South African Thoroughbred Breeders Log
(Photos : JC Photographics/Andrew Watkins/Emirates Racing Authority/Wally Strydom/TBA)
“GOING INTO A HORSE SALE,
YOU NEED ALL THE GODS ON YOUR SIDE”
Horseracing can be something of a rollercoaster; one moment you’re up, the next you’re on the slope. But the ride we’ve been on at Summerhill is now in its seventh successive year, and what a ride it’s been. We’ve had our moments for sure, and there’ve been plenty of them, but none better than the past couple of months, with the exploits of Imbongi in Dubai; Fisani in the Fillies Guineas; Pierre Jourdan on his way to a Triple Crown challenge, as the first since Horse Chestnut to get a crack at it; Hear The Drums with his record-equalling thirty-second victory; Vangelis’ Fairview Mile, and then almost miraculously, Smangaliso’s huge turnabout in Sunday’s Sycamore Sprint (Gr3), and Salutation’s tribute to her own fine family in the Oaks Trial.
We’d had such a run, we anticipated taking a back seat this last weekend, but Smangaliso (which means “Miracle” in Zulu) and Salutation, obviously didn’t read the script.
Going into a horse sale, you need all the gods on your side, and right now we’re thanking our lucky stars.
SOUTH AFRICAN BREEDERS LOG
D Cohen & Sons
Courtesy of Sporting Post as at 7 April 2010