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TWENTY-EIGHT DAYS... TWENTY-EIGHT WINNERS

COUNT ON US… AND STAY IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA.

It may have been a frugal budget, but for us, it was another fruitful February.

We closed off with:

1st Ethemba for Dorrie Sham

1st Silva Hawk for Sean Tarry

1st Kaji for Mark Dixon

1st Pej for Charles Laird

PLUS

3rd Uncle Tommy for Weiho Marwing in the Hawaii Stakes (Gr.2)

4th The Barbadian for Weiho Marwing in the Aquanaut Handicap (L)

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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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THE GREEN MACHINE

john deere tractors
john deere tractors

The makers of John Deere must’ve known something when they chose their corporate colours (green and yellow) / Leigh Willson (p)

“This week we took delivery of a matching pair of John Deeres to join the “big dog”

that arrived last planting season.”

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Mick Goss

Summerhill CEORegular followers of these columns will know how much we value our friends. They also know that this is a business that was built on the blood, sweat and sacrifice of a team whose dedication, energy and enterprise knows few bounds. In money terms, there was neither inheritance nor big business behind Summerhill, but what we did receive from our forebears was a history of relationships that extended, in some cases, to the foundation of my grandfather, Pat’s first business, in 1916. Standard Bank, for example, have been forewarned to have the brass plaque polished for our centenary; the same applies to Engen, whose tankers at our diesel pumps go back through seven name-changes to the Atlantic Fuel & Firing Company, 98 years ago. Though we have yet to meet the current partners (and that’s an indictment,) my family affairs are still part-audited by the same firm in Port Shepstone (almost as far away from us in one direction, as Johannesburg is in the other;) for as long as they do a good job, they’ll  continue to be the auditors. My grandfather’s association with the erstwhile Massey-Ferguson dealership in Kokstad, East Griqualand, kicked off with a paraffin-burning “vaaljapie” in the 1930s, and until they gave up the franchise a year ago, they’d been the sole supplier of the “red jobs” you’ve become accustomed to in our farm brochures over the years.

The status quo never changed as far as tractors are concerned, because it was based on a great product, excellent service and a fundamental trust which endured for close on 70 years. Sentimentally, the closure of E.G. Tractors by the Chapman family marked a poignant landmark in our history, though it coincided, in our view, with a new generation of tractors that didn’t quite measure up to its predecessors. Brand affiliations when you’re growing up, develop in the young mind an affection for your “own” and an aversion towards the opposition, in much the same way as you’re either a “Shark” or a “Stormer” - there’s no in-between. For a boy who grew up on a diet of “Masseys”, I have to confess to a growing envy in recent years, at the presence on my neighbours properties of their flotillas of an arch rival’s products. Besides, the makers of John Deere must’ve known something when they chose their corporate colours (green and yellow) and that sooner or later, they’d prove irresistible to those of us whose racing silks bear the same. Earlier this year, we penned a piece on this great company, which in its entire history has known just nine CEO’s, stretching back 176 years (Read Here). They’re our kind of people, it seems, and they make our kind of tractor: solid, wonderfully engineered work-horses you can bet on. This week we took delivery of a matching pair to join the “big dog” that arrived last planting season. For the average fellow out there, a new car doesn’t always amount to a big deal, but to a Zulu farmer (ask Jacob Zuma), a new tractor is almost as good as a new girlfriend: unlike a BMW, a Mercedes or an Audi, they show an economic return, and for those who keep their stock here, there’s comfort knowing that courtesy of “JD”, your horses will once again be the best-kept this winter.

