These “cheapies” join the likes of Lebeoana (cost R40k, 10 wins to date) by A.P. Arrow, I Got You Babe (cost R7k, 7 wins) by Solskjaer and Ginger Biscuit (cost R20k, 4 wins to date) by Admire Main. And let’s not forget, they don’t always have to be the height of fashion. South Africa’s winning-most racehorse of all times Hear The Drums (cost R42k, by Gold Press) visited the winner's enclosure 34 times, while Imbongi (Russian Revival), Pierre Jourdan (Parade Leader) and Paris Perfect (3rd in the Dubai World Cup Gr.1) were all sold off the farm and all scooped north of R5million each at the races.
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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.
You never know where the good ones are going to come from, more so given the history of the number of outstanding racehorses Summerhill has sold right off the farm by stallions you might unkindly describe as past their “sell-by-date”.
KwaZulu-Natal's Equus National Champion Breeders Summerhill Stud dominates the various categories in the 2016 KZN Breeders Awards with 14 nominations, amongst them the likes of Rabada, No Worries, Heaps Of Fun, Intergalactic, Witchcraft and Arch Rival.
Book the fastlane: Summerhill and the Ready To Run.
One week, one source... and the Ready To Run.
If it's winners you want, you know where to look.
Hell, the A.P. Arrows just get better. Smart breeders already know where their bread is buttered. They also know that the country’s richest races are at 2000m and beyond.
Week-in, week-out, Summerhill sales graduates deliver the goods for those with a discerning taste.
Before he began his current tenure at Ballydoyle and changed the modern face of racing, Aidan O’Brien was transforming the careers of jumpers at Piltown, and it is down to that affinity with long-distance horses that has made him one of the most notable names in the story of the revival of Royal Ascot’s centrepiece, the Group One Gold Cup.
Summerhill-breds were once again making a name for themselves in this weekend’s big races. 1st – Arch Rival for Geoff Woodruff and Neil Smith in the Gold Bowl (Gr.2), 3rd – Heaps Of Fun for Sean Tarry, Nchakha Moloi and Chris van Niekerk in the Camellia Stakes (Gr.2).
The Summerhill-bred Arch Rival provided his sire A.P. Arrow with his first Graded Stakes win, taking the Grade 2 Gold Bowl over Turffontein's 3200m on Champions Day Saturday.
The Summerhill Stud bred A.P. Arrow gelding Lebeoana showed that his last run was all wrong with a fluent victory for the Sportofkings Syndicate in the R100 000 Flamingo Park Handicap run over 1800m on Monday.
The bare numbers from Sunday’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale were a mirror image of the state of the local economy, with a strong upper end, a muddled middle, and a tough lower end. Like racehorse sales the world over, the wealthy are impervious to the vagaries of financial meltdowns, and our old adage of “one rich man doing what he has to do to beat another” was in excellent health yesterday.
BIG SHOT - 2013 Summerhill Ready To Run Sale Graduate
A P Arrow (USA) x Dilligence by Kahal (GB)
4 Year-Old Gelding
On Sunday, Summerhill held its 32nd annual Stallion Day at the School of Equine Management Excellence, and the occasion was dignified by the presence of heads of state, cabinet ministers, representatives of two royal families, close on 20 different countries and the usual multitude of guests.
The breeding game has never been more competitive, which means that to play a winning hand, you need to hold the aces. All of them.
First eight, then six, now eight again. No, they're not the winning lottery numbers, but they could win you a fortune. This week, Summerhill sales graduates celebrated another eight smashing performances. ONE SOURCE.
Here are photos from the Summer Ready To Run Gallops which took place on the farm earlier this week. Be sure to check back on Monday when we'll have the gallops videos live here on our website.
Don't Be Late, Get Out The Gate! Join us at the Summer Ready To Run Sale, 24 February at the School of Equine Management Excellence.