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STRONGHOLD : SPEED WAS HIS GENIUS...

Stronghold
Stronghold

Stronghold - Timeform Champion Handicapper

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STRONGHOLD

Danehill - Insinuate by Mr Prospector

The word is virtuoso.

The masterful miler who dominated his races when he chose to.

Speed was his genius. Competetiveness his forté.

“FIRST CROP”

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

15 - 17 APRIL 2011

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ALEC HOGG INTERVIEWS MICK GOSS POST NATIONAL SALES

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alec hogg and mick goss

Alec Hogg and Mick Goss

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TO ALL THE PLAYERS AT THE SALES

Racehorse sales in South Africa never cease to amaze us.

We are always left with renewed respect and admiration for our countrymen.

Their optimism knows no bounds.

TAKE A BOW, SOUTH AFRICA.

AND THANK YOU FOR THE HELP.

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RECORDS TUMBLE AT 2010 NATIONAL YEARLING SALES

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Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale

TBA Sales Complex, South Africa

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2010 EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE RESULTS

Auctioneer Andrew Miller succinctly summed up the somewhat unexpected record averages recorded at the 2010 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale saying: “Seven, eight years ago the good yearling crops stood out among the average ones. Now, however, one average crop will stand out among the exceptionally good quality crops produced by South African breeders.”

Local and international buyers, including most of the leading trainers, several high-profile bloodstock agents , trainers and a host of visitors to the TBA Complex heaped praise on South Africa’s breeders as if  speaking with one voice. “Our horsemen have undoubtedly raised the bar with arguably the best consignment of yearlings ever sold in this country.”

Already widely acknowledged as horsemen of rare knowledge and skill, the quality and results seen at this year’s renewal of the National Sale will ring far and wide.

Over the three days of the sale, Andrew Miller and colleagues Steve Davis and Mike Killassy knocked down yearlings to the combined value of R160 million, a 4.5% improvement on last year’s aggregate.
 The average price of R326,378 was up 5.5% on last year’s R309,313.

Trainer Mike Azzie was proud as punch when he secured Lot 10, an exquisite colt by Singspiel named Potala Palace, for a record R3,6 million during the opening night. Trainer Geoff Woodruff, however, stunned sales goers by bidding well over that mark to R4 million for Jet Master colt Devine’s Jet on Sunday.

BloodStock SA’s CEO, Jan Naude, described the turnover as “quite extraordinary considering the recessionary times”. He added: “The depth of quality among the yearlings reflected our breeders’ commitment to excellence. To have an existing top price bettered twice during a three-day period says it all. BSA are proud to have conducted this sale and we know we can look forward to even better things to come!”

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DIVINE INTERVENTION (REPORTING FROM THE SALES)

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charles laird racehorse trainer

Charles Laird

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CHARLES SYDNEY LAIRD

“HE DOESN’T WANT MUCH, JUST PERFECTION”

A name like Charles Sydney Laird suggests he could be descended from the English gentry. He isn’t. He is, in fact a racehorse trainer, a third generation “victim” of an incurable disease connected with horses. And at the close of the 2008 racing season, measured by prize money, he was Africa’s best.

For the past five years, he’s been the dominant force at South African bloodstock sales, wherever they happen. He doesn’t want much, just perfection. Not necessarily the breeder’s idea of perfection either, which is to say the yearlings by the hot sire from a Group One winning mare. Laird, by and large, is a conformation man. He buys chassis, rather than from a catalogue page. He cares little for fashions, crosses, dosages or astrology. He does have a reverence though, for events that remind him of greatness.

Like families that have served him well, or horses that were capable of defeating his own Champions, if only occasionally. If they score well as types, he’s happy to pay a tad over the odds. He has some eye. Most years, despite the prices, his charges end in the black. And then you have to bring to account the residual value, when the animal goes to stud. The stallion landscape is dotted with ex Laird initiates.

Buying a yearling, anywhere, is like being shown a sleek car. You get to inspect the chassis, but the problem is the engine is in a second compartment. You can only guess whether it has two rubber bands or a V8.

