A fortnight ago, we saw eight individual winners off the farm in five days, and this week was little different, with seven since Boxing Day. Standout achievements for the week went to Gary Alexander Racing, who had three Summerhill-Bred runners at yesterday’s Turffontein meeting, and came up with a 100% strike rate.
For the record:
1st Spring Garland for GaryAlexander
1st Oh Tee Tee for GaryAlexander
1st Sthukuthezi for GaryAlexander
1st Marilyn for Sean Tarry
1st Kramer vs Kramer for Lyle Anderson
1st Galileo’s Night for Joey Ramsden
1st Chorus Dancer for Gavin Smith
Saturday’s L’Ormarins Queens Plate brought a new meaning to the words “Cape Style”, and reportedly the “beautiful” people of the Mother City, made it the second biggest meeting of the Western Cape year. Pocket Power doubled up on last year’s victory with an exhibition which endorsed his position as the highest ranked racehorse in South Africa. He’ll go into next month’s J&B Met as one of it’s hottest fancies in decades, especially under the new conditions of the race.
Gaynor Rupert, who has embraced the art of breeding at her L’Ormarins Stud in a fashion unprecedented in South African history, understands the meaning of “sponsorship”, coming as she does from a background of association with some of the world’s greatest brands, Cartier, Dunhill, Mont Blanc, Rembrandt, Rothmans etc.
And now we have L’Ormarins, the stud, as opposed to the winery. It won’t be long and Gaynor’s love of the game will be manifested with headlines heralding the arrival of big race winners from what is arguably the most dramatically set stud farm in the world. You have to see it to believe it.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM MICK AND CHERYL GOSS, AND THE SUMMERHILL TEAM