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CINDERELLAS AND THE UNWANTED URCHINS

Hear The Drums South African Horseracing Record
Hear The Drums South African Horseracing Record

Click above to remember Hear The Drums’ historic SA record-breaking run…

(Photo : Walley Strydom - Footage : Tellytrack)

Imbongi, Paris Perfect, Vangelis

and Hear The Drums

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

Mick Goss

Summerhill Stud CEOIn the annals of the Summerhill story, no year was more definitive than 2004. As recently as 1999 we’d had to endure the dispersal of most of the farm’s breeding stock when the partnerships we had concluded 10 years before, matured. There were just 26 mares left, and we had to start from “ground zero.” It’s a measure of the determination and the enterprise of an extraordinary team, that within 5 years we came within one race of winning the 2004 Breeders Championship and for the first time since the early 1950s, when the Ellis’ of Hartford gave the Birch brothers a rev for the national title, a farm on this side of the Drakensberg gave notice of its intent as a serious player in the breeding industry. Another extraordinary thing happened in 2004; four unwanted urchins of the sales ring played the male equivalent of Cinderella, converting themselves from pumpkin status into golden carriages.

It is part of the allure of our game that these things can happen, and it’s part of the dream of those with limited means that they should get their hands on prospects like these. Imbongi went to two sales, the Nationals and the Ready To Run, and was led out unsold at both. A lifetime of racing and an eye for a decent horse, led Ronnie Napier and and old mate, Michael Fleischer, to latch onto half of him one Saturday morning at the farm gallops, and soon enough he was the champion three-year old miler of his generation. His globe-trotting career in England, Dubai and Hong Kong, saw him garner group races in most of those jurisdictions, and in the final piece of glory, he picked up $500,000 in the Dubai Duty Free Group One.

Another with international aspirations was Paris Perfect, for whom there was no commercial home off the farm. That meant that his breeder, Gail Fabricius and her husband, Peter, found for themselves not only a third consecutive East Cape Horse Of The Year, but they had their big payday when cashing him in to Saudi royals, before he became the first South African horse to earn a cheque in the world’s richest race, the Dubai World Cup Group One. R60,000 would have got the job done on the farm, yet his paycheque for the World Cup alone was in excess of $US1 million (R8.5million at yesterday’s exchange rate).

In the same year, a Kahal colt bred on the revered cross with a Northern Guest mare, was neglected by all and sundry because of a niggling shoulder injury. It took a man of Robert Muir’s intrepid speculative instincts to pick up half of him. Vangelis went on to win thirteen races, and with his premiums, rewarded us by becoming a millionaire at the races. Rightfully, this willing servant has earned his place in retirement, as my daughter Bronwyn’s constant riding companion.

To cap it all, another erstwhile paddock mate, Hear The Drums, also born in 2004, returned to the farm this past week. Until Hear The Drums went to the races, the title of winningmost racehorse in South Africa, was held by a former Hartford graduate, Sentinel (32 wins), but it’s a sign of the value of good land, good people and a good upbringing, that Hear The Drums, took his owner, Peter Fabricius and his trainer, Des McLachlan, to that most valuable piece of real estate in racing, the winner’s enclosure, on no fewer than 35 occasions. It’s worth recalling that Peter Fabricius bought Hear The Drums on an impulsive whim on the telephone, when there were just two lots left in the sale, and he was all we had to recommend. It’s an irony of the game, that if Peter had seen his legs, he probably would not have made the purchase. Hear The Drums was however, one of those that defied God’s engineering, that overcame the purest antipathy towards racehorses imperfections, and his guts, courage and that indefinable characteristic that belongs to the great ones, carried him through.

So this man, who passed through three sales rings, before he found an owner for a paltry R42,000, retires as the most prolific winner in South Africa’s glorious racing history. In his next life, he will join other former champions; Senor Santa and Amphitheatre as a baby sitter and mentor in matters of decorum to our yearlings on the farm. What a privilege to have been associated with these men, all born in the same year and raised beside each other in the same paddocks. Between them they amassed more than R17million in earnings, a record of excellence unlikely to have been matched on any one farm in history.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

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KZN BREEDERS' AWARDS 2011 : RESULTS

