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BALIUS - JEBEL HATTA 2009

 

Jebel Hatta (Gr2)
1777m Turf
5 March 2009
Nad Al Sheba Racecourse
Dubai Racing Carnival
US$ 250,000

Results :
1st Balius (IRE)
Time : 1:48:84

2nd JAY PEG (SAF)
Trainer : Herman Brown
Jockey : Weichong Marwing

3rd RUSSIAN SAGE (SAF)
Trainer : Mike de Kock
Jockey : Johnny Murtagh

4th IMBONGI (SAF)
Russian Revival ex Garden Verse
Trainer : Mike de Kock
Jockey : Kevin Shea
Breeder : Summerhill Stud

ASIATIC BOY - Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3


Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3
(Gr2)
2000m Dirt
5 March 2009
Nad Al Sheba Racecourse
Dubai Racing Carnival
US$ 300,000

Results :
1st ASIATIC BOY
Owner : Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum
Trainer : Mike de Kock
Jockey : Johnny Murtagh
Time : 2:03:03

2nd Happy Boy

3rd ART OF WAR (SAF) Kahal - Cariad by Northern Guest
Owners : Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Mike de Kock
Trainer : Mike de Kock
Jockey : Johnny Murtagh
Breeder : Summerhill Stud

 

ARCHIPENKO : Zabeel Mile 2009

Zabeel Mile sponsored by Meydan Racecourse
1600m Turf
26 February 2009
Nad Al Sheba Racecourse
Dubai Racing Carnival
US$ 200,000

Results :
1st Archipenko
Owners : Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Dr AH Parker & Mrs RMA Parker, Mike de Kock, J Malherebe & Dr J McVeigh, Hugo Merry
Trainer : Mike de Kock
Jockey : Kevin Shea
Time : 1:39:89

2nd Vertigineux
3rd Kalahari Gold

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BATTLESTAR EXPRESS : The little Dynamo wins again

battlestar expressBattlestar Express (Muhtafal) winning the Golden Loom Sprint (L)
(Photo: JC Photos)


megan romeynMegan RomeynAlthough much of this last weekend’s attention was focused on the R1,25million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup and the R600,000 Charity Mile, a son of Summerhill super sire Muhtafal, BATTLESTAR EXPRESS, was not the least deterred. He put in another hugely impressive performance in the Golden Loom Sprint (Listed) to confirm his growing stature as a top-class sprinter.

Running without blinkers on the instincts of top jockey Anton Marcus, BATTLESTAR EXPRESS was competitive from the jump, moving up a gear and winning easily by two lengths.

This is the seventh win from 16 starts for this little dynamo trained by Gauteng based trainer, Karen Anthony.

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Mick Goss to convene 32nd ASIAN RACING CONFERENCE

mick-gossMick Goss
(Photo: Summerhill Stud)

The following is an extract from the RaceGoer, Daily News :

Mick Goss of Summerhill Stud described the record breaking 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale on Sunday as a phenomenon and the financial story of the year.

Goss told RaceGoer’s David Thiselton: “There’s not a man alive who could have predicted it.”

“Markets have been down by up to 60% this year and yet the turnaround here was spectacular.”

“To me it was testimony to a fine draft of horses and to the skills of the people who prepared them. I have also been saying in the lead up that I have an unshakeable faith in South Africans. I have always been proud of their courage and far-sightedness.”

“The sale produced awesome results and delivered ample testimony to the confidence that buyers have in the South African racing and breeding industries.”

“We are extremely pleased.”

Goss flew via Dubai to Japan the day after the sale. Over there he is to be the convenor of the 32nd Asian Racing Conference to be held in Tokyo from 9-14 November.

“There will be such people as Louis Romanet, who was head of French Racing for years, Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, who is head of Indian Racing, David Chester, who is the CEO of Magic Millions in Australia.” said Goss.

“To be made convenor was a great honour for me.”

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MIKE MILLAR ON TOP WITH SMANGALISO

smangaliso 
Smangaliso (Kahal) winning the 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
(Photo: JC Photos)

david thiseltonDavid ThiseltonMike Miller celebrated the biggest stakes win of his training career on Saturday when Robbie Hill brought home the Kahal filly, SMANGALISO, to win the R1,25 million Emperor’s Palace Ready To Run Cup over 1400m at Turffontein.

The Summerveld yard is riding high this year. They won their first ever Grade I race on Vodacom Durban July day with Outcome (Muhtafal), who won the Garden Province Stakes, and on Friday night the very promising three-year-old Parade Leader colt, Monterey Boulevard, ran a fine third in the Listed KZN Guineas Trial in just his second visit to the racecourse.

