Racing Is Back On The Front Pages

Racing Is Back On The Front Pages

The world right now is on the verge of a vintage era in horseracing with three brilliant three year olds on three different continents.

Luxury Is The Journey

Luxury Is The Journey

Come to Hartford House for a while, and you might even discover the meaning of a much-used phrase here in Zululand: "What's the hurry?"

The Possibility Of Impossibility

The Possibility Of Impossibility

It's what led to the establishment of the only School Of Equine Management Excellence in the southern hemisphere. And through the largesse of the Childwick Trust and the generosity of a few other "angels", it's what made it possible for our graduates Thabani Nzimande, John Motaung and Ashlee Hammond to top their respective classes at the English National Stud for the third time in four years.

Prayers and Promises

Prayers and Promises

As he gazes down from his heavenly perch, we'd like to think old man Ellis might approve of what's happened at Summerhill since he wiped away those tears in the rose garden.

BATTLE OF THE TITANS

BATTLE OF THE TITANS

This year's Summerhill two-year-olds, in terms of their performances so far, rank with the best former graduates of this farm, and by some measures, they may even be the best.

"V" Is For Value

"V" Is For Value

For three generations now, the people behind the Summerhill story have lived by the old breeding maxim that "a good bull is half the herd", and the other half is about upbringing.

The Racing Vatican

The Racing Vatican

The fact that the "white smoke" from the de Kock yard is also signalling Golden Sword's pre-eminence, confirms the beatification of his stock.

Mercury Sprint Field

Mercury Sprint Field

Durban - It's all happening at The Mercury Spring at the Greyville Racecourse in Durban on Saturday, 18 July 2015, with an action-packed programme of needle-match competition, fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Slade, Silvano, Sophistication

Slade, Silvano, Sophistication

John Slade was a speaker at the Summerhill Winter Workshop held at the stud farm's renowned School Of Excellence this week, a few days after Maine Chance likely achieved a world first by breeding the one-two-three of the country's premier race, the Vodacom Durban July.

THE FIXER

THE FIXER

The latest "coup" in John Messara's term is the announcement by the Deputy Premier, Troy Grant, that the government intends realigning its take-out of the betting turnover in NSW with that applicable in Victoria and Queensland.

Summerhill's Winter Wonderland

Summerhill's Winter Wonderland

One can see why Mick speaks so passionately about his farm when you wake up to the view of the Giant's Castle. If that and a Hartford breakfast aren't enough to chase you out of bed, then the prospect of the 2015 Stallion Day, and the 5th annual Winter Workshop was sure to do the trick.

Studs and Stallions - South African-style

Studs and Stallions - South African-style

Kwa-Zulu Natal's most accomplished thoroughbred nursery and stallion station, Summerhill Stud, hosts an open house that has become renowned for its distinctive entertainment featuring Zulu warrior dancers and a stallion parade of stars that claim bloodlines and/or racing performance from around the world.

Tarry Takes Trainer's Title

Tarry Takes Trainer's Title

The one contest that has no doubters is the one for top trainer, where Sean Tarry's annus mirabilis has taken him a furlong ahead of the field.

Speed Gene emPowers Buyer Kings

Speed Gene emPowers Buyer Kings

One of the most fascinating lectures at the 2015 Winter Workshop was delivered by Ireland’s Dr Emmeline Hill, who is the co-founder and chairman of Equinome. This company was launched in the wake of the discovery of the “speed gene”.

D Day For A Dinkum Dandy

D Day For A Dinkum Dandy

Omar Sharif passed away on Friday at the age of 83. There are some that will brand him a wasted talent, a philanderer and a Lothario, while others, the more romantically-inclined among us, prefer to remember him as the hero of epic movies.

Energy Is Infectious

Energy Is Infectious

Mick Goss, of South Africa's Summerhill Stud in KwaZulu-Natal, fizzes with an energy that finds time for interrogation by a trio of journalists from the UK, USA and New Zealand before leaping in his car, racing to the farm and donning his master of ceremonies' hat.

Giving It Horns

Giving It Horns

Golden Horn joins Frankel (Galileo) as the only British-trained 3-year-olds since 1996 to achieve a rating of 130.

Dukes & Sires

Dukes & Sires

Gaynor Rupert of Drakenstein Stud acquired the 5-time Group One winning racehorse, Duke Of Marmalade, a year ago, and voila! three European Classic winners in two months