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2009 EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP CHAMPION
Charl Pretorius www.racingweb.co.zaPierre Jourdan, within three runs, has returned his purchase price more than 12 times for the Gary Alexander stable and owner Emilio Baisero. The colt by Parade Leader quickened away from his rivals in Saturday’s Peermont Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup over 1400m and won impressively from the Mike de Kock stablemates Fisani and Havasha. The connections banked R750,000 between them.
Pierre Jourdan, described as “nothing really special to look at and with a bit of a Roman head”, fetched only R60,000 at the 2008 Ready To Run Sale and Dean Alexander said on Sunday: “This just shows again how unpredictable this game is. We liked Pierre Jourdan and bought him, he was one of several buys at the sale and we didn’t have an owner so Emilio stepped in for a share. He is just over the moon!”
The Ready To Run Sale, which gets underway at 2pm today at the TBA Sales Complex, continues to be a “dreammaker” and Pierre Jourdan, unbeaten and on the upgrade, is likely to earn lots more cool cash. “We’ll give the Dingaans a miss and go perhaps for the Cape Guineas. Next year’s Gauteng Guineas will also be a target,” Alexander said.
The only sad thing, Alexander notes, was that apprentice Derreck David missed the ride due to injury. KwaZulu-Natal’s Sean Cormack deputized with his usual polished riding performance. The young apprentice was on course, however, to lend his support to the connections.
“We bought Vin Fizz in foal to Parade Leader,” said Summerhill Stud’s Mick Goss, who can again be very proud of the energetic buzz around this year’s race which was evident to everyone at Turffontein.
Goss added: “So in essence Sheikh Mohammed sold the winner for R60,000 and bought the second-placed filly Fisani for R400 000. And he also owns the mare Amusing who produced last year’s winner Smangaliso. That’s two in a row for our partner from the UAE!”
Summerhill’s boss congratulated the Alexander stable and said: “They have been big supporters of our establishment over many years and this was a well-deserved win!”