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NO ONE TRICK PONY, THIS ONE.

solskjaer stallion
solskjaer stallion

Solskjaer (Ire)

(Photo : Greig Muir)

EMPERORS PALACE SUMMER READY TO RUN SALE

School Of Excellence, Summerhill Stud, Mooi River

20 February 2013

A Group One winner, A Group One horse, A Stakes performer,

all from his first crop, Ice Axe, Shogunnar and Waka Waka.

But in the past few weeks alone, Solskjaer’s been blasting in the goals with regularity.

I Got You Babe (cost R7,000 now four wins), Ibholatwo in a row, Campanologist,

Dame Victoria, Time Rolls On and Velocity One.

IF YOU DON’T HAVE A TICKET,

YOU’RE NOT ON THE FIELD.

summerhill stud
summerhill stud

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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WAGNER SCORES SYMPHONIC SANSUI SUMMER CUP VICTORY

Wagner wins the Sansui Summer Cup
Wagner wins the Sansui Summer Cup

Click above to watch Wagner winning the Sansui Summer Cup (Gr1)

(Footage - Fometter : Image - Tab News)

SANSUI SUMMER CUP (Grade 1)

Turffontein, Turf, 2000m

1 December 2012

Punters were left stunned when 16-1 chance Wagner (Tiger Ridge) triumphed under leaden skies in the R2-million Grade 1 Sansui Summer Cup at Turffontein on Saturday.

Trained by Turffontein conditioner Joe Soma and brilliantly ridden by S’manga Khumalo, Wagner led from soon after the start and held off several challenges in the finishing stretch.

The 50-1 shot Shogunnar (Solskjaer) was less than a length adrift in second place, with Ilsanpietro (Brz) (Mark of Esteem) (35-1) in third and Astro News (Silvano) (28-1) running on for fourth.

With odds like that, it is little surprise that the Quartet paid a cool R 941,509.60, with a R6,480 carryover. The Trifecta yielded R26,316.00.

While the shock result and teeming rain took a smidgeon of festivity out of the large, pink-clad Turffontein crowd, there was much emotion and celebration in the winning enclosure. Soma is one of the most popular figures in racing, while there was added poignancy from the fact that the trainer’s wife passed away a few months ago.

Owners Ingrid and Markus Jooste’s silks were to the fore from the start, with their two runners, Wagner and Vettel (Know Heights), showing up as the field left the 2000m gates. Behind them came Ilha Bela (Fort Wood), Ilsanpietro, Whiteline Fever (Right Approach), Zambucca (Lundy’s Liability), Smanjemanje (Kahal), Brooks-Club (Strike Smartly) and Pierre Jourdan (Parade Leader).

Favourite Mujaarib (Nadeem) was some 10 lengths back coming off the bend and never looked like threatening for honours. Astro News was almost last throughout, only flying up late to claim fourth spot.

First Ilsanpietro threw out a challenge to the leader; then it was Shogunnar and Zambucca. But the flying Wagner and Khumalo dug down deep and prevailed.

This and some other big results saw the Pick 6 paying R1.7-million and the Place Accumulator R66,251.80. The Jackpot paid R4,654.90.

Sansui Summer Cup (Grade 1)

Final Results

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

WAGNER

52.5

96

11

S Khumalo

Joe Soma

2

0.50

SHOGUNNAR

54.0

99

1

M Odendaal

Gavin van Zyl

3

1.00

ILSANPIETRO (BRZ)

57.5

105

20

G Lerena

Mike de Kock

4

1.25

ASTRO NEWS

55.5

102

10

M Yeni

Brian Wiid

5

2.50

ZAMBUCCA

58.0

107

18

K Zechner

Saeed Mohideen

6

2.75

WHITELINE FEVER

59.0

109

14

B Fayd’Herbe

Sean Tarry

7

3.50

VETTEL (ARG)

57.0

105

5

A Marcus

Mike de Kock

8

3.75

PIERRE JOURDAN

58.0

106

13

P Strydom

Gary Alexander

9

5.00

SILENT PARTNER

52.0

94

12

R Danielson

Mike de Kock

10

5.50

SMANJEMANJE

59.0

108

3

G van Niekerk

Tyrone Zackey

11

6.00

SOUL MASTER

57.5

105

2

M Mienie

Geoff Woodruff

12

7.25

MUJAARIB (AUS)

53.5

98

8

G Hatt

Mike de Kock

13

7.50

ILHA BELA

54.5

100

19

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

14

10.00

KNOCK ON WOOD

55.0

100

16

S Brown

Ormond Ferraris

15

10.25

BROOKS-VLUB

55.0

101

7

R Fradd

Mike Azzie

16

17.50

SILVER FLYER

57.5

106

15

K Shea

Mike de Kock

17

17.75

CHESALON

60.0

110

9

G Schlechter

Mike Azzie

18

20.00

SAGE THRONE

57.5

105

6

S Cormack

Colin Scott

19

99.99

EMPANOSO HENN (ARG)

57.5

105

17

D David

Mike de Kock

20

99.99

GOLDEN CREST

56.0

103

4

M Van Rensburg

Geoff Woodruff

Extract from Tab News

www.sansuisummercup.co.za

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READY TO RUN ROARS

Ready To Run Sale at TBA Sales Complex
Ready To Run Sale at TBA Sales Complex

Gross revenue and average prices reached record highs…

(Photo : Heather Morkel)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa

2nd and 4th November 2012

Extract from Sporting Post

Gross revenue and average prices reached record highs at last weekend’s 2 day Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale at the TBA Sales Complex. Of the 202 catalogued 2-year-olds some 169 were sold, grossing R38million. That translates to an average price of R229k, up 20% on the corresponding sale last year. Remarkably, the average was just fractionally less than what was achieved at the 2012 National Yearling Sale (R233k).

