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THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN AND THEIR FLYING MACHINES

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops

(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Germiston

2nd and 4th November 2012

There are a number of things that make the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale unique, locally and abroad. Firstly, its associated race, the R2.5 million Ready To Run Cup boasts the richest prize money of any race of its kind in the world. When it was initiated 25 years ago, it was the first Ready To Run Sale in the Southern Hemisphere, and its technological inspirations, which include the flighting of its gallops on DVD’s, websites and public television, were pioneering innovations, flattered in recent times by their imitation in various other parts of the world.

Five years ago, the organisers did the unthinkable: the introduction of a panel of judges, themselves prospective customers of the sale, whose function it has become to identify the best prospects at the gallops, as well as those most likely to make the cut for the next year’s renewal of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup. In the process, they assembled some of the nation’s most accomplished horsemen, instantly recognisable for their knowledge, experience and success in the game. Any panel which attracts the attendance of Mike de Kock, Graeme Hawkins, Dean Kannemeyer, Jehan Malherbe, Craig Peters, Joey Ramsden, Michael Roberts, and Sean Tarry is going to make you sit up and pay attention, given that they’re not only among the most famous names in our sport, but that their collective experience exceeds 200 years. And just to add an international flavour to it all, Bloodstock South Africa have secured the presence in each of the last four years of an international celebrity, covering both sides of the Atlantic, England, Ireland and the United States, and this year, they’ve cast their net as far as Japan, in the form of Dr. Yusuke Tsukahara. Yusuke is a representative of the world-renowned Northern Farm, many times the Champion Breeder in Japan and affiliated through the Yoshida family with the greatest breeding entity in that country’s history, Shadai. He obviously has a personal interest in the gallops in the first crop of Sunday Silence’s outstanding performer Admire Main, in which Northern Farm holds a residual interest, and which will be making their debut at this year’s gallops, along with the first of Summerhill’sA.P. Arrows.

Searching for an insight into these panellists and the work they perform at the gallops, we found some pen pictures on the Summerhill website, and their interpretations of what these fellows bring to the party.

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops

Summerhill Stud, Mooi River

Friday 19th October 2012

MIKE DE KOCK

Mike de Kock
Mike de Kock

Mike de Kock

Mike de Kock: He’s the man everyone wants to know. He’s become the idol of a social set to which he never belonged, and to which, you suspect, he never wanted to belong. De Kock knows the rich and famous, he has himself become rich and famous. Yet fame has not changed him, not outwardly anyway. He doesn’t conform. He can’t; he isn’t like anyone else.

JOEY RAMSDEN

Joey Ramsden
Joey Ramsden

Joey Ramsden

Joey Ramsden: Has a pedigree as deep as the game itself. On his way to the mountaintop. Takes a few scalps en route. His CV includes “Picked Igugu”. His obituary will say the same.

DEAN KANNEMEYER

Dean Kannemeyer
Dean Kannemeyer

Dean Kannemeyer

Dean Kannemeyer: Horses from his toes to the top of his head. Nothing left to prove. One of the best. Dean’s charges do the talking for him. They speak well.

MICHAEL ROBERTS

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts: Taught the British how to ride. A legend long before his time, from Japan to the United States.

GRAEME HAWKINS

Graeme Hawkins
Graeme Hawkins

Graeme Hawkins

Graeme Hawkins: Simply put, ‘Mr Racing’. Commentator, auctioneer and administrator, he sees them coming, while others search for clues.

JEHAN MALHERBE

Jehan Malherbe
Jehan Malherbe

Jehan Malherbe

Jehan Malherbe: Serves some of the biggest names in racing. When he wants to, he can say absolutely nothing with a stare that would guarantee him high political office if he ever tired of his commentary rituals at Kenilworth.

SEAN TARRY

Sean Tarry
Sean Tarry

Sean Tarry

Sean Tarry: National Colour, Mythical Flight, Successful Bidder and Pomodoro to name a few. A meteoric rise through the ranks, this rocket’s got momentum, and it ain’t stoppin’ here. The powder’s dry, and the bullets are blasting.

CRAIG PETERS

Graig Peters
Graig Peters

Craig Peters

Craig Peters: Master of his profession, and a walking encylopedia on the game. His binoculars bring a special dimension to the gallops.

