EXTRACT FROM EUROPEAN BLOODSTOCK NEWS - 6 MAY 2007
Gr.1 GOMMAGOMMA CHALLENGE, Turffontein, 1m2f, 3yo+, 1st R1,875,000, 2nd R600,000, 3rd R300,000
Pick Six winning the Gomma Gomma Challenge Gr11. PICK SIX (SAf), 3g,
Rambo Dancer – Choice Field (Rami)
2nd dam: Longfields (Northfields)
3rd dam: Pheon Royal (Royal Affair)
O: Messrs J C Von Solms, M Jooste and Mrs N Laird,
B: Summerhill Stud (Pty) Ltd,
T: Charles Laird R320,000 BSA National Yearling Sale of 2005, by Laird Racing Stables
2. EMPEROR NAPOLEON (SAf), 3c,
Kahal – Ellinore (Northern Guest)
O: M Destombes, B: Summerhill Stud (Pty) Ltd,
T: Mike De Kock
3. NATURAL SELECTION (SAf), 5g,
Western Winter – Masai Mara (Man Of Property)
O: Messrs P T and P Dimakogiannis,
B: Dr R J Antrobus, T: Ormond Ferraris
Also ran: Singing Sword (4), Rippling Ring, Biarritz, Hunting Tower, Elusive Fort, Angel Flight, Fork Lightening, Bhekinkosi, Eyeofthetiger
Non runner: Announce Speed
Distances: 1l, 3/4l, shd, 3/4l
Yesterday’s running of Africa’s richest horse race, the R3-million GommaGomma Challenge, was a triumph for the Summerhill Stud, which increased its already considerable lead on the South African breeders’ list, when it supplied the winner and the runner-up.
Altogether, this achievement brought in R2,475,000, to take Summerhill’s seasonal earnings to around R11,200,000.
Markus Jooste, the CEO of international furniture manufacturer Steinhoff, whose subsidiary, GommaGomma sponsors the race, was all smiles after yesterday’s second running, which was won by Pick Six, whom he co-owns with Chris Von Solms and Nordeane Laird, wife of winning trainer, Charles Laird.
The Rambo Dancer gelding took up the running early in the race, but kicked clear at the top of the straight, as Anton Marcus wasted no time in heading for the judge. The 22-10 favourite, Emperor Napoleon, set off in pursuit of the leader but never looked like getting to grips with the Laird runner and was three-quarters of a length back at the finish line.
Narrowly beaten by Jay Peg, in the Gr.1 Cape Derby, and then a trifle disappointing when a 13/4 length third behind Divine Jury, in the R1-million SA Classic, Pick Six made it clear that he is a top-class performer who might also be a strong contender for top honours in the forthcoming Gr.1 Vodacom Durban July.
The older horses were comprehensively outpointed, with the top weight, Elusive Fort, who recently changed hands, trailing home in ninth place, ten lengths behind the winner, and Vodacom Durban July winner Eyeofthetiger, finishing last. The three-year-olds, on the other hand, occupied four of the first six placings.
Pick Six is by the now deceased Rambo Dancer (Northern Dancer), a wonderful servant to the Summerhill Stud, out of the Rami mare, Choice Field, who was unraced. She has produced three foals to date, of which only Jinginja (Iktamal), other than Pick Six, has won. The second dam, Longfields (Northfields), produced the Gr.2 Thekwini Stakes winner Bridal Paths (Braashee), as well as seven times winner Leonard (French Stress).
Now the winner of five of the eight races he has contested, Pick Six has amassed total earnings of R2,329,110.