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TILT THE ODDS

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Summerhill Stud

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EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Germiston

2nd and 4th November 2012

There’s been much written in the past few weeks about getting the odds in your favour when it comes to the Ready To Run. Unlike conventional sales, this concept enables you to judge your fancy by its gallop, and since this game is about running, not walking, that has to give you a meaningful leg up. Besides, we have the judges’ panel, the jockeys, stud managers and grooms selections, which makes the Emperors Palace Ready To Run different to any other sale anywhere. And then we have history. In recent seasons, Summerhill has graduated no fewer than 21 millionaires, 8 multi-millionaires, and the winners of four of the first five renewals of the Ready To Run Cup. We were second in the other one.

If you glance at the merit log for this year’s running of the Cup, you’ll find that 11 of the 16 pole positions are occupied by Summerhill graduates, and bearing in mind that the number one rated colt, Cape Royal, and his stablemate Noble Star have not been entered by Dean Kannemeyer, it might’ve been 13 of the top 16.

Then look at those on the cusp of qualifying; 11 of the next 14 in the ratings have also known the taste of these historic pastures.

While some are already toasting champagne, there are more than a few connections on both sides of the invitation line chewing their nails. Geoff Woodruff and Roy Magner are sitting on the brink of the relegation zone with Ilha da Rock and Cookie Monster, while Woodruff and Lucky Houdalakis are looking for a play-off with Killua Castle and Kailani.

It’s anybody’s call as we go to the line, and there’s still time for those outside the immediate vicinity of the log, to step up this weekend with a convincing performance. That’s the beauty of the R2.5million Cup: it has a buzz like no other race in the country, because nothing is a fait accompli until the selection panel hands down their verdict on Tuesday. Either way, if you’re at the TBA Sales Complex next Friday and Sunday, and you’re there with intent, remember to give yourself the inside track. At least in the sales ring, you draw as you choose to draw, not how someone else draws you.

R2.5 MILLION

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Turffontein, Turf, 1400m

3 November 2012

(Summerhill Graduates denoted by yellow)

#

Horse

Sex

MR

Trainer

1

TINCHY STRYDER

Filly

88

Sean Tarry

2

DYLAN’S PROMISE (AUS)

Filly

88

Charles Laird

3

INDABA MY CHILDREN (AUS)

Colt

90

Charles Laird

4

SAVAGE WIND

Colt

89

Joe Soma

5

ROCK OF ARTS (AUS)

Gelding

88

Weiho Marwing

6

NEGEV

Filly

83

Louis Goosen

7

EMALIYAMI (AUS)

Filly

81

Mike de Kock

8

EXTRA ZING

Filly

83

Robbie Sage

9

LONSOME DOVE

Filly

83

Mike de Kock

10

LONDON OLYMPICS

Filly

80

James Goodman

11

AGADEZ

Colt

82

Tyrone Zackey

12

TEALION

Gelding

82

Hekkie Strydom

13

WAKA WAKA

Gelding

82

Gary Alexander

14

FLYING FOO

Filly

77

Louis Goosen

15

ILHA DA ROCK (AUS)

Filly

84

Geoff Woodruff

16

COOKIE MONSTER

Colt

84

Roy Magner

17

SAMMY SILVER

Colt

80

Chris Erasmus

18

KILLUA CASTLE (AUS)

Colt

78

Geoff Woodruff

19

KAILANI

Filly

75

Lucky Houdalakis

20

VICTORY CALL

Gelding

76

Leon Erasmus

In Alphabetical Order

BROTHER IN ARMS

Gelding

71

Brian Wiid

DASHING QUEEN

Filly

0

Bertie van der Merwe

DUTY CALLS

Gelding

0

Kumaran Naidoo

GALLIC BAY

Filly

75

Lucky Houdalakis

GOTHIC

Colt

0

Weiho Marwing

HAIL THE DUTCHESS

Filly

0

Kumaran Naidoo

MEN AND MOUNTAINS

Colt

75

Leon Erasmus

MRS CHING

Filly

65

James Goodman

MY ARGENTINE LADY (ARG)

Filly

0

Dennis Drier

NANDI (AUS)

Filly

79

Mike de Kock

PASSION PLEASER

Gelding

69

Leon Erasmus

RED ROVER

Colt

0

Alistair Gordon

THE FLYING MACHINE (AUS)

Colt

75

Dennis Drier

UDUMO

Filly

0

Lucky Houdalakis

National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa

Correct as at 22 October 2011

* Final field announced on Tuesday, 30th October on Tellytrack

* The final field will be determined strictly by invitation as agreed by the selection panel

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup • Saturday 3rd November

Lots 1-75 • Friday 2nd November 17h00

Lots 76-202 • Sunday 4th November 14h00

Read more about the

2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

For more information please visit

www.tba.co.za

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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READY TO RUN WEEK : LET THE GAMES BEGIN

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

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EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Germiston

2nd and 4th November 2012

The gallops are over, the judges have handed down their verdicts, and the horses are at the TBA Sales Complex in Germiston, awaiting your inspection. The Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale is now entering its final phases, and because it happens to be aligned with the biggest race of its kind in the world, there’s as much of a buzz about Saturday’s Ready To Run Cup, as there is around the sale itself. Understand, we’re talking about prize money of R2.5million, equal with the J&B Met, and just a few decimals behind the Vodacom Durban July, as well as the best trophy in racing.

The Cup has its own challenges of course, particularly when there have already been some 45 winners emerging from last year’s sale, the bulk of whose owners are itching to get a run in the big event. The organisers did have a crack at persuading Phumelela to put on a consolation race for those that missed the cut, but to date, it hasn’t met with universal approval. Keep trying, they say.

Contrast this with the first running of the Cup six years ago, when one or two of the entries in the field were still non-winners, and you begin to get a feel of how deep the quality in the sale is these days. By early next week, the selection panel will have issued their invitations, the final field will have been announced in a live draw on Tellytrack (between 12 and 2pm on Tuesday 30th October) and while there are bound to be a few disappointments, there will also be a legion of ecstatic owners, trainers and jockeys. They’ll be pouring into Emperors Palace for Thursday evening’s Cocktail Party (7 for 7:30pm), particularly if there’s a prospect of shaking hands with Princess Charlene, and no doubt, we’ll feel the electricity in the parade ring on Saturday. Spare a thought though, for those who missed the cut, and especially for the selection panel who had to make the agonising decisions.

