The world right now is on the verge of a vintage era in horseracing with three brilliant three year olds on three different continents.
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?"
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.
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.
Summerhill is headed off in a new direction, and it shows in our current juvenile sales graduates.
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.
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 fact that the "white smoke" from the de Kock yard is also signalling Golden Sword's pre-eminence, confirms the beatification of his stock.
Captain Of All, winner of the Gr1 Mercury Sprint.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Golden Horn joins Frankel (Galileo) as the only British-trained 3-year-olds since 1996 to achieve a rating of 130.
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