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Stronghold in the Spotlight

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Stronghold in the Spotlight

Stronghold, the ill-fated son of Danehill who stood at Summerhill Stud a few years back, has had two winners recently with Double Clutch taking home the umThombothi Stakes (Non-Black Type) over 2000m at Greyville and Supercede taking honours in the Umzinzi Handicap (Non-Black Type) over 1800m also at Greyville.

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Extra Eight

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Extra Eight

First eight, then six, now eight again. No, they're not the winning lottery numbers, but they could win you a fortune. This week, Summerhill sales graduates celebrated another eight smashing performances. ONE SOURCE.

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Double Clutch Burns Up Umthombothi Stakes

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Double Clutch Burns Up Umthombothi Stakes

Double Clutch is by the ill-fated Stronghold out of the Northern Guest mare, Incremental, and is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2012 Ready To Run Sale. We look forward to seeing you at the Summer Ready To Run Sale tomorrow!

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NEGEV STRIKES IN SYRINGA HANDICAP

 Negev - Syringa Handicap (Listed) / JC Photos (p)

Negev - Syringa Handicap (Listed) / JC Photos (p)

SYRINGA HANDICAP (Listed)

Turffontein, Turf, 1600m
25 May 2014

Summerhill-bred filly Negev (Stronghold - Haifaa) silenced her doubters Sunday when bolting home in the Syringa Handicap (Listed) over 1600m at Turffontein.

The 4-year-old, although coming into the race fit and well, was the lesser fancied of trainer Louis Goosen’s challenge, and surprised many by getting first run on the pack and staying on all the way up the straight. Jockey Gunter Wrogemann rode a good race to keep Negev plugging away and she ran on strongly to hold the classy Mike de Kock-trained Ilha Bela (Fort Wood) to a quarter length at the line in a time of 99,46 secs. Negev’s more fancied stablemate Moggytwoshoes (Mogok) ran on well for third, while the Ormond Ferraris-trained Erin (Fort Wood) maintained her consistent form by flying up late for fourth.

Negev, a half-sister to top Two-Year-Old of her generation, Extra Zero (Way West), is a R330,000 Summerhill graduate of the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale and is by Stronghold out of the Irish bred Doyoun mare, Haifaa. Runner-up in the 2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, the current joint leader of the KZN Breeders Series is a consistent performer with a career record of 4 wins and 30 places from 30 starts, including a third behind Cherry On The Top (Tiger Ridge) in the Fillies Mile (Grade 3) and a fine second behind Jackodore (Toreador) in the Nkosazana Stakes (Listed). This win takes Negev’s career earnings of R970,000.

SYRINGA HANDICAP (Listed)
Final Result

# Horse Jockey Trainer Kg Draw Lengths
1 NEGEV G Wrogermann Louis Goosen 56.5 4 0.0
2 ILHA BELA A Delpech Mike de Kock 59.5 6 0.2
3 MOGGYTWOSHOES J Sampson Louis Goosen 57.7 1 2.8
4 ERIN *A Auchauruz Ormond Ferraris 52.0 88 3.0
5 EUPHORIA G Lerena Johan Janse van Vuuren 57.0 9 3.0
6 LOVE VIVIEN R Fourie Geoff Woodruff 56.0 7 3.5
7 CLASSIC ILLUSION K Latham Gary Alexander 60.0 3 3.8
8 FESTIVAL OF FIRE J Mariba Mike de Kock 60.0 11 4.0
9 FEATHERFOOT JP v'd Merwe Devin Little 52.0 10 4.8
10 TINSELTOWN *D Dillon Lucky Houdalakis 52.0 2 5.8
11 FORTITUDE *C Zackey Lucky Houdalakis 52.0 13 7.8
12 GO INDIGO S Brown Leon Erasmus 56.5 14 8.0
13 DOLOMITI S Khumalo Sean Tarry 58.5 5 8.2
14 KINGS V *C Storey Wallace Tolmay 52.0 12 10.0
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :
Linda Norval 27 (0) 33 263 1081
or email linda@summerhill.co.za

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KZN BREEDERS SERIES LOG - 1 APRIL 2014

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negev

Negev / JC Photos (p)

KZN BREEDERS SERIES (Top 20)

For 3-Year-Olds and Up

As at 1 April 2014

The fourth published Log for the KZN Breeders Series for three-year-olds and up sees Summerhill Stud’s daughter of Stronghold, Negev, remain at the top but this time with 35 points, putting herself above former leader Island Fiesta (Backworth Stud - Miesque’s Approval).

The KZN Breeders Race Day takes place 29 June at Clairwood, with a stake of over R2.4 million up for grabs to owners and trainers of KZN-bred racehorses. It must be noted this Log is only for the KZN Breeders Series of R200,000 races, and excludes the Million Mile entries which follow normal race entry procedures.

A half-sister to top Two-Year-Old filly of her generation, Extra Zero (by Way West), Negev is trained by Louis Goosen and is owned by Messrs C M Comaroff & B K Parker. Out of mare Haifaa (IRE) by Doyoun (IRE), Negev pushed up her points recently when she finished second to Jackodore in the Listed Nkosazana Stakes. She has won three times and placed 18 times - including a third in the Grade 3 Fillies Mile at Turffontein, behind Cherry On The Top. She also finished four lengths off Gitiano in the KZN Breeders Million Mile last year at Clairwood.