A couple of other things have brightened our days this week, not the least of which the news Monday, that an old South African favourite, Linngari, remembered for his international exploits in the colours of one of Summerhill’s staunchest supporters, Rupert Plersch and Herman Brown Jnr, had his first Stakes winner in France on Sunday. The sire already of a bunch of useful performers from his first small European crop, his son, Mr Pommeroy scooted home by 4.5 lengths in the Prix Policeman (Listed), making him the second Black type performer for his Group One-winning father. Sadly for South Africa, the Aga Khan-bred is committed to a shuttle schedule between Patrick Chedeville’s Haras de Petit Tellier in France and Belair Stud in Brazil, which mitigates against the prospect of his standing at stud in this country. Uncertainties in our export protocols at the time of his retirement stood in the way, as they did in preventing Silvanofrom continuing his shuttle to and from Germany, thus denying local breeders access to the priceless lineage of Tourbillon.

Once again though, Sunday’s celebration of his first Stakes winner illustrates the value of friendships. We’ve had an inkling Linngari would make a sire, and last July we proposed to Rupert that we buy a few mares between us to breed to Southern Hemisphere time. As a result, we assembled a package of eight mares with largely French ancestories, which land at Oliver Tambo today. Historically, French mares have made rich harvests for South African breeders, and with a bit of German engineering tossed in, who knows?

My wife has always lived by the belief that you should keep the “best for last”, and she applies this maxim religiously to the rare occasions she indulges in a bit of dessert after dinner. Without in any way wishing to demean the arrival of the John Deeres or the emergence of a Stakes winner for Linngari, a week of ten more winners on the back of two consecutive weeks of seven in each, is the doctor’s medicine in the ongoing tussle for this year’s Breeder’s Premiership. Look at the connections, and you’ll recognise a few old faces whose pictures have been regular features of the annual Summerhill Sires brochure. See, the value of relationships.

1st - Ilitshe for Mike de Kock - Al Adiyaat SA

1 - Distingushed by 5 for Charles Laird - Markus Jooste

1st - Mojo G by 3 for Dennis Drier - Winston Chow

1st - Forest Fighter for Justin Snaith - Fred Crabbia

1st - Mr President for Doug Campbell - Messrs A & S Sukhraj

1st - Coby for Gary Alexander - Joanne Gardner

1st - Negev for Louis Goosen - Claude Comaroff and BK Parker

1st - Strong Blonde for Pat Lunn - Mike Destombes

1st - Ethemba for Dorrie Sham - Greg Bortz and Bryn Ressell

1st - Enchanted Silk for Sean Tarry - Chris van Niekerk

LEADING BREEDERS BY STAKES

Season 2013/2014 as at 23 February 2014

Position

Stakes (ZAR)

Breeder

rnrs

AEPR

1

10,870,763

SUMMERHILL STUD

250

43,483

2

7,938,038

KLAWERVLEI STUD

287

27,659

3

6,990,738

HIGHLANDS

154

45,394

4

6,149,613

VARSFONTEIN STUD

90

68,329

5

5,825,438

MAINE CHANCE

154

37,828

6

3,996,688

WILGERBOSDRIFT

110

36,334

7

3,688,266

SCOTT BROS

124

29,744

8

3,612,475

LAMMERSKRAAL

75

48,166

9

3,148,925

CHEVELEY STUD

63

49,983

10

3,082,938

DRAKENSTEIN STUD

67

46,014

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Linda Norval +27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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ONE THING WE'VE LEARNED: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE...

AP Arrow by AP Indy Stallion
AP Arrow by AP Indy Stallion

A.P. Arrow by A.P. Indy

(Photo : Greig Muir)

…MIRACLES JUST TAKE A BIT LONGER.

They were never going to be early. But now the rush is on.

The A.P. Arrows are winning with daylight to spare.

1st - Coby by 1.5 lenghts for Gary Alexander. Now SA Oaks (Grade 1) bound.

1st - True Arrogance by 4.75 lengths for Gavin van Zyl. SA Derby (Grade 1) prospect.

1st - Nondweni’s Filly for Stuart Pettigrew.

