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THABISO MGOZA'S 2010 READY TO RUN SELECTIONS

lot 21 tasgeel
lot 21 tasgeel
lot 24 banjo bay
lot 24 banjo bay

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LOT 21 TASGEEL (KAHAL - AKRAAN)

(COLT) BY THE SIRE OF ART OF WAR, DESERT LINKS AND BOLD ELLINORE. DAM SISTER TO RANIN (4 WINS INC PARK HILL STAKES G3) & WAHCHI (2 WINS INC 3RD DERBY TRIAL G3). FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FAMILY OF SISTERHOOD (10 WINS INC SANTA BARBARA HANDICAP G1), LOST HORIZON (4 WINS INC 3RD GP ENRIQUE ACEBAL G1) & GIRL WARRIOR (4 WINS INC EL ENCINO STAKES G2)

LOT 24 BANJO BAY (MUHTAFAL - ANOUK AIMEE)

(COLT) BY THE SIRE OF PARIS PERFECT, OUTCOME, BATTLESTAR EXPRESS AND ARABIAN MIST. BROTHER TO FLY TO THE STARS (2 WINS INC 4TH THEKWINI FILLIES STAKES G2 - DAM OF DIANA’S CHOICE (5 WINS INC. KENILWORTH FILLIES NURSERY G3 & 2 WINS IN UAE)) IMMEDIATE FAMILY OF GAY MINSTREL (6 WINS INC PR PERTH G3 & PR MESSIDOR G3, SIRE)

emperors palace ready to run 2010
emperors palace ready to run 2010

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

Sunday 7 November 2010

For more information please visit :

www.tba.co.za

and

www.summerhill.co.za

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THE A.P. INDY / MR. PROSPECTOR PARTNERSHIP

a.p. arrow race horse
a.p. arrow race horse

A.P. Arrow

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

“THE LETHAL COCKTAIL”

When Summerhill and its fellow investors first got their hands on A.P. Arrow, we knew we had something out of the ordinary. Just how extraordinary though, we didn’t know. The events of the past 12 months have been illuminating, as Andrew Caulfield points out in the Thoroughbred Daily News.

“We have known for a long time now that easily the most prolific source of above-average performers by A.P. Indy has been his partnership with Mr. Prospector’s daughters.

There are now 15 graded winners, plus another five black-type winners, among the 121 foals of racing age from this ultra-popular nick.

These 121 foals represent roughly 11 percent of A.P. Indy’s total output, but their 15 graded winners equate to around 19 percent of his 80 winners at that level.

So is it any surprise that A.P. Indy’s sons from this highly effective Mr. Prospector nick are proving the most effective as stallions? Although this select band accounts for less than 20 percent of A.P. Indy’s graded winners, they have so far supplied two thirds of all then graded winners by A.P. Indy’s sons, including a similar proportion of their Grade 1 winners.

These impressive figures have been compiled largely by Pulpit, Malibu Moon and Mineshaft, with help from Flatter, Accelerator and Indy King, and now the name of Congrats can be added to the list. His daughter Wickedly Perfect has collected the G3 Sorrento Stakes and G1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes, with the latter success marking the start of a profitable weekend for Vinery’s Florida-based freshman stallion.

Congrats also took third place in the Alcibiades, thanks to Jordy Y, and third place in the G1 Champagne Stakes, with his son I’m Steppin’ It Up.

This fine sequence means that Congrats now holds a lead of over $300,000 on the first-crop sires’ table, with earnings in excess of $1million.

His exploits for the Claiborne-Dilschneider partnership included a victory in the G2 San Pasqual Handicap and a good second, dividing Rock Hard Ten and Borrego, in the G1 Santa Anita Handicap. These efforts earned Congrats a trip to Dubai for the 2005 World Cup, in which he finished fifth of 12 to Roses In May (Devil His Due).

