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KZN BREEDERS RACE DAY 2013

KZN Breeders Race Day - Julie Alexander and Koos De Klerk
KZN Breeders Race Day - Julie Alexander and Koos De Klerk

Julie Alexander and Koos De Klerk discuss the KZN Breeders Race Day

(Photo : KZN Breeders)

KZN BREEDERS RACE DAY

30 June 2013

Thoroughbred breeders in KwaZulu-Natal have initiated some unique marketing strategies over the years but under the umbrella of the KZN Breeders’ Club they have embarked on their most ambitious project yet with the announcement of the KZN Breeders Day to be held at Greyville on Sunday, June 30 2013.

Supporting the R1million KZN Breeders Mile will be six other races carrying a stake of R200,000 each but restricted to horses that qualify as KZN-breds. The meeting comes the weekend before the KZN Yearling Sale and will give added incentive to prospective buyers to invest in KZN-bred stock.

The six supporting races will be two races each over 1200m, 1600m and 1900m, one each for fillies and mares and colts and geldings respectively. The races will be open to all horses country-wide whose credentials meet the criteria of “KZN bred” as prescribed by the rules of the KZN Breeders Premium Scheme.

Horses need to be pre-entered to qualify for the races at a nominal fee of R50 plus VAT with first nominations closing on Friday, December 14, 2012. Early entry ensures that all horses nominated can be timeously checked to ensure that they qualify as KZN breds. However, there will be a further supplementary entry stage on Tuesday, April 30 2013 with a supplementary fee of R2,000 plus VAT.

To qualify for the races, points will be awarded in the months leading up to the racemeeting. Horses registered at first entry will receive a 4-point bonus but horses supplemented in April will not qualify for the bonus. Points for Maiden races will be awarded on a 4, 3, 2 basis for first, second and third. All other races, including Grade 1’s, will have points awarded from first to fifth on 8, 6, 4, 3, 1 basis. Points will be awarded regardless of the distance of the races and it will be up to the connections of the horses as to which races they nominate for. The intention is to publish a points log on a fortnightly basis.

This season, points will be earned from 1 January, 2013 but as from next year the initial entry stage will be the first day of the season, Thursday, 1 August 2013.

For more information, please visit :

www.kznbreeders.co.za

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KWAZULU NATAL RACING AWARDS 2010

kwazulu natal horseracing awards
kwazulu natal horseracing awards

KwaZulu Natal Racing Awards

(Photo : Gold Circle / Durban Country Club) 

NINE OUT OF TEN :

THAT’S THE SUMMERHILL STORY

The Breeder’s trophy at the annual KZN Racing Awards was inaugurated ten years ago, and its recipient is determined by stakes earned in Sharks’ territory. It’s easy to be blasé about a provincial award when you’ve already won the National title, but there’s always something to be said for being acknowledged in your own backyard. Friday evening’s gala function at the historic Sir Herbert Baker-designed Durban Country Club, was attended by some big hitters from out of town, notably champion trainer Mike de Kock, Sean Tarry, Chris van Niekerk and Sheikh Mohammed’s personal representative, Jehan Malherbe.

Getting over the line in a competition of this sort, often depends on the plans trainers make for the horses you’ve sold them, so achievement in the bigger scheme of the nation’s racing and breeding affairs, doesn’t necessarily guarantee you the top spot in any particular locality. Once the hammer falls at the auction, your horse’s fate is in the hands of the conditioner, and he will take you where he chooses, and where he sees the pickings.

It’s also true that he might not take you anywhere in particular, as was the case with last season’s biggest earner, Pierre Jourdan, whose racing year ended with a well earned rest after his exertions in the SA Derby (Gr.1). As much as he might have muddied the waters of the Three Year Old Championship if he’d come for the KZN winter season, it wasn’t to be, nor was he going to contribute to Summerhill’s local earnings as a result.

