The IRC’s best weekend ever!
IRC runners statistics show, from our last 26 runners (July and August), we’ve had no fewer than 7 winners, 4 2nds, 4 3rds and 2 4th places. This shows a racing concern coming to hand exceptionally well with runners bought a few years ago from moderate budgets
The IRC and members enjoyed our best ever day, all-round, on Saturday – racing horses and tipping them – and we’ve taken another step up for our members with growth, good communication and consistently improving results.
Racing, in all its aspects, is truly the sport that pays homage to the old expression, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and, seven years in and with our foundations now well laid, we’re looking forward to bigger and better things to offer our members.
Mike and Laura De Haast, who select and buy the IRC runners, have gotten markedly better at this – like all dedicated horsemen- and women do over time – and with members’ support have been able to compete a few steps up on the buyers’ ladder.
We had three runners at Scottsville on Saturday and all won well. Our filly Humdinger beat a full fields of colts and geldings by four lengths which could have been six or more if she was extended, Love The View made consistency count with a good second career win (and appeared to have a bit in hand), and Alittlebitnauyghty (in which shares were sold for as little as 59p recently), worked hard to win but was in command at the end of her race and promises more.
“This was our first ever IRC treble in the full IRC silks,” said De Haast, who also manages the IRC’s partnerships with other registered owners.
IRC runners statistics show, from our last 26 runners (July and August), we’ve had no fewer than 7 winners, 4 2nds, 4 3rds and 2 4th places. This shows a racing concern coming to hand exceptionally well with runners bought a few years ago from moderate budgets. This is becoming a cliched expression, but “onwards and upwards” is applicable, because racing, with all its ups and downs, rewards those who try, and then try harder again and again until success is achieved. (Beckoning Beauty has a chance of adding more bulk to these figures at Greyville today!)
Co-founder Joao Da Mata runs the other side of what has grown into a diversified IRC interest including a media division with quality reporting on Facebook, our website and our daily newsletters; product and travel offers via IRC Premium and our Sports & Racing Advice service which has proven time and time again that we are not fly-by nights who brag about tipping occasional 2-1 shots. Joao and his team deliver consistent long-priced winners from racing to golf to greyhounds, looking for value all over, and finding it with regularity.
Tips can slip, that’s a part of the game no human being has conquered, but our medium and long-run strike rate remains excellent with a points-system profit (over 120 points profit on Saturday alone), and our members get their £20 worth per month over and over.
Mike de Haast attended the BSA August Two-Year-Old Sale, spent R440,000 on three quality purchases and reported: “This was the hardest sale I’ve ever been to. The best horses at the sale were really out of reach for anyone but the very top buyers, that’s where the money went and in my view several lots sold for inflated prices. There weren’t many ‘correct’ horses.
“The turnover was good, but the seats were empty and the money came from mostly the regulars at the last few sales. It’s like racing exists in a parallel universe. This sale was not a reflection of the state of the sport or the economy. We need higher stakes to race for, urgently. Our net takeout from winning three races on Saturday at Scottsville was just R120,000 (about £5,800)!”
But the good fight carries on. In Lots 89, 303 and 177 Mike found what looks like some truly promising two-year-olds and he discussed them, briefly:
“Lot 89 is Wallace Sword, a William Longsword colt from a mare by Street Sense. He’s a first foal with not much in the female line, but he’s a beautiful, neat specimen by a Captain Al stallion who will upgrade his mares. He should win his races. He’ll be off to trainer Dennis Bosch.
“Lot 177, to me, was the bargain buy of the sale. She’s Stormz Power, a smashing chestnut filly by What A Winter from an unraced half-sister to Pocket Power and River Jetez with a deep, high-class female line. She is correct with a deep girth, strong shoulder and hind-quarters and we got her for R60,000. The average for What A Winter offspring at the sale was R202,000! We’re sending her to Robbie Hill.
Lot 303 was one of my top six at the sale, I was the underbidder on four of them and manage to get this one near the end of the sale for R260,000. He is Excalibur Calls, correct as can be, everything in the right places, a lovely colt by William Longsword from former Zimbabwe star Duffi’s Call. He’ll be going to Wayne Badenhorst and Barbara Kennedy.” -IRC.
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