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READY TO RUN : ALL SPRUCED UP

Mannequin Ready To Run
Mannequin Ready To Run

Ready To Run Graduate Mannequin

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

The Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

4 November 2012

The Emperor’s Palace Ready To Run Sale has long been touted as the best sale of racehorses, pound-for-pound in the world, and racegoers who attended the meeting at the Vaal on Thursday, can attest to the truth of that statement. The main billing on the card fell to the remarkable Mannequin, who was chalking up her 11th career victory under 64kgs, to take her earnings to R997,650. The high class graduates of the Summerhill draft at that sale who’ve become millionaires at the races, number in their legions, but for the record, Mannequin cost a modest R80,000, and has provided Pat McGee, his partner J.J van Niekerk, and trainer Paul Matchettwith more pleasure than many of us can count in our lifetimes. 

This year’s sale on the 4th November coincides with the sixth renewal of the Emperor’s Palace Ready To Run Cup, contested the day before at Turffontein over 1400m for a new prize money record of R2,5 million (which places it alongside the J&B Met as South Africa’s second richest horserace). The grapevine has it that Mannequin will shortly be heading for the paddocks, and she will make a spectacular broodmare prospect for anyone wishing to establish themselves as producers at the top end of market.

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summerhill stud, south africa

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"PJ" NO GIVEAWAY

Pierre Jourdan wins the Charity Mile
Pierre Jourdan wins the Charity Mile

Click above to watch Pierre Jourdan winning the Charity Mile in November 2011

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

PIERRE JOURDAN

“The People’s Horse”

There’s little dignity in a great racehorse being put through an auction ring at the end of a race meeting, particularly for a champion. Pierre Jourdan grabbed the imagination of racing fans countrywide with some spectacular performances commencing in the spring of 2009 through the summer of 2011, yet such are the attachments and emotions of racehorse ownership, that even a horse of his stature had to face the auctioneers’ hammer at Turffontein Sunday evening.

He’d come out of last month’s Horse Chestnut (Gr.1) with a bit of a jar and some filling in his joints, and there must’ve been a few misgivings as to whether or not he’d come back to his former self. Let’s not forget, it was just a few months back that he made mincemeat of a high quality field in the Peermont Charity Mile (one of South Africa’s best endowed 1600m events), and he did so giving chunks of weight away to some of the nation’s best talents. Pierre Jourdan made his mark in the vintage of some of the best three-year-old colts we’ve seen in decades, and besides his sparkling performances in his classic year, he very nearly upset Igugu’s party in last year’s Vodacom Durban July (Gr.1). He was South Africa’s biggest earner in 2010, and he impressed his July rider, Dougie Whyte, to the degree that the multiple Hong Kong champion suggested he would more than hold his own in the best company out East.

Emilio Baserio is nothing if not a passionate racing man, and his lifetime obsession to own a champion, eventually manifested itself in the R60,000 purchase of “PJ” at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run. He’s been on the greatest ride of his life, thanks to some grand handling by Team Alexander, who’ve managed his career like it belonged to their own child. It happens in racing, because we’re all emotional about our horses, but in the end the partners decided that what was best for the horse, was they should dissolve their venture, hence Sunday’s sale. In the end, we’re told Emilio gave it a good old crack, courtesy of Alec Laird, who’s long been in the saddle for him, while the Alexanders put together a bit of a team themselves. We believe Weiho Mawing had a big punter in the fray at one point, and while it’s nothing compared with what he might’ve fetched after he’d whipped the cream in the R2million Premiers Classic (Gr.1) in 2010, the R1,6million winning bid was probably a respectable price for a five-year-old gelding who’d come out of his last start feeling a few things. Emilio’s got the cash, and he’ll be back investing a bit of it in his favourite sport, while Gary Alexander and his team have walked away with the spoils.

For their sakes, and ours, we hope PJ will be back soon, thrilling the crowds as only he could, this winter.

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MAHUBO : THE HYMN SINGER

National Yearling Sale Lot 231 Captain Al - Spring Garland
National Yearling Sale Lot 231 Captain Al - Spring Garland

NYS Lot 231 Highly Decorated (Captain Al - Spring Garland)

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Germiston, South Africa

27 - 29 April 2012

Any Stakes victory against international competition in a foreign country is a story worth telling, but this one happened at Aqueduct in New York, and there’s no pushover Stakes race in the Big Apple.

Mahubo (which means “hymns” in Zulu) was chalking up his 5th career victory in the Three Coins Up Stakes (Listed) over 1 1/16th mile at the fabled race track, claiming his first bold Black type after placing third as a maiden in a juvenile Group Three some years back. He was a little fellow, afflicted as a weanling with a viral setback which left him and another accomplished youngster, stripped of all recognisable condition. He recovered though, almost miraculously, in time for the National Sale, and turned up there a smart but little fellow with more than a bit of character. In the end, nobody wanted him though, and he was brought home and prepared for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run. By November, he’d told us he had the makings of a racehorse, and he fell to a R900,000 bid by Herman Brown Jnr on behalf of the internationally renowned Dr. Jim Hay and his wife, Fitri, of Cape Blanco, Fame And Glory and Traffic Guard fame.

