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YOUR TICKET TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP

south african stallions
south african stallions

C’MON MAN,

LET’S TAKE YOU TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP

If you’re in any doubt about your choice of stallion, take a good look at the Leader Board. Summerhill’s sixth consecutive Breeders’ Championship is no coincidence. Fundamental in our journey to the “mountain top”, has been our steadfast belief in the Summerhill stallions.

To a man, they rank in the top 1% of racehorses of their respective generations. To a man, they have the strains of the best blood on earth coursing through their veins.

To a man, they could grace the paddocks of the best farms in the world.

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Stud

Stakes

1

SUMMERHILL STUD

17,120,812

2

NORMANDY STUD

5,757,900

3

LAMMERSKRAAL STUD

5,729,550

4

ASCOT STUD

5,350,900

5

HIGHLANDS

5,344,062

6

KLAWERVLEI

5,304,300

7

WILGERBOSDRIFT

5,280,250

8

MAINE CHANCE

5,002,512

9

AVONTUUR FARM

4,690,650

10

D COHEN & SONS

4,663,362

Sporting Post 6 June 2010

summerhill stud south africa
summerhill stud south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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SUMMERHILL STALLIONS : TEN GOOD REASONS

kahal stallion at summerhill stud, south africa
kahal stallion at summerhill stud, south africa

Kahal

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

ONE BIG QUESTION ANSWERED

If you’re in any doubt about which stallion to use,

just look at the leader board.

TOP 10 SOUTH AFRICAN BREEDERS

1 August 2009 - 6 June 2010

Position

Stud

Earnings (ZAR)

1

SUMMERHILL STUD

17,120,812

2

NORMANDY STUD

5,757,900

3

LAMMERSKRAAL STUD

5,729,550

4

ASCOT STUD

5,350,900

5

HIGHLANDS

5,344,062

6

KLAWERVLEI STUD

5,304,300

7

WILGERBOSDRIFT

5,280,250

8

MAINE CHANCE

5,002,512

9

AVONTUUR FARM

4,690,650

10

D COHEN & SONS

4,663,362

summerhill stud
summerhill stud

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

CALL :

Linda Norval 033 263 1081

APPROPRIATELY, THEY’RE "RAVISHING"

ravishing - wester flash foal
ravishing - wester flash foal
ravishing - life begins foal
ravishing - life begins foal
ravishing - nevada sunrise foal
ravishing - nevada sunrise foal

RAVISHING

FOALS

Anticipating the first crop of any stallion can be quite daunting. There’s an awful lot at stake, from the value of the stallion, to the carrying cost of the mare, and then the cash that goes toward the raising of the resultant foal. The fact is, a bad foal costs the same to keep as a good one on the road to maturity, and so first impressions are vital.

They not only stroke the egos of those that have backed the stallion prospect; a good crop is a source of peace for the mind, and what’s more, it fills the book for the next season.

We had three new sires kick off their careers in 2008, and because of the numbers they attracted and because they got out of the starting blocks very early last season, we’ve already heard legions of good reports on the Strongholds and Mullins Bays. The stream has begun to flow for Ravishing, and rather than suffocate you with our own propaganda, we’ll let these pictures do the talking.

Summerhill Sires Video 2009 - 2010

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Mick Goss presents the Summerhill Stud Stallions for the 2009 - 2010 season. The lineup includes AP Arrow, Admire Main, Malhub, Stronghold, Solskjaer, Ravishing, Kahal, Muhtafal, Mullins Bay and Way West.

Summerhill Stud : The Genuine Article
Summerhill Stud : The Genuine Article

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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DR. TOMMY FOULKES... a Blast from the Past.

cataloocheeCataloochee
(Greig Muir)

We were delighted to hear from a doyen of the breeding industry after he received the Summerhill brochure last week. Dr.Tommy Foulkes whom we remember as one of the country’s leading breeders of his era, and off-hand, as producer of horses of the class of Aquanaut and Enforce, called to tell us of his admiration of the new sires in brochure, and to chew the fat generally.


His choice of the stallions, (and coming from him, we should sit up and take notice,) were Ravishing, Cataloochee and Stronghold, a strong vote for the South Africans, if ever there was one.

Tommy, who’s now closing on 80, was the founder with his ex wife, Veronica, of the Normandy Stud, since renowned for some exceptional racehorses, including Horse Of The Year in 2005, Winter Solstice.

