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Thandekhile on the move for Gary Alexander

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Thandekhile on the move for Gary Alexander

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.

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Sean Tarry Feeling Groovy

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Sean Tarry Feeling Groovy

The Sean Tarry-trained Spiritofthegroove retains her position at the top of the log for the R1-million Emperor's Palace Ready To Run Cup run over 1400m at Turffontein on Saturday 2 November.

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Is Your Horse In Contention for the Cup?

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Is Your Horse In Contention for the Cup?

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.

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The Ready To Run Cup – Now A Cool Million!

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The Ready To Run Cup – Now A Cool Million!

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.

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From Sea Cottage To Stradivarius

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From Sea Cottage To Stradivarius

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.

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If this isn’t legendary, what is?

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If this isn’t legendary, what is?

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.

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Remembering Senor Santa

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Remembering Senor Santa

Senor Santa made history in South Africa when he became the first top sprinter to earn over R1 million in 1990. He had Saturday’s Grade 2 sprint at Turffontein named in his honour.

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Levelling The Playing Fields

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Levelling The Playing Fields

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.

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Summerhill Draft Catches Expert Eye

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Summerhill Draft Catches Expert Eye

When it comes to SA training legends names which spring to mind are Syd Laird, Terrance Millard and Mike de Kock. Close behind are Pat Shaw and Jean Heming. Sadly, Heming passed away in the UK last week at the age of 78.

Shaw, who won the 1995 Durban July with Teal and went on to become champion trainer in Singapore, is back in SA where his opinion on all racing matters will be closely followed.

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Ready To Run Gallops 2018

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Ready To Run Gallops 2018

Those that’ve made the annual pilgrimage will know that the Ready To Run gallops at Summerhill had evolved into a national institution over the first three decades of their existence

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