David Mollett
For perfect timing, it doesn’t get much better than this for many-times champion breeder, Mick Goss. At next week’s Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Sale he’ll offer the last progeny of Await The Dawn and to say his progeny are firing is an under-statement.
— David Mollett / Business Day

The latest log published by the Sporting Post for the R2,5 million Ready-To-Run Cup to be run at Turffontein on November 4 shows there are five Await The Dawn's in the first 12 on the log.

The horses in question are Sean Tarry's colts Big Bear and Genesis, the filly Tammany Hall trained by Paul Peter, another filly Pilgrim's Progress trained by Gavin van Zyl and the colt Ekuseni in the stable of Stuart Pettigrew.

Ill-fated Await The Dawn, who died following a freak accident in 2014, was a versatile performer winning from 1400m to 2400m and his biggest win came in the Gr 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Ascot.

Commenting on the loss, Mick Goss commented: “Here was a horse in the prime of his life whose stock on the ground have caught the attention of some of the country's finest judges.”

A total of 62 lots will be sold at Summerhill Stud next Wednesday, October 25, and the first Await The Dawn through the ring should prove popular as this filly is a half-sister to six-time winner, Mr Mulliner. Trainer Gary Alexander has trained this gelding expertly and may well run his expert eye over this latest member of the family.

A few lots later an Await The Dawn colt named Bafana out of the one-time winner, Insana, will come under the hammer. Goss has been brave in naming this youngster given the form of the South African football side!

Takingthepeace / JC Photos (p)

There are a good number of Visionaire's in the catalogue and his progeny also got a timely boost when his Summerhill-bred daughter Takingthepeace, notched the second win of her career at the Vaal on Tuesday. This was a noteworthy performance as this Mike de Kock inmate had to shoulder 62kg and was giving weight to older rivals.

Visionaire - sold to Lammerskraal Stud in a Premier League-like transfer - has already produced some talented individuals including Heaps Of Fun, Africa Rising and Royal Pleasure. It would be no great surprise if one of his progeny topped the sale.

Other stallions represented on the sale include Brave Tin Soldier, Ato, Traffic Guard and Golden Sword. There is also a colt by Var and a filly by Trippi, sire of Gr1 winners Inara, Afrikaburn and For The Lads.