Interestingly, at least one of these gentlemen has tipped the winner of every renewal bar last year’s Red Barrel, who galloped at Turffontein, and escaped their attention. In the end though, he didn’t slip past Mike de Kock, who “clocked” him at his gallop on the box, and secured him for Ingrid and Markus Jooste at the sale for R350,000.

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2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

For more information please visit

www.tba.co.za

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HIS MASTER'S VOICE AT SCHOOL

al maktoum school of excellence theatre
al maktoum school of excellence theatre

Al Maktoum School of Management Excellence Theatre

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

AL MAKTOUM SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

“THE HORSEMEN’S OPENING”

The opportunity was too good to miss. The eve of the Ready To Run Gallops presented us with a window to showcase the Al Maktoum School Of Management Excellence to a gathering of racing’s luminaries. We had with us some of the game’s top names, including our gallops judges, and while there’s a way to go before the facility is complete and fully equipped, we won’t see a get-together of these proportions again until next year’s official opening, likely to be Summerhill Stallion Day. That’s when heads of state, politicians and the like will get their shot at it. But meanwhile, champion trainer, Mike de Kock was asked to preside over the “horsemen’s opening”.

It was also an occasion to recognise the judges and a few other players for their contributions to an event which has cemented itself into the constellation of racing’s starriest events.

The awardees were :

Three Years Service

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eamonn cullen
eamonn cullen

Eamonn Cullen

Gradum Legum Baccalaurei Cum Laude

jehan malherbe
jehan malherbe

Jehan Malherbe

Gradum Legum Baccalaurei Cum Laude

joey ramsden
joey ramsden

Joey Ramsden

Gradum Legum Baccalaurei Cum Laude

Four Years Service

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charl pretorius
charl pretorius

Charl P. Pretorius

Gradum Literatum Bacclaurei (Honorium) Cum Laude

craig peters
craig peters

Craig Andrew Peters

Gradum Legum Bacclaurei (Honorium) Cum Laude

dean kannemeyer
dean kannemeyer

Dean Martin Kannemeyer

Gradum Legum Bacclaurei (Honorium) Cum Laude

graeme hawkins
graeme hawkins

Graeme Thomas Hawkins

Gradum Legum Bacclaurei (Honorium) Cum Laude

mike de kock
mike de kock

Michael Francois de Kock

Gradum Legum Bacclaurei (Honorium) Cum Laude

michael roberts
michael roberts

Michael Leonard Roberts

Gradum Legum Bacclaurei (Honorium) Cum Laude

Robert Yearham

Gradum Sponsorium Bacclaurei (Honorium) Cum Laude

sean tarry
sean tarry

Sean Tarry

Gradum Legum Bacclaurei (Honorium) Cum Laude

Riders (Five Years Service)

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John Motaung

Gradum Equus Baccalauei Cum Laude

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Prince Mdunjane

Gradum Equus Baccalauei Cum Laude

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Thokozani Dlungwane

Gradum Equus Baccalauei Cum Laude

As a test of what it would be like to be a student at the school, we re-ran the wonderful production which debuted on Summerhill’s Stallion Day, a creation of our “blogger”, Michael Nefdt, his brother Matthew Nefdt from iKind Media and their team which included graduates and students from the Durban University of Technology. If you haven’t seen it, you haven’t seen anything, so can we recommend that you click below to have a look at it.

summerhill stallion video link
summerhill stallion video link

Click above to watch the

Summerhill Stallion Video 2010/2011

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READY TO RUN PANEL 2010 : CONSIDER THE VERDICT

emperors palace ready to run gallops panel
emperors palace ready to run gallops panel

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops Panel

(Photo : Gareth Du Plessis)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

7 NOVEMBER 2010

The Ready To Run gallops have come of age, Friday’s crowd guaranteed that. We’ve seen incremental attendances every year in the past ten, yet despite the weather and the 16 degrees outside, the numbers spiked by 30%.

Somebody said we’re in a deep recession, and you might’ve believed them if you hadn’t been at the gallops. The public obviously like the package, the R2million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, its associated “trials”, the best trophies in the game, the past performances of its graduates, and the six cheque payment scheme. The Ready To Run has put the “buzz” back into racing, and the turnout at last year’s big race and the sale the next day, confirmed it.