Bloodstock SA and their vendors have left no stone unturned. Ready To Run week is packed with activities, starting with the televised draw, visits to the sales complex and the attendant entertainment at vendors’ boxes, cocktails with the nation’s most recongisable faces and the opening salvos at the TBA’s “bull ring” on Friday evening. Then it’s about summoning the energy for the big race on Saturday. His Majesty King Letsie III is the official Honour Guest, but for those with an eye for the finer things in life, he could just have some competition with the presence of Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco.

Find some stamina now, because Summerhill’s celebrity chef, Jackie Cameron, has listed her choices of Johannesburg’s finest restaurants for those who are making a festival of the week (CLICK HERE), and then we need to be properly attired at the sales grounds Sunday morning, when the gladiators take up arms again. We use those words advisedly, because if you’ve been following the gallops, the consensus is that this is the best line-up of horses we’ve seen at a Ready To Run Sale, and there’ll be stiff competition when the auctioneers take up their gavels at 5pm Friday and again at 2pm on Sunday.

BSA have posted out DVDs of the gallops, but if you haven’t received yours yet, you can get one delivered by hand if you’re in the near vicinity, or alternatively go to the two websites (www.tba.co.za or www.summerhill.co.za) where you can access all of them at your leisure. Please remember too, the action in the sales ring will be streamed live on both these websites throughout the sale, so you can keep up with the action from start to finish.

While most of South Africa’s big-hitters will have their hands in the ring, they won’t have it all their own way. There’ll be catalogues waving from as far afield as Hong Kong, Japan, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mauritius, and while that might suggest a “tough” contest, this sale is most famous for its excellent value horses. The trick here is to make use of every tool at your disposal, and that’s where the Ready To Run separates itself from other options. Firstly, there’s the benefit of hindsight, which comes in the form of a live gallop. A horse doesn’t know who his father is, so if he can run, he can run! Secondly, there are judges’ panels, grooms, jockeys and stud managers to guide you in what they already know of the horses from their work at home, and there’s many a tale of a jewel falling into the lap of the buyer whose limited budget was rewarded by his own intuitions or for seeking some “insider” information.

And then finally, it’s worth remembering that this is the only sale in the world that formally offers up to six cheques* (depending on aggregate purchases) to those who’d prefer to spread their payments over a period of time. It only remains for you to tick the box when you sign for your purchase, to ensure you have a ticket in next year’s R2.5million sweep.

*For those in good standing with Bloodstock South Africa at the time of sale.

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup • Saturday 3rd November

Lots 1-75 • Friday 2nd November 17h00

Lots 76-202 • Sunday 4th November 14h00

Read more about the

2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

For more information please visit

www.tba.co.za

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THIS IS THE REAL CINDERELLA

Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco
Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco

Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco

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EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Turffontein, South Africa

3 November 2012

If ever there was a “rags-to-riches” story which parallels the rise of Cinderella, it belongs to Charlene Wittstock, otherwise known as Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco. Before we explain the fairy-tale, allow us to quickly acknowledge that her presence on Saturday 3rd November at Turffontein for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup raceday, is a wonderful coup for horseracing, and that coupled with the presence of our honour guests, His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho and his charming wife Queen Masenate, will make it a right Royal occasion.

Back to our fable. The Wittstock family is of German origin, Charlene’s great-great-grandparents Martin Gottlieb Wittstock and his wife Louise, having emigrated to South Africa from the Pomeranian village of Zerrenthin in Northern Germany in 1861, to escape hardship. In South Africa the Wittstocks worked as handymen and prospected unsuccessfully for diamonds. Charlene’s parents, Michael and Lynette, migrated to Bulawayo, in the former Rhodesia, where her mom was a competitive diver and swimming coach. They returned to South Africa when Charlene was 11 years old, and Charlene grew up and, like her movie star counterpart, Charlize Theron, attended junior school in Benoni, on Johannesburg’s East Rand.

Her teenage years were spent in Durban, where she returned after a spell at the University of Pretoria in 2005, becoming a South African Olympian swimmer and national champion in the process. What’s important here, for those aspiring princesses out there, is that before she became a member of the household of Grimaldi as consort to Prince Albert II of Monaco, Charlene had made her name as an international swimming celebrity, so she’d already earned her own stripes. Of course, it helps that she was also a ravishingly beautiful woman with a naturally regal bearing. Unlike Cinderella though, her shoes are closer to size 10 than number ten, which is appropriate for someone not far short of 6 foot in stature.

Take a bow Emperors Palace and Phumelela for this one. The fish don’t get much bigger, and the buzz and the mob around the R2.5million Cup this year, will be all the greater for Her Serene Highness’ presence.

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ENTRIES FOR THE R2,5 MILLION EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup Log
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup Log

#

Horse

Sex

MR

Trainer

1

TINCHY STRYDER

Filly

88

Sean Tarry

2

DYLAN’S PROMISE (AUS)

Filly

88

Charles Laird

3

INDABA MY CHILDREN (AUS)

Colt

90

Charles Laird

4

SAVAGE WIND

Colt

89

Joe Soma

5

ROCK OF ARTS (AUS)

Gelding

88

Weiho Marwing

6

NEGEV

Filly

83

Louis Goosen

7

EMALIYAMI (AUS)

Filly

81

Mike de Kock

8

EXTRA ZING

Filly

83

Robbie Sage

9

LONSOME DOVE

Filly

83

Mike de Kock

10

LONDON OLYMPICS

Filly

80

James Goodman

11

AGADEZ

Colt

82

Tyrone Zackey

12

TEALION

Gelding

82

Hekkie Strydom

13

WAKA WAKA

Gelding

82

Gary Alexander

14

FLYING FOO

Filly

77

Louis Goosen

15

ILHA DA ROCK (AUS)

Filly

84

Geoff Woodruff

16

COOKIE MONSTER

Colt

84

Roy Magner

Below the line

17

SAMMY SILVER

Colt

80

Chris Erasmus

18

KILLUA CASTLE (AUS)

