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Northern Guest

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The Equus Awards

As we write, the Summerhill delegation of twelve is bussing its way to Jo’burg, for this evening’s gala function, which hails the Champions of 2010. It has been a banner year for racing, featuring one of history’s strongest crop of Three-Year-Old Colts, headed by the season’s biggest earner Pierre Jourdan, bred and raised at Summerhill by the Farm and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum.

He is joined on the podium by Irish Flame, Bold Silvano, Noordhoek Flyer, Bravura and Orbison. It must be decades since any category of finalists was adorned with such illustrious names.

Of course, lest anybody should think we’re getting complacent, we’re as excited about the 6th consecutive National Breeders’ title as we were the first time our team occupied the stage. This time, our leadership of the breeding ranks is punctuated by a record margin of more than R10million, and the added lustre that comes with Hear The Drums, eclipsing the all-time record number of wins, just a few days before the season’s end - and our most famous resident, Northern Guest’s world record-equalling 9th Broodmare Sire’s title.