Voyager Miles since she left me!”

Sean Tarry confirmed that Thekkady had done some travelling around the country but said she was near ready: “She’s been with me about two months and I’d say she’s 90% ready so we’re expecting a good run.’’

*To find your Emperors Palace Ready To Run contestant for next year, when prize money will go to at least  R1,5 million, visit the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale on Sunday 2 November at the TBA Sales Complex, starting at 2pm.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT :

www.tba.co.za
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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WINNER'S CIRCLE TONIGHT : DSTV SUPERSPORT 1

mick goss and oscar pistorius on supersport
 “Don’t miss Winner’s Circle tonight, 20h30 on SuperSport 1”

Coming off his appearance on the Winner’s Circle show which goes out at 8:30pm this evening on DSTV SuperSport 1, Mick Goss phoned in to tell us what a lovely guy, triple Olympic Gold medallist Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius is. Intelligent, unassuming and extremely decent, “Oz” is one of the host of celebrities who will be attending the Emperors Palace Ready To Run cocktail Party tomorrow evening.

Interestingly, he has a long association with the famous Azzie family, now in its third generation of champion trainers. While Springbok Fly-Half Andre Pretorius and World Cup winning coach, Jake White, both celebrities at this year’s race, have interests in horse racing.

Oscar has a deep passion for and understanding of horse racing, and he has kindly offered to formally open the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale on Sunday, where he’ll be joining the auctioneers on the rostrum.

gold plaque
Click here to view the full Summerhill Draft
for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
2 November 2008

For sale information visit:
www.tba.co.za

 

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THE CHARITY MILE CONNECTIONS

neil andrews and robert marawaNeil Andrews and Robert Marawa at the 2007 Charity Mile draw
(www.phumelela.co.za)

The draw for celebrities connected to runners for this year’s Charity Mile November Handicap are out, and the Summerhill horses have drawn better at this level than they have in their slots for the race.

Top weight, Catmandu, has drawn glamour socialite Edith Venter, while El Padrino has drawn ex Bok coach and friend of the farm, Jake White, while Oscar Pistorius has picked up “the ride” on Craig Eudey’s charge, Thandolwami.

Phumelela pays a minimum of R20000 to every one of the charities, including those connected with the last horse home in the field of 16. The winning charity earns +- R100000.

The 16 charities in the running for the R100 000 purse are :

The Thusanani Childrens Foundation
www.thusani.org.za

Thusanani is an African word that means “Helping Each Other” and represents a loving and professional group of occupational therapists with a passion for bettering the lives of the many children orphaned in underprivileged areas, in children’s homes, crèches and informal settlements in Gauteng. The foundation aims to help babies and young children who have been orphaned through HIV/AIDS, abandonment or abusive home environments.

The Society for Animals in Distress
www.animalsindistress.org.za

The Society for Animals in Distress (SAID) was formed in 1958 to administer professional veterinary care to animals, including large animals - particularly coal-yard horses - belonging to low and no- income earners in areas where veterinary care is otherwise inaccessible. It currently works in nine townships and informal settlements around Johannesburg: Tembisa; Winnie Mandela Park; Ebony Park; Ivory Park; Mooiplaas; Diepsloot; Olievenhoutbosch; Zevenfontein and Cosmo City.

The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind
www.guidedog.org.za

The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (SAGA) was founded in 1953 to enhance the mobility, independence and dignity of blind and partially sighted people and to advocate the recognition and protection of the rights of all persons with disabilities. SAGA is committed to providing excellent aftercare services to blind and partially sighted people and their guide dogs for the lifetime of the dog.

National Horse Trust
www.nationalhorsetrust.org.za

In 1989 the South African horseracing industry through the then Association of Racing Clubs of Southern Africa started the National Horse Trust and developed a programme unique to South Africa to try and reduce potential neglect and deterioration of thoroughbreds after their racing careers. The trust helps change attitudes by teaching children the right way to treat animals and by educating the public about equine welfare and cruelty.

Free Me
www.freemewildlife.org.za

Free Me is a centre for the rehabilitation of wildlife. Established in 1997, it aspires to be a world-class, self-sustaining rehabilitation facility for indigenous wildlife in Southern Africa. Its mission is to rehabilitate and release indigenous wildlife back into a natural habitat, whilst maintaining the highest ethical standards and furthering conservation.

