Veteran trainer Roy Magner provided Summerhill Stud with a wonderful advert for its Farm Sale next week when Anna Pavlova (nearest camera), a graduate of the 2016 sale, got up to win the Gr3 Three Troikas Stakes over 1450m at Turffontein with a powerful late run under jockey JP van der Merwe.
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He's not just the producer of an Australian Group One winner. For no money to speak of, he's the sire of some proper money sales horses.
Sustained market support for O'Marilyn (O'Reilly) in the build-up to Saturday's New Zealand 1000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) proved to be misplaced as Stephen McKee's filly, sent off odds-on following a hat-trick of victories, could only muster seventh behind Platinum Witness (California Dane – Chartreuse by St Petersburg).
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There are more “old wives’ tales” around the breeding of racehorses than any other game. At last, the scientists have brought some precision to the table, by isolating the SPEED GENE. Every stallion on Summerhill has been tested, and now we can predict with accuracy, what he’s likely to throw.
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Catch scenes from ‘Racing’s Social Event of the Year’, the annual Cathsseta Summerhill Stallion Day, Sunday 17 August at 20h00 on Tellytrack, DSTV channel 239.
First Solzhenitsyn’sGroup One wins and performances put him on the map. Now, from just a handful of foals, both St Petersburg’s International runners and the first of his Summerhill graduates, are hitting the spot.
CATHSSETA STALLION DAY
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Summerhill Stud, South Africa
Summerhill resident sire, St Petersburg, was a prolific source of winners in Asia before his acquisition by Mark Yong of T’men syndicate and perennial Singapore Owner of the Year, Fred Crabbia.
Split The Breeze / Gold Circle (p)
“Brave Tin Soldier remains, at $3million (R30million), the most expensive foal the world has known; he is the son of a stallion who stood for a stud fee in excess of R5million, and he was out of an own sister to one of the most famous Kentucky Derby winners of all time.”
Any line-up of juveniles which includes sons of Judpot, Fort Wood, Kahal and Sail From Seattle, each costing several hundred thousand and representing some of the top yards in the province, makes formidable reading. That’s what Brave Tin Soldier’s Rathmor-bred son, Split The Breeze faced on his way to the 1000m mark for his first racecourse start. While the bulk of those mentioned were well-mounted, there were two outward signs of faith in the colt as he cantered postward: number one, the log-leading jockey, S’manga Khumalo had been booked for the occasion; and secondly, from an opening call of 16/1, the money had come gushing for the debutant who went off at less than half those odds.
While there’s always reason to be wary of the unknown, from a Summerhill perspective, there was at least one known quantity in the field; Glinka, a smart son of St Petersberg from an old Summerhill family who’d grown up here as the property of our Singapore stalwart, Mark Yong. Glinka provided us with at least a glimpse of his talent with a promising debut fourth in the Featured Sentinel Stakes last month, in the company of some of the better juveniles in the province.
“Big, brave, brilliant, and bred in the purple” was the styling of Brave Tin Soldier when he stepped off the plane for his first season at stud in South Africa, and given his origins and his racecourse performances, it seemed appropriate. He remains, at $3million (R30million), the most expensive foal the world has known; he is the son of a stallion who stood for a stud fee in excess of R5million, and he was out of an own sister to one of the most famous Kentucky Derby winners of all time. Besides, he broke his maiden in Stakes company against some of Ireland’s leading juveniles, and after what appeared to be a career-crippling injury, he came back to break a track record at a mile in Group company as an older horse.
That Split The Breeze should’ve come home disdainfully against this field, should not, given these credentials, be cause for surprise. Nor should the expectations for Brave Tin Soldier. In the past few days, several others of his debutants have made the frame at the first or second time of asking, and if you can trust the racing grapevine, there are more where these came from.
Editor’s note: Split The Breeze was an eye-catching, typical Storm Cat type at last year’s National Sale, where he made a respectable R200,000 from the Rathmor draft to the bid of Luiz Cunha.
(Photo : Summerhill Stud)
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Watch Solzhenitsyn winning the 2013 Toorak Handicap (Gr1)
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“Solzhenitsyn’s second successive victory in the historic Toorak,
confirmed his rating as one of the best milers in Australia, and made him
only the fifth horse in 133 years to double up in this Group One.”
When we reported last week on Solzhenitsyn’s Group One sweep of the “Toorak”, we were unaware that the son of Summerhill resident St Petersburg, had made himself a member of an elite club. According to the European Bloodstock News, his second successive victory in this historic event, confirmed his rating as one of the best milers in Australia, and made him only the fifth horse in 133 years to double up in this Group One. We’ve since seen the footage, and the comfort of his victory under top weight was astonishing, taking him past the R10million mark in earnings, by the way.
