There’s one thing about time in the racing game; it lends a perspective to your thinking. We’ve had a bit of time to reflect on the outcomes accruing from last week’s CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale, as well as the contingency plans we’re having to make in the wake of Await The Dawn’s passing.
The brilliance of jockey Anton Marcus sealed the deal in a thrilling finish to the R3,85 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup run at Turffontein on Saturday as the Rock Of Gibraltar filly Rich Girl took line honours for Ingrid and Markus Jooste.
The Inanda Club played host to the inaugural CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale Friday, where 145 lots went through the ring for an aggregate of R24,680,000, an average of R178 841 and a median of R90,000.
While some of the best horses in the country will contest Saturday's Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile at Turffontein, the biggest cheque at the meeting awaits the winning connections of the sixth race, the R3,85m Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup over 1,400m.
The Johannesburg Ready To Run festivities kick off at Sandton's Inanda Club at lunch time today with the sale commencing at 4:30pm. Here is a summary of the public voting (Top 5 Colts and Fillies) as at 31 October 2014.
Come the first Saturday in November, they’ll be running for near enough R50,000 a second when the gates slam open. That makes it the richest 85 seconds in African sport, and even the best of us couldn’t sniff at that.
It’s true, we all like to think our geese are swans, but it’s a fact that at last week’s gallops, the judges panel were pretty unanimous in their belief that this was as good a crop of Ready To Run horses as have ever left Summerhill; given the history, that’s some statement.