Hear The Drums
(Wally Strydom)


As we’ve said before, the results of our Ready To Run graduates are the best advertisement for the quality and value inherent in the Ready To Run programme, and they’ve been lighting up racetracks around the country with their performances.

On Tuesday at Fairview, Hear The Drums recorded his 18th career victory in the Pinnacle Plate over 1200m in a most impressive fashion. His win cemented his status as one of the Legends of Eastern Cape Racing, and this win has pushed his earnings close to the R1 million mark.

The extra 200 metres was expected to favour What A Jet, but  Hear The Drums had other ideas. From the start he dictated the pace, settling into an easy rhythm and leading from the front by a length from What A Jet and Ziplock. It was only when he hit the 300 metre mark that he was given a reminder by jockey Gerrit Schlechter and he obliged by moving up a gear to win by an amazing 6 lengths from the game What A Jet and Ziplock.

Hear The Drums is one of the luminaries of Summerhill’s Ready To Run programme. He was last year’s Eastern Cape Triple Champion (Older Horse of the Year, Sprinter of the Year and Horse of the Year) and has set the stage alight by notching up some phenomenal performances. He has won carrying imposts well in excess of 60kgs, a feat which would normally be difficult for a horse of his size to shoulder. But this is no normal horse and it just goes to show the guts this fellow has.

A R45 000 purchase from the 2004 Summerhill Ready To Run draft, Hear The Drums is owned by our good friends, Peter and Gail Fabricius, and is  trained by leading Eastern Cape trainer, Des McLachlan.

PS. If your computer speakers are on, click your mouse over the drum…. do you “Hear The Drums”?