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Linda Norval +27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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CLASSIC ILLUSION TRIUMPHANT IN FLAMBOYANT STAKES

Classic Illusion -  Flamboyant Stakes
Classic Illusion - Flamboyant Stakes

Classic Illusion - Flamboyant Stakes (Grade 3) / Gold Circle (p)

FLAMBOYANT STAKES (Grade 3)

Greyville, Turf, 1600m

3 January 2014

The performance by the raiding Gary Alexander stable’s Classic Illusion to win the Grade 3 Flamboyant Stakes over 1600m was the highlight of racing at Greyville on Friday evening. S’manga Khumalo rode a copybook race on the popular mare.

Only eleven ladies lined up to contest the feature after Lady Tatty was withdrawn prior to the start for reason that she was not striding out.

The longshot Chestnut Model was quickly out and she led a rush with Keagan De Melo getting Danseuse across from her wide post to run handily.

Kevin Shea did not enjoy a cheery evening at the office and his mount Orange Blossom was checked and forced wide at about the 1200m marker. This put paid to whatever winning chance she had.

Going around the bend Chestnut Model led Danseuse and Flitter, with Classic Illusion tucked in comfortably about five lengths off.

Into the home run Chestnut Model continued to lead but it was apparent that Khumalo knew what he had under him and he switched Classic Illusion out for a clear run to the line.

With only Murmering Sky in sight, Classic Illusion galloped powerfully and won going away by 2 lengths in a time of 96,64 secs.

Murmering Sky ran on well for second, just ahead of the luckless Orange Blossom, with Blouberg Beach making good ground for fourth.

Classic Illusion, owned by Jo and Bruce Gardner, Myron Berzack, Kirk Michael and Greg Sadie, was bred by Summerhill Stud and is by Kahal out of Arthur and Vynette van der Heijden’s Jallad mare, Class Will Sell.

A R200,000 National Yearling Sale graduate, Classic Illusion has now won 5 races with 10 places from 27 starts and took her earnings to R466,325.

Extracts from Sporting Post

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www.summerhill.co.za

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THREE STAKES WINNERS, TWO WEEKS, ONE FARM.

Three Stakes Winners - Two Weeks - One Farm
Three Stakes Winners - Two Weeks - One Farm

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YOU KNOW THE NUMBER.

JUST DIAL THE CHAMPIONS.

When

Rebel Queen

scooted home by a growing six lengths in the

Nkosazana Stakes (Listed)

, she gave notice of an avalanche. Her hoofbeats had scarcely cooled, when

Love Struck

downed the best of his generation in the

R2million SA Classic (Gr.1)

. On Sunday,

Salutation

took her earnings past R900 000 in the

Spook Express Handicap (Listed)

. And for good measure,

Blueridge Mountain

put the breeze up her contemporaries with a massacre in Cape Town

.

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

BLOCK A

26-28 April 2013

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Fax : +27 (0) 33-2632818 / +27 (0) 33-2632414

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FOUR MORE... AND MORE

I Got You Babe, FlyFirstClass, Corredor and Ravishing Gem

(Photos : Gold Circle)

EMPERORS PALACE SUMMER READY TO RUN SALE

School Of Excellence, Summerhill Stud, Mooi River

20 February 2013

Last February we staged the inaugural Summer Ready To Run Sale at Summerhill.

So far, there’s been a raft of winners, and they just keep rolling in.

1st - I Got You Babe (Cost: R7000) now four wins

1st - FlyFirstClass five out of five in the money for Craig Eudey

1st - Corredor by 3.25 lengths for Garth Puller

1st - Ravishing Gem second time out for Mike Miller

DEJA VU.

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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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THERE ARE TWELVE "STRIKES" IN A PERFECT GAME...

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COOKIE MONSTER OUTFOXED IN SECRETARIAT STAKES

Fantastic Mr Fox and Cookie Monster - Secretariat Stakes
Fantastic Mr Fox and Cookie Monster - Secretariat Stakes

Click above to watch the 2012 Secretariat Stakes (L)

(Image : Sporting Post - Footage : Tellytrack)

SECRETARIAT STAKES (Listed)

Turffontein, Turf, 1400m

8 December 2012

The Right Approach gelding Fantastic Mr Fox showed himself to be well above average when registering a gutsy win in the R135,000 Listed Secretariat Stakes run over 1400m at Turffontein on Saturday.

