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A Fabulous Foursome

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A Fabulous Foursome

No week goes by without a string of Summerhill Ready To Run graduates claiming their place in the winner’s box, and this was no exception.

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CHERRY ON THE TOP TOPS GAUTENG FILLIES GUINEAS

Cherry On The Top wins the Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas
Cherry On The Top wins the Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas

Click above to watch Cherry On The Top winning the Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2)

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WILGERBOSDRIFT GAUTENG FILLIES GUINEAS (Grade 2)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

2 March 2013

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

CHERRY ON THE TOP

58.0

101

16

*N Juglall

Ormond Ferraris

2

2.25

DO YOU REMEMBER

58.0

83

8

B Fayd’Herbe

Geoff Woodruff

3

3.00

KING’S TEMPTRESS

58.0

99

11

R Fradd

Kumaran Naidoo

4

4.75

ESPUMANTI (GB)

56.0

97

2

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

5

5.50

JET BELLE

58.0

81

18

G Wogemann

Robbie Sage

6

8.00

NEGEV

58.0

90

13

P Strydom

Louis Goosen

7

8.25

AL KINDI

58.0

87

19

G Lerena

Mike de Kock

8

9.25

MARGOT ON STAGE

58.0

87

9

K Zechner

Roy Magner

9

11.00

SECRET OBSESSION

58.0

80

6

J Sampson

Geoff Woodruff

10

12.00

FORTITUDE

58.0

79

4

C Maujean

Lucky Houdalakis

11

15.00

TAYBA

58.0

90

7

R Simons

Mike de Kock

12

16.00

FIRE WHEEL

58.0

96

3

A Marcus

Sean Tarry

13

17.00

LUALA

58.0

80

12

S Chambers

Stephen Moffatt

14

19.00

AMBER ORCHID (AUS)

58.0

85

15

K Shea

Sean Tarry

15

25.00

WOOD NYMPH

58.0

89

14

G Hatt

Mike Azzie

16

99.00

SHOW TIME

58.0

83

17

F Herholdt

Steven Janse van Rensburg

Late Scratchings

17

0.00

SKY PIRATE

58.0

88

1

M Odendaal

Weiho Marwing

18

0.00

ANEEFA (AUS)

58.0

84

10

R Danielson

Mike de Kock

19

0.00

CAT’S GAME

58.0

80

5

Reserve 3

Stanley Ferreira

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow

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GOING TO THE GUINEAS

Love Struck - Breeders' Cup Politician Stakes
Love Struck - Breeders' Cup Politician Stakes

Click above to watch Love Struck winning the Breeders’ Cup Politician Stakes (Listed)

(Image : Gold Circle - Footage : Tellytrack)

GAUTENG GUINEAS DAY

Turffontein, 2 March 2013

Earlier in the week, we mentioned that twelve of the nominees for the Colts and Fillies Guineas had Summerhill connections. The final acceptances are now in, and seven of them have stood their ground, five in the colt’s version and two in the fillies. Topping the Summerhill assault for the R1million prize is Paul Lafferty’s debonair Love Struck, who took the laurels in the Politician Stakes over 1800m on J&B Met day in Cape Town, in his last racecourse appearance. He has the honour of carrying the No.1 saddlecloth as the highest-rated horse in the race, and while there will be those who will argue that he appears to be more effective over more ground, expect him to be troubling the judges when they get to the business end. That assumes, of course, that the aversion of most Cape Town conditioners against racing on the Rand fresh out of the Cape season, is more myth than reality. His biggest concerns are likely to come from War Horse, Fantastic Mr Fox and another Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, Killua Castle, though these early Classics are often capable of surprise, staged at a time when young horses are improving rapidly.

If Fantastic Mr Fox is part of your mix, you’d have to think that the aptly-named Cookie Monster (a R340,000 Summerhill Ready To Run graduate) comes right into it, having finished just 0.3 of a length behind this adversary last time, provided he gets a run. Beyond them, both Gitianoand No Worries have shown themselves to have special talents if the right horse pitches up on the day, so strap yourself in for an intriguing battle.

On the fillies side, we’re represented by the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup runner-up Negev, who is once again drawn in the sticks. That hasn’t deterred Piere Strydom from taking the ride, and her second place finish two weeks ago in her first outing in a while suggests she should be spot on for Saturday. The opposition is pretty formidable though, and while her contemporaries have closed the gap a little in recent times on Cherry On The Top, the turnaround in the weights could prove decisive. That applies to King’s Temptress and Fire Wheel as well, though Mike de Kock has the highly talented import, Espumanti going out with an unblemished record in Mary Slack’s black and scarlet colours. Fortitude makes up the Summerhill coupling, and anything can happen in a programme jammed with Black type racing.