KZN Breeders Awards 2011
KZN Breeders Awards 2011

Click above to view photos of the Summerhill Team

receiving trophies at the KZN Breeders’ Awards

KZN BREEDERS’ AWARDS

Bellwood Cottages, 25 November 2011

Horse

Sire

Dam

Breeder

Outstanding Two-Year-Old Filly

Extra Zero

Way West

Haifaa

Summerhill Stud

Outstanding Two-Year-Old Colt

Midnight Serenade

Malhub

Sapphire Serenade

Clifton Stud

Outstanding Sprinter Female 1000m - 1200m

Onehundredacrewood

Malhub

Roman Dream

Summerhill Stud

Outstanding Sprinter Male 1000m - 1200m

Arabian Mist

Muhtafal

Valley Mist

Summerhill Stud

Outstanding Middle Distance Female 1400m - 1800m

Dancewiththedevil

Modus Vivendi

Emperor’s Dance

Graystone Stud

Outstanding Middle Distance Male 1400m - 1800m

The Apache

Mogok

Apache Rose

Scott Bros

Outstanding Stayer Female 1900m - 3200m

Fisani

Kahal

Gypsey Spirit

Summerhill Stud

Outstanding Stayer Male 1900m - 3200m

The Apache

Mogok

Apache Rose

Scott Bros

Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly

Las Ramblas

Toreador

Silent Kiss

GEJ van der Merwe

Outstanding Three-Year-Old Colt

The Apache

Mogok

Apache Rose

Scott Bros

Outstanding Older Female

Dancewiththedevil

Modus Vivendi

Emperor’s Dance

Graystone Stud

Outstanding Older Male

Pierre Jourdan

Parade Leader

Vin Fizz

Summerhill Stud

Broodmare of the Year

Gypsy Queen

Rathmor Stud

Stallion of the Year

Mogok (USA)

Highdown Stud

Stallion Prospect

Miesque’s Approval (USA)

Highdown Stud

Leading Breeder of the Year

Summerhill Stud

Breeding Achievement

St John Gray

Anita Akal Industry Award

Ian Outram

International Achievement

Gypsy’s Warning

Horse of the Year

Dancewiththedevil

Graystone Stud

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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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KAHAL AND MUHTAFAL : AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM

Stallion Kahal
Stallion Kahal

Kahal

(Photo : Greig Muir)

“When we went into the Ready To Run Sale,

Kahal was a mere R20,000 adrift of Jet Master

for the top of the South African Sires’ log.”

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

Mick Goss

Summerhill Stud CEOI met up with Altus Joubert, immediate past chairman of the TBA, in the aftermath of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale. His first remark involved the stallion averages, and the fact that there was nothing in it between Mullins Bay, Kahal and Muhtafal. That’s the point of this piece.

We’ve seen it all before: the sale of racehorses is all about fashion, and the one inevitability is that older horses eventually reach a stage where they begin to lose their “glitz”. It happened to Sadler’s Wells and it happened to Mr. Prospector, and while there were the odd exceptions to those rules (Mr.P’s son, Fusaichi Pegasus immediately springs to mind as a $4,5 million Keeneland graduate, conceived when his sire was in his late 20’s,) it has happened again in Europe to Pivotal with the burgeoning popularity of Sadler’s Wells’ sons Galileo and Montjeu, as well as a few other stars; Dansili, Dubawi etc.

And now it’s the turn of Kahal and Muhtafal. When we went into the Ready To Run Sale, Kahal was a mere R20,000 adrift of Jet Master for the top of the South African Sires’ log, yet the best he could muster in the way of average at the sale was R125,000. Muhtafal weighed in with a R116,000 average, and Mullins Bay, despite the distrust of South African buyers for first crop sires, posted a healthy R121,000. This is the point at which the graph of the ascending young sire intercepts with the descending older sire, expressed in fashion terms.

There is nothing wrong with either of the two older stallions: they are still the same horses, and still producing progeny of the ilk that put them in the vanguard of South African sires in the first place. The market knows too, that Kahal’s more recent emergence among the big five (the last three seasons) has attracted for him what have been arguably his best books of mares to date. Logically, his future should be in front of him, but that’s not what the fashionistas have in mind.

That said, some of the country’s finest horsemen labelled the Mullins Bays at the Ready To Run gallops. That’s good enough for us, and it provides us with all the encouragement we need going forward. We have another couple of world-class racehorses whose yearlings go under the hammer in 2012.

Beware the Ides of April: The “Main Man and A.P. Arrow have taken aim!

P.S. We’re at something of a loss to understand the local “stand off” for the first year crops of stallions these days. If they have the credentials and they look the part, surely there must be value in getting in before they get away.

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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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

www.kznbreeders.co.za

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READY TO RUN GALLOPS 2011 : THE JUDGES HAVE SPOKEN

Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud, South Africa
Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud, South Africa

The judges have spoken…

(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa

6 November 2011

Nico Kritsiotis
Nico Kritsiotis

Nico KritsiotisThey have an impossible task really, especially when the draft for this year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale is as deep as it is. It was the universal view at Friday’s gallops at Summerhill, that this was by some stretch the best catalogue the Ready To Run had assembled, so having to pick a handful of horses from those on display is at best, unenviable, at worst, downright outrageous. Nonetheless, the judging panel they’ve convened, is not only drawn from the country’s most astute and experienced horseman, but the bulk of them have had five years “practice” now, and the results tell us, they’re getting smarter at it with every passing year.

