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Ready to Race Diary: Who will top this year's sale?

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7-time Champion Jockey of Hong Kong, now successful local trainer BASIL MARCUS, breezes ILLUSIONIST (National Emblem x Rose North colt)
“Extremely busy” was probably as good a term as any to describe last week.  Seven-time Champion Jockey of Hong Kong (now successful local trainer) Basil Marcus, and his son Adam, spent 2 days with us mid-week. They inspected the entire draft then Basil rode each horse on their short list to further refine their selections. On Friday Glen Kotzen (trainer of this year’s Gr 2 Oaks winner VEILED ESSENCE) and his stable jockey M J Byleveld also inspected 80+ horses, an electrical storm and torrential downpour causing some unexpected delays to the proceedings. Fortunately Saturday dawned brilliantly clear and still, and Byleveld was able to breeze the stable’s shortlist without nature throwing any more spanners into the works.  

Basil did comment that it seemed Summerhill has a lot of champions for sale this year. 595363-508534-thumbnail.jpg
Basil Marcus and son Andrew.
Apparently as he was legged up onto each horse the groom holding it assured him that THIS was most definitely a champion of the future!!!

The sale’s other consignors (who will breeze their horses alongside the Summerhill draft this Friday) arrive for a practice run along the main track this morning; the Summerhill draft will canter the track on Wednesday for their familiarization with Friday’s events.

With 5 days to go until the Gallops the bets are on as to who this year’s sale topping colt and filly will be. Who better to ask than those who handle the horses each day … the Ready to Race team.

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