Colt

78

Geoff Woodruff

19

KAILANI

Filly

75

Lucky Houdalakis

20

VICTORY CALL

Gelding

76

Leon Erasmus

21

BROTHER IN ARMS

Gelding

71

Brian Wiid

22

DASHING QUEEN

Filly

0

Bertie van der Merwe

23

DUTY CALLS

Gelding

0

Kumaran Naidoo

24

GALLIC BAY

Filly

75

Lucky Houdalakis

25

GOTHIC

Colt

0

Weiho Marwing

26

HAIL THE DUTCHESS

Filly

0

Kumaran Naidoo

27

MEN AND MOUNTAINS

Colt

75

Leon Erasmus

28

MRS CHING

Filly

65

James Goodman

29

MY ARGENTINE LADY (ARG)

Filly

0

Dennis Drier

30

NANDI (AUS)

Filly

79

Mike de Kock

31

PASSION PLEASER

Gelding

69

Leon Erasmus

32

RED ROVER

Colt

0

Alistair Gordon

33

THE FLYING MACHINE (AUS)

Colt

75

Dennis Drier

34

UDUMO

Filly

0

Lucky Houdalakis

National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa

Correct as at 22 October 2012

Important Points to Remember:

The field for the race will be 16 Runners plus 2 reserves

Entries for the race closed on the 19th October at 11am

Supplementary entries close on the 26th October at 9am

Final field announced on Tuesday, 30th October on Tellytrack

The final field will be determined strictly by invitation as agreed by the selection panel

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, Germiston, South Africa

Sunday 2nd & 4th November 2012

For more information, please visit :

www.tba.co.za

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"YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO TO SYDNEY"

Yusuke Tsukhara
Yusuke Tsukhara

Yusuke Tsukahara - Shadai Corporation International Breeding Operations

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Germiston

2nd and 4th November 2012

Dave Mollett
Dave Mollett

Dave Mollett

Business Day“You don’t have to go to Sydney to buy some of the best bloodstock in the world - they’ll be right here at the TBA complex in Germiston in a fortnight’s time.”

That is the bullish view of champion breeder Mick Goss ahead of the 2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale next month.

Goss is a master of promoting this annual sale but he is right on the button when stating that the decreasing Rand means buyers are getting value for money like never before.

“These horses (a total of 202 will be sold over two sessions on November 2 and 4) were bought when the Rand against the Aussie Dollar was still measured in the sevens, yet this morning you’d have to give nine and some change of our battered currency for every Australian,” Goss said.

“This means if you wanted to buy the same stock today, you’d have to give of the order of 30% more for your purchase.”

The catalogue for next month’s sale has a record number of foreign-bred entries - no sale in South African history has ever carried so many.

The list of world-renowned stallions available includes Fastnet Rock, Henrythenavigator, Authorized, Rock Of Gibraltar and Flying Spur.

Consequently, on Friday all roads lead to Summerhill Stud in Mooi River when the breezing of the majority of the lots on offer will take place.

Every year Goss assembles a panel of experts to give their top six choices. Top trainer Mike de Kock heads a list which this year includes Yusuke Tsukahara from Shadai Farm in Japan.

De Kock was once asked what he looked for in a young two-year-old at the breezing and replied: “I like to see an economical action and how the limbs move. But I also believe I was born lucky, and I’d rather have an ounce of luck than a ton of ability!”

Buyers at last year’s sale could be in for a big payday on November 3 when the R2.5million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup will take place at Turffontein. De Kock won last year’s race with Red Barrel.

One horse who put her hat firmly in the ring for that race is Summerhill-bredTinchy Stryder, who kept her 100% record at Turffontein track Tuesday night. She cost owner Chris van Niekerk just R130,000 and will be chasing a first prize of R1.1m in next month’s Cup.

Extract from Business Day

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KILLUA CASTLE... FIRST TIME OUT... REALLY?

Killua Castle by Churchill Downs
Killua Castle by Churchill Downs

Click above to watch Killua Castle winning his maiden…

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

KILLUA CASTLE (AUS)

2011 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

KILLUA CASTLE (AUS)

Churchill Downs (AUS) - Prayers ‘N’ Promises (AUS) by Encosta De Lago (AUS)

3 Year-Old Bay Colt

Owner : Mrs A Devachander

Trainer : Geoff Woodruff

Jockey : Marco Van Rensburg

Breeder : Mr K Heffernan

KILLUA CASTLE is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

SAVE THE DATE SANSUI SUMMER CUP 1 DECEMBER MAIDEN PLATE

Turffontein, Turf, 1200m

13 October 2012

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

KILLUA CASTLE (AUS)

59.0

0

2

M Van Rensburg

Geoff Woodruff

2

0.10

DISTINCTLY

59.0

56

6

S Brown

Ormond Ferraris

3

2.50

TELLINA

59.0

0

10

*W Marwing (4.0)

Geoff Woodruff

4

4.75

ROYAL RAJAH

59.0

67

5

S Chambers

Corne Spies

5

5.25

MAKE MY MAJESTY

59.0

62

4

*C Zackey (4.0)

Romeo Francis

6

8.00

WINGED CAPTAIN

60.0

58

1

D David

Sean Tarry

7

9.50

WEATHER EYE

59.0

0

3

A Delpech

Gary Alexander

8

15.75

SERISSA

59.0

77

8

P Strydom

Sean Tarry

9

18.00

GALLIPOLI

59.0

0

11

S Veale

Weiho Marwing

10

22.25

KING FROST

59.0

0

7

F Naude

Gary Alexander

11

23.75

LEAN AND LIMBER

59.0

0

9

K Zechner

Weiho Marwing

12

99.99

MIZAR

59.0

0

12

R Frad

Alec Laird

Late Scratchings

13

0.00

RIVER TRIP

59.0

0

12

n/a

Geoff Woodruff

14

0.00

RICHARD’S GRACE

60.0

54

8

n/a

Corne Spies

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www.summerhill.co.za

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THE R2.5 MILLION CUP : HERE'S HOW THEY STAND

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup Log
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup Log

