David Mollett
November 5 is the date of Guy Fawkes night and this year some fireworks could be going off 24 hours early at the Bloodstock SA “Ready-To-Run” Sale scheduled for Sunday November 4.
— David Mollett

Since its inception, Mick Goss' Summerhill Stud has been the backbone of this sale and 2018 is no different. Their Summerhill Sales arm is responsible for the majority of the 111 two year-olds set to come under the hammer at the BSA headquarters in Germiston.

One could liken Mick Goss to the UK's former Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. He's never shy to express his opinion although - as usual - Summerhill breds have done the talking for the Mooi River operation over the last 12 months.

Goss can point to three Gr 1 winners to be proud of - Takingthepeace, winner of the Gr 1 SA Fillies Classic and Gr 2 Fillies Guineas, Hero's Honour, winner of the SA Derby and Brave Mary, winner of the Gr 1 Allan Robertson and subsequently purchased by American expert, Barry Irwin.

Takingthepeace, winner of the Gr1 SA Fillies Classic

Takingthepeace, winner of the SA Gr2 Fillies Guineas

Hero's Honour, winner of the Gr1 SA Derby

Brave Mary, winner of the Gr1 Allan Robertson

Takingthepeace grabbed the racing headlines not so much for her undoubted talent, but because of the enthusiasm of her young owners Michael Shea, son of former top jockey Kevin Shea, and Murray Makepeace.

The filly has certainly helped the bank balances of both as - in May - it was announced that Craig and Ross Kieswetter had caught a 50% share in the Gr 1 winner. She will eventually take up stud duties at Highland Stud.

At the Ready-To-Run Sale, it's likely to be one of Takingthepeace's relations, her half-brother named The Sandwich Man, who causes some explosive bids from around the sales ring.

The colt - offered by Summerhill Sales - is by Duke Of Marmalade whose illustrious career included a win in the Gr1 Juddmonte International at York in 2008. Just how they arrived at a strange name like The Sandwich Man is anyone's guess - hardly a strong one like American Pharoah or the excellent names Coolmore come up with - yet the youngster certainly has the pedigree to excel on the racetrack.

One thing is certain about the November 4 sale is that buyers have a huge choice of stallions to choose from - the majority of top sires are represented including Trippi, Silvano, Philanthropist, Visionaire, Capetown Noir, Gimmethegreenlight, Linngari, Brave Tin Soldier and Querari.

Brave Tin Soldier is the sire of Brave Mary - a R40000 Ready-To-Run graduate - who again flew the flag for Summerhill with her victory in the Allan Robertson at Scottsville. Last December she was voted KZN "Horse-of-the-Year" at the KZN Breeders awards dinner.

Hero's Honour also played his part with his Derby win and it's interesting that Gauteng trainer, Chesney Van Zyl, has a live candidate for the R500000 Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Cup at Turffontein on November 3 in his half-sister, Railtrip.

The Ato colt, Chijmes, is another who has thrown his hat in for the Cup and it's quite likely that the big yards of Sean Tarry, Mike De Kock and Geoff Woodruff will trot out prospective runners in the next four weeks.

Meanwhile, trainer Ashley Fortune's star continues in the ascendancy as there was lots to like about the performance of her filly, Dalai's Promise, in last Saturday's Sophomore 1000 at Turffontein.

Ridden by in-form jockey Ryan Munger, the daughter of Potala Palace stopped the clock in the fast time of 57,18 seconds. After the race, Fortune said the filly would now be aimed at the R5 million CTS 1200 to be run at Kenilworth on Sun Met day.

"She is a perfectly uncomplicated filly and loaded with class," enthused Fortune. Originally purchased for R400000 by Mayfair Speculators at the 2017 CTS Premier Yearling Sale, Dalai's Promise, was bought by Jumat Cola for R90000 at a Horses-in-Training Sale in March and she's now looking a bargain buy.