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SHEA SHEA WINS GOLDEN HORSE CASINO SPRINT

Shea Shea wins the Golden Horse Casino Sprint
Shea Shea wins the Golden Horse Casino Sprint

Click above to watch Shea Shea winning the Golden Horse Casino Sprint (Gr1)

(Image : Gold Circle - Footage : Tellytrack)

GOLDEN HORSE CASINO SPRINT (Grade 1)

Scottsville, Turf, 1200m

28 May 2011

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David Thiselton

Gold CircleThe Golden Horse Casino Sprint day at Scottsville was held in fine weather Saturday and was enjoyed by a festive crowd, while punters had a good day with fancied horses winning all four of the Grade 1 1200m features on the card. The penetrometer reading for the day was a good 22, but the inside draws appeared to hold an advantage.

The Geoff Woodruff-trained three-year-old National Emblem colt, Shea Shea, won the feature race, the Golden Horse Casino Sprint, a handicap race, under jockey Anthony Delpech, who, wary of horses diving for the inside, kept Shea Shea away from the rail and rode a patient race, delivering him late. He responded superbly and went past August Rush who had found the inside rail and finished a fine 0,75 length second. The bottom weight Polar Moon, drawn three, finished just 0,25 lengths further back in third. Winking Jack set the pace alone on the outside, hanging on for fourth ahead of Gaultier. The 13-20 favourite What A Winter took a bump early and from a draw of 11 was always going to battle to make up the ground.

Woodruff said the team had been left a bit deflated after the Grade 1 Computaform Sprint in which they were always chasing the lightning fast Val De Ra, before finishing third, but he revealed that Delpech believed Shea Shea would win the Golden Horse. Shea Shea is owned by Brian Joffe and Myron Berzack and was bred by Klawervlei Stud. The horse is named after Joffe’s grandson, Shea. Woodruff also won the Golden Horse two years ago with Earl Of Surrey.

GOLDEN HORSE CASINO SPRINT (Gr1)

Final Results

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

SHEA SHEA

58.0

110

4

A Delpech

Geoff Woodruff

2

0.75

AUGUST RUSH

57.0

105

6

B Fayd’Herbe

Neil Bruss

3

1.00

POLAR MOON

53.5

98

2

M V’Rensburg

Sean Tarry

4

1.10

WINKING JACK

56.0

103

13

G Lerena

Lance Wiid

5

2.35

GAULTIER

57.5

106

7

S Randolph

Mike Bass

6

2.85

WHAT A WINTER

59.5

113

10

K Neisius

Mike Bass

7

3.60

SPLASH GOLD

57.5

109

12

A Fortune

Dean Kannemeyer

8

4.10

BUSH PIRATE

57.5

106

9

G Hatt

Joey Ramsden

9

4.85

ELUSIVE RIVER (AUS)

54.0

102

5

A Marcus

Charles Laird

10

5.35

ARABIAN MIST

58.5

108

8

D David

Gary Alexander

11

5.60

RUSHING WIND

58.5

108

15

A Domeyer

Mike Bass

12

6.35

DANCE WITH AL

55.5

102

11

F Coetzee

Justin Snaith

13

7.10

RABATTACHE

60.0

111

3

I Sturgeon

Glen Puller

14

8.10

TWO TONE

58.0

107

1

* JP v’d Merwe

Mike Azzie

15

8.60

KAVANAGH

56.0

106

14

K Shea

Mike de Kock

16

14.85

GOOD THING

59.5

110

16

M Mienie

Wendy Whitehead

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TOP SPRINTERS LINE UP FOR POST MERCHANTS

noble heir winning the 2010 computaform sprint grade 1
noble heir winning the 2010 computaform sprint grade 1

Noble Heir - Computaform Sprint (Grade 1)

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

POST MERCHANTS (Grade 2)

Greyville, 1200m, 18 June 2010 

Winter has arrived with a vengeance in sub-tropical KwaZulu-Natal, but tonight’s racing action at Greyville promises to be sizzling hot. A full field of tip top sprinters go head to head in the Grade 2 Post Merchants, where Dennis Bosch’sgrey Noble Heir (Kahal) will attempt to add her name to those of Sunera (1986) and Marie Galante (1992) as only the third filly in the past 25 years to capture this 1200m sprint.

