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Champions Day Final Fields

Champions Day could not be more aptly named. Competing at Turffontein on Saturday 30 April will be the highest rated three-year-old, the top two rated four-year-olds, five-year-old and filly in the country.

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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

NOBLE HEIR BLITZES COMPUTAFORM SPRINT

2010 computaform sprint noble heir video
2010 computaform sprint noble heir video

Click above to watch Noble Heir winning the Computaform Sprint (Gr1)

(Image and Footage : Tellytrack)

R1,000,000 COMPUTAFORM SPRINT (Grade 1)

Turffontein, 1000m, Turf

1 May 2010

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Michael Clower Racing PostNoble Heir sprang a 10-1 surprise when blitzing the opposition in the Grade 1 Computaform Sprint at Turffontein on Saturday.

The two market leaders, Warm White Night and Private Jet, both flopped and were the last two home.

Anthony Delpech’s mount lost ground at the start but she was on terms two furlongs out and soon drew away to beat 18-1 shot Intellectual rather more easily than the one and three-quarter length verdict would suggest. The 2007 winner Mythical Flight was half a length away third.

Delpech reported: “Things didn’t work out to plan when we jumped but maybe that worked in my favour because they went very fast - possibly we have found a new way to ride her. She may be on the small side but all you need is a big heart and the will to win.”

Durban-based trainer Dennis Bosch added: “Noble Heir is just a bomb. It is difficult to fly horses up and down from Durban to Jo’burg so she has stayed up here with Stuart Pettigrew and much of the credit must go to him.”

Warm White Night started at 11-20 but rider Anton Marcus looked decidedly uneasy even before halfway. He accepted the situation in the final furlong as the favourite dropped right out to finish last.

Last year’s winner Private Jet (9-2) was fastest away and appearedto have every chance two furlongs out but he soon faded and was only one place in front of the favourite at the line.

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NOBLE HEIR (Kahal x Irish Honour)

4 Year Old Grey Filly

Owners : Sean Franken, A Hadden and D Holder

Trainer : Dennis Bosch

Jockey : Anthony Delpech

Breeder : Connington Stud

Win Time : 57.44

Career Record : 8 Wins, 10 Places, 24 Starts

Career Earnings : R1,262,140

RACE RESULT :

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

NOBLE HEIR

57.5

105

8

A Delpech

Dennis Bosch

2

1.75

INTELLECTUAL

60.0

110

6

R Danielson

Herman Brown

3

2.25

MYTHICAL FLIGHT

60.0

113

11

J Geroudis

Sean Tarry

4

2.50

SOUTH COUNTRY

60.0

106

9

B Fayd’Herbe

Gary Alexander

5

2.55

STRIKE PARADISE

60.0

105

7

B Lerena

Dominic Zaki

6

3.00

ESTEREL

55.5

101

2

F Naude

Dianne Stenger

7

3.25

LAUREAL MAN (BRZ)

58.0

92

3

D David

Brett Webber

8

3.50

OPENING NIGHT

60.0

95

5

M V’Rensberg

Clinton Binda

9

4.25

LIGHTNING LECTURE

60.0

102

10

S Khumalo

David Nieuwenhuizen

10

6.00

PRIVATE JET (ARG)

60.0

115

4

P Strydom

Geoff Woodruff

11

7.50

WARM WHITE NIGHT

60.0

114

1

A Marcus

Charles Laird

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IT’S NEVER BEEN BETTER : RACING FANS SPOILT FOR CHOICE

computaform sprint
computaform sprint

The Computaform Sprint (Grade 1)

(Photo : Computaform /Phumelela)

THE SA DERBY, SA OAKS AND THE COMPUTAFORM SPRINT

There’s been an awful lot in the news and on television about Pierre Jourdan and his crack at the SASCOC Triple Crown next Saturday (24th April), but there’s a helluva supporting cast around the SA Derby, including the SA Oaks (Salutation has a go at restoring the fortunes of a family which last tasted Group One glory with Last Watch in the SA Classic equivalent of yesteryear).

