Brave Tin Soldier
(Photo : Summerhill Stud);
“…STAND OUT CREDENTIALS
OF THE SUMMERHILL STALLIONS.”
Looking at our stallion bookings for the 2010 season, you’d have to hope the reason they’re up on the same stage in the past two seasons, has to do with the far-sightedness of breeders, who know that the foals accruing from this year’s coverings will make up their yearling drafts of 2013. By then, Beijing’s new $10 billion racing facility will be on stream, and even the economies of Greece and Spain should be back on their feet. With the best will in the world, it will be difficult for the international community to meet the demands of a rampant client market.
We doubt though that it’s only the big picture mentalities of our colleagues that puts our stallion bookings at their present levels. There is little doubt that the population of broodmares across the world has shrunk meaningfully in the past two seasons, and there’s been acceleration in this trend in 2010, including our own back yard.
Surely then, the explanation lies in a combination of two things, one being the 2013 yearling market, the other the stand-out credentials of the Summerhill stallions. We look back on more than thirty years
of service to the industry in this department, and while the road to stallion stardom is a long one, there’s little doubt that the basic material in our stallion barn is several notches higher than it’s ever been.
One man who has contributed considerably to this popularity, is Brave Tin Soldier. Today is a landmark day in our history, as the first son of Storm Cat to populate our barn, is destined to take his first steps on Summerhill soil as the sun sets this evening. His advertisements are already well known, but if you still need convincing, go to our website (www.summerhill.co.za) and click on his victory in the Graded Cliff Hanger Stakes. Tell us if you’re not a believer, when it’s over.
Accompanying him are a foursome of young Aussies who won’t believe their luck when they get to taste the fruits of this environment. Two Rock Of Gibraltars : one by the sire of the current highest rated racehorse in America, Elusive Quality, and one from the first crop of the only horse in American history to win a Breeder’s Cup Juvenile and a Kentucky Derby, Street Sense.