Mike Miller said yesterday, “I thought Smangaliso had the fillies beaten as she had been working very well with Outcome. But you never know how good the Highveld colts are. Up there they always want champions so will talk horses up.”

He added that Smangaliso had come out of the race very well.

She was on her way back from Johannesburg yesterday with El Padrino (Muhtafal) and four horses that Mike Miller bought at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale on Sunday.

Part-owner Michel Nairac, the CEO of Gold Circle, was over the moon with Smangaliso’s victory, which happened on his birthday.

He wasn’t on course to cheer her home as he was attending the wedding of the son of Gold Circle director, Moga Pillay.

“I listened to the commentary on my cellphone on the way to the wedding,” said Michel Nairac. “I was shouting and screaming and my wife was shouting at me because I missed the turn off to the temple! It was very exciting and a lovely birthday present. We watched the race at home later and I was surprised at how easily she won. In the live commentary it sounded as if she had just got up. Robbie Hill weaved his way through as if they were standing still. On that performance she must be one of the best three-year-old fillies in the country.”

Michel Nairac had been quite confident before the race. “On Friday night at Greyville Robbie Hill told me that I had better back my horse because she was going to win. I thought with the stake money it was pointless having a bet, but my friends all backed her, and my son, who is a student in Cape Town, was smiling after putting 100 rand on her.”

Michel Nairac’s fine weekend was enhanced when another of his horses, Lizard’s Lust, won at Scottsville on Sunday.

He has always had luck at the Ready To Run Sale from which, as a bloodstock agent, he selected such horses as Respectable, Golden Words and Young Harvest.

He owned Young Harvest, who went on to win the Grade I Gilbey’s Stakes (today the Golden Horse Casino Sprint).

The other owners of Smangaliso, the Baron and Baroness of Bergsma, were out on holiday from the UK and were there to lead Smangaliso in. Mike Miller and his wife Rae also have a share.

Summerveld almost had cause for a double celebration after the Craig Eudey-trained Thandolwami flew home and only just failed to win the Grade 2 R600 000 November Handicap.

Thandolwami arrived back at Summerveld on Sunday morning and Craig Eudey said that the four-year-old Woodborough gelding would have three or four days rest before preparations for the Grade 1 Summer Cup over 2000m on the same Turffontein standside course would begin.

Craig Eudey said that Thandolwami had come back from his recent rest a more relaxed horse and would prefer the 2000m trip.

“I just hope we can get a nice draw for a change,” he added. “With him it doesn’t make too much difference, because we drop him out anyway, but it would be nice to have horses going around us instead of us having to find a position.”

video link Click here to watch the
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup 2008

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Records Tumble at Ready To Run Sale

oscar pistorius with michael azzie and insasaOscar Pistorius and Michael Azzie with Lot 26 INSASA (Galileo)
(Photo: Grant Norval)

Economic crisis? What crisis. Bucking the recent trend in international bloodstock markets, all predictions of an expected slump came to naught when previous records crashed by the wayside at Sunday’s sensational Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Sale.

Racing South Africa reports that the aggregate of R25,85 million reflected a staggering 52% increase on last year’s figure of R16,965 million, while the average price of R174,662 rose by almost 34% from R130,500 in 2007.

The success of this year’s renewal left even the most optimistic commentators speechless and Mick Goss of Summerhill Stud, who consigned the biggest proportion of the 166-lot catalogue, said: “The sale produced awesome results and delivered ample testimony to the confidence that buyers have in the South African racing and breeding industries. We are extremely pleased.’’

History was made when no less than 3 lots broke through the magical million rand barrier. The record price of R900,000 set for a colt by Hawk Wing at last year’s sale was made to look like small change when Cape trainer Basil Marcus outlayed R2,2-million for a stunning colt by Rock Of Gibraltar (Lot 121 MATAMBO), sire also of Mike de Kock’s Breeders Cup Turf runner-up Eagle Mountain.

Offered by champion breeders Summerhill, the November-foaled bay, boasts a pedigree page saturated with North American black-type. He is the first foal of an unraced half-sister to American Gr.3 winner Erica’s Dream and Listed winner Twosies Answer, the dam of 1998 champion 2yo colt and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, Answer Lively. The colt’s grandam Lady’s Answer is a half-sister to multiple Gr.3 winner Briarctic, one of the most successful stallions to stand in Canada.

Summerhill Stud sold eight of the top ten lots, and once again, their Australian-bred imports were keenly pursued.

INSASA, a daughter of English champion sire elect Galileo (Lot 26) set the sales ring abuzz early, registering a final bid of R1,5-million bid from trainer Michael Azzie. The filly’s attraction undoubtedly lies in the fact that her dam is a half-sister to the stud’s exciting young stallion Way West, while her third dam is the accomplished Annoconnor, a triple Gr.1 winning daughter of Nureyev and half-sister to Melbourne Cup hero At Talaq.