Even so, there were a few important shortcomings on his resume. For a start, he hadn’t become a stakes winner until he was four, or a graded winner until he was five, and he failed to achieve that all-important Grade 1 win. To compound these shortcomings, he had nothing better than a Grade 3 placing to show for his final year on the track, in 2006, which never helps launch a stallion career.

There are some striking parallels between Congrats and A.P. Arrow, though the latter was obviously the more accomplished runner of the two. For starters, they were both superior racehorses, both were Grade 2 winners, and both were millionaires with Grade 1 performances. Both stand 16,2 hh, and they have almost parallel pedigree make-ups (…see the boxes below).

Congrats

A.P. Indy (USA)

Seattle Slew

Bold Reasoning

My Charmer

Weekend Surprise

Secretariat

Lassie Dear

Win Approval (USA)

Mr Prospector

Raise A Native

Gold Digger

Wild Applause

Northern Dancer

Glowing Tribute

A.P. Arrow

A.P. Indy (USA)

Seattle Slew

Bold Reasoning

My Charmer

Weekend Surprise

Secretariat

Lassie Dear

Garimpeiro (USA)

Mr Prospector

Raise A Native

Gold Digger

Far Flying

Far North by Northern Dancer

Nalees Flying Flag

Although I have pointed out how much A.P. Indy owes his reputation as a sire of sires to his sons out of Mr. Prospector mares, there is no reason why he shouldn’t also make his mark through some of his younger stallion sons. Bernardini, after all, is out of a Mr. Prospector line mare, by Quiet American (who has 20 percent graded winners among his daughters’ foals by A.P. Indy).”

Footnote :

For more on the successful mating patterns of this “tribe”, click on www.summerhill.co.za and go to A.P. Arrow. It seems the opportunities are endless with Danzig, Roberto, Storm Cat and “Mr.P” himself. Think National Assembly, Qui Danzig, National Emblem, Al Mufti, Var, Tiger Ridge, Secret Prospector, Western Winter and Muhtafal. Any other suggestions?

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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SHEIKH MOHAMMED TOPS THE TREE

inkanyezi
inkanyezi

Inkanyezi

(Photo : Gold Circle)

“The man affectionately known as

Sheikh Khalifa”

A glance at the family tree of Dubai’s ruling dynasty, reveals that Emirate’s cultural phenomenon when it comes to succession. Unlike many European countries, the principle of primogeniture does not appear to apply, resting rather on the basis of family consensus.

There are two Sheikh Mohammeds in Dubai, one the present ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the other his more senior (in years) first cousin, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifah Al Maktoum. However, when it comes to results on the racecourse, pound-for-pound, the last few seasons at Dubai’s Carnival belonged, without doubt to the man affectionately known as “Sheikh Khalifah.”

At Gold Circle’s KwaZulu Natal Racing Awards on Friday evening, His Highness’ dominance of local racing was again apparent, when he was proclaimed Owner of The Year on the back of the championship titles of Bold Silvano (two) and Ancestral Fore.

Sheikh Khalifah’s success is not confined to his racing activities alone, though. Last season, he had two juveniles which excelled locally before making names for themselves as winners respectively, of the UAE Derby and UAE Oaks in Musir and Raihana. In his breeding operations at Summerhill, he has also struck gold in just a few seasons with the Highveld Racehorse of the Year. Pierre Jourdan (South Africa’s biggest earner of last season), Smangaliso (like Pierre Jourdan, a Graded Stakes winner of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup,) and Dynamite Mike, vanquisher in the KZN Guineas of the international Group One hero, Jay Peg.

The Al Adiyaat team (the nom de plume of his racing stable) was back in action at Clairwood Sunday, when the Sheikh’s home-bred Inkanyezi strode away in a sparkling debut. Speaking of Mike de Kock, (Trainer of the Year, unsurprisingly) he has thus far had four runners from his 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run sale pickings, three of them (Igugu, Chekeche and Inkanyezi) winning at the first time of asking, while Saturday’s dominant 5,25 length winner, Checcetti, was twice second before greeting the judge with a 7,5 length romp on her first Highveld start. Her last two racecourse visits have yielded a combined victory margin of close to 13 lengths, and she could be special.