Keep a look out for Summerhill-bred and consigned Kahal colt, Lot 334 named Ebony Knight, a half-brother to Negev and Extra Zero, at the upcoming Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale taking place 27 and 28 April at the TBA Sales Complex in Germiston. This is the immediate damline of sire Maroof and Arrasas, as well as Desert King.

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Horse

Age

Sex

Trainer

Breeder

Points

1

NEGEV

4

F

Louis Goosen

Summerhill Stud

35

2

ISLAND FIESTA

5

G

Wendy Whitehead

Backworth Stud

30

3

CINEMA SCOPE

5

G

Gavin van Zyl

Scott Bros

29

4

THE MONEY SHOT

4

G

Sean Tarry

Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux

26

5

THE MUTINEER

4

G

Scott Kenny

Summerhill Stud

24

6

CAYENNE

3

F

Chris Erasmus

Yellow Star Stud

23

7

AUCTION KING

3

G

Paul Lafferty

Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux

22

8

EUPHORIA

4

F

Johan Janse van Vuuren

GAR Sturlese & P de Marigny

22

9

UMOYANA

4

F

Tony Rivalland

Summerhill Stud

22

10

ENCHANTED SILK

3

F

Sean Tarry

Gold Star Stud

21

11

FLYFIRSTCLASS

4

G

Craig Eudey

Summerhill Stud

21

12

MISS K

5

M

Louis Goosen

Summerhill Stud

21

13

HANA

3

F

Gavin van Zyl

Summerhill Stud

20

14

SUCH FUN

5

M

Tony Rivalland

Mr GH Rowles

20

15

KING JACE

4

G

Garth Puller

Mr & Mrs R J Clarkin T/A Clarkin Thoroughbred Services 

19

16

RHEIMS

5

G

Alec Laird

Tertia Properties (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mr S C Harley) 

19

17

ADMIRAL’S EYE

3

F

Charles Laird

A Magid & Summerhill Stud

18

18

AFRICAN GLADIATOR

7

G

Cliffie Miller

Mr BD van Laun

18

19

HIGHLAND FLING

5

G

Mike Pappas

Mr ML Pappas

18

20

PIANO MAN

4

G

James Goodman

Mr & Mrs AW Procter

18

Summerhill-bred runners denoted by yellow

www.kznbreeders.co.za

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NEGEV LEADS KZN BREEDERS SERIES LOG - 20 MARCH 2014

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negev

Negev / JC Photos (p)

KZN BREEDERS SERIES (Top 20)

For 3-Year-Olds and Up

As at 20 March 2014

The third published Log for the KZN Breeders Series for three-year-olds and up sees Summerhill Stud’s daughter of Stronghold, Negev, taking charge and putting herself above Spring Valley Stud’s The Money Shot, by Muhtafal, and former leader, Backworth Stud’s Island Fiesta, by Miesque’s Approval. The KZN Breeders Race Day takes place 29 June at Clairwood and boasts an impressive stake of over R2.4 million to owners and trainers of KZN-bred racehorses.

A half-sister to top Two-Year-Old filly of her generation, Extra Zero by Way West, Negev is trained by Louis Goosen and is owned by Messrs C M Comaroff and B K Parker.

Out of the mare Haifaa (IRE) by Doyoun (IRE), Negev has won three times and placed 16 times - including a third in the Grade 3 Fillies Mile at Turffontein behind Cherry On The Top. She also finished four lengths off Gitiano in the KZN Breeders Million Mile last year at Clairwood.

Keep a look out for Summerhill-bred and consigned Kahal colt, Lot 334 named Ebony Knight, a half-brother to Negev and Extra Zero, at the upcoming Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale taking place 27 and 28 April at the TBA complex. This is the immediate damline of sire Maroof and Arrasas, as well as Desert King.

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Horse

Age

Sex

Trainer

Breeder

Points

1

NEGEV

4

F

Louis Goosen

Summerhill Stud

29

2

THE MONEY SHOT

4

G

Sean Tarry

Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux

26

3

ISLAND FIESTA

5

G

Wendy Whitehead

Backworth Stud

24

4

THE MUTINEER

4

G

Scott Kenny

Summerhill Stud

24

5

CAYENNE

3

F

Chris Erasmus

Yellow Star Stud

23

6

AUCTION KING

3

G

Paul Lafferty

Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux

22

7

EUPHORIA

4

F

Johan Janse van Vuuren

GAR Sturlese & P de Marigny

22

8

UMOYANA

4

F

Tony Rivalland

Summerhill Stud

22

9

ENCHANTED SILK

3

F

Sean Tarry

Gold Star Stud

21

10

FLYFIRSTCLASS

4

G

Craig Eudey

Summerhill Stud

21

11

MISS K

5

M

Louis Goosen

Summerhill Stud

20

12

ADMIRAL’S EYE

3

F

Charles Laird

A Magid & Summerhill Stud

18

13

AFRICAN GLADIATOR

7

G

Cliffie Miller

Mr BD van Laun

18

14

CINEMA SCOPE

5

G

Gavin van Zyl

Scott Bros

18

15

HIGHLAND FLING

5

G

Mike Pappas

Mr ML Pappas

18

16

PIANO MAN

4

G

James Goodman

Mr & Mrs AW Procter

18

17

TORA TORA

3

G

Scott Kenny

Summerhill Stud

18

18

HANA

3

F

Gavin van Zyl

Summerhill Stud

17

19

KINEMATIC COUNTESS

5

M

Roy Magner

Mr P du Toit

17

20

MESMERISING MELODY

4

F

Sean Tarry

Clifton Stud

17

Summerhill-bred runners denoted by yellow

www.kznbreeders.co.za

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RAINY DAY HEADS SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN 1, 2, 3

