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“THE OLD CHINESE PROVERB”
The Chinese are famous for their proverbs, especially the old sage, Confucius. With the coming of every New Year, they’re also known for naming it for an animal. This time it’s the turn of the horse. Loosely put, we’ve named it the Year of the Filly.
You see, when my brother, Pat and I, started out in this game, we had to make every penny count, so we went down the road least travelled, otherwise known as the one with the smallest downside. Painstakingly, we picked out fillies we thought would run, and with just about as much pedigree as we could afford. With the passage of time, these girls became the foundation stock at Summerhill.
In South Africa, we have another old language famous for its proverbs. One of them goes “kyk hoe lyk hy nou”. Liberally translated, this means five consecutive Breeders’ Championships, and one of the best known stud farms in the world. All on the back of some very smart fillies.
Maybe Confucius had a point.
Perhaps this is the Year of the Filly.
THE EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE
TBA Complex, 8th November 2009