Solzhenitsyn was a $10,000 weanling purchase, subsequently sold to Hong Kong early in his career, but failed the vet. Followers of these columns will know that St Petersburg has been on a roll recently, and from slender opportunities, he’s already the sire of Group 3-placed Blushing Peter.
Speaking of resident sires, it’s a little known fact that Brave Tin Soldier left a handful of foals in America, before getting on the plane for his new home. We always knew he was the subject of a default sale before we got him, and that Coolmore generously allowed us to buy him at a reduced price on account of the forfeiture provisions of the initial deal: another illustration of what relationships can do for you in this business. That said, we were unaware he’d served a few mares before his repossession, so it’s a welcome surprise to know he already has his first winner in the appropriately-named Don’t Waste My Time, who skated home on Saturday at one of Maryland’s front rank racetracks, Laurel Park. Fourth on debut, and now a winner on his second start at the races, Don’t Waste My Time endorses what our jockeys have been telling us for a couple of months now. The “Brave Tins” have wings on them, and there’s every expectation here that they’ll reignite Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy-tale after 150 years of dormancy.
For a couple of weeks now, A.P. Arrow has been threatening to break into the news, and he did so in no uncertain terms on the weekend. Already the sire of a Black type-juvenile, (something of a surprise for a horse that didn’t run until well into his 3-year-old career), his daughter Flight Check has been screaming for more ground to show us her best. She got that on Saturday, and she also got a jockey who knew what kind of ride the A.P. Arrows have been looking for.
Piere Strydom is a master of pace, and he popped her out of the stalls at the head of affairs, allowing her to dictate into the Turffontein straight. When “A.P” first arrived, we thought he was the kind of horse whose progeny would get better with age and better with distance, and they’re just the type to handle the murderous 800 metres of the Turffontein straight. Just as the field looked to engulf Flight Check halfway home, Piere Strydom changed down, and there it was, just like A.P. himself: the margin a growing 2 ¾ lengths. She wasn’t alone though: the past fortnight has seen a litany of A.P’s counting the cash, Cristal Arrow, Allaquiver, Nondweni’s Filly and Autodrome, all of them reminding us “they just get better!”.
Whilst we’re in “globe-trotting” mode, the indomitable “Three Wise Men” have been it at again. De Kock, Malherbe and McVeigh excused themselves from the Ready To Run gallops, because they were otherwise “occupied”, and you never really know what that means with this lot. Turns out they were stocking the English larder with another raft of ex-Coolmore inmates. Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle stables have been a fertile hunting ground for De Kock over the years, with acquisitions including Archipenko,Mullins Bay, Eagle Mountain and Master Of Hounds. Now he’s put his hands on the outstanding Royal Ascot winner, Gale Force Ten (by Oasis Dream, runaway hero of the Jersey Stakes Gr.3) and Flying The Flag (Galileo, winner of the International Stakes Gr.3)besides his earlier purchase of the Gr.1-performing Mars (Galileo) for his Newmarket yard, recently acquired by the most enterprising lady in racing, Mary Slack.
You can’t get a good man down: both Soft Falling Rain and Igugu were below par in the bog at Ascot on Saturday, but they’ll be consoled on the homeward flight by the thought of attending the Ready To Run sale next week.
(Photo : News Australia)
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Nureyev (USA) - Miss Bold Appeal (USA)
Solzhenitsyn (NZ) won the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup over 1600m in Australia last week for the second year running. The son of St Petersburg (AUS) who stands at Summerhill Stud in South Africa’s picturesque KZN Midlands, is out of Tri Victory (NZ) by Victory Dance (IRE). A 12-time winner, Solzhenitsyn also won the Group 1 Toorak Handicap over 1600m at Caulfield in Australia and placed twice in Group 1’s and a Group 2 down under.
Named after a Russian novelist and activist, Solzhenitsyn won by a short neck from Commands colt Transporter, with Epic finishing one and quarter lengths off the leader in third position.
In South Africa, Blushing Peter (out of Elegant Blush by Jallad) placed third in the Grade 3 Protea Stakes as well as placing fourth in the Grade 1 South African Nursery. He is trained by Sean Tarry and bred and owned by Fred Crabbia. St Petersburg’s other Bold Black Types from Australia and Macau include Chartreuse, Barlinnie, St Peters Gift, Russian Conquest and Fantasticprivilege.
