Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud
(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)
EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE
TBA Sales Complex, Germiston
2nd and 4th November 2012
If the eight panel members assessing the breezing of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run candidates at Summerhill last Friday have got it right, the honour of being top lot at next week’s sale will be as close as last weekend’s Aussie-Kiwi rugby encounter.
The sale is scheduled for the TBA Complex at Germiston on 2 and 4 November and - with only 202 horses set to go under the hammer - there is sure to be keen competition for many of the entries which the panel have earmarked as the choice lots.
Of the Aussie contingent, it was a son of Fastnet Rock (lot 88) and a son of Tale Of The Cat (lot 157) which each got the thumbs up from four panel members. But countering that for the home contingent was four votes for a son of Jet Master (lot 31) and three each for a daughter of Jet Master (lot 47) and a son of Var (lot 94).
But the striking fact of the panel’s selections is that there wasn’t a single vote for five big name overseas stallions - Henrythenavigator, Flying Spur, Stratum, Rock Of Gibraltar and Dylan Thomas. That is as astonishing as the length of time it took for Frankie Dettori and Godolphin to get divorced! The writing was on the wall for that back in March.
So let’s have a look - in no particular order - at the various picks of the eight-member panel:
MIKE DE KOCK
Lots 47, 120, 181, 88, 94 and 122.
He liked a Jet Master filly, daughter of Japan sire Admire Main, a daughter of Kahal, the Fastnet Rock colt, the Var colt and a son of A.P. Arrow.
Lots 47, 120, 133, 17, 31 and 88.
First thoughts (with the first two picks being the same) was that Mike and Jehan were comparing notes like schoolboys - impossible of course! So Jehan’s sextet reads the Jet Master filly, daughter of Admire Main, a daughter of Kahal, a son of Captain Al, the son of Jet Master and the Fastnet Rock colt.
Lots 110, 192, 199, 20, 115, 157.
Now Alec’s name wasn’t on the panel released to the press, but he’s a horse-picker of note so his choices are worth close scrutiny. They are a daughter of Mullins Bay, a daughter of A.P. Arrow, a daughter of Admire Main, a son of Stronghold, a son of Admire Main and the Tale Of The Cat colt.
Lots 47, 49, 131, 31, 56 and 88.
Dean kicks off with the Jet Master filly followed by a daughter of Stronghold, a daughter of Dynasty, the Jet Master colt, a son of Western Winter and the popular Fastnet Rock colt.
Lots 12, 20, 199, 120, 155 and 157.
Now it was as good a bet as night following day that this respected Japanese expert would fancy the progeny of Sunday Silence’s son, Admire Main. Spot on. He went for four of his progeny as well as a daughter of A.P. Arrow and the Tale Of The Cat colt. Yusuke commented: “I felt the Admire Main’s were typical of the Sunday Silence tribe in general.”
Lots 89, 198, 199, 94, 157 and 197.
Now Muis is convinced the big action will be on the Sunday of the sale - he hasn’t a single pick for the first session! He liked two daughters of A.P. Arrow, a daughter of Admire Main, the Var colt, a colt by Admire Main and the Tale Of The Cat colt.
Lots 24, 82, 159, 31, 94 and 157.
Graeme will be on the rostrum with Andrew Miller and the ones that caught his eye were a daughter of Mullins Bay, a daughter of Kahal, a daughter of A.P. Arrow, the Jet Master colt, the Var colt and the popular Tale Of The Cat colt.
Lots 6, 66, 118, 22, 31, 88.
In contrast to Muis, four of Sean’s six picks are on the Friday session (17h00 start). Last season’s runner-up in the trainers log liked a daughter of Stronghold, a daughter of A.P. Arrow, a daughter of Mullins Bay, a son of Kahal, the Jet Master colt and the Fastnet Rock colt.
I was most interested to learn on the Summerhill website that Thabani Nzimande, who has been at the stud’s pre-training division for five years, is particularly sweet on Lot 167 - a daughter of Stronghold who is a half-sister to recent Turffontein winner, Waka Waka. Not one vote for Thabani’s top choice from the illustrious panel!
Also on the website, I came across an article written a few years ago by Charl Pretorius - he’s a journo of note in my book and many of us miss him because he shoots straight from the hip.
He had obviously asked Mick Goss if the two-year-olds had been rushed along for the Ready To Run Sale and this was Mick’s response: “It’s a complete misnomer that we’re hard on our horses to get them ready to gallop. I am a horseman and my staff consists of horse lovers. We care for our stock, this is our business.”
Good reply from the Summerhill boss, but sadly not always the case where some sale vendors are concerned.
Also, this from Mike de Kock, on what he looks for in the breezing: “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.”
I’m in Mike’s corner on this. I also like limbs that move well. Preferably those with two legs, not four!
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup • Saturday 3rd November
Lots 1-75 • Friday 2nd November 17h00
Lots 76-202 • Sunday 4th November 14h00
Extract from Business Day