But for race goers, the other very serious diversion on Champions Day, revolves around the Computaform Sprint (Gr1), which has thrown up its own retinue of legends over the years. This year’s renewal must rival, if not outpoint any of its predecessors, with three individual champions taking on one another in what might arguably turn out to be the fastest 1000 metres the world has ever witnessed, given its history of 55 seconds scorchers.

The protagonists include the mercurial Mythical Flight, champion juvenile and multiple Grade One sprinter Warm White Night, and last year’s Computaform ace Private Jet.

Yes, a Triple Crown bid at a mile and a half, and a world-class dash at a 1000 metres, with nothing but a hair’s breadth separating the candidates on their best exposed form.

One thing’s for sure, the result will be tight; there will be no Ussain Bolt surging away from a gathering of street joggers this time, and it will be a wonderful prelude to a assault on the Triple Crown by arguably the best Three Year Old we’ve seen since Horse Chestnut.

What a day for racing.

R1 Million COMPUTAFORM SPRINT (Grade 1)

Turffontein 1000m

24 April 2010

FINAL FIELD

No

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

PRIVATE JET (ARG)

60

115

4

P Strydom

Geoff Woodruff

2

WARM WHITE NIGHT

60

114

1

A Marcus

Charles Laird

3

MYTHICAL FLIGHT

60

113

11

J Geroudis

Sean Tarry

4

INTELLECTUAL

60

110

6

R Danielson

Herman Brown

5

SOUTH COUNTRY

60

106

9

A Fortune

Gary Alexander

6

STRIKE PARADISE

60

105

7

B Lerena

Dominic Zaki

7

LIGHTENING LECTURE

60

102

10

S Khumalo

David Nieuwenhuizen

8

OPENING NIGHT

60

95

5

M V’Rensberg

Clinton Binda

9

LAUREAL MAN(BRZ)

58

92

3

D David

Brett Webber

10

NOBLE HEIR

57.5

105

8

A Delpech

Dennis Bosch

11

GOLDEN SECRET

57.5

88

12

*JP v’d Merwe

Mike Azzie

12

ESTEREL

55.5

101

2

F Naude

Dianne Stenger

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OF WAR ARTIST, REBEL KING AND UNCLE TOMMY

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rebel king klawevlei stud

Rebel King

(Photo : Kerry Jack)

LIVING IN CLOVER

Those that watched Thursday evening’s big sprint in Dubai, will have noticed that Rupert Plersch’sWar Artist came home smoking. This is not only great news for a long-time client of Summerhill, but it also franks the talents of a graduate of our paddocks. Rebel King was born into an “impossible” era of great sprinters in South Africa. As a son of National Emblem, he already had great shoes to fill from a Summerhill perspective, as he was the successor in the same yard (champion trainer Charles Laird’s) as the great Nhlavini, the only horse in history to line-up six consecutive years as an Equus Awards finalist.

As if that wasn’t enough, Rebel King also happened to arrive on the sprinting scene at a time when National Colourwas blazing her trail, and the emergence of the spectacular Mythical Flightwas taking shape. As if repelling these two horses was not already enough of a challenge, he came to the Natal Mercury Sprint (Gr.1) two seasons ago for yet another encounter with the odds-on Mythical Flight, at level weights over Clairwoods’ 1200m track.

At last, he came to conquer the horse that had beaten him in the Computaform Sprint (Gr.1) in Johannesburg, and having just got the job done, and with victory looking like it was in the bag, War Artist flashed up to beat him by a neck.

Of course, we know that War Artist has gone on to Group race glory in Europe during the past season, as well as running a narrow third in the Prix de ‘l Abbaye (Gr.1) Longchamp’s showcase for the best sprinters in Europe. Again, at Dubai’s Meydan Thursday evening, War Artist showed his mettle by lowering the colours of a strong field of sprinters, reminding us of his battles with Rebel King.

Very recently, our Bloodstock Manager, Kerry Jack, visited Rebel King at his new stallion home at the prestigious Klawervlei Stud (translated, literally, “clover vlei”). There’s hope in the Klawervlei quarter that he will be the successor to his own illustrious father, National Emblem.