Given the size of the foreign-bred entry this year, at 25 the biggest of its kind at any sale in South African history, and our penchant as a nation for the Colonial belief that all things foreign are better (witness the Hollywoodboulevard / Igugu exacta in last year’s Ready To Run Cup), it was inevitable that a number of the judges’ choices would include the imports. It’s a tribute then, to the local breds that the “hardy annuals”, Kahal and Muhtafal, as well as Silvano, Tiger Ridge and Victory Moon, stood their ground in the vanguard of selections.

But it was the performances of the two first crop sires, Mullins Bay and the ill-fated European champion, Stronghold, that took the numerical honours. There were five Strongholds among the elect, while Mullins Bay was the outright victor ludorum, with no fewer than eight first choices. Before the judges delivered their verdicts, the man who’s regularly referred to these days as the world’s best trainer, Mike de Kock, labelled the Mullins Bays and the Strongholds as standouts. When he speaks, we’d do well to listen.

Horsemen the world over are forever looking for a new edge in life, and these two young stallions, former racehorses of the highest calibre, look like the goods. “Hot” stallions are the prime currency of the horse trade. They triumph over Wall Street crashes and lift rough mares, and their very names tempt buyers into abandoning price limits arrived at so carefully in the calm of the hotel room the night before. So how do you pick them before the rest of the world? There are some who gave up long ago, who believe that Lord Byron had hot stallions in mind when he penned “Luck’s All”.

Difficult, you might say, particularly when you have to guess whether or not the youngster being paraded before you at a conventional sale, will turn his good “walk” into a good “run”, when that time comes. The beauty of the Ready To Run, is that you can actually see them in their quicker paces, (as against what you think you can see), you can judge their actions, their turn of foot, and in many respects, their demeanours and their “tick of the heart”. That’s what I’d call a leg-up!

Here’s how the panel voted :

MIKE DE KOCK

Fillies

mike de kock
mike de kock

17 NANDI (AUS)

Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Celtic Queen (IRE)

97 DYLAN’S PROMISE (AUS)

Dylan Thomas (IRE) - Madonna (AUS)

45 EXCEPTIONAL (ARG)

El Prado (IRE) - Exact (USA)

Colts

35 UNNAMED (AUS)

Royal Academy (USA) - Dubai’s Fairy (GB)

136 ROCKY AFFAIR

Mullins Bay (GB) - Rock Anthem 

180 DUKE OF MEDINA (AUS)

Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) - Amah Dramas (AUS)

111 GOTHIC

Silvano (GER) - Mysterious Land

MICHAEL ROBERTS

Fillies

michael roberts
michael roberts

71 HOPE FOREVER (ARG)

El Prado (IRE) - Hopeitsadiamond (USA)

89 ILHA DA ROCK (AUS)

Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) - Les Ry Leigh (USA)

51 DUKUDUKU

Muhtafal (USA) - Fragrant Forest

Colts

35 UNNAMED (AUS)

Royal Academy (USA) - Dubai’s Fairy (GB)

143 KITE SURFER

Tiger Ridge (USA) - Seeking The Wind

135 WHITE TIGER

Tiger Ridge (USA) - Refined Gold

SEAN TARRY

Fillies

sean tarry
sean tarry

19 GOLDEN DYNASTY

Mullins Bay (GB) - Class Will Sell

107 TINCHY STRYDER

Mullins Bay (GB) - Model K

162 CRITICAL MIND (ARG)

Johannesburg (USA) - Tough City (ARG)

Colts

135 WHITE TIGER

Tiger Ridge (USA) - Refined Gold

143 KITE SURFER

Tiger Ridge (USA) - Seeking The Wind

176 THE ITALIAN JOB (AUS)

Street Sense (USA) - Albanella (GER)

GRAEME HAWKINS

Fillies

graeme hawkins
graeme hawkins

Allowed a bit of latitude to cater for the ‘value’ choices

43 ORLANDO MAGIC

Mullins Bay (GB) - Entice The Gold

51 DUKUDUKU

Muhtafal (USA) - Fragrant Forest

109 MY ARGENTINE LADY (ARG)

El Prado (IRE) - My American Lady (USA)

65 NEGEV

Stronghold (GB) - Haifaa (IRE)

45 EXCEPTIONAL (ARG)

El Prado (IRE) - Exact (USA)