Piere Strydom took Sean Tarry’s Serissa up to lead early from King’s Bridge and Istiqraar. The eventual winner Fantastic Mr Fox and the second-placed Cookie Monster were well back at this stage.

Serissa faded disappointingly early (he was to run a shocking 37 lengths tailed off last) as Muzi Yeni took Istiqraar to the head of affairs at the 400m marker, with Victory Call and Cookie Monster unleashing their challenges

In a driving finish Fantastic Mr Fox finished with a flourish and went on best to just beat Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, the Roy Magner-trained Cookie Monster by 0,35 lengths in a time of 85,35 secs.

Fellow Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, the Gary Alexander-trained Waka Waka, stayed on well for third, while Istiqraar was one-paced in fourth.

The favourite Virtuosity jumped from the best of the draw, but could only run fifth and 2,50 lengths behind after looming up dangerously.

Secretariat Stakes (L)

Final Results

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

FANTASTIC MR FOX

60.0

86

10

F Herholdt

Paul Matchett

2

0.35

COOKIE MONSTER

57.0

80

7

JP van der Merwe

Roy Magner

3

2.25

WAKA WAKA

58.0

82

11

M Mienie

Gary Alexander

4

2.30

ISTIQRAAR

57.0

80

9

M Yeni

Mike de Kock

5

2.50

VIRTUOSITY

56.5

79

1

S Brown

Leon Erasmus

6

3.25

REGAL STRIDE

60.0

86

3

C Little

Gavin van Zyl

7

7.00

SAMMY SILVER

56.5

79

6

S Khumalo

Chris Erasmus

8

7.25

VICTORY CALL

53.5

73

5

* J Greyling

Leon Erasmus

9

9.00

TURNSTONE

56.5

79

4

R Simons

Paul Matchett

10

18.00

KING’S BRIDGE

59.5

85

2

R Danielson

Greg & Karen Anthony

11

37.00

SERISSA

59.0

84

8

P Strydom

Sean Tarry

Late Scratching

13

0.00

PEANUTS

59.5

85

5

S Chambers

Roy Magner

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"L" IS FOR LEADER : LAFFERTY, LAIRD AND "LJ"

Indaba My Children
Indaba My Children

Indaba My Children

(Photo : Gold Circle)

TWO WEEKS, THREE FIRST-TIMERS

Indaba My Children, Love Struck and Que Bonita,

all visited the most valuable piece of Real Estate in Racing,

first time out.

Two of them we sold in November,

and the cheques were scarcely dry.

THAT’S CHAMPIONS FOR YOU.

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WIN NUMBER 13 FOR VANGELIS

Vangelis wins race number 13 at Arlington racecourse for Gavin Smith
Vangelis wins race number 13 at Arlington racecourse for Gavin Smith

Click above to watch Vangelis making it win number 13…

(Image : Supplied - Footage : Tellytrack)

“THIS IS A GOOD OLD SONG”

And it’s well worth singing. We have a real old pal who’s ailing a bit at the moment, and can do with a tonic. Our relationship with Robert and Robin Muir goes back to Pat Goss’ Durban July celebration party in 1946, when the smallest horse in history, St Pauls, rolled his field in record time. Robin’s mother was the hostess at the Kew Hotel, for a victory party that raged for two days, and the fact the Muirs are patrons of Summerhill 65 years later, is testimony to the value of good friends.

On Thursday, our mutually owned seven-year-old gelding, Vangelis, came home for the 13th time in his career, pushing his earnings ever closer to the million Rand mark. After five consecutive third places, this was a welcome turnaround and a compliment to the skills of his trainer, Gavin Smith.

