Ready To Run Lot 124 Close Relative
Ready To Run Lot 124 Close Relative

Lot 124 Close Relative, full sister to Uncle Tommy and Rebel Queen

(Photo : Leigh Willson)


TBA Complex, South Africa

1 & 3 November 2013

Dave Mollett
Dave Mollett

Dave Mollett

Racing Editor

Business DaySummerhill Stud boss, Mick Goss, arrived in Johannesburg yesterday ahead of this weekend’s Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Sale in Germiston and the champion breeder will be particularly interested in the result of the third race at the Vaal today.

The field for the 1200m sprint includes trainer Weiho Marwing’s top performer, Uncle Tommy, and Summerhill will be offering his full-sister at the second session of the sale on Sunday (14h00 kick-off).

While the filly, named Close Relative, is unlikely to make Uncle Tommy’s purchase price of R2,4 million, she should sell well as she’s also a full-sister to the six-time winner, Rebel Queen.

The first session of the Ready-To-Run Sale takes place on Friday (16h00) when auctioneers Andrew Miller, Graeme Hawkins and Allan Sinclair will be on the rostrum.

One standout lot on Friday is Summerhill’s Kahal colt, Dakiwe, who is a half-brother to trainer Gary Alexander’s former champion, Pierre Jourdan. A nine-time winner including the Grade 1 SA Classic, Pierre Jourdan was recently retired to the old-age paddocks at Summerhill.

Also due in the ring during the first session is a half-brother (by Mullins Bay) to trainer Michael Azzie’s three-time winner, Emperor Augustus. Other notable lots on pedigree are a half-sister to Captain Of All consigned by Far End Pre Training and Klawervlei Stud’s Jay Peg colt out of the five-time winner, Storm Flo.

Balmoral Stud will sell the first produce of their mare, Twilight Again, who is a half-sister to Durban Gold Cup winner, Desert Links. The youngster is by Kahal who has a staggering 30 of his offspring for sale in the 248-strong catalogue.

Albert Mooney scored a timely win in Mauritius on Sunday as Ambleway Thoroughbred Stables will be offering his half-brother by former champion sire, Fort Wood. The gelding was one of three winners on the card for jockey Johnny Geroudis.

Uncle Tommy’s opposition at the Vaal this afternoon includes the Sean Tarry inmate, Across The Ice, who is reunited with champion jockey, Piere Strydom. The seven-year-old seems unlikely to beat Weiho Marwing’s runner on level weight terms.

An interesting sand debutante in this race is Distiguished who represents the stable of Charles Laird who has brought a team of horses for the Gauteng Summer season. The five year-old should be closely monitored in the betting market.

The banker bet on today’s eight-race programme should be Storm Surf who can show his rivals a clean pair of heels in the final leg of the jackpot. Trained by Kom Naidoo, the six-year-old has won five times at today’s track and finished a creditable fifth in the recent Emerald Cup.

St John Gray puts Aussie-bred, Adams Rock, on the sand for the first time in this race and the four-year-old may pose the main threat to Storm Surf. However, it will be a surprise if the latter doesn’t provide this season’s leading rider, S’manga Khumalo, with another winner.

Robbie Fradd won Sunday’s Algoa Cup on Disco Al and could be victorious on Storm Surf’s stablemate, Control Tower, in the fourth race. The mare ran well on today’s surface last time out and could edge out the hattrick-seeking, Cante Libre.

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