Mahubo gave glimpses of his talent again at three with a classy fourth in the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, South Africa’s third richest horserace, before setting off for Dubai, where he was once again victorious at their Racing Carnival. We’d lost trace of him since, until Saturday morning, when we received news courtesy of the TDN of his courageous effort in New York. His big win is a tribute to the enterprise of Jim Hay, who sent him Stateside to the yard of Kiaran McLaughlin after his stint in the desert, and gave him the chance to be what he’d been bred to be.

Mahubo’s story is quite extraordinary, given where his mom came from. Garden Verse arrived at Summerhill with a broken hip and no race record, and was put out to run with the cows, when she first came home. Today, she could keep an accountant busy for days, totting up the millions her offspring have generated at the sales and the races. One of them, Imbongi (the “praise-singer” in Zulu) was an international globe-trotter with a Voyager Platinum card. Besides being the top South African miler of his generation, he chalked up Graded Stakes victories in Dubai and the United Kingdom via Hong Kong, and was the earnings victor ludorum at the 2010 Dubai Racing Carnival. In all, he raked in some R8million in earnings, not bad for another unwanted urchin of the sales ring, who was eventually sold to Ronnie Napier and Michael Fleischer following a private gallop at the foot of the farm on a Saturday morning. Between them, Mahubo and Imbongi have an illustrious sister, Spring Garland, a multiple Group winner for Gary Alexander, whose victories included the prestigious Gerald Rosenberg Stakes (Gr.2,) one of the best weight-for-age races for fillies in South Africa.

A nice touch all of this, some might say, but Summerhill is somehow a farm before it’s a business, only as good as its current batch of runners, and what it puts back into the land and its people. Spring Garland’s first foal is a stand-out representative by Captain Al, in this year’s Summerhill National Yearling Sales draft.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg 27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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CAPE ROYAL JAW-DROPPING ON DEBUT

Cape Royal by Royal Academy wins on debut
Cape Royal by Royal Academy wins on debut

Click above to watch Cape Royal winning on debut…

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

CAPE ROYAL (SAF)

2011 Summerhill Ready To Run Graduate

Dean Kannemeyer Racing’s tremendous Easter Monday was highlighted by a jaw-dropping win by debutante Cape Royal (SAF) (Royal Academy (USA) - Dubai’s Fairy (GB)).

Cape Royal gave the stable its second juvenile winner of the current season and stamped himself as one of the most exciting prospects in South African racing.

The Summerhill sales topper, when making R1.5 million at the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, Cape Royal was all the rage for Monday’s race, a maiden juvenile plate over 1000 metres.

Sent off at the prohibitive odds of 9-10, the magnificent looking bay simply trotted up to give top jockey, Karl Neisius his 3,000th win. Neisius has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with Dean, and the pair have enjoyed many high-profile triumphs together (most memorably with Dynasty) and it was extremely fitting that Neisius reached this landmark when riding a Kannemeyer horse.

Dean has also enjoyed a lot of success with Cape Royal’s sire, the late Royal Academy. Dean saddled the stallion’s sons, Eyeofthetiger and Express Way, to win the G1 Vodacom Durban July and Cape Guineas respectively.

Cape Royal has the pedigree to match his imposing physique. His dam, Dubai’s Fairy, is a daughter of leading British sire, Medicean, sire of recent Dubai World Cup runner up, Capponi. Dubai’s Fairy is also a half-sister to UK G2 winner Just James, and is from a strong international family.

Congratulations go out to winning owner, Lady Christine Laidlaw, who owns this exciting juvenile. Cape Royal should give her plenty of thrills and much excitement if his debut is anything to go by!

Extract from Dean Kannemeyer Racing

HOT CROSS BUNS MAIDEN JUVENILE PLATE

Kenilworth, Turf, 1000m

9 April 2012

FINAL RESULT

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

CAPE ROYAL

58.0

0

11

K Neisius

Dean Kannmeyer

2

6.25

NOVEMBER RAIN

58.0

0

1

B Fayd’Herbe

Justin Snaith

3

7.25

LION’S ROAR

58.0

0

7

F Coetzee

Justin Snaith

4

8.00

WILMINGTON

58.0

0

4

R Fourie

Justin Snaith

5

10.25

OCEANS EDGE

58.0

0

3

G Wright

Justin Snaith

6

10.75

ZE KAISER

58.0

0

10

A Domeyer

Mike Bass

7

12.75

TIGER’S CHARM

58.0

0

9

F Anthony

Piet Steyn

8

13.25

SUIT OF LIGHTS

58.0

0

2

G van Niekerk

Mike Bass

9

14.50

WATERWAYS

58.0

0

6

C Du Plooy

Gary Collins

10

17.00

DISTINCTLY DRY

58.0

0

8

D Ashby

Glen Puller

11

17.50

TO BE HAPPY

58.0

0

5

A Nienaber

SHane Humby

Late Scratching

12

0.00

GOOI MIELIES

58.0

0

11

* J Smitsdorff (4.0)

