"For perfect timing, it doesn't get much better than this for many-times champion breeder, Mick Goss. At next week's Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Sale he'll offer the last progeny of Await The Dawn and to say his progeny are firing is an under-statement." - David Mollett
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One can't exactly compare it to Paul Pogba's transfer to Manchester United for 105 million euros, but racing had its own big deal this year when Lammerskraal bought the stallion, Visionaire, from Summerhill Stud.
It’s difficult to imagine any other place quite like it. When Summerhill first aspired to the coveted title of South Africa’s Champion Breeder, we became only the sixth entity in history to do so; little did the team know then, that we’d be enjoying the tenth renewal of this coveted title in 2016.
As a lawyer in his younger days, breeder Mick Goss will be familiar with the Latin phrase, “annus horribilis.” The words (“horrible year”) were famously used by Queen Elizabeth in a speech at the Guildhall in 1992, but fast forward 24 years and they certainly apply to the Summerhill Stud supremo.
With the odds now sternly loaded against Summerhill in the South African Breeders' Championship, it’s gratifying to find ourselves at the top of the pile again, even if it’s only temporarily.
I’ve had to make some hard decisions in my life, one of which was buying Summerhill in the days when I was penniless, the other exchanging our family home in Hillcrest for Hartford at a precarious time in South Africa’s political history and giving up a rewarding life in law. There have been many others, but the most painful of all was letting Visionaire go on the weekend. He is not only our and the province’s flagship stallion, but he’s a lovable character to whom every last soul on the farm has an attachment. Mick Goss / Summerhill CEO
While Summerhill has never been accused of "masking" anything in our twenty eight years of association with the Ready To Run (which was our invention, remember), we remind ourselves that it takes a lifetime to build a reputation, and only five minutes to destroy it.
Capetown Noir was born into equine royalty. A son of the stallion Emperor, Western Winter, his mother is a former Broodmare of the Year by Champion Sire, Fort Wood. His grandmother was a Guineas winner by Summerhill's own Champion, Northern Guest, from a daughter of yet another Champion, Jungle Cove. He didn't disappoint.
Bloodstock South Africa's National Yearling Sale saw a new South African sales record for a filly during the second session Thursday, with Lot 221 selling for R4.75 million (US$390,927). The bidding on the daughter of Fort Wood, consigned by Lammerskraal Stud, started at a million and jumped in million-rand increments, finally slowing down at the R4 million mark.
Good horses come from good farms with good people, and in those departments, ours are up there with the best. Anywhere.
Former champion sire and sire of sires Western Winter was euthenased Saturday following complications resulting from a colic operation. He was the flagbrearer of Lammerskraal Stud.
Click above to watch Solo Traveller winning the Bloodstock SA Cape Guineas…
(Photo : Gold Circle - Footage : Tellytrack)
BLOODSTOCK SA CAPE GUINEAS (Grade 1)
Kenilworth Turf 1600m
For all 3-year-old horses
18 December 2010
www.goldcircle.co.zaSolo Traveller became the first progeny of former champion sire Western Winter to win the Bloodstock SA Cape Guineas at Kenilworth on Saturday and the race was a triumph for Mike Rattray’s Lammerskraal Stud but even more so for trainer Justin Snaith and jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe.
Justin Snaith and Bernard Fayd’Herbe claimed a Cape Guineas double, having won the fillies’ version two weeks ago with the exciting Ebony Flyer. Snaith nearly achieved the same three years ago with filly winner Captain’s Lover and colt runner up Russian Sage, but this was in fact his first triumph in the male version of the race. He made sure of it, claiming a one-two as his Dynasty colt Run For It finished strongly for second. The last trainer to do the Guineas double was the maestro Terrance Millard whose filly Star Effort won both races twenty seasons ago in the 1990/1991 season.
Lammerskraal Stud’s Sally Jordaan was thrilled with the victory. She and Mike Rattray choose only a couple of colts from each crop to race themselves every season so it is highly rewarding when they get it right as they have with Solo Traveller.
