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THE EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE 2011

Mullins Bay Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale 2011
Mullins Bay Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale 2011

Mullins Bay

(Photo : John Lewis / Summerhill Stud)

THE SPORTS ARE OVER;

NOW FOR THE REAL THING

While the Cricket World Cup is shaping into an all-Asian final, from a racing perspective at least, the focus shifts to a slightly geared-down programme until the Champions weekend at Turffontein on 30th April. What a weekend it will be, with Summerhill sales graduate, Igugu, the first filly ever with a chance of taking the Triple Tiara. Some chance it is too, after her pulsating 10,25 length victory last Saturday in the SA Fillies Classic. For the record, she eclipsed the colt’s time by almost a second, and she did it in her own time at the front, under a hand ride from Anthony Delpech.

If you’re a breeder though, you’re entering the most crucial fortnight of the year, with the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sales looming from the 15th - 17th April. Every farm has a different offering of yearlings, but there’s something that prickles the imagination in any draft carrying the first representatives of a new sire. This year at Summerhill, we have three such reasons to lift our spirits, with the first Mullins Bays, Strongholds and Ravishings, the former two imports of a quality probably unmatched in our prior history, and in the latter, the maiden crop of the first and the best racing son at stud of the greatest South African stallion of all time.

THE MACHIAVELLIAN FACTOR

Anyone attending the Tattersalls Houghton sale in the year in which he was consigned as a yearling, will know that Mullins Bay was destined to be special. I was lucky that year to be in attendance, and knowing that the Coolmore team, given the politics of the era, were unlikely buyers of the progeny of an Arab-owned stallion, I was amazed to see them spending a half hour and more inspecting this son of Machiavellian. Within seconds of watching him parade up and down, I realised why. He had one of the most compelling pedigrees in the international stud book, he was as good looking a yearling as I’d set eyes on, and he could walk. My goodness, could he walk. A big stride from here to Jericho, and we all know that a good-eyed horseman cannot resist a walk like that. In the end, he was the second top price of his year, and if he’d been by Sadler’s Wells, he might’ve broken all records. The truth was, Machiavellian was a little “iffy” in the minds of buyers in those days, the talk being that they were temperamental, and gutless. Of course, horsemen are notoriously quick to label a stallion, and posterity now tells a different story, not only at the races, but in the breeding sheds of the world. Today, one of the best stallions on the planet is Street Cry, another son of Machiavellian, while Britain has its Medicean and South Africa has Kahal.

Folklore records that in 2007, there was no better performed runner by Machiavellian in the world than Mullins Bay, but all that counts for nothing now that he’s at stud. The only evidence we can rely on right now, is what his yearlings look like, and then in the passage of next year, the racecourse acid test will tell us the rest. For the time being, those at Summerhill will tell you he’s delivered up what is arguably the best first crop of youngsters we’ve seen. You won’t know though, till you’ve seen for yourself.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

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MULLINS BAY FIRST CROP : 2011 NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

Mullins Bay National Yearling Sale 2011
Mullins Bay National Yearling Sale 2011

Click above to watch Mullins Bay - The Summerhill Brand

(Photo and Footage : Summerhill Stud)

EMPERORS PALACE

NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

15 - 17 April 2011

If they’re carrying this brand,

you know you’re in business.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

kerry jack
kerry jack

Kerry Jack

+27 (0) 82 782 7297

tarryn liebenberg
tarryn liebenberg

Tarryn Liebenberg

+27 (0) 83 787 1982

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MULLINS BAY : MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL...

Mullins Bay
Mullins Bay

Mullins Bay

(Photo : Greig Muir)

…WHO’S THE MOST POPULAR OF THEM ALL?

There’s a reason for Mullins Bay’s enormous popularity. He was one of the world’s most expensive yearlings of his day. He comes from one of the world’s best families. He was Machiavellian’s best racing son in the world in 2007. And now he’s producing the goods at stud. As well as any horse we’ve known.

