The victories of FAIR BRUTUS (by MUHTAFAL) and MOSCOW RISING (by RUSSIAN REVIVAL) in both the nation’s Graded Stakes contests marked the third consecutive weekend on which the Feature events have fallen to Summerhill connections.
Three weekends back, EVENING ATTIRE (by KAHAL) was a deserving winner of the big Fillies sprint, while REGAL RUNNER (MUHTAFAL) staked his claim to the mantle of best juvenile colt seen out thus far when he took the Storm Bird Stakes (Listed) in grand style from Devine Jury’s own brother, Judge Jupiter (a R900 000 purchase). This was the third consecutive year a Summerhill-bred had nabbed the Storm Bird.
A fortnight has passed since the Drum Star Handicap (Listed) threw up a Summerhill exacta, as the veteran HIS LORDSHIP (RAMBO DANCER) and BAYETE (also RAMBO) led a field including four Grade One winners, a merry dance at Turfontein.
As if our stallions hadn’t already made enough of a statement, both South Africa’s top events of this past Saturday and Sunday, the Senor Santor (Gr2) and the King’s Cup (Gr3), fell to horses whose lives began in the Farm’s stallion barn. FAIR BRUTUS was bred by ex-Summerhill team member, Lorraine de Klerk and husband Koos, while MOSCOW RISING was bred by Charles Laird’s assistant, Debbie le Roux, from a Northern Guest mare. He was part of our National Sales consignment and fetched a modest R40 000 when sold to his present connections. Now that’s a bargain for you!