Award

Winner

Champion 2yo Filly

HAPPY ARCHER

Champion 2yo Colt

LINK MAN

Champion 3yo Filly

HERE TO WIN

Champion 3yo Colt

BOLD SILVANO

Champion Older Filly/Mare

NOBLE HEIR

Champion Older Male

TROPICAL EMPIRE

Champion Sprinter

NOBLE HEIR

Champion Stayer

ANCESTRAL FORE

Horse of the Year

BOLD SILVANO

Trainer of the Year

MIKE DE KOCK

Apprentice of the Year

ALDO DOMEYER

Jockey of the Year

ANTHONY DELPECH

Breeder of the Year

SUMMERHILL STUD

Owner of the Year

SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN KHALIFA AL MAKTOUM

Anita Akal Award

FELIX COETZEE

Special Award

DAVID THISELTON

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INKANYEZI : PURE CLASS ON DEBUT

inkanyezi winning on debut at clairwood racecourse
inkanyezi winning on debut at clairwood racecourse

Click above to watch Inkanyezi winning on debut 

(Photo : Gold Circle - Footage : Tellytrack)

INKANYEZI

2009 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

INKANYEZI (Muhtafal (USA) - Cresent Star by National Assembly (CAN))

3 Year Old Chestnut Colt

Owner : Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

Trainer : Mike de Kock

Jockey : Anthony Delpech

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

Win Time : 69.59

Career Record : 1 Wins, 1 Start

Inkanyezi is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

HEPBURN MAIDEN PLATE

Clairwood Turf 1200m

19 September 2010

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

INKANYEZI

58.0

0

13

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

2

0.75

AL’S MARK

58.0

0

16

A Marcus

Charles Laird

3

4.00

CAPTAIN UNIVERSE

60.0

67

8

K Shea

Deon Visser

4

4.50

WARWICKADALE

60.0

74

15

D Daniels

Corinne Bestel

5

5.00

FEDERER

60.0

70

10

W Kennedy

Des Egdes

6

8.50

CLIENT KING

58.0

72

6

J Samuel

Pat Lunn

7

9.00

MY BEST PAL (AUS)

58.0

0

5

S Randolph

Dennis Drier

8

9.25

DUKE OF DUBAI

58.0

0

14

P Wynne

Mike de Kock

9

10.00

HAWK CLAW

60.0

0

1

C Maujean

Jeff Freedman

10

10.25

WILD CREEK

58.0

71

12

*J Greyling (2.5)

Dave Goss

11

11.00

WHEELS OF FIRE

58.0

0

2

L Pagel

Doug Campbell

12

11.25

CLEARLY KEEN

60.0

0

4

J Goslett

Gilbert Werner

13

11.75

FIFTY SCENT

60.0

62

11

B Lerena

Duncan Howells

14

15.00

MAHOGANY BAY

58.0

0

9

A Fortune

Glen Puller

15

15.75

KING OF THE TRAIL

58.0

0

7

*J Jordaan (1.5)

Doug Campbell

16

21.00

CRUSHER

60.0

66

3

K Jupp

Mark Dixon

Late Scratching

17

0.00

OUR MATTOX

58.0

0

12

L Africa

Wendy Whitehead

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summerhill genuine article

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www.summerhill.co.za

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THE BALANCE OF POWER : TIPPING THE SCALES

a.p. indy stallion
a.p. indy stallion

The Balance of Power

(Photo : Pontus Edenberrg/Jean Scheijen/Chapman Arts) 

