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ANNET BECKER'S READY TO RUN 2013 PICKS

Annet Becker
Annet Becker

Annet Becker

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS

Summerhill Stud, South Africa

11 October 2013

Most of our readers know Annet as one of the game’s most astute professionals. After graduating from Onderstepoort, she did her time in charge of the high care unit at one of the world’s great farms, Juddmonte, then joined Team Summerhill seven years ago where, among other things, the Broodmare and Foalcare divisions fall under her. She is among the School of Management Excellence’s most respected lecturers as well, and she knows what a good racehorse looks like, so we should all be listening. These are her selections for this year’s Ready To Run Sale:

Lot 213: Flying Cross (Brave Tin Soldier x Mumtazah) Bay Filly

Lot 213: Flying Cross (Brave Tin Soldier x Mumtazah)
Lot 213: Flying Cross (Brave Tin Soldier x Mumtazah)

Lot 213: Flying Cross (Brave Tin Soldier x Mumtazah)

Another from Brave Tin Soldier’s first crop that’s raising eyebrows on the gallops; in her case, it’s hardly surprising. Her mother is a daughter of the world’s greatest stallion, Galileo, out of a Stakes-winning daughter of Elusive Quality. Coupled with the regal origins of history’s most expensive foal, Brave Tin Soldier, who took his Stakes-winning juvenile class to a record-breaking performance at a mile as an older horse, you’d expect she’d be good, and there’ll be more than a few in our team who’ll tell you she is.

Lot 161: Petrichor (AP Arrow x Guest Gallery) Chestnut Colt

Lot 161: Petrichor (AP Arrow x Guest Gallery)
Lot 161: Petrichor (AP Arrow x Guest Gallery)

Lot 161: Petrichor (AP Arrow x Guest Gallery)

The A.P. Arrows have an elegant, classic look to them, and here’s one who combines both those elements with a great attitude to his work, and a long flowing action. It’s hard to differentiate between the A.P. Arrows this year: there are any number that make getting out of bed in the mornings worthwhile, and he’s one of the picks.

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park

Friday 1st November 2013, Lots 1 - 110

Sunday 3rd November 2013, Lots 111 - 248

*Six cheque payment scheme for qualifying buyers.

Summerhill Stud Logo
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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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HUGE LOOT ON OFFER FOR READY TO RUN CUP

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Turffontein, South Africa

2 November 2013

Dave Mollett
Dave Mollett

Dave Mollett

The CitizenThat old chestnut saying of “if you haven’t got a ticket, you can’t collect” has never been more apt when one considers the loot on offer at next month’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.

Scheduled for Turffontein on Saturday 2 November, the purse is a staggering R3million - only the Vodacom Durban July carries bigger prize money.

What will delight owners, who are presented with mounting bills along with their “Racing Express” at the breakfast table, is that the Cup cheques go down to R65,000 for 10th place. The winner picks up a cool R1,25 million.

The real action for the Ready To Run Sale - on Friday 1 November and Sunday 3 November - kicks off at Summerhill on Friday when Nico Kritsiotis will be calling the youngsters home in their breeze-up gallops.

The judging panel of (in no particular order) Muis Roberts, Sean Tarry, Dean Kannemeyer, Joey Ramsden, Alec Laird, Graeme Hawkins and Craig Peters have been running their expert eyes over these sale graduates for about as long as Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has been trying to win a trophy. In both instances, their dedication is not in doubt.

There’s also a new face on the panel in Simon Vivian from the highly-respected Australian sales company, Inglis, who once-upon-a-Tuesday flew me to Sydney for their Premier Yearling Sale. I left mighty impressed with the catalogue and the night life!

Next week I’ll be listing the six top choices of these respected gentlemen, but I do recall that last year both Jehan Malherbe and Sean Tarry backed up their selections by both acquiring horses which went for over R1 million.

Jehan went to R1 million to secure a son of Fastnet Rock while Sean bid the same amount for a Jet Master colt (half-brother to Ivory Trail) for his patron, Michael Javett.

Yet - if my memory serves me well - it was a certain Adriaan van Vuuren who stole the show with a bid of R1,5 million for the Jet Master filly, Mystical Star. It’s a good bet Michael Azzie’s eyes were watery as the hammer came down!

What owners really like to know about any thoroughbred sale is how the recent graduates have fared - particularly in recent months. Two inmates of Geoff Woodruff’s yard, Arcetri Pink and Killua Castle, strutted their stuff impressively for the five-times champion trainer on Emerald Cup day and another graduate, Power King (R380,000 buy in 2012), is unbeaten in two starts for Dean Kannemeyer and rated highly in the Cape.

So the one horse panelist Dean will be focusing on this Friday is Power King’s half-brother by Seventh Rock (lot 224) who will be offered by Balmoral Stud on the Sunday.

In fact, there should be plenty of big action on the final session as some 18 lots prior to this sale, Summerhill will be offering a choicely-bred Rock Of Gibraltar filly (lot 206) out of the Aussie mare, Miss Moguls. Mick G has named her Rich Girl which might end up being very appropriate.

Then in this same batch being sold by auctioneer Graeme Hawkins is the half-brother to Equus Champion Three-Year-Old colt, Vercingetorix. While this son of Captain Al (lot 216) was a fairly late foal, that’s not going to deter the big bidders - possibly including our champion trainer - who will be keen to acquire this offering from Klawervlei Stud.

There are four lots by recently-deceased former champion sire, Western Winter, and Mick says that “buyers will need to bring their cheque books.”

More on the panel’s choices next week, but there’s no question the first weekend in November is likely to be memorable both on the racetrack and in the sales ring.

