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WEST SIDE STORY

Waywest Goddess by Way West win the Gardenia Handicap
Waywest Goddess by Way West win the Gardenia Handicap

Waywest Goddess - Gardenia Handicap (L)

(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

GET IN, BEFORE HE GETS AWAY.

There’s an old saying in these parts : “The sun sets in the West”.

For Way West, there’s a new dawn.

With only two small crops,

he is the sire of two Group One-performing fillies.

Last week, Extra Zero took home a R400,000 cheque

in the Emperors Palace Ready To Tun Cup.

This week, Waywest Goddess, was imperious in the Gardenia.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Linda Norval 27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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EMERGING STALLIONS : EMERGING FORCES

Stallion Admire Main
Stallion Admire Main

Admire Main

(Photo : Greig Muir)

“One of the better young generations of

emerging stallions we’ve known”

Mick Goss - Summerhill Stud CEO
Mick Goss - Summerhill Stud CEO

Mick Goss

Summerhill Stud CEOThere’s a lot being written at the moment in the financial press about the role of emerging countries as the only hope for the world’s ailing economy. While the South African stallion scene is far from lacking in its established stars, there’s real hope among what could turn out to be one of the better young generations of emerging stallions we’ve known. Reports from the physical inspection for the Cape Premier Yearling Sale speak highly of the progeny of A.P. Arrow, Admire Main, Argonaut, Jay Peg and Kildonan, while the foaling crew at Summerhill will tell you that the Brave Tin Soldiers are up there with anything we’ve seen. They’re big, strongly made, and they all carry the magnificent head which was obviously an element of what made Demi O’Byrne part with $3million for him as a foal of just a few months. Besides “big”, you can count on the rest as well. Brave, and brilliant.

Encouraging too, was the money investors were willing to pay for the first crops of Mullins Bay and Stronghold at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale. While it was to be expected that they would have their admirers when they went through the ring, following the healthy endorsement they received from the gallops inspection panellists, few would’ve anticipated the Mullins Bays would average alongside Kahal and Muhtafal, and that Stronghold would come away with a top price of R330,000, in this climate. Equally pleasing though, is the fact that this sale elicits healthy bidding for a horse, no matter his origins. The Ready To Run is designed for buyers to draw their conclusions from what they see, not what they think they see, and the gallop in the end, is the ultimate test.

Over the years, we’ve seen the likes of Gold Cup hero, Cereus, R8million earner, Imbongi, and Jo’burg’s “love-child”, Pierre Jourdan, all by unfashionable sires, attract a healthy proportion of bids simply because they could run.

While they’re quietly off the commercial boil at the moment, Solskjaer and Way West are another pair who still seem to have a bit of puff in their sails. Solskjaer’s top price was R225,000 for Battle Of Hastings, while Way West justifiably averaged R90,000 (with two “centurions”), given that he’s had two Group One performing fillies in his first two small crops, and that Extra Zero put up such a grand performance in the R2 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup the day before.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Linda Norval 27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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VICTORY AND THE COLLAR

Smanjemanje
Smanjemanje
waywest goddess
waywest goddess

Smanjemanje (left) and Waywest Goddess (right)

(Photos : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

“Kahal heads the National Stallion Log”

Smanjemanje was always a lurking talent. After all, he was the first, and only one of two, to triumph over Pierre Jourdan at three. But he’s been the victim of a well documented displacement of his palate, which has effectively cut off his wind supply at the most critical stages of his races.

A while back, with partners, Summerhill owned a smart filly by the name Paradise Alley, who battled with a similar affliction. On our travels around the world, we discovered a piece of equipment not irregularly used to fix the ailment in Australia and the United States, known as a Cornell Collar. It worked with Paradise Alley, and on Saturday, it certainly worked for Smanjemanje in the closing stages of the Victory Moon Stakes (Gr2). At a time when our man is often seen to flounder as the sticks come out in the finishing drive to the post, he found new resources of wind, and powered away from the field of high class performers including the past season’s champion three-year-old colt, The Apache. The son of Kahal has always promised to deliver a big one, and Saturday’s victory catapults his sire to the top of the national stallion log for the second time this season.

For the Summerhill sires, that wasn’t the end of the line, however. Last season’s Highveld Champion Juvenile, Waywest Goddess, couldn’t have been more impressive in the Gardenia Handicap (L). There were some quality speedsters in this one, but Louis Goosen’s premonition earlier in the week, turned out to be prophetic. She demolished them, literally. Given Extra Zero’s big turn against the colts when running for the R2million the week before, this was notice from Way West that he’s not ready to be forgotten.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Linda Norval 27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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WAYWEST GODDESS : CLASSY WIN IN GARDENIA HANDICAP

Waywest Goddess wins the Gardenia Handicap
Waywest Goddess wins the Gardenia Handicap

Click above to watch Waywest Goddess winning the Gardenia Handicap (L)

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

GARDENIA HANDICAP (Listed)

Turffontein, Turf, 1000m

11 November 2011

WAYWEST GODDESS

Way West (AUS) x Gallic Goddess by Gallic League (IRE)

4 Year Old Bay Filly

Owners : Claude Comaroff and Corryvrecken Racing CC (Nom: Mrs Evelyn Joell)

