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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.
The R100,000 Kimberley 1400 produced the best finish of a true-blue Monday afternoon for punters at Flamingo Park with Ryan Munger getting longshot Taso The Sailor up in the final stride to head the consistent Emerald Mackay, who had looked a winner inside the distance.
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.
Here are Tarryn Liebenberg's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale.
It’s true, we all like to think our geese are swans, but it’s a fact that at last week’s gallops, the judges panel were pretty unanimous in their belief that this was as good a crop of Ready To Run horses as have ever left Summerhill; given the history, that’s some statement.
Here are Thabani Nzimande's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale. Thabani was awarded the Top Student at the School of Equine Management Excellence in 20111 and the Top Practical Student at the English National Stud in 2012.
On a day attended by the former Premier of KZN and the current Treasurer-General of the ruling party, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, as well as a good spread of the nation’s biggest-hitters, the whole gathering enthusiastically, and at times vociferously, voted to put their fancies on the board.
Each horse is eligible for the 2015 renewal of the world's richest Ready To Run sales race, the Emperor's Palace Ready To Run Cup, with a stake of R2.5million. While we've ensured that the 2014 version carries the richest prize money in African history, the odds of getting a run next year are twice as good, with half the number catalogued.
Here are Siyabonga Bhengu's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale. Siyabonga has always had a passion for working with thoroughbreds and has been hanging around and helping out in the stables since he was able to walk.
Here are Thokozani Dlungwane's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale. Thokozani loves sticking with families.
Chili Chocolate, a 2013 Summerhill Ready To Run Sales graduate, is the first produce of dam Heliantha, half sister to Wild Aster.
INKOLO, a graduate of Summerhill's 2013 Ready To Run programme, is a half sister to the seven time winner MAJI MOTO.
TASO THE SAILOR
Muhtafal (USA) - Mediterranean by Saumarez (GB)
3 Year-Old Chestnut Colt
Owners : Messrs Jamal Farah, Eric Lazarides & George Nichas
Trainer : Paul Peter
Jockey : Calvin Habib
Breeder : Summerhill Stud
TASO THE SAILOR is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.
Siyabonga Bhengu (front)
(Photo : Leigh Willson)
EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS
Summerhill Stud, South Africa
11 October 2013
They say horsemanship resides in families, and if ever you needed proof, Siyabonga Bhengu is the living testimony of it. By Richard Hlongwane, Greig Muir’s right-hand man, out of Eunice Bhengu, a second generation stable supervisor with more than twenty years under her belt, Siyabonga Bhengu is the whole package as a rider. His family have nothing besides horses in their blood, they took to the game like ducks-to-water, and despite what they say at the United Nations about child labour, here was a youngster you couldn’t keep off the feed tractor from the time he was first able to clamber aboard the trailer. His love is horses, his forte is speed, and his music is the Ready To Run. We all have our gifts, and his is his instinct for a “good thing”. These are his good things for the Ready To Run:
Lot 166: Blue Lily (Muhtafal x Heliantha) Chestnut Filly
Lot 166: Blue Lily (Muhtafal x Heliantha)
Here’s the epitome of what they say about dynamite and small packages. Built like the proverbial “brick…”, Blue Lily is a bullet, and reminds our team of her accomplished predecessors by Muhtafal, Veiled Essence (who lined up in both a Vodacom Durban July and a J&B Met) and the Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr.3) heroine, Mzwilili. This family kept Pauly de Wet’s Zandvliet Stud in the headlines, and this one could be writing her own history this time next year.
Lot 170: Unnamed (Mullins Bay x Icy Thunder) Bay Colt
Lot 170: Unnamed (Mullins Bay x Icy Thunder)
More than a few of the nation’s leading stud farms have got their hands on this family, and this one’s by the accomplished second crop sire Mullins Bay out of a Fort Wood mare, who’s already made her mark with the four-time winner Silverano. His drop-dead- gorgeous looks and his classic pedigree will have the catalogues fluttering when he enters the ring.
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park
Friday 1st November 2013, Lots 1 - 110
Sunday 3rd November 2013, Lots 111 - 248
*Six cheque payment scheme for qualifying buyers.
Click above to watch Showmetheway winning the Golden Loom Handicap (L)
(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)
GOLDEN LOOM HANDICAP (L)
Turffontein, Turf, Night, 1000m
3 November 2012
Summerveld-based trainer Mark Dixon produced the never-say-die Muhtafal gelding Showmetheway, to win the R135,000 Golden Loom Handicap (Listed) run over 1000m under the lights at Turffontein on Saturday.
The progressive Valberg was in fine fettle and Piere Strydom sat dead-still on the odds-on favourite as he carried his impressive speed into a comfortable two length early lead from Gold Site, Mannequin and with Welwitschia and Showmetheway, who had bounced and was travelling early, settled a few lengths back. At the 300m marker Valberg continued to roll, as Anthony Delpech produced Welwitschia with her customary late dash. But it was Showmetheway who ran on best down the middle as Valberg shortened his stride late. He galloped on powerfully under 19-year-old apprentice, Keagan de Melo, to win going away by a half-length in a time of 56,20 secs from Welwitschia in second and Valberg in third.
This race is named in honour of the brilliant Golden Loom, affectionately nicknamed ‘Goofy’ and trained by the late legend Buddy Maroun. He really was the ‘King of Speed’ on the Highveld, in what was widely accepted as the ‘golden age’ of sprinting in South Africa. Golden Loom raced for nine seasons and chalked up his final race victory at the ripe age of 10. In all, he had 78 starts, won 22 of them and was placed 37 times, for stakes of R2.8 million. His owners, the brothers Raymond, Budwa and Michael Abrosie, were born and bred in Benoni and moved a little closer to Johannesburg in 1975 when they bought The Executive Men’s Outfitters in Bedfordview. They were to go on and enjoy astonishing success and good fortune after taking their colour privileges in 1977. The family was represented on track to present the winner’s trophy on Saturday.