The betting tells its own story.

Betting World Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

2 March 2013

#

Horse

Current

11

ALEXANDRA PALACE

4/1

7

FRANCOIS BERNARDUS

4/1

2

WAR HORSE

6/1

1

LOVE STRUCK

7/1

16

TELLINA

10/1

3

FANTASTIC MR FOX

12/1

10

SWIFT AND STRONG

14/1

4

KILLUA CASTLE (AUS)

16/1

17

CANNON

16/1

6

EMERALD APPROACH

20/1

9

ZESTFUL

20/1

15

NO WORRIES

25/1

8

GITIANO

25/1

14

DONNIE BRASCO

25/1

5

SABADELL

25/1

12

ROCK OF ARTS (AUS)

25/1

Reserve Runners

18

THE KING AND I

19

COOKIE MONSTER

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow

Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

2 March 2013

#

Horse

Kg

16

ESPUMANTI (GB)

9/10

1

CHERRY ON THE TOP

7/1

3

FIRE WHEEL

7/1

2

KING’S TEMPTRESS

8/1

7

SKY PIRATE

12/1

4

NEGEV

16/1

12

DO YOU REMEMBER

20/1

10

TAYBA

25/1

17

SECRET OBSESSION

40/1

14

JET BELLE

50/1

5

WOOD NYMPH

50/1

6

AL KINDI

50/1

9

AMBER ORCHID (AUS)

50/1

8

MARGOT ON STAGE

50/1

13

SHOW TIME

66/1

15

LUALA

66/1

Reserve Runners

18

FORTITUDE

19

CAT’S GAME

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow

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MARY SLACK'S WILGERBOSDRIFT TO SPONSOR SA TRIPLE TIARA

Mary Slack
Mary Slack

Mary Slack

(Photo : Sporting Post)

WILGERBOSDRIFT

SA TRIPLE TIARA

Doyenne of South African racing and breeding, Mary Slack’s Wilgerbosdrift Stud is to sponsor the 2013 SA Triple Tiara for three-year-old fillies.

The Triple Tiara comprises three races:

The R500,000 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2)

Turffontein, 1600m, Saturday 2 March

The R1million Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic (Grade 1)

Turffontein, 1800m, Saturday 30 March

The R750,000 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks (Grade 2)

Turffontein, 2450m, Saturday 27 April

The Triple Tiara is the ultimate test for a filly and carries a R1million bonus for winning all three legs. Summerhill’s Igugu (2011) is the only filly to have won the Triple Tiara since its inception in 1999.

Mary Slack said: “Wilgerbosdrift is delighted to be associated with the Triple Tiara, three top-class races that cater for the country’s best fillies. It is essential for the breeding industry that fillies race for excellence in South Africa and are rewarded accordingly. Superior fillies produce champion racehorses and they are the flag bearers of our industry in generations to come. Igugu is the only filly in South Africa to have won all three legs and let’s hope that there is another champion in the wings,” she added.

Phumelela Sales Executive Clyde Basel said: “We are privileged to have Wilgerbosdrift as the sponsor of the Triple Tiara. They have bred multiple graded winners and are having a super season. To have a top breeder’s brand associated with the Triple Tiara series is fantastic for the event. Many thanks to Mary Slack for making this sponsorship possible.”

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IT'S GAUTENG GUINEAS TIME

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup 2012
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup 2012

Click above to watch Rock Of Arts, Negev and Killua Castle fighting out November’s R2.5 Million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

GAUTENG GUINEAS DAY

Turffontein, 2 March 2013

This weekend is ‘Guineas Weekend’ in Joburg, and most times, it’s the place which separates the wheat from the chaff. Many a champion has been born on ‘Guineas Day’ at Turffontein, and we’ve had our share, particularly in recent years with the likes of Imbongi, Pierre Jourdan and Fisani, not to mention a stream of other cheque earners.

We’re well represented among the final field this year, with no fewer than seven with Summerhill connections.

Here are the two fields :

Betting World Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

2 March 2013

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

LOVE STRUCK

58.0

99

5

A Marcus

Paul Lafferty

2

WAR HORSE

58.0

98

16

S Chambers

Corne Spies

3

FANTASTIC MR FOX

58.0

96

14

R Simons

Paul Matchett

4

KILLUA CASTLE (AUS)

58.0

96

2

M Mienie

Geoff Woodruff

5

SABADELL

58.0

96

19

B Fayd’Herbe

Geoff Woodruff

6

EMERALD APPROACH

58.0

95

13

G Lerena

Mike de Kock

7

FRANCOIS BERNARDUS

58.0

101

10

P Strydom

Tyrone Zackey

8

GITIANO

58.0

95

8

D David

Alec Laird

9

ZESTFUL

58.0

94

1

M Vand Rensburg

Stuart Pettigrew

10

SWIFT AND STRONG

58.0

93

3

R Danielson

Sean Tarry

11

ALEXANDRA PALACE

58.0

92

6

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

12

ROCK OF ARTS (AUS)