Extract from The Citizen

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BONGANI NZIMANDE'S READY TO RUN 2013 PICKS

Bongani Nzimande Ready To Run
Bongani Nzimande Ready To Run

Bongani Nzimande

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS

Summerhill Stud, South Africa

11 October 2013

Any man whose career with us kicked off cleaning stables and operating a brushcutter, and who can claim to have risen to the top of our workriders ranks with only five years under the pump, has to possess God-given talents. We’ve always said the Zulus are the most naturally endowed stockmen we know, but when the good Lord was handing out “horsemanship”, this fellow must’ve been in the front of the queue. It wasn’t long before he’d demonstrated a natural empathy with the ponies, and it was his fortune to be among men with an eye for these things, who quickly harnessed him into the handling and then the riding of horses. The history books tell us these fellows have tutored at least twenty top riders from scratch, and Bongani ranks with the best of them. He makes his “fast” work debut at the gallops this year, and there’ll be more than a few judges who’ll  raise their eyebrows. For what it’s worth, here are his selections of the most likely sorts to make the cut for next year’s R3million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup:

Lot 131: Raise and Double (Kahal x Deal A Double) Chestnut Filly

Lot 131: Raise and Double (Kahal x Deal A Double)
Lot 131: Raise and Double (Kahal x Deal A Double)

Lot 131: Raise and Double (Kahal x Deal A Double)

Here’s a filly with the “works”: attractive, well-balanced, her zippy style has caught every bystander’s attention at the tracks, and she has the presence of one that knows she’s the product of aristocracy.

Lot 126: Bristol Bulldog (AP Arrow x Crescent Star) Bay Colt

Lot 126: Bristol Bulldog (AP Arrow x Crescent Star)
Lot 126: Bristol Bulldog (AP Arrow x Crescent Star)

Lot 126: Bristol Bulldog (AP Arrow x Crescent Star)

A bull of a colt with an eye-catching style, he literally skips across the ground. His dam has been threatening to throw a “big one” for a while now, denied only by the cruel intervention of injury to two highly regarded colts. Descended from royalty, bred by royalty, he’s your passport to a page in Debretts.

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park

Friday 1st November 2013, Lots 1 - 110

Sunday 3rd November 2013, Lots 111 - 248

*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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JUDGE FOR YOURSELF

Ready To Run Gallops Judges
Ready To Run Gallops Judges

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EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS

Summerhill Stud, Mooi River, South Africa

11 October 2013

There’s a reason these men travel so far for the Ready To Run. They know its history, and its capacity to surprise. Some have been associated with its stellar runners, others have been on the receiving end of their “medicine.” This year, they’re joined by visitors from as far afield as America, the United Kingdom, Australia and Hong Kong.

One of them is Simon Vivian, a legend “Down-Under” and a good mate “Up Here.” He knows that at R3million, the “Cup” is the richest Ready To Run race in the world. He also knows there are no “walking” races, and that the best way to buy a racehorse, is to see him run.

That’s why Friday’s gallops will witness a record turn-out. Because we all know the Ready To Run. We all know its history. And we all want to write a piece of our own.

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup • Saturday 2nd November

Lots 1-110 • Friday 1st November

Lots 111-248 • Sunday 3rd November

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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RICARDO CHRISTIAN'S READY TO RUN 2013 PICKS

Ricardo Christian - Ready To Run
Ricardo Christian - Ready To Run

Ricardo Christian (Right)

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS

Summerhill Stud, South Africa

11 October 2013

His natural affinity for horses and a smart mind, has seen Ricardo Christian progress quickly through the ranks at Summerhill. A keen racing man like most of us, he has an incurable bias for graduates of the farm, but for as long as they keep winning championships, it’s an approach you can’t fault. Now riding master in the Ready To Run team, we’ve discovered an able mentor for the best assembly of Ready To Run riders in the land. These are Ricardo’s selections for what he considers the best colt and filly for next year’s Ready To Run Cup:

Lot 196: Unnamed (Western Winter x Maritime Mist) Chestnut Filly

Lot 196: Unnamed (Western Winter x Maritime Mist)
Lot 196: Unnamed (Western Winter x Maritime Mist)

Lot 196: Unnamed (Western Winter x Maritime Mist)

A lovely big filly of great strength and a grand action, she hails from one of the very best Lammerskraal families, including Horse of the Year Yard Arm. Her mother won five races, while her champion sire, Western Winter, earned his lofty status with Group One winners from 1000 metres to 3200 metres, including this past season, the champions What A Winter and Capetown Noir.

Lot 27: Crete (Kahal x Shoe Dance) Bay Colt

Lot 27: Crete (Kahal x Shoe Dance)
Lot 27: Crete (Kahal x Shoe Dance)

Lot 27: Crete (Kahal x Shoe Dance)

A typical son of Kahal, he has great size and substance, a carbon copy of his Stakes-winning own brother Fenerbahce. Kahal is another who’s thrown Group One winners from 1000 to 3200 metres, including the past season’s S.A.Classic (Gr.1) hero, Love Struck.

