Mick Goss
Mick Goss

Mick Goss - Summerhill CEO

(Photo : Devin Carter)


Extract from Business Day, 5 August 2013

david mollett
david mollett

David Mollett

Racing EditorBreeder Mick Goss, who has described racing as “an unforgiving business”, has led his Summerhill Stud team to a ninth consecutive Breeder’s Championship and few would argue his shrewd decisions have proved all-important.

Back in 2004 when Mark Zuckerberg was co-founding Facebook, Goss was on the verge of capturing his first breeders title having established Summerhill with a handful of mares back in 1979.

“Summerhill is 34 years old and it took 25 of those to produce the first championship - that it’s remained here for the past nine years is a tribute to guts, determination and a work ethic that goes way beyond the call of duty,” commented Goss.

“Horseracing is an unforgiving business - one moment you’re cruising and the next you’re bruising and there’s little time for the fallen,” he added.

Summerhill’s 2012/13 campaign was no cruise. Steinhoff boss, Markus Jooste, has made no secret of his desire to win the title for his Cape-based Klawervlei Stud and the battle went down to the final meetings of the season.

Goss will never regret deciding to opt for breeding than a career in law and he’s relishing the challenge of a new season. “As soon as the back-slapping is over, it’s back to the grindstone. The horses don’t know that we’ve won the championship and they need to be fed.”

Goss keeps close tabs on racing around the world and has just returned from the big Goodwood in the United Kingdom where Dawn Approach and Toronado had a fascinating clash in the Gr1 Sussex Stakes.

Quite possibly, Goss would have made it as a racing scribe as he wrote the following on the Summerhill website. “The pace was on from the start and as they neared the bend to the straight, it picked up to the speed of sound. Dawn Approach grabbed the initiative, surging away and looking the winner. On Toronado, jockey Richard Hughes was as still as a corpse. As they went through the two-furlong pole, I was beginning to think he was riding him “crook”. I’ve seen great races in my time, but this one matched the best of them.”