58.0

92

15

K Shea

Weiho Marwing

13

AMERICAN STORM

58.0

91

18

K Zechner

Spike Lerena

14

DONNIE BRASCO

58.0

91

11

G Hatt

Paul Peter

15

NO WORRIES

58.0

90

4

B Lerena

Gavin van Zyl

16

TELLINA

58.0

88

7

R Fradd

Geoff Woodruff

Reserve Runners

17

CANNON

58.0

83

17

Reserve 1

Mike de Kock

18

THE KING AND I

58.0

82

9

Reserve 2

Sean Tarry

19

COOKIE MONSTER

58.0

78

12

Reserve 3

Roy Magner

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow

Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

2 March 2013

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

CHERRY ON THE TOP

58.0

101

16

*N Juglall

Ormond Ferraris

2

KING’S TEMPTRESS

58.0

99

11

R Fradd

Kumaran Naidoo

3

FIRE WHEEL

58.0

96

3

A Marcus

Sean Tarry

4

NEGEV

58.0

90

13

P Strydom

Louis Goosen

5

WOOD NYMPH

58.0

89

14

D David

Mike Azzie

6

AL KINDI

58.0

87

19

G Lerena

Mike de Kock

7

SKY PIRATE

58.0

88

1

M Odendaal

Weiho Marwing

8

MARGOT ON STAGE

58.0

87

9

K Zechner

Roy Magner

9

AMBER ORCHID (AUS)

58.0

85

15

K Shea

Sean Tarry

10

TAYBA

58.0

90

7

R Simons

Mike de Kock

11

ANEEFA (AUS)

58.0

84

10

R Danielson

Mike de Kock

12

DO YOU REMEMBER

58.0

83

8

B Fayd’Herbe

Geoff Woodruff

13

SHOW TIME

58.0

83

17

F Herholdt

Steven Janse van Rensburg

14

JET BELLE

58.0

81

18

G Wogemann

Robbie Sage

15

LUALA

58.0

80

12

S Chambers

Stephen Moffatt

16

ESPUMANTI (GB)

56.0

97

2

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

Reserve Runners

17

SECRET OBSESSION

58.0

80

6

Reserve 1

Geoff Woodruff

18

FORTITUDE

58.0

79

4

Reserve 2

Lucky Houdalakis

19

CAT’S GAME

58.0

80

5

Reserve 3

Stanley Ferreira

Summerhill runners denoted by yellow

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HAPPY HUNTING GROUND

Pierre Jourdan - Gauteng Guineas 2010
Pierre Jourdan - Gauteng Guineas 2010

Click above to watch Pierre Jourdan winning the 2010 Gauteng Guineas (Grade 2)

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : SuperSport)

EMPERORS PALACE SUMMER READY TO RUN SALE

School Of Excellence, Summerhill Stud, Mooi River

20 February 2013

The precincts of Jo’burg in general and Turffontein racecourse in particular, have been serendipitous venues for Summerhill-breds in recent years, contributing hoards to the lucre that’ve earnt us our championships. As lucrative a source as any of this bounty has been the Colts and Fillies versions of the Gauteng Guineas, where the past few seasons alone have produced victories for Imbongi, Pierre Jourdanand Fisani, and several place-getters. Scour the entries for these events any year you like, and you’ll find a slew of Summerhill-connected runners among them.

This year’s renewals are no different, with eleven (six colts and five fillies) slated to run in the first week in March. With the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run scheduled for next Wednesday 20th at the School of Excellence on Summerhill, it’s worth mentioning that seven of the ten are graduates of Ready To Run sales, and two of them were part of the small inaugural catalogue last year. While there are no guarantees in this game, it’s a fair bet there’ll be more than a few of those again in next week’s line-up.

summerhill stud
summerhill stud

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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DELPECH THROWS DOWN THE GAUNTLET TO EBONY FLYER

Jockey Anthony Delpech
Jockey Anthony Delpech

Jockey Anthony Delpech

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

IGUGU, EBONY FLYER AND

HOLLYWOODBOULEVARD SHOWDOWN?

David Thiselton
David Thiselton

David Thiselton

Gold CircleAnthony Delpech was very impressed with Igugu after her win in the Grade 2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas at Turffontein last Saturday and threw down the gauntlet to the Justin Snaith-trained Ebony Flyer.

Delpech said, “We’ve been down to Cape Town to take on Ebony Flyer, it would be nice if she could come and take us on here so we can settle the score.”