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park

Friday 1st November 2013, Lots 1 - 110

Sunday 3rd November 2013, Lots 111 - 248

*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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GAMBOL ON CUP MISSION

Gambol Horse
Gambol Horse

Watch Gambol winning his maiden

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

GAMBOL

2012 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

GAMBOL

Stronghold (GB) - Careless Mirth by Rambo Dancer (CAN)

3 Year-Old Bay Gelding

Owners : G, K & M M Nassif & Hyperpaint Syndicate (Nom: Mr G T Peter)

Trainer : Paul Peter

Jockey : Piere Strydom

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

GAMBOL is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

MAIDEN PLATE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATRONAGE

For All Maidens

Vaal, Turf, 1000m

8 October 2013

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

GAMBOL

59.0

0

14

P Strydom

Paul Peter

2

0.25

DARK AGES

60.0

73

12

G Lerena

David Nieuwenhuizen

3

1.25

OUR BOY BLAKE

59.0

77

6

S Chambers

Dominic Zaki

4

6.25

PAPA JOE

59.0

0

9

M Malherbe

Lucky Houdalakis

5

6.50

ROCKY RIDGE

59.0

0

13

*A Aucharuz

Leon Erasmus

6

8.25

HEYWOT

59.0

73

7

C Maujean

Craig Mayhew

7

8.75

RED BULL KID

59.0

0

10

M Mienie

Louis Goosen

8

9.25

AH-HA

59.0

0

2

R Simons

Lucky Houdalakis

9

10.50

POSSE POSSE

60.0

69

8

J Sampson

Louis Goosen

10

10.75

WALLINGFORD

59.0

0

5

S Brown

Leon Erasmus

11

11.50

GEMS A PLENTY

59.0

79

1

J Greyling

Leon Erasmus

12

16.50

SNAKE DANCE

59.0

0

3

D Yeo

Leon Erasmus

13

20.00

DANCE CLUB

60.0

65

11

S Khumalo

Stanley Ferreira

14

32.00

AL CAPPUCHINO

59.0

0

4

K Zechner

Brian Wiid

Late Scratchings

15

0.00

MARINA PARK

60.0

58

16

n/a

Chris Erasmus

16

0.00

LITTLE BIT OF SOUL

60.0

53

7

n/a

Roy Magner

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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SIYABONGA BHENGU'S READY TO RUN 2013 PICKS

Siyabonga Bhengu - Ready To Run
Siyabonga Bhengu - Ready To Run

Siyabonga Bhengu (front)

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS

Summerhill Stud, South Africa

11 October 2013

They say horsemanship resides in families, and if ever you needed proof, Siyabonga Bhengu is the living testimony of it. By Richard Hlongwane, Greig Muir’s right-hand man, out of Eunice Bhengu, a second generation stable supervisor with more than twenty years under her belt, Siyabonga Bhengu is the whole package as a rider. His family have nothing besides horses in their blood, they took to the game like ducks-to-water, and despite what they say at the United Nations about child labour, here was a youngster you couldn’t keep off the feed tractor from the time he was first able to clamber aboard the trailer. His love is horses, his forte is speed, and his music is the Ready To Run. We all have our gifts, and his is his instinct for a “good thing”. These are his good things for the Ready To Run:

Lot 166: Blue Lily (Muhtafal x Heliantha) Chestnut Filly

Lot 166: Blue Lily (Muhtafal x Heliantha)
Lot 166: Blue Lily (Muhtafal x Heliantha)

Lot 166: Blue Lily (Muhtafal x Heliantha)

Here’s the epitome of what they say about dynamite and small packages. Built like the proverbial “brick…”, Blue Lily is a bullet, and reminds our team of her accomplished predecessors by Muhtafal, Veiled Essence (who lined up in both a Vodacom Durban July and a J&B Met) and the Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr.3) heroine, Mzwilili. This family kept Pauly de Wet’s Zandvliet Stud in the headlines, and this one could be writing her own history this time next year.

Lot 170: Unnamed (Mullins Bay x Icy Thunder) Bay Colt

Lot 170: Unnamed (Mullins Bay x Icy Thunder)
Lot 170: Unnamed (Mullins Bay x Icy Thunder)

Lot 170: Unnamed (Mullins Bay x Icy Thunder)

More than a few of the nation’s leading stud farms have got their hands on this family, and this one’s by the accomplished second crop sire Mullins Bay out of a Fort Wood mare, who’s already made her mark with the four-time winner Silverano. His drop-dead- gorgeous looks and his classic pedigree will have the catalogues fluttering when he enters the ring.

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park

Friday 1st November 2013, Lots 1 - 110

Sunday 3rd November 2013, Lots 111 - 248

*Six cheque payment scheme for qualifying buyers.

Summerhill Stud Logo
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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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ADMIRAL'S EYE SURFS INTO CUP CONTENTION

Admiral's Eye Horse
Admiral's Eye Horse

Watch Admiral’s Eye winning at Turffontein

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

ADMIRAL’S EYE

2012 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

ADMIRAL’S EYE

Admire Main (JPN) - Surfers Eye by Elliodor (FR)

3 Year-Old Bay Filly

Owner : The Fire Racing Trust (Nom : Mr Alesh Naidoo)

Trainer : Charles Laird

Jockey : Anton Marcus

Breeder : Honourable Judge Alan Magid and Summerhill Stud

ADMIRAL’S EYE is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

BIDVEST EVENTS NOVICE PLATE

Maidens and 1 Time Winners

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m

5 October 2013

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

ADMIRAL’S EYE

58.0

102

5

A Marcus

Charles Laird

2

1.25

ARTIC ROUTE

58.0

85

6

C Maujean

Lucky Houdalakis

3

1.75

SEMRA

58.0

91

7

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

4

4.00

ASH CLOUD

58.0

84

1

S Khumalo

Weiho Marwing

5

5.25

FLIGHT RISK

58.0

68

2

F Herholdt

Roy Magner

6

5.50

HURRICANE VELVET

60.0

68

3

G Lerena

Roy Magner

7

11.25

BONNY BLUE

57.0

52

4

M Mienie

Ernie Anderson

Late Scratching

8

0.00

WILD ASH (AUS)

58.0

85

8

R Fradd

Geoff Woodruff

9

0.00

YEOVILLE

58.0

76

9

S Chambers

Lucky Houdalakis

10

0.00

INVENTIVE GIRL (ARG)