Trainer : Louis Goosen

Jockey : Anton Marcus

Breeder : Hallmark Thoroughbreds

Win Time : 56.17

Career Record : 4 Wins, 3 Places, 9 Starts

Career Earnings : R610,500

WAYWEST GODDESS is a graduate of the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

FINAL RESULT

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

WAYWEST GODDESS

57.5

93

8

A Marcus

Louis Goosen

2

2.00

VARIOMETER

52.0

92

2

* E Pheiffer

Louis Goosen

3

2.10

KALAAM

55.5

89

5

F Coetzee

Stanley Ferreira

4

3.00

SHARE THE SILVER

57.5

93

4

B Lerena

Tony Rivalland

5

3.25

PISCES STAR

55.5

89

1

P Strydom

Louis Goosen

6

4.00

MANNEQUIN

62.0

102

6

M Mienie

Paul Matchett

7

5.50

ONEHUNDREDACREWOOD

61.0

100

9

R Danielson

Gavin van Zyl

8

7.00

GOLDEN SECRET

55.0

88

3

D David

Mike Azzie

9

8.75

FAIR ROSALIND

59.0

96

7

G Wrogemann

Paul Matchett

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KZN BREEDERS AWARDS 2011 : NOMINATIONS

Extra Zero - KZN Breeders Awards
Extra Zero - KZN Breeders Awards

Extra Zero (Way West - Haifaa)

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

KZN BREEDERS AWARDS

Bellwood Cottages, 25 November 2011

Horse

Sire

Dam

Breeder

Outstanding Two-Year-Old Filly

Extra Zero

Way West

Haifaa

Summerhill Stud

Indigo Princess

King Of Kings

Cornflower Blue

Mr & Mrs GE Lees

Lavish Gal

Makaarem

Lavishly

Mr & Mrs R Pickering

Variometer

Var

Lady Electric

Backworth Stud

Outstanding Two-Year-Old Colt

In A Rush

Windrush

Sweet Whisper

PG Choice

Midnight Serenade

Malhub

Sapphire Serenade

Clifton Stud

Silver Age

Requiem

Russian Belle

Mr & Mrs B Le Roux

Outstanding Sprinter Female 1000m - 1200m

Apple Princess

Announce

Apple Fair

Graystone Stud

Mannequin

Kahal

Model K

Summerhill Stud

Onehundredacrewood

Malhub

Roman Dream

Summerhill Stud

Outstanding Sprinter Male 1000m - 1200m

Arabian Mist

Muhtafal

Valley Mist

Summerhill Stud

Midnight Serenade

Malhub

Sapphire Serenade

Clifton Stud

Silver Age

Requiem

Russian Belle

Mr & Mrs B Le Roux

Outstanding Middle Distance Female 1400m - 1800m

Dancewiththedevil

Modus Vivendi

Emperor’s Dance

Graystone Stud

Fisani

Kahal

Gypsey Spirit

Summerhill Stud

Las Ramblas

Toreador

Silent Kiss

GEJ van der Merwe

Outstanding Middle Distance Male 1400m - 1800m

Grisham

Kahal

Pelican Brief

Spring Valley Stud

Pierre Jourdan

Parade Leader

Vin Fizz

Summerhill Stud

The Apache

Mogok

Apache Rose

Scott Bros

Outstanding Stayer Female 1900m - 3200m

Fisani

Kahal

Gypsey Spirit

Summerhill Stud

Las Ramblas

Toreador

Silent Kiss

GEJ van der Merwe

Outstanding Stayer Male 1900m - 3200m

Grey Cossack

Fanatic Dane

Desert Fields

JM Goodman

Seal

Silvano

Prestine Performer

IF Heyns

The Apache

Mogok

Apache Rose

Scott Bros

Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly

Las Ramblas

Toreador

Silent Kiss

GEJ van der Merwe

Legal Account

Lake Coniston

Golden National

Takemore Stud / A Rapp

Pisces Star

Kahal

Lady Faye

Summerhill Stud

Outstanding Three-Year-Old Colt

Ice Axe

Solskjaer

Nordic Ice

Summerhill Stud

Seal

Silvano

Prestine Performer

IR Heyns

The Apache

Mogok

Apache Rose

Scott Bros

Outstanding Older Female

Apple Princess

Announce

Apple Fair

Graystone Stud

Dancewiththedevil

Modus Vivendi

Emperor’s Dance

Graystone Stud

Fisani

Kahal

Gypsey Spirit

Summerhill Stud

Outstanding Older Male

Grey Cossack

Fanatic Dane

Desert Fields

JM Goodman

Grisham

Kahal

Pelican Brief

Spring Valley Stud

Pierre Jourdan

Parade Leader

Vin Fizz

Summerhill Stud

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HATS OFF TO THE NEW BOYS

Mullins Bay
Mullins Bay

Mullins Bay

(Photo: Greig Muir)

MULLINS BAY, WAY WEST AND SOLSKJAER

MULLINS BAY.

In the company of KAHAL and MUHTAFAL by average.

WAY WEST.

Sold two “centurions”, including one for R160,000; average R92,000.