#

Horse

Sex

MR

1

DYLAN’S PROMISE (AUS)

Filly

90

2

CAPE ROYAL

Colt

94

3

INDABA MY CHILDREN (AUS)

Colt

91

4

SAVAGE WIND

Colt

89

5

ILHA DA ROCK (AUS)

Filly

84

6

DALALAAT

Filly

83

7

EXTRA ZING

Filly

83

8

LONSOME DOVE

Filly

83

9

NEGEV

Filly

83

10

TINCHY STRYDER

Filly

82

11

EMALIYAMI (AUS)

Filly

81

12

GUIDED ARROW

Filly

81

13

ROCK OF ARTS (AUS)

Gelding

85

14

GALLIC BAY

Filly

80

15

LONDON OLYMPICS

Filly

80

16

COOKIE MONSTER

Colt

84

17

NANDI (AUS)

Filly

79

18

TRUE IMPERIUM

Filly

79

19

IMMEDIATELY

Filly

78

20

MISS AFRICA

Filly

78

Below The Line

21

AGADEZ

Colt

82

22

FLYING FOO

Filly

77

23

TEALION

Gelding

82

24

DE VAR HYT

Gelding

81

25

GOLDEN DYNASTY

Filly

76

26

MEN AND MOUNTAINS

Colt

81

27

PATRIOTIC REBEL

Colt

81

28

AFRICAN SMILE

Gelding

80

29

BINGELELA

Colt

80

30

SAMMY SILVER

Colt

80

31

SANFONEIRO

Gelding

80

32

QUAD BAY

Gelding

79

33

RIVER TYNE

Filly

74

34

SWEET DESTINY

Filly

74

35

BABAZEKA

Filly

73

36

FLASHING STAR

Filly

73

37

KITE SURFER

Colt

78

38

MACAVITY

Colt

78

39

THE FLYING MACHINE (AUS)

Colt

77

40

EXCEPTIONAL (ARG)

Filly

71

41

HOLD ON

Filly

71

42

VICTORY CALL

Gelding

76

43

BREEZE BY

Filly

70

44

MARRY ME MULLINS

Filly

69

45

CATALONIA

Filly

68

46

THE DISCIPLE

Gelding

73

47

GYPSEY TINKER

Filly

67

48

ELEGANT BAY

Filly

66

49

AUTHENTICATED

Gelding

70

50

BRONZE STAR

Colt

70

National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa

Correct as at 12 October 2012

Important Points to Remember:

The top 20 are listed purely on descending Race Rating Order. (ie. Rating at the weights - Fillies receive 2.5kg).

eg. A MR 90 filly is equal to a Race Rating of 95 (90 +5).

The panel will only exercise its discretion once entries are received

This log will change weekly as horses perform on the track

The field for the race will be 16 Runners plus 2 reserves

Entries for the race close on the 19th October at 11am

Supplementary entries close on the 26th October at 9am

Final field announced on Tuesday, 30th October on Tellytrack

The final field will be determined strictly by invitation as agreed by the selection panel

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, Germiston, South Africa

Sunday 2nd & 4th November 2012

For more information, please visit :

www.tba.co.za

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SMANJEMANJE : ONE HORSE CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Smanjemanje - Vodacom Durban July
Smanjemanje - Vodacom Durban July

Click above to watch Smanjemanje - Vodacom Durban July Gr1 (2012)

(An iKind Studio Production)

THE EMPERORS PALACE

READY TO RUN SALE

BLOCK A

TBA Sales Complex

Gosforth Park, South Africa

Gallops at Summerhill Stud • Friday 19th October 11h00

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup • Saturday 3rd November

Lots 1-75 • Friday 2nd November 17h00

Lots 76-202 • Sunday 4th November 14h00

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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TURF TUNES

Patriotic Rebel and Brett Crawford
Patriotic Rebel and Brett Crawford

Trainer Brett Crawford leads in Patriotic Rebel with owner Gavin Almanza

(Photo : Gold Circle)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Turffontein, Turf, 1400m

3rd November 2012

Log-watchers for the R2.5million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup have plenty to amuse them at this time of the year, as one horse after another puts it’s hand up for one of the sixteen places at the start. Yesterday, Brett Crawford staked a claim when Stronghold’s son, Patriotic Rebel, came home at Durbanville. Ironically, if this fellow gets into the race, he will be racing for the same money as the Crawford star, Jackson, will be in the J&B Met on the first Saturday in February.

Just a fortnight ago, I was in the company of Sean Tarry, John McVeigh and Mike de Kock as the sun went down over the Indian Ocean after a glorious day at Zimbali Lodge. Remarkably, the latter two were “on the wagon”, a unique sight for those who know them, and for a man who sent out Extra Zero to pick up a R400,000 cheque for her place in last year’s Cup, it was almost as remarkable that Sean Tarry thought he didn’t have a candidate for the race this year. All that changed in a matter of seventy odd seconds at the Vaal on Tuesday, when the Mullins Bay filly Tinchy Stryder did exactly that, striding away to an impressive 4,5 length debut win. While we’ve no idea how the handicappers will rate this one, she must have a strong shot at making the line-up for the big money on the first Saturday in November. They say success in this game is a momentum thing, and Chris van Niekerk’s equine investments have been on fire ever since Pomodoro edged Smanjemanje in the Vodacom Durban July.

On another note altogether, High Chaparral’s star continues its orbit at the top end of the constellation. He already has the best two-year-old in England, he had a Group One winner in the Northern Dancer Stakes a week ago, and this weekend, Shoot Out fired a bullet in the George Main Stakes (Gr.1) at Caulfield, Australia. Don’t forget, High Chaparral also has his best-performed Northern Hemisphere product, Golden Sword, right here at Summerhill, with an impressive first book of mares.

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READY TO RUN : BEAT THIS... IF YOU CAN!