58.0

61

2

K Zechner

Brian Wiid

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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TSHEPISO MOTSOELE'S READY TO RUN 2013 PICKS

Tshepiso Motsoele - Ready To Run
Tshepiso Motsoele - Ready To Run

Tshepiso Motsoele

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS

Summerhill Stud, South Africa

11 October 2013

This young man was an aspirant student at the School of Management Excellence in 2013, having graduated as a rider of winners from one of international racing’s most venerated institutions, the S.A. Jockey’s Academy. An affable lad, he not only passed the course with flying colours, but earned himself an internship at Summerhill for the duration of his practical course, as well as an international scholarship from the Cathsseta, which sees him in the United States next year. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that this boy knows his stuff. Here are the horses he’d “finger” for the forthcoming Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, if he was putting his own dough down:

Lot 71: Trust The Pink (Mullins Bay x Vanish) Chestnut Filly

Lot 71: Trust The Pink (Mullins Bay x Vanish)
Lot 71: Trust The Pink (Mullins Bay x Vanish)

Lot 71: Trust The Pink (Mullins Bay x Vanish)

There’s a belief on this farm that you don’t even have to look at the products of this family, because they all run. Mind you, as a daughter of “Vanish”, even if you did look, it’s possible you might not see this one, because she’s “flying” in her early work. Mullins Bay topped the second crop sires log last season by earnings per runner and percentage winners, in a vintage stallion crop which included: Trippi, Stronghold, Black Minnaloushe and King Of Kings; that tells us this could be a lethal cocktail.

Lot 79: Gaisce Gold (Kahal x Winning Glory) Bay Colt

Lot 79: Gaisce Gold (Kahal x Winning Glory)
Lot 79: Gaisce Gold (Kahal x Winning Glory)

Lot 79: Gaisce Gold (Kahal x Winning Glory)

Those that missed out when we sold Hear The Drums for R42,000 at the Ready To Run, wouldn’t want to be remembered for making the same mistake twice. Remembering that this one steps up a bit on his illustrious brother’s ancestry (he’s a son of Kahal, as opposed to Gold Press), he’s what insiders call a “stallion strike”, and while it’s taken a lifetime for any horse to win 35 races in this country (as Hear The Drums did), who knows where the lightning will strike next?

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park

Friday 1st November 2013, Lots 1 - 110

Sunday 3rd November 2013, Lots 111 - 248

*Six cheque payment scheme for qualifying buyers.

Summerhill Stud Logo
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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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NISA'S LOVE... AN OAKS FILLY?

Nisa's Love Horse
Nisa's Love Horse

Watch Nisa’s Love winning her maiden

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

NISA’S LOVE

2012 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

NISA’S LOVE

Kahal (GB) - Particular Passion by Rambo Dancer (CAN)

3 Year-Old Bay Filly

Owner : The Fire Racing Trust (Nom: Mr Alesh Naidoo)

Trainer : Charles Laird

Jockey : Anton Marcus

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

NISA’S LOVE is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

BIDVEST EDGE MAIDEN PLATE

For Maiden Fillies and Mares

Turffontein, Turf, 1800m

5 October 2013

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

NISA’S LOVE

57.0

79

9

A Marcus

Charles Laird

2

3.25

SHOUT OUT

57.0

70

7

R Fradd

Geoff Woodruff

3

11.00

LIGHTNING EYE

57.0

75

5

P Strydom

Lucky Houdalakis

4

14.75

MRS HANCOCK

57.0

0

2

G Wrogemann

Ormond Ferraris

5

14.80

NIX POWER

57.0

75

11

*A Aucharuz

Paul Matchett

6

18.75

SAIL ON

57.0

0

1

K Zechner

Mike Azzie

7

19.25

ALL THE TENS

57.0

74

12

M Van Rensburg

Stuart Pettigrew

8

21.25

RED OAK

60.0

56

6

J Greyling

Brett Webber

9

24.50

ANNIA GALERIA

57.0

0

10

*F Maleking (2.5)

Paul Peter

10

25.75

DAY AT THE RACES

60.0

52

4

S Brown

Leon Erasmus

11

26.25

BUDDY’S FALCON

57.0

62

3

F Naude

Bradley Maroun

12

28.75

SOUKOUS

57.0

69

8

*J Penny (4.0)

Stephen Moffatt

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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JOHN MOTAUNG'S READY TO RUN 2013 PICKS

John Motaung - Ready To Run
John Motaung - Ready To Run

John Motaung

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS

Summerhill Stud, South Africa

11 October 2013

A man who’s rapidly accumulating Gold status Voyager points is John Motaung. A previous beneficiary of our International Scholarship Programme, where he fell under the tutorship of one of America’s most celebrated Ready To Run consignors, Becky Thomas, John has just graduated as one of the top two students at our School Of Management Excellence. In the process, he earned himself a Childwick Trust Scholarship to the English National Stud in January, where he’ll have big boots to fill; the 2012 Top Practical student of that venerable institution was his Summerhill colleague Thabani Nzimande. It’s enough to say John is our most experienced rider, and he’s about as good with “babies” as we know. Whatever else happens in his life, his tombstone will bear the words “He rode Igugu, and no doubt hers will be emblazoned with “I knew John Motaung”. These are his picks for the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

Lot 36: Defining Looks (Trippi x Snooty Lady) Bay Filly

Lot 36: Defining Looks (Trippi x Snooty Lady)
Lot 36: Defining Looks (Trippi x Snooty Lady)

Lot 36: Defining Looks (Trippi x Snooty Lady)

Her sire Trippi needs no introduction: his progeny are the “business” at the sales, and they’re the business on the racecourse right now. Difining Looks was well named, classy, elegant and typical of her family, she’s a sister to Lostintranslation, whose loss Joey Ramsden mourned when he was the early favourite for the S.A. Guineas (Gr.1). There’s a deep pedigree underlying this filly, including a J&B Met hero and a Golden Slipper ace, and she has the looks and the pedigree to go all the way.