The race had its first running back in 1936 and was won in that year by one of the all time greats of the South African turf, the Syd Garrett-trained Moonlit, who won the Met in both 1936 and 1938, carrying 145Ib (65,77kg) in the latter. Two other great horses that won the Merchants were 1952 July winner Mowgli and 1968 Met winner William Penn.

The 1979 July runner up, Sun Tonic, 1987 SA Guineas winner, Sloop, and the 1970 Cape Guineas winner, Shah Abbas, are three other versatile types to have won the Merchants. In fact even last year’s winner, Sharks Bay, could be considered a sprint-miler having finished third in last season’s Grade 2 KRA Guineas.

A noted frontrunner, who has recorded all eight of her wins over the minimum trip, Noble Heir came from off the pace to beat the boys in the Grade 1 Computaform Sprint, which suggests that the extra 200m should be well within her scope. She has won twice at the track and on current form, has strong claims to add a third Graded win to her record.

Kitalphagelding Moroccan caught many by surprise when third to JJ The Jet Plane in the Grade 1 Golden Horse Casino Sprint last time out and a repeat of that effort could bring him right into the picture. Despite a wide draw, Moroccan is not without a chance.

Former Champion Sprinter Mythical Flight (Jet Master) has yet to visit the winner’s box since his return from an overseas campaign. He showed his customary pace in the Golden Horse Casino Sprint before running out of steam in the closing stages to finish about seven lengths off the winner.

Amazingly, this will be Mythical Flight’s first run at the Durban track, but he is well drawn and always merits respect.

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

2

GAULTIER

60.0

109

4

B Fayd’Herbe

Mike Bass

3

THUNDER KEY

60.0

109

5

I Sturgeon

Glen Kotzen

4

CASEY COOL

59.5

108

9

K Shea

Darryl Hodgson

5

EXTINCT

59.5

108

13

M Yeni

Colin Scott

6

INTELLECTUAL

59.5

108

8

R Danielson

Herman Brown

7

IVORY TRAIL

59.5

108

12

P Botha

Joey Ramsden

8

MYTHICAL FLIGHT

59.0

107

2

G Lerena

Sean Tarry

9

NOBLE HEIR

59.0

107

3

A Delpech

Dennis Bosch

10

RED FLYER

58.0

105

18

S Randolph

Alistair Gordon

11

CYBER CASE

57.0

103

10

A Marcus

Charles Llaird

12

CLEARLY SILVER

56.5

104

15

A Forbes

Dennis Drier

13

BUSH PIRATE

56.5

102

14

K Teetan

Joey Ramsden

14

MOROCCAN (ZIM)

56.0

101

16

F Coetzee

Weiho Marwing

15

GALANTHUS

54.5

100

7

*D Mansour

Tyrone Zackey

16

MR TOP (ARG)

53.5

96

1

K Zechner

Sean Tarry

17

TWO TONE

53.0

97

11

-

Wendy Whitehead

Late Scratchings

1

FORT VOGUE

60.0

109

17

* Domeyer

Mike Bass

Reserve Runners

18

COOL SPENDER

52.5

94

6

Reserve 2

Sean Tarry

2010 GOLDEN HORSE CASINO SPRINT : VIDEO AND RESULTS

jj the jet plane 2010 golden horse casino sprint video
jj the jet plane 2010 golden horse casino sprint video

Click above to watch JJ The Jet Plane winning the Golden Horse Casino Sprint (Gr1)

(Photo : Gold Circle - Footage : Tellytrack)

JJ THE JET PLANE

R600,000 GOLDEN HORSE CASINO SPRINT (Grade 1)

Scottsville, 1200m, Turf

29 May 2010

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

JJ THE JET PLANE

58.0

114

6

P Strydom

Lucky Houdalakis

2

2.00

RUSHING WIND

52.5

103

15

*A Domeyer

Mike Bass

3

3.25

MOROCCAN (ZIM)

52.0

101

14

F Coetzee

Weiho Marwing

4

4.25

BLUE TIGER

57.0

112

5

B Fayd’Herbe

Mike Bass

5

5.00

TROPICAL EMPIRE (AUS)