Colts

184 NOBLE STAR

Kahal (GB) - Arabian Magic

34 COOKIE MONSTER

Kahal (GB) - Dream Starling

135 WHITE TIGER

Tiger Ridge (USA) - Refined Gold

116 GALLIPOLI

Daylami (IRE) - Northern Duel

118 UNNAMED

Windrush (USA) - Ode To Joy

62 BINGELELA

Cataloochee - Greet The Greek (SNL)

176 THE ITALIAN JOB (AUS)

Street Sense (USA) - Albanella (GER)

KIP ELSER

Fillies

kip elser
kip elser

Allowed a couple of ‘discretionary’ choices on account of his ‘special guest’ status

109 MY ARGENTINE LADY (ARG)

El Prado (IRE) - My American Lady (USA)

144 ROARING WATER

Mullins Bay (GB) - Shirley Singer

104 FORTITUDE

Stronghold (GB) - Mininski (SNL)

Colts

180 DUKE OF MEDINA (AUS)

Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) - Amah Dramas (AUS)

139 RED ROVER

Victory Moon - Rosella

79 BRIGHT AND BLUE

Mullins Bay (GB) - Jibe

116 GALLIPOLI

Daylami (IRE) - Northern Duel

176 THE ITALIAN JOB (AUS)

Street Sense (USA) - Albanella (GER)

JEHAN MALHERBE

Fillies

jehan malherbe
jehan malherbe

17 NANDI (AUS)

Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Celtic Queen (IRE)

109 MY ARGENTINE LADY (ARG)

El Prado (IRE) - My American Lady (USA)

125 QUE BONITA

Stronghold (GB) - Perfect Lady

Colts

35 UNNAMED (AUS)

Royal Academy (USA) - Dubai’s Fairy (GB)

143 KITE SURFER

Tiger Ridge (USA) - Seeking The Wind

169 THE MUTINEER

Mullins Bay (GB) - Wanted

DEAN KANNEMEYER

Fillies

dean kannemeyer
dean kannemeyer

109 MY ARGENTINE LADY (ARG)

El Prado (IRE) - My American Lady (USA)

37 STONE TOWN

Stronghold (GB) - East Africa (ARG)

65 NEGEV

Stronghold (GB) - Haifaa (IRE)

Colts

184 NOBLE STAR

Kahal (GB) - Arabian Magic

111 GOTHIC

Silvano (GER) - Mysterious Land

35 UNNAMED (AUS)

Royal Academy (USA) - Dubai’s Fairy (GB)

JOEY RAMSDEN

Fillies

joey ramsden
joey ramsden

107 TINCHY STRYDER

Mullins Bay (GB) - Model K

55 KHANYA

Kahal (GB) - Glitz

17 NANDI (AUS)

Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Celtic Queen (IRE)

Colts

111 GOTHIC

Silvano (GER) - Mysterious Land

35 UNNAMED (AUS)

Royal Academy (USA) - Dubai’s Fairy (GB)

170 WENDY’S MAN

Black Minnaloushe (USA) - Wendys (ARG)

Extract from www.sportingpost.co.za

emperors palace ready to run sale 2011
emperors palace ready to run sale 2011

For more information please visit :

www.tba.co.za

and

www.summerhill.co.za

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THABANI NZIMANDE'S TOP FILLIES & COLTS FOR READY TO RUN 2011

Thabani Nzimande
Thabani Nzimande

COLTS

Lot

Horse

DOB

Sire

Dam

34

COOKIE MONSTER

02/11/2009

Kahal (GB)

Dream Starling

169

THE MUTINEER

13/08/2009

Mullins Bay (GB)

Wanted

79

BRIGHT AND BLUE

08/09/2009

Mullins Bay (GB)

Jibe

35

UNNAMED (AUS)

07/08/2009

Royal Academy (USA)

Dubai’s Fairy (GB)

183

ARABIAN BAY

16/10/2009

Mullins Bay (GB)

Arabian Charm

FILLIES

Lot

Horse

DOB

Sire

Dam

43

ORLANDO MAGIC

12/08/2009

Mullins Bay (GB)

Entice The Gold

154

SIGHTSEER

24/10/2009

Kahal (GB)

Summer Guest

89

ILHA DA ROCK (AUS)

07/09/2009

Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE)

Les Ry Leigh (USA)

152

FLASHING STAR

10/11/2009

Muhtafal (USA)

Starry-eyed

17

NANDI (AUS)

22/09/2009

Danehill Dancer (IRE)

Celtic Queen (IRE)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, Germiston, South Africa

Sunday 6th November 2011

For more information, please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za and www.tba.co.za

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JOHN MOTAUNG'S TOP FILLIES AND COLTS FOR READY TO RUN 2011

John Motaung
John Motaung

COLTS

Lot

Horse

DOB

Sire

Dam

66

INDABA MY CHILDREN (AUS)

