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.
Capetown Noir’s first four sires were all national champions. He ran like he knew it. His pedigree carries three strains of Northern Dancer. The scenario is typical of Sadler’s Wells, Nureyev and Lyphard.
The importance of highlighting positive stories that come out of the Thoroughbred industry was the theme of the night during the Darley Flying Start Conference on Thursday evening in Lexington. "Good News Gold".
"Willow Magic was blindingly quick, robust, powerful, as good a Juvenile as I’ve known. His time coincided with a golden era in my yard, yet no older horse could go with him. The perfect prototype for sire success in South Africa." - Sean Tarry / Champion Trainer
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%.
A multiple Stakes-winning juvenile, winner of six in-a-row and the hero of the country’s Number One “stallion-maker”, the Cape Guineas, few freshmen go to stud as decorated as ACT OF WAR, son of Dynasty.
I met Henry Candy courtesy of Bridget Oppenheimer, who was hosting him during the KZN racing season at their palatial home, Milkwood, in the dunes of La Lucia. Henry Candy was the quintessential English gentleman.
The hallmark of a good sire is getting one better than himself. Rabada (by Brave Tin Soldier) is the only colt of his generation to win Group Ones at Two and Three. That’s why Gee Racing spent R260k on Rathmor’s Brave Tin Soldier at the KZN Yearling Sale.
The day after South Africa's most prestigious race, the Group 1 Vodacom Durban July, was captured by Australian-bred The Conglomerate at Greyviille Racecourse on July 2, racing journalists from nine countries joined breeders and racetrack officials to raise a toast at Summerhill Stud in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal.
Anyone attending the foreign correspondents’ lunch at Summerhill on Sunday (21 journalists from 8 different countries, by the way), would’ve been intrigued to hear John Slade’s public discourse on his belief of investing in families, and how pivotal he believed his policy had been in sustaining Summerhill’s position among the pre-eminent farms in the land.
Phonsie O'Brien, Vincent O'Brien's youngest brother achieved a lot in his own right in racing.
It may still have problems with African Horse Sickness and the resulting quarantine issues, but Thoroughbred horseracing and breeding in South Africa is in rude health, with more and more in-the-know international buyers, including many from Europe and America, now making significant investments there.
Few saw it coming. Even trainer Joey Ramsden was sceptical beforehand, even more so after The Conglomerate drew the extreme outside gate. But under a superb tactical ride from Piere Strydom the 20-1 shot pulled off a memorable win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July.
If it's winners you want, you know where to look.
6 RABADA (insufficient recovery time) was scratched from the 2016 Vodacom Durban July this morning. 19 TROPHY WIFE now becomes a runner with S’manga Khumalo declared to ride.
Five winners, five seconds, one day, including the KZN Breeders’ Million Mile. Six “pearlers” of the same origins on sale on Thursday and Friday at the Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale.
"There’s barely a month to go to the end of the current racing season, and as we predicted way back in May, the national Breeders’ premiership is destined to go to the wire." - Mick Goss / Summerhill CEO
Hell, the A.P. Arrows just get better. Smart breeders already know where their bread is buttered. They also know that the country’s richest races are at 2000m and beyond.
The KwaZulu-Natal Breeders race day was a huge success with Summerhill Stud celebrating a Million Mile exacta as No Worries and Rabada took the top spots.
The edge begins at the Ready To Run. With a Summerhill-bred. First seven, then six, now eight. No, they’re not the winning lottery numbers, they’re our weekly winners, but they could win you a fortune.