Top price was R2million for an Australian-bred colt by Tale Of The Cat. The youngster is the first foal of his US-bred unraced dam, from the female line of Dancing Brave, and had been bought earlier this year in Australia for A$42k.

Local heroes Jet Master, Var and Trippi filled the next three places, price-wise. A half brother by Var to Gr.3 placed Stakes winner Jet Jamboree made R1.6million, a handsome return on his R600k purchase price at the Cape Yearling Sale in January of this year. Even more profitable was the pinhook on the full sister by Jet Master to multiple Gr.1 placed Stakes winner Lizarre and Gr.3 placed Lake Arthur. She made third top-price of R1.5million, having been bought at the 2012 Cape Sale for R350k.

Trippi’s 2-year-old son out of Sportsworld mare, Spoil Sport, was listed as a R300k vendor buy-back at the 2012 National Sale. The youngster, who is full brother to multiple 2-year-old winner Yellow Card, was knocked down this time at R1.1million.

Gr.1 winner Ivory Trail had been catalogued and withdrawn at both the Cape Sale and the National Sale in 2012. The wait proved worthwhile, as the Cheveley-bred fetched a cool R1million here.

The last of the millionaires was a Fastnet Rock 2-year-old out of a Sadler’s Wells daughter of Champion European sprinter Habibti. The youngster is half brother to German and Italian Gr.1 winner Morshdi, and had made the shortlist of most of the judges at the Ready To Run gallops three weeks prior to this sale.

The overall median price at the sale went up to R150k, from R90k and R100k in the two previous years. Colt’s median increased to R180k from R110k in the both previous years. Fillies didn’t lag, with their median going to R130k, from R90k both previous years. These figures were much the same as those at the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale of 2012, where the overall median also was R150k, with colts slightly less at R170k, and fillies on par with R150k.

The traditional Ready To Run Sale, with its massive annual restricted-race incentive, has truly come of age. The presence of 2-year-olds by top class international sires (who do deliver!) and the pin-hooking opportunities (on both the local and international stock) will no doubt continue to make the original Ready To Run one of the major events of the year.

READY TO RUN

Top Prices

Price

Year

Horse

Sire

R2.2million

2008

TRAFALGAR LEGACY

Rock Of Gibraltar

R2.1million

2009

UTHAWINI

Galileo

R2million

2012

DIE KAT

Tale Of The Cat

R1.6million

2012

VARIETY ROMP

Var

R1.5million

2012

MYSTICAL STAR

Jet Master

R1.5million

2011

CAPE ROYAL

Royal Academy

R1.5million

2008

INSASA

Galileo

R1.3million

2010

FRONTINO GOLD

Hussonet

R1.1million

2012

TULBAGH TRIP

Trippi

R1.1million

2010

VEROCCHIO

Royal Academy

R1million

2012

ILITSHE

Fastnet Rock

R1million

2012

10HUNTER’S GLEN

Jet Master

R1million

2011

DUKE OF MEDINA

Rock Of Gibraltar

R1million

2010

DON’T BE SILLY

Dansili

R1million

2010

DANSILI EXPRESS

Dansili

R1million

2009

IGUGU

Galileo

R1million

2008

BLUE VOYAGER

Muhtafal

AP ARROW (2012)

Horse

Dam

Price

FLIGHT CHECK

Diligence

R320,000

ARCH RIVAL

Competitive Edge

R320,000

SWISS ARROW

Swiss Pearl

R250,000

ALLAQUIVER

Nadira

R240,000

AYESSAYPEE

Mythical Madame

R240,000

LIGHTNING EYE

Chase The Light

R200,000

AUTODROME

Resolutiva

R180,000

10RAINBOW RED

Rainbow Red

R180,000

FLIGHT WARNING

Qaphela

R180,000

BOMSIGHT

Buttonhole

R160,000

ADMIRE MAIN (2012)

Horse

Dam

Price

IKIMASU

Espinado

R340,000

ADMIRAL’S EYE

Surfer’s Eye

R340,000

TAKUSHI

Stolen Beauty

R280,000

TWO TEN JACK

Aces Wild

R180,000

THE SQUAD

Amabokoboko

R120,000

SENSEI

Best Behaviour

R110,000

MULLINS BAY (2012)

Horse

Dam

Price

SUGAR BAY

Sugar Biscuit

R450,000

WATERS EDGE

Rainbow Lady

R250,000

BELLA’S BOY

New York Folly

R160,000

SKUKUZA

Sphalaphala

R150,000

TOAST OF THE TOWN

Favoured Nation

R150,000

SHOUT OUT

Elation

R120,000

BRIDGETOWN PORT

Shiyabekhala

R120,000

STORM INCOMING

Hlabalela

R110,000

WYSIWYG

Model K

R100,000

INTOXICATION

Excess

R100,000

SOLSKJAER (2012)

Horse

Dam

Price

WESTERN FLASH

Western Flash

R320,000

SECRETS TOLD

Flying Magic

R160,000

OLE GUNNAR

Wig Wam

R150,000

Extract from Sporting Post

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FAMOUS FIVE?

“Five of the top seven sires of 3-Year-Olds by AEPR,

were ‘made’ on Greig Muir’s watch”

We all have our strengths in life, and we trust we offend no-one when we say we all have our weaknesses, too. In the world of racehorse breeding, there are those that specialise in strong broodmare operations, others are good at prepping yearlings or breeze-up candidates, and others make stallions. Among history’s famous stallion-makers, think of Lord Derby (Hyperion, Phalaris, Fairway, Pharos), Marcel Boussac (Tourbillon, Pharis II, Djebel etc), Senor Tesio, the Italian (Nearco, Ribot and Donatello), the American Bull Hancock’sClaiborne Farm (Sir Gallahad III, Nasrullah, Bold Ruler, Princequillo, Nijinsky, Mr.Prospector, Danzig,) and the farm eventually acquired by South African Graham Beck, John Gaines’Gainesway, which stood Blushing Groom, Lyphard, Vaguely Noble, Riverman, Unbridled and Cozzene. At Spendthrift, Leslie Combs assembled Seattle Slew, Raise A Native, Royal Charger, Exclusive Native and Caro.