Perhaps at last, there exists a mythbuster

in the ranks of American Sires…

At a time when Great Britain and most of Europe were embroiled in world and other internecene wars, across the Atlantic another game was playing itself out. The American dollar was on the rampage, as the economy of the land of the brave raged like a bushfire, heralding an era in which the custodianship of the best genetics in the world passed from the British aristocracy to American stud farms, funded largely by the enterprise of successful entrepreneurs. Wave after wave of Europe’s best racehorses found their way into the holds of the big ocean liners, and the likes of Herbager, Sir Gallahad III and Bull Dog among the earlier ones, Nasrullah, Royal Charger and Princequillo in the intermediate brigade, and at its zenith, Blushing Groom, Vaguely Noble, Lyphard and Riverman, joined the throng. There were many more, and once it became apparent through the exploits of superstars such as Sir Ivor and Nijinsky, that the best horses in the world were to be found in the United States, any owner with aspirations of winning the best races in Europe, made it his business to dabble in the American market.

Remarkably, though all these stallions had earned their reputations through their exploits on turf, a bias soon developed among European horsemen for what became commonly known as “turf” sires, as opposed to those that were regarded as distinctly “dirt” horses. It wasn’t long before the same people developed an antipathy towards the progeny of Seattle Slew, and perhaps slightly less so, for the Mr. Prospector tribe, believing that these horses were primarily sires of dirt horses. While there is possibly some basis for such an argument, it soon manifested itself in an apathy for the progeny of the sons and the grandsons as well, a case of once the label was on, it stuck. And so it was quickly assumed that, for example, a horse of the stature of the A.P. Indy, (a son of Seattle Slew) was bound, like his sire to fall into the same category. While there are many instances of Graded stakes turf winners emanating from the A.P. Indy male line (more than 80 Graded stakes winners to date) as well as what we’ve seen in South Africa in the achievements of Jay Peg and Consensual (two Group One winning champions from the relatively modestly performed Camden Park), there remains a doubt in the minds of many Europeans about the suitability of this male line for their turf.

We forget of course that Northern Dancer and Danzig, arguably two of the best stallions the world has known, were strictly dirt performers, yet in their era, they stood head and shoulders above the world with their turf runners.

Domestically, our own history of top stallions is replete with horses whose greatest racecourse moments were recorded on the dirt, beginning with Jungle Cove, Plum Bold, Western Winter and Muhtafal. This past weekend witnessed a Graded Stakes winner in the UK and several other promising performances from the first crop of the quality racehorse, Bernardini (a son of A.P. Indy), afforded the opportunity to race in Europe largely because of the influence of Bernadine’s owner, Sheikh Mohammed. Perhaps at last, there exists a mythbuster in the ranks of American sires, a myth buster which could upset the bias against the A.P. Indy’s forever.

What is apparent though, is that in the matter of stallion power, the pendulum has swung eastwards again, and the momentum now rests firmly with Europe and Great Britain. As much as anything, this has probably been a result of the sustained purchase of the best American bloodstock over the years by the Ballydoyle and Maktoum empires. The loss of Storm Cat and Kingmambo in America leaves only A.P. Indy, Giant’s Causeway and Street Cry as legitimate breed shapers, while Europe’s loss of Sadler’s Wells and Danehill has been compensated for through the emergence of his sons Galileo and Montjeu, as well as Pivotal, Oasis Dream, Dansili and Danehill Dancer.

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SUMMERHILL STALLION DAY 2010 VIDEO

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If you have a slow connection, please be patient.

Thank you.

“Racing’s Greatest Day Out”

A documentary of the 2010 Summerhill Stallion Day 

produced by Jimmy Lithgow for Inside Racing, Tellytrack, South Africa.

summerhill stud south africa
summerhill stud south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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PARIS PERFECT FEARLESS IN SAUDI ARABIA

video of paris perfect in the 2009 custodian of the two holy mosques cup (king's cup)in saudi arabia
video of paris perfect in the 2009 custodian of the two holy mosques cup (king's cup)in saudi arabia

Click above to watch

Paris Perfect in the 2009 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup

(Photo : Robin Bruss - Footage : The King’s Cup) 

PARIS CONTINUES TO BE PERFECT

The first of two ex Port Elizabeth stalwarts to make names for themselves in the international world, was Paris Perfect (by Muhtafal), followed this year by the herculean efforts of Lizard’s Desire by Lizard Island.