60.0

118

16

S Randolph

Duncan Howells

6

5.25

IMPERIAL GESTURE

56.5

111

12

G Figueroa

Charles Laird

7

5.50

CAPTAIN SCOTT

53.5

105

2

B Smith

Alec Laird

8

5.75

CASEY COOL

55.0

108

13

G Schelchter

Darryl Hodgson

9

6.50

NOCTURNAL AFFAIR

52.0

104

1

M Yeni

Greg Ennion

10

6.75

MYTHICAL FLIGHT

56.0

110

11

J Geroudis

Sean Tarry

11

6.75

INTELLECTUAL

56.0

110

9

A Delpech

Herman Brown

12

7.75

WARM WHITE NIGHT

58.0

114

4

A Marcus

Charles Laird

13

7.80

RED FLYER

54.0

106

10

M Byleveld

Alistair Gordon

14

9.55

THUNDER KEY

56.5

111

7

B Lerena

Glen Kotzen

15

12.80

GAULTIER

55.5

109

3

K Neisius

Mike Bass

16

22.80

JAMAICAN DREAM

55.0

108

8

D David

Yogas Govender

BIG NAMES FOR GOLDEN HORSE CASINO SPRINT

golden horse casino sprint
golden horse casino sprint

Golden Horse Casino Sprint

(Photo : Gold Circle / Golden Horse Casino) 

GOLDEN HORSE CASINO SPRINT (Grade 1)

Scottsville, Turf, 1200m

29 May 2010 

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David ThiseltonJJ The Jet Plane, one of South Africa’s most popular horses, will be travelling through the night on the eve of his attempt to become the first horse since Dambuster in 1984 to recapture the Golden Horse Casino Sprint crown at Scottsville on Saturday.

JJ, now back with his Vaal-based trainer Lucky Houdalakis, was unable to defend his crown last season as he was campaigning in England under Mike de Kock where he ran fourth and third in two Group 1 sprints at Royal Ascot and Newmarket respectively.

The former Equus Champion Sprinter by Champion Sire Jet Master had earlier won a place in the hearts of the horse-mad British public, partly due to a superb performance in winning a Listed race at Windsor and partly due to being the namesake of a popular children’s storybook character. JJ, who was purchased for a mere R70,000 due to his Charlie Chaplin-like front feet, had the first gallop after his overseas journeys only a few weeks ago and unseasonal rain has also hindered the efforts to get him fit in time. “He will not be at his peak,” said Houdalakis. “He is about 85% fit and all we can do his hold thumbs.” Houdalakis said earlier this month that only the race would tell whether he retained his former ability as he had never been a good work horse and always worked on his own. He was happy with his draw of six. JJ The Jet Plane will arrive at Scottsville on Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, Duncan Howells said that topweight Tropical Empire’s preparation had gone very well and “more than according to plan”. He said the same for his unbeaten two-year-old filly Romantic Moon, who contests the Allan Robertson Championship. Tropical Empire, despite being a seven-year-old, produced a probable career best performance in the Grade 2 Drill Hall Stakes over 1400m at Greyville in his last start and was unlucky in the Golden Horse two years ago when having to be snatched up at a time he was travelling very well. Howells said of his draw of seventeen, “It’s not good on paper, but I don’t want to go that route, it’s the way the cookie crumbles. I hope we have luck in running.” Howells said last week that he had done his job and would now leave it to jockey Stuart Randolph. He felt that his Silvano filly, Romantic Moon, could be something special. “She has never come off the bit,” he said. “She improved by a whole second in her last start and has improved again since.” Romantic Moon has won both her starts over the Scottsville 1200m course and distance of the Allan Robertson.

Alec Laird was a couple of hours away from Summerveld yesterday with his Golden Horse contender, Captain Scott. “We’ve come down earlier than normal as I want to get Jet Trail settled in before her run in the Woolavington,” he said. “Captain Scott didn’t enjoy the soft in the Champions Challenge. It’s not ideal coming down from 2,000m to a sprint. But he’s showed us speed before and we’re putting half-cup blinkers on too. “We’re hoping for a surprise. If Moroccan is fancied he must have a chance.” Captain Scott finished just 0,5 lengths behind Moroccan at level weights in an Allowance Plate over 1 160m at Turffontein in February and the latter went on to win the Grade 2 Senor Santa over that same course and distance. However, Captain Scott will now have to give Moroccan 1,5kg.