SOLSKJAER.

Sold up to R225,000, average R90,000… at the Ready To Run.

WATCH THE PRESS - ANY GIVEN SATURDAY.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Linda Norval 27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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SOLSKJAER AND WAY WEST : THE SILENT ASSASSINS

Solskjaer by Danehill
Solskjaer by Danehill
Way West by Danehill
Way West by Danehill

Solskjaer (left) and Way West (right)

 (Photos : Greig Muir)

“Two Stealthy Operators”

Some people go about their business with inordinate fanfare, and gather the legions in their wake. The Pied Piper comes to mind, so does Julius Malema. But at Summerhill, we have two stealthy operators, who are quietly carving a name for themselves with a gathering force of quality performers from their two small crops at the races.

Solskjaer’s a man who’s taken his time making his mark, but those with memories will know he debuted in the Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Gr1). While that was some statement of the esteem in which he was held by Coolmore and one of the world’s top trainers, Aidan O’Brien, it was nonetheless well into his three-year-old season that he first set foot on a racecourse.

It was unlikely then, that his progeny would be any different, and the emergence of Ice Axe as a proper contender for the R2million Sansui Summer Cup (Gr1) is a welcome endorsement for what we’d come to expect from a 120-rated son of one of the world’s top sires of his era.

This weekend, two daughters from his second lot, Final Score and I Got You Babe, put up their hands as likely contenders for higher honours in the impressions they made at Turffontein and Scottsville. Both are modestly priced (R50,000 and R7,000 respectively) graduates of the Summerhill Ready To Run programmes, and Final Score’s victory represented a final bold bid for a place in Saturday’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup. It seems the “Sollys” like the sound of “R2million”.

Danehill’s other Summerhill-based son Way West, reminded us of his capacity to surprise, when the unbeaten Hot Girl stampeded up to take her story to two from two. The Way Wests have an affinity for “two”, it appears. Two small crops, two Group One fillies to date, two runners in the Cup (both running for R2million) and Hot Girl two from two.

Two good to be two?

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Linda Norval 27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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FINDING SAND SUCCESS FOR THE EMERALD CUP

Phunyuka Vaal Sand Racecourse
Phunyuka Vaal Sand Racecourse

Ready To Run graduate, Phunyuka, winner of the 2009 Emerald Cup

(Photo : JC Photos)

R600,000 EMERALD CUP (Grade 2)

Vaal, Sand, 1450m

24 September 2011

David Thiselton Gold Circle
David Thiselton Gold Circle

David Thiselton

Gold CircleThe Emerald Cup, the richest sand race in Africa, will be run in just over a week’s time on Saturday, September 24 at The Vaal and it is a good time to look at what characteristics a horse needs to have success on this surface.

In America, where most racing takes place on dirt, early speed is everything and horses that are likely to have uncontested leads will usually come in for heavy support. This is in complete contrast to turf racing where horses that go off at top speed make defeat a virtual certainty as they will more often than not be swamped in the straight. On sand or dirt the front runners don’t get swamped because horses coming from behind are unable to produce the same sort of acceleration they can on turf due to the lack of traction.

On the 1000m Vaal straight, front running horses can obviously be caught from behind and this is particularly the case when the sand is heavy (generally speaking the sand surface will be faster if there is a lack of wind as the moisture from the watering will be retained). However, it is still noticeable that horses that have the ability to race handy and stay on will do well on the Vaal sand.

On turf, the lack of a turn of foot costs them in the finish. While they are running on at one pace, other horses with a strong turn of foot might be flying past. On the other hand the lack of traction offered on sand to the latter type of horse often blunts their turn of foot and they may not be able to get to the one-paced sort running on steadily in front.

Thus one can say that the two types of horse that generally do well on sand would be those that can maintain a high cruising speed throughout or those that can produce a sustained finishing run from behind. However, those horses that rely on a short finishing burst at the end of the race are better off on turf. Turf tends to be far less tiring on a horse, so speed holds better, leading to horses being tightly bunched. But on sand, horses that do not have necessary cruising speed are likely to be further out of their ground and there is the added factor of kickback which could see them fall even further back.

As far as action goes, good turf horses often tend to waste very little motion in their stride and have a much lower, daisy-cutting action. The rhythm a horse displays on the way down to the start on turf can be a good indicator of how it will run. However, on sand, it is more difficult to pick out horses on the way to the start, as “shuffling” actions often do well on the surface. It might be better to look at the form and see how handy the horse lies in the running and whether it can stay on all the way to the end of the race.

Pedigrees are also a useful indicator. In South Africa the progeny of Danzig line sires do well on sand and this particularly appears to be the case in races from sprints up to 1400m. The progeny of Mr Prospector line sires appear to do well over all distances on the sand. Some examples of Danzig line sires are National Assembly and his sons Announce, Sarge and National Emblem as well as Alami, Bezrin, Qui Danzig, Joshua Dancer, Modern Day, Classic Flag, Alado, Newton, Way West, Lizard Island, Fastnet Rock, Makaarem, etc. Some examples of Mr Prospector line sires are Right Approach, Western Winter, Kahal, Count Dubois, Windrush, Goldkeeper, Muhtafal, West Man, Lecture, Miesque’s Approval, What A Prospect, Malhub, Hobb Alwahtan, Fan Club’s Mister, Clash By Night, Parade Leader, Modus Vivendi, Tiger Hunt (female line), Albarahin (female line), etc.