While Lizard’s Desire is presently battling laminitis in his adopted country of Dubai, Paris Perfect has started twice this season in Saudi Arabia, where he has produced two magnificent performances. Looking at the latest pictures of him in the winner’s enclosure following the Um Elqura Universal Cup at Taif Racecourse in Saudi Arabia, where he carried the “impossible” impost of 61kg to a three length victory over 2,400m (we always thought the distance well beyond him) over Danat Fahad (by Giants Causeway) and Nemerbader (by Singspiel) in third… it seems he has developed again in stature.

Bred and raised at Summerhill for some of our staunchest clients, Peter and Gail Fabricius, Paris Perfect is another advert for his grand sire, Muhtafal, whose progeny seem to get better with age. For those that thought Paris Perfect’s memorable third in the richest race in the world, the Dubai World Cup, was a once-off fluke, you’ve now got food for thought.

Information courtesy of Robin Bruss

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SUMMERHILL STALLION VIDEO 2010 - 2011

video of stallions at summerhill stud, kwazulu-natal, south africa
video of stallions at summerhill stud, kwazulu-natal, south africa

 Please click above to watch the Summerhill Sires for 2010/2011

(If you have a slow internet connection, please allow to buffer…)

(An iKind Media Production 2010)

THE SUMMERHILL SIRES 

THE BEST ASSEMBLY OF YOUNG STALLIONS WE’VE KNOWN

Mick Goss presents the Summerhill Stud Stallions for the 2010 - 2011 season. This formidable lineup includes Admire Main, AP Arrow, Brave Tin Soldier, Kahal, Malhub, Muhtafal, Mullins Bay, Ravishing, Solskjaer and Way West.

ADMIRE MAIN

MUHTAFAL

AP ARROW

MULLINS BAY

BRAVE TIN SOLDIER

RAVISHING

KAHAL

SOLSKJAER

MALHUB

WAY WEST

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

or call :

Linda Norval

+27 (0) 33 263 1081

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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.

#

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

ROYAL BOUNTY : TOP SPRINTER IN THE MAKING

royal bounty betting world mr 103 handicap video
royal bounty betting world mr 103 handicap video

Click above to watch Royal Bounty winning the Betting World MR 103 Handicap

(Image and Footage : Tellytrack)

R96,000 BETTING WORLD MR 103 HANDICAP

Kenilworth 1100m TURF

10 April 2010

ROYAL BOUNTY (Muhtafal (USA) x Queens Close by Sunny North (USA))

3 Year Old Chestnut Gelding

Owner : Hassan Adams

Trainer : Justin Snaith

Jockey : Morne Winnaar

Breeder : Barton Hall Stud

Win Time : 65.82

Career Record : 4 Wins, 2 Places, 9 Starts

Career Earnings : R144,880

RACE RESULT

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

ROYAL BOUNTY

54.5

96

3

M Winnaar

Justin Snaith

2

0.25

MOONLIGHT GAMBLER

52.0

85

6

R Khathi

Bill Prestage

3

0.35

HEMINGWAY (BRZ)

53.0

89

9

G Schlechter

Dean Kannemeyer

4

1.35

FOREST PATH

60.5

104

4

K Teetan

Stephen Page

5

1.45

WETHREEKINGS

55.5

94

7

M Latorre

Vaughan Marshall

6

5.70

VILLANDRY

59.0

105

11

M Byleveld

Vaughan Marshall

7

5.80

LOS COLMOS

56.0

95

8

K Neisius

Mike Bass

8

7.05

SOMETHING ELSE

59.0

101

5

R Danielson

Joey Ramsden

9

7.30

RELINYANE

58.5

100

10

*N Quale

Justin Snaith

10

7.55

KISS AGAIN

58.0

103

1

B Fayd’Herbe

Mike Bass

11

11.05

JOSHUA’S MISTRESS

52.5

88

2

*G van Niekerk

Piet Steyn

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summerhill stud logo

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

HURRICANE FORCE : RACING ASSOCIATION MR 100 HANDICAP

hurricane force racing association mr 100 handicap video
hurricane force racing association mr 100 handicap video