One thing that’s grown as quickly as anything though, is the popularity of the gallops panel. You might have expected it, given it’s composition, but it’s not only the preferences of these men, it’s the banter that goes with it. Collectively, they bring almost 250 years of bloodstock and racing experience to the table, and given their CV’s and where they stand in the pantheon of our sport, you’d expect them to put their fingers on a few jewels, particularly when you weigh up what we spend on their entertainment the night before! You might even expect them to treat the gallops with a measure of frivolity, but seeing them at work, tells us why they’re all at the top of their respective professions.

If you’re familiar with the past, you’ll know each judge is asked to pinpoint his choice of the three colts and the three fillies most likely to excel in next year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup. That’s different to pinpointing the long-term classic prospects of any particular horse, and it’s also apart from identifying the fastest horse in the sale. What it’s really about, is finding the horse best equipped to compete for R2million on the first Sunday in November as a three-year-old, and that’s very “task” specific.

It’s little surprise then that they should be as strong as they are in pointing to certain individuals, but as last year’s Victor Ludorum, and in an attempt at maintaining his own credibility, Graeme Hawkins kicked for “touch” this time, nominating a further six, in each category (see Hawkins’ Pick Six to be published shortly).

And just to make sure he’d covered the ground, Mike de Kock generously pointed to the overall performances of the Solskjaers and Way Wests. It seems as a group, these grandsons and granddaughters of the greatest southern hemisphere stallion of all time, were impressive enough to warrant their own mention.

THE READY TO RUN PANEL

GRAEME HAWKINS

Colts

Fillies

graeme hawkins
graeme hawkins

28 (VAR)

100 (FORT WOOD)

54 (ROYAL ACADEMY)

137 (KAHAL)

55 (HUSSONET)

159 (MUHTAFAL)

JEHAN MALHERBE

Colts

Fillies

jehan malherbe
jehan malherbe

55 (HUSSONET)

98 (CAPTAIN AL)

61 (ELUSIVE QUALITY)

159 (MUHTAFAL)

21 (KAHAL)

42 (KAHAL)

EAMONN CULLEN

Colts

Fillies

eamonn cullen
eamonn cullen

21 (KAHAL)

84 (EYEOFTHETIGER)

34 (KAHAL)

98 (CAPTAIN AL)

61 (ELUSIVE QUALITY)

144 (CAPTAIN AL)

MIKE DE KOCK

Colts

Fillies

mike de kock
mike de kock

2 (SOLSKJAER)

42 (KAHAL)

34 (KAHAL)

98 (CAPTAIN AL)

55 (HUSSONET)

159 (MUHTAFAL)

JOEY RAMSDEN

Colts

Fillies

joey ramsden
joey ramsden

24 (MUHTAFAL)

10 (WAY WEST)

49 (NATIONAL EMBLEM)

13 (ROCK OF GIBRALTAR)

61 (ELUSIVE QUALITY)

48 (SOLSKJAER)

SEAN TARRY

Colts

Fillies

sean tarry
sean tarry

55 (HUSSONET)

10 (WAY WEST)

134 (RIGHT APPROACH)

81 (CATALOOCHEE)

143 (DANSILI)

159 (MUHTAFAL)

MICHAEL ROBERTS

Colts

Fillies

michael roberts
michael roberts

49 (NATIONAL EMBLEM)

42 (KAHAL)

54 (ROYAL ACADEMY)

84 (EYEOFTHETIGER)

150 (KAHAL)

103 (WAY WEST)

DEAN KANNEMEYER

Colts

Fillies

dean kannemeyer
dean kannemeyer

55 (HUSSONET)

98 (CAPTAIN AL)

61 (ELUSIVE QUALITY)

13 (ROCK OF GIBRALTAR)

150 (KAHAL)

159 (MUHTAFAL)

Dates to remember :

Saturday 6 November 2010 - Raceday

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

Sunday 7 November 2010 - Auction Sale

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

emperors palace ready to run 2010
emperors palace ready to run 2010

For more information please visit :

www.tba.co.za

and

www.summerhill.co.za

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2010 READY TO RUN GALLOPS PANEL : YOU BE THE JUDGE

emperors palace ready to run gallops at summerhill stud
emperors palace ready to run gallops at summerhill stud

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

(Photo : Annet Becker)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS

SUMMERHILL STUD

15 OCTOBER 2010

Mike de Kock

mike de kock
mike de kock

Mike de KockThe man international horsemen have come to regard as one of, if not the best trainer in the world, has pioneered South Africa’s reputation as a world class producer of horsemen and racehorses, through his exploits on the international stages of the United States, Dubai, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Singapore. This past season he took the National Trainers’ Championship by the widest margin in history, amassing earnings in excess of R22 million.

