KwaZulu-Natal's Equus National Champion Breeders Summerhill Stud dominates the various categories in the 2016 KZN Breeders Awards with 14 nominations, amongst them the likes of Rabada, No Worries, Heaps Of Fun, Intergalactic, Witchcraft and Arch Rival.
Before he began his current tenure at Ballydoyle and changed the modern face of racing, Aidan O’Brien was transforming the careers of jumpers at Piltown, and it is down to that affinity with long-distance horses that has made him one of the most notable names in the story of the revival of Royal Ascot’s centrepiece, the Group One Gold Cup.
Summerhill-breds were once again making a name for themselves in this weekend’s big races. 1st – Arch Rival for Geoff Woodruff and Neil Smith in the Gold Bowl (Gr.2), 3rd – Heaps Of Fun for Sean Tarry, Nchakha Moloi and Chris van Niekerk in the Camellia Stakes (Gr.2).
The Summerhill Stud bred A.P. Arrow gelding Lebeoana showed that his last run was all wrong with a fluent victory for the Sportofkings Syndicate in the R100 000 Flamingo Park Handicap run over 1800m on Monday.
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.