Click above to watch Hurricane Force winning the RA MR 100 Handicap

(Image and Footage : Tellytrack)

RACING ASSOCIATION MR 100 HANDICAP

TURFFONTEIN 1100m TURF

16 MARCH 2010

HURRICANE FORCE (Muhtafal x Bahama Palms)

4 Year Old Chestnut Gelding

Owners : Markus and Ingrid Jooste

Trainer : Charles Laird

Jockey : Anton Marcus

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

Win Time : 63.27

Career Record : 6 Wins, 7 Places, 18 Starts

Career Earnings : R513,950

Hurricane Force is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2007 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

RACE RESULTS

#

LBH

Dr

Horse

Kg

MR

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

7

HURRICANE FORCE

56.5

93

A Marcus

Charles Laird

2

0.25

2

STRIKE PARADISE

60.0

100

G Figueroa

Dominic Zaki

3

2.00

5

PICADILLY MISS

58.5

97

S Khumalo

Grant Maroun

4

2.10

10

COOL SPENDER

55.5

91

P Strydom

Sean Tarry

5

2.01

6

CALL OF ANGELS

56.5

93

R Hill

St John Gray

6

2.40

8

OPENING NIGHT

56.0

92

M Van Rensberg

Clinton Binda

7

2.50

4

ARABIAN MIST

58.5

97

D David

Gary Alexander

8

4.75

12

EAST BEACH

52.0

87

*JP v’d Merve

Paul Matchett

9

5.50

11

FERCHARD

54.0

88

C Orffer

Clinton Binda

10

12.75

9

CARBON LEADER

55.5

91

S Brown

Alec Laird

11

19.00

3

TAP TAP

59.0

98

B Smith

Alec Laird

12

33.50

1

LET’S ROCK ‘N ROLL

60.0

100

M Mienie

Paul Matchett

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summerhill stud genuine article logo

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

SOME OF RACING'S SUPERSTARS

paris perfect
paris perfect

Paris Perfect

(Photo : Robin Bruss)

REMEMBER IMBONGI, PARIS PERFECT, BOLD ELLINORE,

EMPEROR NAPOLEON AND ICY AIR?

Anyone who tells you he wouldn’t want one of these, is not being frank.

Our stars sold off the farm include some of racing’s superstars,

at home and abroad.

JOIN THE CONSTELLATION. CALL THE CHAMPIONS.

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summerhill stud genuine article logo

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

or contact

kerry jack
kerry jack

Kerry Jack

+27 (0) 82 782 7297

tarryn liebenberg
tarryn liebenberg

Tarryn Liebenberg

+27 (0) 83 787 1982

NELSON MANDELA : TWO DECADES ON

nelson mandela
nelson mandela

Nelson Mandela

(Photo : Moreintelligentlife)

NELSON MANDELA

Yesterday marked the day on which the Nationalist government, which had held power in South Africa throughout the apartheid era commencing in 1948, announced the unbanning of the African National Congress and the release of Nelson Mandela. Nine days later, the secret which Finance Minister Barend Du Plessis had shared with several of South Africa’s senior business leaders at Summerhill several months before, became a reality.

History’s most famous prisoner walked free from Pollsmoor prison after 27 years of incarceration. The man who during his trail in the 1960’s had proclaimed that equality was a principle for which he had lived, and it was one for which he was prepared to die, went on to become democratic South Africa’s first elected president, and arguably the most famous man of all time. Certainly, he is the most exalted African ever, and this week marks the celebration of the most unusual life of our times.

