A feature of the Summerhill drafts at the National Sales and the Emperor’s Palace Ready To Run sale of the last couple of years, has been the presence of Australian imports by a number of the world’s top shuttle stallions. This year will be no exception, as we head into the National Sales represented by sons of such eminent sires as Galileo, Royal Academy, Tale Of The Cat, Cape Cross and Fantastic Light, while the “Aussies” were part of the rage at last year’s Ready To Run. A glance at the National Breeders log right now reveals that Summerhill’s nearest pursuers are the horses carrying the “bred in Australia” insignia, and while this is obviously fallacious inasmuch as it reflects the aggregate of horses bred in Australia rather than those bred by individual studs, it still tells a story that they’re pretty much holding their own with the Summerhill runners. Of course, the Australian horses represent some of the best from their country of origin, while Summerhill horses represent the total output of horses of the farm, and we’re not able to be fussy about some of those that come from the bottom end of our production.
Nonetheless, our customers love the variety that these horses introduce into the sale, and so we’re off once again to the Melbourne Premier Sale to see what we can achieve in terms of the diversification of this year’s Ready To Run draft. Kerry Jack, one-time Broodmare Manager of the farm, has been flown out from England, while Annet Becker, her successor here, and a graduate of the Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty where she studied as a vet nurse, has left to join her. These two girls who have a great eye for what we need, and who understand the type of horse that works well in South Africa, will be doing all the “slogging” through the catalogue, so that when the boss arrives, they’re down to 80 horses to look at.
We’ll keep you posted as the sale evolves.