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NO FIREWORKS; BUT A GOOD SHOW NONETHELESS

pansula
pansula

Pansula

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SIX WINNERS IN A BANNER WEEK

After the big bangs of the last fortnight, two Guineas winners, Imbongi’s big showing in Dubai, Smanjemanje’sEgoli Mile, VangelisFairview Mile and Hear The Drums making it 31 wins to date, you might be forgiven for calling the events of this past week somewhat of a damp squib.

However, six winners is a banner week for anyone, headed by R600 000 Emerald Cup (Gr.2) ace, Phunyuka’s big job in the mid-week feature at the Vaal. He’s probably the best example of how different racing surfaces affect the performances of different horses, and for him, his “meat” is the sand, while it’s poison to others. His performance confirms Phunyuka as one of the finest sand runners in the country. All of Phunyuka,Dynamite Mike, Mholi, Pansula,Uyagiya and Mystic contributed to what is the best lead Summerhill has ever had in the Breeders Championship, where the log looks like this :

SOUTH AFRICAN BREEDERS LOG

STUD

EARNINGS (ZAR)

AEPR (ZAR)

Summerhill Stud

11,888,187

50,374

Normandy Stud

4,434,500

69,289

Lammerskraal Stud

3,929,700

46,232

Maine Chance

3,885,325

35,321

Highlands

3,677,962

30,907

D Cohen & Sons

3,575,812

29,552

Wilgerbosdrift

3,531,050

42,543

Klawervlei Stud

3,196,125

22,994

The Alchemy

3,116,825

42,696

Gary Player Stud

3,001,650

24,013

Courtesy of Sporting Post as at 15 March 2010

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PHUNYUKA : AUTUMN SAND SPRINT

phunyuka autumn sand sprint video
phunyuka autumn sand sprint video

Click above to watch Phunyuka winning the Autumn Sand Sprint

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AUTUMN SAND SPRINT (Non-Black Type)

VAAL RACECOURSE 1200m SAND

9 MARCH 2010

PHUNYUKA (Slew The Red x Catch Meby Argosy)

5 Year Old Bay Gelding

Owner : Wally Brits

Trainer : Roy Magner

Jockey : Guillermo Figueroa

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

Win Time : 71.08

Career Record : 6 Wins, 12 Places, 25 Starts

Carrer Earnings : R849,755

Phunyuka is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

RACE RESULTS

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

PHUNYUKA

61.0

102

1

G Figueroa

Roy Magner

2

0.25

SANDY BEACH

62.5

105

4

S Brown

St John Gray

3

1.50

FUZZY CUZZY (AUS)

55.5

91

7

G Wrogemann

Roy Magner

4

1.75

DEEP WATER

58.5

97

12

A Marcus

Charles Laird

5

6.25

RYAN’ A LION

53.5

87

10

S Chambers

Erico Verdonese

6

7.75

LOCHLORIEN

55.0

95

5

G Lerena

Mike Azzie

7

9.00

NORQUINCO (ARG)

59.0

98

6

M Odendaal

Geoff Woodruff

8

9.50

FEARLESS GUN (AUS)

59.5

99

3

C Orffer

Lucky Houdalakis

9

10.00

COPPER TRADER

56.5

93

2

F Naude

Corne Spies

10

11.25

PROCURER

54.0

88

8

S Khumalo

Dominic Zaki

11

11.75

FAIR BRUTUS

61.0

102

11

M Mienie

George Scott

12

14.00

WAITANGI

56.0

97

9

P Strydom

Geoff Woodruff

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NO END IN SIGHT FOR GUILLERMO "WILLIE" FIGUEROA

guillermo willie figueroa aboard phunyuka in 2009 emerald cup
guillermo willie figueroa aboard phunyuka in 2009 emerald cup

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Guillermo “Willie” Figueroa aboard Phunyuka in the 2009 Emerald Cup

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GUILLERMO “WILLIE” FIGUEROA

EMERALD CUP 2009 

Andrew Harrison writes for Gold Circle that at the age of 54, there seems to be no end in sight to the career of Peruvian-born jockey Guillermo Figueroa.

