Malhub winning the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot
(Photo : T.Jones/Summerhill Stud)
Not “if,” but when.
Apologies to Rudyard Kipling
Nobody would’ve believed it, but the time Malhub has taken to reveal his class as a stallion has been unusually long. A Group One winner by one of the best stallions in the world, Kingmambo, his Timeform rating of 126 suggested that he was one of Europe’s top sprinters of his year, so there were high expectations of this fellow. Those with memories, will remember how long it took the first crop of multiple champion sire and our most famous resident, Northern Guest, to get out of the starting blocks, so with hindsight, it’s no surprise that some stallions take their time to develop their reputations.
The past two weekends have been illuminating from a Malhub perspective however, Maji Moto posting a 6,75 length runaway victory on his third racecourse start at the Vaal, while Midnight Serenade looks like one of the better youngsters from the current two-year-old crop, as evidenced by his 3,25 length romp in Johannesburg. And then this Saturday, Ormond Ferraris’Oil Tycoon, who’d shown such promise early on, made it two in a row with a commanding success over the highly rated The Assayer.
It might’ve been a while in coming, but it’s been worth waiting for. As breeders, you’d always want to accept some responsibility in circumstances like these. Different stallions need different mates, and it sometimes takes a while to get the recipe right. For the first time, we’re entirely comfortable about the talents of the Malhubs in the Ready To Run Mark II (Shongweni showgrounds 23rd February). It seems we’ve found the right mates, and there are some crackers among them. Our advice is that you make sure of watching their gallops and inspecting them (www.summerhill.co.za), and get in before the prices get out of hand. The events of the past couple of weekends won’t have an inordinate impact on prices, so they’ll still represent real value.