The one thing about the horseracing business, is that the wheels grind on, no matter where you are, seven days a week, twelve months of the year.The one thing about the horseracing business, is that the wheels grind on, no matter where you are, seven days a week, twelve months of the year.
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Sometimes, things just crystallize right before your eyes: the light goes on. Often this unshakeable conviction unravels at the eighth pole, but occasionally inspiration strikes when you're trying to divine the secrets of the Thoroughbred marketplace.
You've heard it before: they get better with distance and they get better with age. That's the A.P. Arrow story.
Just when we thought the sales season was over, last Friday's events at Greyville reminded us otherwise.
The 2014 KZN Breeders Awards takes place at Bellwood in the KZN Midlands, Saturday 22 November, with proceedings starting at 17:30 for 18:00.
Here are Tarryn Liebenberg's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale.
Here are Thabiso Mgoza's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale. Thabiso has ridden work for top Ready To Run consigner and pin hooker in the USA, Becky Thomas.
Petrichor, a graduate of Summerhill's 2013 Ready To Run Programme, scored by 3.5 lengths for Imagine Racing.
The premier session of the biggest sale of yearling racehorses in the world, Keeneland September, has just come to an end. Like Arqana’s sale in France last month, it was an encouraging marker for the recovering health of the world thoroughbred market, with the average up 7% in an almost-zero inflationary environment (at $300,535 or +-R3,300,000).
Last season A.P.Arrow tallied four Black Type first crop runners, including a Grade 1 performer. A fortnight ago, Coby levelled a quality field in a Pinnacle Stakes.
There are more “old wives’ tales” around the breeding of racehorses than any other game. At last, the scientists have brought some precision to the table, by isolating the SPEED GENE. Every stallion on Summerhill has been tested, and now we can predict with accuracy, what he’s likely to throw.
How well do you kmow the Summerhill Stallions? Take this quiz to find out!
Catch scenes from ‘Racing’s Social Event of the Year’, the annual Cathsseta Summerhill Stallion Day, Sunday 17 August at 20h00 on Tellytrack, DSTV channel 239.
A.P. Arrow is sire now of *14% Black-type fillies. And a Black-type colt.
One of the truisms of the A.P. Indy tribe, is they get better with age.
And they get better with distance.
Heck, they just get better!
Summerhill Stud CEO, Mick Goss, presents the Summerhill Sires for the 2014 / 2015 breeding season.
CATHSSETA STALLION DAY
School of Equine Management Excellence
Summerhill Stud, South Africa
In a world characterised by promotional hyperbole and information overload, the events they advertise sometimes fall short of their billing. Yesterday, Summerhill held its 31st annual Stallion Day at the School of Equine Management Excellence, and the occasion was dignified by the presence of heads of state, cabinet minsters, representatives of three different royal families, close on 20 different countries and more than 500 guests.
I was a trader by birth and a lawyer by profession, but I have to say, deep down I harboured a secret yearning to be a jockey, a pop star or a Springbok fly half. In that order. I was too big to be Michael Roberts, too gruff to be Neil Diamond and too slow to be Naas Botha. So here I am, a horseman by default.
ZIMBABWE OAKS (Listed)
Barrowdale, Turf, 2000m
25 May 2014
Zimbabwe crowned its inaugural Triple Tiara winner at Borrowdale Park Sunday when Mullins Bay’s Casey’s Dance swept through the Zimbabwe Oaks (Listed) field to record an emphatic victory.
The Lisa Harris-trained filly disputed favouritism with her stable companion Demitasse (Horse Chestnut), winner of the Zimbabwe Derby at a canter, and many believed she would find the distance a touch too far after she finished third behind Lucky Sam (Imperial Stride) in a 2000m Listed race in March. Before that she won the Fillies Classic over 1600m and the TBA Silver Slipper over 1800m - the first two legs of the Triple Tiara.
Jockey Quinton Riddle settled Casey’s Dance one from the back as Emerald Oz (Mullins Bay) set a fast pace from Sin Latigo and Demitasse. Olympic Goal (Solskjaer) and Felan (Sail From Seattle) were next, ahead of Supa Dupa (AP Arrow) and Princess Kate (Soar With Eagles). Arrowfield brought up the rear. Emerald Oz tired shortly after the runners turned for home, leaving Sin Latigo in front, but the Corne Spies-trained runner had no answer to the finishing burst of Casey’s Dance as she made short work of her opposition drawing away in the final 100m to beat Sin Latigo (Silvano) by just under two lengths. Arrowfield (AP Arrow) finished third, with Demitasse fourth.
Casey’s Dance was bred by Clifton Stud and is a R40,000 graduate of the 2012 Emperors Palace National Two-Year-Old Sale. She is owned by the Sunmark Racing Syndicate (Nom: Mr RE Davenport).
Zimbabwe Oaks (Listed)
|1||CASEY'S DANCE||Q Riddle||A Harris||58.0||2||0.00|
|2||SIN LATIGO||GJ Williams||C Spies||58.0||7||1.50|
|3||ARROWFIELD||B Ncnaughton||A Wright||58.0||9||1.55|
|4||DEMITASSE (ZIM)||R Simons||A Harris||58.0||8||5.55|
|5||PRINCESS KATE (ZIM)||L Pagel||G Terzi||58.0||1||6.05|
|6||SUPA DUPA||K Zechner||A Bronkhorst||58.0||5||8.05|
|7||EMERALD OZ||F Herholdt||C Spies||58.0||4||14.05|
|8||FELAN||T Apple||C Spies||58.0||3||17.05|
|9||OLYMPIC GOAL||F Naude||C Spies||58.0||6||17.55|
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The latest news is that the heady days of the R200,000 plus service fees are back in vogue; several stallion masters are apparently headed that way, which leaves some leeway for the next tier in the R100,000 plus bracket to ratchet theirs up a few notches.