South Africa’s athlete of distinction, Oscar Pistorius, is a member of the syndicate which purchased Insasa and his sole purchase Watchful  (Lot 7 R200,000), will also be going into training with Michael Azzie. Oscar Pistorius said: “My involvement in racing is a long time coming. I learnt to love racing through my association with the Azzie family and I can’t wait for them to run!’’

Summerhill’s smart colt Mahubo (Lot 96), a National Emblem half-brother to dual Gr.2 winner Imbongi and Gr.3 winner Spring Garland, was another to find favour with the buyers and when the gavel came down at R900,000, the name on the docket was that of trainer Herman Brown Jnr’s B&B Racing.

Graham Beck’s Highlands Farms Stud celebrated its debut at this sale when its Spectrum colt Tap Tempo (Lot 23) reached a final bid of R600,000 from trainer Charles Laird. The colt is out of a West Man half-sister to champion juvenile filly Forward Filly and Gr.3 winner Golden Tulip.

Basil Marcus emerged as the top buyer at the sale by aggregate. The former jockey and now top trainer and his clients invested R3,12- million at an average of R520,000 for six lots. This average was marginally bettered by trainer Charles Laird (R540 000, 4 lots), which made him the top buyer by average. Charles Laird’s most expensive purchase was the Muhtafal colt Blue Voyager (Lot 53), which was knocked down at an even million, the third highest price of the sale.

Summerhill’s Kahal was the top sire by aggregate, with 17 two-year-olds selling for R2,865-million, headed by the filly Fisani (Lot 101) at R400,000. The brown miss is a half-sister to Gr.1-placed Catmandu and stakesplaced Ecole Militaire and hails from the female family of 2006 English Derby winner Sir Percy.

Foreigners were once again active at the sale and Bloodstock South Africa entertained buyers from Hong Kong and even Turkey. Turkish businessman Fedai Kahraman, who spent almost a R million in 2007, purchased Highlands Farms’ Spectrum colt Snow Special (Lot 123) for R280,000.

BloodStock South Africa’s Chief Executive Jan Naude, delighted with the outcome of the sale, commented: “The presence of several top imported lots was a factor that gave the sale a boost, but even without them the aggregate would have been up on last year, which is most encouraging in the current economic climate.’’

BSA’s Sales Manager Caroline Simpson added: “Over the last few years a big buzz has been created around the Ready To Run Sale, from the breeze-up gallops to the cocktail party to the big raceday that includes the exclusive Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup which is expected to have prize money of at least R1,5 million next year.’

“Importantly,’’ Caroline Simpson added, “Summerhill Stud’s six-cheque payment scheme made purchases affordable for everyone. Most of the other vendors followed suit, which brought regular buyers back to the sale, while new clients came on board too.’’

For detailed prices and statistics of the sale, visit www.tba.co.za

TOP TEN LOTS

Lot 121 Matambo (AUS) (ch.c. Rock Of Gibraltar - Lady’s Light) R2,200,000
Vendor: Summerhill Sales Buyer: B Marcus

Lot 26 Insasa (AUS) (ch.f. Galileo - Tantalum Fever) R1,500,000
Vendor: Summerhill Sale Buyer: Prancing Horse CC

Lot 53 Blue Voyager (br.c. Muhtafal - Blue Yonder) R1,000,000
Vendor: Summerhill Sales Buyer: Laird Racing Stable (Pty) Ltd

Lot 96 Mahubo (ch.c. National Emblem - Garden Verse) R900,000
Vendor: Summerhill Sales Buyer: B & B Racing

Lot 23 Tap Tempo (b.c. Spectrum - Sweet Lark Sing) R600,000
Vendor: Highlands Farms Stud Buyer: Laird Racing Stable (Pty) Ltd

Lot 128 Tucana (AUS) (b.c. Galileo - Luanda Star) R500,000
Vendor: Summerhill Sales Buyer: Good-Hope Racing

Lot 39 Unnamed (AUS) (gr.f. Hawk Wing - Vintage Silver) R460,000
Vendor: Far End Pre-Training (Agent) Buyer: World Wide Bloodstock

Lot 101 Fisani (br.f. Kahal - Gypsey Spirit) R400,000
Vendor: Summerhill Sales Buyer: Equine Group

Lot 76 Danse To Destiny (b.c. Malhub - Derniere Danse) R380,000
Vendor: Summerhill Sales Buyer: Laird Racing Stable (Pty) Ltd

Lot 78 Sekela (b.f. Muhtafal - Dignify) R360,000
Vendor: Summerhill Sales Buyer: Good-Hope Racing

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OBITUARY : CATALOOCHEE - OUT ON HIS OWN.


