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The Best Two By Two-Fours By Far

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The Best Two By Two-Fours By Far

Mike de Kock has a mountain to climb, but his record suggests he loves mountaineering. On the face of it, taking on one of the more legitimate prospects of the dozen or so American Triple Crown aspirants of the past 36 years with a horse whose best shot in the first leg was a lacklustre eighth, seems a daunting thought. But we know better than to count De Kock out before he's done. Tactically, foxes don't come much smarter, and you can spot de Kock's reasoning a mile off.

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Hell Or High Water

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Hell Or High Water

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).

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Record Tumbles at National Yearling Sale

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Record Tumbles at National Yearling Sale

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).

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Death of High Chaparral

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Death of High Chaparral

High Chaparral, Sire of Summerhill resident stallion, Golden Sword, has died at Fethard Equine Hospital near Coolmore’s Irish base during exploratory colic surgery. The 15-year-old had suffered a perforated intestine.

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Then, he was a Record-Setting Racehorse.

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Then, he was a Record-Setting Racehorse.

First, he won the Chester Vase in spectacular style. Next, he ran the world champion, Sea The Stars, to two lengths in England's greatest horserace. Then, he ran the fastest 2000m in UAE history. Faster than World Cup heroes Cigar, Street Cry and Dubai Millenium.

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Where to now?

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Where to now?

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.

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Of Golden Swords and Car Park Queens

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Of Golden Swords and Car Park Queens

This time of year is always so rewarding for a Stud Farm as the season’s foals begin to arrive. This handsome youngster is a colt foal by Golden Sword (High Chaparral) out of our British mare Car Park Queen (Zamindar)

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Stack The Odds In Your Favour

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Stack The Odds In Your Favour

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.

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"IN ANY OTHER YEAR, HE WOULD'VE WON THE DERBY"

We didn’t say that, a legend did. But it’s a fact that the horse that beat Golden Sword in the Derby, was the sire of the winner of England’s greatest weight-for-age race on Saturday. It’s also a fact that Golden Sword covered a royal book of mares, from the “Royalty” of breeding, in his first two seasons, and his first foals are the talk of better judges than ourselves.

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When it comes to generosity, you can't beat racing

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When it comes to generosity, you can't beat racing

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.

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