Lot 204: Eight Stories (AUS) (Dylan Thomas x Miss Ichi) Chestnut Colt

Lot 204: Eight Stories (AUS) (Dylan Thomas x Miss Ichi)
Lot 204: Eight Stories (AUS) (Dylan Thomas x Miss Ichi)

Lot 204: Eight Stories (AUS) (Dylan Thomas x Miss Ichi)

We’re a long way from Sydney and Dublin, so by any stretch, having a Dylan Thomas in the sale is something to savour. Particularly when Dylan Thomas is such hot property right now, heading up the second crop sires list in Europe by Stakes winners this season, including the facile Gold Circle Oaks victress, Dylan’s Promise, and recent European Group One heroine, Nymphea. This fellow has “classic” stamped all over him, a lovely, well-grown long striding colt, oozing class. If you’re looking for something to line up on the first Saturday of July, don’t turn his page too quickly.

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park

Friday 1st November 2013, Lots 1 - 110

Sunday 3rd November 2013, Lots 111 - 248

*Six cheque payment scheme for qualifying buyers.

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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

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www.summerhill.co.za

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THE WORLD'S RICHEST

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

R3MILLION EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Turffontein, South Africa

Saturday, 2 November 2013

When the sixteen horses go to post for the 7th renewal of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup at 3:30pm on 2nd November, they’ll be racing for the richest Ready To Run prize in the world. In six short years, this brainchild of a small huddle of people around the Summerhill boardroom table, has gone from a half million in its inaugural year, when the two “Zulus”, Umngazi and Imbongi battled it out, to R3million this year, making it the second biggest prize in South African racing. Whilst much can and will change between now and then, the principal protagonists for this year’s field look worthy of the money in a race which has hauled up countless top class performers in its relatively short history.

Looking at the entries for this year, it’s a near certainty that next year’s money will comfortably surpass the R3.5million mark. That’s what they’ll be galloping for this Friday, that’s what we’ll be selling for on the 1st and the 3rd November, and that’s what they’ll be lining up for this time next year, when the top sixteen go to post.

P.S. The latest Ready To Run Cup merit log, tells us that 31 of the top 35 candidates galloped at Summerhill last year. Thirty one. Out of 35. At one farm.

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Log as at 26 September 2013

#

Horse

Sex

MR

1

WINTER STAR

Filly

104

2

ADMIRAL’S EYE

Filly

102

3

ARCETRI PARK (AUS)

Filly

102

4

UMGIYO (AUS)

Colt

105

5

DULY ORDAINED (AUS)

Colt

96

6

PEJ

Filly

91

7

DOVER BEACH

Filly

88

8

ENCHANTED SILK

Filly

88

9

CELTIC LEGEND

Filly

86

10

ARTIC ROUTE

Filly

85

11

CHELSEA

Filly

85

12

FRANCOIS P

Colt

90

13

TAIPAI TIGRESS

Filly

85

14

USISI (AUS)

Filly

85

15

WILD ASH (AUS)

Filly

85

16

JUDICIAL

Colt

89

17

LADY OF THE LORDS

Filly

83

18

MOUNT HILLABY

Colt

88

19

SOLAR STAR

Colt

88

20

PRINCESS CREO

Filly

82

21

ROMAN EXPRESS

Gelding

87

22

PLAYINGTHEENEMY (AUS)

Gelding

83

23

ONE COOL CAT

Gelding

85

24

BODYBUILDER

Gelding

84

25

NISA’S LOVE

Filly

79

26

TOUCHING BASE

Filly

79

27

CASHA

Filly

77

28

FLIGHT CHECK

Filly

78

29

MANIEVIC

Colt

83

30

DIE KAT (AUS)

Gelding

82

31

DON VITO

Gelding

82

32

MYSTIC STAR

Filly

0

33

RAINY DAY

Filly

0

34

SENSEI

Gelding

82

35

STAR POINT

Colt

82

Summerhill Gallops denoted by Yellow

National Horseracing Authority

Correct as at 26/9/13

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Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

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THABANI NZIMANDE'S READY TO RUN 2013 PICKS

Thabani Nzimande
Thabani Nzimande

Thabani Nzimande (right)

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS

Summerhill Stud, South Africa

11 October 2013

Who would’ve thought a young man practising para-medicine in Bruntville township six years ago, would’ve led the world as the top practical student in 2012 at the English National Stud? Such a man is Thabani Nzimande, who’s part of the spine of this place, a contributor in the true sense of the word to Summerhill’s sustained reign at the summit of breeding, despite the odds. When Thabani’s around, the old Summerhill adage “When the family is strong, it doesn’t need reunions to remember its purpose”, is never truer.

He knows his way to the number one box too, and he has a legion of followers among our Ready To Run clients. Here are his thoughts on the top colt and filly for the forthcoming Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale:

Lot 206: Rich Girl (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar x Miss Moguls) Chestnut Filly

Lot 206: Rich Girl (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar x Miss Moguls)
Lot 206: Rich Girl (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar x Miss Moguls)

Lot 206: Rich Girl (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar x Miss Moguls)

Rock Of Gibraltar has been an international celebrity for some years now, yet he’s never been more successful anywhere than he’s been in South Africa. If you can get your hands on a “Rock” these days, grab it with both, and never let go. Local celebrities include Eagle Mountain, Seventh Rock and Gibraltar Blue, to name a few, and Rich Girl comes from his final Australian crop, that means this is last opportunity for South Africans to buy one of his progeny at public auction. We’ve taken a couple of them to sales over the years, but we’ve never taken a better looking filly than this one. Her picture on our website speaks for itself, and her gallop tells the rest of the story.