 

In the midst of the frenetic activity at the Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale, we were served a mortal body blow, with the news of CATALOOCHEE’s passing. One of the fleetest-footed thoroughbreds of all time, CATALOOCHEE had already given notice of his intentions as a sire.

If his foals were anything to judge him by, there was every chance his career as a stallion would be a repeat of his mercurial feats as a racehorse.

Often enough, a stallion’s career is fashioned (or destroyed) by where he stands. Here was a man who’d discovered his perfect place, among a harem who matched his needs to the last, in an environment that would make a difference.

Besides it all, CATALOOCHEE was a really decent bloke, a gentleman to the core. Generous, kind and always willing, he reminded us of his owner Robert Muir, whose hand is always open to the needs of those around him.

We’ll miss “the Cat” like hell. Yet somehow, we don’t believe we’ve heard the last of him.

Cataloochee’s is a story worth telling. The story of a loner who toughed it out against the odds, who shouldered his 530kgs through both the sound and the pain barriers. A horse who, in the very best of races, never let another horse lead him once he’d hit the front. Even for a stride. Who ran the fastest 1000 metres in history, doing it the hard way. And came back for more, and did it again at 1200 metres. Against the best. A real champion, a fighter, a winner, CATALOOCHEE: out on his own. Metaphorically. Literally.”

(Summerhill Sires Brochure 2008/2009)

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EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE SHATTERS RECORDS

basil marcus with denis and gail evans and babazaniDenis and Gael Evans with Basil Marcus and Babazani (Lot 43)
(Grant Norval)

charl pretoriusCharl Pretorius www.freeracer.co.zaThe 2008 Emperors Ready To Run Sale turned over an incredible all-time record R25.85 million at the TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, on Sunday. This brought to an unexpectedly climactic close, another terrific year for Bloodstock South Africa.

The success of this year’s renewal left even the most optimistic commentators speechless and Mick Goss of Summerhill Stud, who consigned the biggest proportion of the 166-lot catalogue, said: “The sale produced awesome results and delivered ample testimony to the confidence that buyers have in the South African racing and breeding industries. We are extremely pleased.’’

The staggering one-day aggregate is 48.3% up on the record figure of 2007 and the average of R174 622 is up 38.2%. The highest price of R2,2 million was paid by Basil Marcus Racing Stables for MATAMBO (Lot 121) , a son of international boom sire Rock Of Gibraltar.

Second-highest price was paid by trainer Mike Azzie and partners for INSASA (Lot 26), a filly by another international sire sensation Galileo. South Africa’s athlete of distinction Oscar Pistorius is a member of the syndicate that purchased INSASA. Oscar’s sole purchase WATCHFUL (Lot 7, R200 000), will also be going into training with Mike Azzie and he said: “My involvement in racing is a long time coming. I learnt to love racing through my association with the Azzie family and I can’t wait for them to run!’’

BloodStock South Africa’s Chief Executive Jan Naude, delighted with the outcome of the sale, commented: “The presence of several top imported lots was a factor that gave the sale a boost, but even without them the aggregate would have been up on last year, which is most encouraging in the current economic climate.’’

Bloodstock South Africa’s Sales Manager Caroline Simpson added: “Over the last few years a big buzz has been created around the Ready To Run Sale, from the breeze-up gallops to the cocktail party to the big raceday that includes the exclusive Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup which is expected to have prize money of at least R1,5 million next year.’’

“Importantly,’’ Caroline Simpson adds, “Summerhill Stud’s six-cheque payment scheme made purchases affordable for everyone. Most of the other vendors followed suit, which brought regular buyers back to the sale while new clients came on board too.’’

Basil Marcus was the top buyer at the sale by aggregate. The former jockey and now top trainer and his clients, Denis and Gail Evans, invested R3,12 million at an average of R520 000 for six foals. This average was marginally bettered by trainer Charles Laird (R540 000, 4 lots), which made him the top buyer by average.

Summerhill’s Kahal, with 17 two-year-olds sold for R2,865 million, was the top sire by aggregate, closely followed by his Mooi River “stablemate’’ Muhtafal with R2,81 million for 11 lots.

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SMANGALISO : EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

mike millerTrainer Mike Miller
(Heather Morkel)

Saturday’s Emperors Palace Ready to Run Cup was a triumph not only for the event itself, but also for the Summerhill draft of horses from last year’s sale, and for resident stallion KAHAL.

