Kahal may well have snared weekend headlines courtesy of the black type success of a number of his progeny, but there was a special story attached to one of his 3 year olds sons today that had nothing to do with Graded Stakes.
Soon after entering this world in 2003, the young bay colt out of the Northern Guest mare Verve Cliquot seriously damaged the tendon in his hind leg. It was not your everyday tendon injury. It required months of box rest, then small yard confinement, and the team on hand to nurse him had the task of teaching him not just how to adjust to his new lifestyle, but how to walk again. Yes, walk.
Named for the National Sales Prep. Assistant Manager (currently Assistant Foal Manager) Richard HLONGWANE, the foal that the broodmare team refused to give up on went to Dean Kannemeyer’s stable in July of this year and in his first race start in a maiden at Durbanville today he led all the way to the 400m mark where he tired to finish third (a son of Russian Revival - MOSCOW MIGHT - winning the race).
It is hard to describe the elation on the faces of those who gathered to watch the race. It is even harder to describe the pride in seeing the Summerhill silks carried across the line by such a gutsy horse.
Keep an eye out for him. HLONGWANE. He has the heart and courage that many can only aspire to.