We all know about “fashion” in the world of racing, the temptation to follow the stock of the “in” stallion. But the truth about our sport is there are no walking races, it’s about running, and none of the good ones know who their fathers are.
Viewing entries tagged
KwaZulu-Natal's Equus National Champion Breeders Summerhill Stud dominates the various categories in the 2016 KZN Breeders Awards with 14 nominations, amongst them the likes of Rabada, No Worries, Heaps Of Fun, Intergalactic, Witchcraft and Arch Rival.
To say the ups-and-downs this year for breeder Mick Goss have resembled a malaria patient's temperature chart is too near the truth. The Summerhill Stud supremo returned to South Africa gravely ill after attending the Asian Racing Conference in India in January. For a few months, his wife, Cheryl, had the task of running the Mooi River operation. However, Goss, could get a huge tonic if Summerhill-bred runners perform well at Greyville on Sunday. It will mean the stud have won the Breeders Championship for the tenth time.
An interesting sideshow this week will be the race for the Breeders Championships. KwaZulu-Natal kingpins Summerhill Stud look set to wrest the trophy from reigning champions Klawervlei Stud and thereby land a milestone tenth national title.
Hell, the A.P. Arrows just get better. Smart breeders already know where their bread is buttered. They also know that the country’s richest races are at 2000m and beyond.
Week-in, week-out, Summerhill sales graduates deliver the goods for those with a discerning taste.
Before he began his current tenure at Ballydoyle and changed the modern face of racing, Aidan O’Brien was transforming the careers of jumpers at Piltown, and it is down to that affinity with long-distance horses that has made him one of the most notable names in the story of the revival of Royal Ascot’s centrepiece, the Group One Gold Cup.
Summerhill-breds were once again making a name for themselves in this weekend’s big races. 1st – Arch Rival for Geoff Woodruff and Neil Smith in the Gold Bowl (Gr.2), 3rd – Heaps Of Fun for Sean Tarry, Nchakha Moloi and Chris van Niekerk in the Camellia Stakes (Gr.2).
The Summerhill-bred Arch Rival provided his sire A.P. Arrow with his first Graded Stakes win, taking the Grade 2 Gold Bowl over Turffontein's 3200m on Champions Day Saturday.
(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)
EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE
TBA Sales Complex, Germiston
2nd and 4th November 2012
Michael is the head induna for the Ready to Run division and has been working at Summerhill for the past 20 years. He was born on the farm and his whole family works in the surrounding KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Michael is a very good rider and a great leader and has taught many young guys in our division the tricks to riding difficult youngsters.
Here are Michael’s selections for this year’s Ready To Run sale; top filly and top colt:
Lot 18: Yamas (Admire Main x Greet The Greek) (F)
Lot 18: Yamas (Admire Main x Greet The Greek)
A speedy flashy filly. She is a pocket rocket and here the saying “dynamite comes in small packages” is true! By joint highest rated 3-year-old of his generation and the only son of Sunday Silence standing in Africa, Admire Main. From the family of Ultramate (7 wins including the Terrapin Handicap L), Glad Rags II - Champion 2-year-old filly in Ireland (3 wins including the 1000 Guineas G1), Mirthful Flirt (5 wins including the Golden Rod Stakes G3), Colonial Affair (7 wins including the Whitney Handicap G1), Idle Fancy (5 wins including the SA Oaks G2) and Jamaican Dream (6 wins including the Investic Cape Classic G3).
Lot 182: Arch Rival (A.P. Arrow x Competitive Edge) (C)
Lot 182: Arch Rival (A.P. Arrow x Competitive Edge)
A tall leggy colt with the best action you have ever seen! He stretches out, covers ground and has built up a likeable frame. By the best racing son of A.P. Indy in Africa, AP Arrow. From the family of Skeem Team (4 wins including 2nd in the Lonsdale Stirrup Cup G3), Star Of The Sea (4 wins including 3rd in the SA Fillies Classic G1), Chuck ‘n Luck (21 wins), Nicole Pharly - joint top rated 3-year-old filly in Italy (5 wins including the Oaks d’Italia G1 and the Regina Elena G2) and Satono Progress (3 wins including the New Zealand Trophy L).
The Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park
2nd and 4th November 2012
*Six cheque payment scheme for qualifying buyers.