Injury prone in recent years, there are still few better judges of pace around and “Willie the Wizard” drew on all his experience to land the R600 000 Emerald Cup aboard the Roy Magner-trained Phunyuka on the Vaal sand on Saturday.

Caught off the pace in the early stages as Renegade and Sandy Beach set an almost suicidal gallop, the 2007 Ready To Run graduate Phunyuka moved smoothly down the centre in the home stretch under a typical no-fuss ride from Figueroa to collar the leaders inside the 300m mark and then run on strongly to hold late challenges from outsider Fearless Gun and joint second favourite, and last year’s winner, Alimony with Sandy Beach staying on for fourth.

Phunyuka, a five-year-old gelding by Slew The Red and bred at champion breeders Summerhill Stud, is something of a sand specialist as all five of his victories have come on the Vaal surface. 

The field jumped smartly but Norquinco lost any chance he had as he became the meat in the sandwich shortly after the start and was badly cramped for galloping room as Sandy Beach cut across his bows from his outside draw.

Phunyuka was well enough out of the gate but Figueroa was hard at him to hold his early position.

“The pace was very fast, said Figueroa in his dodgy English post race. “I had to ride a little to keep position. But the horse relaxed and I came on slowly, slowly from the 500m.” The challenge was short lived, however, and Phunyuka, under a hands and heels ride from Figueroa simple cruised into the lead with a furlong to run. Fearless Gun and Alimony made up quick ground on his inside but Phunyuka responded to the challenge and won rather comfortably.

“He’s a real street fighter,” said Roy Magner in the winner’s enclosure. “My goodness they went fast. Lucky’s (Houdalakis) horse came alongside and he kept on fighting. He’s a very good sand horse.”

Owner Wally Brits, was philosophical about the win. “All the hype was about Charlie Laird’s horse but we beat him fair and square. “Galahad’s a champion and we probably wouldn’t beat him at level weights, but handicapping is handicapping.”

“Figgy said before the race that if you’ve got him the same (as he was when beating Galahad at his last start) then he’ll definitely win. What more can I say.” 

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The Magnificent Seven (Sorry, eight!)

It wasn’t only the weather that shone brightly over Summerhill this past week, it was the results as well. Eight winners including three of the four races at Greyville on Friday evening, and you can’t ask for more than that.

For the record:

Horse                                                  Trainer

Ketchup (Slew The Red)                          Gavin van Zyl

Field Rose (National Emblem)            Tracey Woolard

Cape Tango (Kahal)                                       Mike de Kock

Wave Dancer (Rambo Dancer)             Dennis Drier

Thandolwami                                                     Craig Eudey

Lloyd Africa (Albarahin)                           Mark Dixon

Baharain’s Jewel (Albarahin)                   Dennis Drier

No Limits                                                              Wally Tolmay

ThandolwamiThandolwami (Gold Circle)Barahin's JewelBarahin’s Jewel (Gold Circle)Wave DancerWave Dancer (Gold Circle)Cape TangoCape Tango (Gold Circle)

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Slowly but surely....

Slew The RedSlew The RedA Freshman Sire who is quietly carving out a name for himself is SLEW THE RED, about whose first progeny we’re hearing the odd whispers in hallowed corridors. Sundays renewal of the Grade 3 Strelitzia Stakes produced his first Feature race performer, when TWO MOCCASINS (bred by the Hallmark Stud) ran on well for third against the best Two Year Old fillies KZN has to offer. Given that SLEW THE RED was at his best at ten furlongs and beyond, and the way this one was doing her best at the death, you’d be forgiven thinking her best days are ahead.

Hats off to Chris Saunders and Fili Bowles of Invermooi Stud, who spotted the gap and took this accomplished son of Red Ransom on lease from the late Sheikh Maktoum’s Gainsborough Stud last season. If the whispers should amount to even half of what we’re hearing, we could just be facing a crescendo come next season.