The Summerhill-bred Showmetheway has terrifically consistent form having won 5 of his 8 starts with 1 place, for earnings of R283,275. Owner Bruce Lin acquired the son of Muhtafal for R80,000 on the 2010 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.
Click above to watch Flashing Star winning her maiden…
(Image and Footage : Tellytrack)
FLASHING STAR (SAF)
2011 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE
3-Year-Old Chestnut Filly
Owners : Messrs CG and LF Scribante
WAVE YOUR WINTER BLUES GOODBYE MAIDEN PLATE
Fairview, Turf, 1200m
31 August 2012
M Van Rensburg
* T Gould (2.5)
UNDER THE SKIRT
S Janse van Rensburg
DREAM TO REALITY
* S Ramgopal (4.0)
GLAM I AM
S Janse van Rensburg
TEA ‘N YOU
* L Mxothwa (4.0)
* A Andrews (2.5)
(Photo : Leigh Willson)
EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE
TBA Sales Complex, Germiston, South Africa
27 - 29 April 2012
In Warren Buffett terms, investing in stallions would be a “no-no.” He always speaks of his “circle of competence”, and he seldom ventures out of it, to the degree that when it comes to technology stocks, until very recently for reasons besides technology, he took a stab at IBM. Remarkably, he never held anything in the “tech” field, notwithstanding that Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates, is a member of his Berkshire Hathaway board.
The stallion business is a little more speculative, shall we say, and you need not only to have your wits about you, to do your sums and implement your best risk management practice, but when it gets down to the horse himself, the genetics, his performances, his physique, and especially his “X factor”, you’d better know your stuff, and even then, there’s margin for error.
So it’s a good sign once you’ve got your bankers to sign the cheque, and Lloyds to take him on risk, that his fertility is up to scratch. Then there’s the agonising year-long wait for his first foals, and the nurture that extends well into the yearling stage. Meanwhile, you want to know you’ve given the youngsters everything of the best, the best environment, the best husbandry and the best nutrition, and the best opportunity to be everything their histories promise they could be.
After that, it’s out of your hands, and you’re at the mercy of the judges, who were here last week to cast their eyes over the crop for April’s National Yearling Sale. Our “new kids on the block” are Mullins Bay, Ravishing and Stronghold (their second crops) and the “showroom boy,” A.P. Arrow (first crop.) The latter is represented by fine specimens at this week’s showcase Cape Premier Yearling Sale (both scored 9/10 when John Kramer and Keeneland’sTom Thornbury were the examiners), and “A.P” was on the mark again last week with two more 9s, one 8.5 and three 8s in the Summerhill draft.
John Kramer has long ranked among the top judges of yearlings in the world, and this year the Thoroughbred Breeders Association have appointed one of the best men in the profession to accompany him. Stanley Bennett was a classmate of John’s when they were growing up in Beaufort West (a long, long time ago!) and became one of this country’s most revered studmasters, both for his own account and in a long and distinguished career at Maine Chance Farm, initially with Godfrey Gird and then with Graham Beck. He knows horses as well as anyone we know, and between the two of them, they make a rare combination. Every time a Mullins Bay came on parade, Stanley was quick to proclaim its virtues, and in the end, the man stood up with 6x 8,5s and 4x 8s. His contemporary Ravishing has just three entries, but Robert Muir’s stallion scored astonishingly well with one 9, one 8 .5 and one 8, all with potential to make the connections of the former S.A. Derby winner, break sweat.
Finally, there’s an old saying that they only have to die or be sold, and there’s an explosion. That this could be the case for Timeform’s champion handicapper, Stronghold, is undeniable, given the results returned by the judges. Eight entered, 3 x 8.5s and five 8s, simple as that.
This is some kind of a draft, as it doesn’t end there. There’s the usual raft of Kahals and Muhtafals (trumpeted last week by no less a judge than Bill Oppenheim, whose Apex ratings placed them 5th and 8th respectively among the best stallions in the country), but there’s more to this lot than that. We also have internationally-bred representatives of Authorized (first for the English Derby winner), Duke Of Marmalade (international Horse Of The Year), Husson (the Argentinean champion, who ranks third among all juvenile sires in Australia with his first foals at the races,) and Teofilo, whose present ad in the Darley camp claims he’s off to a better start than his own phenomenal sire, Galileo, at the same stage.
Wherever else you may fish at the National Sales Complex, if you want to be in the swim in 2013, you’d need to make a turn at Block A.
(Photo : Summerhill Stud Archives)
“Kahal and Muhtafal
rank in the top seven by A Runners”
The world’s foremost statistician and analyst on stallions and sales is Bill Oppenheim : we all know that. Bill dropped us a note yesterday in another regard, and in passing, mentioned the performances of Kahal and Muhtafal as high-rankers in the assembly of active South African stallions. The numbers are out, and they tell us what we’ve been telling the public for several years now. Despite their modest beginnings at fees under R10,000, Kahal and Muhtafal rank in the top seven by A runners in terms of Oppenheim’s Apex ratings, and while for much of their careers they will have served mares substantially inferior to those of the horses ahead of them, they’ve made their marks in the most telling ways. Here is Bill’s top ten list; it speaks for itself :
Sire APEX “A” Ratings
Seeking The Gold