chris van niekerk (summerhill stud)Chris van Niekerk
(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

Anyone reckoning on counting Summerhill out of the “Big Race” picture this weekend though, was going to get his nose bloodied in emphatic style. Peter Fabricius millionaire, Hear The Drums, came home for his 21st victory in the East Cape Sprint (Listed), while a masterful ride from one of the world’s best pilots, Felix Coetzee, got seven year old Bayete coasting in the Caradoc Gold Cup (Gr.3). That Bayete gets better with age is a tribute to patience and perseverance, and this fellow’s lucky to belong to Chris van Niekerk and to be trained by Sean Tarry.

Greyville’s King’s Cup (Gr.3) very nearly witnessed a Summerhill hat trick as the luckless Thandolwami, Tap Tap and El Padrino ran up 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the race that kicks off the KZN Winter season.