Rainy Day Horse
Rainy Day Horse

Watch Rainy Day leading home fellow Ready To Run graduates Ikimasu and Brainstorm

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

RAINY DAY

2012 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

RAINY DAY

Stronghold (GB) - Fovesta by Foveros (GB)

3 Year-Old Bay Filly

Owners : Mr Chris van Niekerk

Trainer : Sean Tarry

Jockey : S’manga Khumalo

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

RAINY DAY is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

BRIDGESTONE TRUCK AND BUS MAIDEN PLATE

For Maiden Fillies and Mares

Turffontein, Turf, 1450m

12 October 2013

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

RAINY DAY

58.0

0

12

S Khumalo

Sean Tarry

2

2.75

IKIMASU

58.0

0

13

R Fradd

Gary Alexander

3

3.00

BRAINSTORM

60.0

56

8

G Lerena

Erico Verdonese

4

4.00

LET’S PLAY

60.0

73

10

M Mienie

Alec Laird

5

4.75

PINCHBE

58.0

0

2

G Wrogemann

Robbie Sage

6

5.00

CATCH A THIEF

60.0

0

3

*W Marwing (2.5)

George Scott

7

7.25

EBONY SILVER

60.0

63

6

I Sturgeon

Roy Magner

8

10.25

VELVET FINISH

60.0

0

7

C Maujean

Craig Mayhew

9

14.25

SAIL THE ICE

58.0

0

4

F Herholdt

Ormond Ferraris

10

15.75

TORMENTRESS

58.0

55

5

R Curling

Tony Nassif

11

16.50

THE SISTERHOOD

60.0

50

11

*J Barnes (4.0)

Spike Lerena

12

20.75

ATSO’S RUBY

60.0

56

1

E Pheiffer

David Rahilly

13

22.75

SHARDUL

58.0

51

9

*A Aucharuz

Romeo Francis

14

99.99

GALAXY GOLD

58.0

0

14

*F Maleking (2.5)

Johan Janse van Vuuren

Late Scratchings

15

0.00

FRENCH FLAIR

58.0

69

n/a

F Naude

Paul Peter

16

0.00

WILD DANCER

58.0

0

n/a

R Danielson

Mike de Kock

summerhill stud
summerhill stud

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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GAMBOL ON CUP MISSION

Gambol Horse
Gambol Horse

Watch Gambol winning his maiden

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

GAMBOL

2012 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

GAMBOL

Stronghold (GB) - Careless Mirth by Rambo Dancer (CAN)

3 Year-Old Bay Gelding

Owners : G, K & M M Nassif & Hyperpaint Syndicate (Nom: Mr G T Peter)

Trainer : Paul Peter

Jockey : Piere Strydom

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

GAMBOL is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

MAIDEN PLATE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATRONAGE

For All Maidens

Vaal, Turf, 1000m

8 October 2013

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

GAMBOL

59.0

0

14

P Strydom

Paul Peter

2

0.25

DARK AGES

60.0

73

12

G Lerena

David Nieuwenhuizen

3

1.25

OUR BOY BLAKE

59.0

77

6

S Chambers

Dominic Zaki

4

6.25

PAPA JOE

59.0

0

9

M Malherbe

Lucky Houdalakis

5

6.50

ROCKY RIDGE

59.0

0

13

*A Aucharuz

Leon Erasmus

6

8.25

HEYWOT

59.0

73

7

C Maujean

Craig Mayhew

7

8.75

RED BULL KID

59.0

0

10

M Mienie

Louis Goosen

8

9.25

AH-HA

59.0

0

2

R Simons

Lucky Houdalakis

9

10.50

POSSE POSSE

60.0

69

8

J Sampson

Louis Goosen

10

10.75

WALLINGFORD

59.0

0

5

S Brown

Leon Erasmus

11

11.50

GEMS A PLENTY

59.0

79

1

J Greyling

Leon Erasmus

12

16.50

SNAKE DANCE

59.0

0

3

D Yeo

Leon Erasmus

13

20.00

DANCE CLUB

60.0

65

11

S Khumalo

Stanley Ferreira

14

32.00

AL CAPPUCHINO

59.0

0

4

K Zechner

Brian Wiid

Late Scratchings

15

0.00

MARINA PARK

60.0

58

16

n/a

Chris Erasmus

16

0.00

LITTLE BIT OF SOUL

60.0

53

7

n/a

Roy Magner

summerhill stud
summerhill stud

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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DON VITO FIRES

Don Vito
Don Vito

Watch Don Vito winning his maiden

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DON VITO

2012 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

DON VITO

Stronghold (GB) - Deceptive Charm (IRE) by Kingmambo (USA)