He added, “She felt like a different horse to her run in Cape Town. She had so much early speed I was able to place her easily. In Cape Town it was a left hand turn and she just seemed lost, so I was caught three wide. I was very impressed on Saturday. When I let her go it was just ‘whooooosh’ and she was off. Obviously it will also be the further the better with her.”

Delpech said that he knew Guillermo Figueroa would be chasing him on second favourite and runner-up Hollywoodboulevard, so he couldn’t afford to relax out in front.

Igugu, a three-year-old Australian-bred Galileo filly, was pulling away from them at the line and won by four lengths. She will be hard to beat in the next two legs of the triple tiara, the Grade 1 SA Fillies Classic and the Grade 1 SA Oaks over 1800m and 2450m respectively.

Igugu is a graduate of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale and was defeated by Hollwoodboulevard in the expensive Ready To Run Cup over 1400m last November, but had her excuses as she missed 10 days of work in the build up and was also hampered in the race. Igugu has now won four out of six starts including a Grade 2 and a Grade 3 and is owned by Andre MacDonald in partnership with Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum.

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GAUTENG COLTS AND FILLIES GUINEAS : LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Igugu winner of the Gauteng Fillies Guineas
Igugu winner of the Gauteng Fillies Guineas

Igugu (Aus) - Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2)

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

“THE BLOSSOMING GUINEAS ROMANCE”

If you’re anything of a statistician, you’d be forgiven for believing there was a blossoming romance developing between graduates of the Summerhill paddocks and the Gauteng Colts and Fillies Guineas. The procession led by Mike de Kock’s Igugu and Charles Laird’s Hollywoodboulevard in Saturday’s renewal of the Fillies Guineas marked the fourth victory for the farm in the past three seasons, commencing in 2009 with Imbongi (Colts Guineas), the exacta of Pierre Jourdan and Havasha in the Colts, and Fisani in the Fillies equivalent in 2010.

It’s a fairly conventional bet that, together with Ebony Flyer, the duo of Igugu and Hollywoodboulevard are the best Three Year Old fillies in the land, and race goers have a mouth-watering prospect to look forward to when this trio finally race in KZN this winter. For the time being, its one all between the Summerhill pair (Hollywoodboulevard prevailed in the R1,5 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup,) while Igugu took her revenge over the extra furlong Saturday, and the latter will be looking to avenge her half length loss to the “Flyer” in the Cape Fillies Guineas.

This was the first outing for Igugu since Sheikh Mohammed acquired Summerhill’s residual interest in the filly, and she is now headed via the Triple Tiara for the Vodacom Durban July (Africa’s greatest horserace) on the first Saturday in July. Quite apart from the huge sense of reward our old friend Andre Macdonald must be feeling for his R1 million purchase, Igugu’s win is another feather in the cap of “Sheikh Mo’s” already spectacular summer of racing bliss. His big pay day, it seems, looks likely to be a month hence at the Dubai World Cup meeting.

Summerhill graduates celebrated a few other big cheques on the weekend, as Arabian Mist suffered an exasperating defeat under top weight in the Hawaii Stakes (Gr2), Fisani approached her best again in the Acacia (Gr3) with the riding tactics, Dolomite went close in the Aquanaut (Gr3), and Maji Moto gave notice he is a Stakes class racehorse with a two-in-a-row romp in the last.

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IGUGU GLITTERS IN GAUTENG FILLIES GUINEAS

Igugu by Galileo winning the Gauteng Fillies Guineas for trainer Mike de Kock
Igugu by Galileo winning the Gauteng Fillies Guineas for trainer Mike de Kock

Click above to watch Igugu (AUS) winning the Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Gr2)

(Photo : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

GAUTENG FILLIES GUINEAS (Grade 2)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

26 February 2011

“1ST LEG OF SA TRIPLE TIARA”

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

3 Year Old Bay Filly

Owners : Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Mr and Mrs Andre Macdonald

Trainer : Mike de Kock

Jockey : Anthony Delpech

Breeder : Kia Ora Stud, NSW

Win Time : 97.98

Career Record : 4 Wins, 2 Places, 6 Starts

Career Earnings : R955,625

Igugu is a Summerhill graduate of 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

FINAL RESULTS

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

IGUGU (AUS)

58.0

103

9

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

2

4.00

HOLLYWOODBOULEVARD (AUS)

58.0

103

4

G Figueroa

Charles Laird

3

5.75

WELWITSCHIA (GB)

