Hop­ing for a pot ’o gold

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS&VIEWS - CANDIESE MARNEWICK

BUSH Hill Stud staff will be mak­ing his­tory at the Em­per­ors Palace Na­tional Year­ling Sale, when they will be sell­ing their first horse on auc­tion, a hand­some grey colt by Jud­pot.

War­wick and Karin Ren­der of Mooi River, KZN pur­chased Lot 336, named One Kiss, as a wean­ling and do­nated him to their staff at Bush Hill to pre­pare for the year­ling sale.

Al­though this is a pri­vate ini­tia­tive by the farm, it is part of a greater drive by the Thor­ough­bred Breed­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of SA, to en­cour­age trans­for­ma­tion at all lev­els within the stud farm in­dus­try.

“This gives our staff eq­uity in the busi­ness and a tan­gi­ble stake in the re­sults from a sale,” says War­wick.

Year­ling sales

Pre­par­ing year­lings for auc­tion sales is a very hands-on, in­ten­sive process, as the young horses re­quire a lot of at­ten­tion, groom­ing and han­dling so that they are well-pre­sented and per­fectly turned out.

The stud grooms are the front line in rais­ing and han­dling these young Thor­ough­breds and are usu­ally the first to spot any prob­lems or in­juries that may oc­cur.

“Our staff work in­cred­i­bly hard, year-round, but par­tic­u­larly in the run up to a sale when day to day run­ning of the stud farm must con­tinue but get­ting our year­lings ready to show them at their be­comes a pri­or­ity.

“Giv­ing our team their own horse means that they too have a vested in­ter­est in the prepa­ra­tion and out­comes, rather than just be­ing par­tic­i­pants.

“They get to ex­pe­ri­ence the real re­sults of buy­ing and sell­ing year­lings and we hope that the up­side to this en­deav­our is that they will have eq­uity to fur­ther in­vest in blood­stock, and will have learnt more about how the busi­ness works”, em­pha­sises War­wick.

Cather­ine Hart­ley, CEO of the TBA added: “These ini­tia­tives driven by the stud farms are vi­tal to the on­go­ing suc­cess best, of our in­dus­try and our trans­for­ma­tion goals. We are also on a con­tin­ued drive to up­skill staff and for­malise ac­cred­ited train­ing across our breed­ing in­dus­try. As the as­so­ci­a­tion, we en­cour­age the stud farms to par­tic­i­pate, of­fer­ing their staff a chance to gain knowl­edge and qual­i­fi­ca­tions, es­pe­cially since many are sit­u­ated in ru­ral ar­eas with lim­ited ac­cess to fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion.

“As an add-on the train­ing, a grooms’ co-op­er­a­tive scheme was in­tro­duced for staff who have suc­cess­fully passed the first three train­ing mod­ules. These co-ops ap­ply for fund­ing through the DTI and Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment in or­der to pur­sue their own busi­ness en­deav­ours such as buy­ing wean­lings to sell as year­lings or mares to pro­duce their own foals.

“Men­tor­ship and guid­ance is pro­vided by the in­dus­try but the long-term ob­jec­tive is to en­able our stud staff to be more fully vested in the in­dus­try and the out­comes.”

Look out for the grey Lot 336 at the Em­peror’s Palace Na­tional Year­ling Sale where he will be in the ring on day two of the sale, Wed­nes­day, April 25. The colt is out of Cae­sour mare Akissis­stil­lakiss. WASHED out a fort­night ago, the re-sched­uled Kwazu­lu­na­tal Stakes (Listed) takes cen­tre stage at Scottsville to­day and Michael Roberts will know ex­actly where he stands with his filly Statute come evening.

The race has at­tracted one a com­pet­i­tive line-ups ever and will be a tremen­dous warm-up for the Gr1 SA Fil­lies Sprint to be run to­wards the end of next month.

Statute may well be the younger sis­ter of Leg­is­late but while the for­mer Vo­da­com Dur­ban July win­ner was more at home over a mile and fur­ther, Statute ap­pears to be more of a sprinter – at this stage of her ca­reer any­way.

Statute has only had four starts and is un­beaten over the Scottsville straight, win­ning her maiden by five lengths and putting two lengths over the use­ful Miss Var­li­cious in her other start on this track.

Given her pedi­gree and the ease of her de­but vic­tory, Roberts was tempted to pit her against much more sea­soned op­po­si­tion in the Gr3 Flam­boy­ant Stakes over 1600m on the last day of last year. “Un­for­tu­nately, the race didn’t pan out for us,” said Roberts. “I didn’t think she could win it but was hop­ing for a place. But she’s got class, there’s no doubt about it.”

She is up against some se­ri­ously quick op­po­si­tion that in­cludes Cap­tain’s Girl, Jo’s Bond and Nep­tune’s Rain amongst oth­ers.

Louis Goosen sad­dles three quick fil­lies in Cap­tain’s Girl, Ef­fort­less Re­ward and Hash­tag Strat. Best of the trio could prove to be Cap­tain’s Girl in spite of fin­ish­ing be­hind Ef­fort­less Re­ward last time out. She was the sta­ble elect that day but she blew her chances when get­ting up­set at the start.

She put up a smart piece of work at Ash­bur­ton on Fri­day so cer­tainly looks com­pet­i­tive.

Nep­tune’s Rain is the high­est rated filly in the race but this five fur­longs may be on the sharp side as con­firmed by Dun­can How­ells. “She is not well weighted and she would pre­fer 1200m.”

Sta­ble com­pan­ion Lu­nar Rush sel­dom runs a bad race but would also pre­fer an ex­tra fur­long or two. Last year’s win­ner Jo’s Bond may prove to be a bet­ter propo­si­tion. Justin Snaith’s filly has been win­less since that vic­tory but has been up against some smart op­po­si­tion and is a must in­clu­sion in all bets.

Oth­ers in with win­ning chances are Ef­fort­less Re­ward who found her best form last time out, rev­el­ling in the soft ground which she is likely to get to­day with the pen read­ing at 27 and of­fi­cially soft and Som­mer­lied, who is far bet­ter than her re­cent Cape form.

Pic­ture: Candiese Marnewick

Bush Hill staff with their Jud­pot colt ready for the three-day Na­tional Yearly Sales that start in Johannesburg on April 24.

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