San Michele
www.sanmichele.org.za

San Michele opened its doors in 1945 to serve the whole community by providing an essential non-denominational home for intellectually and physically disabled people. The home provides professional care as well as a family environment to enhance and develop the physical, social and emotional needs of all residents, thereby helping them to fulfil their maximum potential in life.San Michele is home to 180 permanent residents and 10 day-care disabled people.

Association for the Physically Disabled: Greater Johannesburg
www.apd.org.za

The Association for the Physically disabled has been in operation for more than 70 years and its primary focus is to assist people with disabilities and their families to resolve personal problems, both psychological and physical - and empower them to develop an independent lifestyle. The association also has a home-care or attendant-care service unit which deals with the daily physical needs of the permanently and temporarily disabled.

Soweto Home of the Aged
www.sowetohome.co.za

The Soweto Home of the Aged was started in 1988 in central Jabavu (Soweto) under the directorship of the Soweto Care for the Aged. Its aim is to provide total social, cultural, political and economic upliftment for the elderly and destitute. The home currently accommodates 92 senior citizens with full board and lodging and employs 42 employees to provide 24-hour care and auxiliary services.

Alberton Record Upliftment Fund

This organisation was established some eight years ago as a vehicle for the newspaper to support charities in its distribution area. Over the years, the fund has supported the aged, needy children, disabled (young and old), aids hospices and many other charities.

Sithabile Child and Youth Care Centre
www.sithabile.com

The Sithabile centre was established in 1994 to rehabilitate and educate children from the farms surrounding Dawn Park in eastern Gauteng. A day-care centre until 1997, it has since expanded into a home where people receive love, meals, shelter and education. Sithabile creates a safe haven for children who are survivors of abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

WWF South Africa
www.panda.org.za

WWF South Africa was founded in 1968 by the late Dr Anton Rupert. In the last 40 years, this national office of the leading global conservation organisation has been dedicated to conserving South Africa’s natural heritage, which includes not only plant and animal species, but also its people. The mission of this organisation is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

Takalani Special School

Takalani Special School was initiated by the community of Soweto in 1991 and is situated in Diepkloof. The school caters mainly for severely intellectually impaired learners. It equips trainable learners with skills that will turn them into self-managing, independent and responsible adults. Most of the learners come from low socio-economic conditions. Most of the parents or guardians are unemployed or simply unemployable because they are, more often than not, handicapped themselves. Takalani has enrolled a total of 260 learners this year.

Logwood Village
www.logwoodvillage.co.za

Logwood Village is a home for adults with intellectual disability and is situated in Muldersdrift. Its mission is to provide holistic care for mentally challenged people in a sustainable, protective environment that offers the opportunity for self-development and quality of life. The home offers permanent residence for adults with an intellectual disability, respite care for short-term placements, opportunities for day workers in its protective workshop and employment opportunities for rural community partners.

Animal Anti-Cruelty League
www.aacl.org.za

The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) has been protecting and caring for animals since 1956. It is South Africa’s second largest independent animal welfare organisation, relying entirely on the generosity and goodwill of the animal-loving public for financial support. The league gets involved with all aspects of animal welfare - shelter for abandoned animals, an efficient adoption programme, prosecution of animal cruelty cases, welfare hospitals for lower income groups, visits to underprivileged areas with fully equipped mobile clinics and regularly addresses to schools and clubs on the challenges of animal welfare.

SAPS Widows and Orphans Fund
www.wofund.org.za

The fund was established on 23 July 1920. It provides financial assistance to the widows and widowers whose spouses were contributing members of the organisation, and their families.

Wentworth Development Forum

The Wentworth Development Forum is a community structure operated on a voluntary basis. Established in April 1994, it educates the Wentworth youth about the dangers of using drugs, alcohol abuse, gang-affiliations, HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancies, environmental issues and the importance of staying in school. It also conducts workshops on women empowerment and in association with other organisations assists in taking care of the aged and disabled and it works hand in hand with government institutions on housing and other issues affecting the community.

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It's early days yet, but the sale is cooking...

lucky_houdalakisLucky Houdalakis
(Heather Morkel)

Wherever you look and whoever you listen to, there’s talk of the recession, but that’s not the way things are at the TBA complex in Germiston. Unusually, for a Ready to Run sale, there’ve been a number of “lookers” already, and yesterday morning alone witnessed a liberal sprinkling of serious players.

First on the scene this morning was the evergreen Ormond Ferraris, and while nobody is willing to hazard whether he’s nearer to 70 or 80, he waded through the 110 horses in the Summerhill draft like a spring chicken. His back is as erect as it would’ve been the day he left school, and never sought the refuge of a chair or a drink in five and a half hours. Driven when it comes to horses like few people we know, he’s the perfect example that when it comes to the game in the horse business, it’s 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.

