It’s that time of year again – the Bloodstock South Africa Ready To Run Sale is taking place at the TBA complex in Johannesburg on Sunday 4th November. The online catalogue is now available for you to pick your very own future Group One winner!
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.
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.
The Grade 1 winning filly, Brave Mary by Brave Tin Soldier, a R40,000 Summerhill Ready To Run Graduate, was crowned Horse Of The Year at the KZN Breeders Awards held at a black tie affair at Fordoun on Saturday evening.
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.
The untimely death of stallion Await The Dawn in 2014 was a massive blow for Summerhill Stud. He was arguably the one who could’ve kept the Mooi River establishment at or near the top of the logs for the next two decades. Thankfully all of us can enjoy the pleasure of seeing his offspring on the track. Even if only for a few years.