(Photo : Juddmonte)
South Africa’s Kevin Sommerville writes:
Work at Juddmonte is going really well. If you’re interested in horses this is a pretty fantastic place to be, surrounded by the likes of Dansili, Cacique, Rail Link, Zamindar and Oasis Dream. It is however the broodmare band that everybody drool’s over, Hasili (dam of 5 Gr.1 winners), Toussaud (Dam of 4) and the runners Heat Haze (Gr.1), Intercontinental (Gr.1), Banks Hill (Gr.1) and many many others.
As the weather has been pretty awful I haven’t been out the office much but come the summer I’ll be visiting all the foals of our stallions all over Europe. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see some spectacular farms as well as to meet some wonderful owners and managers.
I’ll be heavily involved at the sales come October and December next year and I’m looking forward to that. They seem to do things rather different over here; we have our top 3 stallions booked up already, on average about 120 mares! Dansili will once again cover a phenomenal book of mares! He could very well be the best sire son of Danehill in the future. His figures are phenomenal from very inferior mares! Keep an eye on him!
The Industry over here has received a heavy blow to the ribs (bit like the Aussies). Overproduction and a lack of prize money are a major concern. Issues not easily solved.
Juddmonte however sits in a pretty situation but still it’s hitting everybody hard! A major rethink of the industry is required.
This is probably not much info for the blog but as the weather improves; I’ll be getting out more which will be fantastic and I’ll have a few more stories as the year goes on.
Have a wonderful 2009.