Simon Vivian
Simon Vivian

Simon Vivian

(Photo : Inglis)


Summerhill Stud, South Africa

11 October 2013

Dave Mollett
Dave Mollett

Dave Mollett

Racing Editor

Business DaySimon Vivian, sales director and auctioneer at Inglis Thoroughbred Sales in Australia, will be the international guest on the panel of judges for tomorrow’s Ready To Run Sale gallops at Summerhill Stud near Mooi River.

Inglis is a world-renowned bloodstock sales company and it will be interesting to learn Vivian’s views on some of the choicely-bred two year-olds who will be put through their paces in the hands of Summerhill’s work riders.

Some of the pedigrees will be well known to Vivian as the 248-strong catalogue includes the progeny of top stallions Rock Of Gibraltar, Danehill Dancer, Dylan Thomas, Encosta De Lago, Hussonet and Bernardini.

The other members of the judging panel is made up of some big names in the sport including Muis Roberts, Sean Tarry, Dean Kannemeyer, Joey Ramsden, Alec Laird, Graeme Hawkins and KZN commentator, Craig Peters.

Bloodstock sales worldwide have seen increased turnovers this year and Summerhill chief, Mick Goss, will be hoping for some big action similar to that at Goffs sale in Ireland last week.

The highest price for a yearling in the Northern Hemisphere this year was achieved when MV Magnier, son of Coolmore Stud supremo John Magnier, bid Euros 2,85 million for a son of Montjeu. Magnier outbid UK trainer Richard Hannon and bloodstock agent Ross Doyle for the colt. Montjeu, who won the Irish and French Derbies as well as the Arc de Triomphe, died last year aged 16. The dam of Magnier’s purchase, Finsceal Beo, pulled off a remarkable Guineas treble in 2007 winning in England, Ireland and France.

Amongst the choice lots at the two sessions of the Ready To Run Sale - scheduled for the TBA complex at Germiston on November 1 and 3 - is a son of Captain Al who is a half-brother to last season’s Daily News 2000 winner, Vercingetorix.

Balmoral Stud will be hoping for some big bids for their Seventh Rock colt, Neptune’s Rock, who is a half-brother to unbeaten Cape three year-old, Power King.

On the second session of the sale, Summerhill will be offering a choicely-bred Rock Of Gibraltar filly out of the Giant’s Causeway mare, Miss Moguls. She has been named Rich Girl and she has the pedigree to live up to her name.

There are four lots by recently-deceased former champion sire, Western Winter, and they include a half-brother to eight-time winner, Chant De Nuit.

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