Carl J Burger

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summerhill stud, south africa

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NUMBER ONE BY NUMBERS. NUMBER ONE BY RESULTS

Extra Zero by Way West
Extra Zero by Way West

Extra Zero (Way West) wins the Sycamore Sprint (Grade 3)

(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

“This week the story gets even better…”

You saw our piece on our blog’s new international website traffic record last month, according to the Alexa rankings. March was another record, both locally and internationally. This time though, we didn’t break those records, we smashed them. Our South African ranking leapt 207 places (25%), and our international record was a staggering 11,003 positions ahead of last month’s new record. Our fans are spread across the entire globe, with 42 countries representing more than 30 individual visits to the site.

These are giant-killing numbers, by any standards, as you’ll have witnessed from the figures we posted last month, relative to all-comers internationally. You don’t want to get carried away with yourself by these things, but it’s a sign not only of the power of technology, but of the value of a good story.

And this week’s story gets even better. When Sean Tarry’s Extra Zero powered home in the Sycamore Sprint (Gr.3) on Saturday, we’d scarcely gotten over Checcetti’s demolition of the Summer Cup heroine, Flirtation in the Jacaranda Handicap (Gr.3) the previous weekend. Flirtation paid homage to that form in the Colorado King Stakes (Gr.2) on Saturday, walloping the colts in menacing fashion: we know Costa Livanos well, and he’ll be having palpitations at the thought of another Group One on Champions’ Day at the end of the month.

When you’re approaching a sale, you need every last “promo” to keep your customers’ attention. There’s no advert like a good winner, and Cape Royal’s six and a quarter length romp on debut for Dean Kannemeyer at Kenilworth yesterday was as good as it gets for this R1,5 million graduate of November’s Ready To Run. We touted him as a veritable flying machine after the gallops at Summerhill, and it’s reassuring when you’re vindicated. He wasn’t alone though : Indaba My Children, a R650,000 graduate of the same sale, was a smart runner-up for Charles Laird in the Godolphin Barb (Gr.3) on only his second racecourse appearance, while he was chased home by a R90,000 National Sales product, Alqaffay in the same event. Dennis Drier’sSecret Babe was a money-getter in Checcetti’s rout, and Catherine Hartley and her pal Sandy Wilson, would’ve been tickled with Final Score’s come-from-behind rip in the closing stages of the Oaks Trial (Listed). They can dream now, as she seems to be better with every yard they tack on to the distance, and she’ll be cherry-ripe for a tilt at the SA Oaks (Gr.1) on Champions’ Day. Her family knows the taste of Classic success, though James Goodman and Barry Walters were still young men when Last Watch grabbed the R1million cheque in the Bloodline Classic (Gr.1), and F.W. de Klerk was still State President. Those were the days when a million was still a million!

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summerhill stud, south africa

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CHECCETTI CAPTURES JACARANDA HANDICAP

Checcetti wins the Jacaranda Handicap
Checcetti wins the Jacaranda Handicap

Click above to watch Checcetti winning the Jacaranda Handicap (Gr3)…

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

JACARANDA HANDICAP (Grade 3)

Turffontein, Turf, 1800m

31 March 2012

The Mike de Kock stable saddled no fewer than 32 runners at the Meydan and Turffontein meetings on Saturday and although Mike didn’t manage a winner at the Dubai Word Cup meeting, the overall statistics show two winners, five seconds, four thirds and five fourths, not a bad day at the offices of De Kock International.

At Turffontein’s Classic Day, Checcetti (SAF) (Kahal) captured the Gr3 Jacaranda Handicap over 1800m from stablemate Flirtation (SAF) (Silvano), Secret Babe (SAF) (Labeeb) and Varlet (SAF) (Var).

Without Malice (SAF) (Jet Master) led the Jacaranda field into the straight with Flirtation midfield and Checcetti having to be dropped out to last from a wide draw. Most of the 11-strong field had chances going through the 400m mark, but it was Flirtation, in the centre of the track, who made the first strong move and raced into the lead with 250m to run, getting the measure of  dangerous-looking Hawker Hunter (SAF) (Jet Master).

Checcetti, meanwhile, had made steady headway near the far side fence and started throwing out a challenge of her own. She finished best of all under a well-judged ride from jockey Tshwaro Appie and won going away.

Checcetti normally fades when she races handy, so all credit to John Buckler, who suggested we drop her out today,” Appie said. “She switched off and we snuck through along the fence after I gave her a few cracks.”