Japan has the Yoshida family’s Shadai Farm (Northern Taste, Sunday Silence, King Kamehameha,Deep Impact). In the Antipodes, the New Zealander Sir Patrick Hogan is famous for Sir Tristram and his potent son Zabeel, while John Messara’sArrowfield Stud has been host to a slew of top sires kicking off with Danehill, and his exceptional sons Redoubte’s Choice and Flying Spur, while he let one slip through his fingers when, having bred Zabeel, he sold him as a yearling. Ireland has John Magnier’sCoolmore (Sadler’s Wells, Galileo, Danehill, Montjeu, Giant’s Causeway, Danehill Dancer, High Chaparral etc.), arguably the most formidable force in the stallion business in modern times. We shouldn’t forget though, Prince Khalid Abdullah’sJuddmonte Farm, home to Rainbow Quest, Oasis Dream, and Dansili, and breeder of Danehill.

Turning to South Africa, quite remarkably for a man who would’ve told you himself that he was not a true-blue horseman, but who somehow developed an intuition for what would make a good stallion, the late Graham Beck assembled the likes of Elevation, Jungle Cove, Harry Hotspur, Golden Thatch, Badger Land, National Assembly and Jallad, while from an earlier generation, we remember the Birch Brothers, whose farms were graced by the champion sires Asbestos II, Fairthorn, Highveld, Ranjit and Plum Bold.

Which raises the question, what about Summerhill? The property’s early history is characterised by Raymond Ellis of Hartford, who despite having no more than 25 mares at any one time, made the champion sires Cape Heath, Sybil’s Nephew and Masham. Of course, we’ll always have Northern Guest to shout about: he was a legend long before his passing, and if only because he came in our infancy, he will probably remain the most famous resident we’ll know. However, he is not alone. Home Guard, Liloy, National Emblem, Rambo Dancer, Fard (an Equus championship finalist alongside Fort Wood and National Assembly with his first crop), Kahal and Muhtafal have all been great servants, and all of them have either occupied the top five on the sires log at one point or another, or earned themselves a championship of sorts. Yet we’ve been saying it for a couple of years, and now there is some vindication for our view, that in the current roster, we’ve never been better served in the potential of the stallions on the farm.

On the face of it at least, they represent something of a step up on any assembly we’ve hosted before, and if logic has anything to do with outcomes, this was to be expected. But that isn’t the way this game works; it has its own rules, which often reward intuition ahead of what might appear to be obvious. That’s why some stallion masters are more successful than others in accumulating game-changing prospects, and a glance at a table just published by the Sporting Post reveals that five of the top seven sires of Three-Year-Olds by average earnings per runner, were “made” on Greig Muir’s watch. Here are the numbers:

#

SIRE

FARM

AEPR (ZAR)

1

Stronghold

Summerhill Stud

36,142

2

Var

Avontuur Stud

29,675

3

Cataloochee

Summerhill Stud

23,962

4

Solskjaer

Summerhill Stud

23,088

5

Kahal

Summerhill Stud

22,353

6

Tiger Ridge

Wilgerbosdrift Stud

19,559

7

Mullins Bay

Summerhill Stud

19,536

8

Right Approach

Wilgerbosdrift Stud

19,178

9

Toreador

The Alchemy Stud

18,287

10

Silvano

Maine Chance Farm

17,776

11

Jet Master

Klipdrift Farm

16,794

12

Trippi

Drakenstein Stud

15,891

Obviously encouraging for us is the bold showing of our young sires, whose first runners are only three, and have already made their entry into the table with their debut crops.

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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WAKA WAKA : THIS TIME FOR... TEAM ALEXANDER

Waka Waka by Solskjaer
Waka Waka by Solskjaer

Click above to watch Waka Waka winning his maiden

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

WAKA WAKA (SAF)

2011 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

WAKA WAKA (SAF)

Solskjaer (IRE) - Bindella (SAF) by Jallad (USA)

3 Year-Old Bay Gelding

Owners : Mrs J P Gardner and Messrs G M Alexander, B G Gardner, M C Berzack and G P Sadie

Trainer : Gary Alexander

Jockey : Piere Strydom

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

WAKA WAKA is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

BONDIBLU MAIDEN PLATE 

For all maidens

Turffontein, Turf, 1200m

20 October 2012

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

WAKA WAKA

59.0

0

8

P Strydom

Gary Alexander

2

1.25

GO FOXY

60.0

69

2

R Fradd

Barend Botes

3

2.75

SIXMILEBRIDGE

60.0

65

7

C Maujean

Stephen Moffatt

4

3.75

ANTARCTIC CALL

59.0

0

3

JP van der Merwe

Chris Erasmus

5

4.50

REBEL HEART

60.0

57

12

J Sampson

Erico Verdonese

6

6.75

WILD AIR

59.0

70

5

C Little

Paul Peter

7

7.25

RAMBO

60.0

0

4

M Van Rensburg

Grant Maroun

8

7.75

CLEAR SKY

59.0

0

10

S Brown

Lucky Houdalakis

9

8.25

DRAGON FAY

59.0

0

9

G Wrogemann

Roy Magner

10

9.50

KIBRAVE (ARG)

60.0

0

6

F Herholdt

Brian Wiid

11

13.00

ALLEGRO

59.0

0

1

M Yeni

Brett Webber

12

18.25

WIND WHISTLER

59.0

0

11

S Veale

Weiho Marwing

Late Scratchings

13

0.00

ROYAL LANCE (AUS)

59.0

0

11

n/a

Weiho Marwing

14

0.00

LONDON IRISH

59.0

0

8

n/a

Spike Lerena

summerhill stud genuine article
summerhill stud genuine article

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www.summerhill.co.za

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FROM LEFT FIELD

Bronwyn Goss
Bronwyn Goss

Bronwyn Goss

(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS

Summerhill Stud, Mooi River

Friday 19th October 2012

Bronwyn Goss is an unusual commentator on the potential of a Ready To Run horse. You see, her training is in the Hartford Spa, but her heart is among the horses. This time of the year, she rides out for Tarryn Liebenberg and Michael Booysens, and like most ladies who love horses, she has her favourites. Of course, they’ll be top of her pops for different reasons, but for what it’s worth, she says these are the ones that have the “glide” in them to make it to the summit.