3 Year-Old Bay Gelding

Owners : Mr St John D Gray & Messrs L K Heynes & A C Smith

Trainer : St John Gray

Jockey : Gavin Lerena

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

DON VITO is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

MAIDEN PLATE EMERALD CUP 28 SEPTEMBER AT THE VAAL

For All Maiden

Vaal, Turf, 1200m

10 September 2013

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

DON VITO

58.0

73

7

G Lerena

St John Gray

2

0.25

ARCTIC KING

58.0

0

5

*W Marwing (2.5)

Lucky Houdalakis

3

2.00

CLUB FLAG

58.0

76

6

M Mienie

Wallace Tolmay

4

2.25

MARSDEN JACK

60.0

57

10

*C Thabana (2.5)

Robbie Sage

5

5.00

SABRE TOOTH

58.0

0

2

S Khumalo

Sean Tarry

6

5.25

HEYWOT

58.0

0

4

C Maujean

Craig Mayhew

7

5.30

TOUR DES CHAMP

58.0

70

9

C Little

Heather E Adamson

8

5.75

LEEULOOP JET

58.0

0

11

B Dean

Stephen Moffatt

9

5.85

ECO WATER

58.0

0

13

R Simons

Terry Lowe

10

8.75

LONE EAGLE

58.0

0

14

J Sampson

Louis Goosen

11

10.00

WIND TUNNEL

58.0

0

1

K Zechner

Clinton Binda

12

12.25

BATTLE OF ALMA

58.0

0

3

S Brown

Leon Erasmus

13

12.75

BRUDDA

58.0

0

12

D Lembethe

Joe Soma

14

20.75

GOODFELLAS

58.0

0

8

M Malherbe

Lucky Houdalakis

Late Scratchings

15

0.00

RISING TIGER

60.0

51

6

n/a

Romeo Francis

16

0.00

COMBAT CAT

60.0

33

14

n/a

Luchelle Kruger

summerhill stud
summerhill stud

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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STRONGMAN COMETH

Strongman - Sophomore Sprint (Listed)
Strongman - Sophomore Sprint (Listed)

Watch Strongman winning the Sophomore Sprint (Listed)

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Sophomore Sprint (Listed)

Kenilworth, Turf, 1200m

7 September 2013

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Mick Goss

Summerhill CEOSaturday in Cape Town witnessed the opening salvo in the battle for the nation’s three-year-old crown, with the renewal of the Sophomore Sprint (Listed). With one or two exceptions, the pride of the Cape tossed their names into the hat, but the field cut up to a mere six contestants when the rest realised that just about everyone who is anyone, had taken up the challenge. Top of the boards was Paddy Kruyer’s unbeaten Capitan Al colt, Kimberley Al, who’d been the subject of rave reviews in the local press in the lead up; Jay Peg’s rising star, Flash Drive, who’d knocked off a couple of big ticket horses in his previous two starts, Vaughan Marshall’s much-vaunted Western Winter colt Exelero, and the unbeaten duo Daring Dave (by Dynasty) and Strongman, winner of both his starts to date.

A word about Strongman. He was the first foal from the second (and much lamented last crop) of Danehill’s champion handicapping son, Stronghold, and the first foal of the Group-winning Casey Tibbs mare, Sweet Virginia. He wasn’t big the day he was born, but he was as smart as they come, sturdy on his feet and weighed in at a punchy 48.5kgs. Our foalcare team reported “Very nice, quality foal with scope and substance. Good bodied and correct” and this was followed a fortnight later by “he’s a strong, well-made foal with good balance and a nice quarter”. By season’s end “he’s done really well: he’s out of a smallish mare, but he’s got plenty of body on him, well-proportioned, stands over ground and has a big engine in his backside”.

By the time he was a yearling, he was looking every bit a runner, and while he might have been somewhat “outsized” at a sale like the Nationals, he would’ve been a standout at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run, because there, our customers know there are no walking races, and if they can run, they’re happy to pay for them. In the end though, circumstances called for his inclusion as early as January in the Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 catalogue, where he fell to the R150,000 bid of the astute horseman, Glen Puller.

On Saturday, he went off at a generous 5-1 in the betting, yet he came home like a 1-5 shot, after biding his time till the 300m mark towards the rear. He was in the hands of a master though, and when Karl Neisius thought he was ready to run, he let out just a notch of the string, and “whoosh”, he was gone, demolishing his foes by a growing 4.5 lengths. De Kock ran admirably for second, no match for the winner, with another three and a half lengths to Exelero.

On this evidence, Strongman claims frontrunner status among Cape three-year-olds for line honours in this year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sales Guineas (Gr.1), and it will take a very good colt from anywhere else in the country to lower his colours. He is a tribute to the blokes who owned his mother: Robin Bruss, who’s been associated with the top class sorts, Zebra Crossing and Circle Of Life, in his time, and Kevin Sommerville, who stuck to his Sweet Virginia “guns” throughout his sojourn at Juddmonte Farm in the UK, and now serves as bloodstock manager to Gaynor Rupert’s showpiece, Drakenstein Stud.

