You wouldn’t believe it, but an occasion as auspicious as a major victory in a Stakes race managed to slip through our fingers this weekend (while your scribes were battling with life in Dubai.)

Peter FabriciusPeter FabriciusConsummate mate and customer, Peter Fabricius, has developed a near monopoly on the spoils accruing from the East Cape Sprint in recent years. Not satisfied with consecutive victories from his Summerhill-bred Horse of the Year Brigadier Parker, (a R40 000 graduate of the Ready To Run programme), Hear The Drums lumped top weight of 58kgs to a most unlikely second consecutive win on Friday.

He too, was an inexpensive buy from the same sale, and was acquired in almost identical, (and just as remarkable) circumstances. For those that don’t know him, Peter Fabricius is a very astute master of the art of business. His strategic finesse has reached legendary proportions, yet when it comes to buying horses, it would seem on the surface at least, that he leaves all his acquired wisdom at the office!

It is some sort of compliment to his relationship with Summerhill that he regularly (and impulsively, it appears) just phones in towards the tail end of a Ready To Run sale, and almost casually (but beneath it all, we think desperately!) enquires whether we’ve got anything for him. Of course, we have something of an advantage in a sale like this, since we’ve been working with the horses for several months, and Peter has followed his instincts to several exceptional bargains this way. Both horses were two lots from entering the ring where the phone rang , both made R40 000, and both have ended up as Horses of The Year! And their man as Owner of the Year. Maybe he’s just as smart out of the office as he is in it!

Hear The Drums’ big win on Saturday marked the 12th of his career, and he’s only just 4 years old. It was also the second Stakes winner of the week for the Champion Breeders (Dynamite Mike being the other) and the seventh in March with a Summerhill connection.