In the event, SMANGALISO’s (by Kahal) inspiring win finally put a nail in the coffin of the argument that the fillies were not up to competing with the colts at the weights, particularly as she was joined in her spectacular feat by two other fillies in the first five.

For the record, when it came to doling out the cash, Summerhill horses occupied 8 of the top 10 places in that race, rounding out a great week for the farm-breds, as BATTLESTAR EXPRESS (by Muhtafal), trained by Karen Anthony, rolled home under a confident Anton Marcus in the Golden Loom Sprint (L) and THANDOLWAMI produced his lifetime best, with a flying second for Craig Eudey in the R600,000 Charity Mile (Gr2).

Oh, and let’s not forget there was another argument finally put to rest in the “Cup”, and that was the question of the impact of altitude. For the second year running, a KZN-trained horse took the spoils for Mike Miller, Baron and Baroness Bergsma and Gold Circle Chairman, Michele Nairac. No doubt the latter will have some satisfaction in picking up such a fat cheque from Phumelela!

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READY TO RUN SALE : A great chance to secure YOUR CHAMPION!

tarryn liebenberg at gosforth park Tarryn Liebenberg puts her Summerhill Ready To Run talents through their
final checks and balances at the TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park
(Photo by: Catherine Hartley www.vumafeed.co.za)
 

charl pretoriusCharl Pretorius www.freeracer.co.zaThe 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale at the TBA on Sunday will offer good opportunities for small and big buyers. Mick Goss of Summerhill is expecting a good sale.

The secret behind the sale rests in the remarkable number of black-type performers to have emerged from its ranks as well as the fact that the sale is attached exclusively to the fourth richest event on the South African horseracing calendar, Saturday’s R1,25million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.

It has long been the chant of South Africa’s champion breeder, Summerhill Stud, that the Ready To Run Sale offers the best value in the world. Distinguished graduates of the sale read like the who’s who of the past season and include 2008 KZN Horse Of The Year Imbongi, recent G1 winners Outcome, Disappear and Desert Links, as well as millionaires Hear The Drums, Emperor Napoleon and Bold Ellinore, and not forgetting Dynamite Mike, Galant Gagnant, Catmandu and Paris Perfect.

This year, the Summerhill team is joined for the first time at the sale by previous title-holders Highlands and Maine Chance and the sale includes the last three southern hemisphere-bred progeny of Europe’s champion sire elect Galileo (Lots 26 INSASA, 83 GRAIL MAIDEN and 128 TUCANA).

Giant’s Causeway
, another prolific producer of international group winners is represented by Paradise Island, Lot 152 from Main Chance, while Australian-based stallion Flying Spur’s son from Bon Cher (Lot 55 BHUSENDE) is a beautiful mover who caught the eye at the Summerhill breeze-ups.

There is also an excellent spread of local stallions’ progeny. The six-man Ready to Run panel was unanimous in its praise for Lot 63 MATHAFA, a half brother to GommaGomma Challenge winner Pick Six (by National Emblem), but differed vastly in their other selections, which underlines the depth of the sale.

Buyers’ interest will be spread across 166 choice lots which will ensure that value hunters get their slice of the action too.

The sale starts at 2pm.

*DVDs of the breeze-ups are available from the TBA offices on request. These can also be viewed on Tellytrack’s re-broadcasts.

* Virtually all the vendors at the sale are offering special payment terms to buyers. Details of the payment schemes can be obtained from the TBA offices.

*Catalogues are available from the TBA sales complex and on its website www.tba.co.za .

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Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup up for the taking!

ready to run cup

Bookmakers will be waiting until late this afternoon (Friday) before they price up on Saturday’s R1.25 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup over 1400m on Turffontein’s standside track, and with good reason. This year’s field is markedly stronger and more competitive than last year’s inaugural line-up. This is a result not only of the bigger prize pool, but also of greater owner and trainer participation following the success of the inaugural event in 2007.

At this time last year Bloodstock SA asked buyers at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale to “tick the box’’ when signing for their purchases. Those who did, qualified their runners for the 2008 Ready To Run Cup at a small levy. This option is again available to buyers who wish to fly from the starting blocks when signing for their new acquisitions at the 2008 renewal of the Sale this Sunday.

Prize money will be distributed to the first ten horses past the post in Saturday’s prestigious second running of the Ready To Run Cup. The winning owner/s of what is already South Africa’s fourth-richest race will receive R625 000; the 5th placed horse will chalk up R34 500 and the connections of the 10th horse will pocket R16 000 for their efforts.

Trainers interviewed for the race agree that there are no standout bets in the this year’s race and that although the Charles Laird three-time winning Hurricane Force appears to have the best credentials, he is poorly drawn and cannot be considered a “good thing’’ by any means.