1. Lot 196 - Shout Out – Mullins Bay ex Elation - filly

2. Lot 45 - Gemini Star – Solskjaer ex Lady Faye - filly

3. Lot 132 - Winging Ways – Stronghold ex Valkyrie Queen - filly

4. Lot 87 - Unnamed - AP Arrow ex Rainbow Red - filly

5. Lot 75 - Unnamed - Kahal ex Noble Vixen - filly

The Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park

2nd and 4th November 2012

*Six cheque payment scheme for qualifying buyers.

Summerhill Stud Logo
Summerhill Stud Logo

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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ICE AXE GOING FOR GOLD

Ice Axe by Solskjaer
Ice Axe by Solskjaer

Click above to watch Ice Axe winning the Maiden Cup G1 in September

(Image : Mauritius Turf Club - Footage - Mohammed Moorad)

DUKE OF YORK CUP (G1)

Champ de Mars, Turf, 1600m

28 October 2012

Maiden Cup hero Ice Axe faces one of his stiffest challenges yet when he takes on his perennial foe Il Saggiatore and the hitherto unbeaten Master Mascus in next weekend’s Mauritian Gold Cup (Gr.1) (Duke of York Cup) at Champ de Mars. Ice Axe is unbeaten in four starts on the island paradise, but has to come back from the Maiden Cup’s 2400m, and will need to find the speed to repeat the dose over 1600m.

His 120 Timeform-rated sire Solskjaer, is in a rich vein of form right now, with the likes of Gr.1 performer Shogunnar, the 5.5 length first-time victress Princess Tatty, and unlucky debut second, Waka Waka among his recent standouts.

For those who are looking for value, Solskjaer has a strong draft in the forthcoming Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale (Gallops at Summerhill this Friday at 11am.)

Summerhill Stud Logo
Summerhill Stud Logo

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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MAXWELL RIYANI'S READY TO RUN 2012 PICKS

Maxwell Riyani Jockey
Maxwell Riyani Jockey

Maxwell Riyani

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS

Summerhill Stud, Mooi River

Friday 19th October 2012

Maxwell is a talented horseman and also loves working with leather; he does our entire farm’s tack repairs. He is a good rider that takes his time schooling youngsters and gets the best out of them. Maxwell loves the racing game and keeps up with all Summerhill’s progeny on the track.

Maxwell’s top filly and top colt for this year’s Ready to Run sale is:

Lot 15: Soukous (Solskjaer x Golden Song) (F)

Ready To Run Sale Lot 15 - Solskjaer x Golden Song
Ready To Run Sale Lot 15 - Solskjaer x Golden Song

Lot 15: Soukous (Solskjaer x Golden Song)

A good sized filly with good depth. She has good action and strides out well. She works with purpose and we are happy with the way she is going. By a Group winning son of Danehill, Solskjaer. She is a sister to highly regarded, Romantic Balladeer by Trippi. The dam is a sister to Charming Chestnut (4 wins including the Strelitzia Stakes G3). From the family of Enchant D’Or (4 wins including 3rd in the Flamboyant Stakes L), Double D’Or (8 wins including the Arc-En-Ciel Paddock Stakes G1), Red Dor (5 wins including the Tibouchina Stakes G2) and Red Fort (winner including a 3rd in the Betting World Derby G2).

Lot 88: Ilitshe (AUS) (Fastnet Rock x Reem Albaraari) (C)

Ready To Run Sale Lot 88 - Fastnet Rock x Reem Albaraari
Ready To Run Sale Lot 88 - Fastnet Rock x Reem Albaraari

Lot 88: Ilitshe (AUS) (Fastnet Rock x Reem Albaraari)

His name mean’s ROCK and that’s exactly what he is! He is solid in mind and body and is working like a dream. He is a late foal but is maturing the right way. By Group 1 winner and Champion Sire in Australia, Fastnet Rock. He is the first Fastnet Rock colt to be sold in South Africa. He is a brother to Morshdi (4 wins including the Derby Italiano G1 and 2nd in the Irish Derby G1) and Kundooz (winner including a 2nd in the National Cup L). From the family of Habibti - Champion 2-year-old and 3-year-old filly in Europe (9 wins including the Prix de l’Abbaye G1 and Kings Stand Stakes G1) and Octagonal - Champion 2-year-old and 3-year-old in Australia and Horse of the Year (14 wins including the Sires Produce Stakes G1 and the Australian Derby G1, Sire).

The Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park

2nd and 4th November 2012

*Six cheque payment scheme for qualifying buyers.