“FIRST CROP”

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

15 - 17 APRIL 2011

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

kerry jack
kerry jack

Kerry Jack

+27 (0) 82 782 7297

tarryn liebenberg
tarryn liebenberg

Tarryn Liebenberg

+27 (0) 83 787 1982

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HOLLYWOODBOULEVARD : THE SUMMERHILL BRAND

Racehorse Hollywoodboulevard sold by Summerhill Stud
Racehorse Hollywoodboulevard sold by Summerhill Stud

Click above to watch Hollywoodboulevard - The Summerhill Brand

(Photo : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

EMPERORS PALACE

NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

15 - 17 April 2011

If they’re carrying this brand,

you know you’re in business.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

kerry jack
kerry jack

Kerry Jack

+27 (0) 82 782 7297

tarryn liebenberg
tarryn liebenberg

Tarryn Liebenberg

+27 (0) 83 787 1982

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ELUSIVE QUALITY : QUALITY IS TRULY ELUSIVE

Elusive Quality Stallion
Elusive Quality Stallion

Elusive Quality

(Photo : Darley Stud)

EMPERORS PALACE

NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

15 - 17 April 2011

The best Juvenile in Australia right now is Sepoy. In fact, they say he may be the best ever. And one of the best three-year-olds in Australia is Bullbars, second in the Australian Guineas last Saturday. In common, they are both sons of Elusive Quality. Like champions Raven’s Pass, Smarty Jones and Quality Road.

LOOK FOR OUR ELUSIVE QUALITY AT THE NATIONALS.

If they’re carrying this brand,

you know you’re in business.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

kerry jack
kerry jack

Kerry Jack

+27 (0) 82 782 7297

tarryn liebenberg
tarryn liebenberg

Tarryn Liebenberg

+27 (0) 83 787 1982

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IGUGU : THE SUMMERHILL BRAND

Racehorse Igugu sold by Summerhill Stud
Racehorse Igugu sold by Summerhill Stud

Click above to watch Igugu - The Summerhill Brand

(Photo : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

EMPERORS PALACE

NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

15 - 17 April 2011

If they’re carrying this brand,

you know you’re in business.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

kerry jack
kerry jack

Kerry Jack

+27 (0) 82 782 7297

tarryn liebenberg
tarryn liebenberg

Tarryn Liebenberg

+27 (0) 83 787 1982

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SEPOY : BIG BRAVE SOLDIER WINS BLUE DIAMOND

Sepoy winning the Blue Diamond Stakes
Sepoy winning the Blue Diamond Stakes

Click above to watch Sepoy winning the Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr1)

(Photo : SMH - Footage : TVN)

BLUE DIAMOND STAKES (Grade 1)

Caulfield, Turf, 1200m

26 February 2011 

The outcome of Saturday’s Blue Diamond (Gr1), one of Australia’s defining juvenile events, had racing fans clutching for their Thesauruses, as they grappled with the name “Sepoy”. Apparently it belongs to a category of Indian solider or warrior, but whatever the definition, on Saturday it belonged to one of the best juveniles Australians claim to have seen in decades.

The Aussies are a sentimental lot when it comes to their racehorses, and the manner of the son of Elusive Quality’s victory (by 4,50 lengths) evoked comparisons with Biscay (1968,) Vain (1969,) Manikato (1978,) Zeditare (1988) and Courtza (1989). Now the red hot chalk for the richest Juvenile race in the world, (the $5million Golden Slipper, for which he appears a “shoe in”, forgive the pun!), the son of the sire of international standouts Smarty Jones, Raven’s Pass and Quality Road is out of a Danehill mare, from the immediate family of Golden Slipper hero, Canny Lad. If ever there was a “Slipper” pedigree, Sepoy has it.

