Ready to Race graduate (and Gr 1 winner) DISAPPEAR made it win number 8 when scoring a facile victory in the R70,000 Greenbushes Sprint at Fairview this afternoon. The 6yo son of Muhtafal beat fellow Ready to Race Graduate and Champion Eastern Cape 3YO  HEAR THE DRUMS by 1.5 lengths with another Ready to Race graduate (and 18-time winner) BRIGADIER PARKER 4th.

HLABELELA (Muhtafal x Lotti) scored the ride of the day with a gutsy win in the MR 78 Handicap. Trailing the field to the turn then making a run on the fence, only to get blocked at the 400m mark, the jockey was forced to pull her wide and circle the field. Accelerating at every stride the 4yo found the line, every staff member riding her home with very vocal encouragement. Commenting on her full sister (Lot 15 in this year’s Draft) Tarryn reports that she is “exactly like her sister was at this stage”

A large number of trainers as a well as a few private buyers, intense sunshine, and a consequent drain on the water bottles and beer supplies was probably as good as any a summation of the rather busy hours from 10 am to 3.30pm.

Celebrity spottings included:

Laurie Jaffee (senior statesman for the Industry)
Gary Alexander (a stalwart amongst SA trainers and of the most successful trainers of Ready to Run horses including star graduates ICY AIR and BHEKINKOSI)
Roy Eckstein (Former Chairman of Goldcircle)
Sean Tarry (trainer of Dubai-bound sprint sensation NATIONAL COLOUR)
Dennis Drier (doyen of Natal trainers who carries the hopes of RIVER PLATE [and his brother who is part of our draft] in tomorrow’s Gr 1 November Handicap)
Mike Miller (trainer of R2R graduate and 3 time winner [from 4 starts] OUTCOME and 2-time winner RAVING RAMBO).
Basil Marcus (world class rider now making a name for himself as a world class trainer. Keep an eye out for his runners MAJESTIC SUN and NORDIC RED today)
Bruce Gardner (Chairman of the Racing Association)
Des Egdes (Veteran trainer from PMG and associated with the stallion MODERN DAY during his racing career.)
Local celebrities Erico Verdonese, Lyle Anderson, Alan Roux, Chris Erasmus, Craig Mayhew

The results are back from the bloods taken on Wednesday evening. All Summerhill-bred horses were 100% negative for pyroplasmosis (tick-bite fever) which was a  great news for the farm. A full list of results appears on the A-Frame Display Boards at the hospitality area. Speaking of the A-Frames a new innovation for this year has been a series of enlarged photographs of some of our previous season stars plus a daily stable newsletter titled “From the horse’s mouth” which you can pick up from the yard. Full of insider gossip, daily happenings, and a list of most viewed horses it’s a handy addition to the sales file.

BSA Sales Manager Caroline Simpson dropped by to deliver the hip stickers for tomorrow. “Everything is going according to plan,” she reported “There’s been a lot of interest in this sale.”

The afternoon “crocodile” (when all the horses are walked around the sales grounds for 20 minutes) saw a sudden calm descend over the yard. The staff then retired to the balcony and the appreciated drop in temperature to watch various horses being shown to Mike Miller and his client Arnie Stroebel.

Those interested in the names of horses may enjoy the following: Lot 81 (ART OF WAR) is by Kahal out of Cariad (the latter being a term of endearment in Welsh). A large number of horses in this year’s Draft carry Zulu names. Why? Mick Goss says “Summerhill raises a horse that is quintessentially African - the people who raise the horses, the land they are grown out on, and the feed. It is done in the same mould as the Aga Khan and the Maktoum horses who carry names derived from their own environs or languages. To demonstrate a few successful Zulu-named horses we have Nhlavini [Playboy], Bhekinkosi [Look at the Lord], and Nondweni [King Shaka’s Mother] - and don’t forget today’s winner Hlabalela [To sing].”

The Zulu/English equivalent of this year’s Draft:

Lot 1: NOMAFASHINI = Man of fashion
15 : LUNGSIA = To Fix
30: NOMANDLA = The one with the strength/power
47: NKABI = Old friend (also a term of endearment)
48: MZWILILI = Siren
55 : MANDLENKOSI = The Power of the Lord
57: GOLIDE = Gold
60: MTHETHO = Veritas is latin for the truth. Zulu means ‘the word’
68: MSESHI = the detective
76: UMNGAZI = the place of blood
78: SBHAKABHAKA = to do with the heavens
79: NOMA-INDIA = the person from India
82: NKOSENKHULU = The Big Boss
84: PHUNYUKA = To Get Away
91: VOLOVOLO = Revolver (‘FARD’ is also Arabic for revolver)
92: NTABANKULU = The Big Mountain
98: UMAGEJAGEJA = The one that gets along
101: UYAGIYA = The Dancer
106: NKOSINGIPHILE = The Lord’s Gift
109: HOLIMALI = To earn the money
114: SPHEKEPHEKE = The Flying Spirit
119: IMBONGI =The Praise Singer
123: MAZISI = The Guesser
124: KUZEKUSE = Until the dawn
125: NKOSAZANE = The Mistress
126: PELE PELE = Heat
127: NTABAZIKUDE = The Far away mountains
129: NAMANJE = Right Now

The day concluded with the Emperors Palace Ready to Run Cocktail Party at 7pm at the Ubunye Exhibition. Gallops showed in rotation on huge LCD screens, there was a ready flow of food and drink, and guests included a number of trainers and their clientele.

And the plover eggs? Magically, still there.