Summerhill Stud Logo
Summerhill Stud Logo

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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LONDON OLYMPICS SCORES 3 LENGTH MAIDEN WIN

London Olympics by Solskjaer wins maiden
London Olympics by Solskjaer wins maiden

Click above to watch London Olympics winning her maiden…

(Image : Gold Circle - Footage : Tellytrack)

LONDON OLYMPICS (SAF)

2011 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

LONDON OLYMPICS (SAF)

Solskjaer (IRE) - Vinatge Event (SAF) by Braashee (GB)

3 Year-Old Bay Filly

Owners : Mr and Mrs MW Ridley, Adv N Riley, Messrs JM Goodman, GT Hawkins and Mrs D Chetty

Trainer : James Goodman

Jockey : Anton Marcus

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

LONDON OLYMPICS is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

FAST PRINT MAIDEN PLATE

Clairwood, Turf, 1450m

4 September 2012

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

LONDON OLYMPICS

57.0

70

8

A Marcus

James Goodman

2

3.00

EMPYREAL SONG

57.0

0

1

S Randolph

Alec Laird

3

3.10

BAT PRINCESS

57.0

0

11

B Lerena

Gavin van Zyl

4

5.10

BELOVED JEAN

60.0

60

5

* J Mariba (4.0)

Alistair Gordon

5

5.35

HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE

60.0

64

3

* D Dillon (2.5)

Yogas Govender

6

5.60

SOLVEIG SAYS

60.0

0

9

A Forbes

Colin Scott

7

5.65

JOYFUL SPIRIT

57.0

0

4

S Cormack

Dennis Drier

8

9.65

OLIVEALICE

57.0

0

13

K Shea

Yadav Singh

9

12.40

POLAR JET

60.0

62

12

R Danielson

Greg and Karen Anthony

10

13.65

AT DAYBREAK

57.0

0

10

I Sturgeon

Doug Campbell

11

14.90

NAUGHTY BUT NICE

57.0

59

6

K Latham

Herman Brown / Frank Robinson

12

16.15

SOLVER SPIRIT

57.0

56

2

* B Claassen (4.0)

Paul Gadsby

13

33.15

MAKE ME MONEY

60.0

64

7

* L Mohapi (4.0)

Des Egdes

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MAINGARD'S MAGIC

Ricky Maingard with Ice Axe - Phoenix Maiden Cup
Ricky Maingard with Ice Axe - Phoenix Maiden Cup

Ricky Maingard with Ice Axe - Phoenix Maiden Cup (Gr1)

(Photos : Mauritius Turf Club)

THE PHOENIX MAIDEN CUP Gr1

Champ de Mars, Turf, 2400m

2 September 2012

There’s no blue-blooded South African racing fan who doesn’t remember Wolf Power, and the fact that Ricky Maingard, an engineer by profession and a one-time motoring executive with Peugeot by trade, was the man that fashioned him into one of the world’s most formidable milers. On Sunday, at Champ de Mars racecourse in the heart of the capital city of Mauritius, Port Louis, Maingard’s considerable skills as a racehorse conditioner were highlighted once again with the victory of Ice Axe in the islands’ greatest horserace, the Maiden Cup (Gr.1). But before we describe Ice Axe’s famous victory in more detail, it’s worth dwelling for a moment on Maingard’s beginnings as a racehorse trainer.

At that time, he was living in a little-known Midrand suburb called Glen Furness, and living as he did some distance from a racecourse, without the ample means to transport his horses daily to and from a training track, Maingard persuaded his neighbours into allowing him to work his horses across their seven acre plot of land. We know this, because one of his neighbours was Pat Goss, one of the co-founders of the Summerhill Stud we know today. It wasn’t long before he made his mark, and he did so in great style with a succession of the country’s top fillies. Run For Lily was a champion, Rhapsody’s Footstep and Fairy Ring were not far behind, and then came Dancer’s Choice, who ran Olympic Duel to a length in the Fillies Guineas. It wasn’t long before the country’s top owners were clamouring for Maingard’s services, and he was quickly in a position to buy himself Wolf Power, the best juvenile prospect in the land. Maingard was an all-rounder though, capable of training them short and long, and his tally of winners included several victories in the country’s number one sprint at the time, The Gilbey’s, The Rothman’s July and the Gold Cup, from 1200m to 3200m.

That age has not wearied him, was evident on Sunday when Ice Axe proved emphatically that he was this year’s Mauritian Horse Of The Year. Though Ice Axe was unbeaten to date, including two victories over the country’s top horse, Il Saggiatore, it was widely expected (and his odds-on status in the betting endorsed it), that with a 3kg pull at the weights and a change of pilot, Il Saggiatore would prevail. Those of you that read our column last week, might’ve been persuaded to take the odds on Ice Axe, and you would have been an even wealthier punter by Monday morning. Despite the presence in the field at the racecourse founded in 1812 by Sir Robert Farquhar, of three candidates from the powerful Gujadhur stable, Ice Axe was always travelling like a winner. There was a moment though, with about 800m to go, when it looked like he might be out-manoeuvred, as the three Gujadhur entries surrounded him, one immediately in front of him, one just to his outside and the favourite creeping up behind that one, while Ice Axe had the rail on his inside to prevent him from going anywhere unless something fluffed its lines. The tiniest of gaps opened as they turned for home, by which time Il Saggiatore had poached a precious lead, and seemed set for home. Ice Axe rallied gamely, and finding the greater acceleration, he raced away from the son of Galileo, who himself had just celebrated a world-record ten stakes winners in a week.

This victory provides the winner’s Northern Guest-dam with her second winner at the highest level, his half-sister Icy Air having swept everything before her in the 3-year-old division of her year. His granddam, a daughter of the great French classic sire, Luthier, was a purchase at the Nelson Bunker Hunt dispersal sale in 1988, and she has since given us, through her daughters, not only these two accomplished performers, but also the champion stayer, Amphitheathre. The Hunts were famed for their monopolisation of the silver trade, but following an attempt to corner that market, Bunker Hunt was forced to disperse his enormous thoroughbred empire after five years as the Eclipse Award Breeder of America.

