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Moneyweb’s founder, and South Africa’s Number One financial journalist, Alec Hogg, is a keen Summerhill blogger. He’s also a periodic contributor, and shortly you’ll be hearing from him on his observations of our Winter School, in which he was a participant for the full three days. Meanwhile though, he’s an ardent fan of Admire Main, and is planning to use the stallion again this season. Alec has an advantage of course, as he’s our neighbour, so he gets to see Admire Main whenever he wishes, and he has another advantage in being able to see his foals. Alec’s a research genius, if he’s nothing else, and he knows Admire Main was one of the best racehorses of his generation, and that he’s a son of one of the world’s most desirable influences.
This week, after scouring the results of the Japanese Yearling and Foal sales, he reported that a weanling half brother to Admire Main had made R4,5million at the auction, an astonishing sum, given that he was a son of the somewhat out-of-fashion Chichicastenango. No doubt, his price reflected memories of Admire Main’s spectacular run up to the Japanese Derby of his year, in which he won his first four races including a Listed, a Group 3 and a Group 2 in that order, by devastating margins. This reminds us of a piece from the new Summerhill Sires Brochure (to be released soon) which reads:
Democracy - The worst form of government. Except for all the others.
Meritocracy - Everyone’s idea of a good thing, of which Admire Main is the best example. There was nothing democratic about him. He took the spoils in his first four starts, by a combined 23½ lengths.
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