Summer Ready To Run Favourites

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Summer Ready To Run Favourites

Nobody knows the Summerhill horses better than our “boys in green”, the young men who ride these magnificent beasts we call thoroughbreds out in the early hours of the morning while “normal” people are still enjoying the blissful tranquillity of slumber. We’ve proclaimed the talents of these horsemen on numerous occasions, and the lead-up to this year’s Summer Ready To Run is no different.

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Just What The Doctor Ordered...

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Just What The Doctor Ordered...

So the R699,000 average at last month's Cape Premier Yearling Sale was a little beyond your pocket - Summerhill Stud have just what the doctor ordered at their 2017 Emperors Palace Summer Ready-To-Run Sale.

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Farm Cheapie’ Anna Pavlova is Going Places

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Farm Cheapie’ Anna Pavlova is Going Places

Veteran trainer Roy Magner provided Summerhill Stud with a wonderful advert for its Farm Sale next week when Anna Pavlova (nearest camera), a graduate of the 2016 sale, got up to win the Gr3 Three Troikas Stakes over 1450m at Turffontein with a powerful late run under jockey JP van der Merwe.

Magner and his patrons, the Soal family, secured Anna Pavlova for what has proved to be a super bargain at R45,000 – she’s earned a fraction short of R400,000 with four wins from 10 starts.

Well-named Anna Pavlova is by unfashionable sire St Petersburg from a mare by Royal Applause who herself happens to be out a full-sister to the deceased Kahal, the multiple champion sire in KZN.  This important pedigree pointer is something other buyers at the sale may have missed.

Magner said: “Anna Pavlova is a small, strong filly, I liked her looks but her pedigree was definitely a consideration, I always look at conformation and pedigree together. The mare had already produced a multiple winner from Stronghold.

“Kevin Soal’s daughter Courtney loves to study pedigrees and the Soals gave Anna Pavlova the thumbs up, so we were in full agreement. She races in the silks of Courtney and her sister Megan.

Magner said that, considering her strong Saturday run, Anna Pavlova will be a contender for the Fillies Guineas in March, the first leg of the Triple Tiara. Beyond that, things will be taken step by step. “She’s a sweet, uncomplicated filly,” he told.

Magner and company will undoubtedly be keen to have a look at Banana Republic (Lot 18), a half-sister to Anna Pavlova by Mullin’s Bay, on offer at the 2017 renewal of the Summerhill Farm Sale next Tuesday.

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Lessons From Left Field

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Lessons From Left Field

You never know where the good ones are going to come from, more so given the history of the number of outstanding racehorses Summerhill has sold right off the farm by stallions you might unkindly describe as past their “sell-by-date”.

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Yes, we all know about Rabada...

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Yes, we all know about Rabada...

Brave Tin Soldier was the only colt of his generation to win Group Ones at both two and three. But his dad Brave Tin Soldier is no one-trick pony. Sean Tarry has his highly-regarded Fieldmarshal Fenix while Geoff Woodruff scored with the promising Private Swarovski.

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Redvers to the Rescue

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Redvers to the Rescue

At last it’s being said by someone beyond our borders. The siren call of “first aid” for South Africa’s export initiatives has finally reached the enclaves of those that really matter, thanks to a ream of links in a long chain of knocks on the proverbial door. Vast sums and great reserves of energy have been expended in the process, none more so than by the redoubtable Mayfair Speculators, otherwise popularly known as “M.J.”, now a name of the household variety in international racing circles.

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Admire Main... He's on Fire

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Admire Main... He's on Fire

And it’s not only about THE ELMO EFFECT, one of the best stayers on the Rand. It’s also about one of the Highveld’s leading three-year-olds, UNAGI, who took down a top field with 60kg on his back for Alexander Racing. And it’s about another victory for Sean Tarry’s Hyaku in Durban.

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Let's Be Frank

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Let's Be Frank

John Boyce says that if Frankel's achievements with his first crop juveniles in 2016 are anything to go by, it looks like we may have discovered another super stallion. Time will tell. Another year will reveal all.

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Fish Where The Fish Are

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Fish Where The Fish Are

This weekend past, Summer Ready To Run graduates proved once again that you don't need to spend a fortune to get a shot at the winner's box. Get your line in the water at the Summer Ready To Run.

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If you want to win the July...

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If you want to win the July...

If these guys put up their hands, they have to have seen something special in the Await The Dawns. Mayfair Speculators, Charles Laird, Sean Tarry, Jehan Malherbe, Chris Snaith, Justin Vermaak, Bruce Gardner and Johan Janse van Vuuren.

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