An ardent supporter of the Ready To Run over the years, his graduates include the Classic and Group One performers Imbongi, Bold Ellinore, Emperor Napoleon and this season’s stand-outs, Igugu and Checcetti.

De Kock holds a powerful hand for this year’s running of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, with Igugu (likely to at start at short-odds), Checcetti, Inkanyezi, Chekeche, Danehill Darling etc.

He makes his fourth appearance as a judge at the Ready To Run, and will be receiving his Honours degree at the “Horsemen’s Opening” of the Al Maktoum School Of Management Excellence on Thursday evening, where he is the honour speaker.

Dean Kannemeyer

dean kannemeyer
dean kannemeyer

Dean KannemeyerIf ever a panellist had the pedigree, it belongs to this man. Son of previous jockey and Champion trainer, Peter, Dean has carved his own highly distinguished niche in the annals of South African racing. Between him and his father, they’ve trained six Cape of Good Hope Guineas winners, three J & B Met heroes, three Durban July aces, as well as a legion of the country’s other major events. No doubt, if you ask him, Dean will tell you the best horse he’s trained was the remarkable Dynasty, but in Noordhoek Flyer, he has one of the most pulsating athletes in the land at the moment. One to slip his clutches was the ultimate Horse Of The Year, Irish Flame, whose career Dean launched before his purchase for irresistible money by patrons of the Mike de Kock stable.

He makes his fourth appearance as a judge on the panel, and will be receiving his Honours degree at the School Of Excellence on Thursday.

Joey Ramsden

joey ramsden
joey ramsden

Joey RamsdenLike Dean Kannemeyer, Joey carries a pedigree steeped in racing tradition, with a father who ranks a furlong in front of all handicappers in the UK, and a step-mum with a distinguished record as a trainer in Doncaster, England. A taste of Africa, however, made Joey a “local”, and his rapid ascent to the upper echelons of our training ranks is testimony to his skills as a horseman. While horses were his chosen path in the end, he possesses the agility of mind of a man who could have been a professor in any number of disciplines, and the combination of the two has made him the conditioner of choice of the some of the nation’s leading owners, not the least of whom is the biggest and the most successful owner of all time, Markus Jooste.

Joey’s association with many of the country’s top horses is well-known, but it’s probably fair to nominate Winter Solstice, erstwhile Horse Of The Year, as his best.

Three years as a Ready To Run judge earns Joey his Bachelors degree at the Al Maktoum School Of Excellence on Thursday.

Jehan Malherbe

jehan malherbe
jehan malherbe

Jehan MalherbeThe dulcet tones of the Western Cape’s most famous racecaller are known to every fan of our sport across the country, but that’s just the beginning of Jehan Malherbe’s array of racing attributes. A founding partner in the world-renowned Form Bloodstock Organisation, he combines an uncanny knack for what makes a horse run, with an instinctive appreciation of the copious data his organisation has at its fingertips, in identifying top prospects. His most successful clients include His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifah Al Maktoum and Mary Slack’s Wilgersbosdrift Stud.

Among the many outstanding horses he has been associated with are the past season’s champions Bold Silvano, Ancestral Fore and Horse Of The Year, Irish Flame, which makes him as hot as “touchpaper” right now. Another lining up for his Bachelor’s “cap” on Thursday evening at the School Of Excellence.

Sean Tarry

sean tarry
sean tarry

Sean TarryThe Lebanese community in Johannesburg has been one of the mainstays of the industry for many decades, and the great trainers and jockeys they have produced have long passed into legend. The senior flag bearer right now is a relatively young man in Sean Tarry, perennially among the top few trainers in the country many years before his time.