And by the way, the highest scoring physical among the Summerhill draft for the National Yearling Sale (15-17 April,) belongs to a son of Sepoy’s sire, Elusive Quality.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

or contact Linda Norval

+27 (0) 33 263 1081

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2011 CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE SUMMARY

Cape Town Premier Yearling Sale at the Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town Premier Yearling Sale at the Cape Town International Convention Centre

Cape Premier Yearling Sale - CTICC

(Photo : Astrid Stark)

CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE

Cape Town ICC, 27-28 January 2011

The inaugural Cape Premier Yearling Sale, staged at the Cape Town International Covention Centre, drew to a close Friday. The sale attracted plenty of international interest with 214 lots sold for turnover of R87,900,000 (US$12,222,105). There was a clearance rate of 79 percent. The average price was R410,748 ($57,113) (US$1=R7.192).

Leading vendor at the sale, by aggregate, was Klawervlei Stud. They sold 32 yearlings for an aggregate of R15,725,000. Leading vendor, by average (three or more sold), was Lammerskraal Stud. They sold a trio of yearlings for an average price of R933,333. Champion sire Jet Master had an outstanding sale. His 21 yearlings sold for an aggregate of R15,585,000 and an average of R742,143, which made him the leading sire by average as well. A pair of colts by the stallion, both knocked down for R2.5 million, ultimately topped the two-day sale. Lot 269, a son of Jet Master (SAf) - Alexandra Bi (Ire) (Darshaan {GB}), was knocked down to Singapore-based trainer Patrick Shaw.

Patrick Shaw was also responsible for Thursday’s R2 million son of Captain Al (SAf) - Leading Dame (SAf) (Jallad). Lot 269 is a half-brother to three winners from four to race, including Alexandra Rose (SAf) (Caesour), a Group 2 winner and twice Group 1-placed in South Africa. She later finished runner-up in the Cape Verdi Stakes in Dubai and landed the 2008 Monrovia Handicap (G3) for Team Valor and partners. The bay colt was consigned by Varsfontein Stud. The other son of Jet Master to sell for R2.5 million was lot 102. Out of the Al Mufti mare Laptop Lady (SAf), the colt was consigned by Klawervlei Stud. He was bought by Gauteng owner Ebrahim Khan.

Both the venue and quality of horse on offer drew praise from all involved and buyers were very impressed by the sale.

Angus Gold, racing manager to Sheikh Hamdan whose association with Summerhill goes back some 20 years, had this to say, “Everyone has been tremendously positive and upbeat for this sale, and judging on what I have seen, they have every right to be. The venue is wonderful, and there are a number of wonderful horses up for sale, who compare favourably with the horses I have bought at the country’s National Sale. Despite being in the middle of a busy city, the horses at the sale have been remarkably settled and relaxed.”

Team Valor’s Barry Irwin remarked, “I came here to buy three, and am leaving with seven horses. There were some very nice horses on offer, and I was happy to see the horses were not backward, but of a very high quality. The selection of horse on the sale was excellent and, despite having a relatively small number, I still found 16 fillies I was keen to buy.”

Dubai owner Ali Alqama, who has horses in training with champion trainer Mike de Kock, purchased three horses at the sale, all of which are headed to Dubai. He said of the sale, “The prices are very reasonable in South Africa, which I like. There were some very nice horses on offer, and South African horses have an excellent record in Dubai. After this sale, I will definitely be coming to the Emperor’s Palace National Yearling Sale later in the year.”

All in all, the sale proved tremendously popular, with both buyers and vendors praising the concept, venue and quality of horse on offer.

TOP LOTS SOLD FOR R1,000,000 PLUS

Lot

Horse

Sex

Sire

Dam

Vendor

Price (ZAR)