58.0

89

6

J Geroudis

Mike de Kock

4

6.00

CHANCES ARE

58.0

80

2

F Naude

Joe Soma

5

6.25

PRINCESS OF LIGHT

58.0

85

8

M Mienie

Geoff Woodruff

6

10.00

RUNNING RIVULET

58.0

87

7

M Odendaal

Weiho Marwing

7

10.50

FAIR ROSALIND

58.0

101

3

R Simons

Paul Matchett

8

14.00

HAPPY ARCHER (AUS)

58.0

100

1

F Coetzee

Sean Tarry

9

24.00

STORMY COAST

58.0

94

5

D David

George Scott

Late Scratching

10

0.00

WITHOUT MALICE

58.0

96

3

M Yeni

George Scott

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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DUBAI OR JOBURG, EITHER WAY IT'S DE KOCK

South African Trainers Mike de Kock and Charles Laird
South African Trainers Mike de Kock and Charles Laird

Mike de Kock and Charles Laird

(Image : Heather Morkel / Kayleigh Leisegang / SA AlaCarte)

GAUTENG COLTS AND FILLIES GUINEAS

Turffontein, 26 February 2011

The unstoppable Mike de Kock train demolishing everything in its way in Dubai, erupts back into action at Turffontein Saturday with the running of the Gauteng Colts and Fillies Guineas. Followers of these columns will recall that Summerhill-breds have made the colt’s guineas something of a monopoly in the past two seasons, with first Imbongi taking the 2009 version, and Pierre Jourdan leading Havasha in a one-two last year. Astonishingly, the 2010 Fillies Guineas fell to yet another Summerhill Ready To Run graduate in Fisani on the same day, de Kock having been associated with three of the four protagonists, Imbongi, Havasha and Fisani.

In the Fillies guineas on Saturday, he has another very powerful hand in the R1million graduate of the Summerhill draft at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, in Igugu, an extremely talented daughter of the world’s best stallion of 2010, Galileo. Her principal opposition comes from another yard which has known great success over the years through its association with Summerhill in the likes of champions Nhlavini and Rebel King. Charles Laird saddles the outstanding Hollywoodboulevard for Markus and Ingrid Jooste, and as the winner of her last four in a row, including a victory over Igugu in the R1,5 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, this Ready To Run product is likely to make things decidedly tough for the de Kock inmate. While we’ve made this out to be something of a two-way struggle, (and it would be surprising if it wasn’t), the group one winning daughter of Europe’s new sire sensation, Dubawi, the Sean Tarry-trainedHappy Archer is already a Group One winner, while Without Malice and Welwitschia could make something of a race of it.

In the Colts Guineas, Summerhill, for the first time in some years, is without representation, but once again, it looks like a de Kock/Laird battle for the ages. Laird goes in singularly with Galileo’s Destiny, while de Kock’s punch will come from the Rock Of Gibraltar colt, Perana, and the two in-form South Africans, Kavanagh and Link Man.

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GAUTENG FILLIES GUINEAS : THE REVENGE MATCH

Igugu daughter of Galileo
Igugu daughter of Galileo
Hollywoodboulevard daughter of Street Cry
Hollywoodboulevard daughter of Street Cry

Igugu (Left) and Hollywoodboulevard (Right)

(Photos : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

R500,000 GAUTENG FILLIES GUINEAS (Grade 2)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

26 February 2011

Matthew Lips
Matthew Lips

Matthew LipsThe eagerly anticipated rematch between Summerhill Ready To Run graduatesHollywoodboulevard and Igugu will come to pass on Saturday when the two renew their rivalry in the first leg of the South African Triple Tiara, the R500,000 Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2) over 1600m on the Turffontein standside course. The clash promises to be a real humdinger especially if the handicappers have done their sums correctly - they have both fillies rated 103, writes Matthew Lips for South Africa’s leading turf publication, the Sporting Post.

The two Australian-breds have crossed paths once before in the very valuable Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup over 1400m on this course last November, where Hollywoodboulevard famously caused a 25/1 upset and capsized the long odds-on favourite Igugu by one length. There was absolutely no semblance of a fluke about that performance by Hollywoodboulevard though, and the daughter of Street Cry has gone on to win another three races from as many appearances since.

HOLLYWOODBOULEVARD

Now unbeaten from four starts since being teamed up with jockey Willie Figueroa, Hollywoodboulevard was particularly impressive the only time she was seen over this course-and-distance. That was in a Gr3 in November, where Charles Laird’s filly came from last in a field of ten and drew right away to win by four lengths from Without Malice. Hollywoodboulevard has since won twice on the Turffontein inner course, a track which doesn’t really suit her style of racing, and she was badly hampered early before recovering to win her most recent outing in a Gr3 over 1450m. She will certainly be doing her best work late, and there is no obvious reason why she cannot have a lively chance of beating Igugu again.