St Petersburg is the sire of 167 progeny to race to date, producing 85 winners (50.0%) with earnings of over $6.6 million which include five Stakes Winners and two Stakes places.
St Petersburg is the only son of Nureyev standing in KwaZulu-Natal, out of the mare Miss Bold Appeal by Valid Appeal. A good-looking dark bay stallion with an outstanding temperament, he is a half-brother to Triple Grade 1 winner in the USA, Jersey Girl as well as 8-time winner Partition and sire Bold Expectation in Australia. He belongs to the immediate family of Two-Year-Old USA Champion sire Foolish Pleasure, Beldale Lustre, Valid Expecations and Little Expectations.
A stallion that stood privately prior to relocating to Summerhill Stud, St Petersburg has produced winners (and Stakes Winners) in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
St Petersburg won three races in Australia at age 3, 1000-1200m and placed twice. His wins include the Group 3 VRC Chivas Regal Stakes (1200m) and the SAJC Fraar Handicap (1000m). He placed fourth in the Group 1 VRC Lightening Stakes (1000m) and Group 2 Ascot Vale Stakes (1200m) before a tendon injury prematurely ended a career that promised great heights.
ST PETERSBURG (AUS)
Nureyev (USA) - Miss Bold Appeal (USA)
St Petersburg continued his Group 1 success in Australia this past weekend when his son Solzhenitsyn ran third in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes in Rosehill over 1300m for trainer Rob Heathcote.
Running on good going on turf, Solzhenitsyn was just a length short of the Gai Waterhouse-trained winner, Pierro (Aus) (Lonhro), who made it 10 in a row with this win. More Joyous (NZ) (More Than Ready) squezed home for second.
Already a Group winner, Solzhenitsyn hit the headlines last year after winning the Group 1 Toorak Handicap, the Listed Strawberry Road Handicap and Group 3 Lord Mayors Cup. He has also placed in a Group 1 and Group 2.
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Solzhenitsyn by St Petersburg wins the Toorak Handicap (G1) at Caulfied
(Photo : The Australian)
DAVID JONES TOORAK HANDICAP (G1)
Caulfield, Turf, 1600m
13 October 2012
A late change of plans and a horse who “can do almost anything” have given Queensland trainer Robert Heathcote his greatest day at the races and upset one of the stars of the Australian turf in More Joyous.
Solzhenitsyn (Aus) (St Petersburg - Tri Victory), a horse who cost a mere $10,000, stormed to a long neck victory in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap, and made Caulfield by far his trainer’s favourite racecourse. “I’ve only won two Group 1 races and they were both here,” Heathcote said. The first came last autumn when Woorim won the Oakleigh Plate.
Heathcote said he had originally planned to push forward, but changed his mind after consulting part-owner Paul Willetts, the man who bought Solzhenitsyn as a weanling. “I’d been thinking about pouring the pressure on and taking it up to them,” Heathcote said. “But we had a chat and decided there could be a lot of speed without us having to make it.”
The tactic made all the difference with Solzhenitsyn cruising in midfield as More Joyous worked hard in the first 300m and then had to chase hard coming to the home turn. Jockey Corey Brown then produced the winner at the 200m mark just as the effort told on More Joyous. He then finished over the top of Spirit Song to score by a long neck with the same margin to the luckless Yosei in third place.
Solzhenitsyn’s win followed that earlier in the day of his stablemate Buffering in the Schillaci Stakes and has virtually ensured the pair will race in Perth over the summer.
Before that, he is scheduled to run in the Group 2 Waterford Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley in two weeks and the Group One Emirates Stakes on the final day of the Flemington Carnival.
Nash Rawiller was far from downcast about More Joyous’ defeat in a race she won two years ago. “When the pace come off I was forced to go around them and sit outside the lead which she can normally overcome quite easily but it was pretty testy out there today with the big weight,” he said. “I was more than happy with the run.”
Michael Rodd said last year’s winner King Mufhasa wasn’t comfortable when he couldn’t adopt his usual front-running tactics. “He didn’t appreciate being held up in amongst the horses,” Rodd said. He raced a bit plain.”
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ST PETERSBURG (AUS)
Nureyev (USA) - Miss Bold Appeal (USA)
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HOW MANY STALLIONS?
Have 9.5% Stakes-winners to runners? *
Have 8% Two-Year-Olds Stakes winners to runners? *
Exceed 50% winners to runners and average earnings in excess of R260,000?*
Won Stakes and Group races from 1000m - 1200m, as well as a Group One performance in Australia’s time-honoured Lightening Stakes over 1000m?
Stand for R10,000 or less.
* Stats courtesy of Racing and Sports