Moroccan, could make it two in a row for Zimbabwean-breds in the Golden Horse. He is a four-year-old by Kitalpha and has won five of his last six starts. Trainer Weiho Marwing said he was “fit and well” and would be travelling down on Friday.

Yogas Govender’sJamaican Dream drops down in trip and the yard said that a line could be drawn through his last start when finishing last in the Drill Hall. Byron Forster, the yard’s Summerveld assistant trainer, said, “That last start was all wrong, he bolted down to the start. The stiff 1200m should suit him. We are hoping that he gets run off his feet early as he is a keen sort and that will help him settle. “He is drawn in eight which will give him the option of going left or right. There is some speed around him which will help.”

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FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

TROPICAL EMPIRE (AUS)

60.0

118

17

S Randolph

Duncan Howells

2

JJ THE JET PLANE

58.0

114

6

P Strydom

Lucky Houdalakis

3

WARM WHITE NIGHT

58.0

114

4

A Marcus

Charles Laird

4

BLUE TIGER

57.0

112

5

B Fayd’Herbe

Mike Bass

5

IMPERIAL GESTURE

56.5

111

12

G Figueroa

Charles Laird

6

THUNDER KEY

56.5

111

7

B Lerena

Glen Kotzen

7

INTELLECTUAL

56.0

110

9

A Delpech

Herman Brown

8

MYTHICAL FLIGHT

56.0

110

11

J Geroudis

Sean Tarry

9

GAULTIER

55.5

109

3

K Neisius

Mike Bass

10

CASEY COOL

55.0

108

14

G Schlechter

Darryl Hodgson

11

JAMAICAN DREAM

55.0

108

8

D David

Yogas Govender

12

RED FLYER

54.0

106

10

M Byleveld

Alistair Gordon

13

CAPTAIN SCOTT

53.5

105

2

B Smith

Alec Laird

14

RUSHING WIND

52.5

103

16

*A Domeyer

Mike Bass

15

NOCTURNAL AFFAIR

52.0

101

1

R Danielson

Greg Ennion

16

MOROCCAN (ZIM)

52.0

101

15

F Coetzee

Weiho Marwing

Reserve Runner

17

CLEARLY SILVER

52.0

101

13

Reserve 1

Dennis Drier

THIS CAT’S COOKIN’, BABE

cataloochee
cataloochee

Cataloochee

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

CATALOOCHEE

In a land in which speed is king, he was the Emperor. Whether it was Turffontein, Newmarket, the Vaal or Scottsville, once Cataloochee hit the front, no horse ever passed him.

On his way, he ran the fastest 1000 metres in recorded history. In the 1200 metres of the Golden Horse Casino Sprint, he ran faster than any horse had ever run. To understand what that means, you have to visit the Honour Roll. 

And now, it seems, his progeny have come to understand their heritage. Thus far four runners; one winner (Ms Loochee by five); one runner-up on debut (Ikeechobee); and two third (Zee Cat and Jeanre), also on debut.

Those that watched the Emperors Palace Ready To Run gallops at Summerhill, will remember our predictions. All the sadder, that we’re talking of the dead. It’s the way of the world, we’re afraid, but the old Cat’s up there somewhere, and he’s doubtless talkin’ up a storm about his babies.

REMEMBERING THE CATALOOCHEE SPEED MACHINE

catalooche computaform sprint
catalooche computaform sprint

Cataloochee

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

CATALOOCHEE

EQUUS CHAMPION SPRINTER 2004/2005

Following Ms Loochee’s win at Scottsville this past weekend, the Sporting Post remembers her Champion Sprinter sire, Cataloochee :

“The deceased Cataloochee became the first of the new batch of freshman sires to be credited with a winner when his daughter Ms Loochee won at the second time of asking over 800m at Scottsville on Sunday. Ms Loochee had faded after showing pace in the opening two-year-old event on the same course one week earlier, but this time she led her rivals a merry dance from the break and never looked like being caught.