IGUGU

That said, Igugu was running on very stoutly when chasing home Hollywoodboulevard in the Ready To Run Cup and there is every possibility that she can reverse the form over this additional 200m. Mike de Kock’s charge has not been out since she finished 1.25 lengths second behind Ebony Flyer in the Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas twelve weeks ago, but one imagines that she would have been given a prep race if she’d been thought to need one. Her Cape Town effort was full of merit as she was stuck wide on the turn and she ran on strongly all the way to the line. Third placed Emerald Cove finished a long way behind Igugu, yet went on to win the Gr1 Paddock Stakes next time out. Igugu also promises to be right at home over this stiff mile and Igugu will have a legion of followers who believe she is about to earn her revenge on Hollywoodboulevard.

HAPPY ARCHER

Last season’s Gr1 winner Happy Archer has been a little disappointing of late, but she was returning from a 10 week break when staying on to finish 4.5 lengths behind Hollywoodboulevard over 1450m on the Turffontein inner course earlier in February. That at least represented improvement on her 12 lengths defeat behind the same rival over 1600m in November and Happy Archer may have come on from her last run. It is still asking a lot of her to reverse form with Hollywoodboulevard, though, and in truth the form of the Gr1 race she won at Greyville last July has not turned to be at all strong. She could fill a place, but she has quite a bit to find to win and a merit rating which puts her three pounds below the “big two” in this field may even be still a shade flattering.

WITHOUT MALICE

Without Malice is very consistent, but she faces Hollywoodboulevard on 3kgs worse terms for a recent half-length beating over 1450m and was thumped four lengths by the same filly over this distance when they met at level weights in November. She goes well handy and might try and get the jump on her better fancied rivals, but that will take some doing down the long Turffontein straight and one has to feel that third prize is the best that Without Malice can realistically hope for.

STORMY COAST

Without Malice’s stable companion Stormy Coast may have needed the run after a 14 week lay-off when she lacked extra late and was beaten five lengths behind Hollywoodboulevard over 1450m. Even so she does look to be out of her depth at level weights in this company and Without Malice looks the better of the pair again.

WELWITSCHIA

The big unknown quantity of the race is obviously Welswitschia, an imported daughter of Oasis Dream who streaked clear in eye-catching style to slam ordinary maidens on her debut over 1200m at the Vaal late last month. She recovered well after being slow away and the fact that Mike de Kock considers her good enough to try her hand at this level surely means something. Welwitschia could be even better over 1600m and it would come as no surprise at all if she proved to be truly competitive, and as northern hemisphere-breds go she was an early foal with a January birth date. She still meets her locally bred rivals on unfavourable WFA terms, but it could have been worse. It is a big ask, though, and it is perhaps prudent to stick with those who have proven themselves in a higher grade than maiden company.

FAIR ROSALIND

Fair Rosalind seems best suited to sprinting and faded after racing handy when beaten almost 15 lengths behind Hollywoodboulevard over 1450m last time out. She posted her biggest success in a Gr3 over 1160m in December, and didn’t impress either when tried over 1400m in November. She looks an unlikely threat here.

THE REST

The rest also have plenty to do. Running Rivulet is consistent and set the pace before she finished 4.25 lengths second behind Without Malice over 1800m in November. They meet on the identical weight terms and there seems no real way that the form can be turned around, especially as Running Rivulet is coming here off a three month lay-off. Princess Of Light had every chance but didn’t really quicken when 3.75 lengths fourth behind Hollywoodboulevard over 1450m and she now meets that rival on 5kgs worse terms. She will enjoy going back to 1600m, but should be very well held. Chances Are was beaten just more than five lengths behind Hollywoodboulevard last time and faces a forlorn task on 5.5kgs worse terms, especially as she is not sure to stay this longer distance which she tries for the first time.

ABOUT THE PACE

The pace may not be all that hot, although Running Rivulet and Princess Of Light have done well at times racing from the front and can hopefully ensure at least that it isn’t a crawl. The long run-in should give those racing from further back a fighting chance to show what they are made of, and it is only by a hair’s breadth that Hollywoodboulevard is taken to get the better of Igugu again. Happy Archer, Without Malice and the wholly unexposed Welwitschia make most appeal of the rest.

