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Summerhill Draft Catches Expert Eye


Summerhill Draft Catches Expert Eye

When it comes to SA training legends names which spring to mind are Syd Laird, Terrance Millard and Mike de Kock. Close behind are Pat Shaw and Jean Heming. Sadly, Heming passed away in the UK last week at the age of 78.

Shaw, who won the 1995 Durban July with Teal and went on to become champion trainer in Singapore, is back in SA where his opinion on all racing matters will be closely followed.




Ready To Run Lot 124 Close Relative
Ready To Run Lot 124 Close Relative

Lot 124 Close Relative, full sister to Uncle Tommy and Rebel Queen

(Photo : Leigh Willson)


TBA Complex, South Africa

1 & 3 November 2013

Dave Mollett
Dave Mollett

Dave Mollett

Racing Editor

Business DaySummerhill Stud boss, Mick Goss, arrived in Johannesburg yesterday ahead of this weekend’s Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Sale in Germiston and the champion breeder will be particularly interested in the result of the third race at the Vaal today.

The field for the 1200m sprint includes trainer Weiho Marwing’s top performer, Uncle Tommy, and Summerhill will be offering his full-sister at the second session of the sale on Sunday (14h00 kick-off).

While the filly, named Close Relative, is unlikely to make Uncle Tommy’s purchase price of R2,4 million, she should sell well as she’s also a full-sister to the six-time winner, Rebel Queen.

The first session of the Ready-To-Run Sale takes place on Friday (16h00) when auctioneers Andrew Miller, Graeme Hawkins and Allan Sinclair will be on the rostrum.

One standout lot on Friday is Summerhill’s Kahal colt, Dakiwe, who is a half-brother to trainer Gary Alexander’s former champion, Pierre Jourdan. A nine-time winner including the Grade 1 SA Classic, Pierre Jourdan was recently retired to the old-age paddocks at Summerhill.

Also due in the ring during the first session is a half-brother (by Mullins Bay) to trainer Michael Azzie’s three-time winner, Emperor Augustus. Other notable lots on pedigree are a half-sister to Captain Of All consigned by Far End Pre Training and Klawervlei Stud’s Jay Peg colt out of the five-time winner, Storm Flo.

Balmoral Stud will sell the first produce of their mare, Twilight Again, who is a half-sister to Durban Gold Cup winner, Desert Links. The youngster is by Kahal who has a staggering 30 of his offspring for sale in the 248-strong catalogue.

Albert Mooney scored a timely win in Mauritius on Sunday as Ambleway Thoroughbred Stables will be offering his half-brother by former champion sire, Fort Wood. The gelding was one of three winners on the card for jockey Johnny Geroudis.

Uncle Tommy’s opposition at the Vaal this afternoon includes the Sean Tarry inmate, Across The Ice, who is reunited with champion jockey, Piere Strydom. The seven-year-old seems unlikely to beat Weiho Marwing’s runner on level weight terms.

An interesting sand debutante in this race is Distiguished who represents the stable of Charles Laird who has brought a team of horses for the Gauteng Summer season. The five year-old should be closely monitored in the betting market.

The banker bet on today’s eight-race programme should be Storm Surf who can show his rivals a clean pair of heels in the final leg of the jackpot. Trained by Kom Naidoo, the six-year-old has won five times at today’s track and finished a creditable fifth in the recent Emerald Cup.

St John Gray puts Aussie-bred, Adams Rock, on the sand for the first time in this race and the four-year-old may pose the main threat to Storm Surf. However, it will be a surprise if the latter doesn’t provide this season’s leading rider, S’manga Khumalo, with another winner.

Robbie Fradd won Sunday’s Algoa Cup on Disco Al and could be victorious on Storm Surf’s stablemate, Control Tower, in the fourth race. The mare ran well on today’s surface last time out and could edge out the hattrick-seeking, Cante Libre.

Extract from Business Day

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Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)


Turffontein, South Africa

2 November 2013

Dave Mollett
Dave Mollett

Dave Mollett

The CitizenThat old chestnut saying of “if you haven’t got a ticket, you can’t collect” has never been more apt when one considers the loot on offer at next month’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.

Scheduled for Turffontein on Saturday 2 November, the purse is a staggering R3million - only the Vodacom Durban July carries bigger prize money.

What will delight owners, who are presented with mounting bills along with their “Racing Express” at the breakfast table, is that the Cup cheques go down to R65,000 for 10th place. The winner picks up a cool R1,25 million.

The real action for the Ready To Run Sale - on Friday 1 November and Sunday 3 November - kicks off at Summerhill on Friday when Nico Kritsiotis will be calling the youngsters home in their breeze-up gallops.

The judging panel of (in no particular order) Muis Roberts, Sean Tarry, Dean Kannemeyer, Joey Ramsden, Alec Laird, Graeme Hawkins and Craig Peters have been running their expert eyes over these sale graduates for about as long as Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has been trying to win a trophy. In both instances, their dedication is not in doubt.

There’s also a new face on the panel in Simon Vivian from the highly-respected Australian sales company, Inglis, who once-upon-a-Tuesday flew me to Sydney for their Premier Yearling Sale. I left mighty impressed with the catalogue and the night life!

Next week I’ll be listing the six top choices of these respected gentlemen, but I do recall that last year both Jehan Malherbe and Sean Tarry backed up their selections by both acquiring horses which went for over R1 million.

Jehan went to R1 million to secure a son of Fastnet Rock while Sean bid the same amount for a Jet Master colt (half-brother to Ivory Trail) for his patron, Michael Javett.

Yet - if my memory serves me well - it was a certain Adriaan van Vuuren who stole the show with a bid of R1,5 million for the Jet Master filly, Mystical Star. It’s a good bet Michael Azzie’s eyes were watery as the hammer came down!

What owners really like to know about any thoroughbred sale is how the recent graduates have fared - particularly in recent months. Two inmates of Geoff Woodruff’s yard, Arcetri Pink and Killua Castle, strutted their stuff impressively for the five-times champion trainer on Emerald Cup day and another graduate, Power King (R380,000 buy in 2012), is unbeaten in two starts for Dean Kannemeyer and rated highly in the Cape.

So the one horse panelist Dean will be focusing on this Friday is Power King’s half-brother by Seventh Rock (lot 224) who will be offered by Balmoral Stud on the Sunday.

In fact, there should be plenty of big action on the final session as some 18 lots prior to this sale, Summerhill will be offering a choicely-bred Rock Of Gibraltar filly (lot 206) out of the Aussie mare, Miss Moguls. Mick G has named her Rich Girl which might end up being very appropriate.

Then in this same batch being sold by auctioneer Graeme Hawkins is the half-brother to Equus Champion Three-Year-Old colt, Vercingetorix. While this son of Captain Al (lot 216) was a fairly late foal, that’s not going to deter the big bidders - possibly including our champion trainer - who will be keen to acquire this offering from Klawervlei Stud.

There are four lots by recently-deceased former champion sire, Western Winter, and Mick says that “buyers will need to bring their cheque books.”

More on the panel’s choices next week, but there’s no question the first weekend in November is likely to be memorable both on the racetrack and in the sales ring.

Extract from The Citizen