summerhill gallops

The convergence begins at the Summerhill Track
(Summerhill Stud)

The news that the Summerhill Ready To Run draft stands head and shoulders above anything the farm has previously offered has obviously reached far and wide. It’s a bold statement to say its “head and shoulders” above any of its predecessors, when you consider the bulk of Summerhill’s earnings of the past four years, when it garnered consecutive National Breeders titles, came courtesy of horses which largely graduated from the sale. The list reads like the who’s who of the racing world, yet the Summerhill management, the jockeys and the grooms are unanimous in their proclamation that this crop is the hot bed of future champions.

Despite the world’s economic woes, close to 250 people (that’s ignoring those that we don’t know about, and who are likely to turn up anyway) will converge on the midlands nursery this morning, and we’re expecting a bumper day. A cloudburst last evening tipped about half an inch onto the track, but it’s been dry up here, and we’re sure the going will be good as ever.

A group approaching 35 converged on Hartford House last evening, and among them were racing’s most famous luminaries, not the least of whom was a return visitor in the form of Irish International Thoroughbred Marketing’s chief honcho, Eamonn Cullen. He’s a character of note, if ever there was one, and he’s also famously remembered at Summerhill for being the man who served Coolmore in the negotiations which led to the acquisition of Mullins Bay. Our man “Mullins” is looking phenomenal, and has a book packed to the ceiling with some outstanding mares, a testimony to his stature, princely pedigree and people’s recollections of his prowess as an athlete.