It’s a hundred and sixteen years since the turn of the nineteenth century, and in that time only eight entities have aspired to the title of Champion Breeder in South Africa, which makes it the tightest-held premiership in all of racing. That Summerhill should’ve arrived at its tenth title in twelve years through a new earnings record with hardly a “Big Five” sire in sight, tell us that besides luck, there must’ve been other factors at work. We can only marvel at the efforts of our people, the generosity of the land, and the contribution of the “boys” in the stallion barn.
Described by Arqana's leading vendor Henri Bozo as the “stallion of the century,” Galileo snatched back the spotlight from his outstanding son Frankel at Arqana on Monday when two fillies collectively brought more than €2-million within minutes of each other.
It’s difficult to imagine any other place quite like it. When Summerhill first aspired to the coveted title of South Africa’s Champion Breeder, we became only the sixth entity in history to do so; little did the team know then, that we’d be enjoying the tenth renewal of this coveted title in 2016.
Mike Bass was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Racing Association’s Cape Racing and Breeding Awards.
We were honoured this week by the arrival at Summerhill Stud of a couple of the most celebrated of Antipodean racehorse breeders, Brent and Cherry Taylor of the historic Trelawney Stud in New Zealand.
So why Summerhill Stud and the Ready To Run Sale?
As a lawyer in his younger days, breeder Mick Goss will be familiar with the Latin phrase, “annus horribilis.” The words (“horrible year”) were famously used by Queen Elizabeth in a speech at the Guildhall in 1992, but fast forward 24 years and they certainly apply to the Summerhill Stud supremo.
To the Number One country in the world and those that call it home. From South Africa's Ten-Time Champions. Thank you for sharing this Champagne Moment.
To say the ups-and-downs this year for breeder Mick Goss have resembled a malaria patient's temperature chart is too near the truth. The Summerhill Stud supremo returned to South Africa gravely ill after attending the Asian Racing Conference in India in January. For a few months, his wife, Cheryl, had the task of running the Mooi River operation. However, Goss, could get a huge tonic if Summerhill-bred runners perform well at Greyville on Sunday. It will mean the stud have won the Breeders Championship for the tenth time.
You’ve heard about the two “new kids” on Summerhill’s block, Act Of War and Willow Magic, now it’s time to see them in action. In their collective presence, it’s arguable that in thirty-seven summers, Summerhill has never been better endowed in young stallion material than right now. Don’t take our word for it – watch for yourselves.
An interesting sideshow this week will be the race for the Breeders Championships. KwaZulu-Natal kingpins Summerhill Stud look set to wrest the trophy from reigning champions Klawervlei Stud and thereby land a milestone tenth national title.
Some of the sharpest eyes in the business, see a lot of High Chaparral in the Golden Swords. Which means a word to the wise might be worthwhile. Now, his first standout runners are headed for the Classics.
With the word “plagiarism “very much in vogue in American politics at the moment, let me start with an acknowledgment: the article you are reading is the work of our old friend, Andrew Caulfied, one of the foremost authorities on bloodstock and pedigree analysis, and a regular contributor to the world’s most widely-read e-daily, the Thoroughbred Daily News.
Brave Tin Soldier, sire of the only colt of his generation to win Group Ones at Two and Three. Sire again this weekend of first-timer Fieldmarshal Fenix, beating his elders for Sean Tarry, as well as the Tarry-trained Aventurine and Easy Street for Louis Goosen.
We lost a warrior the other day. For a moment it was very sad, but then we remembered: too many of us go to the grave with our music still inside us. Hear The Drums lived the gift of life so that everyone could listen to his beat.
Son of Dubawi
Nobody needs reminding of the throttling drought that’s engulfed the Southern-African region in the past 2 years. We live in one of the most productive agricultural districts in the world, made thus through the serendipitous relationship between soil and soul; over millions of years, the Drakensberg mountain range, comprised largely of susceptible sandstone, has weathered back from its original position in the vicinity of Hilton to its current station at Giant’s Castle, leaving in its wake a rich endowment of minerals in the valleys of our neighbourhood.
Most categories in the 2015/16 South African Racing Championships are already sealed, clear-cut, although the title of Champion Apprentice can go down to the wire while the Breeder’s Title is perhaps 99% won, but not just yet.
Act Of War - Son of Dynasty
No owner-breeder can be totally happy when a mare or filly culled from their broodmare band goes on to shine for her new owner. The practicalities, though, are that quite a few fillies and mares have to be sold simply to keep an operations numbers manageable, especially so if the breeder is keen to keep adding new blood to the genetic pool. In reality, occasionally letting something worthwhile slip through the net is the best way of ensuring that demand stays high and that the surplus mares and fillies achieve maximum value.