The BIG movers towards qualification for the tenth renewal of the world’s first Ready To Run sales race, turned up at Turffontein on the weekend.

While the odds of getting a run in this year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup are better than they’ve ever been (16 out of a catalogue of just 50 odd,) it’s getting hot at the top of the log, with the Group One performer, Railtrip, setting the benchmark. A rapidly closing runner-up in the Thekwini Stakes from the worst of the draw on Gold Cup day, Chesney van Zyl’s filly is a half-sister to the SA Derby ace, Hero’s Honour, which suggests that her Galileo damsCapetown Noir colt in the 4th November sale will be something of a premium item. The race and the sale incidentally have been joined at the hip with Emperors Palace for much of its 20 years in business.

Chijmes (ATO - Sophie's Choice) / JC Photos (p)

See Me Run (Visionare - Guest Gallery) / JC Photos (p)

Back to the shakers: the first on Turffontein’s Saturday card was the scene for the breakout of a smart sort in Chijmes, an impressive son of Pat Shaw’s dual Group One hero, Ato from the distinguished Summerhill family of Royal Glitter, Right Royal Rage, Princely Prospect, Choice and Rusty Pelican. With daylight over his field, he looks to go to post for the Cup under the silks of former Mauritius Turf Club chair, Jean Marc Ulcoq and his wife Clotilde, as well as former Jockey Club chair, Ronnie Napier and wife Bev.

Saddled by the Alexander boys, Gary and Dean, the ink on Chijmes’ page was scarcely dry when Hylton Odendaal’s Visionaire daughter, See Me Run (cost a modest R50,000), was equally dominant over a classy assembly of sophomore fillies back at the main track Monday. That run had the look of a “qualifier” too, and while the handicappers’ panel still has to have its say, it looked a dinkum shoe-in from this distance for the sister to Duke Nukem. Her mom, Guest Gallery, is another with a handy Ready To Run candidate at this year’s sale, a filly by Capetown Noir.

Of course, no-one will be surprised to see the Alexanders with a few slots at the gate. They’re what you might call “veterans” of the finest trophy in racing with previous winners, Pierre Jourdan and Champagne Haze, on their CVs.

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
Log as at 26 September 2018

 
Log 26/9Log 17/9Log 12/9AgeSexHorseMR
1113FRAILTRIP100
2  3GCHIJMES87
3223FTHE SASH85
4443GCHECKPOINT CHARLIE83
4333GPATROL OFFICER83
6553CMARCUS ATTILIUS77
7  3FSEE ME RUN76
7663FVI VA PI PA76
9  3GAFTER THE ORDER75
10883CASSISTED TAKE OFF73
10773FOTTAWA73
12883CAT THE OPERA71
1310103GICE EATER68
1310103FREADYSETGLO68
1512123FBATTLE ANGEL66
1613133FBATED BREATH65
1613133FCORAZON65
1815153CACE RACE60
1917163FSALUBRIOUS57
2018173GMISTY LIGHT53
2018173GTHE INVISIBLE MAN53
2216 3GFIND THE FUTURE52
2320193CTWO TO TANGO40
2421203CSPY GAME39
2421 3GTHE NEW GENERATION39
   3FBELLE OF PARIS0
   3FDARING DONNA0
   3FDISNEY PRINCESS0
   3CEARL OF GRANTHAM0
   3CEARL OF PEMBROKE0
   3FEARLY DAWN0
   3FGOT TO FLY0
   3CGREATEST WISH0
   3FINSOMNIAC0
   3FLITTLE LIZZY0
   3CLORD MUCK0
   3FMAPLEWOOD0
   3FMISS DIVINE0
   3GMR VENGEANCE0
   3GMYVIEW0
   3FNANDI'S VISION0
   3GPLAN BEE0
   3GRECONNAISSANCE0
   3FRITCHI0
   3CSACRED DAWN0
   3FSATIN SLIPPER0
   3GSAUVAGE0
   3FSEA OF ROSES0
   3FSEE THE PRIZE0
   3CSEVEN COLOURS0
   3FSTAR SYSTEM0
   3FSWIFT EXIT0
   3CTAKE-OFF MODE0
   3CTHE ICE WAR0
   3GTHE SANDS0
   3FTRY AGAIN0
   3GUTOPIAN0
   3GWHAT A BLAST0
   3FWHATABEAUTY0
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