Lot 138: The Elmo Effect (Admire Main x Dream Starling) Chestnut Colt

Lot 138: The Elmo Effect (Admire Main x Dream Starling)
Lot 138: The Elmo Effect (Admire Main x Dream Starling)

Lot 138: The Elmo Effect (Admire Main x Dream Starling)

There is not a soul in Johannesburg who doesn’t know the name Cookie Monster, the outright favourite of his much lamented late owner, Wally Brits. This is a half-brother in much the same mould, though with the easy flowing style of his own sire, Admire Main. Many “gongs” have fallen to this family over the years, and if our instincts are right, you can expect a few more for this fellow.

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park

Friday 1st November 2013, Lots 1 - 110

Sunday 3rd November 2013, Lots 111 - 248

*Six cheque payment scheme for qualifying buyers.

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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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MICHAEL BOOYSEN'S READY TO RUN 2013 PICKS

Michael Booysen
Michael Booysen

Michael Booysen

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS

Summerhill Stud, South Africa

11 October 2013

Michael is a Summerhill original. When we first found him here in the 70s, he was a dirty little devil with a runny nose, a grubby “bheshu” girding his loins. He’s different from most people we know, a naturally talented horseman, with the unmistakable look of “Adam Kok”, and a face rotten with mischief, so lined, it looks like an aerial shot of the Okavango Delta in the dry season. There’s an air of respectability about him these days as he goes about his managerial duties, but growing up, another thing he was rotten with, was horses: he didn’t just “do” horses, he talked to them. God knows what Spook And Diesel, Imperial Despatch and Art de Vieve had to listen to in those early days. And he could ride, goodness could he ride: the kind of man all would-be jockeys envy. Extraordinarily gifted, as good a man-manager as Summerhill has known, a universally acclaimed professional. He’s not your walk-and-trot kind of guy, though. You don’t win without being a little tough, and you need to win because second “sucks”. So when he tells you he likes a horse, with twenty years and more at this game, you want to be listening. These are his picks for the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

Lot 132: Easy Street (Brave Tin Soldier x Dhlala) Bay Filly

Lot 132: Easy Street (Brave Tin Soldier x Dhlala)
Lot 132: Easy Street (Brave Tin Soldier x Dhlala)

Lot 132: Easy Street (Brave Tin Soldier x Dhlala)

No-one is surprised to see a Brave Tin Solider among the favourites. Ask any one of our work riders what’s catching their fancy this year, it’s like a chorus: “the Brave Tin Soldiers”. This is a big, burly type, and like her sire, she looks a precocious sort. A world record-priced foal, Brave Tin Soldier took his regal pedigree and his film star looks to a Stakes victory at six furlongs over some of Ireland’s leading juveniles. Her dam is a daughter of Giant’s Causeway’s most accomplished sire son Shamardal (sire already of 11 Group One winners around the world), and this filly is a stand-out.

Lot 217: Pers Se (Admire Main x Nevada Sunrise) Bay Colt

Lot 217: Pers Se (Admire Main x Nevada Sunrise)
Lot 217: Pers Se (Admire Main x Nevada Sunrise)

Lot 217: Pers Se (Admire Main x Nevada Sunrise)

Admire Main is already off to a cracking start in his native Japan, and kicked off his career here with a Group One-performing juvenile, Admiral’s Eye in the 2013 season. In just over a fortnight, he’s had another three winners by wide margins. As we predicted, they would get better with age, and better with distance, and this fellow is a “catching” brother to the unbeaten Solar Star, who looks every bit a candidate for the R3million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup on the 2nd November.

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park

Friday 1st November 2013, Lots 1 - 110

Sunday 3rd November 2013, Lots 111 - 248

*Six cheque payment scheme for qualifying buyers.

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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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READY TO RUN RAMBLINGS

Summerhill Ready To Run Gallops
Summerhill Ready To Run Gallops

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS

Summerhill Stud, South Africa

11 October 2013

You’ve got to take your hat off to any man or woman who’s mad enough to want to educate young horses. A morning on the gallops at Summerhill at this time of year tells us two things: jockeys who ride the finished product at the races have it easy: the real work is done in what we call the secret society, long before normal people go to work, long before these horses get to the races, and it’s done with hot-blooded youngsters whose instinct is to run, and to run fast. By their nature, racehorses, like springbok and impala, are flight animals, “skittish” to the possibility of a predator in the neighbourhood, and it takes an extraordinary human being to bond with such a creature, to the point of earning his unconditional faith. Even then, just when you think the job is done, you learn they’re no different to prep school kids; there are always a few that are there to test the limits.

You have to love this game and especially the horses, to get up in the murky hours of the morning, though on a morning like this, it’s no “schlep” at all. But when you see a racehorse and a young man clocking the “seventies” in perfect unison, gliding if you will, only the smooth patter of the hooves on the soft sand betraying the fact that they’re not actually in flight, you don’t take much converting.

Last January, a British Olympic rider staying at Hartford House, was out on an early morning ride. He came across a string of two-year-olds, and couldn’t get over the harmony between rider and horse, as if they’d sprung from the same womb. At the head of the string was a youthful Zulu with just a standard four education, but the way he sat on his mount looked like he had a Master’s degree. “Where did you learn to ride?”, enquired the Olympian, and quick as a shot, the young man who’d scarcely spoken a word of English to a man of this stature, came back “I was born to ride, sir”.