It also marks the 20th anniversary of the decision on the part of the Rulers of Dubai to send stallion prospects to Summerhill, commencing with, in the case of Sheikh Maktoum’s Gainsborough Stud, the European Champion Stayer, Braashee, and in the case of Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell, the good miler, Rami. Both horses entered training later that year, and later served as the foundations of what has become one of racings best-told stories.

As part of our own celebration, we welcomed yesterday the man who was responsible for Sheikh Hamdan’s commitment to South Africa, Angus Gold, one of international racing’s most recognisable figures. The consummate professional, he’s built for Sheikh Hamdan a business of international renown at Summerhill, including the quality stallions, Muhtafaland Kahal.

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WATCH THIS ONE FOR THE BLADE RUNNER

watchful computaform rating maiden plate video
watchful computaform rating maiden plate video

Click above to watch Watchful…

(Footage : Tellytrack)

WATCHFUL FOR OSCAR PISTORIUS

At twenty-three, triple Olympic gold medallist, Oscar Pistorius is already a Legend. The “Blade Runner” is the best in the world at his game, and he’s won by some big margins. Yet, for all his spectacular performances, we don’t recall an 8-length demolition of any field of competitors. That’s what his filly, Watchful did to her opposition at the Vaal yesterday. The full sister to Fenerbahce kicked off at 40/1 (somehow, you just can’t imagine that sort of price about Oscar), and she strode away to the delight of her trainer and Emperors Palace Ready To Run panellist, Michael Azzie. Oscar is in Venice preparing for his big time comeback, and on the evidence of this run, Watchful could well be a multiple winner by the point of his return.

Bred at Summerhill by Administration and Stallion Services manager, Linda Norval, and our two good mates, Mike and Marty Meredith, Watchful has a beautiful new brother on the ground by Muhtafal. Irresistible to man, and even to Oscar!

Watchful’s brother - Muhtafal x Shoe Dance

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

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muhtafal x shoe dance

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IF YOU ARE GOING TO WAR...

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Muhtafal

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

MUHTAFAL

Just a fortnight ago,

ARABIAN MIST cantered away with the Defy Merchants (Gr2).

Against the odds.

Last Saturday,

THUNDER KEY did a simalar job on the pride of the

Cape in the Diadem Stakes (Gr2).

Again, against the odds.

…BE SURE TO WIN THE WAR. MAKE MUHTAFAL YOUR GENERAL.

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RECOLLECTIONS OF ISANDLWANA

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thunder key diadem stakes win
thunder key diadem stakes winning presentation
thunder key diadem stakes winning presentation

Thunder Key WPOTA Diadem Stakes (Gr2)

(Photos : Gold Circle)

MUHTAFAL : THE GENERAL

Students of history might recall the utterances of the British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, in the Commons following the death of the Prince Imperial during the Anglo Zulu War of 1879. Remember, it happened in the aftermath of Isandlwana, the most ignominious defeat of a British army in history, and in the wake of opposition to the hostilities from Bishop Colenso, his daughters and their friends, which eventually led to the break up of the Church of England, as it was known.

“Who are these people?” the Prime Minister uttered (speaking of the Zulus), “who woo our woman, convert our bishops, defeat our generals, and this day have put an end to the greatest ruling dynasty in European history?”. Trepidation indeed, and a reflection on what is possible against the odds when you have the will and the capacity to surprise. Here was the greatest army on earth, which held dominion over two thirds of the earth’s surface and had never known defeat in all of its imperial conquests, dumped and upstaged by what was arguably the worst equipped, but undoubtedly the best disciplined army on earth.

Saturday witnessed a parallel. We have long proclaimed Muhtafalour general, the man we’d want to go to war with, and a fortnight ago, his son Arabian Mist revealed his own capacity to surprise, when, against the odds he overturned the pride of Gauteng’s sprinters in the Defy Merchants (Gr.2). On Saturday, Thunder Key did the same for Glen Kotzen in the WPOTA’S Diadem Stakes (Gr.2) when he put an end to the aspirations of the best in the Cape (some call it, “of Good Hope”).

