David Mollett
One can’t exactly compare it to Paul Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United for 105 million euros, but racing had its own big deal this year when Lammerskraal bought the stallion, Visionaire, from Summerhill Stud.
— David Mollett

Although the money involved would have been a fraction of that paid for Pogba, Summerhill chief, Mick Goss, will have been sad to see the American-bred sire depart his Mooi River operation.

So Goss will be pleased that several experts gave several of the progeny of Visionaire the thumbs up at Monday's gallops ahead of tonight's first session of the Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Sale to be held at the Randjesfontein Training Centre.

The second session of the total of 235 lots which have been catalogued will be held tomorrow evening. The start on both days is 18h00.

There are 20 colts and nine fillies by Visionaire on the sale and Muis Roberts, Sean Tarry, Dean Kannemeyer and Joey Ramsden all included Summerhill's colt, Wemibono (Lot 50), in their top picks. The two year-old is a half-brother to the three-time winner, Cape Tango.

There are 23 two-year-olds by Await The Dawn on the sale and Roberts, Tarry, Kannemeyer and auctioneer, Graeme Hawkins, selected his colt by Dynasty (Lot 106) among their top picks. The youngster is being sold by Far End (as agents).

Hawkins, former top trainer Chris Snaith and Joey Ramsden were all keen on another of Visionaire's sons named General Mao. The colt is out of the mare, Razy Wells, who won four races here and in Argentina.

Other male selections from the seven experts at Monday's gallops included Far End's Captain Al colt (Chris Snaith and Michael Azzie) which is Lot 182, a colt by Wanted (Lot 34) from Balmoral Stud (Tarry and Snaith) and a Visionaire colt (Lot 202) named Great Success from Summerhill.

Surprisingly, not one of the seven experts selected the colt by Var (Lot 146) who is a half-brother to Bela-Bela and former champion three year-old, Rabiya.

In the fillies department, both Roberts and Tarry liked a daughter of Brave Tin Soldier (Lot 151) from Summerhill named Go Thuli Go while Kannemeyer and Azzie were keen on a daughter of Awake The Dawn (Lot 117) named Quakeshake. A topical name given the recent earthquake in New Zealand.

Roberts and Azzie had a daughter of Visionaire (Lot 57) named One Dimension among their filly picks, and both Tarry and Hawkins liked the look of a Var filly named Vargraves (Lot 101) consigned by Balmoral Stud.