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DUTCH ART STRIKES FOR MEDICEAN

Caspar Netscher winning the Gimcrack Stakes
Caspar Netscher winning the Gimcrack Stakes

Click above to watch Caspar Netscher winning the Gimcrack Stakes (Gr2)

(Image : Sporting Life - Footage : Dubai Racing)

CASPAR NETSCHER

Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2)

The old saying that “timing is everything”, was as appropriate as ever with the outcome of this weekend’s time-honoured Gimcrack Stakes (Gr2) at York. The storied juvenile epic has an honour roll as long as your two outstretched arms, and shares top billing at the York Ebor meeting with races of the ilk of the Juddmonte International (Gr1), the Nunthorpe (Gr1) and the Yorkshire Oaks (Gr1), and has thrown up any number of legendary stallions in its 165 year history. The event is named after Gimcrack, a phenomenal racehorse in the 18th century, who won twenty-seven times in a career of thirty-six races. The Gimcrack Stakes was established in 1846, and the owner of the winning horse is traditionally invited to give a speech at the annual Gimcrack dinner.

Our own interest in this year’s outcome, is heightened by the arrival at Summerhill of one of Medicean’s best performed racing sons, Bankable, whose first book is already crammed with mares of distinguished history. Just a few pounds separated Bankable from the Timeform rating of his paternal half brother, Dutch Art, now ensconced with his own sire, at England’s pre-eminent thoroughbred nursery, the Cheveley Park Stud on Duchess Drive, a few miles from racing’s headquarters, Newmarket. Sire of the Gimcrack winner, Caspar Netscher (out of a half sister to Summerhill resident, Mullins Bay), Dutch Art looks the natural successor to a long line of distinguished stallions at Cheveley Park, as he already has some 19 individual juvenile winners from his first crop, and occupies a box alongside the best and most consistent sire of this decade in the British Isles, Pivotal. These two were preceded by Pivotal’s father, Polar Falcon, as well as the outstanding sire of juveniles, Music Boy (himself a Gimcrack winner), whose memory is enshrined in a spectacular life-size bronze, just outside the farm’s office.

For Summerhill then, the Gimcrack result was a double celebration, the one in the form of a son of Medicean, the other in the female line of the winner. For the record, the Gimcrack’s Honour’s Board carries the names of Mill Reef, Rock Of Gibraltar, Royal Applause, Amadeus Wolf, Turtle Island, Chaucer, Black Tarquin, Palestine, Petingo, Nebbiolo, Crocket, and the Triple Crown hero, Bahram.

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BANKABLE ARRIVES AT SUMMERHILL

Trainer Herman Brown with Stallion Bankable
Trainer Herman Brown with Stallion Bankable

Herman Brown Jnr with Bankable

(Photo : Greig Muir)

BANKABLE

Medicean - Dance To The Top

Finance journalist Felicity Duncan commented on the recent economic downturn that “the last few days have been many things; boring was not one of them”. Stock markets plunged and many allowed emotions to overwhelm a sense of reasoning as the market encountered a crises in confidence; on Tuesday the market started a comeback, finishing slightly up.

For us, “it’s all about timing”, we witnessed a comeback as early as Monday night with the arrival of the aptly named BANKABLE (Medicean x Dance To The Top by Sadler’s Wells), who’s racing accomplishments accounted for 8 wins, including 4 at Group and Stakes level.

“Now is not the time to be caught napping”, Summerhill’s Stallion Manager, Greig Muir commented. “We’ve reason to be excited. BANKABLE boasted a Timeform Rating of 122 and is perhaps one of the best looking horses to come through the Summerhill gates in the last decade. He descends from a great sire line and is out of a mare by one of the world’s all time greatest broodmare sires, Sadler’s Wells. He’s perfect”.

This was confirmed by trainer Herman Brown Jnr who, when reunited with the BANKABLE on Wednesday, said “for me, there was very little between BANKABLE and JAY PEG. BANKABLE had the perfect temperament and was confirmationally faultless which gave him the ability to perform over a broader distance with tremendous ability”.

BANKABLE earned over R20 million in stakes over distances from 1200-1800m and ran World Champion Raven’s Pass to one length whilst giving him 6lbs. With 8 wins and 8 places (including 2 places at Group 1 level), “we think you can BANK on this one”.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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SUMMERHILL SIRES FILM 2011 / 2012

Summerhill Stallion Film 2011 / 2012
Summerhill Stallion Film 2011 / 2012

Summerhill Sires Film 2011 / 2012

(An iKind Media Production)

SUMMERHILL SIRES 2011 / 2012

Summerhill Stud CEO, Mick Goss, presents the Summerhill Sires for the 2011/2012 breeding season. Featured in this formidable lineup of Stallion talent are Admire Main, AP Arrow, Bankable, Brave Tin Soldier, Kahal, Muhtafal, Mullins Bay, Ravishing and Visionaire, as well as an introduction to the recently opened Al Maktoum School of Management Excellence.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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GOODNESS, LAST WEEK WAS A REAL SWEAT...

Investec Stallion Day - Summerhill Stud
Investec Stallion Day - Summerhill Stud

Investec Stallion Day

(Photo : Gareth Du Plessis)

“Catch our breath?

There’s catch-up to contend with first…”

Goodness, last week was a real sweat. The days entering the Vodacom Durban July are always frenetic at Summerhill, with visitors from all over the show, preparations for July Day and Investec Stallion Day, and then the Winter School Of Excellence. You’d think, with all that behind us, we’d be able to catch our breath for a moment, but that just isn’t the case.