It was a good weekend for staying products of both Summerhill and the Emperors Palace Ready To Run programme, Ice Axe being a R425,000 graduate of that sale in his own right, and the R70,000 purchase, Winning Leap, galloping away with Turffontein’s top biller, the Emerald Cup Pinnacle Stakes on Saturday. The Dominic Zaki trainee hails from yet another fortuitous raid on the international bloodstock markets, this time for a mare called Karafa, whom we purchased from the Aga Khan, and who hails from the immediate family of the great stallions Nasrullah, Royal Charger and Kalamoun. Already a victor in Johannesburg’s top staying race, the Gold Bowl (Gr.2), Winning Leap raced back to form here at the expense of a competitive line-up of Gauteng’s top-line stayers.

Before we leave the Champ de Mars finally, it’s worth recalling a couple of interesting oddities about its history. At 200 years this year, it is the oldest racing club in the Southern Hemisphere, and the third in the world. Sir Robert Farquhar was the inaugural governor of the island after its capture by Britain from France in 1810, and the course was used as a post-war means of securing the “esteem and collaboration of the local French population”, by providing them with the entertainment of horseracing. A street runs through the course between the grandstand and the racetrack, which is in normal everyday use, except for racedays, of course. The street is named for the Duke Of York, and the raceday experience has echoes of a Greyville meeting of thirty years ago. There are more than forty bookmakers on course, and their designated area across the way from the main stand is a beehive of activity.

Despite the humid tropical climate, entry into the VIP areas is “tight” and suits are the prescribed form of dress. You daren’t remove your jacket in the Steward’s Lounge, for fear of sanction. The parade ring resembles a medieval theatre, surrounded as it is by a public stand on one side, and by four levels of private boxes on two sides. It has the feel of a Mediterranean courtyard, with flowering geraniums hanging from flower boxes on all sides. The right-handed track is notoriously tight, with a circumference of only 1298m (which means the Maiden Cup almost completes two circuits), and a straight of only 225m. That means you have to have an ability to navigate the sharp turns, as well as finding a scorching turn of foot.

At Sunday’s meeting, there would have been close to 40,000 in attendance, with the infield jam-packed with spectators using the tarred surface of the Duke Of York Avenue as a jumping castle, in their attempts at seeing over the heads of those in front of them, while others enshroud the tops of the surrounding hills looking down on the course.

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ICE AXE SHOWS SUPERIORITY IN PHOENIX MAIDEN CUP

Ice Axe wins Phoenix Maiden Cup
Ice Axe wins Phoenix Maiden Cup

Click above to watch Ice Axe winning the Phoenix Maiden Cup (Gr1)…

(Image : Mauritius Turf Club - Footage : Mohammad Moorad Keerpah)

THE PHOENIX MAIDEN CUP Gr1

Champ de Mars, Turf, 2400m

2 September 2012

Champion Breeders of South Africa, Summerhill Stud, produced the winner of Sunday’s Gr1 Phoenix Maiden Cup run over 2400m at the Champ de Mars, Mauritius.

The race that brings the Indian Ocean island to a standstill produced a terrific finish between two arch-rivals, with the Ricky Maingard-trained Solskjaer gelding, Ice Axe, getting the better of the 11-20 favourite Il Saggiatore.

Ice Axe had a handy record when racing in South Africa having won six of his fourteen outings and being placed third, 1,25 lengths behind winner IL Saggiatore, in the 2011 Gr2 Gold Circle Derby.

Unbeaten in his four Mauritius outings, and having slammed Il Saggiatore in his three previous island clashes with him, the punter money market ironically still favoured his main opponent, the Ramapathee Gujadhur-trained Galileo gelding, even at level weights. Il Saggiatore came for plenty of support into 11-20 with generous prices available about Ice Axe.

Solar Symbol was, not unexpectedly, the willing pacemaker and he charged five lengths clear of Ice Axe. Jockey Glen Hatt rode a patient race on the favourite near the back of the field, just ahead of Intercontinental. The grey Senor Versace, the second of the Gujadhur stable, was the first to improve at about the 800m marker, followed by Il Saggiatore who was going very well and looked menacing.

Solar Symbol staggered in the final 300m as his six challengers started pressing and Glen Hatt, on a lightning visit to the island, gradually brought Il Saggiatore into the picture. He hit the front and looked to have done the necessary.

But jockey Gaëtan Faucon had been monitoring matters and produced Ice Axe at the 300m marker to win going away - and hopefully finally silencing the debate as to who is actually the better horse.

Rudi Rocks finished strongly to take third cheque, just in front of Johnny Geroudis on Intercontinental, who had languished at the rear for most of the trip.

Ice Axe is a Summerhill graduate of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale and is by Solskjaer out of the Northern Guest mare, Nordic Air.

It was a first Maiden Cup win for both Maingard and Faecon.

Extract from Sporting Post

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THE MEANING OF MAIDEN

The Maiden Cup
The Maiden Cup

The Maiden Cup

(Photo : Mauritius Turf Club)

THE PHOENIX MAIDEN CUP

Champ de Mars, Turf, 2400m

2 September 2012

To most horsemen, a maiden is a race for non-winners, in which you break your “duck”. In Mauritius, the time-honoured race, the one every respectable Mauritian horseman wants to win, is the Maiden Cup, the island’s longest horse race at 2400m. This year, the Mauritius Turf Club celebrated its 200th anniversary, making it the second oldest turf club in the world, and the Maiden Cup is its holy grail.

The 2012 renewal, will be staged this Sunday, 2nd September, and the principal foes are two formers horses who distinguished themselves in the Gold Circle Derby. Il Saggiatore is a son of Galileo, currently the world’s best stallion, and as such, his credentials as a mile and a half horse are undisputed. He showed that with a consummate victory in the Derby under the tutelage of Joey Ramsden, a year before his opponent here, Ice Axe, was a creditable third in the same event. On the bald evidence, you would have to think Il Saggiatore’s credentials were superior, and with an extra year under his belt in the island nation, he has the seasoning and the experience to do it.