In the end, the more successful “pickers” rely on two things. The ability to divine big motors, number one. And relationships. These grown out of a familiarity with the “suppliers”, the stud farms, and the regularity with which they churn out the big race winners. Some call it “trust”. Others would say “upbringing”. If you go to the Breeders’ Log on the left of this page, you can see how ours have been brought up!

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DAVE MOLLETT : SOUTH AFRICAN DERBY D-DAY

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mike de kock and gary alexander

Mike de Kock and Gary Alexander - Battle Talk

(Photos : Mike de Kock Racing / JC Photos)

SA DERBY (GR1)

TURFFONTEIN, 24 APRIL 2010

DAVE MOLLETT - It’s the sort of remark one would expect at the weigh-in for a Heavyweight boxing bout.

“Take it from me, we’re not going to make life easy for him.”

In boxing you never know quite what’s going to happen. Only this week, Venezuelan champion, Edwin Valero, murdered his wife and then hanged himself in his jail cell.

The guy who made this statement on Tellytrack was Mike de Kock and he’s hoping his Derby trio can put the favourite on the canvas. The “him” he was referring to was star three year-old, Pierre Jourdan.

Gary Alexander’s talented son of Parade Leader is the name on everyone’s lips as Turffontein puts the finishing touches to one of its biggest days in the course’s history. If Derreck David gets his mount first past the post, the roar will resemble past big race victories by the likes of Elevation and, more recently, Horse Chestnut.

Can Piere Jourdan follow in the footsteps of Triple Crown winner, Horse Chestnut? The answer to that question is yes. Can he be rated on a par? The answer, no, not yet.

It wasn’t a Triple Crown race, but the manner of Horse Chestnut’s eight lengths win - cheered home by both Harry and Bridget Oppenheimer - against his elders in the 1999 J&B Met is forever etched in my memory. Can you name the runner-up? Yes, it was the previous year’s July hero, Classic Flag.

So how is Mike going to make it tough for Pierre Jourdan in the SA Derby. Quite easy. He’s got three runners and he knows the possible chink in the favourite’s armour is the 2450m trip which he’s tackling for the first time.

His ace surely has to be Irish Flame who followed a third in the SA Classic with a sixth behind Regal Ransom (look out for a big run on Saturday) in a 1600m race at Turffontein. The son of Dynasty finished upsides his stablemate, Braggadacio, at level weights so it’s little wonder Betting World have chalked him up second favourite.

But Mike isn’t going to have to take a leaf out of Aidan O’Brien’s book and instruct the rider of either Happy Valley or Ilsanpietro to make the pace if we get a “Cape crawl.”

“If they go fast or slow, Pierre Jourdan has still got to get the trip - there’ll be no plan for mine to burn it up front. But hopefully the race will be run at a decent pace, but if not we wouldn’t be shy to make it.”

“Possibly, Charles’ (Laird) runner, Conquered Dream, could be a threat as he’s got no stamina doubts,” added Mike. Whatever happens in the Derby, he’s expecting a big run from Rudra in the Champions Challenge as the horse has had “a great prep.”

A runner I think can also get in the mix in the Derby is another Mrs O owned horse, Service Ace. I remain convinced we haven’t seen the best of this fellow yet, and he was only a length and a quarter adrift of Irish Flame in the Classic.

Mike doesn’t agree and commented “I know this family - there must be some doubt about him getting the trip.”

Bloodstock SA will be delighted that Mike has remained in town to attend this weekend’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sales as the stable have Lizard’s Desire and Imbongi batting for them at the big meeting in Hong Kong on Sunday.

Lizard’s Desire unshipped Jeff Lloyd in a work-out on Monday, but both horse and jockey were unscathed. Jeff commented: “We were taking the turn, everything normal, and he suddenly goes the other way - just like that. It’s strange because he has experience of racing right-handed in South Africa long before his trip to Dubai.”

