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The Conglomerate Aces Vodacom Durban July

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The Conglomerate Aces Vodacom Durban July

Few saw it coming. Even trainer Joey Ramsden was sceptical beforehand, even more so after The Conglomerate drew the extreme outside gate. But under a superb tactical ride from Piere Strydom the 20-1 shot pulled off a memorable win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July.

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Shoot Out at O.K. Corral

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Shoot Out at O.K. Corral

"There’s barely a month to go to the end of the current racing season, and as we predicted way back in May, the national Breeders’ premiership is destined to go to the wire." - Mick Goss / Summerhill CEO

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Slade, Silvano, Sophistication

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Slade, Silvano, Sophistication

John Slade was a speaker at the Summerhill Winter Workshop held at the stud farm's renowned School Of Excellence this week, a few days after Maine Chance likely achieved a world first by breeding the one-two-three of the country's premier race, the Vodacom Durban July.

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A Gentleman's Win For The Lady

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A Gentleman's Win For The Lady

The party spoiling objection hoodoo threatened to cast a cloud over the bright sunshine of Africa’s greatest horseracing event for the second year running when the dreaded objection hooter sounded minutes after a titanic duel to the wire. Power King beat fellow Capetonian Punta Arenas to give trainer Dean Kannemeyer his third Gr1 Vodacom Durban July in what was to prove a dramatic sequel to months of fervent expectation and speculation.

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Luck Of The Draw

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Luck Of The Draw

Four-times Vodacom Durban July-winning trainer Mike de Kock runs the two-time Gr1-winning three-year-old filly Majmu and the Gr1 SA Oaks winner Pine Princess in the big one on Saturday and has a few other chances on the day.

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Can Tarry's Troupe Trump?

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Can Tarry's Troupe Trump?

Champion trainer elect Sean Tarry has a Vodacom Durban July favourite for the first time this year in the exciting three-year-old colt Legal Eagle. However, the pressure is eased by the fact that he has not only won the July twice but has no fewer than five runners in the big race this year.

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Goosebumps At The Gallops

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Goosebumps At The Gallops

If the Vodacom Durban July Gallops are to prove any value in terms of statistical comparatives, then the fact that eight runners opted for the polytrack rather than the turf, would also have helped no definitive conclusions being reached.

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A WINTER'S DAY AT SUMMERHILL

Cold, colder, coldest. Welcome to the Summerhill Stallion Day. Traditionally held the day after the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July, Summerhill’s Stallion Day is a veritable United Nations on the beautiful stud situated just outside Mooi River at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains.

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LOUIS THE KING INLINE FOR DURBAN JULY THRONE

It takes 133 seconds of rushing adrenaline, thundering hooves and screaming voices for it all to be settled. After weeks of anticipation and argument, South Africa’s premier race will be over shortly before 4.30pm tomorrow. That’s when parties and hard-luck whinges start.

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BIG DAYS AND BIG DREAMS

Summerhill Stud is a hive of activity at this time of the year, as we count down to the Big Days ahead. The School of Excellence Students managed to take some time out of their busy schedule, and enjoyed a fantastic outing on Thursday. They were lucky enough to attend the July Gallops at Greyville, which is a traditional and very popular feature of the Vodacom Durban July.

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IN THE FLESH... FOR THE FIRST TIME

Royal Academy was a Group One winner at 1200 and 1600 metres. His only Group One winning son at 1200 and 1600 metres is Ato. The best son worldwide of the best American sire since Bold Ruler in 2012/13, was Await The Dawn.

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