“I came for the trophy,” said a delighted Tony Moodley, who owns Checcetti with Mike de Kock , Vanessa Harrison and Mick Goss’ Summerhill Stud Syndicate. Checcetti is a four-year-old bay filly by Kahal (GB) from Dancer’s Choice (SAF) by Royal Prerogative (GB).

This win takes the 2009 Summerhill Ready To Run graduate’s career record to 4 wins and 9 places from 16 starts.

Extract from Mike de Kock Racing

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WEEK IN, WEEK OUT, SAME OLD STORY

Ice Axe
Ice Axe
summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg 27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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TEALION OPENS STRONGHOLD'S ACCOUNT WITH A ROAR

Tealion wins maiden for trainer Hekkie Strydom
Tealion wins maiden for trainer Hekkie Strydom

Click above to watch Tealion winning his maiden…

(Image and Footage : Racing Association)

TEALION

“First Stronghold Runner and Winner”

TEALION

Stronghold (GB) - Elation (SAF) by Badger Land (USA)

2 Year Old Chestnut Colt

Owner : Mr MC Wright

Trainer : Hekkie Strydom

Jockey : Stallone Naidoo

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

Win Time : 58.04

Career Record : 1 Win, 1 Place, 2 Starts

TEALION is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

A JAMMIN JOZI JANUARY MAIDEN JUVENILE PLATE

Fairview, Turf, 1000m

27 January 2012

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

TEALION

58.0

0

5

* S Naidoo

Hekkie Strydom

2

1.25

PLACIDO

58.0

0

2

F Herholt

Alan Greeff

3

1.30

FIXED BET

58.0

0

10

C Taylor

Jacques Strydom

4

2.05

GREENACRE

58.0

0

3

K Teetan

Gavin Smith

5

3.30

DUKE OF DESTINY

58.0

0

1

JP van der Merwe

Corne Spies

6

3.40

ZULU KING

58.0

0

4

A Domeyer

Gavin Smith

7

8.65

FAMILIAR CHAT

58.0

0

6

S Brown

Justin Snaith

8

9.40

BENTONI

58.0

0

7

M Yeni

Grant Paddock

9

9.65

VICTORY DUST

58.0

0

9

K Steyn

Charles Roberts

10

11.65

SOWETO DAWN

58.0

0

8

W Kennedy

Gavin Smith

Late Scratching

11

0.00

BLACKMALKIN

58.0

0

1

M Byleveld

Alan Greef

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IGUGU WINS J&B MET 2012 : RESULTS AND VIDEO

Igugu wins J&B Met 2012
Igugu wins J&B Met 2012

J&B MET (Grade 1)

Kenilworth, Turf, 2000m

28 January 2012

FINAL RESULT

FP

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

IGUGU (AUS)

57.0

117

7

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

2

0.40

BRAVURA

60.0

113

12

A Marcus

Joey Ramsden

3

1.15

GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT (AUS)

54.0

117

8

P Strydom

Justin Snaith

4

1.35

RUN FOR IT

57.5

106

4

B Fayd’Herbe

Justin Snaith

5

1.85

BEACH BEAUTY

55.0

108

5

A Forbes

Dennis Drier

6

1.95

THE APACHE

59.5

114

11

R Danielson

Gavin van Zyl

6

1.95

ASTRO NEWS

52.0

107

10

R Fourie

Greg Ennion

8

2.15

TALES OF BRAVERY

58.0

113

15

M Byleveld

Vaughan Marshall

9

3.65

SUPER STORM

58.0

104

13

K Neisius

Mike Bass

10

5.65

CASK

58.0

107

6

G Wrogemann

Stephen Page

11

5.85

LION IN WINTER

58.0

109

3

G Hatt

Joey Ramsden

12

6.60

ILSANPIETRO (BRZ)

58.0

111

2

W Marwing

Mike de Kock

13

7.10

EMERALD COVE

57.0

106

1

F Coetzee

Justin Snaith

14

8.35

SMANJEMANJE

58.0

108

9

* G van Niekerk

Tyrone Zackey

15

10.60

FABIANI

58.0

107

14

S Cormack

Glen Kotzen

www.jbmet.co.za

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OVERSEAS CAMPAIGN STILL ON THE CARDS FOR IGUGU

Igugu wins the Ipi Tombe Challenge
Igugu wins the Ipi Tombe Challenge

Igugu - Ipi Tombe Challenge (Gr2)

(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

IGUGU (Aus)

2009 Summerhill Ready To Run Graduate

Charl Pretorius - Freeracer
Charl Pretorius - Freeracer

Charl Pretorius

www.freeracer.co.zaMike de Kock, who was involved in negotiations with the UAE government and veterinary authorities about bloodstock export protocol in Dubai recently, is still hoping that Igugu will have an opportunity to compete overseas in 2012.

“There is a small chance that the relevant agreements will be in place early next year and if that happens I’d love Igugu to take on international runners, perhaps at Royal Ascot,” he said after the star filly pulverised her rivals in the Gr2 Ipi Tombe Challenge over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday.