He’s been associated with a long line of Group One winners, the stand-outs being the mercurial sprinters, National Colour and Mythical Flight, both of whom carried the colours of Sean’s principal patron, Chris Van Niekerk. Making his acceptance speech as Owner Of The Year in 2008, van Niekerk acknowledged Sean as the single most important element behind his phenomenal success. Sean’s Ready To Run successes include millionaire Fork Lightening, a R65,000 bargain.

Like several of his fellow panellists, Sean has a rare talent for picking a good racehorse, and earns his Honours badge at Thursday’s celebrations at the Al Maktoum School Of Management Excellence.

Graeme Hawkins

graeme hawkins
graeme hawkins

Graeme HawkinsThere are few in racing that can claim to rank among the world’s top racing commentators, and at the same time occupy a place in the pantheon of elite auctioneers, yet Graeme Hawkins’ credentials stretch well beyond that. His knowledge and understanding of racing and the nuances that make our sport what it is, the personalities behind it, and the idiosyncrasies of both, have earned this man the title of “Mr Racing”. He brings to the panel a razor sharp mind and an acerbic sense of humour. Once CEO of Bloodstock SA and currently C.O.O of Gold Circle, his footprint is deep-etched in the chronicles of our game.

He’ll tell you he’s been the Number One judge at the Gallops to date, and while the acid test awaits him on Friday, he’s certainly earned his Honours “blazer” at Thursday’s gathering at the School Of Excellence.

Michael Roberts

michael roberts
michael roberts

Michael RobertsRacing fans of the 1950’s and 60’s would have told you that after Tiger Wright, there could never be another jockey in his class, so when Michael Roberts came along and broke every conceivable record Tiger had stood for, there were many who could only shake their heads in wonder. The only man in South African history to take out 13 national titles as well as give the world a riding lesson as Champion Jockey of Britain, Michael Roberts was a veritable star in the firmament of international racing. Besides his championships, Michael achieved the unthinkable for a boy from Oudshoorn, in becoming the number one rider for Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai, the world’s biggest and most powerful owner of all time. A stockman, a horseman, a breeder, a jockey and trainer of consummate professionalism, we are enriched to have a man of Michael’s international stature on our panel. Lines up Thursday for his Honours degree after four years in judgement.

Craig Peters

craig peters
craig peters

Craig PetersThe judges’ panel at the Ready To Run Gallops comprises a brotherhood of free-spirited, bloody-minded individuals, all of whom have reached the pinnacle of their professions through a common understanding that nothing is possible without courage, enterprise and dedication way beyond the comprehension of ordinary man. Convening a panel of such “supermen” demands the status and respect of someone who has been around for a long time, and whose knowledge of the game stands the scrutiny of the sternest.

Such a man is “Eagle Eye” Peters, racecaller, master of ceremonies and facilitator for almost three decades. Besides convening the panel, Craig’s function includes the calling of every gallop on the day, and only a man with his history and the depth of research he undertakes in advance of the gallops, guarantee the professionalism he brings to the table. Remarkably, he makes up a band on the panel of three of the world’s most accomplished commentators, with Jehan Malherbe and Graeme Hawkins, while television personality, Nico Kritsiotis is on the cusp of membership of the same elite group. He earns his Honours blazer Thursday evening for four year’s service.

Eamonn Cullen

eamonn cullen
eamonn cullen

Eamonn CullenNow serving for the third time as a judge on the Emperors Palace Ready To Run panel, Eamonn Cullen first “guested” as our international invitee when he was with Irish Thoroughbred Marketing. A man steeped in the traditions of the promotion of Thoroughbreds, he served his “apprenticeship” at the best school in the world, under a legend by the name of Richard Henry at the Coolmore Stud in his native country, Ireland. He recently translocated to South Africa, where he’s taken up duties as head of marketing with Bloodstock South Africa, and he’s already made his presence felt through some bold international initiatives.

Observers who’ve seen him in action on the panel, will tell you they are endeared by his Irish wit, his to-the-point observations, and the confusion he sows with his unintelligible accent. Earns his Bachelors cap on Thursday at the “School”.

Dates to remember :

Friday 15 October 2010

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill stud 

Saturday 6 November 2010 - Raceday

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

Sunday 7 November 2010 - Auction Sale

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

emperors palace ready to run 2010
emperors palace ready to run 2010

For more information please visit :

www.tba.co.za

and

www.summerhill.co.za

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