Linnger Lonnger: The One That Got Away

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Linnger Lonnger: The One That Got Away

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.

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Darley Flying Start - Good News Gold

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Darley Flying Start - Good News Gold

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".

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Fairlytales are what you make of them.

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Fairlytales are what you make of them.

"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

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Deep Impact at JRHA Foal Sale

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Deep Impact at JRHA Foal Sale

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%.

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History will always be The Judge.

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History will always be The Judge.

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.

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The Look of a Conqueror

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The Look of a Conqueror

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.

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Notes from the Summerhill Stallion Parade

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Notes from the Summerhill Stallion Parade

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.

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Family Building: More Notes

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Family Building: More Notes

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.

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South African Bloodstock... Hard To Resist

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South African Bloodstock... Hard To Resist

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.

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The Conglomerate Aces Vodacom Durban July

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The Conglomerate Aces Vodacom Durban July

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.

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Shoot Out at O.K. Corral

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Shoot Out at O.K. Corral

"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

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Excellent Eight for Ready To Run

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Excellent Eight for Ready To Run

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.

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