When we were “stalking” Stronghold, the racehorse, as a future stallion prospect at the Challenge Stakes meeting in Newmarket, I had the feeling I was being “followed” on my way to the parade. I was. I obviously wasn’t alone in my admiration for the strapping favourite; Bruss and Sommerville were hot on my heels, but I was fortunate to be sharing a house at the time, with Teddy Beckett, (Lord Grimthorpe,) bloodstock manager to Stronghold’s owner, Prince Khalid Abdullah. We had the inside track: never give up pole position!

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Linda Norval 27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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STRONGMAN WINS LISTED SOPHOMORE SPRINT

Strongman, Glen Puller and Karl Neisius
Strongman, Glen Puller and Karl Neisius

Strongman, Glen Puller and Karl Neisius

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Sophomore Sprint (Listed)

Kenilworth, Turf, 1200m

7 September 2013

Cape racing welcomed a promising 3-year-old onto the centre stage when the undefeated Strongman coasted home to win the R125,000 Listed Sophomore Sprint at Kenilworth on Saturday. Two local veterans in Glen Puller and Karl Neisius teamed up with the exciting son Summerhill’s ill fated Danehill stallion, Stronghold.

Stronghold only has two crops on the ground and the win marked his first stakes triumph.

Strongman had won his first two starts down the Cape’s premier sprint track in convincing style, but there was nominal warning of what he was about to deliver at his first step into stakes waters.

With the scratching of Daring Dave and Oats, the Sophomore Sprint field was slashed to a rather disappointing five runners. But there was plenty of quality, with a Cape Nursery winner and two undefeated youngsters in the bunch.

The 1200m race was over as a contest at the 300m marker when Karl Neisius sent Strongman on his way. He showed too much toe and resolution and went clear smoothly to win by 3,75 lengths in a time of 77,97 secs. A very impressive performance indeed. De Kock stayed on for second, with the highly thought of Exelero and the previously unbeaten Kimberly Al further back.

The Cape Nursery winner Flash Drive ran a very poor race to finish a distant last. Excuses may be made for the son of Jay Peg’s fitness levels, but Richard Fourie and Justin Snaith teamed up with a grand four winners on the afternoon. So it didn’t stop much else from the yard. Flash Drive should be watched next time.

Strongman is now unbeaten in three outings and doubled his stakes tally to R153,750.

The Northfields Stud-bred Strongman was sold for what now looks a bargain R150,000 at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 of 2012. He is by the deceased Danehill stallion Stronghold out of the six time winning daughter of Casey Tibbs, Sweet Virginia. Stronghold stood at champion South African Breeders, Summerhill Stud, for two seasons, before passing on after a colic operation. Sweet Virginia won her races from 1800m to 2400m, and numbered the Grade 3 Winter Classic, The Grade 3 Winter Derby and the Grade 3 Final Fling Stakes, amongst her finest moments on the track. She was trained by Riaan Van Reenen, who coincidentally was formerly assistant trainer to Strongman’s conditioner, Glen Puller.

Strongman has plenty of toe and should stay on in time which makes him a rather exciting prospect. As winning jockey Karl Neisius said soberly afterwards : “The big guns will be stepped out in the next few months.” Then we will know how good he is. For now, he has done nothing wrong.

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BODYBUILDER FLAUNTS HIS STRENGTH

Bodybuilder Horse
Bodybuilder Horse

Watch Bodybuilder winning his maiden

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BODYBUILDER

2012 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

BODYBUILDER

Stronghold (GB) - Actress (ZIM) by Kahir Almaydan (IRE)

3 Year-Old Bay Gelding

Owners : Charles Harrison and Brian Burnard

Trainer : Gavin van Zyl

Jockey : Smanga Khumalo

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

BODYBUILDER is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

XPACTA MAIDEN PLATE

For Maiden 3 Year-Olds

Turffontein, Turf, 1800m

24 August 2013

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

BODYBUILDER

58.0

81

9

S Khumalo

Gavin van Zyl

2

0.75

DIE KAT (AUS)

58.0

0

5

R Fradd

Mike Azzie

3

3.25

DREAM HUNTER

58.0

77

7

P Strydom

Louis Goosen

4

9.75

INTOXICATION

58.0

0

1

M Van Rensburg

Stuart Pettigrew

5

11.00

BUDDY’S FALCON

54.5

62

2

F Naude

Bradley Maroun

6

13.25

CLUB FLAG

58.0

73

10

G Lerena

Wallace Tolmay

7

15.25

FIRST DAY

58.0

50

6

R Danielson

Barend Botes

8

21.75

GILFILLAN

58.0

0

4

J Greyling

Chris Erasmus

9

31.25

FAIR WARNING

58.0

52

3

*J Mariba (1.5)

Clinton Binda

10

36.00

TARAFAH

58.0

0

8

G Wrogemann

Stuart Pettigrew

Late Scratchings

11

0.00

TUSCON’S GOLD

54.5

53

8

D Lembethe

n/a

summerhill stud
summerhill stud

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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LADY OF THE LORDS BLINKS BACK TO WIN MAIDEN

Lady Of The Lords Horse
Lady Of The Lords Horse

Watch Lady Of The Lords winning her maiden

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

LADY OF THE LORDS

2012 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

LADY OF THE LORDS

Stronghold (GB) - Bindella by Jallad (USA)

