140 Years of Sustained Excellence

140 Years of Sustained Excellence

While it does not speak of the money which characterizes the more elaborate establishments, there are few more soulful places built in honour of the thoroughbred than Summerhill. Besides, when you’re dealing with Summerhill, you’re dealing in history.

Born for Stardom… Breeding for the Stars.

Born for Stardom… Breeding for the Stars.

His pedigree spoke of Emperors and Excellence. Now, Brave Tin Soldier’s doing exactly what it said on the “Tin”. This weekend the Soldier’s camp was all bright light and rumbling thunder when Rabada added another notch to his jeweled buckle when he won the Daily News 2000 (Group 1).

Rabada Reigns in Daily News 2000

Rabada Reigns in Daily News 2000

Rabada showed great courage in a driving finish to win the Daily News 2000 at Greyville on Saturday. Jockey Anton Marcus was at his tactical and muscular best to deliver Mike Azzie another Grade 1 trophy in a golden season for the popular Highveld trainer.

The Rising Son. SSSH… Silence Please.

The Rising Son. SSSH… Silence Please.

In a week in which the Admire Mains displayed their fighting talk, juvenile Unagi made it two-in-a-row when he demolished his elders by five lengths for the Alexanders, Pravin Chetty, Bruce and Jo Gardner, Greg Sadie and Darren Simpson.

Assurance From The Azzman

Assurance From The Azzman

Triple Crown-winning trainer Mike Azzie believes Summerhill-bred Rabada is the horse to beat in the Grade 1 Daily News 2000 at Greyville on Saturday.

Highveld Feature Season Awards 2016

Highveld Feature Season Awards 2016

We were proud to have Catherine Hartley fetch the Highveld Breeder’s Award for Summerhill for the fourth time in recent years at a glittering Highveld Feature Season Awards ceremony Saturday evening.

War And Peace

War And Peace

More than once, Markus Jooste has acknowledged the role of Summerhill in floating his “breeding” boat, and while in Klawervlei, the former Champion Breeders had spawned a Gulliver in their own Lilliput, Act Of War’s occupation of his new stall in KwaZulu-Natal not only marks a vote of faith in the region’s breeding community, but he also represents the salivating prospect of accessing one of the best-performed sons of one of history’s best stallions.

Still Ruling The Roost

Still Ruling The Roost

With the odds now sternly loaded against Summerhill in the South African Breeders' Championship, it’s gratifying to find ourselves at the top of the pile again, even if it’s only temporarily.

Where There's Hope, There's Always A Chance

Where There's Hope, There's Always A Chance

Following a somewhat tepid fortnight, the sparks flew for Summerhill this past week with action on both the racecourse and off it. It’s part of our history though, that hard on the heels of a setback, such is the nature of the racing beast that if you keep your tail up, the good news quickly follows the tough tidings.

Solid Speed Blitzes Betting World 1900

Solid Speed Blitzes Betting World 1900

Solid Speed cemented his place in the Vodacom Durban July when he raced to victory in the Grade 2 Betting World 1900 at Greyville on Friday night.

Winter Workshop 2016

Winter Workshop 2016

We are sad to report that with the considerable pressure on government finances for universities following the “Fees Must Fall” campaign, educational support for other institutions (all SETAS) including the CATHSSETA which has been a major provider of funds not only for our Winter Workshop, but principally for our annual scholarships, have fallen away.

First Winner for Golden Sword

First Winner for Golden Sword

It was perhaps fitting that Mike de Kock would saddle the first winner of the high class Timeform 122 rated Golden Sword. The son of High Chaparral’s athletic daughter Belle Rose opened her account over a mile at her third start, at the inaugural meeting held on the Vaal Classic track on Thursday.

Racer's Softer Side

Racer's Softer Side

Racing must be the toughest game in the world: you only have to look at the squabbles they have in Formula One to know that winning means everything. Yet when you get down to the nitty-gritty, I can't believe that anything quite as "soulless" as a mechanically propelled projectile could ever stir the emotions quite as much as the flesh and blood of a thoroughbred.

The Other Mike de Kock

The Other Mike de Kock

Shortly after his annual raid on the Dubai Carnival meeting, South Africa’s most well-known globetrotting trainer, Mike de Kock, took a moment out of his busy schedule to chat with the TDN’s Brittlan Wall.

Rabada nominated for Daily News 2000

Rabada nominated for Daily News 2000

South Africa’s latest Triple Crown winner Abashiri is not among the 27 entries for the R2-million, Grade 1 Daily News 2000 on Saturday 28 May 2016 at Greyville Racecourse but the rest of the three-year-olds likely to challenge his status as the best of his age this season have been nominated including the champion’s stable companion and Canon Guineas runner-up Rabada.

Legislate Retires to Drakenstein Stud

Legislate Retires to Drakenstein Stud

Legislate (Dynasty - Champers, by Restructure), the 2014 Equus Horse of the Year in South Africa, has been retired from racing and will enter stud for the 2016 breeding season at Mrs Gaynor Rupert's Drakenstein Stud.

KZN Premier Mare & Weaning Sale... Why The Sale?

KZN Premier Mare & Weaning Sale... Why The Sale?

Rupert Plersch is an extraordinary man in his own right, a great supporter of South African racing, and a devoted international horseman. Among all the good horses he’s been associated with though (remember War Artist?), the apple of his eye has always been Linngari. And for all the big names that thrilled our sitting rooms on Dubai’s Thursday evenings, none exceeded the following of Linngari in those early days. Nothing could be more appropriate then, than for his progeny to return the thrill to those same people on South Africa’s racetracks at last.

Is Anybody Listening?

Is Anybody Listening?

Traffic Guard symbolized the highest athletic virtues as a racehorse, rock solid mental resolve and massive physical attributes.