There are of course sires outside of these lines that tend to produce good sand runners including Fort Wood.

However, using some of the trends mentioned in this article as a guideline can add some value to the traditional form studying methods that are heavily influenced by turf racing in South Africa.

Extract from www.goldcircle.co.za

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EXTRA ZERO WINS ON DEBUT FOR LARRY NESTADT

Extra Zero winning her maiden on debut for owner Larry Nestadt
Extra Zero winning her maiden on debut for owner Larry Nestadt

Click above to watch Extra Zero winning on debut

(Image and Footage : Tellytrack)

EXTRA ZERO

2010 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

Way West filly Extra Zero, a graduate of the 2010 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, made a winning debut in a Maiden Juvenile Plate for fillies over 1160m at Turffontein on Saturday.

She won by a neck from Uptothemoon, driven along by S’Manga Khumalo, but has the scope to improve much from here on.

Sean selected this good mover at the Summerhill Breeze-ups last October - she was generally considered one of the best Way West offspring on the sale, and she was secured by Larry Nestadt and partners for R240,000.

Extra Zero has stamina in her damline and Sean said: “I think she’ll be effective up to 1400m, but she has good pace so we’ll probably keep her to sprinting for now. She’ll be going to Durban and we’ll look for a suitable Juvenile feature for her.”

EXTRA ZERO (Way West (AUS) - Haifaa (IRE) by Doyoun (IRE))

DOB 2008-08-27

2 Year Old Bay Filly

Owners : Messrs L M Nestadt, G L Blank, A W Bott and S M Nathan

Trainer : Sean Tarry

Jockey : S’Manga Khumalo

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

Win Time : 68.12

Career Record : 1 Win, 1 Start

Career Earnings : R39,375

Extra Zero is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2010 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

THE VICTOR LIDCHI MAIDEN JUVENILE PLATE

Turffontein, Turf, 1160m

14 May 2011

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

EXTRA ZERO

58.0

0

3

S Khumalo

Sean Tarry

2

0.15

UPTOTHEMOON

58.0

0

1

S Brown

Weiho Marwing

3

0.20

FLYING CLOUD

58.0

0

12

A Marcus

Devin Little

4

3.25

MOUNT CARMEL

58.0

0

8

G Wrogemann

Robbie Sage

5

6.00

SPIRITOFAMPHITRITE

58.0

0

10

M Yeni

Dominic Zaki

6

6.50

LADY FAN CLUB

58.0

0

7

* B V Vengesa (4.0)

Dianne Stenger

7

6.75

CASA NOSTRA

58.0

0

5

* J P van der Merwe

Alec Laird

8

11.00

ROCK THE SYSTEM (AUS)

58.0

0

6

M Mienie

Paul Matchett

9

13.00

TATTERS

58.0

0

2

* E Pheiffer

Roy Magner

10

14.00

KUNYE

58.0

0

9

A Delpech

Ormond Ferraris

11

14.50

ALBERTS DAUGHTER

58.0

0

4

* N Juglali (1.5)

Penny Kimberley

12

16.00

EARTHQUAKE

58.0

0

11

S Chambers

Roy Magner

13

16.25

THE MODEL

58.0

0

14

F Naude

Terry Lowe

14

26.00

MIND MY STRIPES

58.0

0

13

G Coetzee

Devin Little

Late Scratching

15

0.00

BELLA CASA

58.0

0

13

Paul Peter

Extract from Sean Tarry Racing

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KZN BREEDERS AWARDS : THE "BIG ONE" COMES HOME

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kwa zulu natal breeders awards

KZN BREEDERS AWARDS 2010

There is something to be said for recognition by your neighbours. Jan Smuts, one of South Africa’s most famous sons, was loved by some, despised by many. Yet, in the world at large, he was revered as one of the planet’s great statesmen.

Closer to home, in the racing world, our most successful jockey ever, Michael Roberts, spent a lifetime trying to establish the faith of the locals, and had to earn himself a British Jockey’s title before he had the respect of his countrymen.

That’s just the way it all works : hero abroad, villain at home. So while our six South African Breeders’ titles sit high in the echelons of national achievement, we’ve never been short on reverence for local endeavour.

Friday night was the occasion of the KwaZulu Natal Breeders Awards. For the record, Summerhill (and our partners) scooped nine categories in a year in which we led all breeders on the continent by more than R10million in earnings. We mention the latter in the context in which it seems this was a “whitewash”. It wasn’t. There were many commendable achievements among our colleagues, not the least of which were three daughters of Kahal, all Group One winners. The list follows at the end, but before that, a few notes :

Salutation’s award was a fitting tribute to an old friend, Robert Sangster, the man from whom we acquired two Summerhill legends, Northern Guest and Home Guard. Salutation’s sire was appropriately named Requiem, whose acquisition coincided with Robert’s passing. We looked upon it as his “Last Post”, but as Salutation is Requiem’s only major race winner, it was almost Summerhill’s final note as well. She hails from one of our oldest families, that of Final Wonder and her classic winning son, Last Watch, and was bred with our English friends, Mike and Marty Meredith of Hong Kong Jockey Club fame.