The sheer straight-line speed showed by Ms Loochee won’t come as a surprise to those who remember Cataloochee as the outstanding sprinter of his time. Trained by Geoff Woodruff, Cataloochee won 5 races from only 8 starts, between 1000m - 1200m including Gr1 Computaform Sprint and the Gr1 Golden Horse Casino Sprint. He was voted the Equus Champion Sprinter of the 2004/2005 season. He only raced once more the following term, finishing fifth in the Computaform Sprint and was retired in 2006 to take up stallion duty at Summerhill Stud. Cataloochee died after a paddock accident in 2008.

Cataloochee was a son of former champion sire Al Mufti, whose other stallion sons include the excellent and prolific Captain Al. Cataloochee was out of the Old Testament mare Lexington Love, who won 5 races up to 1400m and finished third in the Gr1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship. She, presumably, was the source of Cataloochee’s preference for sprinting. Lexington Love in turn was out of the Brigadier Gerard mare Miss Waterloo, a Stakes winner in Italy. This is the family, amongst others, of European Gr3 winners Andreyev, St Expedit, and Asian Heights.”

THE FESTIVAL OF SPEED

Thunder Key
(Photo : Gold Circle)

As a country with something of an obsession for speed, the South African racing calendar honours our sprinting talent on a regular basis. No gathering of the nation’s best sprinters however, expresses this more forcibly than the Festival Of Speed, a four race bonanza of Grade One events scheduled for this weekend. The top event on the card is always the Golden Horse Casino Sprint, which has been thrown open this year by the early retirement of Summerhill-bred, Rebel King, and his stable companion, Warm White Night. Nonetheless, the farm is represented by Pegasus Emblem, bred and raised here for our long-serving patrons, Malcolm Wishart and Luigi Cirigiliano, while Muhtafal has the game winner of his last start, Thunder Key, under starter’s orders.

While the betting for the S.A. Fillies’ Sprint is likely to be dominated by Charles Laird’s Merlene de Largo (four wins from five starts to date), Bruce Gardiner and Co’s Lisa Anne (Summerhill-bred by the late lamented Rambo Dancer) makes her Grade One debut for the Alexander stable under the capable tutelage of Kevin Shea. Also in the field (and not without a squeak) is Anthony Delpech’s mount, Noble Heir (by Kahal), a promising second to Moccachino in Gauteng’s Camellia Stakes just over a month ago.

Kahal’s loss is Malhub’s gain:

Rare for a race in which we’ve supplied two of the last three winners, we are without a runner in the Gold Reef Medallion (for two-year-colts). The field is packed with the progeny of the first season sire, Var, and two interesting runners by leading Australian sires, Redoute’s Choice and Exceed and Excel for Mike de Kock and Charles Laird respectively. The form here is not that well exposed, and the winner could come from any quarter.

Turning to the subject of our headline, ‘Kahal’s loss is Malhub’s gain’, the Alan Robertson Fillies Championship (for Juvenile Fillies) has been robbed of its one star attraction in the form of Kahal’s daughter, Spring Clover, widely touted as the top juvenile filly in the country. This does however open the race to a number of possibilities, and a strong claim can be made for Malhub’s talented daughters, Ashjaan (bred at Summerhill for Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud), who was just a length and a quarter behind Spring Clover in their last meeting, and the unbeaten Onehundredacrewood, both graduates of the Summerhill draft at last November’s Emperor’s Palace Ready To Run, where they cost R190 000 and R85 000 respectively.

We’d have to concede that for a horse of his own world-class, Malhub’s first crop was something of a disappointment to us, but he has more than made up for it with his second crop of juveniles, in much the same way as our standard-bearer Northern Guest, did in his time. Three of Malhub’s 2009 models have already earned Black type, and the fourth (Onehundredacrewood), is thus far unbeaten.

By Monday morning, it’s possible Malhub might’ve ascended back to the heights of that memorable day at Royal Ascot, when he got to meet The Queen after slaughtering the champions Johannesburg and Invincible Sprit in the Golden Jubilee Sprint (Gr.1).

