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charl pretoriusCharl Pretorius word Phunyuka means to “escape” in Zulu, and the horse by that name’s massive win in this continent’s richest race on sand, the Emerald Cup (Gr.2) might’ve been many people’s idea of exactly that. Truth is though, this was a triumph for the little fellows, a sort of David and Goliath re-enactment in one of the few places where it’s possible. There was an old saying in racing that you could never beat Harry Oppenheimer in the boardroom, but you could level the playing fields on Saturdays. Here was a case of a regular owner, a regular trainer and if it weren’t for the fact that he is 54, of a regular jockey and an inexpensive horse, climbing to the mountain top.

To be fair though, these aren’t your regular guys. Wally Brits and Roy Magner work as hard as anybody when it comes to picking their horses, and “jockey” Willie “the Wizard” Figueroa has shown he belongs at the top table more often than we can remember. A dedicated bunch of professionals, who reap their rewards because they do the usual things, unusually well.

This victory brings home to us just one more time, the reality of the Ready To Run. For years now, as they’ve built this sale to its present place in the pantheon of excellent racehorse sales, Summerhill have dubbed it the sale with a horse for everyone, and Phunyuka’s was another outstanding example of this credo at work. R90 000 is all it cost to acquire this colt, despite the evidence of his ability at the gallops and the connectivity in his pedigree to the likes of Politician, BianconiAl Nitak and The Sheik, in recent years.

More aspirants in a crowded house…

Organisers of an event of the ilk of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, given its timing, would always harbour a concern that you’d be short of quality entries to fill a field of sixteen for a prize of R1,5million. No such thing when it comes to this Cup though, as it has a habit of rolling out the winners week after week. Popular KwaZulu Natal owner, Chips Pennells, is one who has targeted this race with success in the past, and there’s every possibility that all of his three purchases from last year, could be lining up for the big one on the 7th November.

Just last weekend, Smanyo got up in the dying strides of a competitive maiden at Greyville, and Friday evening saw Vumani put up his hand for a place, when he showed his appreciation of the extra furlong at the Greyville circuit. Tucked in behind him less than a length away was Makulu-Kulu, who Mike Miller will no doubt be hoping will give him a second successive victory in the race.

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smanjemanje r1,5 million emperors palace ready to run cup candidate


I was a fascinated participant in a Tellytrack programme Monday night. It’s only when you’re involved in these things, that you realise just how much research and work goes into putting on a show. For example, among the topics Monday night was Europe’s biggest race this weekend, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and Robin Bruss had researched every horse’s Timeform rating, and then aligned the ratings to the betting. Since the race is run at weight-for-age, there should be some sort of theoretical correlation between a horse’s best form and his price in the race. Were there’s a disparity, unless there’s something wrong with the horse, there’s usually a betting opportunity in the degree to which he’s fancied, and the extent to which it falls below his best race rating.

In parallel, Robin had a schedule of the horses which looked likely candidates for this year’s R1,5million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup. He’d extracted their merit ratings, as the invitation to participate will ultimately rest in the hands of the handicappers, and they’re likely to use the merit ratings as a guide at least, when they get down to the exercising of their discretions.

Thus far, Summerhill has had 19 of the 20 winners graduated from the sale last year, with a further eighteen having earned cheques. Of course, it used to be good enough, as a winner, to qualify for the event, but there will undoubtedly be eliminations among those that’ve already visited the winner’s enclosure, for this year’s renewal. Some of the placed horses have higher merit ratings than the winners (which begs the question, what will the handicappers do?), while there are as yet unraced horses and one or two unplaced horses, who might still get over the line.