Mike makes a valid point when he says Lizard’s Desire “took his game to another level” on the new tapeta surface in Dubai. Whether he can reproduce that form on grass remains to be seen. My advice for punters on Sunday is simple - lump on Presvis provided Ryan Moore is in the saddle. Check before you place your bet because both he and Lizard’s Desire’s jockey, Christophe Soumillon, might find themselves grounded in Europe.

The possible no show - because of the volcanic ash problem - is currently the biggest worry for new Bloodstock SA marketing manager, Eamonn Cullen, ahead of this weekend’s National Sale.

“Completely unforeseeable - we’re just hoping they resume flights by Thursday or a number of overseas buyers won’t be making the trip,” said Eamonn.

Nevertheless, as Mick Goss noted in his latest Summerhill newsletter, there is “a stable demand for horses domestically” and it could be that the home side saves the day.

Mike commented in a recent Tellytrack interview I conducted that he felt that “it would be harder and harder for the local man with R200,000 to spend to get what he wants.” I asked Mick whether he agreed with this assessment.

His reply: “I’m flattered you should send me Mike’s comment on the sales, and I’m excited that R200,000 might not be enough. He knows what happened in Dubai much better than I do, though I’d be surprised if there was a flood of people from that quarter in the present climate. That said, even a few big hitters can change a market.”

“While I respect Mike’s view, I would think you can still find very good value in South Africa. I don’t expect the market to be up this year, and if you look at recent results, horses bought before Lehmann Brothers, like Pierre Jourdan (R60,000), Smangaliso (R100,000) and Salutation (R50,000) are still there to be had,” added Mick.

The weekend ahead could probably only be topped by being the only male locked in Teazers! But - like the Yearling Sales - that could prove pretty costly as well.

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IMBONGI : THE SUMMERHILL BRAND

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THE EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

TBA SALES COMPLEX, GOSFORTH PARK

GERMISTON, GAUTENG

SOUTH AFRICA

23,25,26 APRIL 2010

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PIERRE JOURDAN AND THE SA DERBY : WILL HE OR WON'T HE?

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charles laird national yearling sale 2010

Charles Laird at Block A - 2010 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale

(Photo : Jean Stanley / Bloodstock South Africa)

OF THE NATIONAL YEARLING SALES, THE READY TO RUN PANEL

AND THE SA DERBY

It’s busy at the sales. But then you’d expect that at the top of Block “A”, home-away-from-home to the nation’s Champion Breeders.

At one time this morning, there were no few than five Emperors Palace Ready To Run panelists on the yard. You have to understand, its no ordinary job this panel, and while you should take this from whence it comes, selection to the status of “panelist” is a matter of some prestige.

You need only look at the names of the five; Jehan Malherbe, Dean Kannemeyer, Mike de Kock, Joey RamsdenandMichael Azzie. That sort of company alone would bestow on the holders of the title panelists, something in the nature of a doctorate in the judgement of horseflesh. And there was Charles Laird, Chris Snaith, Gavin Hunter, Dennis Drier, you can go on. And on.

Two of these panelists “antagonists” and Charles Laird are engaged against Pierre Jourdan in Saturday’s epic, the SA Derby, and the question on the minds of just about every man in the complex, is whether our fellow will stay. The 1800 metres of the SA Classic was no problem for him, but he has to find the stamina for another 650 metres here, and the lung-busting straight at Turffontein, all 800 metres from the Jockey Club to the post, is the most torturous in the world. If you’re one for conjecture, there are only two elements you can look at on his exposed form, which might provide a clue. The one is his pedigree, the other is the way he’s made and his manner of racing.

On the latter score, he’s always looked like a stayer, and he has the fluidity of movement to suggest he should stay. Yet he had the speed to win at 1200 metres, again at 1400 and 1450, and then at 1600 as well as the Classic. Only really good horses, (and we mean really good ones,) can stretch such speed to the “mile” and a half (as they called it in the old days) of a Derby. And to have to do it at 6000 feet, and at Turffontein, you’re speaking of Superman.