GAUTENG FILLIES GUINEAS (Grade 2)

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

HOLLYWOODBOULEVARD (AUS)

58.0

103

5

G Figueroa

Charles Laird

2

IGUGU (AUS)

58.0

103

10

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

3

FAIR ROSALIND

58.0

101

4

R Simons

Paul Matchett

4

HAPPY ARCHER (AUS)

58.0

100

1

F Coetzee

Sean Tarry

5

WITHOUT MALICE

58.0

96

3

M Yeni

George Scott

6

STORMY COAST

58.0

94

6

D David

George Scott

7

WELWITSCHIA (GB)

58.0

89

7

J Geroudis

Mike de Kock

8

RUNNING RIVULET

58.0

87

8

M Odendaal

Weiho Marwing

9

PRINCESS OF LIGHT

58.0

85

9

M Mienie

Geoff Woodruff

10

CHANCES ARE

58.0

80

2

F Naude

Joe Soma

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CLASSY IGUGU TO TACKLE SOUTH AFRICAN TRIPLE TIARA

Ready To Run Graduate Igugu winning the Joburg Spring Fillies and Mares Challenge Grade 3 for Mike de Kock
Ready To Run Graduate Igugu winning the Joburg Spring Fillies and Mares Challenge Grade 3 for Mike de Kock

Click above to watch Igugu winning the Joburg Spring F&M Challenge (Grade 3)

(Image : JC Photos/Eco-H2O - Footage : Tellytrack)

“…there will be plum pickings overseas

later in her career.”

News from Mike de Kock Racing is that top class filly, Igugu, is likely to make her return to the racetrack at the end of February in the R500,000 Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Grade 2); the first leg of the South African Triple Tiara.

The long-striding three-year-old is enjoying a well-deserved break after finishing second to Ebony Flyer in the Cape Fillies Guineas (Grade 1) at Kenilworth on 4 December last year. In the weeks following the Guineas a 50% share of Igugu was acquired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum of Dubai.

Mike de Kock said on Saturday that Igugu was “rock solid” and in fine shape and that she was destined for a career abroad.

“There is no reason for concern,” he commented. “I don’t want to race Igugu just for the sake of winning local features when there will be plum pickings overseas later in her career. She’s talented with a bright future ahead of her and we have a long-term plan for her.”

“We decided to bypass the latter part of the Cape season because we don’t want to risk over-racing her. I made a mistake running Mother Russia virtually through four seasons in 2009 and 2010 and she went off the boil in the middle of last year. Saturday’s L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate showed that her rest did Mother Russia the world of good, but we’ll be racing Igugu sparingly, I don’t want to risk facing a similar situation.”

“We’re all looking forward to her return but we will stick to our long-term goals,” he added.

Igugu, an import by Galileo from Zarinia (by Intikhab), has won three of five starts including the Joburg Spring Fillies and Mares Challenge (Grade 3) and has earned R643,125 in stakes. Her mame means “Jewel” in Zulu and she fetched R1 million at the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

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THE ALEXANDER CODE

pierre jourdan, emilio baisero, dean alexander, derreck davis, gary alexander racing
pierre jourdan, emilio baisero, dean alexander, derreck davis, gary alexander racing
fisani, ronnie napier, bev napier
fisani, ronnie napier, bev napier

Left : Pierre Jourdan - Gauteng Guineas (Gr2)

Right : Fisani - Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Gr2)

(Photos : JC Photographics)

OF GARY ALEXANDER, SHEIKH MOHAMMED AND RONNIE NAPIER

For some years now, the Gary Alexander yard have fed off the fruits of the Ready To Run sale, deservedly fielding money earners in every one of the Emperors Palace Cup’s first three renewals. This year, they visited the mountaintop with R60 000 buy, Pierre Jourdan, now the winner of five of his first six and more than R1,6 million.

One of the calls I was compelled to make (even at 3:15 am Asiatic time) was to the Alexanders, all of whom were quick to point out they hadn’t only won the Gauteng Guineas with Pierre Jourdan, but they’d also trained the dams respectively of the runner-up, Havasha, and the Gauteng Fillies Guineas heroine, Fisani.

In another interrelated fact, Fisani’s co-owner, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum was also a co-bred (with Summerhill) of Pierre Jourdan, while Ronnie Napier (South Africa’s long serving racing ambassador), is an accomplice in the ownership of both the 2008 Guineas ace, Imbongi as well as Fisani.

Goes to show, loyalty pays!

THE VALUE OF FRIENDS AND SOME POWERFUL PARALLELS

gauteng guineas winning margin
gauteng guineas winning margin

CLICK TO ENLARGE : Pierre Jourdan winning the Gauteng Guineas

(Photo : Robin Bruss)

OF DUAL GUINEAS PRECEDENTS AND GREAT SENSATIONS

Five Olympic gold medals is the all-time record of Ian “Thorpedo” Thorpe of Australia. Sitting with him at breakfast this morning before leaving for the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne, I couldn’t help thinking how closePierre Jourdan’s 5wins from 6 starts comes to emulating this great Olympian’s own staggering achievement. And I couldn’t, as a one-time sportsman myself, help thinking how perfectly suited this man would be to racehorse ownership. That he declined the invitation this morning, doesn’t mean he’ll always be beyond reach. There’s always breakfast tomorrow!

