David Mollett
So the R699,000 average at last month’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale was a little beyond your pocket - Summerhill Stud have just what the doctor ordered at their 2017 Emperors Palace Summer Ready-To-Run Sale.
— David Mollett / The Citizen

A total of 109 lots will come under the hammer at the Mooi River farm on Tuesday February 21. Viewing is available by appointment from next Saturday.

You won't find any Trippi's or Dynasty's on this sale, but what you will find is an outstanding selection of stallions with colts and fillies by Visionaire (now resident at Lammerskral Stud), Await The Dawn, Mullins Bay, Admire Main, Golden Sword, Brave Tin Soldier, Traffic Guard, AP Arrow, Mogok, Linngari, Bold Silvano and The Sheik.

“The list of big rewards for little risk is long. We all know the saying ”the rich get richer and the poor get poorer“ but history of Summerhill's Ready-To-Runs tells us otherwise,” enthuses Summerhill supremo, Mick Goss.

Recent racecourse performances back up Goss' claims with graduates from this sale including Top Shot (cost R50,000 and has earned R436,000), stablemate The Elmo Effect, Luna Sea (cost R10,000 and has earned R215,000) and Sean Tarry's KZN winner Hyaku.

The Elmo Effect

Luna Sea


The stud can also point to a number of winners all over the country including Belle Rose (Mike de Kock), Private Swarovski (Geoff Woodruff), Fantasy View (Sean Tarry), Cockade and September Bloom (Lucky Houdalakis), Intandokazi (Barend Botes), En Gee Oh (Gavin Smith) and Brave Option (Alan Greeff).


There wasn't a single yearling by Visionaire offered at the Cape Premier Sale so buyers are sure to have a close look at his few progeny on this sale. The American-bred son of Grand Slam was a Gr 1 winner in America and he's the sire of Sean Tarry's Gauteng Fillies Guineas winner, Heaps Of Fun.

The price it cost Lammerskraal to buy him from Summerhill hasn't been disclosed but it will have been a tidy sum.

Await The Dawn

The now-deceased Await The Dawn is another stallion whose offsping deserve the closest scrutiny. He's a son of Giant's Causeway and this Ascot Hardwicke Stakes winner was given a Timeform rating of 126.

Admire Main

The Japanese stallion, Admire Main, has done Summerhill proud and his winners include Unagi, Hyaku, Tokyo Drift, The Elmo Effect and Matsuri.

Golden Sword

We should also touch on High Chaparral's son, Golden Sword, who raced successfully in the UK, Ireland and Dubai and Mike de Kock's Belle Rose is one of the former champion trainer's winners as he closes in on his 3000th success.

Mullins Bay has also played his part at the Mooi River stud and the son of Machiavellian is the sire of the speedy sprinter, Viking Hero.

One has to love the enthusiasm Summerhill put in to promoting their sales - their latest gem is “get your line in the water if you want to own a champion.”

You never know - you might fish out an Imbongi (cost R140000), Bold Ellinore (cost R60000), Coby (cost R100000), Greasepaint (cost R80000) or even a top performer like Anna Pavlova, No Worries, Top Shot, Flyfirstclass, Vulcan and Isingamoya.