There’s a tale attached to Vangelis however, as there is to most good horses. The day he was born, our Foalcare manager, T.K.Nkabinde, proclaimed him a “Derby winner”, and while you may say there have been many of those stories and that he didn’t win the Derby, he’s given us just as much pleasure as one which did. Long before he was weaned, Vangelis came up with a lame shoulder that plagued him for two years of his life, and we wondered whether he’d ever reach the racecourse. That he did, and he did it well, writing his record in black and white. His history of injury though, made him a difficult sell, and it took us close to his third year (he was still on the farm at that stage) to place him. Robert Muir was on safari in South Africa, and he took a couple days out to show his friends Summerhill and the delights of Hartford House.

On a typically fresh autumnal morning, he and his mates accompanied us to the track to watch some horses work, when Vangelis and a bright chestnut with a white blaze, by the name of Imbongi, worked together. They were equally impressive, and Robert indicated he’d like to invest in both.

Before he reached Durban on his return journey, he phoned to say that one of his advisors had suggested he leave the Russian Revival horse out of the package, and wondered if that would be in order. Of course it would be; we had no end of faith in Imbongi, and it wouldn’t be long before he was placed as well with another mate, erstwhile Jockey Club chair and ambassador extraordinaire, Ronnie Napier.

You now know Vangelis’ record, but it’s worth recording that Imbongi went on to become South Africa’s Champion Three-Year-Old Miler, he was a Group winner in the UK, and the victor ludorum at the Dubai Racing Carnival in 2010. His earnings stood beyond R8million at the point of his retirement last month.

There’s an adage in all of this. The likes of Emperor Napoleon, Bold Ellinore and Amphitheatre are a few more of those who were left behind on the farm after the sales, as was this week’s big hero, Black Wing. Who knows what bargains are lurking on our tracks as we write?

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MALHUB : MORE MUSIC, MORE DANCING

Malhub Stallion
Malhub Stallion

Malhub

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

MALHUB

(Kingmambo - Arjuzah)

Last week Midnight Serenade went to the top of the Juvenile rankings in the Storm Bird Stakes. A week before, Maji Moto doubled up in great style. And this week Malhub’s Oil Tycoon waltzed to his 3rd consecutive win for Ormond Ferraris while Onehundredacrewood blitzed the field in the Bauhinia Handicap.

ABOUT TIME, YOU MIGHT SAY,

BUT HE’S MAKING A MEAL OF IT.

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SUMMERHILL QUICK DOUBLE : DOUBLE QUICK

Onehundredacrewood Racehorse by Malhub
Onehundredacrewood Racehorse by Malhub

Onehundredacrewood - Bauhinia Handicap (L)

(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

ONEHUNDREDACREWOOD

Malhub (USA) - Roman Dream by Jallad (USA)

It rained cats and dogs before the sports began at Turffontein Tuesday evening, and the turf came up sticky. This was a bit of a worry for the contestants in the Bauhinia Handicap (Listed) a “scorcher” at the minimum trip for fillies, and an event fabled for the production of some distinguished broodmares of the past. Tuesday night, Summerhill looked to have a pretty good hand, but with the going coming up as it did, there was no knowing what the outcome would be. There was some relatively unexposed form in the race, and nobody knew just how good the visiting opposition were, particularly the two Mogok fillies, Candy Tuft and Essential Oil, the former of whom had shown impressive form on two occasions behind the Group One winner, Noble Heir.

In the end, it was an all Summerhill affair, Onehundredacrewood making up stashes of ground from the back of the field on the stand-side, to run down her erstwhile paddock mate, Mannequin, in the dying strides, and win going away by a length in 57,8 secs, remarkable for the “soft ground”. Mannequin is already a Feature race winner this season, but this was the first Black type victory for the daughter of Malhub, whose progeny were posting their second stakes win in nine days, following Midnight Serenade’s win in the Storm Bird Stakes weekend before last.