3 Year-Old Bay Filly

Owners : Mrs J P Gardner & Messrs G M Alexander, M C Berzack, B G Gardner & G P Sadie & Summerhill Stud Syndicate (Nom: Mr MJB Goss)

Trainer : Gary Alexander

Jockey : Karl Zechner

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

LADY OF THE LORDS is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

ROODEPOORT ROTARY ANNS MAIDEN PLATE (F&M)

For Maiden Fillies and Mares

Turffontein, Turf, 1450m

24 August 2013

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

LADY OF THE LORDS

57.0

0

7

K Zechner

Gary Alexander

2

1.25

RAZZMATAZZ

60.0

62

13

*W Marwing (2.5)

Devin Little

3

2.00

MAEVE

60.0

68

6

*J Mariba (1.5)

Alec Laird

4

3.00

KRYSTLE CARRINGTON

57.0

0

10

S Brown

Ormond Ferraris

5

5.25

EBONY SILVER

60.0

63

8

G Lerena

Roy Magner

6

5.75

ALL THE TENS

57.0

71

2

M Van Rensburg

Stuart Pettigrew

7

6.00

EYONA

57.0

0

12

R Fradd

Mike Azzie

8

6.50

DIAMOND LILL

60.0

69

3

M Mienie

Coenie de Beer

9

8.25

MERLINS GEM

57.0

50

1

J Greyling

Brett Webber

10

8.30

SAIL ON

57.0

0

9

R Danielson

Mike Azzie

11

10.00

SANCTUM

60.0

52

5

L Bester

George Scott

12

11.25

RUBIES AND PEARLS

60.0

60

4

C Little

Ernie Anderson

13

13.00

STRONG SCENT

60.0

68

14

G Wrogemann

Robbie Sage

14

14.25

HASHTAG

57.0

0

11

C Maujean

Lance Wiid

summerhill stud
summerhill stud

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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WHERE ARE WE GOING TO, MY LOVELY?

Await The Dawn
Await The Dawn

Await The Dawn

(Image: Sky/Lotta)

Excerpt from the forthcoming Summerhill Sires Brochure 2013/2014.

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mick goss

Mick Goss

Summerhill CEOI have never really been far away from the world of racehorses. In that sense, I am a fully-paid-up member of the “secret society”. The racing fraternity gathers each morning on stud farms and at training tracks when normal people are still in bed: it’s a fellowship with its own language and humour, and an unwritten code of rules. Dinner table conversations at home were dominated by horses, and photographs of the noble beasts looked down upon the family from the walls. From the back door of the farmhouse, you smelt soiled straw and fresh hay.

Les Carlyon reminded me that racehorse owners are different. Most of them have an engineer’s sense of precision, a mind that gravitates towards the objective and the rational. They like to bring order and reason to complex matters. Horse people are seldom like that. We can be rational and pragmatic too, but we tend to rank those things behind matters of the heart. To be good in our game, you need a touch of the mystic and the artist, which is right enough, because we are in the racehorse business, and racing is seldom scientific. Thoroughbreds do things machines can’t; they’re crafted, not manufactured. If you witnessed Brian Joffe’s embrace of Mike de Kock following the Shea Shea massacre in Dubai, you’ll know what I mean. Big deals make big men excited, but racehorses turn big men into little boys.

I know things in the bloodstock business have been tough the past few years, but if you’ve survived till now, you’re going to be fine. Trying to predict the future is like trying to predict the weather. You can’t let the last storm impact the way you think. Besides, the worm has definitely turned; you can feel it at racehorse sales the world over. Last November, the Emperors Palace Ready To Run posted its fourth consecutive record. When we initiated this event with our good friend Chris Smith 26 years ago, we held the cocktail party under the old oak tree outside the farm office. It was historic for the fact that it was the first sale of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Twenty turned up, six from the farm, six from the sales company, six customers and two children. Who would’ve thought that a quarter of a century on, the welcome address to a packed audience in the palatial gardens of the sponsor’s grounds, would open with “Their Majesties King Letsie and Queen Masenate, and Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene?”

At a time when many of my contemporaries are winding down, we’re gearing up for the next chapter. It’s a game you can play to the grave. Right now, South Africa is on the cusp of a scientific breakthrough with its export protocols: that, and Mike de Kock’s annus mirabilis in Dubai, will be the game-changers.

There is an exuberance to stallions which I can’t explain. I know the five senses well, but there is nothing to match the thrill of knowing you’ve got your hands on a gem. The trick is to keep calm. And book a test drive. Which leads me to my point: there are moments in the horse game you never forget. One of those was the running of Ireland’s Kilternan Stakes two years ago. My curiosity was pricked by the sight of an unknown youngster demolishing a Group class field by nine lengths, not so much for the fact he might one day find his way to Summerhill, but because it appeared to herald the dawn of a new international star. He repeated the dose at Chester on his next start, decimating his foes in the way Usain Bolt would exit a bunch of neighbourhood joggers. Racing can be an emotional journey: it is always yearning for a hero. This day seemed like an overture. It was. The opera took its form a month later.

Await The Dawn had kept his best for The Queen. As one who’d lived on a diet of the “boys in blue”, Dubai Millenium, Dubawi and the like, for the first time in twenty years, I felt my loyalties shift. Here was an opponent I could love. The only let-down was that he eased up to win by three when the heroic gesture would’ve been a display of galloping prowess rarely seen on a racecourse. It should’ve been, and it would’ve been heroic. But then Await The Dawn wasn’t just a hero. He was a star.

