We've been much awarded at Summerhill and Hartford over the years, but this was the most extraordinary dance performance I had ever seen, and the adulation the Ngobamakhosi enjoyed at last year's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as the big hit of the world's biggest arts and crafts festival, was little surprise to us. We all have our strengths in life, and when it comes to song and dance, our Zulus are up there with the best anywhere.
With all the tributes pouring in from around the world on the passing of the late, great Bart Cummings, I’m reminded of a few more “one-liners”.
WOTTAHOTTIE - 2013 Summerhill Ready To Run Sale
Kahal (GB) x Sucha Looka by Braashee (GB)
4 Year-Old Gelding
“Bart” was James Bartholomew Cummings. He was born into an Irish/Catholic racing family in South Australia, a man with no hobbies, father of five, virtual non-bettor, a one-time choir boy. He had a great mane of black (eventually silver) hair, a generous mouth and eyebrows that appeared to be climbing in search of a trellis. More important than any of this, he may have been (and there is no sensible way of proving these things) the finest racehorse trainer the world has ever known.
SANFONEIRO - 2011 Summerhill Ready To Run Graduate
Muhtafal (USA) x Princess Sassi by Model Man
6 Year-Old Gelding
With the upset of Keen Ice's win, the Travers solidified its reputation as the graveyard of favorites.
BIG SHOT - 2013 Summerhill Ready To Run Sale Graduate
A P Arrow (USA) x Dilligence by Kahal (GB)
4 Year-Old Gelding
After American Pharoah demolished the field in the Haskell Invitational Stakes (Gr.1) at Monmouth Park at the beginning of August and continued to train exceptionally well, Baffert approved Zayat's wish to run the Travers.
STYLISH BAY - 2011 Summerhill Ready To Run Graduate
Mullins Bay (GB) x In Style by Model Man
6 Year-Old Mare
Since the Juddmonte, I haven’t heard anyone of good judgment question Golden Horn’s ability. His connections don’t need to worry about manipulating our regard: don’t worry, we get it. He wasn’t quite right at York and the winner got a brilliant ride from Silvestre De Sousa.
As if the withdrawal of Gleneagles did not provide enough of a twist to the plot ahead of Wednesday's Gr.1 Juddmonte International Stakes, the real drama was still to play out on York's Knavesmire as the unheralded 50-1 shot Arabian Queen (by Dubawi) mastered Golden Horn to the smell of burning formbooks.
Rated the best race in the world by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities for the past three years, this afternoon's International Stakes has drawn one of the strongest fields in its distinguished history. For the first time since Golan lined up in the 2001 Irish Derby (Gr.1) against Galileo, the 2000 Guineas (Gr.1) and Derby (Gr.1) winners are set to meet following their respective victories, with Gleneagles (Galileo) due to take on Golden Horn (Cape Horn) for the first time.
Getting horses in and out of a country affects every aspect of the sport, not just its spectator appeal, not alone its betting turnovers, but it extends right down to the roots of the game, the breeding of racehorses.
Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) x Almighty Sister (Aus) by Amen Brother (USA)
5 Year-Old Mare
Mullins Bay (GB) x Hard To Get by Fard (IRE)
5 Year-Old Mare
Captain Al x Scented Samantha by National Assembly (CAN)
3 Year-Old Filly
Bankable (IRE) x Guest Gallery by Special Preview
3 Year-Old Gelding
2014 CTS Ready To Run Sale
Malhub (USA) x The Convent (SA) by National Emblem
9 Year-Old Gelding
2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
The Equus Awards banquet to celebrate the South African horseracing 2014/15 season superstar performers was held at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Tuesday 11 August 2015.
The winners of the 2014-2015 Equus Awards will be announced at Emperors Palace on 11 August.