Patronised by the owners of more than a hundred broodmares in his first season at stud, he’s an obvious hit, and a tribute to the horses graduating from our paddocks. His half-brother, Uncle Tommy, was 2009’s highest priced yearling at all sales in South Africa last year at R2,5 million, knocked down to the bid of Mike Bass acting on behalf of the doyen, Graham Beck.

ROYAL ASCOT

Royal Ascot must surely be one of the most well-known racing events on the international calendar. The Melbourne Cup may stop a nation for a day, but this Royal meeting stops the world for a week.

It was Queen Anne who transformed the naked heathland at Windsor Castle into the arena for England’s most famous sporting tradition in 1711. Since then more money, more pride, more pedigree and more champagne has been splurged on the outcome of the events of these four days than on any other sporting action anywhere.

To line up at Ascot takes more than a measure of talent, and earning a cheque is a serious achievement. Those that lay claim to Group One success are the elite of the breed. Summerhill stallion MALHUB (Kingmambo/Arjuzah) is one such horse; he overcame major adversity, took on the best, and beat the best sprinters in the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Gr1), including World Champion Juvenile, JOHANNESBURG.

This year, South African-bred J J THE JET PLANE carries the flag for South Africa in Saturday’s Golden Jubilee Stakes (Gr 1), while MYTHICAL FLIGHT takes up the challenge in today’s Kings Stand Stakes (Gr1).

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REBEL KING RETIRES TO STUD

The latest conversation with Charles Laird was a “bitter-sweet” affair, as it involved some promising young horses, and the departure of the stalwart, Summerhill-bred Rebel King, who’s just left the yard to take up stud duties at Klawervlei Stud in the Western Cape.

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SINGAPORE'S PREMIER RACEDAY : The South African Challenge

 Mythical Flight
Kranji, Singapore, 15 May 2009
(Photo : Singapore Turf Club)

Defending Singapore Airlines International Cup Champion, Jay Peg, will jump from stall five in Sunday’s feature event at Kranji, much to the delight of trainer Herman Brown.

“It’s a good draw and gives us plenty of options to ride close to the pace, as he normally does. A lot will also depend on how quick the horses on the inside go,” said Herman Brown.

 

In 2008, Jay Peg sat quietly in second spot before sweeping into the lead for a dominant victory in the 2000m showcase race. The European Bloodstock News reports that the handsome bay has failed to win since and has run below par in three starts since undergoing knee surgery, most recently finishing down the course behind Gladiatorus and Presvis in the Dubai Duty Free.

 

Mike de Kock’s charge, Bankable, will jump from stall three and is considered a possible danger to Audemars Piguet QE II Cup winner and race favourite, Presvis.


“That’s great,” said Mike de Kock’s assistant trainer Trevor Brown following the draw. “He (Bankable) is versatile with a good turn of foot and he’s had a good preparation.”

 

Sean Tarry, was left shaking his head in utter disbelief when his speed merchant, Mythical Flight, came away with barrier 11 for the 1200m KrisFlyer Sprint, where defending champion Takeover Target, well drawn on the inside, is the likely favourite.

 

“It’s a shocker. I’ve said all along we’ll be in trouble if he draws double digits,” said Sean Tarry, who was hoping to draw as close to the rail as possible but added, “We’re here to race. We wanted an inside draw, which can be vital here, but he has very good gate speed, he’s looking well and moving well.”

 

Former South African trainer Patrick Shaw, now based in Singapore, was also left deflated after drawing stall nine for local hero, the undefeated three-year-old, Rocket Man, owned by old friend of Summerhill, Fred Crabbia.

 

“Yes, I’m disappointed with the draw but we have to move on now. It’s not the end of the world but it makes his (Rocket Man) job a bit harder,” said Patrick Shaw.

 

The Australian-bred Rocket Man is the highest rated galloper in Singapore and his wins include both the Kranji and Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprints this season. Rocket Man is a half-brother to the Charles Laird-trained Gr1 winner Our Giant.

 

Summerhill Stud wishes all the South African connections “Voorspoed” and the greatest success on Singapore’s premier raceday.