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MERCURY SPRINT : What else does Rebel King have to do?

jj_the_jet_planeJJ The Jet Plane
(Gold Circle)

Sunday’s Group One Mercury Sprint was a revelation once again of the remarkable depth among South Africa’s sprinters.  Three seasons ago CATALOOCHEE ran some of the fastest times in the world, including an all-Africa record for 1000 metres.  Last year local fans were treated to some spectacular racing as MYTHICAL FLIGHT went one step further, only to be beaten in his final start by WAR ARTIST, in the same Mercury Sprint.  WAR ARTIST has since gone on to make a significant impression in Group One company  in the UK this season, and now we have a new star burning even brighter.

Perhaps the most appealing high-flyer imaginable, three year old JJ THE JET PLANE has been in take-off mode right through the season, taking his third consecutive Group One in track record time on Sunday in the self-same Mercury Sprint, after toting an almost impossible 60kg to victory in the Golden Horse Sprint G1, on his previous start.  By any standards anywhere, this is a racehorse; and it’ll take an enormously talented one to lower his colours, when he gets to his new home in Hong Kong under the tutelage of Mike de Kock.  Not that we should take a single thing away from the masterful manner in which he’s been handled by Lucky Houdalakis at home.  Here’s a man in only his second year as a trainer, and he’s managed “JJ” like a seasoned veteran.

And his victim on Sunday?  The luckless Summerhill-bred REBEL KING, whose fourth Group One second it was.  Let’s not forget, it took MYTHICAL FLIGHT, WAR ARTIST and now JJ THE JET PLANE to deny him the glory of Group One victory.  Mercifully, his vanquishers have either left, or are about to take flight, so perhaps his time is still to come, though it will take a man like Charles Laird to spare him long enough to do so.  Those with memories will recall Charlie’s expert management of the career of six-time Equus Awards finalist and three times Champion, NHLAVINI, who was still contesting (and winning) at Group One level, well into his ninth season.

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GOLD CIRCLE'S Festival of Speed : Four Gr1's

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Lester Piggott
(Frank Tewkesbury)

Scottsville Racecourse was often referred to in the days when it still boasted a dip on the far straight, as a “poor track,” so this scene of Lester Piggott’s greatest ever ride on a racehorse, has come a long way in its splendid history to host what are arguably the four most important Grade One sprints on the South African racing calendar.

Of interest to the “Summerhill followers” will obviously be the clash in the “Big One”, the Golden Horse Casino Sprint, between the new kid on the block, J.J. The Jet Plane, who’s rapidly cultivating something of a cult following beyond his excellent trainer, Lucky Houdalakis, and the Summerhill-bred, Rebel King.

On pure recent form, “J.J.” looks the proverbial shoe-in, but after a reassuring chat to big time trainer, Charles Laird this morning, it seems all is well with the “Rebel,” and an 8,5kg turnaround for a 2 length beating last time they met, might just be too much, even for a folk hero to endure. At 6-1, Rebel King, for our money anyway, looks very attractive.

In the S.A. Fillies Sprint, Hot Reception takes on much the same Grade One quality field (with the addition of the dangerous Dancer’s Daughter) she clobbered over the course and distance in the Poinsettia Stakes (Gr3) last month, and if she maintains that form, it’ll take more than just a good run from Grade One winners (all three previous Champions) Rat Burana, Ethereal Lady and Stratos, to turn the tables! Perhaps the real damper will come from a previous graduate of our paddocks’ daughter Oracle News. Who knows? You never do at Scottsville.

In the juvenile colts clash, the Gold Reef Medallion, Michael Azzie has curiously elected to take on the champion-in-waiting, Warm White Night, with Strelitzia Stakes heroine and Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, Thekkady, who might’ve been better served against her own sex in the Alan Robertson Fillies Championship (Gr1).

But you never know at Scottsville… stranger things have happened.

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Golden Horse Casino Sprint

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Summerhill Stud is well represented in this Saturday’s racing bonanza at Scottsville Racecourse. There are no less than 9 Summerhill-sired runners entered in the four Group 1 races.