If there’s a Muhtafal in the race, no matter his odds, remember what happened to the Prince Imperial.

THUNDER KEY STRIKES IN DIADEM STAKES

thunder key diadem stakes grade 2 2009 video
thunder key diadem stakes grade 2 2009 video

Click above to watch Thunder Key in the Diadem Stakes (Grade 2)

(Footage : Tellytrack)

THUNDER KEY

DIADEM STAKES (GRADE 2) 2009

Saturday saw lightening strike at Kenilworth when the son of Muhtafal, Thunder Key, stormed home to steal victory in the Grade 2 Diadem Stakes over 1200m.

A most formidable field of big name performers, including Kapil, Villandry, Warm White Night, Gaultierand Blue Tiger to mention but a few, took their places in the starting gates. But it was the Glen Kotzen-trained 6-year-old speedster, under jockey Karis Teetan, who ignited the afterburners to win by a half length from Blue Tiger with Dance With Al trailing a further length and a quarter.

(Please watch the video above for all the race action and post-race interviews.)

Thunder Key had been knocking on the door in 2009 season with runner-up placings in the Southeatser Sprint (L), Golden Horse Casino Sprint (Gr1) and Umngeni Handicap (L).

Congratulations to trainer Glen Kotzen, owner Jean Van Heerden and Thunder Key’s breeder Cecil Baitz.

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BLUE HENS : NO PRICE ON THEIR HEADS

arabian mist defy merchants grade 2 2009 win
arabian mist defy merchants grade 2 2009 win
arabian mist defy merchants grade 2 2009 trophy presentation
arabian mist defy merchants grade 2 2009 trophy presentation

Arabian Mist - Defy Merchants Gr2

(Photos : JC Photographics)

KZN BREEDERS AWARDS 2009

At the KZN Breeders Awards on Friday evening, we were reminded not only of the good health of breeding in this region, but of the bottomless value of an outstanding producer. To think that the dam of two of the evening’s champions, Garden Verse (responsible for Champion International Performer, Imbongi, as well the Champion Older Filly or Mare, Spring Garland,) didn’t make the final cut for Broodmare of the Year, speaks volumes for the depth among female producers in the province. They were no fewer than three dams of multiple Grade One winners nominated for the title, with Sweet Sheila emerging victorious on the back of her daughter, Zirconeum’s spectacular year at the races. Well done to ex-Summerhill manager, Karin Render, and husband Warwick.

Another to march off into the history books this weekend, was the Summerhill matron, Valley Mist, who had already found herself in the mix for the title on two previous occasions through the exploits of her exceptional son, Nhlavini, the only horse in South African history to have lined up on six separate occasions as a finalist for the Equus National Awards of Horseracing. On Saturday, his kid brother, Arabian Mist, making his debut in Graded Stakes company in the Defy Merchants (Gr.2), skated home by two and a half lengths from Cyber Case, who was another three lengths ahead of the third in what was a representative field of the Highveld’s best sprinters.

Now a seven time winner, Arabian Mist exemplifies the accruals of a patient handling, of which you are always assured in the Gary Alexander yard. A late maturing type, this fellow was given the benefit of an early education at Summerhill, and only went into training at the back end of his two year old year. An animal of obvious potential, he took time to find his feet, and he was given the time to do so, as we’ve come to expect from the coolest customer in the game.

On Saturday, he rewarded his connections for their patience, and he put up his hand for the biggest sprint prizes in the country later in the year. Another one for Muhtafal, by the way, whom we’ve always said would be our general, if we were going to war. Well done to Bruce and Jo Gardner, our fellow breeders who’ve been onboard since the gates opened,and to the usual “Alexander” suspects, Greg Sadie, Myron Berzack, Chris Gerberand Leon van Rooyen.

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