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Flying Firstclass

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Flying Firstclass

We know we've devoted a lot more to the Ready To Run Cup than we have to these epic international events today. yet at a time of a 150 year drought and with good news about as scarce as flying pigs, this was a weekend to celebrate.

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BATTLE OF THE TITANS

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BATTLE OF THE TITANS

This year's Summerhill two-year-olds, in terms of their performances so far, rank with the best former graduates of this farm, and by some measures, they may even be the best.

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MIKE MILLAR ON TOP WITH SMANGALISO

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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.”

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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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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.

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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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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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SA celebs line up for EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

liezel van der westhuizen with vanessa carreira and leanne liebenbergVanessa Carreira, Leanne Liebenberg and Liezel van der Westhuizen
(TAB Online)

Celebrities descending upon this year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup and November Charity Mile include treble gold medal winner at the recent Beijing Paralympics, South Africa’s “Blade RunnerOscar Pistorius, 2007 Rugby World Cup heroes Percy Montgomery and Jake White, former Miss South Africas Vanessa Carreira and Claudia Henkel, celebrity couple Danny K and Leanne Liebenberg as well as Beijing Olympic silver medallist in the long jump, Godfrey Khotso Mokoena.

Other South African celebs to be joining us include Michelle and Riaan Garforth, Neil Andrews, PJ Powers, Malaika, Edith Venter, Liezel van der Westhuizen, David O’Sullivan, Zinzi Mandela, Andre Pretorius, Tammy-Ann Fortuin, Kuli Roberts and Siyabonga Ngwekazi, as well as a bevy of gorgeous FHM models.

Connections of the Ready To Run graduates entered into the R1.25million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup will mingle with the stars on Friday evening at the Ready To Run Cocktail Party, taking place at Emperors Palace.

Autograph sessions will be held during Race Day on Saturday and Turffontein racegoers will have the opportunity to meet their favourite celebrities face to face.

One thing’s for certain. With the “Best Value Thoroughbred Sale in the World” following on Sunday, it’s going to be one helluva weekend!

For more information about the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale visit :

www.tba.co.za
or
www.summerhill.co.za

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R1.25M EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

oscar pistorius sponsored by nike Meet Oscar Pistorius on Friday evening
at the Ready To Run Cocktail Party, Emperors Palace
(www.oscarpistorius.co.za)

A record entry of 41 nominations has been received for the “buzziest” race on the calendar. There were 102 subscriptions for the race following last year’s Ready to Run Sale, and not far short of half of these have made the entry stage. This is a marvellous response to a sale which is billed as offering “the best odds in the World”, and of getting a run for a stake of this sort.

The nominations are :

34 HURRICANE FORCE (3C) 58.0 98 A Charles Laird
13 MPUMELELO (3C) 58.0 97 S Tyrone Zackey
5 #THE GENERAL (3C) 58.0 87 A Gary Alexander
18 #FENERBAHCE (3C) 58.0 85 A Gary Alexander
12 SULTAN OF SONG (3G) 58.0 82 A Lucky Houdalakis
19 AUGUST EIGHT (3G) 58.0 80 A Barend Botes
6 FANTASY FLIGHT (3G) 58.0 80 A Dominic Zaki
17 GOLDEN WEB (3G) 58.0 77 BA Mike Azzie
40 MDANSI (AUS) (3G) 58.0 76 AT Mike de Kock
10 JACKSON’S DRIFT (3G) 58.0 74 A Paul Matchett
1 MADE YOU LOOK (3C) 58.0 74 ST Tyrone Zackey
27 TRIGGER (ZIM) (3C) 58.0 73 A Roy Magner
3 MISTER SOFTEE (3G) 58.0 72 BA Glen Kotzen
20 AFONSO HENRIQUES (3G) 58.0 70 A Dianne Stenger
21 THOMOND (3G) 58.0 67 A Roy Magner
7 #BURN UP (3C) 58.0 0 A Gary Alexander
24 #CAESOUR’S HEIGHTS (3G) 58.0 0 A Geoff Woodruff
8 #CHEN YIN HO (3G) 58.0 0 A Mark Dixon
30 #OFF THE HOOK (3G) 58.0 0 A Michael Miller
11 *RED POWER (3C) 58.0 0 A Sean Tarry
16 #SAZIWAYO (3G) 58.0 0 A Brett Webber
29 #STAY SONIC (AUS) (3C) 58.0 0 A Tony Rivalland
38 FAKAZI (3F) 55.5 94 A Paul Matchett
22 THEKKADY (3F) 55.5 92 A Sean Tarry
23 SMANGALISO (3F) 55.5 86 A Michael Miller
26 SISHEBO (3F) 55.5 84 A Gavin van Zyl
25 GOLDEN SCOLD (BRZ) (3F) 55.5 83 A Paul Matchett
35 #BELLAGIO (3F) 55.5 80 A Mark Dixon
37 THUNDERING LADY (3F) 55.5 77 A Mike Azzie
41 ZANZABEE (AUS) (3F) 55.5 73 BA Corne Spies
33 KAHA BIRD (3F) 55.5 72 A Ernie Anderson
4 KIMBERLY CRUISE (Z (3F) 55.5 72 A Paul Matchett
15 VAMPIRE (BRZ) (3F) 55.5 69 A Paul Matchett
39 COME DANCING (3F) 55.5 67 BA Penny Kimberley
32 THUNDER CLAP (3F) 55.5 63 A Brian Wiid
36 #DAKAR (3F) 55.5 0 A Brian Wiid
31 #GUP’S GIRL (3F) 55.5 0 A Brian Wiid
14 #MKHANGISI (3F) 55.5 0 A Geoff Woodruff
9 #NYANISO (3F) 55.5 0 A Tony Nassif
28 #RED CAVIAR (3F) 55.5 0 A Mike de Kock
2 #SPIRIT IN THE SKY (3F) 55.5 0 A Michael Miller

The connections of these horses will be gathering on Friday evening at Emperors Palace to meet the celebrities, all of whom are household names of South African society. As a teaser we mention a few Percy Montgomery, Jake White, Oscar Pistorius and many more.