It’s an intense affair, and as things stand, herewith the merit ratings :

SMANJEMANJE Summerhill Kahal C 96
ASHJAAN Summerhill Malhub F 93
HAVASHA Summerhill Kahal C 92
KHETHANI Summerhill Labeeb C 91
DIGNIFICATION Summerhill Muhtafal F 89
TRAFALGAR LEGACY Summerhill Rock Of Gibraltar C 88
SMANYO Summerhill Second Empire C 87
MAHUBO Summerhill National Emblem C 85
SICOCO Summerhill Muhtafal C 84
FISANI Summerhill Kahal F 83
COCOA ROSE Summerhill Kahal F 82
MANNEQUIN Summerhill Kahal F 82
SMART AL Highlands Al Mufti C 81
VUMANI Summerhill Malhub C 81
BUKA MINA Summerhill Slew The Red F 80
GUNG HO Summerhill Labeeb F 80
NYAKATHO Summerhill Labeeb C 80
ROSETTA STONE Ambiance Jet Master F 80
WARMONGER Equine Gr Kabool F 80
I’LOLLIPOP Summerhill National Emblem F 79
HEY MON Summerhill Requiem C 78
CRY HAVOC Sandown Caesour C 78
HOLD THE GOLD Beaumont Captain Al C 78
I’GEM Summerhill Kahal F 77
MABHALANE Summerhill National Emblem C 77
MLULEKI Summerhill Muhtafal C 76
GORGEOUS GEORGE Summerhill Labeeb C 75
MACK M Summerhill Labeeb C 75
TOBRUSKY Summerhill Lavery C 75
BABAZANI Summerhill Slew The Red C 74
RAJINSKY Sandown Parade Leader F 74
STANN CREEK Summerhill Strike Smartly F 73
JIKA MAJIKA Summerhill Malhub C 71
LAST TOUCH Summerhill Slew The Red F 71
RUNNING RIOT Summerhill Muhtafal F 70
CRIMSON MOONLIGHT (Aus) Brian Roux Untouchable F 70
GALAXY QUEST Waterford Kahal C 70
SPICE CLUB Classic Fan Club’s Mister F 70


vumani greyville racecourse 25 september 2009 video

Click above to watch Vumani
(Footage : Tellytrack)


The first race of the weekend card at Greyville is rapidly becoming the haunt of owners Chips and Elma Pennells. On Friday evening the “blue silks with silver stars” team took their tally of candidates for the R1,5 Million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup from one ( …remember Smanyo weekend before last?) to two… with one more graduate in their stable still to run.

VUMANI, the son of Malhub out of the Muhtafal mare Stolen Beauty, set a brisk pace at the head of the pack before accelerating away in the straight with Glanville Gardner’s fellow Cup candidate Makulu-Kulu in hot pursuit.

VUMANI was piloted by Stuart Randolph and is trained by Ivan Moore.

Of interest to followers of this year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Draft is that Vumani has a half sister by Kahal on offer, a chestnut filly named SHIATSU.



smanyo greyville 20 september 2009 chips and elma pennells video

Click above to watch Smanyo’s Weekend Surprise
(Footage : Tellytrack)

7 NOVEMBER 2009 

The Sporting Post reports that just last week, Bloodstock South Africa announced the subscribed entries for the R1,5 Million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, now formally the fourth richest event on the racing calendar and restricted to those graduates of the sale whose buyers “ticked” the box on Sales day. Already 15 of them have made the winners’ enclosure, and are in strong contention for a place in the big race line-up.

Two more got over the line this past weekend, the first being the Highlands-bred Snow Special, whose Turkish owners almost scooped the pool last year with Fenerbahce, and then at Greyville on Sunday, Smanyo flew up to grab the spoils for Chips Pennells in a competitive maiden, shading two other candidates in Buka Mina and Kwela Kwela.

Saturday afternoon at Turffontein, we were reminded that this race is never a one-horse contest, however, when this scribe’s own choice, Havasha, maintained his unbeaten record against a quality field of older horses, delighting fellow owners, Tony Moodley, Karel and Kiki Miedema, John Finlayson and Mike de Kock no end with his showing. I’ve said it before in this column, but the Ready To Run represents a unique opportunity to acquire a horse with the hindsight of seeing him run, and with the generous benefit of up to six cheques to pay for your purchases, it’s almost irresistible.

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