Igugu won from pillar to post under Anthony Delpech, beating Queen’s Bay by 5.25 lengths, with Checcetti in third.

“She’s a once in a lifetime filly,” enthused Delpech and De Kock added : “When you look at horses at the training track every day you get used to them, but when I saw her in the parade ring it struck me how much Igugu had grown and filled out. Her chest and shoulders are bigger. She was impressive, not wound up, and there’s lots to come.”

Igugu will be aimed at the Gr1 TBA Paddock Stakes over 1800m at Kenilworth on 7 January, followed by the Gr1 J&B Met on 28 January.

“If she stays in the country we’ll probably take another shot at the Vodacom Durban July,” Mike said.

Igugu (Aus) (Galileo (Ire) - Zarinia (Ire) by Intikhab (USA)) has won 9 of 11 starts with 2 places and over R4,25million in stakes for co-owners Sheikh Mohhammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Andre and Joyce Macdonald.

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IGUGU IMPRESSES IN IPI TOMBE CHALLENGE SEASON DEBUT

Igugu wins the Ipi Tombe Challenge
Igugu wins the Ipi Tombe Challenge

Click above to watch Igugu winning the Ipi Tombe Challenge (Gr2)

(Photo : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

IPI TOMBE CHALLENGE (Grade 2)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

4 December 2011

IGUGU (Aus) (Galileo (Ire) - Zarinia (Ire) by Intikhab (USA))

4 Year Old Bay Filly

Owners : Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Andre and Joyce Macdonald

Trainer : Mike de Kock

Jockey : Anthony Delpech

Breeder : Kia Ora Stud, NSW

Win Time : 96.32

Career Record : 9 Wins, 2 Places, 11 Starts

Career Earnings : R4,259,375

Igugu is a graduate from the Summerhill Stud draft of the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

FINAL RESULTS

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

IGUGU (AUS)

60.0

113

5

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

2

5.25

QUEEN’S BAY

57.5

105

1

C Orffer

Mike Azzie

3

6.75

CHECCETTI

56.0

89

6

* JP Van der Merwe

Mike de Kock

4

7.75

ENGAGEMENT

57.0

100

7

S Chambers

St John Gray

5

8.50

END OF SEASON

56.5

86

4

R Fourie

St John Gray

6

10.25

DIVINE RIGHT

56.0

86

2

M Yeni

Alec Laird

7

18.00

RECONCILE

57.5

101

3

R Fradd

Paiul Matchett

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summerhill stud, south africa

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WEST SIDE STORY

Waywest Goddess by Way West win the Gardenia Handicap
Waywest Goddess by Way West win the Gardenia Handicap

Waywest Goddess - Gardenia Handicap (L)

(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

GET IN, BEFORE HE GETS AWAY.

There’s an old saying in these parts : “The sun sets in the West”.

For Way West, there’s a new dawn.

With only two small crops,

he is the sire of two Group One-performing fillies.

Last week, Extra Zero took home a R400,000 cheque

in the Emperors Palace Ready To Tun Cup.

This week, Waywest Goddess, was imperious in the Gardenia.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Linda Norval 27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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THERE'S A HORSE FOR EVERYONE...

Smanjemanje
Smanjemanje

Smanjemanje - Victory Moon Stakes (Grade 2)

(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

…AT THE READY TO RUN.

Last week it was Pierre Jourdan,

for Gary Alexander in the R600,000 Charity Mile.

This week it was Smanjemanje,

for Tyrone Zackey in the R300,000 Victory Moon Stakes.

Both graduates of the Summerhill Ready To Run programme.

YOU GET ONE MORE CRACK OF THE WHIP.

AT SUMMERHILL 20 FEBRUARY 2012.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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EXCITING SUMMERHILL STRING FOR READY TO RUN SALE 2011

Igugu, Ready To Run Graduate
Igugu, Ready To Run Graduate

Igugu - Ready To Run Graduate

(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

6th November 2011

David Thisleton Gold Circle
David Thisleton Gold Circle

David Thiselton

Gold CircleThe Vodacom Durban July one-two, Igugu and Pierre Jourdan, were both graduates of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale and their consigner, Summerhill Stud, look to have an exciting string planned for this year’s sale.

This year’s Equus Horse Of The Year, Igugu, by Galileo, was bred in Australia and imported to South Africa by Summerhill, while Pierre Jourdan was bred by Summerhill.

The panellists are given a briefing each year to predict the winner of the race attached to the sale, the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, and are allowed to list their three most likely fillies and three most likely colts. The panel that day on October 16, 2009, consisted of Mike de Kock, Sean Tarry, Michael Roberts, Mike Azzie, Jehan Malherbe, Graeme Hawkins and Joey Ramsden. Ramsden was the only one of the famous Ready To Run Breeze Up Gallops panel to have Igugu on his list.