His pedigree sends mixed signals. On the sire’s side, there’s enough stamina to get the job done, Kingmambo’s got the class, and Parade Leader’s from a granddaughter of the immortal Ribot, who won both a “King George” and an “Arc” at 2400 metres. His mother never won beyond 1400 metres but there’s not much of her in “PJ”. The next two dams, however, might just hold the key. The first is by Darshaan, winner for the Aga Khan of the French Derby, and the next is by Troy, famous winner of the English version. These two could seal the case.

On the side, there’s always a story behind the acquisition of a good horse. Look at any decent runner, and you’ll find romance, intrigue, or drama. Our man “PJ”, was bought a month after the collapse of Lehmann Bros. That triggered the greatest recession since the 1930’s, and some of the most austere times in living memory.

But for Team Alexander, it signalled an opportunity. Long time punters of the Ready To Run, they’d had a Champion, Icy Air, on their books. With the world facing ruin, horses would be cheap or relatively so.

“I don’t know about anybody else, but we don’t like recessions, and we saw horses as the only sensible form of combat. Between ourselves and our patrons, we put our hands up for no fewer than fifteen head at that sale”. The rest is history.

Will Pierre Jourdan get the journey? The man who knows him best says, “careful, this isn’t his best trip”. All you need do to find out, is put on your best and we’ll meet you at Turffontein Saturday.

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PIERRE JOURDAN : THE SUMMERHILL BRAND

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 VISIT US AT BLOCK A.

THE EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

TBA SALES COMPLEX, GOSFORTH PARK

GERMISTON, GAUTENG

SOUTH AFRICA

23,25,26 APRIL 2010

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FISANI : THE SUMMERHILL BRAND

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 VISIT US AT BLOCK A.

THE EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

TBA SALES COMPLEX, GOSFORTH PARK

GERMISTON, GAUTENG

SOUTH AFRICA

23,25,26 APRIL 2010

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OUR YEARLINGS DEPART FOR THE NATIONAL SALES

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summerhill stud national sale yearlings departure

Please click above to watch the departure of our yearlings for

The Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale

(Photography : Leigh Willson)

SEEING IS BELIEVING : HOW DO WE KNOW

The cosmos are out, and the route to Jo’burg is lined in autumnal beauty. Readers of these columns will know, this is the time when old man Mbanjwa, at 96, would still remind us it was the season for the departure of our yearlings for the National Sales.

Yesterday was that day, and early in the morning the string was lined up, predominantly colts for a change, at our loading ramps alongside the Summerhill trading store. These are sentimental days; in a way, days of sadness, but at the same time, days of anticipation. Many a champion has stepped onto a float at our loading ramps, bringing fame and fortune to the farm, when at last he gets the chance to express himself at what he was bred for: the racecourse.

Time was, when yearlings were really wild and pretty woolly, and headmasters were compliant, that the local school kids would join us at the loading ramps for the ceremony. The young racehorses in those days were a tough lot, “lassoed” for just a couple of month’s preparation, and they’d never known the feeling of a moving vehicle under them. Pacifying was what they needed, and serenading was the solution.

It took hours to load a string of just a dozen, and even longer at three or four kilometres an hour, to get them underway. The school choir, accompanied by the more athletic mothers on the staff, would dance them off the farm property, down through the valley and up the steep incline on the other side to the T-junction with the Giant’s Castle road. At the turn they’d pay their homages for the last time, and then the youngsters would be on their way to the City of Gold, where we’d always hope, and it wasn’t always a fruitful one, that there’d be enough customers to take them home.

How things have changed. The glory of the farm and its reputation as the premier producer of the nation’s finest thoroughbreds, means that most customers can ill afford to ignore them, even in these times of austerity.

