Brave Tin Soldier is history's most expensive foal; a Stakes-winning 2-year-old over 1200m on debut and a record-breaking miler at Group level.
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If you read our piece on the Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale last Sunday, this is episode two. That there is a need for a second report is a symptom of the dilemma consignors face in the battle for sales ground supremacy between their “spiritual” home, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) and Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS).
Session one of the Bloodstock South Africa National Yearling Sale commenced Wednesday and Liesl King has the scoop. A new Bloodstock South Africa record price was established for a yearling when lot 41 went for R4.25 million (US$348,388).
That's the name given to the Jo'burg quick-bowling sensation. It also recalls Brave Tin Soldier's "lightning shot" at Turffontein two Saturdays back. Then, Red Hot Poker slayed an odds-on at Scottsville. Both headed for the heavens. Ask Anton Marcus: he'll tell you the rest.
Big, Brave, Brilliant. Emperors Palace Select and National Yearling Sales.
Big, brave, brilliant... and doing it like he knows it!
So there is a God after all. And if he isn't a Zulu, he's certainly come to Zululand at last. We couldn't wait for Monday morning to share our delight at the fulfillment of our prophecies on the Visionaires; Harry Nillson obviously didn't have Visionaire in mind when he composed his famous first line 'Everybody's talkin' bout me,' but the stallion is certainly singing from the same song sheet.
For all our years in the breeding game, we've never been a farm whose purpose has been the production of precocious juveniles; yet there was a time in the dim and distant past, when the stars were inline, and the early ones “came home” with a certain monotony.
Big, brave, brilliant. And bred in the purple. That's what it says. So when Rosalie trotted up by 8.5 last time, expectations were high. Not surprisingly, she did it again. With "6.1" on her back. Against her elders. Bring on the Oaks!
Here are photos from the Summer Ready To Run Gallops which took place on the farm earlier this week. Be sure to check back on Monday when we'll have the gallops videos live here on our website.
Don't Be Late, Get Out The Gate! Join us at the Summer Ready To Run Sale, 24 February at the School of Equine Management Excellence.
Surfer's Eye borders on a broodmare phenomenon - having produced eight runners, seven winners - with four of them achieving Black Type status, not a statistic common among broodmares.
Ready To Run x Summerhill = Heady Cocktail
Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale
24 February 2015
For those of us who live in the misty gulf between what the smart people of the Northern Hemisphere call the “civilized world”, and those who worship their ancestors, omens still count for something.
There’s one thing about time in the racing game; it lends a perspective to your thinking. We’ve had a bit of time to reflect on the outcomes accruing from last week’s CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale, as well as the contingency plans we’re having to make in the wake of Await The Dawn’s passing.
The Duncan Howells-trained Easy Lover (Right Approach) was the KZN Guineas Trial (L) Sunday at Greyville.
The Summerhill Team looks forward to welcoming you to the Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale Friday at the Inanda Club, Sandton. Lunch at 13h00 with the sale commencing 16h30!
Here are Bongani Nzimande's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale.
Here are Thabani Nzimande's selections for the 2014 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale. Thabani was awarded the Top Student at the School of Equine Management Excellence in 20111 and the Top Practical Student at the English National Stud in 2012.
On a day attended by the former Premier of KZN and the current Treasurer-General of the ruling party, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, as well as a good spread of the nation’s biggest-hitters, the whole gathering enthusiastically, and at times vociferously, voted to put their fancies on the board.