Fayd’Herbe had to ride Solo Traveller very strongly in the closing stages, but the horse responded by hitting another gear and his long stride took him through a gap and past Kavanagh. Fayd’Herbe said that the tougher the circumstances the better Solo Traveller liked it. He added that Solo Traveller was still “underdone” so should come on for the run. Solo Traveller is a full-brother to Strawberry Ice who finished second in last season’s KRA Fillies Guineas and was never tried beyond a mile. However, his relaxed demeanour in the running coupled with his long stride and tough character will give him every chance of staying the 2000m of the J&B Met. Furthermore his second dam Taineberry won the Grade 2 Natal Oaks over 2400m. Snaith intimated that Solo Traveller would go for the Met as he felt this season’s three-year-old crop were strong particularly in relation to the older horses still left in the country.
Run For It, who did not have a clear path in the Selangor, relished the longer straight not to mention the skill of Felix Coetzee. He had to be switched around the front bunch to get a run, but it is unlikely he would have beaten Solo Traveller with a straighter path as the latter ran all the way to the line and probably would have found extra if challenged. Snaith intimated that Run For it would be aimed at the Grade 1 Cape Derby over 2000m on J&B Met day. Run For It does have a Vodacom Durban July look about him.
Mike de Kock must have been disappointed once again with Kavanagh, whom he rates highly. Kavanagh quickened very well into the lead, but could not stave off the challengers in the final 100m for the third time in his short career to date. There is no way that jockey Johnny Geroudis could have waited any longer with him as he was behind King Fahiem who had begun to fade. Perana ran a fine race, staying on well. He will be a big runner in the Grade 1 Cape Derby or J&B Met, whichever one he targets, as he clearly needs further. Il Saggiatore also caught the eye as a Cape Derby prospect. He lost two lengths at the start and turned for home last, but was finishing very strongly and was just 2,6 lengths back at the line. Fifth-placed M’Lords Throat ran an excellent race considering he had to come from a very wide draw. He fought on courageously for a long time in the straight from his handy position. Many will say that the race proved that What A Winter, who finished a 2,35 length sixth, didn’t stay. However, he was firstly caught three wide, secondly had to come from a long way back and thirdly appeared to be running on perfectly well until the whip was drawn. He then appeared to become unbalanced and lugged in.
RUN FOR IT
Mike de Kock
Mike de Kock
WHAT A WINTER
IL SAGGIATORE (AUS)
WOLF ON THE FOLD
SOUTH AFRICAN THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS’ PREMIERSHIP
2009 - 2010
It was the celebrated South African flyhalf, Naas Botha, who once famously said that “the Currie Cup is not won in May.” He was quite right, and that’s been proven time and again with the passage of the years. However, Summerhill’s record of five consecutive Breeders’ Championships is one that stands alone in the last forty years, and this weekend, with a full three months of the racing season left, we have eclipsed all our previous (and South African) earnings records, as our runners amassed more than R1million for the week, catapulting our collective earnings for the season past the R16million mark.
We’ve asked the question before, only to be proven wrong, but we wonder whether we can ever best this season again. The log tells the story. And asks the question.
Figures courtesy of Sporting Post as at 5 May 2010
SOUTH AFRICAN BREEDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
“The Currie Cup is not won in (October)”. But it’s a comforting thought that with barely 3 months of the new season expired, five times Champions, Summerhill, hold a healthy advantage on the National Breeders log, in what is, without parallel, the tightest held Championship in racing, anywhere.
CORRECT AS AT 10 NOVEMBER 2009
The annual KwaZulu-Natal Racing Awards function was held at at Greyville Racecourse in Durban last night. Summerhill collected 2 trophies including Breeder of the Year.
The awards represent achievements based on the performance of horses which are normally domiciled in KwaZulu-Natal. They were presented at a glittering dinner to honour the top performers, both equine and human, attended by a large gathering of racing personalities.