10/11/2009

Tale Of The Cat (USA)

Hampton Rover (USA)

135

WHITE TIGER

30/10/2009

Tiger Ridge (USA)

Refined Gold

62

BINGELELA

23/09/2009

Cataloochee

Greet The Greek (SNL)

131

MULAAZEM

06/10/2009

Kahal (GB)

Qawaafil (USA)

18

NORMAN CONQUEST (AUS)

10/09/2009

Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE)

Chanteloup (GB)

FILLIES

Lot

Horse

DOB

Sire

Dam

41

NKANDLA (AUS)

04/08/2009

Forestry (USA)

Elusiv Lady In Red (USA)

56

COMING UP ROSES

26/09/2009

Muhtafal (USA)

Gloriosa

144

ROARING WATER

26/07/2009

Mullins Bay (GB)

Shirley Singer

84

ELEGANT BAY

13/09/2009

Mullins Bay (GB)

Kali Dancer

109

MY ARGENTINE LADY (ARG)

06/08/2009

El Prado (IRE)

My American Lady (USA)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, Germiston, South Africa

Sunday 6th November 2011

For more information, please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za and www.tba.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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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.

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summerhill stud, south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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THE BIGGER THE FEE, THE BIGGER THE FALL

South African Stallion Eye
South African Stallion Eye

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

(Image : Summerhill / Emac)

“If you box smart, you can still keep in front.”

Mick Goss, Summerhill Stud CEO
Mick Goss, Summerhill Stud CEO

Mick Goss

Summerhill Stud CEOFollowers of these columns will remember our commentaries on the exposure breeders (and in particular, our cheque-book breeding friends) faced when committing themselves to the payment of stud fees in the region of R250,000. There were some who suggested our statements were prompted by envy, or that they were a marketing ploy to divert traffic our way.

The problem with either of these observations was that we’ve always taken the view that the longer one is preferable, and that short term gain just as easily becomes resentment, while on the marketing side, we long ago understood that when horsemen are infatuated by a stallion’s promise, they will go where their instincts take them, willy-nilly.

There’s been much said about the combined receipts (R215million) of the Cape and National Yearling sales, and there is value in these reflections, but the dirty truth on high service fees resides in the number of people who failed to recover their production costs on the three top priced stallions of the 2008 season. It is so that a number of other yearlings failed to recover their production costs, including those conceived off considerably lower fees, (like some of ours,) but the “hiding” was substantially bigger at the upper end.

Given their pre-eminence as the leading sires of Stakes winners (see table below), Western Winter, Fort Wood and Jet Master richly deserve their place at the top of the stud fee table. The question is, what should the top stud fees be?

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South African Stallions Lifetime Statistics…

We’ve always lived by the adage that, against the average price of a sire’s progeny, breeders should be able to make a profit. In the end, it’s the only sustainable solution. That won’t stop some horses failing to return a positive outcome, but in broad terms, it gives most producers a chance. In the context of a stud fee approaching a quarter of a million Rand, payable upfront, (with a live foal guarantee it should be said,) and adding a R100,000 to R120,000 for the costs of the keep and amortization of the broodmare, the foal, the holding cost on your money, the cost of marketing and the commission payable to the sales company, we would estimate an outlay of the order of R370,000 for the progeny of such a stallion. It’s illuminating, in that context, to visit the results of the National Yearling Sale, where the combined offering for the three top stallions was 74, 69 of which were sold, and a disappointing 41 failed to make their costs of production. There will be those who’ll tell you, that’s how markets work. And if you buy at the top, it’s the risk you take. On the eve of my departure for the AGM of one of the world’s best risk managers, Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, I’m tempted to remember, “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get”, and another parol, “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price, than a fair company at a wonderful price.”

Against these numbers, horses like Captain Al (average R234,808), Silvano (R277,667), Kahal (R167,105) and Muhtafal (R182,692), all established sires in their own right and all standing in the R50,000 – R60,000 bracket at the time, just managed to get their customers home in the black, yet it remains a matter of concern that proven sires of this calibre should be sailing so close to the bone. The ex-Summerhill stalwart, National Emblem, with his third Klawervlei crop on offer off a stud fee of R80,000, averaged R151,250, the surest sign of how brittle (or should we say fickle?) the market can be.

One thing’s for sure, and that is that the market will demand a reappraisal of stud fees, and the reality is, the market will get what it wants. Going forward, and looking at the production capacity of the nation’s leading stallions in the way of Stakes winners, it’s probably fair to say, our market still remains, despite these numbers, the best value-for-money in the world. And if you box smart, you can still keep in front.