Trainer Mark Dixon, who won last year’s race with Umngazi and finished 12th with Prize Flower, who was beaten under seven lengths by her stablemate, comments: “I only have a filly this year in Bellagio, but she’s a smart sort, not inferior to Prize Flower who went on to win three races after the Cup last year. I’m more hopeful than optimistic because I believe the fillies should get a bigger allowance, but we’ll take our chances. It’s a nice race.’’

Dominic Zaki says that his Summerhill graduate Fantasy Flight, by Labeeb, also fell in the “hopeful’’ category. “This will be his first run after gelding. He has a lot of pace, I’m not sure if he will see out 1400m at this stage of his career, but he’s well and perhaps we can take a minor prize.’’

Dean Alexander, representing the Gary Alexander stable, was a tad more optimistic about their pair, The General and Fenerbahce, impressive winners within their first two respective starts. Dean commented: “On what they’ve shown they can both finish somewhere in the money, they will be involved in the finish. Personally I lean towards The General, who is a little more forward than Fenerbahce, but that’s just an opinion.’’

Mike Azzie will put the saddles on gelding Golden Web and filly Thundering Lady and he gave the latter the best chance of earning a stake. “She’s a fair filly and should run well, but her poor draw is a big concern. The gelding is a monster, he has a mind of his own.’’

Mike Azzie opined that his former inmate Thekkady, now with Sean Tarry’s stable, would be the horse to watch for and said: “If Sean has her ready she will be the hard to beat but she’s accumulated Voyager Miles since she left me!”

Sean Tarry confirmed that Thekkady had done some travelling around the country but said she was near ready: “She’s been with me about two months and I’d say she’s 90% ready so we’re expecting a good run.’’

*To find your Emperors Palace Ready To Run contestant for next year, when prize money will go to at least  R1,5 million, visit the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale on Sunday 2 November at the TBA Sales Complex, starting at 2pm.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT :

www.tba.co.za
Jan Naudé, BSA’s Chief Executive: 083 627 7917 or jan@tba.co.za
or Caroline Simpson, Sales Manager: 082 552 6525 or caroline@tba.co.za

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WINNER'S CIRCLE TONIGHT : DSTV SUPERSPORT 1

mick goss and oscar pistorius on supersport
 “Don’t miss Winner’s Circle tonight, 20h30 on SuperSport 1”

Coming off his appearance on the Winner’s Circle show which goes out at 8:30pm this evening on DSTV SuperSport 1, Mick Goss phoned in to tell us what a lovely guy, triple Olympic Gold medallist Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius is. Intelligent, unassuming and extremely decent, “Oz” is one of the host of celebrities who will be attending the Emperors Palace Ready To Run cocktail Party tomorrow evening.

Interestingly, he has a long association with the famous Azzie family, now in its third generation of champion trainers. While Springbok Fly-Half Andre Pretorius and World Cup winning coach, Jake White, both celebrities at this year’s race, have interests in horse racing.

Oscar has a deep passion for and understanding of horse racing, and he has kindly offered to formally open the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale on Sunday, where he’ll be joining the auctioneers on the rostrum.

gold plaque
Click here to view the full Summerhill Draft
for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
2 November 2008

For sale information visit:
www.tba.co.za

 

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THE CHARITY MILE CONNECTIONS

neil andrews and robert marawaNeil Andrews and Robert Marawa at the 2007 Charity Mile draw
(www.phumelela.co.za)

The draw for celebrities connected to runners for this year’s Charity Mile November Handicap are out, and the Summerhill horses have drawn better at this level than they have in their slots for the race.

Top weight, Catmandu, has drawn glamour socialite Edith Venter, while El Padrino has drawn ex Bok coach and friend of the farm, Jake White, while Oscar Pistorius has picked up “the ride” on Craig Eudey’s charge, Thandolwami.

Phumelela pays a minimum of R20000 to every one of the charities, including those connected with the last horse home in the field of 16. The winning charity earns +- R100000.

The 16 charities in the running for the R100 000 purse are :

The Thusanani Childrens Foundation
www.thusani.org.za

Thusanani is an African word that means “Helping Each Other” and represents a loving and professional group of occupational therapists with a passion for bettering the lives of the many children orphaned in underprivileged areas, in children’s homes, crèches and informal settlements in Gauteng. The foundation aims to help babies and young children who have been orphaned through HIV/AIDS, abandonment or abusive home environments.

