The unbeaten top-rated Juvenile of his year (including the Gatecrasher (Listed) in record time and the Premier's Champion Juvenile (Gr.1) defeating Equus champion and Triple Crown hero, Abashiri.
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Yet it ranked, and it rankled even more, as the biggest piece of local racing affrontery when the aptly-named Rabada claimed the 2016 crop’s highest rating in the same event with his thunder bolt against the cream of the nation’s bluebloods. On the floor that day were the subsequent Equus Champion and Triple Crown laureate, Abashiri, and the regally related dual Group One performer, Prospect Strike.
We all know things are tight, tighter than they’ve been in a very long time. And if it weren’t for the expectation of the normalisation of our export protocols in the reasonably near future, the breeding landscape would be a bleak place indeed. With that in mind, we’ve spent a good deal of time pleading the case of broodmare owners across the board with our stallion principals, and they’re not only sympathetic but they’re as determined as we are to play their part in contributing towards the future viability of our customers’ operations.
Well, at least something is rising! The past fortnight has felt a little like Armageddon, though South Africans can hardly say it’s unique; this country of ours has come back from the brink so many times, it’s almost as if political events are sent to test us.
Highest Timeform Annual Ratings for Progeny of Galileo (Ire) through 2014.
Summerhill Stud’s exciting stallion Traffic Guard came out of the blocks flying when he broke the ice with his first raced runner at Greyville on Sunday. The Kom Naidoo-trained Sovereign Magic built on her three placed efforts with a courageous performance to win the Maiden Juvenile Plate run over 1000m on the polytrack.
Kingmambo, the first produce of the irrepressible two-time Breeders' Cup Mile (Gr.1) heroine Miesque, the sire of champions in nine different countries and of 85 black-type winners to date, was euthanized Tuesday at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, due to the infirmities of old age.
Solskjaer was a Group 2 winner over ten furlongs and is a half-brother to Yeats (Sadler's Wells). He came from champion breeders, Summerhill Stud in South Africa, where he stood since he retired from racing.
As is so often the case when a horse either dies or is sold, Duke Of Marmalade's record since has taken a marked turn for the better.
This year's Summerhill two-year-olds, in terms of their performances so far, rank with the best former graduates of this farm, and by some measures, they may even be the best.
Kwa-Zulu Natal's most accomplished thoroughbred nursery and stallion station, Summerhill Stud, hosts an open house that has become renowned for its distinctive entertainment featuring Zulu warrior dancers and a stallion parade of stars that claim bloodlines and/or racing performance from around the world.
Mick Goss, of South Africa's Summerhill Stud in KwaZulu-Natal, fizzes with an energy that finds time for interrogation by a trio of journalists from the UK, USA and New Zealand before leaping in his car, racing to the farm and donning his master of ceremonies' hat.
Gaynor Rupert of Drakenstein Stud acquired the 5-time Group One winning racehorse, Duke Of Marmalade, a year ago, and voila! three European Classic winners in two months
On Sunday, Summerhill held its 32nd annual Stallion Day at the School of Equine Management Excellence, and the occasion was dignified by the presence of heads of state, cabinet ministers, representatives of two royal families, close on 20 different countries and the usual multitude of guests.
The breeding game has never been more competitive, which means that to play a winning hand, you need to hold the aces. All of them.
While his first runners show their form, Visionaire is penning his own history: don't be remembered for missing out.
First, this "lightning bolt" won by daylight at Turffontein. Now, he's done it again at Greyville; Rabada shot home in theGatecrasher Stakes (Listed) for Michael Azzie and the Joostes, becoming Brave Tin Soldier's first Stakes winner.
Brave Tin Soldier's impressive colt Rabada notched up two notable milestones when cruising to an impressive victory in Saturday's R135 000 Listed Gatecrasher Stakes at Greyville.
Unveiling new kids on the block, "X-Factor" racehorse, Capetwon Noir and the redefinition of the international racehorse, Linngari.
"We should never confuse brains with a bull market; Wall Street's graveyards are full of investors who were right too late. - Mick Goss"