Any stallion able to sustain a stakes’ winners to runners percentage of 10% and beyond, meets the international standard for an exceptional sire, and it seems South Africa is in a purple patch right now, measured in those terms. That Western Winter, who tops the log, should have 9 of his 15 on offer at the National Sale, make less than the production cost, begs the question we asked in the immediate aftermath of the sale, and that is just how much the money taken at the Cape Premier sale, knocked-on to the final numbers in Johannesburg.

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MUHTAFAL MASTERCLASS

muhtafal stallion
muhtafal stallion

Muhtafal

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

YOU CAN’T GET A GOOD MAN DOWN

“Masterclass”.

That’s our man Muhtafal.

Second leading sire of Stakes winners this season.

IF WE WERE GOING TO WAR, HE’D BE OUR GENERAL.

#

Progeny

Race

Defeating

Trainer

1st

ARABIAN MIST

Hertz Merchants (Grade 2)

Link Man

Gary Alexander

1st

BLUE VOYAGER

Lebelo Sprint (Grade 3)

Jinzo

Charles Laird

1st

MR MICKEY MOUSE

Golden Loom Handicap (Listed)

Link Man

Tony Rivalland

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summerhill stud south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

CALL :

Linda Norval 033 263 1081

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BLUE VOYAGER BATTLES JINZO IN LEBELO SPRINT

blue voyager wins the labelo sprint for charles laird
blue voyager wins the labelo sprint for charles laird

Click above to watch Blue Voyager winning the Lebelo Sprint (Gr3)

(Photo : Tab Online - Footage : Tellytrack)

R200,000 LEBELO SPRINT (Grade 3)

Turffontein, 1000m, Turf

1 January 2011

BLUE VOYAGER (Muhtafal (USA) - Blue Yonder by Comedy Star)

4 Year Old Bay Gelding

Owners : Mrs Ingrid Jooste and Mr Markus Jooste

Trainer : Charles Laird

Jockey : Anton Marcus

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

Win Time : 57.04

Career Record : 5 Wins, 4 Places, 13 Starts

Career Earnings : R454,900

Blue Voyager is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

RACE RESULT :

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

BLUE VOYAGER

58.0

102

7

A Marcus

Charles Laird

2

0.05

JINZO

58.0

102

4

I Sturgeon

Herman Brown

3

1.25

INTELLECTUAL

60.0

106

8

G Lerena

Herman Brown

4

3.50

MARY LOU

57.0

100

10

M Odendaal

Paul Matchett

5

5.75

RENEGADE

55.0

96

3

M Malherbe

Louis Goosen

6

6.25

POLAR MOON

56.5

99

5

F Coetzee

Sean Tarry

7

7.00

HURRICANE FORCE

56.5

99

1

G Wrogemann

Louis Goosen

8

7.10

CRUSO

57.0

100

2

M Mienie

Paul Matchett

9

7.25

COURAGE

52.0

89

9

F Herholdt

Dominic Zaki

10

12.50

BATTLESTAR EXPRESS

58.0

102

6

M V’Rensburg

Greg & Karen Anthony

Late Scratchings

11

0.00

MYTHICAL FLIGHT

59.5

105

3

C Little

Sean Tarry

12

0.00

MAGICO

56.0

105

13

F Naude

Paul Peter

13

0.00

LEGISLATURE

53.5

100

9

D David

Mike Azzie

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summerhill stud south africa

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www.summerhill.co.za

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TOUGH AT THE TOP

ian todd and keith russon of backworth stud with linda norval from summerhill stud
ian todd and keith russon of backworth stud with linda norval from summerhill stud

Breeders of Chocolicious, Ian Todd and Keith Russon from Backworth Stud,

with Linda Norval from Summerhill Stud

(Photo : Leigh Willson / Summerhill Stud)

KZN BREEDERS AWARDS 2010

It’s one thing being top dog, it’s another being a big dog. But when you’re both, you need to watch your “p’s” and “q’s”. You see, the old Afrikaans saying “die hoogste boom vang die meeste wind” (otherwise known as the “tall poppy” syndrome), is alive and well, and living in South Africa, much as it is elsewhere in the world. So, be mindful when you blow your own trumpet.

That said, the outcomes of last weekend’s KZN Breeders Awards were inescapable and reminded us of the responsibility Summerhill bears towards our region.

Of the 19 prizes given away on the night, 17 fell either to the farm itself or to people or horses with Summerhill connections.

Nine of them were directly awarded and the rest were taken by horses either sired in our stallion barn or by people who learned their trade with us. Three of these were Grade One Winning daughters of Kahal, while Muhtafal and Labeeb accounted for the balance.

The Breeding Achievement of the year was aptly awarded to Connington Stud, whose owners Brendan and Candice Norman both served apprenticeships with us in their formative lives.

