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Bob Yearham, Group Gaming & VIP Operations Executive for the Peermont Group, with Justin Vermaak and girlfriend Kseniya.

Bob Yearham, Group Gaming & VIP Operations Executive for the Peermont Group, with Justin Vermaak and girlfriend Kseniya.

CAPE Thoroughbred Sales (CTS) knows how to put on a good show and this year’s Emperors Palace Select Sale was no different. Set in the pool and garden area of the D’Oreal Grande Hotel, some massive prices were achieved with a very healthy average.

Festivities kicked off with a well-supported charity poker evening on Thursday night, with Jonathan Snaith making it right into the final stages. His prize? A share in a horse with Brett Crawford! What a result!

Not being much of a poker player, my participation was limited mainly to relieving CTS of some of their Jameson stock at the outside bar with the Liverpool vs Dortmund game on screen and a bunch of fellows enjoying the bar as much as me! The only thing finer than the fantastic Liverpool result was the sight of Tellytrack’s Rob Scott in hipster pants completed by some good old slip-slops – at a smart charity event!

At a 5k entry fee, the CTS Charity Poker evening was well supported.

At a 5k entry fee, the CTS Charity Poker evening was well supported.

What a game from Liverpool. The fact that Dejan Lovren scored a goal just showed what a once in a decade football match it was! A semi-final berth vs Villareal now means that I may just have to book a ticket to Switzerland for the final. Can’t help myself when it comes to an opportunity to travel.

There wasn’t much activity with regard to Green Street buys at this particular sale, but I got a piece of one or two lots bought by trainers. I also had a chance to catch up with my mate Mathew de Kock again, first time since Dubai. He is off to Hong Kong this week for Ertijaal running in the Gr1 QEII Cup and we wish him all the luck.

My fellow adopted Capetonian Mike Shea was present as well, due to be opening a new betting branch of sorts for a bookmaker in Thembisa or somewhere. Shezi jnr. recently became a father again, as grandpa Kevin keeps reminding us with every interview at Greyville. Mike sure has done well for himself.

Usual suspects: Vermaak, Fayd'Herbe, Destombes.

Usual suspects: Vermaak, Fayd’Herbe, Destombes.

Saturday was Gr1 racing at Turffontein again and what a performance we saw from Mike Bass’ Inara, as well as the usual Cape banter that started shortly afterwards as they boasted winning in the backyard of the Joburgers. The Cape guys obviously have short memories considering that Jhb runners finished 1-2 in most of the Cape features this season!

Our Maine Chance filly Zafira ran a cracker in her Oaks prep, just beaten by the fancied The Centenary. Zafira was coming back at the line and with a decent pace on in The Oaks she will be a big runner. Bernard Fayd’Herbe rides, watch out for her.

This week we start with sales viewing again. There are almost 500 horses to look through for the National Yearling Sale that starts on 27 April at the TBA Complex, so there is lots of work to do.

In other news, Silver Mountain does some important work this week under the professional eye of assistant trainer Robert Fayd’Herbe and she has drawn 5 in the Guineas next month. We’ll be hoping she can return to winning ways. We’ll have to see going forward, after the Woolavington Stakes, if the Durban July will be the best race for her. It’s a handicap and off a MR110 Silver Mountain will be horribly over weighted on her last two runs against the colts.

Silver Mountain only managed to beat Victorious Jay by a short head on two occasions and when winning the Cape Fillies Guineas in Cape Town she beat Our Destiny (89) and Tafferty Tart (99), who have both flopped in all races since. This means that Silver Mountain has a lot of improving to do if she is to justify her high rating. Let’s see what the future holds. The now R1-million Gr1 Garden Province Stakes on July Day at Greyville may be the right way to go.

Until next week!