Also in the fray was another senior ex-Jockey Club Chairman, Ronnie Napier, surely one of South Africa’s greatest ambassadors. Ronnie’s commitment to the Ready to Run sale springs from IMBONGI, who arrived yesterday morning at Frankfort airport after an uneventful journey on his way to Dubai. Among the younger brigade was eminent racing scribe, Charl Pretorius “sniffing for a good horse for himself and a few partners. Whilst JJ THE JET PLANE’s conditioner, Lucky Houdalakis got through 60 of the draft and still has some more to see.

And finally and by no means least, early favourite FAKAZI’s man, Paul Matchett was here with his clients Brian and Hilton burrowing his way through the entire draft.

We said finally, but that isn’t the case. As we were penning this note THEKKADY’s owners were rushing their way through a couple of Lots between meetings, intending to return between several more tomorrow. The news from THEKKADY’s trainer, Sean Tarry, at supper last night, was that she’s a filly high on talent and a big runner on Saturday in the Cup, if she doesn’t need a run after her recent trip to Cape Town.


Click here to view the full Summerhill Draft
for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
2 November 2008

For sale information visit:
www.tba.co.za

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SA celebs line up for EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

liezel van der westhuizen with vanessa carreira and leanne liebenbergVanessa Carreira, Leanne Liebenberg and Liezel van der Westhuizen
(TAB Online)

Celebrities descending upon this year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup and November Charity Mile include treble gold medal winner at the recent Beijing Paralympics, South Africa’s “Blade RunnerOscar Pistorius, 2007 Rugby World Cup heroes Percy Montgomery and Jake White, former Miss South Africas Vanessa Carreira and Claudia Henkel, celebrity couple Danny K and Leanne Liebenberg as well as Beijing Olympic silver medallist in the long jump, Godfrey Khotso Mokoena.

Other South African celebs to be joining us include Michelle and Riaan Garforth, Neil Andrews, PJ Powers, Malaika, Edith Venter, Liezel van der Westhuizen, David O’Sullivan, Zinzi Mandela, Andre Pretorius, Tammy-Ann Fortuin, Kuli Roberts and Siyabonga Ngwekazi, as well as a bevy of gorgeous FHM models.

Connections of the Ready To Run graduates entered into the R1.25million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup will mingle with the stars on Friday evening at the Ready To Run Cocktail Party, taking place at Emperors Palace.

Autograph sessions will be held during Race Day on Saturday and Turffontein racegoers will have the opportunity to meet their favourite celebrities face to face.

One thing’s for certain. With the “Best Value Thoroughbred Sale in the World” following on Sunday, it’s going to be one helluva weekend!

For more information about the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale visit :

www.tba.co.za
or
www.summerhill.co.za

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R1.25M EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

oscar pistorius sponsored by nike Meet Oscar Pistorius on Friday evening
at the Ready To Run Cocktail Party, Emperors Palace
(www.oscarpistorius.co.za)

A record entry of 41 nominations has been received for the “buzziest” race on the calendar. There were 102 subscriptions for the race following last year’s Ready to Run Sale, and not far short of half of these have made the entry stage. This is a marvellous response to a sale which is billed as offering “the best odds in the World”, and of getting a run for a stake of this sort.

The nominations are :

