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R1,5million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
The heat is on in the race for places in the line-up for this year’s R1,5million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, scheduled for the stand side track at Turffontein on the 7th November. Seventeen of our graduates from last year’s Ready To Run Sale have already made the winner’s enclosure, five of them at the first time of asking, and just yesterday, Mike de Kock added to the first-timer effort of Fisani just on a month ago, when the stoutly bred Havasha trotted up at Clairwood over 1200m in a stirring display. The handicappers have their hands full in trying to decide who will be eligible, particularly as there are bound to be others of hitherto unknown talent, waiting in the wings between now and then.
Just a race later on the Clairwood card, Glanville Gardner’s Makulu Kulu stepped out for Mike Miller, running third on debut, in what has to be counted as another impressive effort. Both he and Havasha are from mares with long distance aptitudes, and we can only guess at how these two will be with a bit of maturity and a bit more ground. What we do know, is they’ll just love that punishing Turffontein straight!
Dare we complete this note without mentioning that Havasha is the property of Racingweb’s principal scribe, Charl Pretorius, as well as the editors and owners (Karel and Kiki Miedema) of Africa’s best racing publication, the Sporting Post. You can imagine the publicity going into this year’s Cup, when this lot have a live candidate.
It could be worth our lives to fail mentioning long-serving Summerhill clients, Tony Moodley and John Finlayson, among the throng who shelled out R260 000 for him at the Ready To Run.