The Society for Animals in Distress
www.animalsindistress.org.za

The Society for Animals in Distress (SAID) was formed in 1958 to administer professional veterinary care to animals, including large animals - particularly coal-yard horses - belonging to low and no- income earners in areas where veterinary care is otherwise inaccessible. It currently works in nine townships and informal settlements around Johannesburg: Tembisa; Winnie Mandela Park; Ebony Park; Ivory Park; Mooiplaas; Diepsloot; Olievenhoutbosch; Zevenfontein and Cosmo City.

The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind
www.guidedog.org.za

The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (SAGA) was founded in 1953 to enhance the mobility, independence and dignity of blind and partially sighted people and to advocate the recognition and protection of the rights of all persons with disabilities. SAGA is committed to providing excellent aftercare services to blind and partially sighted people and their guide dogs for the lifetime of the dog.

National Horse Trust
www.nationalhorsetrust.org.za

In 1989 the South African horseracing industry through the then Association of Racing Clubs of Southern Africa started the National Horse Trust and developed a programme unique to South Africa to try and reduce potential neglect and deterioration of thoroughbreds after their racing careers. The trust helps change attitudes by teaching children the right way to treat animals and by educating the public about equine welfare and cruelty.

Free Me
www.freemewildlife.org.za

Free Me is a centre for the rehabilitation of wildlife. Established in 1997, it aspires to be a world-class, self-sustaining rehabilitation facility for indigenous wildlife in Southern Africa. Its mission is to rehabilitate and release indigenous wildlife back into a natural habitat, whilst maintaining the highest ethical standards and furthering conservation.

San Michele
www.sanmichele.org.za

San Michele opened its doors in 1945 to serve the whole community by providing an essential non-denominational home for intellectually and physically disabled people. The home provides professional care as well as a family environment to enhance and develop the physical, social and emotional needs of all residents, thereby helping them to fulfil their maximum potential in life.San Michele is home to 180 permanent residents and 10 day-care disabled people.

Association for the Physically Disabled: Greater Johannesburg
www.apd.org.za

The Association for the Physically disabled has been in operation for more than 70 years and its primary focus is to assist people with disabilities and their families to resolve personal problems, both psychological and physical - and empower them to develop an independent lifestyle. The association also has a home-care or attendant-care service unit which deals with the daily physical needs of the permanently and temporarily disabled.

Soweto Home of the Aged
www.sowetohome.co.za

The Soweto Home of the Aged was started in 1988 in central Jabavu (Soweto) under the directorship of the Soweto Care for the Aged. Its aim is to provide total social, cultural, political and economic upliftment for the elderly and destitute. The home currently accommodates 92 senior citizens with full board and lodging and employs 42 employees to provide 24-hour care and auxiliary services.

Alberton Record Upliftment Fund

This organisation was established some eight years ago as a vehicle for the newspaper to support charities in its distribution area. Over the years, the fund has supported the aged, needy children, disabled (young and old), aids hospices and many other charities.

Sithabile Child and Youth Care Centre
www.sithabile.com

The Sithabile centre was established in 1994 to rehabilitate and educate children from the farms surrounding Dawn Park in eastern Gauteng. A day-care centre until 1997, it has since expanded into a home where people receive love, meals, shelter and education. Sithabile creates a safe haven for children who are survivors of abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

WWF South Africa
www.panda.org.za

WWF South Africa was founded in 1968 by the late Dr Anton Rupert. In the last 40 years, this national office of the leading global conservation organisation has been dedicated to conserving South Africa’s natural heritage, which includes not only plant and animal species, but also its people. The mission of this organisation is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

Takalani Special School

Takalani Special School was initiated by the community of Soweto in 1991 and is situated in Diepkloof. The school caters mainly for severely intellectually impaired learners. It equips trainable learners with skills that will turn them into self-managing, independent and responsible adults. Most of the learners come from low socio-economic conditions. Most of the parents or guardians are unemployed or simply unemployable because they are, more often than not, handicapped themselves. Takalani has enrolled a total of 260 learners this year.

Logwood Village
www.logwoodvillage.co.za

Logwood Village is a home for adults with intellectual disability and is situated in Muldersdrift. Its mission is to provide holistic care for mentally challenged people in a sustainable, protective environment that offers the opportunity for self-development and quality of life. The home offers permanent residence for adults with an intellectual disability, respite care for short-term placements, opportunities for day workers in its protective workshop and employment opportunities for rural community partners.

Animal Anti-Cruelty League
www.aacl.org.za

The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) has been protecting and caring for animals since 1956. It is South Africa’s second largest independent animal welfare organisation, relying entirely on the generosity and goodwill of the animal-loving public for financial support. The league gets involved with all aspects of animal welfare - shelter for abandoned animals, an efficient adoption programme, prosecution of animal cruelty cases, welfare hospitals for lower income groups, visits to underprivileged areas with fully equipped mobile clinics and regularly addresses to schools and clubs on the challenges of animal welfare.

