Emperor’s Palace Summer Ready-To-Run Sale At Summerhill Stud – Results

Emperor’s Palace Summer Ready-To-Run Sale At Summerhill Stud – Results

Lot 31, No Worries by Kahal, top-selling colt R400 000. Sold to Brian Burnard.

Summerhill Stud had their Emperor’s Palace Summer Ready-To-Run Sale on Wednesday 22 February.

Congratulations must go to Brian Burnard, who purchased both the top selling colt and filly. The top-selling colt was Lot 31, a true Summerhill-bred horse called No Worries. He is by Kahal out of Coastal Waltz by Rambo Dancer, Coastal Waltz being out of a Coastal mare. The dam, Coastal Waltz is an 11-time winner (including the Jockey Club Stakes) and already has produced a winner by Malhub, named Umgido. The colt sold for R400 000 to Brian Burnard, and will go into training with Gavin Van Zyl.

Brian Burnard also purchased the top-priced filly at the sale named Golden Dynasty, Lot 20. She is a daughter of Mullins Bay out of Class Will Sell by Jallad. Her dam is a winner and has an unraced Kahal filly named Classic Illusion. The dam, Class Will Sell, is a full sister to six-time winner (including the Byerley Turk Grade 3) Abbey’s Lad, who passed away prematurely at the age of 4.

Golden Dynasty sold for R240 000. 45 Lots were sold at an average price of R66 800.

Summerhill’s website has this to say about their successful sale this year: “A year (and a change of scene) is an awfully long time in the horse business. In February last year, we took our first major consignment of “second stringers” to the Shongweni Horses-In-Training Sale, where ours were supposed to make up a separate feature of Ready To Run items. They got lost, plain and simple, and they averaged a miserable R18,000, or thereabouts. So we immediately hatched a plan to fall back on the home defences, turn the sale into a unique occasion, and host it in our School Of Excellence. Voila! The Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run was born with a bang, and reminded us all how much fun this game can be.

Remembering that this sale is made up of just about everything that’s left on the farm, representing an opportunity for everyone from polo players to serious horsemen, and includes those horses that were unwanted at previous auctions, the late maturers, the little ones, the injured, and those the good Lord had endowed with less than perfect engineering, the outcome was amazing. The average was up more than 350%, weighing in at just about R70,000, and while there will always be a few that didn’t make the money you might’ve expected, in broad terms, it was a raging success.

Lot 20, Golden Dynasty by Mullins Bay, top-selling filly R240 000. Sold to Brian Burnard.

It was evident pretty early on in the day, when the smart cars started to pitch up, that we’d not only under-catered, but there was going to be more money than we originally thought. Remembering, the story about the loaves and the fishes, the catering problem was soon in hand, while racing fans had obviously read their catalogues, watched the DVD, and they knew there were some horses here. They also trusted their own instincts where the specimens were not flawless, looking to the gallops rather, for clues on the future. They know that Pierre Jourdan, Emperor Napoleon, Amphitheatre, Hear The Drums, Black Wing and Imperial Despatch, among the many stars bought off the farm, might not have been perfect in the way they were made, but they were all of that and sometimes a little better, when they hit the races.

The sale was notable for its revelations: a new “white knight”, Brian Burnard, blew in from the North Coast, toting a number of activities on his C.V, including the raising of a herd of “disease free” buffalo. Lasoo in hand, Gavin van Zyl pitched up with him, and at the pre-sale dinner on the Tuesday evening, Burnard announced he was “going wide” the next day, much as the Blue Bulls coach has often been heard to say about his charges.

Well, “wide” he went, to the degree that people like Alec Laird, who arrived at the sale with a fistful of money, bid almost a million Rand on the day and left empty-handed. Wally Brits and Roy Magner, while striking in the lower echelons, were unable to make an impression at the top, taking on variously “Buffalo Bill” and Keith Young, while Alesh Naidoo, indomitable as always, had to bow his head in the end for the big ones.

For a sale that took little more than R600,000 last year, to make more than R3 million this time, we’d have to say, “eish”. The venue was exceptional, as good as anything anywhere in the world, and it was set off by one of those days in the Midlands that make us remember how lucky we are to live here. Toss in the attendance of one of the nation’s top chefs, and Jackie Cameron and her team where always going to deliver. By the time the sun went down, there was obviously much to celebrate; the news this morning is that the party at Hartford House almost saw the sun come back.”

To see the full results of the sale, please click here. (PDF)

Sales catalogues and results courtesy www.mhbloodstock.co.za

Information courtesy www.summerhill.co.za

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