Yet there are mitigating factors in Ice Axe’s favour, the first of which is his birthdate (16th December) which suggests that the Gold Circle Derby may have come up a little early in his career, particularly given that he was a somewhat immature sort himself, and the stock of Solskjaer have generally shown a propensity for wanting a little more time. That said, he is a half-brother to a dual Oaks heroine in Icy Air, the Equus champion three-year-old filly of her year, and his granddam, Laughing Music, was a daughter of the great French classic sire, Luthier. In other words, he has the pedigree to go every inch of the way. Toss in the fact that he remains undefeated in three starts in Mauritius, all of them in feature events, and you begin to think that as a just-turned five-year-old, he now has the maturity, the strength and the blood to make a proper fist of the Maiden Cup.

And besides, we all know where Ice Axe came from. Either way, the Maiden Cup will be this weekend’s contest of contests, and for those who have DSTV Channel 232, be sure to tune in, not only for the race, but for the thrill of seeing the biggest Mauritian crowd of the year at play. They love their racing out there more than any country we know, and the Maiden Cup is the zenith of the sport.

Among the world’s most fervent racegoers, Mauritians are “cooking” in anticipation of Sunday’s big race - you only have to visit our Facebook and Twitter accounts to know it.

P.S. Il Saggiatore is Italian and means “The Assayer”. The book was published in 1623 by Galileo as a polemic against the treatise on the comets of 1618 by Orazio Grassi, a Jesuit mathematician at the Collegio Romano. In this matter Grassi, for all his Aristotelianism, was right and Galileo was wrong. Galileo incorrectly treated the comets as a play of light rather than as real objects.

Ice Axe, refers to a multi purpose tool used by moutaineers to ascend or descend a mountain. We all know he has a mountain to climb, but he has the right tools.

The Phoenix Maiden Cup

Final Field

#

Horse

Kg

Dr

Stable

1

IL SAGGIATORE

58

7

Gujadhur

2

ICE AXE

58

1

Maingard

3

SENOR VERSACE

58

6

Gujadhur

4

INTERCONTINENTAL

58

5

Rousset

5

SUPER STORM

58

3

Mervin

6

RUDI ROCKS

58

4

Maingard

7

SOLAR SYMBOL

58

2

Gujadhur

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HOME RUN FOR SOLSKJAER

Ice Axe - Mauritius Derby
Ice Axe - Mauritius Derby

Click above to watch Ice Axe winning the Mauritius Derby (Gr1)

(Photo : Mauritius Turf Club - Footage : iDates)

ICE AXE (SAF)

Solskjaer (IRE) - Nordic Air (SAF)

A few weeks back, you might remember that Solskjaer’s entries in the Gold Circle Derby and Oaks respectively, were causing a ripple of gooseflesh here at Summerhill. Shogunnar had just run Jackson to within a couple of lengths in the Daily News 2000 (Gr1), and Final Score crept into the money in the Oaks. They’re not alone though, in advertising the talents of their sire; Ice Axe, who has lamentably left our shores and is no longer able to showcase the virtues of his sires’ stock, has been flying the flag not only for this country, but for the farm and his father, in Mauritius. In the past couple of months, he has annexed the Bicentenary Cup (Mau Gr1) as well as the Mauritian Derby (Mau Gr1) for Rupees 1.1million and 750,000 respectively. We’ll let our correspondent say the rest :

“Ice Axe (Solskjaer ex Nordic Air) bred by Summerhill Stud is creating a sensation out here in Mauritius. He grabbed two Gr.1 races (The Bicentenary Cup over 1500m for R1.1million, and the Mauritian Derby over 1850m for R750,000) out recently from his two starts. Ice Axe is now in contention for his third win in a Gr.2 over 2200m this Saturday. We people here in Mauritius really thank Summerhill Stud for providing us with such a great champion.” - Jesse Sinspired via Facebook

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BETTING WORLD DERBY AND OAKS : OLE OLE

Shogunnar
Shogunnar

Shogunnar (SAF)

(Photo : Gold Circle)

Betting World Derby and Oaks (Grade 2)

Clairwood, Turf, 2400m

24 June 2012

Life can be funny in the way it throws up coincidences. Or is it possible that these things are preordained? Here we are at the quarter final stage of Europe’s biggest football tournament, England, thank heavens for her fans who’ve taken a pasting on the rugby field of late, having made it to the quarters, and suddenly on the racing front we’re reminded of one of the same tournament’s greatest sons. Some years ago, Manchester United striker, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made this tournament his own, and the horse the Coolmore team named for him, Solskjaer, pops up with a live candidate for each of this weekend’s Gold Circle Derby and Oaks.

The Derby looks like a match in two, with Vaughan Marshall’sTribal Dance in the one corner and Gavin van Zyl’sShogunnar in the other. The catch here is which form is the more reliable. Tribal Dance destroyed his field in the East Cape Derby (Gr.3) a few weeks back, and we found a pleased-as-punch Vaughan Marshall grabbing an early breakfast on Sunday morning at Café Bloom: he was imperious in pink, and he had the bloom of confidence about him. Shogunnar on the other hand, on only his fourth racecourse appearance, posted the fastest last 400 metres in an ominous display from the back, grabbing the third placed cheque behind Jackson in the Daily News 2000 (Gr.1). We’re not for a moment suggesting that Shogunnar is in the Jackson class, but this was a smashing effort making up 7 lengths on the favourite, and as a son of the Summerhill resident, Solskjaer, he gives hope of a good weekend. Adding weight to our aspirations, just Tuesday afternoon, the stallion’s first-time daughter, Sol’s Gold, gave early notice with a 60-1 performance for Albert Rapp and co at the Vaal. Don’t tell Mike Bass or Marsh Shirtliff we said this was a “match in two”. They’ll tell you Taipan is the one to be with, and he could well be; it’s just that a “match-in-two” had a better ring to it.