Pierre Jourdan was Horse of the Year. For a horse who reignited the spirit of our sport, it was a richly deserved honour. Somehow, an honour that had eluded the likes of Nhlavini, Angus and Rebel King in recent years. The trophy, generously donated by another legend, the late Chris Smith, is one of the finest in the game. It will enjoy a place worthy of its status in the new Al Maktoum School of Excellence.

Broodmare of the Year, Garden Verse is another of those whimsical stories that engage the minds of racing people. Sold for a mere R50,000 as a yearling, it didn’t matter that she came from the family of Robert Sangster’s Champion Turncoat, or that she was a daughter of the “Emperor”, Foveros and a sister to Wild Cocktail. The fact is, she dropped a hip in her early training, and was pretty much “dumped” on us by her owner at her original purchase price as an offset for unpaid debt.

In what might be termed “poetic justice” or more appropriately “lyrical” justice, today Garden Verse belongs to the even more august family of Victory Moon, Kelly, etc, and is the dam of no less than four major race performers, including Spring Garden and this season’s Dubai Carnival victor ludorum, Imbongi. Here, we remember a varsity mate, Barry Clements, who acquired his interest simultaneously with the dam of another national champion, Icy Air. It’s what the blue collars call “arsy”.

Then finally, a word about Way West. Remarkably, for a stallion of his breeding and performance, he’s never been quite the flavour of the month. He was good enough to be contemplating a stud career at one of the world’s great nurseries, Arrowfield, when our old pal John Messara seduced us into a helicopter ride up the Sydney Coast and into the Hunter Valley to see him. We paid the penalty, but only on condition that Messara retained an interest. He did. And on Friday night, when our team fetched the Stallion Prospect silver, some of that faith was repaid. Now our colleagues need to have faith.

THE HONOURS ROLL

2010

Award

Horse

Breeder

Outstanding 2 Year Old

CHOCOLICIOUS

Backworth Stud

Outstanding Sprinter Female

NOBLE HEIR

Connington Stud

Outstanding Sprinter Male

THUNDER KEY

C Baitz

Outstanding Middle Distance Female

SPICED GOLD

Greenhill Farm

Outstanding Middle Distance Male

ORBISON

Scott Bros

Outstanding Stayer Female

SALUTATION

Summerhill Stud

Outstanding Stayer Male

WINNING LEAP

Summerhill Stud

Outstanding 3 Year Old Filly

SPICED GOLD

Greenhill Farm

Outstanding 3 Year Old Colt

PIERRE JOURDAN

Summerhill Stud

Outstanding Older Female

NOBLE HEIR

Connington Stud

Outstanding Older Male

MAGICAL

RJ & Mrs Clarkin

Individual Achievement

HEAR THE DRUMS

Summerhill Stud

International Achievement

GYPSEY’S WARNING

Rathmor Stud

Broodmare Of The Year

GARDEN VERSE

Summerhill Stud

Stallion Prospect

WAY WEST

Summerhill Stud

Stallion Of The Year

KAHAL

Summerhill Stud

Leading Breeders

SUMMERHILL STUD

n/a

Breeding Achievement

CONNINGTON STUD

n/a

Horse Of The Year

PIERRE JOURDAN

Summerhill Stud

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KZN BREEDERS AWARDS : REWARDING EXCELLENCE

kwazulu natal breeders awards 1
kwazulu natal breeders awards 1
kwazulu natal breeders awards 2
kwazulu natal breeders awards 2
kwazulu natal breeders awards 3
kwazulu natal breeders awards 3

KZN Breeders Awards 2010

(Photos : Summerhill Stud

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KZN BREEDERS AWARDS 2010

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Megan RomeynFriday night saw the past racing season’s hard work being rewarded when the KwaZulu Natal Breeders honoured their own for racing excellence at the prestigious KZN Breeders Awards.

Pierre Jourdan, whose racing performances have enthralled the public during the past year, walked away with the laurels in the categories of Outstanding Three Year Colt and Horse Of The Year, while Salutation (by Requiem) garnered the Outstanding Stayer Female and Winning Leap (by Labeeb) grabbed the Outstanding Stayer Male award. Hear The Drums (who made it 34 wins on Friday in the Glendore Sprint), was honoured with the Individual Achievement Award. Garden Verse (dam of the illustrious Imbongi and Mahubo) was awarded Broodmare Of The Year and man-of-the-moment stallion, Way West, grabbed a deserved Stallion Prospect Of The Year award with super sire Kahal once again crowned Stallion Of The Year.

The highlight of the evening undoubtedly was when Summerhill Stud was once again named the Leading Breeder Of The Year.

