megan romeyn sea cottage
megan romeyn sea cottage

Megan Romeyn and Sea Cottage

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)


Unlike their very visible television counterparts, radio DJ’s are the anonymous voices of the electronic media. Our anonymous voice is our shop window, the lady who answers the telephone. In Summerhill’s case, most of you know the mellifluous tones of Megan Romeyn, always cheerful, always polite, and never short of enthusiasm. Megan’s not only enthusiastic about life, she loves the horses and is passionate about the Summerhill story. She took the liberty this morning of naming her top twelve racehorses of the past fifty years. She didn’t pick them solely for their race records, but for their personalities and their hearts.

1. Sea Cottage. 20 wins from 24 races. Dead-heated with Jollify in 1966 Durban July.

2. Hawaii. Winner of fifteen races in South Africa and six in America including the Man O’War Handicap at Belmont. Son Henbit won 1980 Epsom Derby.

3. Colorado King. Winner of the Durban July and Cape Derby – both Group One races. He won a total of 10 races in South Africa before being exported to America. Won the Hollywood Gold Cup (Gr.1) in 1964 and equalled world record for nine furlongs.

4. Horse Chestnut. One of the greatest horses to come out of South Africa. His racing record speaks for itself.

5. Mowgli. Winner of six races of current Group One status in twelve weeks. A feat never to be repeated again in equine history.

6. Northern Guest. Greatest broodmare sire in South African history with a record eight titles to his name. Even though he was unraced, his progeny have distinguished themselves on the racetrack

7. Wolf Power. Winner of multiple Group One races including back-to-back Queen’s Plates (83/84). Horse of the Year. Sired 334 Graded Stakes winners from 500 starters in 16 crops.

8. In Full Flight. Winner of four Group One races. Legendary duels with Sentinel whom he beat to win Queens Plate in 1971?

9.Politician. Bred locally by Scott Bros. Winner of 11 Grade One and two Grade Two races most under top weight. Horse of the Year 1976-1980.

10.Yataghan.Winner of Durban July (1973). Famous for his never say die attitude. Legendary duel with Elevation to win Champion Stakes.

11.Elevation. Champion horseracer and equine sire. Remembered for hat-trick of wins in Holiday Inns Handicap (Gr.1) Winner of SA Derby and 2nd in Met.

12.Sentinel. Bred here at Hartford House. Winner of 29 races. A superb sprinter, he became famous for his dead heat with rival In Full Flight in the Cape Guineas in 1972. Known for his deadly burst of speed.