The Oaks is a different matter. It does not look like a vintage field, the top rated being Beloved Betty (MR 99), Razzle Dazzle Rose (MR 96) and Avenue of Gold (MR 92), while Mike de Kock will believe he holds a strong hand with Tajmeel (MR 86). However, for as long as you have a ticket, there’s hope, and it’s interesting that current champion jockey, Anton Marcus, has taken the ride on Sean Tarry’sFinal Score, another Summerhill-bred daughter of Solskjaer. You might well ask where all this stamina comes from, given that the stallion’s December-foaled Ice Axe picked up a cheque in the Derby last year. Here we need to remember that his half-brother Yeats, is the only horse in history to have posted four consecutive victories in the greatest staying race in Europe, the Ascot Gold Cup (Gr.1) over 4000m, coincidentally also scheduled for Thursday at Royal Ascot. That probably says it all. It’s now in the hands of providence.

solskjaer
solskjaer

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SADLER'S WELLS HAT TRICK

Montjeu Stallion
Montjeu Stallion

Montjeu

(Photo : Network 54)

“Was, St Nicholas Abbey and Camelot”

Hard on the heels of our announcement last week of the arrival of Sadler’s Wells’ grandson, Golden Sword, the potency of the male line was underlined again on Saturday. But before we go there, we’ve been amazed at the response we’ve had to the story on Golden Sword, obviously echoing the world’s great respect for his six-time Group One-winning sire, High Chaparral, and his achievement in getting six Group One winners in his first year at stud. We doubt there’s been so much excitement around a “Sword” since the reign of King Arthur, when he wrenched Excalibur out of the rock! Fellows in remote places like Dr. Ashley Parker and Highlands’Mike Sharkey, were even onto the story. Annet Becker and Tarryn Liebenberg, fresh returned from a shopping spree in Australia where High Chaparral’s as “hot” as it gets, were back-slapped incessantly at the news.

Perhaps we should talk about Friday first though, when Galileo’s daughter, Was, trumped a top field in the Investec Oaks (Gr.1) at Epsom Downs, reminding us that the portents for the tribe of Sadler’s Wells at the world’s most famous racecourse, were strong. While Galileo is undoubtedly the best son at stud of Sadler’s Wells (himself the most successful European sire of all time,) it’s equally true that when it comes to rattling up Classic winners, no stallion, not even Sadler’s Wells, can match the rate of his other son, Montjeu, in the production of European Derby and Oaks aces, anywhere.

One of the great traditions on Investec Derby Day is the Coronation Cup (Gr.1), contested by older horses over the Derby course, and this year named for The Queen’sDiamond Jubilee. When last year’s hero, St Nicholas Abbey, trotted up by 4,5 lengths on Saturday, we should’ve known what lay in store when it came to the Derby itself.

And so it proved, with Camelot maintaining his perfect record under murderous acceleration to gallop away by a growing 5 lengths. It seems his connections will be unable to resist the temptation of contesting the Triple Crown, despite the negative implications which accrue against a stallion prospect that’s stayed the 14½ furlongs of the St Leger. This is something no horse has come close to achieving since Nijinsky, Britain’s last Triple Crown hero in 1970, and it didn’t do his stud prospects any harm either, though it has to be said that “chivalry” was still a decent word in those days.

For those who believe in the spiritual world, you might say there’s less of a coincidence in the announcement by us of Golden Sword’s arrival at Summerhill and Camelot, King Arthur’s fabled stronghold, than at first meets the eye. Could this be the start of a new legend? Certainly, the handicappers believe so, as they rated this Derby performance on a par with Sea The Stars’ in 2009.

Back to earth now, and Jackson’s smashing victory in the Daily News 2000 (Gr.1) at Greyville on Saturday. That he is the best middle distance three-year-old in the land is indisputable, and it seems the only thing that can stop him now in the Vodacom Durban July, is his merit rating and the weight they’ll be put on his shoulders in handicap conditions. It’s likely he’ll have to carry as big a burden as any three-year-old has ever done in Africa’s greatest horse race. It’s a matter now, of just how good he is.

South Africa is blessed to have two world-class sophomore colts this year, Variety Club at a mile and Jackson at a trip, and we must surely all be clapping hands at the prospect that these two exceptional animals will one day get their chance to show the world just how good our horses are.

For the record, Jackson is another of the Sadler’s Wells crew, being a son of the highly-promising Dynasty, himself a champion and a grandson of the great European sire. Saturday 2nd June 2012, a timely reminder of just how valuable the old man’s genes are, and when they’re transmitted, potent their influence is.

Editor’s note: That Camelot’s performance was rated on a par with Sea The Stars’, puts Golden Sword’s Derby performance (just 2 lengths off Sea The Stars) into perspective. In Camelot’s field (and without the victor,) Golden Sword was a Derby winner by 3 lengths!

We would be failing in our duty if we did not mention the exceptional effort in the Daily News 2000 of Shogunnar, who was denied second place by a half length by the substantially more experienced Vettel. Shogunnar is a son of the Royal Whip Stakes (Gr.2) hero, Solskjaer (by Danehill), and went into the race with just three starts under his belt. He joins Ice Axe as another standout colt for his 120 Timeform-rated sire. While he’ll pick up a hefty penalty for his Group One place, Shogunnar looks an outstanding prospect for the Gold Circle Derby later this month. His mother, Surfer’s Eye, was acquired by Judge Alan Magid a couple of years back, and as one of our most regular blog correspondents, the Judge will be tickled at the outcome. Rejoice, Judge, there are several hundred others at Summerhill who share your pleasure.

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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.

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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.

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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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