Award

Horse

Breeder

Outstanding 2 Year Old

CHOCOLICIOUS

Backworth Stud

Outstanding Sprinter Female

NOBLE HEIR

Connington Stud

Outstanding Sprinter Male

THUNDER KEY

C Baitz

Outstanding Middle Distance Female

SPICED GOLD

Greenhill Farm

Outstanding Middle Distance Male

ORBISON

Scott Bros

Outstanding Stayer Female

SALUTATION

Summerhill Stud

Outstanding Stayer Male

WINNING LEAP

Summerhill Stud

Outstanding 3 Year Old Filly

SPICED GOLD

Greenhill Farm

Outstanding 3 Year Old Colt

PIERRE JOURDAN

Summerhill Stud

Outstanding Older Female

NOBLE HEIR

Connington Stud

Outstanding Older Male

MAGICAL

RJ & Mrs Clarkin

Individual Achievement

HEAR THE DRUMS

Summerhill Stud

International Achievement

GYPSEY’S WARNING

Rathmor Stud

Broodmare Of The Year

GARDEN VERSE

Summerhill Stud

Stallion Prospect

WAY WEST

Summerhill Stud

Stallion Of The Year

KAHAL

Summerhill Stud

Leading Breeders

SUMMERHILL STUD

n/a

Breeding Achievement

CONNINGTON STUD

n/a

Horse Of The Year

PIERRE JOURDAN

Summerhill Stud

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2010 KZN BREEDERS AWARDS - NOMINATIONS

pierre jourdan, smagaliso, salutation arabian mist collage
pierre jourdan, smagaliso, salutation arabian mist collage

Arabian Mist, Pierre Jourdan, Salutation and Smangaliso

(Photos : JC Photographics)

THERE’S GOLD IN THEM HILLS!

Tonight sees the KZN Breeders Awards where all the hard work and achievements of its breeders are rewarded. The nominations for tonight are testament to the rich racing and breeding legacy which this province has served up to South African racing over the past year. Of our stallions, Way West cracks a nod for the first time, and Summerhill mainstays, Muhtafal and Kahal are well represented as well. The list of nominees for tonight reads like a who’s who of South African racing. Between them they have all clocked up an impressive record of Group and Graded Stakes wins over the past season, proving that KZN is blessed with an abundance of talent.

The list of nominees for tonight are:

Award

Horse

Outstanding 2 Year Old

CHOCOLICIOUS

, SILENT CALL,

WAYWEST GODDESS

Outstanding Sprinter Female

NOBLE HEIR

(Bred at Connington Stud)

,

SMANGALISO

, VALLEY OF RUBIES

Outstanding Sprinter Male

ARABIAN MIST

,

PHUNYUKA

, INTELLECTUAL,

THUNDER KEY

Outstanding Middle Distance Female

FISANI

, SPICED GOLD, BEDLOE’S ISLAND

Outstanding Middle Distance Male

ORBISON,

PIERRE JOURDAN

, MAGICAL

Outstanding Middle Distance Female

SALUTATION

, SALTWATER GIRL

Outstanding Stayer Male

PIERRE JOURDAN,

WINNING LEAP

, SANTA

Outstanding 3 Year Old Filly

FISANI, SALUTATION, SPICED GOLD

Outstanding 3 Year Old Colt

ORBISON, PIERRE JOURDAN, WINNING LEAP

Outstanding Older Female

BEDLOE’S ISLAND, NOBLE HEIR, SMANGALISO

Outstanding Older Male

MAGICAL, ARABIAN MIST, PHUNYUKA, THUNDER KEY

Broodmare of the Year

GARDEN VERSE

, GYPSEY QUEEN,

VINN FIZZ

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EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE 2010 : DEBRIEF

emperors palace ready to run sale results
emperors palace ready to run sale results

Please click above to view comprehensive 2010 Sale results…

(Bloodstock South Africa)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

SOUTH AFRICA

We tend to forget that we’re in the luxury goods business, and that like art and antiques, when times are tough, if racehorses are your vocation, you need to have all your wits, and you have to have a product that stands alone. Deep inside, we’ve been of the belief that this sale could retreat by as much as 10-15%, given that world markets in racehorses have retreated by as much as 50%, and the substantial gains in the opposite direction this sale has witnessed. That this wasn’t the case at the TBA sales complex yesterday evening, says something for the “package” attached to the Ready To Run.

The bare facts were a drop in average from R177,613 last year, to R172,769 in 2010, (roughly 3%), and a clearance rate of 82%, against 94% for 2009, and I guess we’d have to count that as a good result, though there will obviously have been disappointment for those who didn’t sell their horses. We have conducted a bit of trade since the close of business late last night, with a further six horses changing hands, and we expect this trade will continue for the next couple of days. Another feature of the sale which contrasted starkly with the past few years, was the absence of buyers in the R40,000 to R100,000 bracket for the last 40 or 50 lots, surely the best indicator that the “Golden Village” had run out of money to a degree. We’ve seen trade escalate for these same lots in the past couple of years or so, principally because we’ve made a policy of restricting the numbers in the catalogued to 165, yet this was a few too many this year.

By any stretch though, we’d have to be gratified by the trade we did, particularly when you recall that this sale has bucked the international trend several years in a row, posting gains of 45%, 52% (in the wake of the collapse of Lehmann Bros in 2008) and 12% last year. It remains one of the best performing sales in the world, to put it into its correct context.

