There couldn’t have been a South African in sight who wasn’t disappointed when Oracle West ran a somewhat below par sixth in the Singapore Airlines Gr.1 on Sunday. He was obviously feeling the effects of his Dubai and Hong Kong campaigns and although he gave some cheek in the straight, the last 150 metres proved too much for him as he concluded with a somewhat lacklustre finish. Weichong Marwing, obviously realizing that the horse was tired, didn’t force him beyond necessity, and so the margin was of no relevance.
However, while all this was happening on Saturday at the same international meeting in Singapore, the big race on the Saturday was the Gr1 Lion City Cup, where Singapore’s equivalent of Silent Witness, WHY BE, has now gone 19 wins and four places from 24 runs to date, for earnings now approaching R10 million. From a Summerhill perspective, this is great news. A partnership consisting of Dr Barry Clements, Roger Zeeman, Rodney Thorpe, ex Summerhill broodmare manageress, Kerry Jack and the farm, acquired WHY BE’s sister (by multiple champion sire Hussonet) as a weanling at last year’s Magic Millions Sale, and she is now destined to make up a part of the draft of spectacular horses scheduled for the Ready to Run sale in November.
Speaking from Summerhill, Tarryn Liebenberg, the farm’s Yearling Sales Manager, was more than upbeat about this filly, indicating that she is as decent an individual as we have had the pleasure to prepare. The prospect of offering a filly of such high breeding and spectacular class at a Ready to Run sale reminds us just where Summerhill has taken this event, and with the support of the Emperor’s Palace, we are hopeful of supporting the sale with a R1 million race come 2008.