Igugu later reached the highest price of the sale, R1 million, and was bought on behalf of Andre Macdonald by Mike de Kock, while Ramsden was the under bidder. Ramsden spoke recently of his disappointment at losing the bidding war. However, in terms of the Breeze Ups panel briefing Graeme Hawkins came up trumps in Igugu’s year and this was the second time he had achieved the feat. Hawkins was the only one of the panel to have the Australian-bred Hollywoodboulevard (Street Cry) on his list and this Charles Laird-trained filly beat Igugu in the Ready To Run Cup last year, although it was a shock result. Hawkins also had the Ready To Run Cup winner of 2007, the Mark Dixon-trained Umngazi, on his panel list at the corresponding Breeze Ups.

In a bid to emulate the success of Igugu and Hollywoodboulevard, Summerhill have imported many horses this year earmarked for the Ready To Run Sale.

They will consign progeny of Australian-based sires Danehill Dancer, Dylan Thomas, Forestry, Johannesburg, Rock Of Gibraltar, Royal Academy, Street Sense, Tale of the Cat and Thunder Gulch, while Argentina will be represented by progeny of El Prado, Giacomo and Macho Uno. South Africa’s late stallion Victory Moon, sire of this year’s Champion two-year-old filly Princess Victoria, will also have a Summerhill-consigned representative. Pierre Jourdan’s sire, the Lammerskraal stallion, Parade Leader, was retired recently after suffering a slipped tendon on his off hock.

This USA-bred Kingmambo stallion had a chequered career, commanding full books in the beginning before falling completely out of favour. However, he caught some attention again after the belated success of Summer Cup winner Rudra and this was followed by Pierre Jourdan’s exploits as a three-year-old, in which he won the Grade 2 Gauteng Guineas and the Grade 1 SA Classic. Pierre Jourdan was the subject of tremendous hype when subsequently attempting the Triple Crown and became known as “The People’s Horse”, but could only manage a well beaten second to Irish Flame.

Pierre Jourdan’s dam, Vin Fizz (Qui Danzig), has lost a foal by Solskjaer and was barren to Trippi. However, she is due to foal down any day now with a progeny of Summerhill’s leading stallion Kahal, who finished fifth on this year’s National Sire’s log.

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EQUUS AWARDS 2011 : NOMINATIONS

Igugu - Vodacom Durban July
Igugu - Vodacom Durban July

Igugu - Vodacom Durban July (Grade 1)

(Photo : John Lewis)

EQUUS AWARDS

11 August 2011

If Igugu does not get the Horse Of The Year Award when the Equus Awards for the 2010/2011 racing season are handed out on Thursday this week, racing fans will probably demand a recount, writes Nicci Garner for TabOnline.

Igugu, who had not seen a racecourse at the start of the campaign, ended the season as the joint highest-rated horse in the country. A credit to the skill of her trainer, Mike de Kock (who retained his Champion Trainer status), she raced at all three major racing centres - something even the legendary Terrance Millard avoided!

After the game daughter of Galileo put her age and sex to route in the Triple Tiara, becoming the first filly in history to win all three of the races in that series, the Grade 1 SA Fillies Classic, Grade 2 SA Oaks and Grade 2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas, and then went on to trounce the best of her age and sex in the country in the Grade 1 Woolavington 2000, some pundits believed she would have her limitations exposed in the country’s toughest race, the Vodacom Durban July. They ended up eating crow as Igugu took command at the top of the straight and then found another gear when Pierre Jourdan moved up to challenge, winning more easily than the one-length verdict.

Little wonder, then, that she is nominated for two of the nine other awards to honour great equine achievement; Three-Year-Old Filly and Middle-Distance Horse.

Her rival for Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, Ebony Flyer, beat De Kock’s “Jewel” in the Cape Fillies Guineas back in December, but has only been seen on a racecourse once this year. There is little doubt that Igugu’s contribution to the season far exceeded that of Justin Snaith’s charge.

Her competition in the Champion Middle-Distance Horse category is stiffer because she comes up against Dancewiththedevil, the only other horse in the country to have won three G1 races, as well as her former stablemate Mother Russia (won the Queen’s Plate), J&B Met hero Past Master and fellow three-year-old, The Apache, who capped a great season in winning the Daily News 2000 and the Champions Cup, with a fourth in the July sandwiched between those runs. The nominees for Equus Awards are :

NOMINATIONS

Two-Year-Old Filly

Amanee, Hidden Beauty, Princess Victoria, Trinity House

Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding

Delago Deluxe, Fighting Warrior, Potala Palace

Three-Year-Old Filly

Ebony Flyer, Igugu

Three-Year-Old Colt / Gelding

English Garden, Shea Shea, Solo Traveller, The Apache, What a Winter

Older Filly / Mare (four+)

Dancewiththedevil , Mother Russia, Val de Ra

Older Male (four+)

Past Master, Happy Landing

Sprinter (1000m - 1200m)

August Rush, Shea Shea, Val de Ra, What a Winter

Middle-Distance Horse (1400m - 2200m)

Dancewiththedevil, Igugu, Mother Russia, Past Master, The Apache

Stayer (2400m+)

Aslan, Grey Cossack, Ilsanpietro, Sangria Girl, Seal, Vertical Take-off

Other Awards

Other accolades that will be given include awards for the leading work riders (Gauteng and Cape Town), apprentice, jockey, trainer and owner, plus a special achievement award. Six breeders’ awards will also be presented.