Pierre Jourdan wins the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
Pierre Jourdan wins the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

Click above to watch the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Germiston

2nd and 4th November 2012

We’ve all heard the extravagant claim that the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, pound-for-pound, is the best sale of racehorses in the world. Its graduates in recent years have included a clean sweep of the “Big Three”, the Vodacom Durban July, the J&B Met and the Summer Cup (when it was still the GommaGomma Challenge). It has given us a recent Horse of the Year, the nation’s biggest earners in each of the 2010 and 2011 racing seasons, and a litany of Group One winners. While its Honour Roll over the years has been informed by the prolific careers of many of its graduates, in the past five, the focus has been fixed sharply on the outcomes of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, and we tend to forget that there is more to the sale than just the 16 candidates that line up for the R2.5million prize of the Cup on the first Saturday in November.

That said, since there’s so much at stake these days, it’s worth revisiting the first five renewals of the Ready To Run Cup, which kicked off on November 3rd 2007. Who could forget Clyde Basel’s desperate call “Umngazi, Imbongi, the two Zulus”, as he battled to get his tongue around their names, with Anton Marcus and Piere Strydom flailing their sticks to get their hands on the R500,000 prize. Remarkably, the first seven home that day, all became Black-type earners, five of them at Group-level, while the tenth Galant Gagnant, was beaten just a head by Russian Sage in the Daily News 2000 (Gr.1). All of Phunyuka, Mat Gold and Mzwilili were subsequent Group-winners, The Big Ask and Gymnast were Stakes-performers, while Art Of War (three time winner at the Dubai Racing Festival), and the Gold Bowl (Gr.2) victor, Winning Leap, were among the reserves.

In 2008, Robbie Hill booted home Mike Miller’s Group-winning filly, Smangaliso, from Fenerbahce (again at the expense of Piere Strydom), and the Gold Field’s ace, Fakazi, while the Strelitzia (Gr.3) winner, Thekkady and the feature race performers, Hurricane Force and Golden Scold, were behind.

2009 was something else. No fewer than half the field became Group-winners, 70% of the field were Black-type scorers, and the first two home, Pierre Jourdan and Fisani, were subsequent winners of the Colts and Fillies versions of the Gauteng Guineas on the same day. By any standards, this was a Group One event, including as it did the lofty likes on Smanjemanje (15th of 16 that day), millionairess Mannequin, recent American Stakes-winner Mahubo, Blue Voyager and the horse that ran second in both the Gauteng and KZN Guineas, Havasha.

It’s arguable that, measured in the pure terms of Black-type achievement, the 2010 renewal was the least successful (five Stakes-performers, or 33% of them), yet it’s hard to get away from the fact that it contained two of the best fillies of that generation. For the record, the subsequent Horse of the Year and Vodacom Durban July and J&B Met heroine, Igugu, went down for the first time that day to the outrageous talent of Hollywoodboulevard, but that’s the way it ended, and we all know what happened after that.

Finally, we come to last year’s running, which is still very much a work-in-progress, from the perspective that several of its contestants still have their best days in front of them. Nonetheless, no fewer than six of the first ten home that day are already Black-type scorers, including the millionairess Extra Zero, while Mike de Kock’s winner, Red Barrel, highly regarded at home, has yet to see a racecourse since.

Encouragingly, what these results tell us is that the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup is by no means a one horse pony trick. It has been won by high-flyers and low-flyers, the rich and the not-so-rich, the big yards and the little yards, and by jockeys from all over. The only constant is the prize money, and this year they’ll be racing for as much as the J&B Met.

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THESE STORIES ARE WORTH THE TELLING

Igugu wins the 2012 JB Met 2012
Igugu wins the 2012 JB Met 2012

Click above to watch Igugu winning the 2012 J&B Met (Gr1)

(Photo : Gold Circle - Footage : SABC)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park

2nd and 4th November 2012

Success on the turf often has unpretentious beginnings. That’s part of the daydream that tempts young people to persist with the prickly beast with bad legs that cost them a few thousand Rands, and arrived with a patched-up headstall and a torn rug. They remember the folklore, and are comforted by it. We shouldn’t be sniffy about these fantasies: racing runs on them. One horse can change our lives.

You’ve often heard it said that horses are a language we can all share. Sometimes there are quiet asides, sometimes dramatic moments, but there is always a story to tell, and the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale is littered with the sort of anecdotes on which the racing game survives. Its good horses have come from any number of backgrounds, and some of these stories are worth retelling.

Hear The Drums was a once-in-a-lifetime horse, literally. He went where no other racehorse in South Africa had ever been. He took the “around-they-go” sameness out of the game, except in the number of times he visited the Number One box. Here was a man who gave Peter Fabricius not one, but 35 undying moments. Yet his legs failed the inspection of everyone present at the sale. He would’ve failed the scrutiny of his owner too, if he’d not bought him on the telephone, for a “scrappy” R42,000. As the winningmost racehorse in South African history, he reminded us that there are other things to a champion, besides legs.

Pierre Jourdan isn’t that big, his parents weren’t famous, and he only cost R60,000 as a youngster. Gary Alexander saw at the pre-sale gallops what very few others did, and “PJ” was the one, above all, that he wanted to get his hands on. But the horse doesn’t know any of this, and when he raced home as the darling of the Joburg racing set in the South African Classic, the crowd cheered him all the way to the winners circle. PJ was briefly more a deity than a horse. A prominent member of the Catholic clergy was so overcome, he forgot the injunction against worshipping graven images. He asked for, and received, a few coppery hairs from PJ’s tail.

As for Imbongi, he was the unwanted urchin of two sales rings, having failed to make his modest R60,000 reserve at the National Sales and again at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run. A lifetime of observation at the races and the trust Ronnie Napier invests in relationships, led him and his erstwhile partner, Michael Fleischer, to lay claim to his ownership one Saturday morning at the Summerhill gallops. Imbongi returned the faith in no uncertain terms, as the top three-year-old miler of his generation, and then again as the leading earner of his year at the Dubai Racing Festival. A Group race victory in England put the cherry on the top of a career which accumulated more than R8 million in stakes.

As Mike de Kock left the mounting yard for Imbongi’s assault on the Zabeel Mile, the Meydan racecourse’s richest event at the trip, he said “no excuses today”. He didn’t need any. Destiny came rushing up to embrace him. When jockey Christophe Soumillon said “laisse alle”, Imbongi surged away from his field, shaking off the hangers-on as much as Oscar Pistorius would farewell a bunch of neighbourhood joggers. That self-same day, de Kock claimed the laurels in the Fillies Guineas for Sheikh Mohammed and Ronnie Napier with yet another Ready To Run acquisition. The victress was Fisani, a girl whose heritage included Teenoso, winner of England’s greatest horserace. De Kock understands pedigrees.

