Following her half length third place behind Querari Ferrari last week, the Gary Alexander-trained Thandekhile has moved into seventeenth position on the log for the R1-million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup to be run over 1400m at Turffontein on Saturday 2 November.
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.
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.
On 20 June 2019, Bjorn Nielsen’s homebred Stradivarius galloped to victory in the Ascot Gold Cup. The sun was out, it was Frankie Dettori’s fourth win on the card, it was even money favourite Stradivarius’ second consecutive Gold Cup victory and the Ascot crowd rightly lifted the grandstand roof.
To European racegoers of a certain age, there was only ever going to be one contender for the title of the greatest trainer of all time: O’Brien of Ballydoyle. The past couple of decades have caused many to reassess their opinion as a challenger has emerged: O’Brien of Ballydoyle. In one sense, Vincent O’Brien’s achievements will never be surpassed. He created the Ballydoyle empire from scratch, re-shaping the international racing landscape through the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s after having sent out multiple winners of the great jumps races in the post-war years—the Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle.
The Ato gelding Chijmes confirmed again that he is no slouch when leading all the way to win the R150,000 Listed Sea Cottage Stakes at Turffontein on Sunday to give claiming apprentice Denis Schwarz his first feature success.
The end of the year means it is awards season and the decision to present breeder Mick Goss with a lifetime achievement award at the 2018 KwaZulu-Natal awards will be applauded throughout the racing industry.
A survey of racing success as a factor of how much money you spend was recently undertaken in Australia. While its outcomes were “Aussie” specific, it’s probably fair to say, they’re likely to have universal application wherever horse racing is conducted as a serious commercial pursuit. The answer, rest assured, is that the more money you spend, the more success you will have. The only problem is that the spending/success relationship is not a linear one.