34 HURRICANE FORCE (3C) 58.0 98 A Charles Laird
13 MPUMELELO (3C) 58.0 97 S Tyrone Zackey
5 #THE GENERAL (3C) 58.0 87 A Gary Alexander
18 #FENERBAHCE (3C) 58.0 85 A Gary Alexander
12 SULTAN OF SONG (3G) 58.0 82 A Lucky Houdalakis
19 AUGUST EIGHT (3G) 58.0 80 A Barend Botes
6 FANTASY FLIGHT (3G) 58.0 80 A Dominic Zaki
17 GOLDEN WEB (3G) 58.0 77 BA Mike Azzie
40 MDANSI (AUS) (3G) 58.0 76 AT Mike de Kock
10 JACKSON’S DRIFT (3G) 58.0 74 A Paul Matchett
1 MADE YOU LOOK (3C) 58.0 74 ST Tyrone Zackey
27 TRIGGER (ZIM) (3C) 58.0 73 A Roy Magner
3 MISTER SOFTEE (3G) 58.0 72 BA Glen Kotzen
20 AFONSO HENRIQUES (3G) 58.0 70 A Dianne Stenger
21 THOMOND (3G) 58.0 67 A Roy Magner
7 #BURN UP (3C) 58.0 0 A Gary Alexander
24 #CAESOUR’S HEIGHTS (3G) 58.0 0 A Geoff Woodruff
8 #CHEN YIN HO (3G) 58.0 0 A Mark Dixon
30 #OFF THE HOOK (3G) 58.0 0 A Michael Miller
11 *RED POWER (3C) 58.0 0 A Sean Tarry
16 #SAZIWAYO (3G) 58.0 0 A Brett Webber
29 #STAY SONIC (AUS) (3C) 58.0 0 A Tony Rivalland
38 FAKAZI (3F) 55.5 94 A Paul Matchett
22 THEKKADY (3F) 55.5 92 A Sean Tarry
23 SMANGALISO (3F) 55.5 86 A Michael Miller
26 SISHEBO (3F) 55.5 84 A Gavin van Zyl
25 GOLDEN SCOLD (BRZ) (3F) 55.5 83 A Paul Matchett
35 #BELLAGIO (3F) 55.5 80 A Mark Dixon
37 THUNDERING LADY (3F) 55.5 77 A Mike Azzie
41 ZANZABEE (AUS) (3F) 55.5 73 BA Corne Spies
33 KAHA BIRD (3F) 55.5 72 A Ernie Anderson
4 KIMBERLY CRUISE (Z (3F) 55.5 72 A Paul Matchett
15 VAMPIRE (BRZ) (3F) 55.5 69 A Paul Matchett
39 COME DANCING (3F) 55.5 67 BA Penny Kimberley
32 THUNDER CLAP (3F) 55.5 63 A Brian Wiid
36 #DAKAR (3F) 55.5 0 A Brian Wiid
31 #GUP’S GIRL (3F) 55.5 0 A Brian Wiid
14 #MKHANGISI (3F) 55.5 0 A Geoff Woodruff
9 #NYANISO (3F) 55.5 0 A Tony Nassif
28 #RED CAVIAR (3F) 55.5 0 A Mike de Kock
2 #SPIRIT IN THE SKY (3F) 55.5 0 A Michael Miller

The connections of these horses will be gathering on Friday evening at Emperors Palace to meet the celebrities, all of whom are household names of South African society. As a teaser we mention a few Percy Montgomery, Jake White, Oscar Pistorius and many more.

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THE BREEDERS' CUP : WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF RACING

ravens passRaven’s Pass (Elusive Quality) with Frankie Dettori aboard
(Matthew Stockman/Getty)

The Americans have dubbed it the World Championship, and this weekend they dubbed the Breeders’ Cup Classic as “CURLIN versus the World”.

The race failed to live up to its billing as far as the CURLIN factor was concerned, but what it did highlight was the remarkable strength in depth of this year’s European three-year-olds.

Princess Haya’s RAVEN’S PASS (ELUSIVE QUALITY) showed continued improvement as he strode away from his early season’s nemesis HENRYTHENAVIGATOR (KINGMAMBO) in convincing fashion. The two were meeting for the fifth time this season with ”HENRY” taking the last three, and RAVEN’S PASS the two most recent of their renewals.

In another highlight of the meeting, Summerhill stalwart Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum must’ve been delighted with the runner-up effort of EAGLE MOUNTAIN (ROCK OF GIBRALTAR), who was having only his second seasonal start for Mike de Kock in a race in which the tables with CONDUIT (DALAKHANI) might have been turned, if “the EAGLE” had enjoyed the benefit of one more race in his preparation. Nonetheless the Sheikh will be consoled by the fact that Mike de Kock’s charge’s appearance will be set for a tilt at Dubai’s $5 million Group One, Sheema Classic.

From a Summerhill perspective, events at Longchamps in the Prix Royal Oak (Group One) will have warmed the hearts of the men in our stallion barn as SOLSKJAER’s brother YEATS, notched up his seventh Group One and fourteenth career victory, by one and a half lengths.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN’s big showing on the turf will be encouraging news to those that have their eyes on Summerhill’s ROCK OF GIBRALTER juvenile colt, as he goes to under the hammer at the Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale, at Gosforth Park on Sunday.


