Charles Laird Bids Farewell to Racing

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Charles Laird Bids Farewell to Racing

Mick and Cheryl Goss and their team have been friends for over 40 years. We as a family. have raced all of Gun Drift. Rusty Pelican. Bionconi. Amphitheatre, Camadore. Decorated Hero. Nhlavini. Skeem Team. Pick Six and Rebel King, to name a few When National Embiem retired from racing and went to stud, he went to Summerhill. We had a great successful! combination of breeding and racing his progeny.

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Kieswetters Take A Share in Takingthepeace

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Kieswetters Take A Share in Takingthepeace

BOOM filly Takingthepeace, who won two legs of the 2017 Triple Tiara after a most exciting public build-up following her spectacular wins for new, young owners Michael Shea and Murray Makepeace, will have the names of the prominent brothers Craig and Ross Kieswetter added to her list of owners.

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Highveld Feature Season Awards 2018: Nominees

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Highveld Feature Season Awards 2018: Nominees

Larry Wainstein, CEO of The Racing Association and Clyde Basel, Racing Executive of Phumelela, will be hosts in the Aquanaut Room at Turffontein Racecourse on Wednesday 23 May for the RA Highveld Feature Season Awards. Five KwaZulu-Natal-breds feature prominently.

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Hero Remembers the “People’s Horse"

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Hero Remembers the “People’s Horse"

It wasn’t long ago that Summerhill-bred Pierre Jourdan’s Triple Crown aspirations were thwarted by a three day postponement of the SA Derby and a “bog” of a track the following Tuesday, so Saturday’s victory in that epic by Hero’s Honour was all the sweeter.

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Free Wheeler Dominates Kenya Derby 

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Free Wheeler Dominates Kenya Derby 

Michael Spenser-owned Free Wheeler overtook race favourite White Drago​n on the stretch before going past ​‘Clothes Horse’ to win the coveted 2018 Kenya Derby title Sunday at Ngong Racecourse, Nairobi.

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Takingthepeace Winks at Triple Tiara with SA Fillies Classic Win

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Takingthepeace Winks at Triple Tiara with SA Fillies Classic Win

CTS-offered Takingthepeace, at R240,000 a small buy by racing’s standards for new owners Murray Makepeace and Michael Shea in partnership with Mike de Kock, took Saturday’s Gr1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Classic over 1800m at Turffontein to secure the second leg of the 2018 Triple Tiara and put herself in line for turf immortality and a R1-million bonus.

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Handsome is as Handsome Does!

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Handsome is as Handsome Does!

Aliette Forien with Mick Goss

Summerhill was graced recently with the visit of English Derby winning breeder (Wings Of Eagles), Aliette Forien of Haras De Montaigu. Handsome is as handsome does!

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Have You Ever???

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Have You Ever???

Have you ever looked at farmers and wondered why they tolerate so many things like drought, flies, farm attacks, weak prices etc, etc? Have you any idea why? Like a doctor, a parish priest, a mechanic, farming is a profession. It’s what they know and it’s what they do well, and it’s why their children who live in cities, continue to ask forever have you had any rain? It’s why their children know that behind the city lights and all the money, theirs is a life in which very little doesn’t owe its origins to a farm.

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Top Dog, Top of the Log

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Top Dog, Top of the Log

At the last Sporting Post reading, Summerhill maintained its lead on the National Breeders’ log and only yesterday, little brother Hartford House headed The World’s 50 Best Restaurants “Five South African dining gems for 2018

The World's 50 Best Restaurants

“South Africa is known for its unlimited natural beauty, alluring landscapes and striking city architecture. Idyllic green interiors, a wild coastline and impressive mountain ranges steal a visitor’s attention. From a dining perspective, many restaurants offer both fine plates and the sensory delight of being surrounded by nature, the fizz of big city life or the quaint pleasure of remote living. ” — Ishay Govender-Ypma / The World's 50 Best Restaurants

HARTFORD HOUSE

Situated on the Summerhill Stud farm in the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Hartford House is one of the country’s top fine dining restaurants. Benefiting from an extensive list of small local suppliers for dairy, beef, herbs and vegetables, chef Constantijn Hahndiek has created a five-course dinner menu that is an ode to the region. Think Indezi cheese, local trout, butter-soft beef and rich crispy duck. Hahndiek and the front of house manager are actively involved in explaining the details of the menu, which adds a special touch.

An hour and 45 minutes from Durban, Hartford House, a colonial-style property, is set against verdant greenery, with fine horses roaming the fields and a tranquil lake near the exquisitely appointed cottages (which is where you want to stay if you’re an overnight guest).

Tips: From Wednesday to Sunday, the Tijnhuis hosts a market of delicious local produce that you won’t want to miss. Breakfasts here are legendary.

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Never Fear, The Coast Is Clear

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Never Fear, The Coast Is Clear

If you’re in the sales business, the one thing you need to convince customers to come back is a big horse first time around. There are few people in the sport of horseracing these days who don’t know Brian Burnard, better known as “Buffalo Bill”, who was christened that way after his buying debut at the inaugural Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run at Summerhill. There was no mucking about that day for “Buff” though, green as he was when he took on the lofty likes of Alesh Naidoo and the late, intrepid Glanville Gardner for the right to own a burly chestnut son of Kahal out of the East Cape Horse of the Year, Coastal Waltz. 

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