David Mollett
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.
— David Mollett

This year is no exception with Mick saying on the Summerhill website that “it's a sale where a 'good eye' is often an advantage over the big chequebook.”

Of course, along with other breeders with drafts on a sale with 235 lots, he'll be hoping there's plenty of waving of catalogues resulting in some big cheques being written.

This year the sale - with an 18h00 start on both days - will be held at the Randjesfontein Training Centre in Midrand. Graeme Hawkins and Andrew Miller will be on the rostrum.

Cape Thoroughbred Sales run the event and the carrot they are dangling in front of buyers is entry into two R2,5 million races over 1400m at Turffontein and Kenilworth in 2017 as well as the R1 million Kuda Sprint on Sun Met day in 2018.

There is a total of 61 sires represented on the sale with Visionaire having the highest number with 29 followed by Await The Dawn 23 and Brave Tin Soldier with 16.

All the big name stallions such as champion Trippi, Dynasty, Captain Al and Silvano are also represented so - as trainer Joe Soma said last week - “there is a horse for every pocket.”

In the racing and breeding game, a little inside information is vital and Summerhill have done some of the homework for buyers by highlighting on their website 15 youngsters which have impressed their workriders in their gallops. Here they are:

Lot 16: A Visionaire colt out of an unraced half-sister to Mannequin who won 12 races over the sprint distances.

Lot 50: A Visionaire colt who is a half-brother to three-time winner, Cape Tango. This is the family of top performers such as Record Edge, Golden Peak and Warning Zone.

Lot 57: A Visionaire filly whose granddam, Roman Dream, produced the five-time winner, Onehundredacrewood.

Lot 61: An Await The Dawn colt who is a half-brother to the six-time winner Distinguished and the five-time winner, Coby.

Lot 65: A Visionaire colt who is out of the Australian mare, Dubai Jewel.

Lot 73: A Visionaire colt who is out of the dam, Enroute To Heaven, whose eight foals to race have produced six individual winners.

Lot 99: An Await The Dawn colt whose dam, Grail Maiden, is a daughter of world-renowned sire, Galileo.

Lot 125: A Brave Tin Soldier colt out of a half-sister to the nine-time winner, Fanyana.

Lot 151: A Brave Tin Soldier filly whose granddam, Elusiv Lady In Red, won two races in America.

Lot 153: A Visionaire colt who is a half-brother to Sean Tarry's talented filly, Intergalactic. The champion trainer is sure to run his expert eye over this lot.

Lot 162: A Philanthropist filly out of the six-time winner, Paradise Alley.

Lot 178: A Visionaire colt out of the mare, Razy Wells, who won both here and Argentina.

Lot 193: A Visionaire colt who is a half-brother to the winners, Mr President and The Badge.

Lot 205: An Await The Dawn colt out of the five-time winner, Sophie's Choice.

Lot 213: A Brave Tin Soldier colt who is a half-brother to the three-time winner, Flashing Star.

Another Mooi River stud, Balmoral, send a quality draft and might be housing the sales topper in Lot 146 which is a Var colt is a half-brother to Bela-Bela and Rabiya. They are selling the youngster as agents.

Balmoral are also offering a Var filly out of the three-time winner Baltic Beauty (Lot 25), a Kahal filly who is a half-sister to the three-time winner Colour Of Courage (Lot 77), an Antonius Pius filly who is a half-sister to the nine-time winner Greek Warrior (Lot 104), another Antonius Pius filly who is a half-sister to four-time winner Dollar Dazzler (Lot 111) and a Captain Al colt out of the seven-time winner, Roman Eagle (Lot 183).

On the Friday session, Beaumont Stud are offering an interestingly-bred colt (Lot 186) as this youngster is by AP Indy's son, Marchfield, and he's a half-brother to the four-time winner, Lady Perez.

Final word from breeding supremo, Mick Goss: “This is a sale where it's a question of picking the racehorse, not just the pedigree. The fellow who puts in the time and uses his intuitions has an advantage.”