And then there is Igugu, Horse of the Year and heroine of South Africa’s two richest races, the Vodacom Durban July and the J&B Met, as well as the nation’s first ever winner of the Triple Tiara. A daughter of the world’s hottest stallion, she represents the “toffs”. Predictably, she stripped a million from an unsuspecting wallet at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, but it wasn’t always like this for her buyer. Igugu’s original owner was a former battler and a one-time electrician, who’s come well of late.

He’s never managed a mention in Fortune magazine, but he did play scrumhalf for Diggers Fourths. As an apprentice, they paid Andre Macdonald two quid a week, and he used to punt half. He wrote his bets on his hand. That way he could keep track of his bank balance while he played. Igugu is such a celebrity these days, she’s found a home on cable TV, and even while she’s in quarantine in Mauritius, in the nascent blogosphere. When she romped home in the July, Andre Macdonald suffered a euphoria so intense, it was notifiable.

What else can we tell you about the Ready To Run? Apart from the fact that the stories go on and on, the one thing we just said which wasn’t entirely accurate, was that Igugu won the two richest races in the nation. Of course, we forgot to mention that this year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup will be contested for R2.5 million, which means the J&B Met no longer stands alone as the second richest event in the land.

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IT'S OFFICIAL : R2.5 MILLION

Umngazi wins the 2007 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
Umngazi wins the 2007 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

Umngazi leads the charge in the 2007 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

(Photo : Summerhill Stud Archives)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park

2nd and 4th November 2012

It’s quite astonishing how quickly the prize money for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup has catapulted to its new level of R2,5 million. We need to remember that just five years ago it made headlines at R500,000, and today there is only one race in South Africa for more money, and that’s the Vodacom Durban July at R3 million.

It’s something of a compliment to the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale and its graduates that it has escalated so dramatically, particularly as it started out as little more than a graduation plate contested by one and two time winners, and in its first year, by the odd promising maiden, or so its detractors thought. That the inaugural field for the Ready To Run Cup, included such luminaries as Imbongi, Umngazi, Phunyuka, Art Of War and Galant Gagnant, was testimony to the old adage, invented by the outstanding graduates of the sale themselves over time, that this, pound-for-pound, is the best sale of quality racehorses on the continent. By the time the fourth renewal came around in 2010, Hollywoodboulevard and Igugu led home another procession of high achievers, lending a measure of credibility to Summerhill’s chant that it might eclipse all sales in the world for value, particularly as running had included in its field a stream of Group and Listed winners.

Let’s not forget, Igugu was not only Horse of the Year in 2011, but she led all-comers by prize money that year, and followed up with a stirring victory in the J&B Met (Gr.1) in January of this year. Twelve months before, her predecessor in the Ready To Run Cup, the R60,000 graduate Pierre Jourdan, was again the nation’s top earner when his immediate victim in the Cup was the subsequent Gerald Rosenberg and Gauteng Fillies Guineas heroine, Fisani, and in the slip stream that day was this year’s “nearly” horse in the Vodacom Durban July, Smanjemanje.

That the race has earned its stripes then is beyond doubt; that it is likely to achieve even greater heights going forward is on the cards, even though the record suggests it’s a hard act to follow. This year’s entry is the deepest on paper, not only in terms of its numbers, but especially in the ink on the catalogue page. Speaking to consignors, there is a quiet air of expectation among them in what they’re seeing on their work tracks at this early stage.

The message here, for aspirant buyers wanting to scoop the prize (and it’s worth noting, they pay all the way down to tenth place, where the money is still as much as R50,000) is they should remember when the hammer falls in their favour, to “tick the box”. That way, you buy yourself a ticket for the game, knowing that you only have to have a win under your belt and a little bit of luck, to get yourself a run for R2,5 million. By contrast, the only other race carrying this sort of prize money is the J&B Met (Gr.1,) and we all know what it takes to have a runner at the start for that one.

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FIVE-AND-THREE-QUARTERS... AND STRETCHING.

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup - Turffontein
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup - Turffontein

The Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

(Photo : Summerhill Stud Archives)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Turffontein, Turf, 1400m

3rd November 2012

That was the margin of Emaliyami’s victory at Scottsville last Sunday.

Like Negev the week before,

another graduate of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale,

and another likely candidate for the

R2.5million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.

Make a date for both.

SATURDAY 3rd and SUNDAY 4th NOVEMBER 2012 :

FOR R2.5MILLION.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg 27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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A HISTORY OF PRODUCING LEGENDARY RACEHORSES

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

4 November 2012

There have been many high-class horses to have come off the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sales who continue to prove the unprecedented success of this sale, and it’s ability to unearth true racehorses. One of the most remarkable triumphs for the Ready To Run Sale occurred in the Vodacom Durban July 2011, where graduates Igugu and Pierre Jourdan ran 1-2 in South Africa’s most famous race. Igugu would later go on to be named Horse of the Year.

A R1 million purchase at the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale , Igugu became the first filly ever to win the Triple Tiara, and went on to win the J&B Met. To date, she has earned over R6.7 million with the promise of plenty more to come!

From Igugu, to one of the great bargains of the sale, Pierre Jourdan. The latter cost just R60,000 at the 2008 Ready To Run Sale, before embarking on a career which saw him become a beloved Highveld Champion. Pierre Jourdan, to date, has won five feature races and over R4.5 million in prize money.

The list goes on and is proof of a well-established and successful sale that has proven itself over and over again as a great place to buy champions.

Most of last year’s graduates are still just two-years-old, and, yet, there have been a number of very promising performers to emerge.

Rock of Arts (Rock of Gibraltar - Dash On Ruby) was a colt who fetched R850,000. He subsequently made a winning debut to stamp himself a horse to follow for owners Mr and Mrs Chinsammy. He subsequently ran third to the talented Desert Sheik, before taking on G1 company in the Golden Horseshoe.

