Those people who regularly read our “propaganda” will recall our claim that where there’s Group One racing, there’s almost invariably a Summerhill horse in the vicinity.
This weekend’s no exception, with the renewal of the Daily News 2000 (Gr.1) at Greyville. While most of the principal suspects in contention for this year’s Champion Three Year Old Classic Horse are in the line-up, including Russian Sage, King’s Gambit, Tan Can and Lion’s Blood, a notable absentee is one of the prime contenders for Champion Three Year Old Sprinter, Imbongi.
That said, Summerhill is nonetheless represented by almost 20% of the field in the form of Sheikh Mohammed’s Galant Gagnant, Craig Eudey and Co’s Thandolwami, (can you believe it, he’s drawn in the sticks again?) and Mike Miller’s The Big Ask, who was placed behind Umngazi and Imbongi in the R500 000 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup back in November.
We might be among the relative lightweights in the field, but the Summerhill horses have never been afraid at the prospect of boxing above their weight, and while the odds seem to be stacked against them given the conditions of the race, don’t be surprised to see a joker pop up in the pack.
Either way, it’s going to be one helluva race, and at post-time (4:05 pm tomorrow) tune in to Tellytrack on DSTV channel 232, and you’ll get the whole show.