Ashley McNab and his business partner, Milli Miliotis, are two of the most decent fellows you’d want to meet. But they’re that, and a whole lot more. Darn good customers of Summerhill, and big-hearted joe’s, if ever there were any.
Just a week ago, at the Summerhill Stallion Day, they topped the Charity Function with a bid of R90 000 for a KAHAL service, knowing full well that as Summerhill customers, they were guaranteed access to Kahal at almost half the money. That’s proper charity.
Yet the old saying, you s0w what you reap, is as appropriate now as it was the day it was invented, and in the past week, Ashley saw two runners from his mare, CLIMBING ROSE, come home smoking!
Now, we’ve always thought this was a decent mare since the day she arrived, and she did that in a novel sort of way. In the early days of the Steinhoff Family Fun Day, Charlie Laird had asked us to donate a service to one of Sheikh Hamdan’s stallions as one of the prizes. In those days, there were no fancy stakes or R150 000 races as there are now. You got a Gomma Gomma lounge suite, a second hand fridge, a night at some sleazy hotel as a winner and two nights as the runner-up – you get the drift?
Climbing Rose won the service and a lounge suite, and the owners wisely chose the service (to Fahal) while Robbie Sage (the trainer) was left with the suite.
When the mare arrived at Summerhill, Sheikh Hamdan obligingly agreed to swop the Fahal for a Makaarem service, and hence MACMYMATE (follow-up winner again this weekend) came about.
The other fellow, RED AMMO, (by Russian Revival) is the second foal, and he beat a very smart sort home on just his second visit to the course. He’s decidedly talented it seems.
Well done, boys! Both owned & bred by Ashley, ably supported by Milli & trained by Robbie Sage.