The worst kept secret in the world revolves around Summerhill’s interest in the Breeder’s Cup Mile Champion of 2006, Miesque’s Approval. Charlotte Webber, heiress to the Campbell Soup empire who owned him right through his career, arranged for Team Summerhill to see him this morning.
As it happens, he’s a quarantine barn mate of the World Champion of last season, Invasor, and they face one another across the passage. There’s no animosity of course, as they’re engaged in different events.
One thing they do have in common, though, is the fact they’re both World Class, and great horses always have something that tells you what made them great.
Neither is a big robust feller, but they’re both consummate athletes, with the scope and range that gives them their competence. Each is possessed of a great hip and fantastic balance.
Tomorrow’s a big night for both of them; Invasor has already had to beat Bernardini to get the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year, yet there are those that believe he still has to take on Discreet Cat before he knows the crown is safe. The public can’t split them. They’re both 11/8 in the betting.
This week the World Cricket Cup saw 4 wickets from 4 balls for the first time. And yesterday a Summerhill-connected horse made it 4 weeks in a row that the Farm stallions have delivered up a Stakes winner.
Dynamite Mike’s facile win in the Riverside Handicap (South Africa’s first Listed event on the sand) was a compliment to the form of the S.A. Classic (Gr1) a month ago. A very good sixth in that event, “Dynamite” (by Fard) came with an electrifying burst in the final strides to take the laurels going away.
That makes it seven Stakes winners for the Summerhill stallions inside the month of March, and since there’s so much going on in Dubai, it’s appropriate they should all be Maktoum horses.
Dynamite’s dam, Beyond The Call, happens also to be part of a package Sheikh Mohammed acquired in partnership with the Farm for his newly arrived sire, HOBB ALWAHTAN, to whom she carries.
His Highness has a big weekend ahead with favourites for the Golden Slipper (in Australia), as well as the UAE Derby in Dubai, so this news is the best portent for the next few days.