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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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JEFF LLOYD and PIERE STRYDOM : As good as the 'Best in the World'

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Jeff Lloyd and Piere Strydom

Any student of the racing game with an appreciation for its subtleties, will appreciate this. For years now, we’ve known that South Africa has no peers when it comes to the production of world-class jockeys, and we guess that Jeffery’s Lloyd’s victory in the Australian Derby (Gr1) last weekend was yet another endorsement of this statement. Back in Hong Kong, 16 of the last 17 jockeys’ titles in the dominion every jockey wants to ride in, tells us of the remarkable job the South African Jockey’s Academy has done in its 50 year existence (which incidentally, is celebrated this year in October).

Racegoers at Gauteng’s biggest race meeting of the year, witnessed eight Graded Stakes races last Saturday and a masterful exhibition from a jockey who is just about as good as anyone in the world right now.

Throughout last week, and in every interview before the cameras, Piere Strydom played down the prospects of his runners in the three Group Ones, the Gomma Gomma Challenge, the Computaform Sprint and the S.A.Derby. For the Challenge, he was aboard Eddington, whom he thought hadn’t stayed the trip in the SA Classic (over 1800m) a month before, and so he said he could see no reason why the horse should get the trip against his elders. He did concede though, in the same breath that his trainer Dominic Zaki, thought he would. For the Sprint, he thought Mythical Flight would be unbeatable, and that they would all be scrubbing their heads off, including his own mount, JJ The Jet Plane, to keep up with him. He said the trick was to bide one’s time without letting Mythical Flight get out of sight, and then run on for second money. In the Derby, he was on something of a “no-hoper”, Classic Oasis, and so the story went.

Come the day, and the first of the “big three”, the Derby, loomed with Strydom in imperious form. He pinched the lead at the right moment, and raced away from the field, opening up by six or seven lengths well into the straight, and it was only the class of King’s Gambit that cost him the race in the end. There were those that felt he had no right to be in the money at all, yet he held on for a gallant second from a fast finishing Rudra, and it was only jockeyship, and the obvious talk of the consummate “games-man” during the week that got him there.

Enter the Computaform Sprint, and it was just a matter of Mythical Flight having to fluff his lines in the treacherous conditions, and anything could happen. Perhaps in hindsight, it was predictable that this man Strydom, who must now surely rank among the all-time greats of South African racing, should bring his horse home in such style, keeping him balanced right to the line. For the record, Mythical Flight appears to have a “wind” problem.

And then for the big one, where despite his claims that the horse was an unlikely stayer, and having spoken his colleagues solidly to sleep during the week, he jumped Eddington out and led from pillar to post, going away by 2 ½ lengths at the death under a masterful ride.

Yes, Piere Strydom is a world class professional, but he’s not only skilled on a horse. He would’ve excelled in the legal profession as well, given the chance!

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MYTHICAL FLIGHT heads Champions Day Nominations

mythical flightMythical Flight (kerckhaert)Two top three-year-olds are likely to be pitted against sprinting star Mythical Flight in the Grade 1 Tedelex Computaform Sprint to be run over 1000m at Turffontein on Saturday 3 May 2008.

The Computaform Sprint is one of eight Graded races to take place on Champions Day, which includes the R3.5 million Gomma Gomma Challenge as well as the Grade 1 Edblo SA Derby. The two Grade 1 races carry prize money of R1 million each.

Also carded to be run on Champions Day are the Audi Centre East Rand SA Oaks, the PG Bison SA Nursery, the Unitrans SA Fillies Nursery, the Emperors Palace Gold Bowl and the Grafton Everest Camellia Stakes, all Grade 2 events.

Mythical Flight, trained by Sean Tarry, set a South African record when beating Rebel King in last year’s race, blazing home in an amazing time of 54.96 seconds. Now a year older, the son of Jet Master could have the most to fear from two stars of the future, Seventh Rock and J J The Jet Plane.

Trainer Charles Laird has been talking about this race as the mission for Australian-bred Seventh Rock for some time now. The colt has won six of his eight starts and finished second on the other two occasions. Bred by Rock Of Gibraltar, Seventh Rock is unbeaten in three runs over 1000m and on paper at least, looks to be Mythical Flight’s main adversary.

But J J The Jet Plane has been a revelation since trainer “Lucky’’ Houdalakis reverted to sprint distances with him and he will be a factor if he is not run off his feet early on.