The highlights of the sale included five millionaires, bought respectively by a Sheikh from Dubai, a miner from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a businessman from Hong Kong, and South Africa’s equivalent of the Maktoum family and Coolmore (combined, if you like!), Markus Jooste and his great pal and colleague, Chris van Niekerk, represented respectively by Mike de Kock, Dennis Drier and Sean Tarry. Overall, Markus Jooste, Form Bloodstock and Mike de Kock were the sale’s major supporters, but never lets forget the broad spread of buyers who come back to this ring year in and year out, to stake their claim for what will be a R2million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup prize next year.

And speaking of the prize, Saturday’s big race was a triumph this year for the more expensive horses, with Hollywoodboulevard trumping the hitherto unbeaten Igugu for the lion’s or more appropriately, the lioness’ share of the booty. Hopefully, as this was the second conquest by the fillies over their male counterparts in four renewals of the Cup, the argument that colts and fillies should be separated in two different races will be put to bed forever.

A final standout feature was the very solid and well deserved demand for the progeny of our young stallion, Way West. Buyers obviously like him, and those that had them were pretty much rewarded for their patronage of this horse in his second season.

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

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WHEN MIKE DE KOCK SPEAKS...

solskjaer and mike de kock
solskjaer and mike de kock

“…more than one judge ‘clocked’ the Solskjaers.”

Last year, he labelled the Way Wests, and we all know what they’ve done since. This time, he singled out the Solskjaers for the way they travelled.

But at the Summerhill gallops, there was more than one judge that “clocked” the Solskjaers.

That’s the beauty about the Ready To Run. You get what you see, and there’ve been more than a few “bargains” for those willing to back their judgement.

JUST DOING WHAT ALL GOOD “DANEHILLS” DO.

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WAY WEST : IS THIS THE SIGN OF SOMETHING "BIG"

way west stallion
way west stallion

Highveld Juvenile Champion and Dual Graded Stakes Winner, Waywest Goddess,

was a neck away from a National title in the Allan Robertson Fillies Championship Gr 1.

“Leading the second crop Sires…”

The “smart money” will tell you they expected it of WAY WEST. An explosive juvenile, a prince’s pedigree and a flawless physique.

So to be fair, a Highveld Juvenile Champion in his first crop was no more than WAY WEST stepping up to the plate. But given the opposition, you’d have to say that leading the second crop Sires, is a matter of exceeding expectations.

Or is this the sign of something “big” in the making?

LEADING 2ND CROP SIRES

(To 10 October 2010) 

SIRE

WINNERS

WINS

STAKES (ZAR)

WAY WEST

7

7

429 475

RIGHT APPROACH

5

5

357 085

KING OF KINGS

3

3

269 910

TIGER RIDGE

3

3

232 370

Figures courtesy of Sporting Post

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THERE'S A HORSE FOR EVERYONE IN THE READY TO RUN

emperors palace ready to run cup
emperors palace ready to run cup

The Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

(Photo : Gareth Du Plessis)

“YOU CAN’T GET A GOOD MAN DOWN…”

Three months ago, Mooi River farmer, Rob Pickering picked up an unraced colt for R5,000 at a “fat stock” auction. His name is “Chip Shot and Tuesday the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup’s selection panel gave him the green light for a place in the line-up for Saturday’s R1,5 million prize.

Hardly credible, you might argue, but Rob Pickeringis a seasoned stockman, and between him and his wife Michelle, they’d know a good thing when they see it. A R100,000 buy from the Summerhill draft at last November’s Ready To Run sale, Chip Shot (Solskjaer - Civil Affair) was one of a couple of youngsters picked by one of the game’s “old master’s”, Herman Brown Snr, for English-based owner, Dr Jim Hay. A “clear-out” programme initiated by Dr Hay, resulted in Chip Shot’s consignment to the Mooi River auction, and there must’ve been any number of sceptics out there, wondering why a horse of this value should be part of a breeding stock auction, and particularly an unraced colt.

Our team was on hand, and we have to confess to a missed opportunity. He looked like a “progressor,” and Rob Pickering had the “balls” to put up his hand. Who knows, the better part of the R900,000 winner’s cheque could be in the vaults of a Mooi River bank, come Monday morning.

Editors note :

You can’t get a good man down. Herman Brown Snr’s been looking at horses for nearly 70 years now. And you’d have to say, he’s picked a few. They include; Sledgehammer, Sun Monarch, Foveros, Rock Star, Gatecrasher for size. And Chip Shot wasn’t his only pick from last year’s sale for Dr Hay. Also in Saturday’s line-up is the Way West filly, Danehill Darling, who goes to post as one of the Mike de Kock quintet.

Dates to remember :

Saturday 6 November 2010 - Raceday

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

Sunday 7 November 2010 - Auction Sale

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

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

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www.tba.co.za

and

www.summerhill.co.za

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JOHN MOTAUNG'S 2010 READY TO RUN SELECTIONS

lot 36 tony's tipple by way west video
lot 36 tony's tipple by way west video
lot 143 don't be silly by danili video
lot 143 don't be silly by danili video

Click above to watch John sharing his selections…

LOT 36 TONY’S TIPPLE (WAY WEST - CAMPARI)

(COLT) BY

THE SIRE THAT PRODUCED

G2

WINNER

WAYWEST GODDESS

IN HIS FIRST CROP. FROM THE FAMILY OF

PLEASE BE TRUE

(7 WINS INC GOSFORTH PARK FILLIES & MARES CHALLENGE

G1

& GERMISTON NOVEMBER HANDICAP

G1

),

DENEUVE

(3 WINS INC 3

RD

GOLD CIRCLE OAKS

G2

) &

BEST OF THE BEST

(7 WINS INC CAPE FLYING CHAMPIONSHIP

G1

& 2

ND

DIADEM

G2

).