We’ve long sung the praises of our Zulus as some of the best horsemen we know, and a morning on the tracks at Summerhill, where we’re “polishing” our youngsters for next Friday’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run gallops, reminds us we’re not far wrong.

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Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

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www.summerhill.co.za

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HAVE TICKET, WILL FLY

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Complex, South Africa

1 & 3 November 2013

It’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run time again, and for a concept that started out in the lee of the old oak tree on the lawn outside the farm office some 26 years ago, we can safely say this sale has reached its zenith. Just twenty people pitched up for the inaugural event, six from the farm, six from the sales company, six customers and two children; if you watch the 2013/2014 sires DVD on this website, you’ll see that even in its third year, the attendance wasn’t much better, though it’s fair to say that the quality of the attendees had escalated somewhat! Who would’ve thought when the crowds gathered in the spectacular gardens of the sponsor’s grounds on the eve of last year’s sale, that the welcoming address would begin with “Their Majesties King Letsie and Queen Masenate of Lesotho, and Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco”? Make no bones, this event has arrived, evident in the fact that against all international trends, it’s remained the world’s fastest-growing sale notwithstanding Lehman Brothers and what it left in its aftermath.

On Friday the 11th October, hundreds of people will converge on the Summerhill gallops, represented not only by the four corners of the land, but by America, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, drawn by what can only be described as the best sale of racehorses, pound-for-pound, on the planet. The honour roll is long and unforgettable, the plunder of recent years bearing the names IGUGU, PIERRE JOURDAN, SMANJEMANJE, FISANI, IMBONGI, PARIS PERFECT, HEAR THE DRUMS, CHECCETTI, DESERT LINKS, SPRING GARLAND, HOLLYWOODBOULEVARD, BLUE VOYAGER, MANNEQUIN, ICY AIR, EMPEROR NAPOLEON, PICK SIX, REBEL KING, NHLAVINI, OUTCOME, BIANCONI, BOLD ELLINORE, SALUTATIONandVANGELIS.

Twenty one of them are already millionaires, 8 are multi-millionaires, and that’s not forgetting there are still two generations, the present two and three year olds, that remain to make their marks.

If you’re in any doubt as to where to find them, it’s worth having a look at the current merit ratings log, recently issued by the National Horse Racing Authority, which reveals that no fewer than 29 of the top 35 candidates for a place in the R3million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup (scheduled for Saturday 2nd November) galloped at Summerhill last October. Thirty one of them. From one farm!

There are many other reasons to attend the gallops on Friday week, but for now, that must be reason enough.

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Log as at 26 September 2013

#

Horse

Sex

MR

1

WINTER STAR

Filly

104

2

ADMIRAL’S EYE

Filly

102

3

ARCETRI PARK (AUS)

Filly

102

4

UMGIYO (AUS)

Colt

105

5

DULY ORDAINED (AUS)

Colt

96

6

PEJ

Filly

91

7

DOVER BEACH

Filly

88

8

ENCHANTED SILK

Filly

88

9

CELTIC LEGEND

Filly

86

10

ARTIC ROUTE

Filly

85

11

CHELSEA

Filly

85

12

FRANCOIS P

Colt

90

13

TAIPAI TIGRESS

Filly

85

14

USISI (AUS)

Filly

85

15

WILD ASH (AUS)

Filly

85

16

JUDICIAL

Colt

89

17

LADY OF THE LORDS

Filly

83

18

MOUNT HILLABY

Colt

88

19

SOLAR STAR

Colt

88

20

PRINCESS CREO

Filly

82

21

ROMAN EXPRESS

Gelding

87

22

PLAYINGTHEENEMY (AUS)

Gelding

83

23

ONE COOL CAT

Gelding

85

24

BODYBUILDER

Gelding

84

25

NISA’S LOVE

Filly

79

26

TOUCHING BASE

Filly

79

27

CASHA

Filly

77

28

FLIGHT CHECK

Filly

78

29

MANIEVIC

Colt

83

30

DIE KAT (AUS)

Gelding

82

31

DON VITO

Gelding

82

32

MYSTIC STAR

Filly

0

33

RAINY DAY

Filly

0

34

SENSEI

Gelding

82

35

STAR POINT

Colt

82

Summerhill Gallops denoted by Yellow

National Horseracing Authority

Correct as at 26/9/13 

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Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

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SOFTLY SOFTLY

Soft Falling Rain - Nayef Joel Stakes
Soft Falling Rain - Nayef Joel Stakes

Watch Soft Falling Rain winning the Nayef Joel Stakes (Group 2)

(Image : Sporting Life / Footage : Racing UK)

“Soft Falling Rain was having none of it,

punishing his foes with a pulsating drive for the line.”

Were you watching Friday’s racing at Newmarket in England? Igugu made her long-awaited return to the races, and Soft Falling Rain was being asked whether he was worthy of a place in the line-up for the mile championship of Europe, Ascot’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Gr.1).

Let’s begin with Igugu. She’d been off the racecourse for five months following hormonal complications from which she’s been suffering ever since she went into quarantine on departure from South Africa in early 2012. On Friday, she was running at a distance short of her best, and while the news from the yard was that she’d “turned the corner”, there was no doubt, she’d need the run. If you don’t mind, we’ll revisit our remarks in these columns after she’d followed up her July win with victory in the J&B Met.

“In the days leading to the Met, there was all manner of conjecture on her condition in the popular press, most of the doomsday variety. There were any number of warnings from those who supposedly knew better, but the public would have none of it. They nailed Igugu down solidly to favouritism; these were the converted, and the pilgrims were already in Jerusalem. In nine consecutive outings, she never looked like letting them down, and she wasn’t going to start now. Yet here was something different: she faced the cream of the nation’s athletic talent, she was going in half-cocked, and whatever her history, there are limits to all of us and what we can do.”