The SA Derby is heading to be one of the most hotly contested three-year-old events of the season. SA Classic winner Kings Gambit will be looking for a quick Grade 1 double while Dingaans winner Lion’s Blood, who also finished second in the SA Classic, has also been entered in this race.

Charles Laird has nominated four runners, headed up by Causation, who missed the SA Classic, and Senor Versace, winner of the Nijinsky Derby Trial at Turffontein on Saturday.

Mike de Kock will have great expectations here should both Hamlool and Rudra accept for the SA Derby but he has an exceptionally strong hand in the SA Oaks where he has entered the unbeaten daughter of Sadler’s Wells, Front Of House, three-time winner Garota De Ipanema and Jasmine Oaks Trial winner Moon Storm.

He will probably expect his main challenge to come from SA Fillies Classic champion Urabamba, trained by Robbie Sage.

In the SA Nursery and the SA Fillies Nursery, Charles Laird looks to be unstoppable if he runs Warm White Nights and Merlene De Lago in their respective races. Both have been most impressive and look to have very bright futures.

Supplementary Entries close at 11 am on Monday 21 April 2008 after which the weights and barrier draws will be published. Final declarations are by 11am on Thursday 24 April 2008.

NOMINATIONS:

TEDELEX COMPUTAFORM SPRINT (Grade 1)(Weight for Age) R1 million, 1000m
ACE OF HEARTS (J Vos)
ARCHIPELIGO (D R Drier)
ATLANTIC INN (S G Tarry)
BARTHEZ (S T Pettigrew)
CEDAR (B P Maroun)
EVENING ATTIRE (L Anderson)
FANYANA (B P Maroun)
FLINTLOCK (G M Alexander)
J J THE JET PLANE (M N Houdalakis)
LIGHTNING LECTURE (G M Alexander)
MYTHICAL FLIGHT (S G Tarry)
PORT OF YORK (L Lotz)
ROSINANTE (P F Matchett)
SEVENTH ROCK (C Laird)

EDBLO SA DERBY (Grade 1)(For 3 year olds) R1 million 2450m
ALUMINIUM (G V Woodruff)
AWESOME DOUBLE (G V Woodruff)
BLUE TOOTH (R P Lerena)
BURKE’S LUCK (D Zaki)
CASHEL (C Laird)
CAUSATION (C Laird)
CLASSIC OASIS (S T Pettigrew)
EDDINGTON (D Zaki)
FULL POWER (G V Woodruff)
HAMLOOL (M F De Kock)
KALEIDOSCOPIO (C Spies)
KINGS GAMBIT (L Wiid)
LION’S BLOOD (T Zackey)
MAJOR CHAMPION (G V Woodruff)
MASTER KHAN (C Spies)
QUICKSAND (S J Gray)
RUDRA (M F De Kock)
SENOR VERSACE (C Laird)
SOLAR SYMBOL (C Laird)
THUNDERING JET (A G Laird)

AUDI CENTRE EAST RAND SA OAKS (Grade 2)(3 year old fillies) R400 000 2450m
ALBIZIA (G V Woodruff)
BLUE SWIFT (C Laird)
CANTIGA DE LUAR (C Spies)
CUIR DE RUSSIE (C Laird)
DESERT FLING (R R Sage)
FAIRY GOLD (A G Laird)
FRONT OF HOUSE (M F De Kock)
GAROTA DE IPANEMA (M F De Kock)
GRANDALEA (WGC Miller)
HAPPY SPIRIT (W H Marwing)
IMPERIALIST (W H Marwing)
LINCOLN ECHO (R R Sage)
LOGONTONEWS (D Zaki)
MONEYCANTBUYMELOVE (G V Woodruff)
MOON STORM (M F De Kock)
RAVEN (S T Pettigrew)
SUPER JEAN (W H Tolmay)
URABAMBA (R R Sage)

