It seemed so typical of the strange fortunes governing our sport that we should have been made to wait so long for a Triple Crown winner, only for another one to turn up three years later in the very same barn. On the face of it, that coincidence will now be compounded as Justify (Scat Daddy) joins American Pharoah (Pioneer of the Nile) at Ashford for his own attempt to parlay historic capacities, on the track, into an equivalent impact on the breed.
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Usurping the Ballydoyle battalion for favouritism in Sunday’s G1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at The Curragh, Quorto (IRE) showed his mettle to emulate his sire Dubawi's 2004 success and register a career high in battling fashion.
The unbeaten top-rated Juvenile of his year (including the Gatecrasher (Listed) in record time and the Premier's Champion Juvenile (Gr.1) defeating Equus champion and Triple Crown hero, Abashiri.
The 2017/18 KZN Racing Awards were held at the Greyville Convention Centre on Friday 24 August 2018.
As both racing manager to Prince Khalid Abdullah’s powerful Juddmonte Farms operation and chairman of the race committee at York Racecourse, Lord ‘Teddy’ Grimthorpe is one of the most influential people in horse racing. The fifth Baron Grimthorpe, he is a former bloodstock agent and has been a member of the British Jockey Club since 2007.
Pound-for-pound, Summerhill’s Ready To Run draft has an unparalleled in the production of outstanding racehorses and millionaires.
Willow Magic Son of Dubawi
Keep Your Powder Dry! Come and grab your own Group One winner. Bloodstock South Africa Ready To Run Sale - Sunday 4th November. Remember seldom in the red with a Summerhill bred!
Act Of War - Son of Dynasty
The KZN Breeders Race Day final fields have been announced, with Matador Man now heading up the Million Mile field and in the final field for the Vodacom Durban July.
The final field for the 2018 renewal of the R4,25 million Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July was announced at Greyville on Tuesday afternoon.
Mick and Cheryl Goss and their team have been friends for over 40 years. We as a family. have raced all of Gun Drift. Rusty Pelican. Bionconi. Amphitheatre, Camadore. Decorated Hero. Nhlavini. Skeem Team. Pick Six and Rebel King, to name a few When National Embiem retired from racing and went to stud, he went to Summerhill. We had a great successful! combination of breeding and racing his progeny.
Summerhill-breds Hero's Honour and Takingthepeace did Summerhill proud at the Highveld Feature Season Awards held Wednesday at Turffontein Congratulation to all the connections.
BOOM filly Takingthepeace, who won two legs of the 2017 Triple Tiara after a most exciting public build-up following her spectacular wins for new, young owners Michael Shea and Murray Makepeace, will have the names of the prominent brothers Craig and Ross Kieswetter added to her list of owners.
Larry Wainstein, CEO of The Racing Association and Clyde Basel, Racing Executive of Phumelela, will be hosts in the Aquanaut Room at Turffontein Racecourse on Wednesday 23 May for the RA Highveld Feature Season Awards. Five KwaZulu-Natal-breds feature prominently.
It wasn’t long ago that Summerhill-bred Pierre Jourdan’s Triple Crown aspirations were thwarted by a three day postponement of the SA Derby and a “bog” of a track the following Tuesday, so Saturday’s victory in that epic by Hero’s Honour was all the sweeter.
"How a couple of guys from down the block invested in a filly that hates to lose and is on the brink of winning them a cool couple of million. They are becoming one of the sport stories of the year." - Andrew Bon
Michael Spenser-owned Free Wheeler overtook race favourite White Dragon on the stretch before going past ‘Clothes Horse’ to win the coveted 2018 Kenya Derby title Sunday at Ngong Racecourse, Nairobi.
Unbeaten joint favourites for the Derby and Oaks purchased at the Emperor’s Palace Summer Ready To Run at Summerhill.
CTS-offered Takingthepeace, at R240,000 a small buy by racing’s standards for new owners Murray Makepeace and Michael Shea in partnership with Mike de Kock, took Saturday’s Gr1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Classic over 1800m at Turffontein to secure the second leg of the 2018 Triple Tiara and put herself in line for turf immortality and a R1-million bonus.