oochee agent pretty polly stakes
oochee agent pretty polly stakes

Oochee Agent - Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr3)

(Photo: JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

FROM THE PEN OF JUDGE ALAN MAGID

The weekend’s happenings prompted regular commentator and long-time Summerhill client, Judge Alan Magid to write:

“I should have realised I wouldn’t beat the blog to the “HEAR THE DRUMS” and “PIERRE JOURDAN” stories but still, what a couple of days for Summerhill!

Apart from them, my eagle eye has spotted several other Summerhill-bred winners which deserve mention.

What about “DIVINE SECRET”, “OOCHEE AGENT” (G3 winner - but what a revolting name, for which I suppose Mick was responsible; worse even than “COCOCAT”), and “SUPERFEDERATION”, not to

mention “IMBONGI” in Dubai. Jolly good show!

I have previously enquired how Summerhill manages to produce horses like the Fabricius and Alexander champions on what appears to me to be the only visits by a Summerhill mare to, respectively, “GOLD PRESS” and “PARADE LEADER”, unless, of course, you bought the mares in foal”. End of quote.

Editors note : It’s no coincidence, or at least that’s the way we see it, that Summerhill has also raised some of the best runners by other “outside” stallions, (notably ten-time winner and triple Group One performer, Fanyana, by Alami, and Group One performer, Thandolwami by Woodborough) which tells us what we’re doing on the farm is a significant contributor to the outcomes we’re seeing at the races.

Summerhill’s commanding lead in the Breeder’s log at present has only a little to do with genetics, and a whole lot to do with the way we farm, the way we feed, the quality of our people and the environment in which we operate.

We have constantly pushed the envelope in our search to find new and better ways of doing things, and the more we push, the more we find ourselves getting away from the old British methods our forefathers employed as a matter of habit, as we embrace the attributes of this great continent, and more specifically, our own area.

SOUTH AFRICAN BREEDERS LOG

STUD

EARNINGS

AEPR

Summerhill Stud

14,051,362

58,547

Normandy Stud

4,713,875

70,356

Lammerskraal Stud

4,394,500

49,376

Maine Chance

3,957,000

35,649

Highlands

3,861,962

31,655

Wilgerbosdrift

3,713,150

44,737

D Cohen & Sons

3,711,387

30,421

Ascot Stud

3,700,500

38,953

The Alchemy

3,485,075

47,096

Klawervlei Stud

3,477,825

23,985

Sporting Post as at 31 March 2010

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