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THE BREEDERS' CUP : WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF RACING

ravens passRaven’s Pass (Elusive Quality) with Frankie Dettori aboard
(Matthew Stockman/Getty)

The Americans have dubbed it the World Championship, and this weekend they dubbed the Breeders’ Cup Classic as “CURLIN versus the World”.

The race failed to live up to its billing as far as the CURLIN factor was concerned, but what it did highlight was the remarkable strength in depth of this year’s European three-year-olds.

Princess Haya’s RAVEN’S PASS (ELUSIVE QUALITY) showed continued improvement as he strode away from his early season’s nemesis HENRYTHENAVIGATOR (KINGMAMBO) in convincing fashion. The two were meeting for the fifth time this season with ”HENRY” taking the last three, and RAVEN’S PASS the two most recent of their renewals.

In another highlight of the meeting, Summerhill stalwart Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum must’ve been delighted with the runner-up effort of EAGLE MOUNTAIN (ROCK OF GIBRALTAR), who was having only his second seasonal start for Mike de Kock in a race in which the tables with CONDUIT (DALAKHANI) might have been turned, if “the EAGLE” had enjoyed the benefit of one more race in his preparation. Nonetheless the Sheikh will be consoled by the fact that Mike de Kock’s charge’s appearance will be set for a tilt at Dubai’s $5 million Group One, Sheema Classic.

From a Summerhill perspective, events at Longchamps in the Prix Royal Oak (Group One) will have warmed the hearts of the men in our stallion barn as SOLSKJAER’s brother YEATS, notched up his seventh Group One and fourteenth career victory, by one and a half lengths.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN’s big showing on the turf will be encouraging news to those that have their eyes on Summerhill’s ROCK OF GIBRALTER juvenile colt, as he goes to under the hammer at the Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale, at Gosforth Park on Sunday.


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EAGLE MOUNTAIN : Gallant second in Breeders' Cup Turf

conduit and ryan mooreConduit with Ryan Moore aboard
(Matthew Stockmann/Getty)


Charl Pretorius www.freeracer.co.zaMike de Kock’s
runner Eagle Mountain (Rock Of Gibraltar) might not have won Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf over 2400m on World Championships Day at Santa Anita, Los Angeles, but came mighty close on a day Mike de Kock said gave the South African industry good exposure.

“In all my travels around the world this was the greatest racing spectacle I’ve seen,” enthused Mike de Kock enthused after Eagle Mountain had finished a gallant second to Conduit (Dalakhani) in this $US3 million race on turf.

“There were questions asked about our industry and our horses and genuine interest was expressed,” added Mike de Kock, who became the first South African trainer to saddle a runner at America’s annual racing extravaganza, the hugely exciting presentation of which was handled with extraordinary verve by ESPN and flighted live on Tellytrack.

Eagle Mountain
did everything but win. He was voted best turned out contestant on parade and his groom Patrick Ndlebe received $500 before delivering a relaxed, shiny-coated colt to jockey Kevin Shea. The jock took the four-year-old entire by Rock Of Gibraltar to the pens on an easy rein.

Eagle Mountain jumped in similarly easy fashion, overcame his wide draw and soon raced alone in fourth place. He appeared to be under no kind of pressure while Red Rock Canyon (Rock Of Gibraltar) cut a blistering gallop ahead of stablemate Soldier Of Fortune (Galileo).

The frontrunners were off the bit before they entered the home bend and at this point most South African viewers would have cried “race over” as Kevin Shea had Eagle Mountain in full cry and moved in swiftly for the kill.

“I went dizzy as they swung for home, I thought we had it in the bag and shouted like a man possessed, told Mike de Kock. Eagle Mountain surged into the lead with 300m to run. He had “winner” written all over him with 200m to go, but British Champion jockey Ryan Moore had put his foot on the pedal of early backmarker Conduit, who unleashed a riveting run in the middle of the track and literally flew past Eagle Mountain with 50m to run, to win going away. Dancing Forever shaded Soldier Of Fortune out of third place.

“This was a great run and we’re elated,” said Mike de Kock, whose charge pocketed $US660,000 for his efforts. “Kevin rode an excellent race, but the Eagle was outstayed late by the recent English St Leger winner, who had just a bit more in the tank. I have a feeling Eagle Mountain is better over 2000m and we will take him to Hong Kong next, along with JJ The Jet Plane.”

Mike de Kock said that he was looking forward to coming home. “Kevin and I will be racing at Turffontein (where the big races on the card are the R600,000 Charity Mile and the R1,25 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup) next week and we’ll be hoping to take a prize.”

He marvelled at the Breeders’ Cup experience and said: “Gary Player is here. After the race he sent me a nice message and invited me for a game of golf tomorrow (Sunday) at one of his courses here in Los Angeles. It’s a suitable end to a great week!”

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