Kingmambo, the world’s most popular stallion on either side of the “Pond”, (and sire of Summerhill’s resident Stallion Malhub) produced his umpteenth big winner in Friday’s English Oaks for the Niarchos family, when Light Shift, Henry Cecil’s second choice, spoilt the party for her more fancied stablemate. This was Kingmambo’s ninth individual international Classic winner, some achievement for a horse standing in the USA.
Saturday witnessed the running of what was once dubbed the world’s greatest race, the Derby (the English version), at Epsom Downs in an epic which served only to broaden the remarkable influence in the English Classics in general, and in recent years in the Derby in particular, Authorised, a grandson of Sadler’s Wells, trotted up by a growing six lengths.
This was the second Derby victory in three years for his own sire Montjeu, a timeous replacement if ever there was one for Sadler’s Wells.
Summerhill’s association with Sadler’s Wells is due for renewal this year with the imperiously bred Grand Central, who took his own place in this legendary race two years ago, in the very renewal won by Sadler’s Wells’ grandson, Motivator.