There’s an old truism that it’s more rewarding to give than to receive, and we have to say that to see the connections of these horses marching up to the podium on such an auspicious occasion, was fulfilling.

Few people know it, but among their number were some proper survivors, people who’d mortgaged their farms and hence their lives to pay their service fees, or just to stay in the business. And while silverware alone cannot sustain survival, it is the one recognition that maybe, just maybe, the struggle has been worth the trouble and that the light at the end of the tunnel, even in these times, is the sign that we all need to press on.

If you’ll allow us a bit of “back slapping” for a moment, this was a tribute to a policy of “no compromise” on quality, of sound customer relations and world-class service, and of an eye always on the long haul, and not the short buck.

We earlier showcased the awards that came Summerhill’s way : here are those that called our pals to the winners dias :

Award

Horse

Sire

Breeder

Outstanding 2 Year Old

CHOCOLICIOUS

KAHAL

Backworth Stud

Outstanding Sprinter Female

NOBLE HEIR

KAHAL

Connington Stud

Outstanding Sprinter Male

THUNDER KEY

MUHTAFAL

Cecil Baitz

Outstanding Middle Distance Female

SPICED GOLD

KAHAL

Greenhill Farm

Outstanding 3 Year Old Filly

SPICED GOLD

KAHAL

Greenhill Farm

Outstanding Older Female

NOBLE HEIR

KAHAL

Connington Stud

Outstanding Older Male

MAGICAL

LABEEB

Mrs & Mrs Rodney Clarkin

Breeding Achievement

n/a

n/a

Connington 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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NATIONAL YEARLING SALES INSPECTION

summerhill yearling at inspection 2010
summerhill yearling at inspection 2010

Please click above to view photos from the National Sales Inspection…

(Photography : Leigh Willson)

John Kramer and Alan Roux come to visit with their clipboards

It’s that time of year again when the TBA inspectors make their annual pilgrimage around the country and last week John Kramer and Alan Roux spent some time with us inspecting our 2011 National Yearling sales prospects. With a strong crop of yearlings including the first crop of Mullins Bay, StrongholdandRavishing as well as a couple of Trippis thrown in the mix we were hopeful of a good result and were not disappointed! Now we wait and see what the pedigree bofs have to say in a few weeks time before we know how many youngsters are accepted, but with a solid bunch of Kahals and Muhtafals and a few exciting imports we’;re looking forward to next year’s sale.

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ARABIAN MIST STEALS HERTZ MERCHANTS FROM LINK MAN

Arabian Mist winning the hertz merchants grade 2
Arabian Mist winning the hertz merchants grade 2

Click above to watch Arabian Mist in the Hertz Merchants (Grade 2)

(Photo : JC Photographics / Footage : Tellytrack)

R450,000 HERTZ MERCHANTS (Grade 2)

Turffontein, Turf, 1160m

27 November 2010 

ARABIAN MIST (Muhtafal (USA) - Valley Mist by Mount Hagen (FR))

6 Year Old Bay Gelding

Trainer : Gary Alexander

Jockey : Derreck David

Owners : Mrs Jo Gardner and Messrs Myron Berzack, Bruce Gardner, Chris Gerber, Greg Sadie and Leon van Rooyen

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

Win Time : 66.67

Career Record : 8 Wins, 9 Place, 26 Starts

Career Earnings : R962,255

FINAL RESULTS

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

ARABIAN MIST

54.0

99

12

D David

Gary Alexander

2

0.25

LINK MAN

53.5

108

1

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

3

1.00

COUNT EXPRESS

52.0

101

11

M Yeni

Ormond Ferraris

4

1.75

BLUE VOYAGER

55.5

102

8

G Lerena

Charles Laird

5

2.00

SWORDSMITH

52.0

79

10

G Figueroa

Brian Wiid

6

2.50

EXCLAIM ‘N EXCLUDE (AUS)

56.5

104

9

A Marcus

Charles Laird

7

3.00

JET COMMAND

52.0

94

4

R Simons

Alyson Wright

8

3.75

MANA MOU

54.5

100

14

P Strydom

Sean Tarry

9

4.75

LIGHTNING LECTURE

53.5

98

7

S Khumalo

David Niewenhuizen

10

8.00

CRUSO

56.5

104

2

M Mienie

Paul Matchett

11

8.50

ACROSS THE ICE

52.0

95

6

D Daniels

Sean Tarry

12

10.00

DON’T TELL TITCH

52.5

96

13

*D Mansour

Geoff Woodruff

13

11.00

IMPERIAL GESTURE

60.0

111

3

G Wrogemann

Charles Laird

14

13.00

HURRICANE FORCE

55.0

101

5

J Sampson

Louis Goosen

Late Scratchings

15

0.00

STRIKE PARADISE

56.0

103

11

S Brown

Dominic Zaki

16

0.00

TUSCAN SKY

52.5

106

13

Alistair Gordon

17

0.00

IMALI

52.0

94

16

*JP v’d Merwe

Mike Azzie

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summerhill stud south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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MUHTAFAL : THE "TOP TEN" SIRE

muhtafal stallion
muhtafal stallion

REMEMBER THEM?