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VODACOM DURBAN JULY : RAGS AND RICHES

Video of Igugu and Pierre Jourdan fighting out the Vodacom Durban July at Greyville Racecourse, Durban South Africa
Video of Igugu and Pierre Jourdan fighting out the Vodacom Durban July at Greyville Racecourse, Durban South Africa

Click above to watch the 2011 Vodacom Durban July (Gr1)

(Image : John Lewis - Footage : SABC 3)

VODACOM DURBAN JULY (Grade 1)

Greyville, Turf, 2200m,

2 July 2011

Let it be said. The Vodacom Durban July is the biggest sporting event on the African continent.

If you’re in the horse game, the first thing they ask you is: “Have you won the July?” And this year’s 115th edition ranked with the best. Record crowds, record turnovers, and fifteen equine millionaires stepped out of the tunnel into the sunshine of the Greyville circuit. It was a sports presenter’s dream. The quality of the field all but guaranteed the heroics, and the fans were tasting them already.

In the end, the fairytale unravelled itself. A princess by birth, Igugu was crowned Queen of The Turf. Pierre Jourdan was equally heroic in a history-making Summerhill exacta. This was the fourth “July” for a racehorse known to these pastures, but the first “one-two”. That saga was born as long ago as 1946, which tells you how tough it is to be one of the twenty at the start.

Last year, Pierre Jourdan was the nation’s biggest earner. This year, Igugu holds the distinction with a haul exceeding R5million. In common, they’re both graduates of the Emperors Palace Ready to Run. What separates them, is their histories.

In the past twelve months, Igugu has dominated our sport in the way Muhammad Ali dominated the heavyweights in the 1970s. The analogy is not meant to be trite. Like Ali, Igugu is that rare phenomenon: a natural. Which is to say, she makes the hard things look easy, the mundane look graceful; the qualities which in any sport, distinguishes the gifted from the sloggers. When Igugu turns on the afterburners, she leaves the field in the same way Usain Bolt exits a bunch of neighbourhood joggers.

“PJ” on the other hand, isn’t that big, his parents aren’t famous and he didn’t cost much at the sales, but he doesn’t know any of this. PJ inspires affection. He has come to be loved before he is admired. Because of the way he does things, he makes people feel good and the sport seem grander. His connections are from a good old Catholic family, and it’s said the parish priest consented to bless the horse’s season. In the past few months alone, he’s added another million to his racing resumé. The priest took joy in his affirmation of the power of the Lord. We took the 10/1.

And with his heroics in the July, PJ delivered up another Championship for the champions. It is one of racing’s truisms: you never get used to winning. It is always fresh, always intoxicating. Even when it’s your seventh on the trot.

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THE SUMMERHILL DURBAN JULY TRIFECTA

Pierre Jourdan - Vodacom Durban July runner
Pierre Jourdan - Vodacom Durban July runner

Pierre Jourdan

(Image : JC Photographics / Vodacom Durban July)

“IGUGU, PIERRE JOURDAN AND BLACK WING”

VODACOM DURBAN JULY

Greyville, Turf, 2200m

2 July 2011

We’re not sure what the temperature’s like in places like Joburg and Cape Town, but in our neck of the woods, it seems as if everyone bears a reverence for Igugu, the R1 million graduate of the 2009 Summerhill draft at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale. The “farm” trifecta is made up of the ruling favourite Igugu, together with two other Ready To Run graduates in Pierre Jourdan and Black Wing, currently quoted at 10-1 and 50-1 respectively. For R24, you can cover the lot, and while that may be a sentimental bet, they’re all in great shape, and you might have to contend with the dilemma as to whether to take early retirement or not if it comes off! You know about Igugu and Pierre Jourdan from these columns, and it’s already well known that Black Wing may be the “lurker” among the three year olds.

Black Wing gets a kilo from those to whom he finished within a length in the Daily News 2000 (Gr1), and the Julys over 2200m, where a kilo can amount to anything from a length to a length and a half. It might just be enough to tip the scales.

If you’re looking for “connectivity”, Denis and Gael Evans, owners of Run For It, are lodging with us at Hartford House. He’s second favourite.

So maybe box the four of them, and don’t forget the quartet.

