Summerhill Sires Film 2012 / 2013
“THE FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT”
By Anne Wilson
Thoroughbred Daily News, 6 August 2012
It’s been hailed as one of the toughest contests in racing and breeding, the South African Breeders’ Championship, and 2011 was no exception. In the end, it was the KwaZulu-Natal-based Summerhill Stud who took their eighth consecutive breeders championship with R13,317,507 over the Cape giants Klawervlei and Highlands, who weighed in with R11,973,461 and R10,765,354, respectively.
During the last few months of the season, it was a battle royal, with the lead changing hands between Summerhill and Klawervlei several times, before it was sealed for Summerhill with a runner-up in the G1 Vodacom Durban July. The 2011/2012 season was another vintage one for the stud, thanks to the efforts and earnings of its various runners.
Heading the quartet of highest earners for the season was the recently exported filly and 2011 South African Horse of the Year, Igugu (Aus) (Galileo) with R1,612,500 thanks to her multiple Group 1 wins including the G1 J&B Met; in second was Smanjemanje (SAF) (Kahal), with R1,182 500 from efforts including wins in the G2 Victory Moon Stkes and the G3 London News Stakes as well as a nose second in Africa’s greatest race, the Vodacom Durban July. Last but certainly not least, is Pierre Jourdan (SAF) (Parade Leader), with R536,250 courtesy of an impressive victory in the G2 Charity Mile.
Summerhill also quietly claimed another breeding achievement this season, that of the Champion Broodmare Sires title. Won for the tenth year by their most celebrated former resident, Northern Guest, who beat the modern day record of nine, set by American champion sire Mr. Prospector.
It’s not only on the racing scene that Summerhill has shone, however, as its website and blog is ranked one of the most visited in the world. If you look at the Alexa rankings for the month of July, Summerhill sits on 120,228 internationally, as opposed to 1,152,092 for Coolmore, 2,152,731 for Darley and 2,905,346 for Lane’s End. Compare this to its previous March high of 139,943, and it shows that Summerhill has jumped a remarkable 19,715 positions in four months. They’re also knocking on the door of a top 500 position in the South African rankings.
Summerhill is fortunate to have some of the brightest and best talent in the film industry onboard their marketing team, and this is reflected in its now famous annual Summerhill Sires DVD. Heralded as one of the best in the industry, it has even been featured on the Australian racing channel Sky TV, and has received praise from people around the world.
One thing is certain, no matter what the future brings, Summerhill will continue to be at the forefront of innovation and enterprise on the local and international breeding and racing scene.
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News