PROGENY OF MUHTAFAL

LET’S ROCK ‘N ROLL

Group One Winner

OUTCOME

Group One Winner

PARIS PERFECT

Group One Winner

ARABIAN MIST

Group Two Winner

THUNDER KEY

Group Two Winner

DISAPPEAR

Group One Winner

FIRST AGAIN

Group Two Winner

BLUE VOYAGER

Earl Of Surrey’s Conqueror

BATTLESTAR EXPRESS

Multiple Stakes Winner

THEN REMEMBER,

HE’S BEEN A “TOP TEN” SIRE FOR AS LONG AS WE CAN REMEMBER

AND REMEMBER WHAT BLUE VOYAGER DID TO EARL OF SURREY

ON SATURDAY.

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summerhill stud, south africa

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www.summerhill.co.za

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EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN WEEKEND 2010!

blue voyager
blue voyager

Blue Voyager

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

“By its nature,

an event that excites and delights!”

charl pretorius racingweb
charl pretorius racingweb

Charl Pretorius www.racingweb.co.zaWe’re on the brink of another thrilling Emperors Palace Ready To Run Weekend, starting with the Ready To Run cocktail party this Friday evening, 5 November, followed by the fourth running of the Ready To Run Cup on one of the best race days on the calendar at Turffontein on Saturday, and the 2010 renewal of the Ready To Run Sale on Sunday. It may be relatively easy for racing’s marketers to promote new events, because fanatics in the sport are by their very nature curious, novelty-conscious and always on the lookout for new adrenaline highs.

However, when it comes to keeping an event constantly exciting and in the headline news over a period of time, they won’t get away with a few run-of-the-mill press releases and e-mails.

Why is it then that the Ready To Run gallops, the supporting sales concept, the Ready To Run Cup and the fanfare that accompanies it virtually promotes itself every year?

Is it the fact that Ready To Run graduates continue to win, week after week, and that the majority of them come from middle to lower price ranges? Or maybe that Summerhill’s formidable stallions, whose collective offspring is the heartbeat of this annual extravaganza, continue to hold their own on racetracks around the country? Not a week goes by without reminders of how rewarding racehorse ownership can be and how the Ready To Run Sale has the prepotency of making dreams come true, year after year.

The exploits of 2008 sales graduate Pierre Jourdan are well documented, and rising star Igugu has paid tribute to the 2009 sale every time she’s gone to the track.

Igugu fetched R1 million, her pedigree would command much more on an international sale. Pierre Jourdan was a R60,000 giveaway to shrewd buyers. Like any number of Ready To Run stars, he comes from a “less fashionable” background, in the same way as other considered “cheapies” Imbongi, Hear The Drums, Phunyuka, Winning Leap, Dynamite Mike, Catmandu, Thandolwami, and Fanyana, the best racehorses their respective sires ever produced.

Last Saturday Blue Voyager, another purchased at the 2008 sale, won his fourth race from 11 starts, defeating the likes of Earl Of Surrey, Autumn Gold, Cruso and Arabian Mist. His close relation Zulu Legend (by Solskjaer), was on Mike de Kock’s shortlist at the Ready To Run gallops a fortnight ago.

Tales Of Bravery lowered the colours of Pocket Power in a Pinnacle Stakes at Clairwood, reminding us of what a consistently terrific servant his sire Kahal has been to the South African racing industry. The Machavellian stallion will have 17 representatives at Sunday’s Sale including Saucy Savannah, an athletic half-sister to Grade 1 winner Pick Six.

There will be 164 two-year-olds to choose from, including colts and fillies by other leading local stallions like Al Mufti, Captain Al, Dynasty, Fort Wood, Western Winter, Jallad and Jet Master. Also on offer are smashing individuals by international sires Rock of Gibraltar, Royal Academy, Hussonet, Elusive Quality and Dansili.

In reality, there’s a horse for everyone in the Ready To Run, especially if you’re willing to back your own judgement.

The Ready To Run gallops can be viewed at

www.summerhill.co.za and www.tba.co.za.

Catalogues can be obtained from BSA’s Sales Complex at Gosforth Park

or online, at www.tba.co.za

The Sale starts at 2pm on Sunday, 7 November.

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

For more information please visit :

www.tba.co.za

and

www.summerhill.co.za

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