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WALTZING MATILDA AND ALL THAT

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national yearling sale lot 240 rio carnival
national yearling sale lot 333 maak 'n plan
national yearling sale lot 333 maak 'n plan
national yearling sale lot 557 up above
national yearling sale lot 557 up above

Left to Right : Lot 240 Rio Carnival, Lot 333 Maak ‘n Plan, Lot 557 Up Above

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EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

23, 25, 26 APRIL 2010

A couple of weeks back, blog watchers read our pieces following the Gauteng Colts and Fillies Guineas, and the SA Classic, on our triumphs over Australia. These “test matches” are the best means South Africans get to establish our breeding merit, and because they’ve been so good in the past, beating the Ozzies is always an accomplishment.

It’s been our practice in the last several years, to import specially selected youngsters from Australia for inclusion in our National, and in particular, our Ready To Run drafts. We say “in particular” for the latter, because of the need to introduce an element of variety firstly for the sale itself, and then hopefully, into the R1.5million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, staged a year later.

Till now, the Ozzies haven’t fared that well, though several of them have made the cut for the big race. This time around though, we bit off a good chunk of the best Australia had to offer, and the past fortnight has revealed two potential superstars for Charles Laird andMarkus and Ingrid Jooste, in Hiss Affadavit (by Hussonet) and Hollywoodboulevard (by Street Cry). Hiss Affadavit was one of the season’s easiest juvenile colt winners on debut, easing down by 5.5 lengths on his first visit to the course. And then, at the Vaal yesterday Hollywoodboulevard trotted up by eight lengths under a hand ride from champion jockey, Anton Marcus, who promptly got off and said, “she needs further!”

Coupled with Hussonet’s impressive Juvenile Stakes winner, Sky Link, in the Somerset 1200 on Saturday, and the exploits of Hiss Affadavit, there’ll be many who’ll be visiting us at Block A next week to look at Lot 240, Rio Carnival, (also by Hussonet), and while they’re there, they’ll have a few other Ozzies to fix their gazes upon. 

Just last week, a daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus made R10million at the Sydney Easter Sale (she wasn’t alone among the Fusaichi Pegasuses to make good money,) and you can save yourself the trip to Sydney with Lot 557, Up Above. Elusive Quality is the sire of the great American racehorse Smarty Jones and this season’s multiple Grade 1 winner, Quality Road. He has a son, Lot 333Maak ‘n Plan, who’s enough to lure any discerning buyer to the yard, though Mike de Kock will tell you that in Elusive Quality’s champion daughter, Raihana, he has something special as well.

They’re all there, at the top of Block A, and so are the beverages. See you there.

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KAHAL IS THE EMERGING STAR : YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND HIM

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kahal

Kahal

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…THE EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE.

“FIVE WEEKS : FIVE WINNERS”

Position

Horse

Race

1st

SPICED GOLD

SA Fillies Classic

(Gr1)

1st

FISANI

Gauteng Fillies Guineas

(Gr2)

1st

SMANGALISO

Sycamore Sprint

(Gr3)

1st

NOBLE HEIR

Tommy Hotspur Handicap

(Gr3)

1st

VANGELIS

Memorial Mile

(Listed)

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BY JIMINY, THIS JUST ISN'T CRICKET

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emperors palace national yearlings sale summerhill horses

THE EMPERORS PALACE

NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

23, 25, 26 APRIL 2010

 The winemakers call it terroir, the combination of land and climate

without which great wines can’t be made.

When big race winners churn out week after week after week,

in the breeding game you need those elements in your favour too.

But at Summerhill we have a few other things up our sleeves as well.

We know our land, and we know how to get the best from it.

We know our people, and they don’t know “second

when it comes to raising a racehorse.

And then there’s that indefinable dimension which only a few possess.

The combination of instinct, genius and “bloody” hard work

that sets this team in its own orbit.

