Well the weeks seem to be whizzing past and we continue to progress in our foundation training – apparently, we all seem to be doing quite well. My morning starts off in, what they call a lunge ring- it’s about 20m in diameter and has a sand surface. I trot around for a while to warm up and then a work rider, hops on my back and we go around at a steady and controlled pace. A work rider is not a registered jockey, but usually a stable employee that has shown an interest in riding “work” in the mornings, and on certain race days they have work riders races where they get to compete in a real race. Although the yard uses other work riders in races, we do employ one permanent work rider- Sebelo Siphika. I hear that Sebelo rode Petrichor (a Ready to Run 2013 Sales graduate) to a win from start to finish last year at Turffontein over 1800m, so I hope I will get a chance to have him on my back.
Once we are finished our lunging session in the mornings and have been cooled off, we go back into our stables to relax. In the afternoon we go out for a long walk, with the jockey aboard, and get to survey what hopefully, one day, will be our winning turf!
The start of October has proved to be an exciting past twelve days with a lot of coming and going at the yard. The Highveld Summer season kicked off with the Joburg Spring Race day on Saturday the 3rd of October. Sean Tarry won the Joburg Spring Challenge (Grade 2) feature race with Trip to Heaven, White Line Fever ran third and Halve The Deficit ran fifth, so he seems to be continuing where he left off as Champion trainer in August.
Then this past Wednesday, the Cape Thoroughbred Sales Ready To Run Gallops took place at Turffontein; lights, camera, action!!! Literally- all the horses were filmed as they galloped! Turffontein was a bee hive of activity with horses coming from all over Gauteng to strut their stuff on the track.
The breeze-up gallops, which they are commonly known as, allow potential buyers to view the horses at work while noting their action, scope and potential ability. The first batch of gallops were held the previous week at Summerhill Stud in Mooi River.
Three of my stable companions went out to gallop on Wednesday and the talk amongst everyone is that they put up an impressive sprint and certainly looked the part. Well done to Gaby Soma and the rest of the team for an outstanding job in getting them prepped and ready.
The CTS Ready to Run Sale, is taking place at Inanda Club in Sandton on Sunday the 18th of October. The horses will start moving to the sale ground in Sandton today and on Wednesday and will be available for viewing from Thursday onwards. The venue is central and well situated and is a lovely environment to spend time in looking at horses, with plenty of refreshments always readily available. There are 199 lots on offer and if my companions are anything to go on, there will be a range of very nice looking horses to suit all buyers and price ranges.
The CTS Ready to Run 2014 graduates run on the 31st of October for R2.5 MILLION RAND, at Turffontein on Charity Mile day. It’s always an exciting day out for a worthwhile cause as many local charities are supported by the race day.
Anyway more of that in the week leading up to the 31st when the log is completed and we will know who the horses are for the final field. Just keep Racing.