If it's big races you're after...

If it's big races you're after...

Summerhill-breds were once again making a name for themselves in this weekend’s big races. 1st – Arch Rival for Geoff Woodruff and Neil Smith in the Gold Bowl (Gr.2), 3rd – Heaps Of Fun for Sean Tarry, Nchakha Moloi and Chris van Niekerk in the Camellia Stakes (Gr.2).

Abashiri Scores SA Derby and Triple Crown

Abashiri Scores SA Derby and Triple Crown

Abashiri delighted his hordes of supporters as he became only the third horse clinch the South African Triple Crown at Turffontein on Saturday when taking victory in the Grade 1 SA Derby. But it was, oh, so close.

Razed and Grazed at Summerhill

Razed and Grazed at Summerhill

Whatever the day, whenever the race, when it comes to the big ones, Summerhill Ready To Run graduates are never too far away: No Worries and Solar Star were the first two past the post in the Highland Night Cup, not forgetting Vilakazi’s standout performance in the Winter Guineas (Gr3) and Supercilious’ Black-type performance in the Sweet Chestnut’s Stakes (Listed).

Summerhill Bids Farewell to Visionaire

Summerhill Bids Farewell to Visionaire

I’ve had to make some hard decisions in my life, one of which was buying Summerhill in the days when I was penniless, the other exchanging our family home in Hillcrest for Hartford at a precarious time in South Africa’s political history and giving up a rewarding life in law. There have been many others, but the most painful of all was letting Visionaire go on the weekend. He is not only our and the province’s flagship stallion, but he’s a lovable character to whom every last soul on the farm has an attachment. Mick Goss / Summerhill CEO

Some Things Never Change

Some Things Never Change

Maine Chance farm is having the time of its life, with big race winner after big race winner, week in and week out. It happens to coincide with the early retirement of their talisman, John Slade, whose crowning distinction in his final months at Maine Chance was to breed the first three past the post in Africa’s greatest horserace, the Vodacom Durban July.

Champions Day Final Fields

Champions Day Final Fields

Champions Day could not be more aptly named. Competing at Turffontein on Saturday 30 April will be the highest rated three-year-old, the top two rated four-year-olds, five-year-old and filly in the country.

KZN Results at CTS Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale

KZN Results at CTS Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale

The recent CTS Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale yielded exciting results, and even more so for the likes of deceased first season sire Await The Dawn, proven sire Toreador and last season’s Champion Freshman sire, Visionaire.

SA Can Contain African Horse Sickness in Most Effective Ways

SA Can Contain African Horse Sickness in Most Effective Ways

Members of South Africa’s Horse Import Export Task Team (HIETT) have requested the racing industry and the public at large not to over-react to the death of a horse diagnosed with African Horse Sickness (AHS) in the surveillance zone near Paarl, Western Cape, last week.

Lasting Lament

Lasting Lament

We’re not the only ones lamenting the early demise of Giant’s Causeway’s best racing son of 2013, Await The Dawn. There’s an old saying about familiarity breeding contempt, and while contempt is much too strong a word in this context, pedigree guru Andrew Caulfield was right to say that in the racing game “familiarity often unravels into boredom”. Time and again we see the elder statesmen of the stallion landscape coming out second-best in the popularity stakes against their “hot” young rivals, most of whom never come close to emulating the old boys’ achievements. In this case, he had in mind the 19 year-old Giant’s Causeway.

Shades of Cirrus des Aigles

Shades of Cirrus des Aigles

Time was when weekends were "TV time for the marquee events of our sport. Yet ever since the de Kock caravan decamped for its pioneering pillage of the riches of Dubai, Thursday evenings have become "ritual for South African fans. For all the big names that thrilled our sitting rooms over the years, none of them exceeded the worship of the original globe-trotter, Linngari. Here was the redefinition of the international racehorse, a handsome, zestful dual-Group One hero who never ducked a fight. From 1200 to 2000metres, he posted major race performances in eight different countries on four different continents. Linngari was a racehorse, pure and simple.

"Blue Collar", And How It Works

"Blue Collar", And How It Works

Horsemen the world over hold strong views on how best to breed a decent horse, and while the traditional need for a good individual will rank high on the list, the one indispensable ingredient at the top of most people's lists, is pedigree.

It's All About Timing. And Timeform Too.

It's All About Timing. And Timeform Too.

With a rating of 126+, Timeform dubbed Await The Dawn 'a Group One winner in waiting'. When his racing career was cut short, many yearned for his second-coming. The first have arrived. Debut crop of one of the World's best racehorses of his generation, by one of the World's best stallions.

Juxtapose Wins Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic

Juxtapose Wins Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic

The Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic produced a major upset as 50-1 shot Juxtapose ran on strongly down the outside of the track to get up close home and touch off 8-10 favourite Negroamaro by 0.40 lengths with She’s A Dragon (14-1) the same distance back in third. Fourth place went to KwaZulu-Natal visitor Princess Varunya, who looked a likely winner 400m from home.