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PINCH YOURSELF : IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING

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south african thoroughbred breeders log

South African Thoroughbred Breeders Log

(Photos : JC Photographics/Andrew Watkins/Emirates Racing Authority/Wally Strydom/TBA)

“GOING INTO A HORSE SALE,

YOU NEED ALL THE GODS ON YOUR SIDE”

Horseracing can be something of a rollercoaster; one moment you’re up, the next you’re on the slope. But the ride we’ve been on at Summerhill is now in its seventh successive year, and what a ride it’s been. We’ve had our moments for sure, and there’ve been plenty of them, but none better than the past couple of months, with the exploits of Imbongi in Dubai; Fisani in the Fillies Guineas; Pierre Jourdan on his way to a Triple Crown challenge, as the first since Horse Chestnut to get a crack at it; Hear The Drums with his record-equalling thirty-second victory; VangelisFairview Mile, and then almost miraculously, Smangaliso’s huge turnabout in Sunday’s Sycamore Sprint (Gr3), and Salutation’s tribute to her own fine family in the Oaks Trial.

We’d had such a run, we anticipated taking a back seat this last weekend, but Smangaliso (which means “Miracle” in Zulu) and Salutation, obviously didn’t read the script.  

Going into a horse sale, you need all the gods on your side, and right now we’re thanking our lucky stars.

SOUTH AFRICAN BREEDERS LOG

STUD

EARNINGS

RUNNERS

AEPR

Summerhill Stud

14,444,937

243

59,444

Normandy Stud

4,750,750

67

70,907

Lammerskraal Stud

4,416,475

89

49,623

Highlands

4,075,212

124

32,865

Maine Chance

4,071,000

112

36,348

D Cohen & Sons

3,912,012

124

31,548

Ascot Stud

3,805,375

96

39,639

Wilgerbosdrift

3,788,800

85

44,574

The Alchemy

3,570,075

75

47,601

Klawervlei Stud

3,536,075

147

24,055

Courtesy of Sporting Post as at 7 April 2010

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OUT AND ABOUT WITH OUR NATIONAL SALES YEARLINGS

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summerhill draft for national yearling sale photos

Out and about on the farm…

(Photos : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

23, 25, 26 APRIL 2010

With the 2010 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sales now just a few weeks away, we though we’d share a few pics of the Summerhill draft out and about on the farm, enjoying some good Mooi River sunshine.

Please click above to view the latest gallery.

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SO YOU SEE, DREAMS DO COME TRUE...

dreams come true
dreams come true

“THE HARDER YOU WORK, THE LUCKIER YOU GET”

Ambition can be a dangerous thing. Most times, we come up short. At Summerhill, we’ve just kept on doing things the best we can, getting up earlier, thinking outside the box, farming a bit differently. And giving our horses the best upbringing known to man.

That way, you can live in hope, and know you’ve taken care of 90% of the things that make a racehorse. The rest is a matter of luck.

In the end, the horses will always reward you. Like a couple of Guineas aces on a single weekend, or a big international hero the next week. And a thirty one-time winner and an Egoli Mile victor tossed in between.

Truth is, “the harder you work, the luckier you get.” So said a famous South African.

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OLE GUNNAR

ole gunnar solskjaer
ole gunnar solskjaer

Solskjaer

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

GIGGS STEPS UP FOR SOLSKJAER

The arrival of a new stallion on a stud farm always stirs the emotions. A good bull is half the herd, and a bad bull is the whole herd, so your destiny can be made (or broken,) by the outcomes.

This country, for some inexplicable reason had neglected the blood of the most influential “world” stallion of all time. Danehill remains the only sire in history to have garnered Championships in both hemispheres, and he was “made” for South Africa.

When the chance came to acquire a totem son of the “masterpiece,” we grabbed it with our old mate, Dr. Barry Clements. Named for the best footballer at Manchester United at a time when his owners had a controlling interest in the club, Solskjaer, the horse, was obviously telling his trainer something. And when he delivered Group race glory on just his third lifetime start, the best trainer in Europe proclaimed him an “amazing horse,” whom he rated a “superstar”.

No-one at Summerhill, was surprised then, when Solskjaer produced South Africa’s top priced yearling filly at his debut National Sale, and Monday he delivered again (bred by a past member of the Summerhill staff, Lorraine de Klerk and husband Koos). Giggs stood up at the Vaal, and said “I’m ready to be counted,” becoming her father’s first winner.

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