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 Highveldt 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 successful sale that has proven itself over and over again as a great place to buy champions.
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.
Another smart looking 2yo to make a winning debut from the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale was Cape Royal, bred by Cheveley Stud.
The colt, by Royal Academy – Dubai’s Fairy, topped the Sale, where he fetched 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.
Yet another classy 2yo to emerge from the Ready to Run Sale last year was Indaba My Children (Tale of the Cat – Hampton Rover). One of the more promising babies around, the R600 000 purchase Indaba My Children has won twice in five starts and was second in the G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes.
Another top-class 2yo to graduate from this sale is Dylan’s Promise (Dylan Thomas – Madonna). Owned by the Fire Racing Trust in partnership with Mr Chetty, Dylan’s Promise has won two of four, with her wins including the Listed Devon Air Stakes. She is a filly to watch for the future.
Yet another 2yo to graduate from the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale to make an impressive, winning debut is Lonsome Dove (Trippi – Western Hour), bred by Klawervlei Stud. She 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 bred by the Middlefield Stud, won a good race on debut recently, beating another RTR 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.
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 Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, the 3yo 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 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 R2.5m in the Sweepstakes Race on 3rd November which will be the stuff of dreams for some lucky buyers from last year’s sale.
Recent Winners From 2011 RTR
De Var Huyt
Dylan’s Promise (stakes winner)
Ilha da Rock (G2 fourth)
Indaba My Children (Stakes placed)
Men And Mountains
River Tyne(Stakes placed)
Sweet Destiny (4th in G3)
To all those connections who have a 2011 RTR Sale graduate with a chance of winning the 2012 Emperors Palace National Ready to Run R2.5m Sweepstake it is now time to get very excited.This could be richest prize you ever race for ,and that surely is enough to get the adrenaline flowing already. The stakes are paid up to the 10th runner which makes this race even more exciting – stakes paid as follows:
• 1st = R1,100,000
• 2nd = R500,000
• 3rd = R300,000
• 4th = R150,000
• 5th = R100,000
• 6th = R90,000
• 7th = R80,000
• 8th = R70,000
• 9th = R60,000
• 10th = R50,000
For those of you who want to buy a ticket to race for R2.5m next year please make a date of November 4th to come and unearth your future champion at this year’s Emperors Palace National Ready to Run Sale.
This year’s gallops will be at Turffontein on Wednesday October 17th and on Friday 19th October at Summerhill Stud.
We encourage as many of you as possible to come and be part of the atmosphere at these gallops as you get a grandstand view of the athletes on sale doing what they do best – galloping! What better way to test drive before you buy?
We also hope that you come and be part of the excitement at the Charity Mile Raceday at Turffontein on November 3rd and watch the drama of the Emperors Palace R2.5m Sweepstake unfold.
All details on www.tba.co.za or call us on 011 323 5700.