“…the best endowed races on our calendar are at 2000 metres and beyond…”
It never ceases to amaze us how much of a role fashion plays in the formulation of our breeding practices. The best endowed races on our calendar are at 2000 metres and beyond, yet the dictates of the sales ring appear too often, to occupy the forefront of our plans. Logic tells us that to win these races, you need to produce the type that gets every yard of the trip, hence the presence at Summerhill of ADMIRE MAIN.
As the only son of SUNDAY SILENCE on the African continent, he already holds a unique place in our sport, but as one of the top trio of racehorses of his generation, his real attraction must lie in the thought that six of Japan’s top ten sires, are also sons of one of the world’s most desirable influences.
The same can be said of RAVISHING, whose first youngsters greet the auctioneer in 2011, and whose excellent book in his third season tells us all that needs to be told. Unsurprising for the best son at stud of the best South African sire of all time.
It’s gratifying to report that while there has been a substantial reduction in the national broodmare population in line with international trends, bookings to the Summerhill Stallions are quite well ahead of last year’s at the same stage. This is not only a tribute to the stallions themselves, but it is a sign that breeders have aligned themselves with our strategy of taking advantage of the favourable service fees, and ensuring they have the stock to sell when the supply and demand equation swings in favour of producers by the time this year’s coverings manifest themselves as yearlings for the 2014 market.
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