269

Alexandra Palace

Colt

Jet Master

Alexandra Bi

Varsfontein Stud

2,500,000

102

One Sunday Morning

Colt

Jet Master

Laptop Lady

Klawervlei Stud

2,500,000

106

Tequila Sunrise

Colt

Captain Al

Leading Dame

Klipdrift Stud

2,000,000

220

Abercrombie

Colt

Trippi

Stratos

Drakenstein Stud

1,800,000

113

Yorker

Colt

Jet Master

Little Indian

Varsfontein Stud

1,800,000

223

09 Sunshine Lover

Colt

Captain Al

Sunshine Lover

Klipdrift Stud

1,700,000

101

Lord Windsor

Colt

Silvano

Lady Windsor

Varsfontein Stud

1,700,000

274

Solomons Wall

Colt

Western Winter

Angelina

Lammerskraal Stud

1,700,000

144

Legal Trip

Colt

Trippi

Niyabah

Drakenstein Stud

1,500,000

114

Tiger In Africa

Colt

Tiger Ridge

London Niece

Wilgerbosdrift Stud

1,500,000

164

Captain Lars

Colt

Captain Al

Polar Charge

Klawevlei Stud

1,400,000

184

09 Russian Muse

Filly

Windrush

Russian Muse

Normandy Stud

1,400,000

212

Force Majeure

Filly

Jet Master

Star Wars

Arc-en-ciel Stud

1,400,000

188

Grassland

Filly

Western Winter

Savannah Breeze

Highlands Farm

1,200,000

14

Epic Tale

Colt

Western Winter

Classique Story

Avontuur Farm

1,050,000

136

Mussoorie

Colt

Trippi

Mountains Of Mist

Drakenstein Stud

1,050,000

22

Dime A Dozen

Filly

Jet Master

Dame Kiri

Klipdrift Stud

1,000,000

276

Count To Ten

Filly

Count Dubois

Aquilonia

Klawervlei Stud

1,000,000

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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STREETWISE IS STREET SENSE

Ron Gilbert of Highgrove Stud with top Street Sense colt
Ron Gilbert of Highgrove Stud with top Street Sense colt

Ron Gilbert of Highgrove Stud with Aus$440,000 Street Sense Colt

(Image : Highgrave Stud)

“The only colt from Street Sense’s

first Southern Hemisphere crop

to be offered in South Africa.

Diners at House And Leisure / Visa’s Restaurant of the Year, Hartford House, will tell you that their most popular choice among 2010’s new creations is the Warm pink peppercorn seared Springbok loin Salad with fresh beetroot, parmesan spoom, candied Walnuts, foie gras terrine and Black Lava Salt. This dish would never have been the same were it not for the Black Lava Salt, a gift from prominent Australian racehorse breeder, Ron Gilbert.

Sunday, it was Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud’s turn to celebrate, as his colt by the only horse in history to have completed the Breeders Cup Juvenile/Kentucky Derby double, Street Sense, topped the final select session at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale at Aus$440,000 (+- R3million). Ron Gilbert has a small but highly select broodmare band at his Darling Downs base in Queensland (yes, right in the middle of the flood-ravaged Toowoomba area), and he has been responsible for any number of serious runners in recent seasons, including the 2010 Group One winning sprinter, Wanted.

There’s a twist to this, of course. The only colt from Street Sense’s first Southern Hemisphere crop to be offered in South Africa, is included in the Summerhill draft for the National Sales.

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa

15 - 17 April 2011

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN...

Agapanthas in Bloom at B Block
Agapanthas in Bloom at B Block
Agapanthas in Bloom at Horse Stable
Agapanthas in Bloom at Horse Stable

The Agapanthas are in bloom at Summerhill…

(Photos : Leigh Willson)

“The Agapanthas are in bloom… it’s time to

prepare for the National Yearling Sales.”

Some years back we had an old fellow on our staff called Nkomiyaphi Mbanjwa, whose primary function was the nightwatch observation of mares during the foaling season. When that was over, he took on the general nightwatch duties, and at this time of year, he oversaw the yearlings for the National Sales.

Nkomiyaphi, who was 103 when we buried him, was not brought up with our kind of calendar. The only day he recognised in the year was Christmas, because it was bonus time, otherwise he lived by the signs and the seasons of nature. When after Christmas, the agapanthus came into bloom, he would remind us that it was time to bring the yearlings in for their preparation and their date with destiny in March or April. It’s that time of the year again, and above is the evidence, courtesy of our resident photographer, Leigh Willson.

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa

15 - 17 April 2011

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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