Michael Azzie has in his care a Kahal half brother to the heroine, by the name of Emperor Augustus, whom we rated highly among the horses we consigned to the 2009 version of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, whilst last year, the next Kahal sister was snapped up by long-time customer, Paul Calderia. No doubt, both of these fellows will be rubbing their hands knowing they acquired two horses we considered ahead of Onehundredacrewood at the same stage. For the Jallad mare Roman Dream, this could be the beginning of an odyssey.

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PRESENT MALHUB JUVENILES A CLASS APART

Midnight Serenade by Malhub
Midnight Serenade by Malhub

Midnight Serenade - Storm Bird Stakes (L)

(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

YOU SEE, SEEING IS BELIEVING

We’ve been saying it for a while now,

but the present Malhub Juveniles are a class apart.

And Midnight Serenade’s stunning victory in the Storm Bird Stakes

proves the point.

There are still a handful of his best at Summerhill.

FOR NOT A LOT OF MONEY.

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OLÉ! OLÉ! SOLSKJAER

Ice Axe by Solskjaer
Ice Axe by Solskjaer

Ice Axe by Solskjaer

(Photo : Gold Circle)

“It’s been a ‘Hot Weekend’ for

Markus and Ingrid Jooste…”

When Mike de Kock tipped his progeny at the Ready To Run gallops, Solskjaer must have been listening. Named for the man that won the European Champions Cup for Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, our man came to Summerhill as the most accomplished son of one of the world’s best stallions, Danehill, to set foot on continental Africa.

It was always going to take a little time for the “Sollys” to come to hand, given his pedigree and the fact he’s a brother to the immortal stayer, Yeats, and if Ice Axe’s 4.75 length romp on debut Sunday was anything to go by, he’s announced his arrival in no uncertain terms. A half brother to the Champion filly, Icy Air, this fellow was a December foal, of whom little could’ve been expected ‘til now. But they’ll be waiting for him from here on hence, especially as he’s bred to get at least 2000m, and you’d have to believe he could move up on his weekend performance on this evidence.

It’s been a hot weekend for Ingrid and Markus Jooste, Charles Laird and their Summerhill Ready To Run graduates. At Turffontein on Saturday, Hollywoodboulevard, (a R900,000 daughter of Street Cry) made it four in a row in the Three Troikas (Grade 3), “Figgy’s” hands-and-heels ride carrying her to the top of the Gauteng sophomore fillies’ class. Remember, she has a parallel line of form through her erstwhile Summerhill paddock mate, Igugu, to the Cape champion, Ebony Flyer, which puts her right up in that bracket. Racing fans have something to savour in the KZN winter season’s clashes between these three exceptional young ladies, who may even be better than their male counterparts.

solskjaer
solskjaer

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MUHTAFAL MASTERCLASS

muhtafal stallion
muhtafal stallion

Muhtafal

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

YOU CAN’T GET A GOOD MAN DOWN

“Masterclass”.

That’s our man Muhtafal.

Second leading sire of Stakes winners this season.

IF WE WERE GOING TO WAR, HE’D BE OUR GENERAL.

#

Progeny

Race

Defeating

Trainer

1st

ARABIAN MIST

Hertz Merchants (Grade 2)

Link Man

Gary Alexander

1st

BLUE VOYAGER

Lebelo Sprint (Grade 3)

Jinzo

Charles Laird

1st

MR MICKEY MOUSE

Golden Loom Handicap (Listed)

Link Man

Tony Rivalland

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BIG RED MIKE WIRE TO WIRE IN 151ST QUEEN'S PLATE

big red mike winning the 2010 queens plate at woodbine
big red mike winning the 2010 queens plate at woodbine

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Big Red Mike winning the 2010 Queens Plate (Gr1)

(Photo : The Star - Footage : Woodbine)

QUEEN’S PLATE

Woodbine, Canada, 4 July 2010

While Americans celebrated their Independence day, their neighbors to the north also enjoyed a grand celebration with Sunday’s 151st running of the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine, the oldest Thoroughbred horse race in North America. Moved back in the calendar this year to accommodate the royal visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, the first race of the Canadian Triple Crown was won in hard-fought fashion by Big Red Mike (Tenpins), from Hotep (A.P. Indy) and Roan Inish (Elusive Quality).