 

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Slew the Red sires first winner

slew the redFirst season sire SLEW THE RED (USA) posted his first winner from just his second starter when his two year old daughter Two Moccasions won the first race at the Vaal - the 1200m R65,000 Maiden Juvenile Plate.

The filly ran 4th at her first start on 22 February but quickened in the final 200m today and was a convincing winner for jockey Randall Simons and trainer Paul Matchett.

Two Moccasins is owned by  M Mansour, N Chronias and S Zachey and was bred by Hallmark Thoroughbreds.

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Slew the Red in the news

slew the redFrom The European Bloodstock News 26 January 2007

Multiple Group winner Slew The Red has the honour of being the first son of outstanding Roberto stallion Red Ransom to take up stud duties in South Africa.

On the racetrack, he proved as tough as he was versatile.

Under the tutelage of Andre Fabre, Slew The Red was placed in all four starts at two and progressed to win four Stakes races in France at three and four, including the Gr.3 La Coupe at Longchamp and the Gr.3 Prix Gontaut-Biron at Deauville. In addition, he was second in the Gr.2 Prix du Conseil de Paris and third in the Gr.2 Prix Foy.

Sent to Neil Drysdale at five, Slew The Red won or was placed in his three American starts, which included a third
in the Gr.2 Dixie Handicap at Pimlico. Drysdale described him as “everything a breeder could wish for; strength,
depth and importantly, a real ability to quicken.”

Slew The Red’s dam, the Seattle Slew mare Great Lady Slew, is a daughter of Great Lady Sharon, an Alydar half-sister to the magnificent filly Lady’s Secret, America’s Horse of the Year in 1986.

Slew The Red’s first crop clearly inherited his muscular good looks and at the sales, averaged ten times his fee.

Retired to Summerhill Stud in 2003, he now stands at Invermooi Stud in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

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Where is your mare heading this year?

Here’s just a taste of what is on the menu:

RUNS ON THE BOARD

Muhtafal:  sire of 2006 Gr1 Golden Horse Sprint winner Let’s Rock ‘n Roll, following the Gr1 Mercury Sprint winner Disappear in 2005.

Albarahin: His first crop of 2yo’s have rocketed this freshman to the top of the ladder.

Kahal: Bold Ellinore, Evening Attire, Majestic Sun and Looks Like Trouble are just some of the names carrying ‘Kahal’ on their sire side in 2006. 

And don’t forget Deep Sleep (triple stakes winner of more than R1.2m), Lavery (G1 winning 2yo), Malhub (Defeated the cream of Europe’s sprinters in the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Gr 1) at Royal Ascot, including World Champion Juvenile, JOHANNESBURG and first or second in four Group Ones in 2002, and never more than a 1/2 length behind in any of them), Russian Revival (Winner of seven races and almost R8 million and Timeform’s champion handicapper of 1999. Yearlings have sold up to R320,000) and Slew The Red (15 starts from 2 to 5 years, 13 cheques).

THE NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Solskjaer: Currently the highest ranking son of Danehill in South Africa with a Timeform rating of 120lbs.  The immaculately bred  son of Danehill is one of three Group winners from his dam including Yeats, winner of last year ’s Coronation Cup (Gr.1) in England. Equipped with an imposing physique and being a Stakes winner from a mile to 10 furlongs, he is well suited to the local breeding scene, with the added advantage of being one of very few high performing sons of Danehill in South Africa.

Way West:  This boy had speed to burn, winning the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude which immediately saw him regarded as one of the top two or three juveniles in Australia at that time.  Judged by the Australian veterninary icon, Dr. Percy Sykes, as the perfect model of a yearling, like the highly successful stallion Flying Spur, Way West is a son of Danehill out of a Mr. Prospector mare.  His granddam was the winner of three Grade One races, and is a sister to the Melbourne Cup hero, At Talaq.   Way West offers the wondrous combination of juvenile precocity and exceptional conformation, combined with the best sire line in the world.

Contact Linda Norval today on 27 33 263 1314 for further details and to discuss your particular requirements.

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