The Kenyan Yearling Sales recorded their second highest prices ever, with a Makaarem colt, sold by Rawhide Farm, achieving the top sale price of 1,050,000 KShillings. Makaarem, who was recently repatriated to Rob Pickering’s Middlefield Stud in South Africa, also had the second highest price of 800,000KShillings and averaged 480,000KShillings. Incidentally, ex-Summerhill Desert Team was the second leading sire with an average of 430,000KShillings.
Joe and Janet Mills, of Rawhide Farm in Kenya, were the leading vendors, averaging 340,000KShillings. The Mills’, together with their daughter Tanya, who manages the stud, have been closely connected with Summerhill since standing both Desert Team and Makaarem on their farm for Sheikhs Maktoum and Hamdan since Kenyan racing’s centenary year, 2003.
Reports from Kenya are generally very upbeat with much of their success being attributed to the assistance of the Maktoum stallions and the intervention of Gold Circle and Phumelela.
Makaarem has since been sold back to South Africa, but Russian Revival, who is experiencing one of his best seasons and has a number of promising juveniles is now on his way to Rawhide, where he will be taking up duties in Makaarem’s place.