“This will probably be one of the most memorable days of my life,” said co-owner Dom Romeo. “I have been in racing and breeding for 35 years. I bred this horse, which makes it much more satisfying. Our hopes were always to win the Queen’s Plate and The Queen being here is magnificent. It’s very exciting.”

Big Red Mike kicked off his career with a second place finish sprinting over Woodbine’s main track in November before getting the job done next time out 6 December. Making his seasonal debut over seven panels on 11 April, the robust chestnut showed good early speed and came up 3/4 of a length short of the victory. Asked to go past a mile for the first time against allowance company on 2 May, Big Red Mike had to settle for third, but rebounded in his latest to collect a narrow victory in the nine-furlong Plate Trial Stakes against fellow Canadian-breds on 13 June.

Given a 5-1 chance for the big dance, Big Red Mike quickly rushed up to take command and lead Hotep through opening splits of 0:24.43, 0:49.39 and 1:14.31.

Maintaining his pursuer comfortably at bay turning for home, Big Red Mike dug deep and proved best with a game performance over the Sam-Son Farm runner.The sole filly in the field, Roan Inish, closed well for third.

“He ran very relaxed, he gave me no problems,” said winning rider Eurico da Silva. “He was so focused. I went to the lead easy and he did the job. This horse ran so hard today and I’m just so proud of him. I’m going to see the Queen today!”

For 58-year-old Nick Gonzalez, who celebrated his 1,000th career win last month, it was his first Queen’s Plate win with his first starter in the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown. It was also the first Classic victory for Dom and Frank Romeo’s Terra Racing Stable. “I’m pinching myself to see if this is real,” said Gonzalez. “I left it up to Eurico. I thought it was going to be a jockey’s race. My wife (Martha), son and I were jumping up and down so much that it’s just kind of a blur in my eye right now.”

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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ORBISON : CHAMPIONS CUP VIDEO AND RESULTS

video of orbison winning the champions cup at clairwood racecourse
video of orbison winning the champions cup at clairwood racecourse

Click above to watch the 2010 Champions Cup (Gr1)

(Photo : Gold Circle - Footage : Tellytrack)

R750,000 CHAMPIONS CUP (Grade 1)

Clairwood, 1800m, Turf

3 July 2010

RACE RESULT :

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

ORBISON

54.0

106

1

R Danielson

Herman Brown

2

2.50

GALILEO’S GALAXY (AUS)

54.0

106

10

F Coetzee

Charles Laird

3

3.25

POCKET POWER

60.0

119

11

B Fayd’Herbe

Mike Bass

4

3.75

BOLD SILVANO

55.5

112

9

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

5

6.50

CAPTAIN SCOTT

56.0

105

3

S Randolph

Alec Laird

6

8.00

RED RAKE

56.5

108

7

R Fourie

Michael De Beer

7

8.75

SMART BANKER

60.0

116

6

A Marcus

Charles Laird

8

12.00

RUDRA

57.5

116

4

K Shea

Mike de Kock

9

13.50

NOORDHOEK FLYER (SNL)

56.5

112

2

K Neisius

Dean Kannemeyer

10

14.75

FABIANI

56.5

111

8

P Strydom

Glen Kotzen

11

80.75

DAN DE LAGO

55.0

111

5

P Whitmore

Charles Laird

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2010 BETTING WORLD 1900 : RESULTS

bold silvano betting world 1900
bold silvano betting world 1900

Bold Silvano - Betting World 1900 (Gr2)

(Photo : Gold Circle) 

R350,000 BETTING WORLD 1900 (Grade 2)

