2015 CTS EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP FINAL FIELD & BARRIER DRAW
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Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
Our prime focus this weekend will be the Ready To Run Cup of course, where 13 of the finalists going to post were graduates of our entry at the same sale in October a year ago.
At almost R100 000 a stride, the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup remains the richest race per running metre in the land.
It always helps to have a couple of updates on the eve of a sale, and yesterday's five-and-a-quarter length romp by the Visionaire second-timer Heaps Of Fun for Nchakha Moloi and Sean Tarry was especially gratifying. There are several who saw her victory, who believe she'll win at least three on-the-trot before she breaks a sweat, as good a start as a debutant owner like Nchakha could wish for.
R2.5 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
Saturday, 31st October, 2015
We're talking of course, about the 31 horses at the top of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup log, and the jostling among owners, trainers and jockeys for a place in the final eighteen.
While Summerhill has never been accused of "masking" anything in our twenty eight years of association with the Ready To Run (which was our invention, remember), we remind ourselves that it takes a lifetime to build a reputation, and only five minutes to destroy it.
We all know the deep history of high achievers sold off Summerhill, and that buying off the farm in February saves a hundred grand. What we've forgotten though, is that nineteen (30%) of the catalogue hold tickets for the 16 slots in the R2.5 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.
The past four weeks at the races have been punctuated by one overwhelming feature from a Summerhill perspective: eight winners, seven winners, six winners and nine this week, putting graduates of the farm at the top of the winners' leaderboard by a country mile.
When Rich Girl came home in history's richest horserace on Saturday, it was all about the numbers.
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.
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.
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.
The judges have spoken: it was the universal view that this was the best draft of horses to gallop at Summerhill since the inception of the "Cup". That's saying something.
Talk about tsunamis, you only have to put money on the table when it comes to a horserace, and the fur is bound to fly; I doubt there’s ever been an invitational log issued for a major prize in racing, which hasn’t attracted an outcry.
It's Gallops Day today, and there’s a reason so many of the country’s biggest-hitters are mooching around the stable yards here at Summerhill. The biggest owners in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KZN are all part of a racing brigade that’s flown, bussed or driven into the Mooi River precinct for this morning’s fireworks.
Summerhill gallops set the stage for R2.5million race.
For eight years now, we've had some of the nation's top racing personalities judging our gallops. This year, we bring a new dimension to the judging.
R3,85 MILLION EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP
Turffontein, Turf, 1400m | 1 November 2014
Log as at 14 October 2014
When David Mollett commented in his Business Day column a few weeks back, that we'd made a few waves in our time and that our announcement of a R3.85milliion prize for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup in 2014, eclipsing all previous African records, was in the nature of a tsunami, we took it as a compliment.