These “cheapies” join the likes of Lebeoana (cost R40k, 10 wins to date) by A.P. Arrow, I Got You Babe (cost R7k, 7 wins) by Solskjaer and Ginger Biscuit (cost R20k, 4 wins to date) by Admire Main. And let’s not forget, they don’t always have to be the height of fashion. South Africa’s winning-most racehorse of all times Hear The Drums (cost R42k, by Gold Press) visited the winner's enclosure 34 times, while Imbongi (Russian Revival), Pierre Jourdan (Parade Leader) and Paris Perfect (3rd in the Dubai World Cup Gr.1) were all sold off the farm and all scooped north of R5million each at the races.
So the R699,000 average at last month's Cape Premier Yearling Sale was a little beyond your pocket - Summerhill Stud have just what the doctor ordered at their 2017 Emperors Palace Summer Ready-To-Run Sale.
And it’s not only about THE ELMO EFFECT, one of the best stayers on the Rand. It’s also about one of the Highveld’s leading three-year-olds, UNAGI, who took down a top field with 60kg on his back for Alexander Racing. And it’s about another victory for Sean Tarry’s Hyaku in Durban.
The gallops are behind us and phase 1 is complete. In the yard as we write is the doyen of Highveld trainers, Ormond Ferraris, hot-as-hell Gary and Dean Alexander and champion trainer Sean Tarry. If ever a measure of the quality of the horses was needed, I guess these three gents say it all.
There were 390 yearlings and foals sold from 479 offered July 11-12 at the JRHA Select Sale at Northern Horse Park for record receipts of ¥14,942,100,000 ($147,437,068), an increase of 13% on last year. The overall average rose 15% to a record ¥38,310,000 ($378,044). The clearance rate came in at 81.4%.
In a week in which the Admire Mains displayed their fighting talk, juvenile Unagi made it two-in-a-row when he demolished his elders by five lengths for the Alexanders, Pravin Chetty, Bruce and Jo Gardner, Greg Sadie and Darren Simpson.
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.
Horsemen the world over hold strong views on how best to breed a decent horse, and while the traditional need for a good individual will rank high on the list, the one indispensable ingredient at the top of most people's lists, is pedigree.
Summerhill Stud produced three good feature winners over the past week and it was the 4 year old Admire Main filly Mamasita, the lesser fancied of the Weiho Marwing duo, who led all the way to win the R120,000 Umsinzi Handicap at Scottsville on Sunday.