The following two-year-olds from the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale also made winning debuts :

Cape Royal (Royal Academy - Dubai’s Fairy), consigned by Summerhill Stud, topped the Sale fetching R1.5 million. He subsequently broke his maiden by over six lengths first time out for Lady Christine Laidlaw, and looks a potential star in the making.

Indaba My Children (Tale of the Cat - Hampton Rover) is one of the more promising babies around, the R600,000 purchase has won twice in five starts and was second in the G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes.

Dylan’s Promise (Dylan Thomas - Madonna), owned by the Fire Racing Trust in partnership with Mr Chetty, has won two of four, with her wins including the Listed Devon Air Stakes. She is a filly to watch for the future.

Lonsome Dove (Trippi - Western Hour), consigned by Klawervlei Stud, made a facile winning debut for champion trainer Mike de Kock, and looks a very smart filly.

Extra Zing (Carpocrates - Linsumi), from the first crop of her sire and consigned by the Middlefield Stud, won a good race on debut recently, beating felow Ready To Run graduate, Negev (Stronghold - Haifaa). Negev, owned by Messrs Comaroff, S Reid, B Parker and M Wilken, subsequently franked the form with a fluent 3.25 length win next time out for trainer Louis Goosen.

The beautifully bred Emaliyami (Rock of Gibraltar - Elusive Kash) stamped herself as one to follow for the future when scoring a facile win at Scottsville recently. Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, the three-year-old filly was consigned to last year’s sale by Summerhill Sales. With powerful connections, and a world class pedigree, this filly could be anything.

Another smart looking daughter of Rock of Gibraltar to have been sold at the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale is the Geoff Woodruff-trained, Ilha da Rock (Rock of Gibraltar - Les Ry Leigh). Fourth in the G2 SA Fillies Nursery as a maiden, Ilha da Rock subsequently broke her maiden by nearly four lengths - when sent off a 5-1 ON shot. Owned by Mrs Devachander and Mr Mathen, Ilha da Rock was then rated good enough to take on a top field in the G1 Golden Slipper on Vodacom Durban July day. Consigned by Summerhill Sales, Ilha Da Rock was a R900,000 buy.

With a number of well bred horses as yet unraced, and several youngsters who have placed in their only starts to date, the list of classy performers from the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale can only continue to grow.

The graduates of the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale are eligible to race for an incredible R2.5million in the Sweepstakes Race, the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, on 3rd November which will be the stuff of dreams for some lucky buyers from last year’s sale.

Extract from Bloodstock South Africa

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2012 Ready To Run News

Bloodstock South Africa
Bloodstock South Africa

For more information please visit :

www.tba.co.za

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FOUR MORE WINNERS. THREE GROUP PLACES. THE READY TO RUN.

Master Plan - Champions Cup
Master Plan - Champions Cup

Black Wing misses by a shorthead in the Champions Cup (Gr1)

(Photo : Gold Circle - Footage : Tellytrack)

R2,5 MILLION

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

3rd November 2012 

1st Mannequin for Paul Matchett

1st Winter Desire for Stuart Pettigrew

1st Set To Strike for Roy Magner

1st Music Affair for Stephen Moffatt

2nd Black Wing shorthead Champions Cup (Gr1)

2nd Checcetti shorthead Gold Bracelet (Gr2)

3rd Love Struck in the Premier’s Champion Juvenile (Gr1)

“If you don’t have a ticket,

you can’t win a prize.”

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg 27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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READY TO RUN : ALL SPRUCED UP

Mannequin Ready To Run
Mannequin Ready To Run

Ready To Run Graduate Mannequin

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

The Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

4 November 2012

The Emperor’s Palace Ready To Run Sale has long been touted as the best sale of racehorses, pound-for-pound in the world, and racegoers who attended the meeting at the Vaal on Thursday, can attest to the truth of that statement. The main billing on the card fell to the remarkable Mannequin, who was chalking up her 11th career victory under 64kgs, to take her earnings to R997,650. The high class graduates of the Summerhill draft at that sale who’ve become millionaires at the races, number in their legions, but for the record, Mannequin cost a modest R80,000, and has provided Pat McGee, his partner J.J van Niekerk, and trainer Paul Matchettwith more pleasure than many of us can count in our lifetimes. 

This year’s sale on the 4th November coincides with the sixth renewal of the Emperor’s Palace Ready To Run Cup, contested the day before at Turffontein over 1400m for a new prize money record of R2,5 million (which places it alongside the J&B Met as South Africa’s second richest horserace). The grapevine has it that Mannequin will shortly be heading for the paddocks, and she will make a spectacular broodmare prospect for anyone wishing to establish themselves as producers at the top end of market.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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THE SECOND RICHEST RACE IN THE LAND

Video of Igugu winning the Vodacom Durban July at Greyville Racecourse, Durban South Africa
Video of Igugu winning the Vodacom Durban July at Greyville Racecourse, Durban South Africa

Click above to watch the 2011 Vodacom Durban July (Gr1)

(Image : Vodacom Durban July - Footage : SABC 3)

R2,5 MILLION

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

And the best source, pound-for-pound,

of quality racehorses in the world.

The finish to the 2011 Vodacom Durban July reminded us again.

Igugu and Pierre Jourdan.

Both graduates of the Summerhill Ready To Run.

And both graduates of the

R2.5 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.