PG BISON SA NURSERY (Grade 2)(For 2 year olds) R500 000 1160m
BIG COMMOTION (D Zaki)
CERISE CHERRY (P F Matchett)
FOREST PATH (M F De Kock)
HURRICANE FORCE (C Laird)
MASTER OF ALL (A G Laird)
MDANSI (M F De Kock)
MPUMELELO (T Zackey)
OMERTA (R R Magner)
QUI HARBOUR (P F Matchett)
SECRET LIFE (P F Matchett)
SOUL PATROL (R R Magner)
STUNTMAN (B D Botes)
VALOR NATIVO (C Spies)
WAR OF CONQUEST (A G Laird)
WARM WHITE NIGHT (C Laird)

UNITRANS SA FILLIES NURSERY (Grade 2)(For 2 year old fillies) R400 000 1160m
AKILAH (L Anderson)
BEAUTIFUL JO (C Spies)
CRIMSON LADY (A G Laird)
FAKAZI (P F Matchett)
GOLDEN SCOLD (P F Matchett)
HER EXCELLENCY (C Laird)
KESHA (A Kirsten)
KIRIBATI (S G Tarry)
MERLENE DE LAGO (C Laird)
ON HER TOES (M G Azzie)
RESOUNDING SPIRIT (A Kirsten)
ROCK CONCERT (G V Woodruff)
THEKKADY (M G Azzie)
ZIRCONEUM (M F De Kock)

EMPERORS PALACE GOLD BOWL (Grade 2)(Open) R500 000 3200m
ACCORD (W Whitehead)
LIKEITHOT (C Laird)
LONG DOLLAR (W H Marwing)
MEMBRADO (S G Tarry)
PARIS TO PEKING (T Zackey)
PRINCE ASAD (G V Woodruff)
SILVERPOINT (M G Azzie)
SPITZBERGEN (O A Ferraris)
WESTERN WALK (J Vos)

GRAFTON EVEREST CAMELLIA STAKES (Grade 2)(Fillies & Mares) R220 000 1160m
CHIPPI (L Lotz)
DUKE’S WOMAN (R R Sage)
EASTERN FLAME (J M Heylen)
EMBLEM OF LIBERTY (G V Woodruff)
ETHEREAL LADY (S G Tarry)
EVENING ATTIRE (L Anderson)
GARDEN PRINCESS (M L Roberts)
GOOD SAMARITAN (L Anderson)
LADY BEQUICK (S G Tarry)
LADY BONZER (C Laird)
LADY PEREZ (B Webber)
MAGGIE KAY (J M Heylen)
MANZANILLA (R R Sage)
NIMLEY (S G Tarry)
NOSSA JOIA (G V Woodruff)
PICADILLY MISS (J M Heylen)
RAT BURANA (M F De Kock)
SCHOOL ASSEMBLY (S G Tarry)
SEAT OF POWER (A G Laird)
SOFT LANDING (G V Woodruff)
START ME UP (G V Woodruff)
STATE FACTOR (M G Azzie)
SUPER SARAH (P F Matchett)
SURABI (D Zaki)
SYMBOL OF LIGHT (D R Drier)
TESS MCGILL (G V Woodruff)
WOELFIN (C Spies)
WORLDWISE (J M Heylen)

Extract from SA Horseracing.com

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Mythical Flight goes down... a pity indeed.

O Caesor
                                                                              O Caesor (Gold Circle)

The outcome of the Cape Flying Championship Group One, was a triumph for the Cape fellows as O Caesor (at 125/1) stole the show. It’s always good that racing should be the leveller from time to time, and it’s moments like these that give hope to the small player. You may not be able to beat the Harry Oppenheimers in the board room but on Saturday there is a chance to get even.

For the international aspirations of South African racing, Mythical Flight’s demise was something of a sadness even though he went down honourably, as will always be the case as long as he’s in the ownership of Chris van Niekerk and under the tutelage of Sean Tarry, where winning matters in the traditional way.

France-Galop’s Elodie Garamond has been attempting to seduce his connections to send this obviously talented racehorse to the Prix de l’Abbey (Group One) on Arc day this October, but he seems to have lost his way a bit in recent times and being the property of a cerebral gentleman who has his wits about him, he is unlikely to be a candidate unless his fortunes change.

From a Summerhill perspective we had to be pleased with the showing of our two candidates. Peter FabriciousHear the Drums made life tough for Mythical Flight every yard of the way up to the last 100 metres and showed he belonged squarely in Group One company, finishing just two lengths off the winner.

