(Photos : Michael Nefdt)
The Summerhill Stallion Day was a rousing success, with visitors from across the whole racing world. Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Korea, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, France, Turkey , Germany, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and the length and breadth of South Africa. In the end, we fed more than 700 people, and we’re almost frightened to look at the booze bill this morning!
The new horses, Mullins Bay, Stronghold and Ravishing were at their brilliant best, and the business undertaken by our stallions booking department through the afternoon was a testament to their class. We know the times are supposedly tough across the economic spectra of the world, but you’d be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss was about if you’d attended the auction. South Africans have long been known for their generosity, but yesterday the world was here, and they opened their hearts and emptied their pockets in no uncertain manner. This has long been one of the best parties in racing, but Sunday was a spectacle for everyone, and those who won the bidding duels will have their names carved forever upon the bricks at the Al Maktoum School Of Excellence, which will be a work in progress by the time of next year’s Stallion Day. We have some ambitious plans for this school.
Those that honoured the day by putting up their hands for this very worthy cause were:
Horse Advertised Price Auction Price Buyer
Albarahin R10 000 R5 000 Invermooi Stud
Cataloochee R20 000 R22 000 Dr. Jim Hay
Hobb Alwahtan R12 000 R18 000 Jo de Nys
Kahal R50 000 R55 000 Chips Pennells
Malhub R20 000 R20 000 Koos de Klerk
Muhtafal R60 000 R110 000 Dr. Jim Hay
Mullins Bay R30 000 R42 000 Ronnie Napier
Ravishing R10 000 R20 000 Barry Clements
Solskjaer R20 000 R32 000 Robert Harrison
Stronghold R40 000 R42 000 Chips Pennells
Way West R16 000 R20 000 Rupert Plersch
1 x 3L magnum Waterford Cab Sauv (2004) R13 000 Fitri Hay
Total Raised R399 000
In the event, with just one exception, the stallions all made at least their service fees and in some instances, considerably more, a tribute to their quality and a statement on the atmosphere that marked the occasion. By some stretch, this was the biggest price ever for a mangnum of Waterford Cab.
For the record, Stallion Day’s equivalent of Man of the Match, or Underbidder of the Day, went to Highlands Farm’s Mike Sharkey who had a crack at both the Muhtafal, the Kahal services, and then underbid on the Waterford Cabernet. He, Marsh Shirtliff and Jet Master’s Devines were all here to celebrate their big day at the Vodacom Durban July where Pocket Power and Dancer’s Daughter chalked up the first deadheat in 41 years.