Dave Mollett
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.
— David Mollett

The Randjesfontein Training Centre - the base for many trainers including Sean Tarry, Mike de Kock and Geoff Woodruff - will host the sale for the first time. The starting time on each day is 18h00.

The carrot being dangled to buyers is entry into three rich CTS races - two each worth R2,5 million to be run over 1400m at Turffontein and Kenilworth in 2017 as well as the R1 million Kuda Sprint on Sun Met Day 2018.

As usual, Mick Goss' Summerhill Stud has the largest draft with their stallion, Visionaire, having the largest representation followed by Await The Dawn and Brave Tin Soldier.

The country's top sires including champion Trippi, Dynasty, Captain Al and Silvano will be represented so it's understandable that the Sporting Post describes the sale as a “no-brainer for the smart money.”

The two-year-olds were galloped at Randjesfontein yesterday and trainers will have pencilled in those youngsters they feel could follow in the footsteps of recent graduates, Rabada (winner of the Daily News 2000) and Heaps Of Fun (the Gauteng Fillies Guineas).

American-bred sire, Visionaire, has 20 colts and 9 fillies set to come under the hammer of auctioneers Graeme Hawkins and Andrew Miller and they include a half-brother to the six-time winner, Pej, and a half-brother to Sean Tarry's talented filly, Intergalactic.

Goss can point to some outstanding graduates from his Mooi River stud including Pierre Jourdan, Imbongi, Phunyuka and Cereus who were all purchased pretty cheaply. The most expensive of this quartet was Imbongi who cost R140,000.

Await The Dawn, a son of Giant's Causeway, won six races including the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and he is represented b 13 colts and 10 fillies. The colts include a half-brother to the six-time winner Distinguished and five-time winner Coby as well as a half-brother to the seven-time winner, Showmetheway.

Brave Tin Soldier, the sire of Gr 1 winner Rabada, has 6 colts and 10 fillies and the colts include a half-brother to three-time winner, Flashing Star, who has the interesting name of Right In The Scrum. Not exactly a great topic right now given the Springboks recent defeats!

In the fillies department, Brave Tin Soldier has the second foal of the speedy mare, Mary Lou, who won six races including the Swallow Stakes.

Balmoral have a strong draft with two-year-olds by many different stallions including Dynasty, Var, Irish Flame, What A Winter and Great Britain. As agents, they are selling a half-brother by Var to Bela-Bela and Rabiya. This colt has every chance of being the salestopper if he's impressed at the pre-sale gallops.

Dollar Dazzler has four wins include the Gr 2 Senor Santa Stakes and Balmoral will be offering his half-sister by Antonius Pius.