Rebel King came flying through for fourth place and elicited Charles Laird’s comment that “ he’s now crying for 7 furlongs and a mile”. Charles is adamant he has a Group One race in him.

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O Caesour upstages Mythical Flight at Kenilworth

O CaesourO Caesour (Gold Circle)Veteran O Caesour (SAF) caused an earthquake at Kenilworth on Saturday when he upstaged reigning champion Mythical Flight (SAF) in the Graham Beck Wines Cape Flying Championship (Gr 1) in the process ending the latter’s unbeaten record over 1000m.

Mythical Flight, sent off at prohibitive odds of 1/7, was soon in his customary role at the head of affairs, as the field split into two packs on either side of the course. The favourite led from Ice Wine along the inside rail with Glen Hatt and O Caesour sitting pretty in their slipstream. Hear The Drums showed good pace to lead the standside group with Relinyane and Something Else also prominent there and Rebel King held up behind them.

Mythical Flight was still in front 300m out but something was clearly amiss as he was not finding a second gear and kicking clear of the field as he usually does. Brett Smith, unusually, was hard at work and the stick was out. O Caesour, meanwhile, was making smooth progress towards his inside as Rebel King started to make up ground on his side of the track.

Mythical Flight was virtually swamped inside the last 100m and though he stuck his neck out gamely and managed to hold off the rest of his pursuers, O Caesour was finishing much too strongly for him and he ran the favourite down to win going away.

Understandably, there was a sense of shock after the race with most of the focus on the defeat of Mythical Flight rather than O Caesour’s victory. This was unfair on the winner, who put in a great performance on the day and - lest we forget - the 8-year-old was one of the top sprinters around back in his prime. However, he had been so far off his best in recent times, that he could not be given any chance on form and it was no surprise to see him sent off at the huge price of 125/1. If O Caesour has indeed found another lease of life, then his connections can look forward to more fun with this gallant son of Caesour, who has always been a formidable campaigner when in top form.

One also had to feel pleased for trainer Sean Humby who pointed out that he tried to get O Caesour ready for this race in previous years without any luck. This time, when he admittedly had no expectations, the old-timer had finally claimed the prize.

“Lovely to win on a horse like this. It was hard to look past Mythical Flight, but you never know what’s going to happen. He switched off like a dream early on and we had a lead in the race. The race worked out in our favour,” said Jockey Glen Hatt.

Personal Fantacy (SAF) ran a blinder in third. The 7-year-old had been holding his form very well coming into the race, but this was a notable step up in class for him and he ran on very well at the death.

Rebel King (SAF) produced his usual late charge and was not disgraced over a trip that is on the sharp side for him these days. It would be interesting to see him tried beyond 1200m, as he appears the type who can be switched off early and wonders what he might be capable of over a couple of extra furlongs.

“He deserved something like this. He had a terrible winter like the whole stable. It’s amazing. Everytime we tried to run him in this race in the past something went wrong,” said the breathless trainer, Shane Humby.

An honourable mention must also go to Port Elizabeth raider Hear The Drums, who showed good pace before tiring late. He was beaten less than two lengths into fifth and at least picked up some prize money for his efforts.

Extract from SAhorserascing.com 

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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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J and B Met 2007 Final Field

The final  J&B Met field is out, and Summerhill has two runners, Pick Six (6) and Dynamite Mike (16). Most of the big runners have favourable draws, notably Pocket Power and Successful Bidder.

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                                                                                                                    J&B Met Gr.1 – 2 000m 26th January Kenilworth

Horse Kg MR
1 POCKET POWER 58.0 116
2 SUCCESFUL BIDDER 58.0 115
3 HUNTING TOWER 58.0 112
4 FLOATYOURBOAT 58.0 110
5 PICK SIX 57.5 111
6 BUY AND SELL 57.5 110
7 JAGGED ICE 56.0 109
8 APPELATE COURT 56.0 106
9 HILGROVE 56.0 105
10 LIKEITHOT 56.0 105
11 SILVER MIST 56.0 100
12 BIARRITZ 55.5 113
13 DYNAMITE MIKE 55.5 107
14 OUR GIANT 55.5 104
15 WONDER LAWN 55.5 101
16 BILL OF RIGHTS 55.5 100
17 FAROLITO 55.5 97


Charles Laird reports Pick Six in great shape as is Rebel King for his big showdown with Mythical Flight and fellow Summerhill graduate, Hear The Drums in this weekend’s Cape Flying Championship Gr.1. The latter field also appears here.

