Arabian Mist - Defy Merchants Gr2
(Photos : JC Photographics)
KZN BREEDERS AWARDS 2009
At the KZN Breeders Awards on Friday evening, we were reminded not only of the good health of breeding in this region, but of the bottomless value of an outstanding producer. To think that the dam of two of the evening’s champions, Garden Verse (responsible for Champion International Performer, Imbongi, as well the Champion Older Filly or Mare, Spring Garland,) didn’t make the final cut for Broodmare of the Year, speaks volumes for the depth among female producers in the province. They were no fewer than three dams of multiple Grade One winners nominated for the title, with Sweet Sheila emerging victorious on the back of her daughter, Zirconeum’s spectacular year at the races. Well done to ex-Summerhill manager, Karin Render, and husband Warwick.
Another to march off into the history books this weekend, was the Summerhill matron, Valley Mist, who had already found herself in the mix for the title on two previous occasions through the exploits of her exceptional son, Nhlavini, the only horse in South African history to have lined up on six separate occasions as a finalist for the Equus National Awards of Horseracing. On Saturday, his kid brother, Arabian Mist, making his debut in Graded Stakes company in the Defy Merchants (Gr.2), skated home by two and a half lengths from Cyber Case, who was another three lengths ahead of the third in what was a representative field of the Highveld’s best sprinters.
Now a seven time winner, Arabian Mist exemplifies the accruals of a patient handling, of which you are always assured in the Gary Alexander yard. A late maturing type, this fellow was given the benefit of an early education at Summerhill, and only went into training at the back end of his two year old year. An animal of obvious potential, he took time to find his feet, and he was given the time to do so, as we’ve come to expect from the coolest customer in the game.
On Saturday, he rewarded his connections for their patience, and he put up his hand for the biggest sprint prizes in the country later in the year. Another one for Muhtafal, by the way, whom we’ve always said would be our general, if we were going to war. Well done to Bruce and Jo Gardner, our fellow breeders who’ve been onboard since the gates opened,and to the usual “Alexander” suspects, Greg Sadie, Myron Berzack, Chris Gerberand Leon van Rooyen.