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Just What The Doctor Ordered...

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Just What The Doctor Ordered...

So the R699,000 average at last month's Cape Premier Yearling Sale was a little beyond your pocket - Summerhill Stud have just what the doctor ordered at their 2017 Emperors Palace Summer Ready-To-Run Sale.

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Second Doesn’t Always Suck

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Second Doesn’t Always Suck

There were many oddities in the story of Kelso. For one thing, he was a perfect gentleman but he was named for a lady. Mrs duPont was actually hoping for a filly when she bred Maid Of Flight to Your Host, as she wanted to name it for a friend, Kelso Everett, whom she considered the most perfect hostess she’d ever known.

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Demand The Sword... Get The Gun

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Demand The Sword... Get The Gun

Some of the sharpest eyes in the business, see a lot of High Chaparral in the Golden Swords. Which means a word to the wise might be worthwhile. Now, his first standout runners are headed for the Classics.

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Notes from the Summerhill Stallion Parade

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Notes from the Summerhill Stallion Parade

The day after South Africa's most prestigious race, the Group 1 Vodacom Durban July, was captured by Australian-bred The Conglomerate at Greyviille Racecourse on July 2, racing journalists from nine countries joined breeders and racetrack officials to raise a toast at Summerhill Stud in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal.

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A Royal Flush

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A Royal Flush

The old adage “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”, has never been truer. Breeding racehorses is as competitive now as it’s ever been, which means that to play a winning hand, you need to hold the aces. All of them.

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Where There's Hope, There's Always A Chance

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Where There's Hope, There's Always A Chance

Following a somewhat tepid fortnight, the sparks flew for Summerhill this past week with action on both the racecourse and off it. It’s part of our history though, that hard on the heels of a setback, such is the nature of the racing beast that if you keep your tail up, the good news quickly follows the tough tidings.

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First Winner for Golden Sword

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First Winner for Golden Sword

It was perhaps fitting that Mike de Kock would saddle the first winner of the high class Timeform 122 rated Golden Sword. The son of High Chaparral’s athletic daughter Belle Rose opened her account over a mile at her third start, at the inaugural meeting held on the Vaal Classic track on Thursday.

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Double Whammy for Golden Sword

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Double Whammy for Golden Sword

Thursday marked the 109th renewal of the time-honoured Chester Vase. Derby favourite US Army Ranger won the race in a titanic tussle making it 7 wins out of 10 for Ballydoyle’s Aidan O’Brien. 

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Full Brother to Golden Sword Records Second Win

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Full Brother to Golden Sword Records Second Win

Summerhill’s young resident sire Golden Sword, the only son of High Chaparral at stud in South Africa, has seen his full-brother, All Body And Soul, get his second in Ireland over 2400m for trainer Tracey Collins. The 2012 gelding has had just five starts, winning twice and placing once.

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The Facts Of Life

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The Facts Of Life

The bare numbers from Sunday’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale were a mirror image of the state of the local economy, with a strong upper end, a muddled middle, and a tough lower end. Like racehorse sales the world over, the wealthy are impervious to the vagaries of financial meltdowns, and our old adage of “one rich man doing what he has to do to beat another” was in excellent health yesterday.

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Merlin's Magic

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Merlin's Magic

One thing you can't deny Greig Muir, is his sense of humour. When Golden Sword's acquisition for our stallion barn was first announced, he was quick to quip "There hasn't been this much excitement about a sword since King Arthur wrenched one from a rock."

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The Judges Have Spoken

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The Judges Have Spoken

've attended Ready To Run sales all over the world, and remembering the remoteness of yesterday's location and the logistics involved in achieving this, I have never seen a more beautifully appointed venue anywhere

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BATTLE OF THE TITANS

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BATTLE OF THE TITANS

This year's Summerhill two-year-olds, in terms of their performances so far, rank with the best former graduates of this farm, and by some measures, they may even be the best.

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The Racing Vatican

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The Racing Vatican

The fact that the "white smoke" from the de Kock yard is also signalling Golden Sword's pre-eminence, confirms the beatification of his stock.

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Summerhill Stallion Day

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Summerhill Stallion Day

On Sunday, Summerhill held its 32nd annual Stallion Day at the School of Equine Management Excellence, and the occasion was dignified by the presence of heads of state, cabinet ministers, representatives of two royal families, close on 20 different countries and the usual multitude of guests.

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