Click here to view the full Summerhill Draft
for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
2 November 2008

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN : Gallant second in Breeders' Cup Turf

conduit and ryan mooreConduit with Ryan Moore aboard
(Matthew Stockmann/Getty)


Charl Pretorius www.freeracer.co.zaMike de Kock’s
runner Eagle Mountain (Rock Of Gibraltar) might not have won Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf over 2400m on World Championships Day at Santa Anita, Los Angeles, but came mighty close on a day Mike de Kock said gave the South African industry good exposure.

“In all my travels around the world this was the greatest racing spectacle I’ve seen,” enthused Mike de Kock enthused after Eagle Mountain had finished a gallant second to Conduit (Dalakhani) in this $US3 million race on turf.

“There were questions asked about our industry and our horses and genuine interest was expressed,” added Mike de Kock, who became the first South African trainer to saddle a runner at America’s annual racing extravaganza, the hugely exciting presentation of which was handled with extraordinary verve by ESPN and flighted live on Tellytrack.

Eagle Mountain
did everything but win. He was voted best turned out contestant on parade and his groom Patrick Ndlebe received $500 before delivering a relaxed, shiny-coated colt to jockey Kevin Shea. The jock took the four-year-old entire by Rock Of Gibraltar to the pens on an easy rein.

Eagle Mountain jumped in similarly easy fashion, overcame his wide draw and soon raced alone in fourth place. He appeared to be under no kind of pressure while Red Rock Canyon (Rock Of Gibraltar) cut a blistering gallop ahead of stablemate Soldier Of Fortune (Galileo).

The frontrunners were off the bit before they entered the home bend and at this point most South African viewers would have cried “race over” as Kevin Shea had Eagle Mountain in full cry and moved in swiftly for the kill.

“I went dizzy as they swung for home, I thought we had it in the bag and shouted like a man possessed, told Mike de Kock. Eagle Mountain surged into the lead with 300m to run. He had “winner” written all over him with 200m to go, but British Champion jockey Ryan Moore had put his foot on the pedal of early backmarker Conduit, who unleashed a riveting run in the middle of the track and literally flew past Eagle Mountain with 50m to run, to win going away. Dancing Forever shaded Soldier Of Fortune out of third place.

“This was a great run and we’re elated,” said Mike de Kock, whose charge pocketed $US660,000 for his efforts. “Kevin rode an excellent race, but the Eagle was outstayed late by the recent English St Leger winner, who had just a bit more in the tank. I have a feeling Eagle Mountain is better over 2000m and we will take him to Hong Kong next, along with JJ The Jet Plane.”

Mike de Kock said that he was looking forward to coming home. “Kevin and I will be racing at Turffontein (where the big races on the card are the R600,000 Charity Mile and the R1,25 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup) next week and we’ll be hoping to take a prize.”

He marvelled at the Breeders’ Cup experience and said: “Gary Player is here. After the race he sent me a nice message and invited me for a game of golf tomorrow (Sunday) at one of his courses here in Los Angeles. It’s a suitable end to a great week!”

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EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE - The truth is incontrovertible : The best value in the world.


Lot 121 Matambo (Rock of Gibraltar) galloping at the Summerhill track
(Grant Norval)

“THE TRUTH IS INCONTROVERTIBLE,
THE BEST VALUE IN THE WORLD”

charl pretoriusCharl Pretorius www.freeracer.co.zaIt has long been the chant of South Africa’s champion breeders, Summerhill Stud, that the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale offers, pound-for-pound, the best value in the world. That’s some kind of statement, but it bears examining, because they’re probably right. For a nation producing fewer than three thousand foals a year, and given the remoteness of the country’s location, the achievements of South African runners on the world stage have been quite exceptional, and it’s a well-known fact that at this year’s edition of the richest race meeting in the world, the Dubai World Cup, no fewer than three winners of the six races carded, had South African connections.

The real secret behind the Ready To Run Sale (slated for Sunday 2nd November) rests in the remarkable number of Black type performers which have emerged from its ranks, as well as the fact that the sale is attached exclusively to the fourth richest race on the South African calendar, the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, contested the day before the sale for R1,25 million, and expected to exceed R1,5 million next year.

Distinguished graduates of the sale read like the who’s who of the past season, and include 2008 KZN Horse Of The Year, IMBONGI; recent Grade One winners, OUTCOME, DESERT LINKS and DISAPPEAR; millionaires HEAR THE DRUMS, EMPEROR NAPOLEON and BOLD ELLINORE; DYNAMITE MIKE (who took down the colours of dual international Group One hero, JAY PEG in last year’s Guineas); Grade One performers GALANT GAGNANT and CATMANDU, as well as 2008 East Cape Horse Of The Year, PARIS PERFECT among close to twenty Stakes winners. On its own, that’s a formidable list, but considering that all of them come from one farm, Summerhill Stud (which supplies something of the order of 70% of the entries) and that the sale is limited to just 150 horses, it says something for a sale of humble origins, which has become its own centre of excellence.

