SUMMERHILL Sales will be offering an exceptional draft at this year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

The draft includes two-year-olds by such proven and popular stallions as Duke Of Marmalade, Trippi and Visionaire, as well as a large number of youngsters from the first crops of Summerhill Stud’s exciting G1 winning sires Act Of War and Willow Magic.

Dynasty’s Cape Guineas winning son Act Of War is represented by no fewer than 20 members of his first crop in Summerhill Sales’ draft. Act Of War’s first crop includes Heat Seeker (Lot 6), a half-brother to former Ready To Run Cup winner Winter Star, Million Dollar Man (Lot 18), a colt whose dam is a half-sister to G1 winner Love Struck, Mauby (Lot 84), a half-sister to the stakes placed, and recent winner, Blushing Bride, and Lady Of The Flame (Lot 105) –a filly bred on very similar lines to four time G1 winner and Horse Of The Year Futura.

Possibly the pick of Act Of War’s draft is Wabi Sabi (Lot 71), a half-brother to none other than dual G1 winner, and current Summerhill sire, Rabada with this colt hailing from a strong, black type family.

Dubawi’s versatile G1 SA Nursery winner Willow Magic also has some exceptionally appealing members of his first crop in this draft. They include Pulpit Rock (Lot 47), a colt whose dam is a half-sister to Equus Champion Icy Air, Willy The Wizard (Lot 57), a colt whose dam is a half-sister to Fillies Guineas winner Fisani, and Somasonic (Lot 99), a half-brother to Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup winner Vi Va Pi Pa.

Willow Magic’s draft also includes Toocoolforschool (Lot 54), a beautifully bred half-sister to G1 SA Derby winner Hero’s Honour and G1 Thekwini Stakes runner up Rail Trip, and Thamasanqa (Lot 79). The latter, a colt out of the G1 performer Lisa Anne, is a half-brother to 2 winners notably charismatic G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic winner, and millionaire, Takingthepeace.

Champion Sire Trippi is represented in this draft by Rite Of Passage (Lot 132), a colt out of a G3 placed Var mare from the same family as Trippi’s US G1 winner R Heat Lightning, while Trippi’s stablemate, Duke Of Marmalade, is the sire of Royal Support (Lot 87) –a half-sister to 3 winners, including the very classy filly Pej.

Other attractive prospects in this imposing draft include the Visionaire colt (Lot 28) out of Golden Slipper winner Dignify, Futura and G3 winner Extra Zero’s son Trillionaire (Lot 37), and Giggin (Lot 106), a Capetown Noir half-brother to exported Merchants winner The Thinker.

The catalogue for the 2019 Ready To Run Sale can be viewed online at and pre-sale gallops will be available for viewing shortly before the sale.

Summerhill Stud, as agent, will be offering six classy two-year-olds at November’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

Watching Closely (Lot 3) is a filly by short-lived G1 Middle Park Stakes winner, and prolific sire of juvenile talent, Crusade.

This filly, a half-sister to two winners, is out of a four time winning Kahal own sister to Sea Cottage Stakes winner Fenerbahce, and Watching Closely is bred on the same Crusade/Kahal cross as the very classy Butchie Boy.

The well related Crusade (he was a half-brother to a dual Oaks winner) is also sire of Northern Warrior (Lot 113), with the latter being a son of classy stakes winner Roc ‘N Rose.

Champion Action (Lot 24) is a colt by Eightfold Path, with the latter sharing his sire Giant’s Causeway with current sire sensation Shamardal. This colt is a half-brother to five winners notably Queen Palm Handicap heroine Roc ‘N Rose and further back this is the family of Met winning champion Mark Anthony.

Proven sire Philanthropist, who has been responsible for stakes winners in all of Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa and Zimbabwe, is responsible for a colt (Lot 89) whose dam is a ¾ sister to multiple Equus Champion Nhlavini, while proven G1 sire St Petersburg is sire of Winter Monarch (Lot 92) –a filly whose dam is a half-sister to Woolavington Cup winner Music Of Time.

Dynasty sired Horse Of The Year Irish Flame is the sire of Irish Bru (Lot 111), a half-brother to two multiple winners including the smart Pillaroftheearth. This colt’s granddam was an Australian stakes winning daughter of Golden Slipper victor Pago Pago, and this is the family of G1 Perth Cup winner Meliador.

This year’s Ready To Run Sale will be held at the TBA complex in Germiston on November 3rd and the catalogue for the auction can be viewed online at

Pic: Rochelle Bruwer.