Here are a few photos from the CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Gallops which took place at Summerhill Stud on Friday. Please feel free to share on Facebook!
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Ready To Run Sale 2014
Grant Knowles looks back at the Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale gallops with Summerhill's Mick Goss and guests.
On a day attended by the former Premier of KZN and the current Treasurer-General of the ruling party, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, as well as a good spread of the nation’s biggest-hitters, the whole gathering enthusiastically, and at times vociferously, voted to put their fancies on the board.
It's Gallops Day today, and there’s a reason so many of the country’s biggest-hitters are mooching around the stable yards here at Summerhill. The biggest owners in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KZN are all part of a racing brigade that’s flown, bussed or driven into the Mooi River precinct for this morning’s fireworks.
Summerhill gallops set the stage for R2.5million race.
The awards dinner for the CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale took place last night at Summerhill's School of Equine Management Excellence.
Each horse is eligible for the 2015 renewal of the world's richest Ready To Run sales race, the Emperor's Palace Ready To Run Cup, with a stake of R2.5million. While we've ensured that the 2014 version carries the richest prize money in African history, the odds of getting a run next year are twice as good, with half the number catalogued.
Here are Siyabonga Bhengu's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale. Siyabonga has always had a passion for working with thoroughbreds and has been hanging around and helping out in the stables since he was able to walk.
Here are Thokozani Dlungwane's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale. Thokozani loves sticking with families.
For eight years now, we've had some of the nation's top racing personalities judging our gallops. This year, we bring a new dimension to the judging.
Here are Thabiso Mgoza's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale. Thabiso has ridden work for top Ready To Run consigner and pin hooker in the USA, Becky Thomas.
Here are John Motaung's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale. John piloted Igugu in the 2009 Ready To Run breeze ups.
R3,85 MILLION EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP
Turffontein, Turf, 1400m | 1 November 2014
Log as at 14 October 2014
When David Mollett commented in his Business Day column a few weeks back, that we'd made a few waves in our time and that our announcement of a R3.85milliion prize for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup in 2014, eclipsing all previous African records, was in the nature of a tsunami, we took it as a compliment.
Chili Chocolate, a 2013 Summerhill Ready To Run Sales graduate, is the first produce of dam Heliantha, half sister to Wild Aster.
No Worries demolished the Johannesburg Spring Challenge (Gr.2) field, and Tomorrow’s Miss trotted up in the Emerald Casino Fillies’ Stakes (Listed) to become the 56th and 57th Stakes-winners from our Ready To Run programme since the inception of the “Cup”.
Despite mixing it with the best over the past two seasons, full black type has eluded No Worries, however the KwaZulu-Natal visitor finally put the record straight with a gutsy victory in the Grade 2 Joburg Spring Challenge Saturday at Turffontein.
If you've never raced at Longchamp or Chantilly, you should do it: if our sport can ever be described as 'genteel”, it's the French flavour at these two courses, that makes it so. From a purists perspective, the only thing that detracts from the delirium of a day at the French races, is their objection rule.
Petrichor, a graduate of Summerhill's 2013 Ready To Run Programme, scored by 3.5 lengths for Imagine Racing.
You might have thought from the heading that this was aimed at conserving the last of a dying species, but it isn’t. It’s a celebration of local, provincial and national highlights from the weekend’s sports, and since our readers come here principally for news of the gee gees, let’s cut to the chase.