If you’d like to share your “picks” of the stallions from the new brochure, please email us, or let us have your comments right here.

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Thoroughbred Reproduction : The New Kids on the Block

A Stronghold Cover
(Grant Norval)


Move your mouse over the photo above to see THE FUTURE”

 

greig muirGreig Muir Summerhill Stallion Manager

September 1 saw the opening of the 2008 Breeding Season throughout the Southern Hemisphere; however for the new arrivals, Mullins Bay, Stronghold and Ravishing, or “the Tsvanguri’s” as they have been nicknamed in the Summerhill Stallion Barn, the opening of the 2008 Breeding Season for the new kids on the block began several months ago.

Among free running horses, reproductive behavior in stallions involves several complex mechanisms of courtship and mating, and there are many natural sequences to establish and maintain a broodmare “harem”, which traditionally takes several years as the stallion matures. Domestically the transition from athlete to “Super Stud” may consist of a mere few months, during which time stallions remain separated, and social interaction with “harem’s” and reproductive behavior is restricted. Psychologically, the training of the breeding stallion requires careful management in order to avoid the development of aberrant behavior, which might induce unpredictable aggressiveness, inconsistent performance and other vices, and at the end of the day, we try to ensure that life in the breeding shed is safe and fun for all.

As a break from creating his own “harem”, a daily routine consisting of hand walks around Summerhill and Hartford, amongst paddocks accommodating the latest foals with their mothers, or quietly introducing himself to the prospective mares over the railings of their Rye grass paddocks, Danehill “Tsvanguri” and Timeform’s Champion Handicapper of 2006, Stronghold, broke his maiden, the lucky lady being Deceptive Charm, a Fort Wood daughter of multiple stakes winner, School For Chefs early Monday morning. The never ending hours of input from the staff over the last few months, ensured the mature approach of Stronghold to the mare, and in less than a few days, he’ll be one of “the professionals”; although as a “Tsvanguri” it is likely he’ll be wanting to take the mantle from another’s head…….. and perhaps we should not be missing out?

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RAVISHING : R200,000 up for Grabs

ravishing
Ravishing

(Nicholas Goss)

In as positive a vote of his faith in RAVISHING as you could conjure, “major domo”, Robert Muir, has placed R200,000 on deposit *, the cumulative value of which will accrue to the breeder of the best runner from RAVISHING’s first two crops.

The first son of the stallion phenomenon of the century JETMASTER, to retire to stud, SA Derby hero RAVISHING, joined the Summerhill stallion band one and a half months ago, and as he lets down, we notice by the day how appropriately he was named. Described by legendary trainer, Geoff Woodruff as “the most frustratingly talented horse I’ve trained, and by some margin, better than Horse of the Year ELUSIVE FORT,” RAVISHING wowed an audience approaching 600 at the recent Summerhill Stallion day, with his astonishing presence and show-ring good looks.

According to Stallion Bookings Manager, Linda Norval, RAVISHING is attracting widespread response from the breeding community and those that missed his grandsire RAKEEN and his own father JETMASTER when they first went to stud, seem intent on avoiding the same mistake three times.

* To be adjudicated upon by a panel of independent judges, whose decision will be final.

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Part 1. The Vodacom Durban July : Africa's Greatest Sporting Event

pat goss snrPat Goss Snr
(Summerhill Stud)


There is no sporting topic that inspires more discussion, from grannies to nannies, than the Durban July. Without doubt, the excitement of “the July” is shared by more South Africans across more cultural, racial and economic spectra than any other single moment’s entertainment, and this has been so since its first running in 1897, when Campanajo earned the first of his two consecutive victories.

While his victory in the 50th renewal of this great event was 62 years ago, my grandfather’s diminutive St Pauls, who won the race from the outside draw in record time, conferred not only on himself, but on those around him, something of an aura of immortality. This all happened some four years before my own birth, yet I remember, as a young army conscript undergoing his basic training, attempting to make a “reverse charges” call to my parents in the erstwhile Transkei.

The procedure required the caller to provide the telephone operator with his name, and as it happened, the telephone operator was one Nic Claasen, (now a veteran trainer of many years, who has a filly engaged as one of the favorites in Saturday’s Golden Slipper). Upon hearing my surname, he enquired whether I was related to the owner of St Pauls, and I realized then the enormity of the meaning of victory in this great race.