RACE 5 - Gr1 ALLAN ROBERTSON FILLIES CHAMPIONSHIP 1200m - 1.30pm
3 GOAT (LABEEB x HELLO DOLLY)
6 KESHA (BRAASHEE x BABY BATTLE)

RACE 6 - Gr1 GOLD REEF RESORTS MEDALLION 1200m - 2.05pm
10 THEKKADY (NATIONAL EMBLEM x VERVE CLIQUOT)

RACE 7 - Gr1 SOUTH AFRICAN FILLIES SPRINT 1200m - 2.45pm
5 HOT RECEPTION (MUHTAFAL x TRIPLE TEMPO)

RACE 8 - Gr1 GOLDEN HORSE CASINO SPRINT 1200m - 3.25pm
4 REBEL KING (NATIONAL EMBLEM x COUSIN LINDA)
9 FAIR BRUTUS (MUHTAFAL x NATIONAL GYPSY)
11 RELINYANE (MUHTAFAL x LE TOUESSROK)
13 THUNDER KEY (MUHTAFAL x SPECIAL KEY)
17 PEGASUS EMBLEM (NATIONAL EMBLEM x ABOVE THE WAVES)

If you are not going racing, be sure to catch all the action on Tellytrack, DSTV channel 232. 

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Mythical Flight Defends Unbeaten 1000m Record

Mythical FlightMythical Flight (kerckhaert)Sean Tarry’s gelding did have his problems during the Durban season, where he suffered his only two lifetime defeats. In fairness, though, those were both over 1200m, one of them in a handicap where he failed by a neck to give top class Kildonan 2.5 kgs in the Golden Horse Casino Sprint at Scottsville, so Mythical Flight still performed with plenty of credit. There nevertheless is little doubt that 1000m is his preferred trip, and the son of Jet Master made a splendid seasonal debut when he shouldered 62 kgs to an impressive start-to-finish success in a Gr3 handicap over the minimum trip at Turffontein in December. Mythical Flight showed almost surreal speed to win last year’s Gr 1 Computaform Sprint, and he did also capture the Cape Flying Championship a season ago. Unless something goes seriously awry, he will surely be winning the Cape’s only Gr 1 sprint for a second time this weekend.

Should Mythical Flight somehow contrive to be beaten then it may be fellow Gauteng visitor, and Summerhill-bred, Rebel King who will pick up the pieces. This 4yo made a grand start to his Cape campaign when he ran on well from some way off the pace and beat Blue Tiger by 1.25 lengths over 1200m in the Gr 3 Diadem Stakes last month. The former Gr 2 SA Nursery winner has plenty of talent, but while he has won twice over 1000m he certainly doesn’t have the sheer speed of Mythical Flight. Rebel King will be doing his best work late and has an excellent chance of finishing in the money, but he will find it mighty tough to reel in Mythical Flight on 6 kgs worse terms than would apply in a handicap. Indeed, Rebel King finished 2.5 lengths further behind in the Golden Horse Casino Sprint, over a distance which arguably suits him better than Mythical Flight, and now has to meet the latter on 2.5 kgs worse terms.

PE visitor Hear The Drums is the second highest rated horse (another Summerhill-bred racehorse) in the race. Some would debate whether he deserves that, the argument being bandied about with considerable frequency that PE horses are rated too high in relation to those from other centres. There is some foundation for this point of view, and purely on handicappers’ assessments, for instance, Hear The Drums’ stable companion Paris Perfect should have fared a whole lot better than he did in the Gr1 Cape Guineas a fortnight ago. When all is said and done, though, it is both unkind and unfair to try and tarnish the fact that Hear The Drums has managed to win 15 races from 31 starts, no matter where he has been competing. He is a very good sprinter indeed, and one who has shown terrific heart under 63 kgs in his last couple of starts. He has won six times from ten tries over 1000m, and he certainly has a lively chance of at least earning place money on WFA terms here.

The pace will be fast and furious, even if the south-easter is pumping. Mythical Flight is as fast as any horse we have seen for a very long time, while the likes of Ice Wine and Hear The Drums have plenty of early dash in their armoury as well. It is stating the obvious to remark that Mythical Flight is the horse to beat, but we really have no choice. Rebel King, Hear The Drums, Something Else and Ice Wine are selected to follow him home.