Much of our Managements’ attentions are concentrated on these events, and so there’s catch-up to contend with first. Annet Becker and her team are industriously beavering on stallion recommendations for the forthcoming breeding season, we’re preparing ourselves for the arrival of the first foals (usually the last week of July), and the barren mares, which have occupied the heights and expanses of what we call Grasmere farm, are being prepared for their return to the lowlands.

For the past three or four months they’ve commanded the heights and the views of Giant’s Castle and the Drakensberg, and they’ve been “queens of all they’ve surveyed” in the pastures of Summerhill. It’s time now for them to get their teeth and their systems into some “green stuff”, so that as the days grow longer and the season approaches, their bodies and their minds get into breeding mode, in the belief that summer is nigh.

Of course, this isn’t the case (that summer is close), it’s just that the Jockey Clubs of the world have decreed that breeding seasons in the respective hemispheres, should start in the dead of winter. With such an unnatural system, we have to respond in an unnatural way, by stimulating summer as closely as possible.

In the Stallion Barn, Greig Muir has his horses in peak shape, something which Stallion Day demands of us anyway, and it won’t be long before he’ll be pre-breeding the stallions to check that all is well with their fertility and their health. He is also preparing himself for the arrival of Bankable, who’ll be joining Visionaire as one of the new kids on the block. We’ve heard from those connected with Bankable during his racing career, what a lovely animal he is, but it’s reassuring to hear from the veterinarians and the quarantine authorities who are attending to him now, that he’s the knock-out he’s reputed to be. Both he and Visionaire have predictably, attracted plenty of attention in the bookings department and they will be choc-a-bloc by the end of the month.

Tarryn Liebenberg and Michael Booysen’s team have their hands full with the best Ready to Run draft in a long time, with the first Mullins Bay and Ravishings pulling some superlatives from their jockeys. Igugu and Pierre Jourdan’s “one-two” in the “July”, was a timely reminder that this is the sale of all sales, and if this lot are as good as we think, there could be some fireworks come November.

On the “paper” front we’re working flat out to ensure that the 2012 edition of the Summerhill Sires Brochure and DVD reach the postman on time. Those visiting the farm over the Gold Cup meeting, will be the first to get their hands on it.

Tomorrow we’ll publish the next extract from this year’s brochure.

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BANKABLE : ONE CAREER, BANKED

Stallion Bankable in Johannesburg Quarantine
Stallion Bankable in Johannesburg Quarantine

Bankable with Sizwe in Johannesburg Quarantine

(Photo : Natalie Houdalakis - T&L Racing Stables)

BANKABLE (IRE)

Medician (GB) - Dance To The Top (GB)

And we think you can bank on his second one, too.

Bankable caused quite a stir at the Investec Stallion Day at Summerhill last Sunday, when the video footage of his big efforts in Dubai was replayed to an international audience approaching six hundred people. He jetted in the same afternoon in Johannesburg, where he’s undergoing his 30 day quarantine under the mindful care of Sizwe Ndlela.

Above is a picture of the warrior, who’s said to be in the best shape of his life. The vets attending the quarantine horses have apparently been gob-smacked. Little wonder, he’s been so popular with his pre-season bookings.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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BANKABLE TO STAND AT SUMMERHILL STUD

Bankable
Bankable

Bankable

(Photo : Herman Brown Racing)

ONE CAREER BANKED.

Perhaps you can “bank” on his next one, too.

There’s no South African racing fan worth his salt, that doesn’t know Bankable. If you’re writing a press release announcing his arrival in this country, that’s probably all you have to say.

We all remember his imposing presence in the parade rings of Nad Al Sheba and Meydan, and we all have vivid memories of his destructive come-from-behind finishes for Herman Brown Jnr and Kevin Shea. But it was a measure of the man that he managed this at distances from six furlongs to nine, against some of the most accomplished racehorses in the world.

Those performances alone would earn a horse of his pedigree a place at the world’s top stud farms, yet that’s not everything Bankable brings to the table. From the Mr Prospector male line out of a Sadler’s Wells mare, he weighed in at a monstrous 560kgs in training. His trainer describes him as the best looking specimen of a thoroughbred he’s been associated with, so it’s worth recalling that he previously conditioned the stars Linngari and Jay Peg to international fame as well.

That he was a world class talent, was apparent some time before he returned to Dubai, as he demonstrated several times against some of England’s best racehorses of their era.  A bob-of-the-head defeat against Mike de Kock’s Eagle Mountain, and a quarter length defeat to dual Group One winner, Passage of Time, were precursors to what might arguably have been his finest hour. Conceding six pounds to a World Champion in Raven’s Pass, is impossible enough, but to go down less than a length in the process in Goodwood’s Celebration Mile (Gr2), is the mark of a hero.

“Like most of our breeding colleagues, we watched Bankable’s Dubai performances in awe. There can hardly be a soul in the stallion business, that wouldn’t have wished secretly that one day this fellow would wind up on their farm. He has everything: size, a flawless physique and lightning speed.” So said Greig Muir, stallion master at Bankable’s new home, Summerhill Stud, where he joins the Grade One ace, Visionaire, as the new “kids” to be introduced to their six hundred international guests on Investec Stallion Day, Sunday 3rd July.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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