“When they turned for home, the 40,000 in the stands let rip. With 300 to go, there was no sign of Igugu, no fusillade of her customary gear changes. The crowd fell silent. In that instant, she lowered her head like she felt their anxiety, she gathered her limbs and summoned the last ounce of her will. Her body wanted to die, but her mind wouldn’t let it. The commentator was now in staccato mode. Nine strides from the post, any one of three others looked the winner. Igugu lunged at them, Bravura turned his head to look at her. The fire in his eye seemed to dim. One should suspect humans who carelessly put words into the mouths of animals, but it appeared as though Bravura was saying “oh no, not you again”. As he slid off after the race, you could read the thoughts of Bravura’s rider, Anton Marcus. “I had her beaten, but when you’re dealing with Igugu, it’s always only half-over”. Igugu won by a growing neck. When Anthony Delpech dismounted, the champion journeyman dissolved in tears. It was love and pain and the whole darned thing. In an enchanted interlude, he wins the Met; it was all too much.”

“The crowd gave Igugu a standing ovation as she passed the post, with the yellow lights of the infield timing board showing she’d equalled the long-standing record, which meant Bravura must’ve come close too. But it was Igugu’s day, she owned Kenilworth as no horse had since Empress Club. Briefly, the sport had returned to its most glorious days. For a moment, the punt doesn’t matter. For a moment, a horse is queen. Legless, but standing. Wave after wave of cheering rushed over sunny Kenilworth, the horses and jockeys were exhausted. It had all been too brave.”

To be frank, we wondered then whether she’d ever come back. In the back of our minds, there was still some doubt, even now. Yet on Friday she took up the running after 600 metres, and for a moment, she drew away as if she were in her own division. Nothing but her lack of condition cost her the race. It seems she’s no longer hurting, and she’s no longer cycling: the will was there, just not the “vuma”. On this evidence, she’ll have her day again.

As for Soft Falling Rain, his was a masterclass. Briefly allow us a bit of sentiment, before we talk about his race. The Highlands-bred was sent to Summerhill after his purchase by Angus Gold in January 2011. He was a decent enough colt with an outstanding pedigree, but the fact that in a sale which saw many million Rand purchases and an average of R404,000, at R350,000, it can be said that he was no standout. It says something for Gold’s judgment that he saw the potential in this colt, because he never stopped improving physically from the day he arrived. By the time he left us, his education, whilst far from complete, was well on its way to revealing a racehorse.

On Friday, he made no bones about where he’s heading. Yes, he surrendered his unbeaten record in a relatively modest Group 2 at Newbury last up, and there were more than a few who suggested it was to be expected: after all, his form was suspect as it stood, being South Africa and UAE-oriented. On Friday, he stuffed a rag into the mouths of the doubters, powering away from the time he hit the front at the halfway mark, and posting the toughest of fractions all the way to the line. Those of us that know the Newmarket straight mile were always going to be concerned about how he’d handle the final two furlongs on the uphill slope, given that he may have been lacking the stamina this would demand. He was a Group One winner at “six”, let’s not forget. Soft Falling Rain was having none of it, punishing his foes with a pulsating drive for the line.

Much smarter judges than ourselves, including the on-course reviewer, dubbed it “world class”; he’d thrust himself right onto the world stage, lifting the esteem of Dubai form to the same level. The encouraging thing is, he’ll be better for the run, and he’ll make them pick up their feet at Ascot. Dawn Approach, Toronado, Sky Lantern, the lot.

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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IGUGU REGAINS CONFIDENCE IN LISTED ROSEMARY STAKES

Zurigha and Igugu - Rosemary Stakes
Zurigha and Igugu - Rosemary Stakes

Watch Igugu’s comeback run in the Rosemary Stakes (Listed)

(Image : Sporting Life - Footage : Channel 4 Racing)

SHADWELL INTERNATIONAL STALLIONS ROSEMARY STAKES (Listed)

Newmarket, Turf, 1600m

27 September 2013

Summerhill Ready To Run Sales graduate Igugu finished a close second in her comeback run under Pat Cosgrave at Newmarket on Friday, going down in the closing stages of the Listed Shadwell International Stallions Rosemary Stakes over 1600m to the Richard Hannon-trained Zurigha, ridden by Ryan Moore.

Igugu had not run since April and, after travelling smoothly, had made a bid for home two furlongs out, kicking two lengths clear. But Moore urged Zurigha to reel in the leader and go on to win by three quarters of a length.

Zurigha is owned by Saeed Al Tayer, chairman of Meydan racecourse, and Hannon suggested the Dubai World Cup Carnival was a logical target.

Igugu is also slated to run in Dubai again next season, and is also due to run one more time in Europe before shipping out to the UAE.

Whether that is at Ascot in the Qipco British Champions Series Fillies & Mares at Ascot next month remains to be seen.

“She’s run a genuine race against lesser quality but you can only bring them back by giving them confidence,” Mike de Kock said.

“She’s in the mile and a half at Ascot. We will know what the acceptors are on Tuesday to see the strength of the field.”

Extract from Mike de Kock Racing

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EARLY MORNING WITH THE PRE-TRAINING TEAM...

Ready To Run Pre-training
Ready To Run Pre-training

Click above to view gallery of our Pre-training team in action

(Photos : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Complex, South Africa

1 & 3 November 2013

If you wake up early enough on the farm you are rewarded with the magnificent sight of the sun rising over the trees, or the mist slowly disappearing to reveal the world around, followed by the sounds of ‘neighing’ from the horses in the pre-training barns as they greet the riders. Here are some photographs of these early morning scenes….

“SUMMERHILL GALLOPS”

Friday 11 October 2013

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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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