Extract by Matthew Lips from Sporting Post 18 January 2008

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The Festival of Speed: A day of anticipation for Summerhill

The forthcoming weekend (27th May) witnesses the staging of Gold Circle’s Festival of Speed at Scottsville racecourse. The tradition of four Gr.1 races, all on the same day over 1200 metres goes back to the beginning of Scottsville’s lengthy history, and as long as we can remember. For more than 30 years, the Gilbey Stakes (now the Golden Horse Casino Sprint Gr.1) was the oldest sponsored race in South Africa (yes, older than the Rothmans July and J& B Met), and its list of winners reads like a who’s who of the great sprinters of South African history. It promises to be another landmark event with the presence in the field of the unbeaten Mythical Flight and his daring challenger, Summerhill-bred Rebel King. At the weights, and in the conditions, we have a sneaking suspicion that Rebel King will seriously test Mythical Flight’s unbeaten record, and whatever happens, you can count on a full Summerhill turnout on the day.

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Fastest horse in Africa retires to Summerhill

DUAL Grade 1 winning sprinter Cataloochee has been retired from racing and will join the stallion ranks at Summerhill Stud where he will stand for a fee of R15,000.

Trained by Geoff Woodruff for Mr and Mrs Robert Muir, Cataloochee enjoyed his finest moments as a three-year-old when victorious in two Grade 1 sprints. He beat Nhlavini in the Computaform Sprint at Turffontein and then defeated a star-studded field in the Golden Horse Sprint at Scottsville.

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Let's Rock'n Roll Wins Gr1 Golden Horse Sprint

3YO colt Let’s Rock’n Roll (Muhtafal-First Arrival, by Northern Guest) defeated his older rivals to score a 1.25-lengths victory in last weekend’s Gr1 Golden Horse Sprint (1200m) at Scottsville to notch his sixth win in 11 tries Zimbabwe-bred Let’s Rock’n Roll (ridden by Randall Simons for trainer Paul Matchett) defeated favourite What A Question (Qui Danzig-Waseela, by Ahonoora) & Vega (Jallad-Venetian Lily, by Argosy). Bred by Hallmark Thoroughbreds, Let’s Rock’n Roll now has 6 wins from 11 starts (including 5 victories in his initial 7 runs) for R495,318 earnings.

Let’s Rock’n Roll gives Muthafal his second Group One winner for the season, following Mercury Sprint winner Disappear. Conceived at Summerhill Stud, but foaled across the border, Let’s Rock’n Roll is the first foal of Northern Guest’s daughter First Arrival, Zimbawbe’s champion three-year-old filly in 1999. Winner of the W Store Oaks (G3), she is a half-sister to Tibouchina Stakes winner Clifton Queen (Plugged Nickle). Her second foal, Beat Patrol, also by Muhtafal, recently won his maiden at the Vaal in impressive fashion. She has a yearling filly by Slew The Red.

For those who like to watch pedigrees, you may be interested to note that Muhtafal’s Grade 3 winners Side By Side and The Waltz are also from Northern Guest mares.

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Summerhill bred or sired runners 28 May SCOTTSVILLE

RACE 1 GOLDEN LOOM (2001) Maiden Juvenile Plate R 53,000, 1000m• straight

NO LIMITS a D G A Maroun 1 57.0 R Simons 0 Owners: Mad Syndicate (Nom: Mr D G A Maroun) (bred by Summerhill Stud) 2 b g Western Winter - Poppy (Fard) [RESULT: 3rd]

RORKE’S DRIFT a R G Phillips 5 57.0 K Jupp 0 Owners: Mrs Tootsie Naidoo and Mr R G Phillips (bred by Mr & Mrs B.Le Roux) 2 b g Lavery - Prebattle (Complete Warrior) [RESULT: 2nd]

Race 8 Gr1 Golden Horse Casino Sprint (MR) R 400,000, 1200m• straight

Won by LET’S ROCK’N ROLL (ZIM) by MUHTAFAL - Margin 1.25lengths.

RACE 9 KEY OF DESTINY (2004) Merit Rated 78 Hcp (f&m) R 54,000, 1000m• straight

ROSE BAY ba D Campbell 16 55.5 K Shea 86 102* Mr and Mrs D Mack, Messrs Douglas Campbell and K Moodley (bred by D.Mack) 3 ch f Russian Revival - Golden Insense (Golden Thatch) [RESULT: 3rd, Margin 0.25 length]

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