Greyville, Turf, 1900m

21 May 2010

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

BOLD SILVANO

53.5

104

7

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

2

0.15

ASLAN

56.0

104

2

F Coetzee

Sean Tarry

3

1.90

GOAT

54.5

101

9

A Marcus

Paul Lafferty

4

2.40

DANISH SILVER

52.0

94

14

D Daniels

Yogus Govender

5

2.50

FORT VOGUE

58.5

109

3

B Fayd’Herbe

Mike Bass

6

3.50

SPEED FOR GOLD

54.0

100

10

A Forbes

Dennis Drier

7

4.00

CAYMEN ISLAND

53.5

99

13

D David

Yogas Govender

8

4.50

ROBINSON CRUSOE

53.5

99

5

S Randolph

Glen Kotzen

9

5.00

GRISHAM

52.0

90

8

M Yeni

Mike Bass

10

5.15

SPORTS FACTOR

52.0

89

16

*J Greyling

Paul Lafferty

11

5.40

STRATEGIC NEWS (AUS)

57.0

106

1

*J Jordaan

Herman Brown

12

6.15

THANDOLWAMI

56.0

104

11

R Danielson

Craig Eudey

13

6.25

OMAHA BEACH

58.0

108

4

B Lerena

Joey Ramsden

14

6.35

IVORY TRAIL

60.0

112

6

A Fortune

Joey Ramsden

15

6.60

BOUQUET-GARNI

53.5

99

5

G Lerena

Gavin van Zyl

16

9.10

NOBLEWOOD

54.0

100

12

G Schlechter

Stephen Page

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IT’S ALL IN THE UPBRINGING

oochee agent pretty polly stakes
oochee agent pretty polly stakes

Oochee Agent - Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr3)

(Photo: JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

FROM THE PEN OF JUDGE ALAN MAGID

The weekend’s happenings prompted regular commentator and long-time Summerhill client, Judge Alan Magid to write:

“I should have realised I wouldn’t beat the blog to the “HEAR THE DRUMS” and “PIERRE JOURDAN” stories but still, what a couple of days for Summerhill!

Apart from them, my eagle eye has spotted several other Summerhill-bred winners which deserve mention.

What about “DIVINE SECRET”, “OOCHEE AGENT” (G3 winner - but what a revolting name, for which I suppose Mick was responsible; worse even than “COCOCAT”), and “SUPERFEDERATION”, not to

mention “IMBONGI” in Dubai. Jolly good show!

I have previously enquired how Summerhill manages to produce horses like the Fabricius and Alexander champions on what appears to me to be the only visits by a Summerhill mare to, respectively, “GOLD PRESS” and “PARADE LEADER”, unless, of course, you bought the mares in foal”. End of quote.

Editors note : It’s no coincidence, or at least that’s the way we see it, that Summerhill has also raised some of the best runners by other “outside” stallions, (notably ten-time winner and triple Group One performer, Fanyana, by Alami, and Group One performer, Thandolwami by Woodborough) which tells us what we’re doing on the farm is a significant contributor to the outcomes we’re seeing at the races.

Summerhill’s commanding lead in the Breeder’s log at present has only a little to do with genetics, and a whole lot to do with the way we farm, the way we feed, the quality of our people and the environment in which we operate.

We have constantly pushed the envelope in our search to find new and better ways of doing things, and the more we push, the more we find ourselves getting away from the old British methods our forefathers employed as a matter of habit, as we embrace the attributes of this great continent, and more specifically, our own area.

SOUTH AFRICAN BREEDERS LOG

STUD

EARNINGS

AEPR

Summerhill Stud

14,051,362

58,547

Normandy Stud

4,713,875

70,356

Lammerskraal Stud

4,394,500

49,376

Maine Chance

3,957,000

35,649

Highlands

3,861,962

31,655

Wilgerbosdrift

3,713,150

44,737

D Cohen & Sons

3,711,387

30,421

Ascot Stud

3,700,500

38,953

The Alchemy

3,485,075

47,096

Klawervlei Stud

3,477,825

23,985

Sporting Post as at 31 March 2010

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