At the time of writing, four of the fourteen that lined up for last year’s inaugural edition of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup have been the subject of multi-million Rand bids, and if they weren’t already there, their owners are now multi-millionaires. Five of those Stakes performers of the 2008 season are winging their way right now to Dubai for the 2009 Racing Carnival.

As the new season dawned, another two won Grade One events, the Garden Province Stakes and the Canon Gold Cup, two of South Africa’s time honoured Championship events.

This year, the Champion breeders are joined for the first time at the sale by previous holders of the title, Highlands and Maine Chance, and the sale includes the last three southern hemisphere-bred progeny of Champion European Sire elect, Galileo.

A pointer to the value in the sale rests in the fact that just a week ago, a horse bred at Summerhill by an Irish partnership and sold for a tad over £2,000 won his twentieth race, and in the process, became the Eastern Cape’s first millionaire. The top horses seldom make more than £30,000 and there are a number of champions and millionaires that have graduated from the sale in the past few years. With the Pound, the Euro and the Dollar now at record levels against the Rand, this has to be a sale that attracts the attention of anyone who’s serious about the international racing stage.

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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

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GALILEO's Relentless March

Lot 26 Insasa (Galileo) galloping at the Summerhill track
(Grant Norval)

The European Sire’s Championship has become one-way traffic for SADLER’S WELLS best racing son, GALILEO. While he never needed NEW APPROACH’s commanding victory in Saturday’s Champion Stakes in England, simply put, it was the cherry on the top of an impressive season, anointing a new heir to the greatest stallion in European history in the process. While GALILEO has a long way to go to emulate his illustrious father’s fourteen Sires’ Championships, he has to start somewhere, and as the number one sire of Group One winners worldwide this season, he’s off to a pretty convincing start.

Astonishingly, the Summerhill Ready to Run draft has its own unique play on this development, in-as-much as it includes no fewer than three GALILEOS among it’s number. While that in itself is remarkable enough, given our location, its greater significance rests in the fact that these are the last three progeny of the European Champion elect, ever to be offered at public auction. There will be no more, not even in Australia where these were conceived, as GALILEO ceased shuttling to that part of the world some seasons back.

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The Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup : A Drawcard for the Big Names

jake white and julie alexander

Jake White and Julie Alexander at Race Day 2007
( www.phumelela.com )

With the gallops now firmly behind us, the Summerhill gang are heads down as we enter the final stages before our big weekend at the end of the month and the beginning of the next one. The horses leave next weekend for Germiston, and so will most of those connected with them. We’ll be on hand to show the horses to would-be investors throughout the week commencing the 26th October, and of course we’ll all be there to greet you, feed you and water you up to and including the sale on Sunday, 2nd November.

One of the highlights of the weekend is Big race day on the 1st, when we’ll witness not only the R1,25 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, but the first of the big Graded race programmes announcing the beginning of the Spring season in Gauteng, the “top biller” alongside the Ready To Run Cup being the R500,000 Charity Mile, over 1600m. There are nine Summerhill horses among the 33 entries (just short of 30% of the field,) all of them graduates of the Ready To Run. Quite remarkable.

However, before we even get to RACE DAY, we have the cocktail party on Friday evening the 31st October, which honours the runners in the “Cup”, where the confirmed invitees included several of South Africa’s biggest celebrities including Rugby World Cup heroes, Percy Montgomery and Jake White; Nelson Mandela’s much loved granddaughter Zinzi; Radio and Televison personality David O Sullivan, Johannesburg’s biggest social drawcard Edith Venter; Miss SA’s Claudia Henkel and Vanessa Carreira (two of the best of recent times, and in Vanessa’s case, from nearby Estcourt), celebrity couple Danny K and Leanne Liebenberg, television personality Kuli Roberts, outstanding comedian Siyabonga Ngwekazi and two of South Africa’s best known modelling faces, Tammy-Anne Fortuin and Liezel van der Westhuizen. There are others in the wings, and we’ll announce their names over the next couple of days, as we get closer to the event.

What it all boils down to though, is that this is no “commoner garden” horserace. There’ll be any number of top trainers, jockeys and breeders in attendance, together with the owners of most of the Ready To Run field.

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