Fate then dealt us a generous hand. It is a sad statement on the value of our currency that we are unable to compete for the most accomplished of the world’s stallion prospects. We occasionally have to prosper through the adversity of others. A life-threatening illness put a line under the horse’s career; unfulfilled promise becomes the “kiss of death” in circumstances like these, and suddenly he is a possibility for the Summerhill paddocks. We weren’t alone in our belief that in Await The Dawn, we’d seen one of Europe’s best middle distance performers of his generation. The world’s most respected rating agency declared him a Group One winner in waiting, but the only ones waiting now are those of us who look forward to his “second coming”.

The fellows in our Stallion barn have long sung the virtues of Brave Tin Soldier. A world record priced foal, an elite juvenile and a top-notch Group quality miler, the “pope” combines two-year-old class with a classic heritage. Despite the intensity of the competition, nobody here was surprised to see him top the “First Crop” sires averages at the National Yearling Sale. If they run like they look, who’s going to control the noise?.

One of the most persuasive reasons for using Visionaire in his third season, comes from our fellow breeders. They’ve seen the foals, and they sent him a hundred choice mates because of them. But they’ve also seen the movie. And they know the horse. Don’t be fooled by the muscular curves of his “engine”; when he straightened for the line in the King’s Bishop, he motored home like few other horses in the great race’s history. Sometimes, you just have to grab the keys, and run.

One thing we’ve learnt in this business, is that nothing is impossible. Miracles just take a bit longer. Thirty years ago, with little but hope on our side, we bought ourselves a cripple. But Northern Guest refused to play the invalid; he became the Southern Hemisphere’s most celebrated son of the greatest stallion the world had ever known. Now we have to believe that in our present assembly, our stallion barn has never been better served in the quality of its incumbents.

It seems the legacy of Sadler’s Wells will live on principally through the influences of Galileo, Montjeu and the remarkable High Chaparral. It may seem impudent to compare anything with the immortality of Sadler’s Wells, but it’s a fact that High Chaparral is the only stallion since his father to get six Group One winners from his first year at stud, as well as an Australian Triple Crown king this season. We all know what Mike de Kock had to say about his best performed Northern Hemisphere product, Golden Sword. He served a royal book of mares in his inaugural season, a tribute no doubt to the fact that in 18 years of World Cup history, none of the winners of the world’s richest race have covered the 2000 metre trip quicker than he did. Not Dubai Millenium, not Cigar, not Street Cry.

Kipling taught us to trust ourselves when others doubt us, and this time last year, some of us had already forgotten that Mullins Bay was not a precocious two-year-old. That he has rocketed to the head of a formidable line-up of contemporaries, Stronghold, Trippi, Black Minnaloushe and King Of Kings, by the earnings of his individual runners, is a salute to patience, the exploits of Gitiano, who’s within a stride or two of the best of his generation, and a filly who’s victims, while she was unbeaten, included the Group One queen, Blueridge Mountain. And now he has a trio of the country’s leading juveniles in his second crop.

Another who did not race at two is A.P. Arrow, who turned out the best racing son of the best American stallion worldwide in 2009. While it is so that he already has a Black type juvenile in his first crop, the best of them are in some of the best yards in the land, and the best is yet to come. It is one of the truisms of the “A.P. Indys” that they get better with age. And they get better with distance. Hell, man, they just get better.

If there’s one thing racing fans like more than a fairytale ending, it’s a great comeback. A while ago, the once-famous Halo male line looked headed for extinction. Out of the blue, Sunday Silence and More Than Ready have delivered a valedictory flourish to a strain that had been ebbing away for the best part of three decades. Right now, nothing is more current, more fashionable or more desirable in a stallion line-up, than a son of one of these two sires.

That Admire Main and Traffic Guard are part of our show, is an acknowledgement of the value of relationships. Our customers span twenty-two time zones from Japan to the United States, and it’s thanks to our good friends, the Yoshidas and Dr. Jim Hay, that these fine racehorses are here.

Admire Main was a cracking racehorse, we all know that. Second best of his classic generation. But siring quality juveniles was not on his radar; keen bloodstock students were always content to wait for his first progeny to turn three. With nine winners from twelve runners, three in Stakes class from 800 to 2000 metres, all their predictions were turned upside down. But then, they remind us, he’s a son of Sunday Silence.

Speed, heart, conformation, these are the trademarks of the best racehorses. For Traffic Guard though, it was all in the family. A precocious, unbeaten juvenile, he carried his speed to the distance of the July. He carried his class to within a half length of the world’s best three-year-old, New Approach, in a Group One, and he carries the blood of one of the world’s sexiest sirelines. What else could a woman want?

Any racing fan worth his salt knows the Australian star, Black Caviar. Grandstands and bars bear her name, some as far afield as England. Her granddad was the regal racehorse, Royal Academy, whose glittering stud career left close to 170 Stakes winners, 27 of them at the highest level. The search among studmen for that elusive beast with speed, substance and superior genes is never ending, and as a top-of-the-sale dual Group One winning son of Royal Academy at six furlongs and a mile, Ato is the complete package. His six length annihilation of globe-trotting Krypton Factor, hot off his own crowning moment in the world’s richest sprint, was the final act for a tribe celebrated in South Africa by the champion stallions, Silvano and Dancing Champ. Maybe the search stops right here.

