Rabada's victory was the cherry on the top of an extraordinary juvenile tour de force, where our sales graduates included Royal Pleasure (multiple Stakes and Group victrix), Somerset Stakes ace Tar Heel, Group One candidate Jet Air, Group Two performer Lala, Jet Air, Country Gent, Top Form, Virtuality, Chisanyama, Harvest Queen, Bindaloo, Red Hot Poker, Dance On Air, Champagne Haze, Intergalactic, Faberge Style, King Of Chaos, Lady Of Scandal, Pure Blonde and Sobonana.
It's what led to the establishment of the only School Of Equine Management Excellence in the southern hemisphere. And through the largesse of the Childwick Trust and the generosity of a few other "angels", it's what made it possible for our graduates Thabani Nzimande, John Motaung and Ashlee Hammond to top their respective classes at the English National Stud for the third time in four years.
John Slade was a speaker at the Summerhill Winter Workshop held at the stud farm's renowned School Of Excellence this week, a few days after Maine Chance likely achieved a world first by breeding the one-two-three of the country's premier race, the Vodacom Durban July.
Omar Sharif passed away on Friday at the age of 83. There are some that will brand him a wasted talent, a philanderer and a Lothario, while others, the more romantically-inclined among us, prefer to remember him as the hero of epic movies.
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.
Michael Ross, a former member of the pedigree department of that great dinosaur of the horse racing world, the British Bloodstock Agency, reminded us this week of Winston Churchill's flirtation with our sport, and the word “flirtation” is used advisedly.
The latest "coup" in John Messara's term is the announcement by the Deputy Premier, Troy Grant, that the government intends realigning its take-out of the betting turnover in NSW with that applicable in Victoria and Queensland.
Mick Goss, of South Africa's Summerhill Stud in KwaZulu-Natal, fizzes with an energy that finds time for interrogation by a trio of journalists from the UK, USA and New Zealand before leaping in his car, racing to the farm and donning his master of ceremonies' hat.
"This is the story of a valley. It is a valley that has sometimes known flood and fire, but seldom famine. For it is a valley of lush, green springs and golden summers. Its sweet waters, its abundant pastures and sheltered timber are ringed about by steep ramparts. Winter cannot disturb its calm. One could search the world for such a place.
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.
Our annual Winter Workshop features some of the world's top presenters; legendary Australian breeder, Antony Thompson (Widden); racing raconteur, Neil Morrice; fabled story-teller Rob Caskie and ground-breaking film-maker and race horse owner, Anant Singh, to name a few.