Saturday, 3rd November 2012

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg 27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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RED BARREL WINS EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP 2011

Red Barrel : Markus Jooste Racing wins Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
Red Barrel : Markus Jooste Racing wins Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

RED BARREL

58.0

80

7

A Marcus

Mike de Kock

2

0.75

EXTRA ZERO

55.5

94

4

D Mansour

Sean Tarry

3

1.50

BLAZE OF FIRE

58.0

88

11

M Yeni

Yvette Bremner

4

2.00

FRONTINO GOLD (AUS)

58.0

86

14

W Marwing

Mike de Kock

5

3.50

SAUCY SAVANNAH

55.5

81

2

* T Appie

Mike de Kock

6

6.75

VERROCHIO (AUS)

58.0

86

8

R Fradd

Sean Tarry

7

7.00

COUNTESS BACARDI

55.5

79

15

S Veale

Gavin van Zyl

8

7.25

KINEMATIC COUNTESS

55.5

86

10

G Lerena

Roy Magner

9

8.00

TONY’S TIPPLE

58.0

80

5

C Little

Louis Goosen

10

8.50

AMERICANO

58.0

0

6

M Mienie

Paul Patchett

11

9.00

MOET MAGIC

55.5

77

13

R Danielson

Sean Tarry

12

9.25

DANSILI EXPRESS (AUS)

58.0

84

9

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

13

12.25

PENHALIGON

58.0

84

12

B Lerena

Alyson Wright

14

18.00

SHEZTHECLUBQUEEN

55.5

84

1

* JP van der Merwe

Terry Lowe

15

18.50

ACAPELLA

58.0

82

16

P Strydom

Brian Wiide

16

21.50

ADMIRAL JOHN PETER

58.0

81

3

K Neisius

Dean Kannemeyer

1st R1,000,000, 2nd R400,000, 3rd R250,000, 4th R100,000, 5th R60,000,

6th R50,000, 7th R40,000, 8th R36,000, 9th R 34,000, 10th R30,000

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, Germiston, South Africa

Sunday 6th November 2011

For more information, please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za and www.tba.co.za

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READY TO RUN SALE IGNITES SOUTH AFRICAN HORSE RACING

Julie Ale interviews Mick Goss on Winner's Circle
Julie Ale interviews Mick Goss on Winner's Circle

Click above to watch Julie Alexander’s interview with Summerhill CEO Mick Goss

(Image and Footage : Winner’s Circle, SuperSport 7)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, Germiston

6 November 2011

Julie Alexander (Winner’s Circle) interviews

Summerhill Stud CEO, Mick Goss, on topics

relating to the Summerhill Stud team,

the South African Breeders’ Championship,

the history of the Ready To Run Sale concept

and the R2million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.

ALL CAN PLAY. ALL CAN WIN.

VICTORY GOES TO THE HUNGRY.

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

Turffontein, Turf, 1400m

Saturday 5th November, 16:10

The Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

TBA Sales Complex

Sunday 6th November, 14:00

*Six cheque payment scheme for qualifying buyers.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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ACTION-PACKED CHARITY MILE RACE DAY

Pierre Jourdan
Pierre Jourdan

2008 Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, Pierre Jourdan

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

PEERMONT CHARITY MILE RACE DAY

Turffontein, South Africa

5 November 2011

What a fantastic month of racing November promises to be! The action kicks off at Turffontein Saturda with the R2,000,000 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup over 1400m and R600,000 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile over 1600mThe Citizen International Jockeys’ Challenge between South Africa and the World team follows a week later and the R2,000,000 Sansui Summer Cup brings the month to a magnificent climax on Saturday 26 November.

The Charity Mile race day has grown into a festival of racing since its inception in 2003 and now boasts twelve races including five features and racing fans will be treated to more than six hours of high-class action. The most intriguing race on the day is the highly prized Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, an event that offers a mega payday to graduates of the previous year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, with total prize money of R2,000,000 paying down to 10th spot.

South African Champion trainer Mike de Kock plays a strong hand for Cup glory with a formidable stable including Australian imports Dansili Express (AUS) and Frontino Gold (AUS) as well as the unbeaten Red Barrel. Sean Tarry’s classy Australian import, Verrochio (AUS), who won convincingly on his second start, looks well above average.

There are a number of fillies in the Cup and the pick is likely to be Roy Magner’s runner, Kinematic Countess. She has already contested nine races, so has more racecourse experience than many of her rivals. The Sean Tarry-trained Way West filly, Extra Zero, stands out. She certainly has the ability to add a few extra zero’s to Tarry’s bank balance and with 6 runs under her belt has the experience to boot. Interestingly, she has a sister in the folowing day’s sale, lot 65 Negev.

Look out too for the Cape raider, Dean Kannemeyer-trained, Admiral John Peter. Although a tough task, Dean’s father, Peter Kannemeyer, successfully raided Gauteng with Over The Air many years ago.

If victory were to fall to any of the Australia-bred runners, Sunday’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale at the TBA Sales Complex will see an even huger demand for the imported prospects on offer.

Betting World has Red Barrel at 2/1, Verrochio at 4/1, Dansili Express at 9/2, Extra Zero at 7/1 and Frontino Gold at 12/1.

Mike de Kock is also going all out to win the Charity Mile and has five of the 16 runners carded including Rudra, Kavanagh, Welwitschia (GB), Empenoso Henn (ARG) and 2010 Summer Cup winner, Flirtation. Champion jockey Anton Marcus has the ride on British-bred filly Welwitschia, while stable jockey Anthony Delpech is sticking with Kavanagh, who he rode for the first time in a 1400m sprint recently.

Kavanagh seems to do best when saved for a late effort and Delpech gave the flashy colt a perfect ride that saw him beat Two Tone by an easy length. There’s a view that Kavanagh doesn’t really stay 1600m, but he’s capable of running a huge race if Delpech makes his move late. Nevertheless, the talk is of Welwitschia. Six months younger than South African-bred four-year-olds, this British-bred filly is now catching up fast and beat Dancewiththedevil in good style in a 1450m race on the Turffontein inside track recently. She will find Dancewiththedevil a much tougher opponent on this standside track and it’s worth noting that Dancewiththedevil crushed Welwitschia by four lengths over this 1600m in the Empress Club Stakes in April. Welwitschia is now theoretically 3.5kg better off (the equivalent of 3.50 lengths).

Several other runners have strong chances, notably the Gary Alexander-trained Ready To Run graduate, Pierre Jourdan, runner-up to Igugu in this year’s Vodacom Durban July, the Sean Tarry-trained Kahal colt, The Mouseketeer, winner of the Emerlad Cup in September, and the Kahal gelding outsider, Paul Gadsby-trained Black Wing.

Betting World has Welwitschia at 5/2, Pierre Jourdan at 7/2, Kavanagh at 4/1, Dancewiththedevil at 5/1 and The Mouseketeer at 14/1.

Extracts from Tab Online, Business Day and Gold Circle

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