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.
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"How a couple of guys from down the block invested in a filly that hates to lose and is on the brink of winning them a cool couple of million. They are becoming one of the sport stories of the year." - Andrew Bon
CTS-offered Takingthepeace, at R240,000 a small buy by racing’s standards for new owners Murray Makepeace and Michael Shea in partnership with Mike de Kock, took Saturday’s Gr1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Classic over 1800m at Turffontein to secure the second leg of the 2018 Triple Tiara and put herself in line for turf immortality and a R1-million bonus.
Mike de Kock broke the Sean Tarry stranglehold on the R500,000 Grade 2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas at Turffontein on Saturday with a spectacular victory by the Summerhill-bred Visionaire daughter Takingthepeace. The win had plenty of in-house emotion attached to it.
Well, at least something is rising! The past fortnight has felt a little like Armageddon, though South Africans can hardly say it’s unique; this country of ours has come back from the brink so many times, it’s almost as if political events are sent to test us.
So the R699,000 average at last month's Cape Premier Yearling Sale was a little beyond your pocket - Summerhill Stud have just what the doctor ordered at their 2017 Emperors Palace Summer Ready-To-Run Sale.
One can't exactly compare it to Paul Pogba's transfer to Manchester United for 105 million euros, but racing had its own big deal this year when Lammerskraal bought the stallion, Visionaire, from Summerhill Stud.
Joburg residents are used to traffic jams, but we could get a horse jam in Midrand this week with 235 two-year-olds in town for the last big sale of the year - the Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run scheduled for Thursday and Friday evenings.
Ahead of his biggest sale of the year - the Emperors Palace Joburg Ready-To-Run which is scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week - champion breeder, Mick Goss, can be relied on to provide an enticing quote.
I’ve had to make some hard decisions in my life, one of which was buying Summerhill in the days when I was penniless, the other exchanging our family home in Hillcrest for Hartford at a precarious time in South Africa’s political history and giving up a rewarding life in law. There have been many others, but the most painful of all was letting Visionaire go on the weekend. He is not only our and the province’s flagship stallion, but he’s a lovable character to whom every last soul on the farm has an attachment. Mick Goss / Summerhill CEO
The recent CTS Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale yielded exciting results, and even more so for the likes of deceased first season sire Await The Dawn, proven sire Toreador and last season’s Champion Freshman sire, Visionaire.
Visuality, by Visionaire out of Personify, won first time out over 1000m Saturday at Turffontein for owners Chris van Niekerk and Portapa (Pty) Ltd, and trainer Sean Tarry with jockey S'manga Khumalo up.
Visionaire filly Topography impressed Wednesday on the Greyville poly as she led from pillar to post over 1800m, powering away in the final 200m to take an impressive 5.5 length win with Brian Nyawo up for owners Mr and Mrs Phillip Diedericks and trainer Charles Laird.
No week goes by without a string of Summerhill Ready To Run graduates claiming their place in the winner’s box, and this was no exception.
The Leading Freshman Sire of 2015, Visionaire, continues to do what he does best, LEAD. Anyone who saw Heaps Of Fun’s galloping lesson in a field of fancied winners in the Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Gr.2) last weekend will need little convincing.
The renowned panellists of the Summerhill Breeze Ups have shown to be on the mark again as six out of eight of them included the filly Witchcraft as one of their best five fillies in the 2014 version and she is now on her way to being a huge runner in the Gr 2 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks, to be run at Turffontein on April 30.
Visionaire's daughter Heaps Of Fun scored an eye-catching victory in the Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas for Champion trainer, Sean Tarry, owner Nchakha Moloi and breeder, Summerhill Ready To Run Manager, Tarryn Liebenberg.
Champion Freshman Sire, Visionaire, is cooking the world over.
The KZN Breeders' Awards were something of a triumph for the farm and its customers too.
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.