We’ve always said that Summerhill is what it is today, because our people have shaped the course of their own destinies. History has not been kind to those who entrench the past, but almost always smiles on people who embrace the future. The acquisition of Await The Dawn is an epic in the annals of our sport. For the first time, members of our disadvantaged community have got “skin” in the game. The generosity of a like-minded banker has put them in the box seat for another industry revolution. For the sake of the sport and his connections, it would’ve been better if the horse had played to the full extent of his repertoire. Racing though, has never relied on the aesthetic: the primeval struggle is its essence. It is a contest, not a ballet. Beauty is the by-product, not the aim.

Racing has been good to Cheryl and me. And it has been good to the greater Summerhill family. It has taken us to faraway lands, it has made us many close friends. It’s taken us to the top of the mountain a modern record of eight consecutive times, and it’s sat us down with the Queen of England. Importantly, it’s shown us that kids from the sticks, like us, can make a name for themselves from nothing, and sometimes aspire to excellence.

Above all, it’s taught us that you only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Linda Norval 27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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JOHAN JANSE VAN VUUREN WINS FIRST WITH CASHA ON DEBUT

Casha Horse
Casha Horse

Watch Casha winning on debut

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

CASHA

2012 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

CASHA

Stronghold (GB) - Vanish by Coastal (USA)

2 Year-Old Bay Filly

Owner : Vendel Civils (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mr A H van de Vendel)

Trainer : Johan Janse van Vuuren

Jockey : Donovan Mansour

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

CASHA is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

MAIDEN JUVENILE PLATE

For Maiden 2-Year-Olds

Vaal, Turf, 1000m

7 May 2013

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

CASHA

55.5

0

6

D Mansour

Johan Janse van Vuur

2

0.05

GEMS A PLENTY

58.0

0

5

S Brown

Leon Erasmus

3

4.25

SACRED GROUND

58.0

0

7

S Chambers

Dominic Zaki

4

4.30

REGAL ROSE

55.5

0

4

M Van Rensburg

Stanley Ferreira

5

6.75

PLAY-PLAY

58.0

0

3

J Sampson

Louis Goosen

6

7.25

HIDDEN GUN

58.0

0

8

D Yeo

Leon Erasmus

7

7.75

TOUR DES CHAMP

58.0

0

1

R Simons

Heather Adamson

8

9.00

HIGH STAKES (AUS)

58.0

0

2

* J Penny (4.0)

Mike Azzie

9

13.50

GREAT MUSIC

58.0

0

9

L Nhlapo

Leon Erasmus

Late Scratchings

10

0.00

JIMMYS LIGHTNING

58.0

0

2

J Greyling

Leon Erasmus

summerhill stud
summerhill stud

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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Summerhill Stud Logo
Summerhill Stud Logo

Enquiries :

Linda Norval +27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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BUFFALO BILL CRACKS MAIDEN FOR BRIAN BURNARD

Buffalo Bill Horse
Buffalo Bill Horse

Click above to watch Buffalo Bill winning his maiden…

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

BUFFALO BILL (SAF)

2012 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

BUFFALO BILL

Stronghold (GB) - West Coast Way by Fort Wood (USA)

2 Year-Old Bay Colt 

Owner : Brian Burnard

Trainer : Gavin van Zyl

Jockey : Gavin Lerena

Breeder : Rupert Plersch

BUFFALO BILL is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

MAIDEN JUVENILE PLATE SOCCER 6 

Turffontein, Turf, 1400m

12 March 2013

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

BUFFALO BILL

58.0

0

2

G Lerena

Gavin van Zyl

2

0.75

ONE MAN’S DREAM

58.0

0

12

S Chambers

Gavin van Zyl

3

1.50

AKII BUA (AUS)

58.0

0

6

R Fradd

Mike de Kock

4

2.25

JUDICIAL

58.0

0

4

C Little

Tyrone Zackey

5

4.25

HEART OF A LION

58.0

0

5

F Herholdt

Gavin van Zyl

6

5.50

DREAM HUNTER

58.0

0

3

* J Mariba (2.5)

Gavin van Zyl

7

14.00

STIFFLER

58.0

0

9

P Strydom

David Niewenhuizen

8

18.00

HALL OF MIRRORS

58.0

0

11

R Simons

Paul Peter

9

20.00

GREYSTONE

58.0

0

1

M Mienie

Roy Magner

10

22.00

SUKOMOROS

58.0

0

8

* N Juglall

Ormond Ferraris

11

25.00

FIRST DAY

58.0

0

13

F Naude

Baren Botes

12

32.00

TWISTER’S PATH

58.0

0

10

J Greyling

Leon Erasmus

13

35.00

CELTIC BLUE

58.0

0

14

K Zechner

Roy Magner

14

38.00

GREAT MUSIC

58.0

0

7

S Brown

Leon Erasmus

Late Scratchings

15

0.00

MR ADMIRATION

58.0

0

n/a

Leon Erasmus

summerhill stud
summerhill stud

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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