The events of the past week seem like a blur in the after math after a record Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, and the historic Summerhill one-two in the continent’s richest horse race The Gomma Gomma Challenge Gr1.
Pick Six’s spectacular victory over his Summerhill paddock mate, the “Emperor”, Napoleon, was one of those occasions you count on one hand, and we suspect we might have used four fingers on this occasion.
Whether it will ever happen again, either to ourselves or to any one else for that matter, we will never know, but you certainly wouldn’t be counting on it.
One thing for certain is that the festivities on the farm will go on for some weeks, with a big bash scheduled for the 19th of May for the whole staff.
Nonetheless, Tuesday was strictly back to business, as the team wound its way over the Drakensberg to the farm from the sales.
We were met on our return by Howard Wright, associate editor of one of the World’s most read racing papers, The Sporting Post, whose mission was to establish what it was that has turned Summerhill into the nation’s leading breeding establishment for successive years. He had learnt about our organic farming programme, the effects of which have been palpably apparent in the momentum that has developed around the farm’s achievements, and we’ll keep you posted when his article appears in the “Post” in a week or two.
While Howard entertained our team on two successive evenings in Hartford’s award winning restaurant, we were equally amused by the visit of France’s senior bloodstock agent Jean-Louis Brunier (of France pur-sang fame), Herman Brown Junior, (who’s just completed a hugely successful training campaign in Dubai) and all Black rugby legend Alan Sutherland. Brunier’s knowledge of the international Racing Game and the “spins” he brings to his stories made for a wonderfully entertaining lunch, and surely the latest leg in his achievements was his acquisition at the sale of Pick Six’s three parts brother, for R500 000, on behalf of French patrons Vernon and Cecelia Couron. This was a magnificent colt, who reminded us a good deal of his famous father National Emblem.