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Is Your Horse In Contention for the Cup?

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Is Your Horse In Contention for the Cup?

The race is on for places in the R1 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup to be run over 1400m at Turffontein on Saturday 2 November. The race is restricted to eligible graduates of the 2018 Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sales.

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The Ready To Run Cup – Now A Cool Million!

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The Ready To Run Cup – Now A Cool Million!

The twelfth renewal of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup to be run on Charity Mile day at Turffontein has received a handsome shot in the arm with the news that the stake for the 1400m event has been boosted to R1 million with immediate effect.

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You get one shot in life. But if you do it right, one shot is enough!!

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You get one shot in life. But if you do it right, one shot is enough!!

Sean Tarry has always been high on Jet Master’s gifted racing son, Lance. He should know. He’s trained several of the family, including his Group One-winning brother Liege, yet Lance was always his pick of the tribe. When Lance stripped the sheen off Louis The King’s burgeoning reputation in the Secretariat Stakes, Tarry was quick to proclaim him a Gr.1 horse in waiting.

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The Moors of Hartford: The Burden of Responsibility

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The Moors of Hartford: The Burden of Responsibility

If you weren’t around in the late 1800s and the early part of the twentieth century, you’re most likely to remember Hartford, the farm, for the exploits of its famous racehorses. In 1939, the late Raymond Ellis and his family acquired the property as a country retreat, a refuge from their beachfront hotels and property holdings in Durban.

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In Pursuit of Excellence

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In Pursuit of Excellence

In its heyday as home to more than 900 horses belonging to owners across 22 timezones from Japan to the United States, Summerhill Stud and its associated hotel, Hartford House, was the Midlands’ most visited tourist destination. An average of 60-70 people signed the visitors’ roster at its historic main gate on a daily basis, and while that number included the plumber, the electrician and delivery vehicles, the principal magnet was its horses and its hospitality.

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Getting Ready For Ready To Run

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Getting Ready For Ready To Run

The National Yearling Sale catalogue is still close by for reference, we had the Mistico broodmare and weanling sale last week, as well as the emotion-charged Moutonshoek dispersal. And then there’s the Klawervlei Farm Sale coming up in a few weeks. The BSA KZN yearling sale catalogue is already available online.

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Summerhill Pulls Another Out The Hat

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Summerhill Pulls Another Out The Hat

Hat Puntano comes with some priceless silverware in his genetic cabinet, a son of one of the best milers of the breed-shaping Sunday Silence in Hat Trick (already sire of a major French stallion in Dabirsim) from a daughter of the stellar “shuttle” horse, Bernstein (by Storm Cat).

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To Be... OR NOT!

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To Be... OR NOT!

Here we are, 40 years on, still plumbing the rich vein of those pipes that churn up the stallion gems, as sure as we’ve ever been about finding the “right one” in a game that’s the “unsurest” of them all. Which brings me to my topic: Taking Stock: Stallions by Non-Elite Sires, which was the subject of recent debate in the United States.

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Remembering Senor Santa

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Remembering Senor Santa

Senor Santa made history in South Africa when he became the first top sprinter to earn over R1 million in 1990. He had Saturday’s Grade 2 sprint at Turffontein named in his honour.

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