Indeed, to my grandfather, Pat, it was everything, and in his deep desire to win the race he left no stone unturned, including the need to prepare for the victory celebrations in advance. This he did by engaging the services of a young lady by the name of June Maguire, then proprietress of the Kew Hotel on Durban’s Berea. With victory secured, every Durbanite who shared Pat Goss reverence for the Durban July, was invited to one of the greatest victory parties in the race’s history.

In due course, that same June Maguire became June Coller, and her daughter Robin is now Robin Muir, who with her husband Robert have been patrons of the stud since the day the gates opened, and these days, they’re renowned for their connectivity with the likes of Cataloochee and Ravishing, both major “domos” in our stallion barn.

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The Equus National Racing Awards - Tonight, at Emperor's Palace

The big night honouring the Champions is the highlight of the racing year, and this year’s event is another 600-plus sellout. The Summerhill contingent (15 strong) is travelling to Goldrush City as we log this report, and our third consecutive Breeder’s Title is one of the few Championships about which there’s little debate.

The finalists in each racing category are listed below. Tomorrow morning, we’ll give you all the Winners, as well as the major categories that flow from them, such as Horse of The Year, Owner of the Year etc.

2007 EQUUS AWARDS – NOMINEES

CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD FILLY

Diana’s Choice / Gilded Minaret / Nania / Rat Burana

CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD COLT / GELDING

Argonaut / Hit Song / Seventh Rock

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD SPRINTER : FEMALE
(up to and including 1400m)

Ethereal Lady / Our Girl

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD SPRINTER : MALE
(up to and including 1400m)

Kildonan / Mythical Flight / War Artist

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD CLASSIC HORSE : FEMALE
(1600m and further)

Dane Julia / Little Miss Magic / River Jetez / Sun Classique

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD CLASSIC HORSE : MALE
(1600m and further)

Buy and Sell / Divine Jury / Jay Peg / Pick Six / Ravishing

CHAMPION OLDER SPRINTER : FEMALE
(up to and including 1400m)

Bold Ellinore / Chant De Nuit / Disco Queen / Mocha Java / Secret of Victoria

CHAMPION OLDER SPRINTER : MALE
(up to and including 1400m)

Elusive Fort / Floatyourboat / Successful Bidder

CHAMPION OLDER MID-DISTANCE HORSE : FEMALE
(1600m – 2200m)

Badger’s Gift / Bold Ellinore

CHAMPION OLDER MID DISTANCE HORSE : MALE
(1600m – 2200m)

Elusive Fort / Hunting Tower / Malteme / Pocket Power / Successful Bidder

CHAMPION STAYER : FEMALE
(2400m and further)

Festive Occasion / River Jetez

CHAMPION STAYER : MALE
(2400m and further)

Diamond Quest / Long Dollar / Omaha Beach / Ravishing

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The Race for the Championships

Robin and Robert MuirRobin and Robert MuirAnd now for the S.A. Derby and our old friends, the Muirs.

Sixty years ago almost to the month, Pat Goss Snr. chalked up his first Durban July victory, with St. Pauls, the smallest horse ever to win South Africa’s greatest sporting event.

The victory celebrations, hosted by one of the city’s loveliest “debs,” June Maguire, and attended it seemed, by all Durbanites that shared Pat Goss’ reverence for the Durban July, took place at the old Kew Hotel.

RavishingRavishingThat same June Maguire is the first dam of Robin Muir, who together with her husband, the great American version of Roberto, is the owner of Summerhill’s stallion, Cataloochee. Saturday witnessed the birth of another Muir celebrity in R1million SA Derby (Gr1) hero, Ravishing, whose impressive win here franked the form of the SA Classic (Gr1) where Ravishing stayed on for 4th among what is now looking like a vintage crop of three year old colts.

Ahead of Ravishing that day were Divine Jury, and the two Summerhill breds, Emperor Napoleon and Pick Six, and the outcome of that race is developing into a mirror-image of the race for the Breeders Premiership in 2007, where Highlands Farms are beginning to deliver a bit of a check to multiple Champions Summerhill.

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On another front, the battle for the SA Trainer’s title is by no means a settled affair. Cape-based Mike Bass is deservedly enjoying the season of his life, while Champion Mike de Kock is in close attendance.

What has thrown the ranks into a bit of turmoil was the titanic move of former Champion Jeff Woodruff on Saturday with three consecutive Group winners, including the Derby. There’s more to come on this one, that’s a racing cert.

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