THE ROAD TO THE EMPERORS READY TO RUN CUP


Chijmes winning at Turffontein 22nd September. Image: JC Photos
Chijmes winning at Turffontein 22nd September. Image: JC Photos

The BIG movers towards qualification for the tenth renewal of the world’s first Ready To Run sales race, turned up at Turffontein on the weekend. While the odds of getting a run this year are better than they’ve ever been (16 out of a catalogue of just 50 odd,) it’s getting hot at the top of the log, with the Group One performer, Railtrip, setting the benchmark. A rapidly closing runner-up in the Thekwini Stakes from the worst of the draw on Gold Cup day, Chesney van Zyl’s filly is a half-sister to the SA Derby ace, Hero’s Honour, which suggests that her Galileo dams’ Capetown Noir colt in the 4th November sale will be something of a premium item. The race and the sale incidentally have been joined at the hip with Emperors Palace for much of its 20 years in business.

See Me Run winning at Turffontein on 24th September. Image: JC Photos
See Me Run winning at Turffontein on 24th September. Image: JC Photos

Back to the shakers: the first on Turffontein’s Saturday card was the scene for the breakout of a smart sort in Chijmes, an impressive son of Pat Shaw’s dual Group One hero, Ato from the distinguished Summerhill family of Royal Glitter, Right Royal Rage, Princely Prospect, Choice and Rusty Pelican. With daylight over his field, he looks to go to post for the Cup under the silks of former Mauritius Turf Club chair, Jean Marc Ulcoq and his wife Clotilde, as well as former Jockey Club chair, Ronnie Napier and wife Bev. Saddled by the Alexander boys, Gary and Dean, the ink on Chijmes’ page was scarcely dry when Hylton Odendaal’s Visionaire daughter, See Me Run (cost a modest R50 000), was equally dominant over a classy assembly of sophomore fillies back at the main track Monday. That run had the look of a “qualifier” too, and while the handicappers’ panel still has to have its say, it looked a dinkum shoe-in from this distance for the sister to Duke Nukem. Her mom, Guest Gallery, is another with a handy Ready To Run candidate at this year’s sale, a filly by Capetown Noir.

Of course, no-one will be surprised to see the Alexanders with a few slots at the gate. They’re what you might call “veterans” of the finest trophy in racing with previous winners, Pierre Jourdan and Champagne Haze, on their CVs.

For the current log positions go to www.bsa.co.za or http://www.summerhill.co.za/ready-to-run-news/

Log 26/9 Log 17/9 Log 12/9 Age Sex Horse MR
1 1 1 3 F RAILTRIP 100
2     3 G CHIJMES 87
3 2 2 3 F THE SASH 85
4 4 4 3 G CHECKPOINT CHARLIE 83
4 3 3 3 G PATROL OFFICER 83
6 5 5 3 C MARCUS ATTILIUS 77
7     3 F SEE ME RUN 76
7 6 6 3 F VI VA PI PA 76
9     3 G AFTER THE ORDER 75
10 8 8 3 C ASSISTED TAKE OFF 73
10 7 7 3 F OTTAWA 73
12 8 8 3 C AT THE OPERA 71
13 10 10 3 G ICE EATER 68
13 10 10 3 F READYSETGLO 68
15 12 12 3 F BATTLE ANGEL 66
16 13 13 3 F BATED BREATH 65
16 13 13 3 F CORAZON 65
18 15 15 3 C ACE RACE 60
19 17 16 3 F SALUBRIOUS 57
20 18 17 3 G MISTY LIGHT 53
20 18 17 3 G THE INVISIBLE MAN 53
22 16   3 G FIND THE FUTURE 52
23 20 19 3 C TWO TO TANGO 40
24 21 20 3 C SPY GAME 39
24 21   3 G THE NEW GENERATION 39
      3 F BELLE OF PARIS 0
      3 F DARING DONNA 0
      3 F DISNEY PRINCESS 0
      3 C EARL OF GRANTHAM 0
      3 C EARL OF PEMBROKE 0
      3 F EARLY DAWN 0
      3 F GOT TO FLY 0
      3 C GREATEST WISH 0
      3 F INSOMNIAC 0
      3 F LITTLE LIZZY 0
      3 C LORD MUCK 0
      3 F MAPLEWOOD 0
      3 F MISS DIVINE 0
      3 G MR VENGEANCE 0
      3 G MYVIEW 0
      3 F NANDI’S VISION 0
      3 G PLAN BEE 0
      3 G RECONNAISSANCE 0
      3 F RITCHI 0
      3 C SACRED DAWN 0
      3 F SATIN SLIPPER 0
      3 G SAUVAGE 0
      3 F SEA OF ROSES 0
      3 F SEE THE PRIZE 0
      3 C SEVEN COLOURS 0
      3 F STAR SYSTEM 0
      3 F SWIFT EXIT 0
      3 C TAKE-OFF MODE 0
      3 C THE ICE WAR 0
      3 G THE SANDS 0
      3 F TRY AGAIN 0
      3 G UTOPIAN 0
      3 G WHAT A BLAST 0
      3 F WHATABEAUTY 0
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