That said, Friday evening we were the proud recipients of our ninth KZN Breeder of the Year title in ten years, wresting the trophy back after a season’s “grace” from the Scott Bros’ Highdown Stud, a beautiful farm on the Fort Nottingham side of Nottingham Road. Perennially among the country’s top breeders for several decades, Highdown achieved its zenith during the Jungle Cove era, when they ranked second on more than one occasion to the mighty Birch Brothers. Their achievements in those days were the stuff of legend, notable for the fact that even after Graham Beck’s acquisition of five times champion sire, Jungle Cove, the Scotts continued to breed the best of that stallion’s progeny from the few shares they retained. This year, the local title was no forgone conclusion either, as these fellows came rattling back with a late flurry from their excellent galloper, Orbison, winner of the Champions’ Cup (Gr.1) at Clairwood, following a third placing in the Vodacom Durban July.

We salute them as worthy competitors.

summerhill stud south africa
summerhill stud south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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SHEIKH MOHAMMED TOPS THE TREE

inkanyezi
inkanyezi

Inkanyezi

(Photo : Gold Circle)

“The man affectionately known as

Sheikh Khalifa”

A glance at the family tree of Dubai’s ruling dynasty, reveals that Emirate’s cultural phenomenon when it comes to succession. Unlike many European countries, the principle of primogeniture does not appear to apply, resting rather on the basis of family consensus.

There are two Sheikh Mohammeds in Dubai, one the present ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the other his more senior (in years) first cousin, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifah Al Maktoum. However, when it comes to results on the racecourse, pound-for-pound, the last few seasons at Dubai’s Carnival belonged, without doubt to the man affectionately known as “Sheikh Khalifah.”

At Gold Circle’s KwaZulu Natal Racing Awards on Friday evening, His Highness’ dominance of local racing was again apparent, when he was proclaimed Owner of The Year on the back of the championship titles of Bold Silvano (two) and Ancestral Fore.

Sheikh Khalifah’s success is not confined to his racing activities alone, though. Last season, he had two juveniles which excelled locally before making names for themselves as winners respectively, of the UAE Derby and UAE Oaks in Musir and Raihana. In his breeding operations at Summerhill, he has also struck gold in just a few seasons with the Highveld Racehorse of the Year. Pierre Jourdan (South Africa’s biggest earner of last season), Smangaliso (like Pierre Jourdan, a Graded Stakes winner of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup,) and Dynamite Mike, vanquisher in the KZN Guineas of the international Group One hero, Jay Peg.

The Al Adiyaat team (the nom de plume of his racing stable) was back in action at Clairwood Sunday, when the Sheikh’s home-bred Inkanyezi strode away in a sparkling debut. Speaking of Mike de Kock, (Trainer of the Year, unsurprisingly) he has thus far had four runners from his 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run sale pickings, three of them (Igugu, Chekeche and Inkanyezi) winning at the first time of asking, while Saturday’s dominant 5,25 length winner, Checcetti, was twice second before greeting the judge with a 7,5 length romp on her first Highveld start. Her last two racecourse visits have yielded a combined victory margin of close to 13 lengths, and she could be special.

Award

Winner

Champion 2yo Filly

HAPPY ARCHER

Champion 2yo Colt

LINK MAN

Champion 3yo Filly

HERE TO WIN

Champion 3yo Colt

BOLD SILVANO

Champion Older Filly/Mare

NOBLE HEIR

Champion Older Male

TROPICAL EMPIRE

Champion Sprinter

NOBLE HEIR

Champion Stayer

ANCESTRAL FORE

Horse of the Year

BOLD SILVANO

Trainer of the Year

MIKE DE KOCK

Apprentice of the Year

ALDO DOMEYER

Jockey of the Year

ANTHONY DELPECH

Breeder of the Year

SUMMERHILL STUD

Owner of the Year

SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN KHALIFA AL MAKTOUM

Anita Akal Award

FELIX COETZEE

Special Award

DAVID THISELTON

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