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IGUGU : JACK RAMSAY'S DURBAN JULY TIP

Igugu, favourite for the Vodacom Durban July
Igugu, favourite for the Vodacom Durban July

Igugu - Vodacom Durban July Favourite

(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

VODACOM DURBAN JULY

2 July 2011

Jack Ramsay, a doyen of racing journalism in South Africa through much of the 20th century, will be watching his 69th Durban July on Saturday and fancies the favourite, Summerhill Ready to Run Graduate, Igugu, very strongly.

Ramsay, a.k.a. JR to his fellow racing scribes, will turn 90 about a week after the Vodacom sponsored event and racing has been in his blood for his whole life.

He said, “Next to Dynasty, (the 2003 winner) Igugu has the best characteristic to win the July. I think she is something special. She has a magnificent stride and just wants to win. She has that ‘come and get me’ presence about her. I felt as confident before Dynasty’s win. People tried to find fault with him even though, like Igugu, he had done everything. What did they want him and what do they want her to do - sit up and sing?!”

Ramsay views The Apache and Run For It as Igugu’s main dangers. He said, “Seldom does a bad horse win the Dingaans and The Apache won it very easily. Then, considering he had come back from a long break, his win in the Daily News 2000 was excellent. Run for It’s J&B Met run (third place) was very good. He has done nothing wrong and I think he is only now coming to his peak.”

Regarding the pace, Ramsay said, “I don’t think the pace will affect Igugu. She has the speed to be up there and has the stamina to stay all day. She also has a very good jockey, Anthony Delpech.”

Ramsay said that two July’s stood out as his most memorable, “Sea Cottage’s dead-heat with Jollify in 1967 and when Mowgli (bred, raised and raced from what is now Summerhill) beat Radlington in 1952 were the best.” He was working for the Rand Daily Mail in 1952 and The Mercury in 1967 and tipped both of these great horses to win.

Extract from The Mercury

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HIGHVELD RACING AWARDS 2011 : RESULTS

Igugu winner of the SA Triple Tiara and Horse of the Season
Igugu winner of the SA Triple Tiara and Horse of the Season

Igugu - Horse of the Season

(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

HIGHVELD RACING AWARDS

21 May 2011

Igugu was named Horse Of The Season at the Racing Association’s Highveld Feature Season Awards on Saturday night.

The Mike de Kock-trained filly was a worthy winner of the accolade after becoming the first filly in history to win the SA Triple Tiara, which comprises the Gauteng Fillies Guineas over 1600m, the SA Fillies Classic over 1800m and the SA Oaks over 2450m.

The 2009 Summerhill Ready To Run graduate won by a landslide with every member of the panel of judges, comprising Nicci Garner, Jack Milner, Lennon Maharaj, Germaine Maharaj, Shaheen Shaw, Patrick Davis and Darryl Maree, giving her the nod. The equine awards were adjudicated by the panel, while the winners of the champion breeder, apprentice, jockey and trainer awards were calculated on a point system according to graded and listed races won. The champion owner was decided on stakes earned in feature races during the season.

Igugu also won the award as Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, while her trainer Mike de Kock was named Champion Trainer and his stable also collected Ilsanpietro’s Champion Stayer award.

One other horse collected two awards, and that was Horse Chestnut Stakes and Empress Club Stakes winner Dancewiththedevil, who took the awards as Champion Older Horse and Champion Middle Distance Horse. She was bred and is owned and trained by St John Gray.

2011 HIGHVELD SEASON AWARDS

Champion Two Year Old Filly

HIDDEN BEAUTY

Trainer Paul Matchett

Owner Fred Crabbia

Champion Two Year Old Colt / Gelding

DELAGO DELUX

Trainer Charles Laird

Owners Ingrid and Markus Jooste

Champion Three Year Old Filly

IGUGU

Trainer Mike de Kock

Owners Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

and Andre & Joyce Macdonald

Champion Three Year Old Colt / Gelding

ENGLISH GARDEN

Trainer Mike Bass

Owner Lady Lilford

Champion Older Horse

DANCEWITHTHEDEVIL

Trainer St John Gray

Owner St John Gray

Champion Sprinter

VAL DE RA

Trainer Dennis Drier

Owner Avontuur Estate (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mr B A I Taberer)

Champion Middle-Distance Horse

DANCEWITHTHEDEVIL

Trainer St John Gray

Owner St John Gray

Champion Stayer

ILSANPIETRO

Trainer Mike de Kock

Owner Fazenda Mondesir International (Nom: P C P de Castro)

Champion Sand Specialist

IRON CURTAIN

Trainer Robbie Sage

Owner Bridget Oppenheimer

Horse Of The Season

IGUGU

Trainer Mike de Kock

Owners Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

and Andre & Joyce Macdonald

Champion Apprentice

JP VAN DER MERWE

Champion Jockey

ANTHONY DELPECH

Champion Trainer

MIKE DE KOCK

Champion Breeder

SUMMERHILL STUD (PTY) LTD

Champion Owner

INGRID AND MARKUS JOOSTE

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