LOT 143 DON’T BE SILLY (AUS) (DANSILI - SALILA)

(COLT) BY

CHAMPION OLDER MILER IN FRANCE & SIRE OF OVER 40 STAKES WINNERS, DANSILI.

DAM SISTER TO

GYPSY KING

(2 WINS INC DEE STAKES

G3

) &

ALBANOV

(2 WINS INC 2

ND

PRIX DENISY

L

). FROM THE FAMILY OF

WEDDING RING

(5 WINS INC PRIX CORONATION

L

& 2

ND

ALL ALONG STAKES

G2

),

FLEUR D’ORANGER

(2 WINS INC PRIX DE LA VILLE DE TROUVILLE

L

) &

POMELLATO

– CHAMPION 2YO IN GERMANY

(3 WINS INC CRITERIUM DE MAISONS-LAFFITTE

G2

).

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

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

Sunday 7 November 2010

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and

www.summerhill.co.za

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2010 READY TO RUN GALLOPS VIDEOS ONLINE

emperors palace ready to run gallops videos
emperors palace ready to run gallops videos

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

(Photo : Gareth Du Plessis)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

7 NOVEMBER 2010

Racing fans obviously like the Ready To Run, judging by the deluge of enquiries we’re getting as to when the broadcasting of the Gallops will commence. Clearly, the prospect of a R2million prize, the judging panel’s observations and the achievements of the sales graduates in the past several seasons, are becoming irresistible.

The good news is that videos of the Summerhill gallops can now be accessed via the Ready To Run page on the Summerhill website.

Visit www.summerhill.co.za and click the Ready To Run tab top left.

Competition for places in the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup is hotting up, with Way West’s daughter, Running Rogue becoming the latest (and her young sire’s seventh) to stake a claim for inclusion with a 3.75 length victory at the Vaal on Thursday. It seems we’re in for a helluva race on the 6th of November, and a lot of fun at the sale on Sunday 7th.

We look forward to seeing you in “Jozie”.

Many thanks for your interest; it is inspiring.

Dates to remember :

Saturday 6 November 2010 - Raceday

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

Sunday 7 November 2010 - Auction Sale

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

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

For more information please visit :

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and

www.summerhill.co.za

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RUNNING ROGUE ROMPS HOME FOR LEON ERASMUS

running rogue winning her maiden at vaal racecourse for leon erasmus
running rogue winning her maiden at vaal racecourse for leon erasmus

Click above to watch Running Rogue winning her maiden

(Photo : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

RUNNING ROGUE

2009 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

RUNNING ROGUE (Way West (AUS) - Ring Of Bells by Spaceship (ARG))

3 Year Old Bay Filly

Owner : Mr JD Botha

Trainer : Leon Erasmus

Jockey : Sherman Brown

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

Win Time : 83.68

Career Record : 1 Win, 4 Places, 8 Starts

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

RACING ASSOCIATION MAIDEN PLATE

For 3 Year Old Fillies

Vaal Turf 1400m

21 October 2010

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

RUNNING ROGUE

58.0

78

7

S Brown

Leon Erasmus

2

3.75

LIZZIE ARDEN

58.0

0

6

A Fortune

Alec Laird

3

5.25

BEAUTIFUL YOU

58.0

0

3

P Strydom

Sean Tarry

4

6.25

RUSSET SAVANNAH

58.0

0

8

D David

Geoff Woodruff

5

8.50

MIDNIGHT FEAST

58.0

72

11

W Uys

David Rahilly

6

9.00

LITTLE CATALOOCHEE

58.0

0

4

M V’Rensburg

Stuart Pettigrew

7

9.75

FLIGHT SPECIALIST

58.0

0

9

G Figueroa

Dianne Stenger

8

10.25

CROSSDYN

58.0

0

5

B Lerena

Dominic Zaki

9

15.75

GANGS OF NEW YORK

58.0

0

1

C Little

Paul Peter

10

16.00

FREEZACINO

58.0

0

13

A Marcus

Charles Laird

11

18.00

IRISH AIRS

58.0

0

2

G Lerena

Wallace Tolmay

12

20.00

P ROSE

58.0

0

12

D Yeo

Chris Erasmus

13

20.50

GEORGIA GESME

58.0

0

10

T Pretorius

Stuart Pettigrew

Late Scratchings

14

0.00

BLAZING GRACE

58.0

0

2

*JP v’d Merwe

Gary Alexander

15

0.00

AFRICAN SUNSET

58.0

0

10

F Naude

Paul Peter

16

0.00

BALMORAL CASTLE

58.0

0

15

n/a

Dianne Stenger

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