The one thing this game does is reach to the inner sanctums of most people’s hearts, and there are very few who can claim exemption. Even in his frenetic routine, His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho, found time to call and congratulate the Summerhill Team on its dual Guineas victory. We don’t know whether there is a precedent for such a double in history, but it certainly ranks with the best sensations known to man.

SUPER GUINEAS SUNDAY

pierre jourdan gauteng guineas
pierre jourdan gauteng guineas
fisani gauteng fillies guineas
fisani gauteng fillies guineas

Left : Pierre Jourdan : Gauteng Guineas (Gr2)

Right : Fisani : Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Gr2)

(Photos : JC Photographics)

TURFFONTEIN RACECOURSE

28 FEBRUARY 2010

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mick goss

Mick GossOn the self same weekend in 2008, I was startled out of deep slumber by the kind of jolt none of us understand. In Australia for the Melbourne sale, my time zone had me 9 hours ahead of South Africa, and it was a “Guineas” premonition that sat me up. Affiliate to Sky Channel revealed the last moments of the Gauteng Guineas, and voila! Imbongi surged to the front in that instant, and it was over in strides.

Last night (back in Melbourne again) it was an SMS from my daughter Bronwyn, that raised the alarm. We all knew we had a big hand with Pierre Jourdan in the Colts version, but at 1.15am this was a bit earlier than we expected, Fisani it was, of six Mike de Kock entries in the Gauteng Fillies Guineas, who’d repelled the thrust of the “Aussie”, Generous Aura, to take the R500k event with a courageous rally, providing His Highness Sheikh Mohammed with his third Classic winner inside of a fortnight (following Musirand Raihana) in the UAE.

No Red Bull required to keep the eyelids open for the R1 million colts edition, and this time, Pierre Jourdan was clinical, getting away from his erstwhile Summerhill paddockmate, Havasha, by three, and destroying the hopes of Australia again as compatriots Galileo’s Galaxy and Flying Tristram struggled on for the minor money. It’s always good taking on the boys from Down Under, but even better when you’re in your own backyard.

This was a helluva result for Summerhill in general, and for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run in particular. The first three protagonists home in the R1,5 million race by that name, was the Fillies Guineas first, and first and second in the Colts Guineas. No matter your politics, this was a shattering blow to those that would deny the nation’s fourth richest race, its Black type status any longer. Only a bigot could resist henceforth, and we must hope that the powers that manage these things, will finally acknowledge the need to join the rest of the world, and give the race the recognition it deserves.

TALKING OF STRENGTH, THIS IS A DEPTH CHARGE

havasha and kevin shea
havasha and kevin shea

Havasha

(Photo : Gold Circle/MRX)

GAUTENG GUINEAS

AND GAUTENG FILLIES GUINEAS

South Africa is a country of great cultural and geographic diversity. Capetonions live in a first world Mediterranean environment between two oceans, among seas of vineyards. The Highveld is a tableland, part arid, part temperate and part bushveld, and is home to some of the richest mines in the world and the greatest animal diversity. East of the Drakensberg, those of us who live in KwaZulu Natal celebrate the fact that we’re Africa’s Canaan, the land of milk and honey, often referred to as the Garden Province. Warm oceans, great mountains, the big five, and home to South Africa’s champion racehorse breeders.

Racing people and their horses, we tend to follow the seasons, with the beginning of the year punctuated by the Cape’s Summer “Sizzler”, as they call it, while the Johannesburg region hosts two racing seasons, one in spring and other in autumn, which has just gotten underway. And then, as the chills of winter descend on the frosty Highveld, racing comes to this part of the world, and it’s usually here, because of the season’s end and the number of Grade One events, that we generally see the emergence of our national champions.

Right now, it’s Guineas time in Gauteng (Johannesburg), and the best of the region’s three year olds meet on Saturday for the first of their Triple Crown, in the respective Colts (R1 million) and Fillies (R500k) versions of the Guineas.

Of course, these races are open to contestants from every region, and it’s often the case that horses raid from KwaZulu Natal, though not that often from the Cape. This means, in the context of this year’s three year old colts, that the Cape Guineas and Derby winners (Noordhoek Flyer and Bravura) will not be there, but in Galileo’s Galaxy, who was a good second in the Cape Guineas, we at least have a line on the form. Otherwise, all the suspects are there, and it’s a statement about the depth of the horses from this farm, that four of the fifteen entrants (27%) are from the self-same crop.

Not only that, but they’re all graduates of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, as is Fisani, who takes her place among contestants for the Fillies classic.

For the record, the Summerhill colts have the millionaire, Pierre Jourdan, at the head of the list, while Nyakatho,Havasha and Smanjemanje, make up the balance of a formidable quartet.