The first load of Argentinian imports to come to Summerhill arrived in the early hours of this morning. While they are a very impressive group, they must also represent some of the best bred horses to leave Argentinian shores. Mike de Kock’s contingent alone includes a half sister, by Dubai World Cup winner and leading sire Singspiel, to Champion American racehorse, Candy Ride; a half brother to arguably the best 3 year old in the world, Asiatic Boy; and an outstanding daughter of Interprete out of a full sister (by Candy Stripes) to South African Horse Of The Year, Eventuail. This is the famous “E” family which includes the likes of Empress Club, Ecurie, Epoque, Emerald Beauty and current South African Champion Elusive Fort.
Champion trainer Mike de Kock is unusually excited about this group of horses, and will be visiting them at the farm early the week after next, on his return from the UK, where among others, he’ll be turning his attention to Asiatic Boy and our own Mullins Bay, in preparation for their big Summer campaigns.