Pound-for-pound, Summerhill’s Ready To Run story remains unparalleled as the best racehorse sale in the land.
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Brave Tin Soldier
He didn’t know it when he phoned to congratulate us on multi-millionaire Rabada’s historic victory in the Daily News 2000 (Gr.1) on Saturday evening, but Vaughan Koster, breeder of Bela Bela, the heroine of the fillies’ equivalent, the Woolavington Stakes (Gr.1), had a connection to the families of both the glitterati.
His pedigree spoke of Emperors and Excellence. Now, Brave Tin Soldier’s doing exactly what it said on the “Tin”. This weekend the Soldier’s camp was all bright light and rumbling thunder when Rabada added another notch to his jeweled buckle when he won the Daily News 2000 (Group 1).
Rabada showed great courage in a driving finish to win the Daily News 2000 at Greyville on Saturday. Jockey Anton Marcus was at his tactical and muscular best to deliver Mike Azzie another Grade 1 trophy in a golden season for the popular Highveld trainer.
Triple Crown-winning trainer Mike Azzie believes Summerhill-bred Rabada is the horse to beat in the Grade 1 Daily News 2000 at Greyville on Saturday.
Following a somewhat tepid fortnight, the sparks flew for Summerhill this past week with action on both the racecourse and off it. It’s part of our history though, that hard on the heels of a setback, such is the nature of the racing beast that if you keep your tail up, the good news quickly follows the tough tidings.
South Africa’s latest Triple Crown winner Abashiri is not among the 27 entries for the R2-million, Grade 1 Daily News 2000 on Saturday 28 May 2016 at Greyville Racecourse but the rest of the three-year-olds likely to challenge his status as the best of his age this season have been nominated including the champion’s stable companion and Canon Guineas runner-up Rabada.
Street Fancy has the physical scope to continue progressing and her bloodlines also suggest she will have what it takes to shine after the age of two.
Summer Ready To Run Sale
Tuesday, 23rd February 2016
Our prime focus this weekend will be the Ready To Run Cup of course, where 13 of the finalists going to post were graduates of our entry at the same sale in October a year ago.
The bare numbers from Sunday’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale were a mirror image of the state of the local economy, with a strong upper end, a muddled middle, and a tough lower end. Like racehorse sales the world over, the wealthy are impervious to the vagaries of financial meltdowns, and our old adage of “one rich man doing what he has to do to beat another” was in excellent health yesterday.
've attended Ready To Run sales all over the world, and remembering the remoteness of yesterday's location and the logistics involved in achieving this, I have never seen a more beautifully appointed venue anywhere
The winners of the 2014-2015 Equus Awards will be announced at Emperors Palace on 11 August.
For a farm that’s never set out with the specific intention of breeding a precocious juvenile, there is obviously some satisfaction in an outcome that counts seven colts at the top of their respective generations. Rabada hails from a family whose tenancy at Summerhill has been long and enduring.
This year's Summerhill two-year-olds, in terms of their performances so far, rank with the best former graduates of this farm, and by some measures, they may even be the best.
On Sunday, Summerhill held its 32nd annual Stallion Day at the School of Equine Management Excellence, and the occasion was dignified by the presence of heads of state, cabinet ministers, representatives of two royal families, close on 20 different countries and the usual multitude of guests.
The breeding game has never been more competitive, which means that to play a winning hand, you need to hold the aces. All of them.
First, this "lightning bolt" won by daylight at Turffontein. Now, he's done it again at Greyville; Rabada shot home in theGatecrasher Stakes (Listed) for Michael Azzie and the Joostes, becoming Brave Tin Soldier's first Stakes winner.
Brave Tin Soldier's impressive colt Rabada notched up two notable milestones when cruising to an impressive victory in Saturday's R135 000 Listed Gatecrasher Stakes at Greyville.
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