SAPS Widows and Orphans Fund
www.wofund.org.za

The fund was established on 23 July 1920. It provides financial assistance to the widows and widowers whose spouses were contributing members of the organisation, and their families.

Wentworth Development Forum

The Wentworth Development Forum is a community structure operated on a voluntary basis. Established in April 1994, it educates the Wentworth youth about the dangers of using drugs, alcohol abuse, gang-affiliations, HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancies, environmental issues and the importance of staying in school. It also conducts workshops on women empowerment and in association with other organisations assists in taking care of the aged and disabled and it works hand in hand with government institutions on housing and other issues affecting the community.

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It's early days yet, but the sale is cooking...

lucky_houdalakisLucky Houdalakis
(Heather Morkel)

Wherever you look and whoever you listen to, there’s talk of the recession, but that’s not the way things are at the TBA complex in Germiston. Unusually, for a Ready to Run sale, there’ve been a number of “lookers” already, and yesterday morning alone witnessed a liberal sprinkling of serious players.

First on the scene this morning was the evergreen Ormond Ferraris, and while nobody is willing to hazard whether he’s nearer to 70 or 80, he waded through the 110 horses in the Summerhill draft like a spring chicken. His back is as erect as it would’ve been the day he left school, and never sought the refuge of a chair or a drink in five and a half hours. Driven when it comes to horses like few people we know, he’s the perfect example that when it comes to the game in the horse business, it’s 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.

Also in the fray was another senior ex-Jockey Club Chairman, Ronnie Napier, surely one of South Africa’s greatest ambassadors. Ronnie’s commitment to the Ready to Run sale springs from IMBONGI, who arrived yesterday morning at Frankfort airport after an uneventful journey on his way to Dubai. Among the younger brigade was eminent racing scribe, Charl Pretorius “sniffing for a good horse for himself and a few partners. Whilst JJ THE JET PLANE’s conditioner, Lucky Houdalakis got through 60 of the draft and still has some more to see.

And finally and by no means least, early favourite FAKAZI’s man, Paul Matchett was here with his clients Brian and Hilton burrowing his way through the entire draft.

We said finally, but that isn’t the case. As we were penning this note THEKKADY’s owners were rushing their way through a couple of Lots between meetings, intending to return between several more tomorrow. The news from THEKKADY’s trainer, Sean Tarry, at supper last night, was that she’s a filly high on talent and a big runner on Saturday in the Cup, if she doesn’t need a run after her recent trip to Cape Town.


Click here to view the full Summerhill Draft
for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
2 November 2008

For sale information visit:
www.tba.co.za

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Final Field announced for Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup


Umngazi (Muhtafal) winning the 2007 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
(Emperors Palace)

 

The final field has been announced for Saturday’s R1.25 Million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.

The field is as follows :

Race-8 (Turf) R1,250,000 1400m 15:20

For 3-year-old Horses

No Apprentice Allowance

1    14   HURRICANE FORCE     58.0     98     A     A Marcus            Charles Laird

2      5   MPUMELELO                58.0     97    S     S Khumalo          Tyrone Zackey

3      2   THE GENERAL              58.0     87    A     M Khan               Gary Alexander

4      8   FENERBAHCE               58.0     85    A     P Strydom          Gary Alexander

5      9   AUGUST EIGHT             58.0    80    T A *B Lerena            Barend Botes

6      3   FANTASY FLIGHT          58.0     80    A     G Figueroa         Dominic Zaki

7      7   GOLDEN WEB              58.0    77    BA  *T Pretorius          Mike Azzie

8    13  TRIGGER (ZIM)              58.0    73    T A   G Wrogemann   Roy Magner
 
9    17  FAKAZI                          55.5    94    A      M Mienie            Paul Matchett

10  10  THEKKADY                     55.5    92    A      G Lerena           Sean Tarry

11  11  SMANGALISO                55.5    86     A     R Hill                   Michael Mille

12  12  GOLDEN SCOLD (BRZ)  55.5    83     A     R Simons            Paul Matchett

13  15  BELLAGIO                     55.5    80    A      S Randolph        Mark Dixon

14  16  THUNDERING LADY       55.5    77   A D    L Habib              Mike Azzie

15  18  ZANZABEE (AUS)          55.5    73   BA     F Naude             Corne Spies

16    6  MKHANGISI                  55.5    0      A       R Danielson       Geoff Woodruf

Reserve Runners :

17     1 KIMBERLY CRUISE            55.5   72    A   Reserve 1          Paul Matchett

18     4 BURN UP                          58.0   0      A   Reserve 2          Gary Alexander

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