Rebel KingRebel KingHear The DrumsHear The Drums (Wally Strydom)

 

 

 

 

Cape Flying Championship Gr. 1 – 1 000m Kenilworth

No Horse Kg MR
1 MYTHICAL FLIGHT 58.0 120
2 HEAR THE DRUMS 58.0 110
3 REBEL KING 58.0 108
4 SOMETHING ELSE 58.0 108
5 O CAESOUR 58.0 99
6 ICE WINE 58.0 98
8 RELINYANE 58.0 94
9 PERSONAL FANTACY 58.0 84
10 LOS KOP DOLL 55.5 95
11 JOSHUA’S DREAM 54.5 99
12 MILLER TIME 54.5 94


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All the Winners : Equus National Racing Awards

As promised, here are the category Champions following a quite spectacular gala evening in Johannesburg.

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From a Summerhill perspective, we didn’t only earn the Breeder’s title but we also took the Champion Middle Distance Female title with Kahal’s daughter, BOLD ELLINORE, whom we bred in conjunction with our old school pal , Mike Destombes.

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BOLD ELLINORE and her mum, ELLINORE, were both recently sold for what is reportedly a record local sum to Mary Slack’s Wilgerbosdrift Stud. Mercifully, both she and her illustrious own brother, EMPEROR NAPOLEON, have not joined the international exodus of top horses reported in yesterday’s column and which include Group One Winners (and Champions in cases) KILDONAN, ELUSIVE FORT, ARGONAUT, AFRICAN APPEAL, DANE JULIA, LITTLE MISS MAGIC, WAR ARTIST, JAY PEG, RIPPLING RING, SUN CLASSIQUE, KYAK, ROYAL VINTAGE, DIVINE JURY, LUCKY FIND, SAM MCGEE, MOCHA JAVA, STATELY and possibly, HIT MAN.

Some kind of list, isn’t it, so thank heavens for the resolve of people like Michael Destombes who’ve decided they still want to have some fun locally.

2007 EQUUS AWARDS – WINNERS

CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD FILLY

Rat Burana

CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD COLT / GELDING

Argonaut

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD SPRINTER : FEMALE
(up to and including 1400m)

Ethereal Lady


CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD SPRINTER : MALE

(up to and including 1400m)

Mythical Flight

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD CLASSIC HORSE : FEMALE
(1600m and further)

Sun Classique

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD CLASSIC HORSE : MALE
(1600m and further)

Jay Peg

CHAMPION OLDER SPRINTER : FEMALE
(up to and including 1400m)

Disco Queen

CHAMPION OLDER SPRINTER : MALE
(up to and including 1400m)

Successful Bidder
CHAMPION OLDER MID-DISTANCE HORSE : FEMALE
(1600m – 2200m)

Bold Ellinore

CHAMPION OLDER MID DISTANCE HORSE : MALE
(1600m – 2200m)

Pocket Power

CHAMPION STAYER : FEMALE
(2400m and further)

Festive Occasion

CHAMPION STAYER : MALE
(2400m and further)

Long Dollar

WORK RIDER OF THE YEAR

John Nel

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

Gavin Lerena

CHAMPION BREEDER (special criteria)

Summerhill Stud

CHAMPION SIRE (special criteria)

Jetmaster

CHAMPION BROODMARE (special criteria)

Loyal Linda

OWNER OF THE YEAR

Chris van Niekerk

CHAMPION JOCKEY (highest number of wins)

Mark Khan

CHAMPION TRAINER (highest stakes earned)

Geoff Woodruff

HORSE OF THE YEAR

Pocket Power

BREEDER OF THE YEAR AWARD (Special Award from TBA)

Mrs B.D. Oppenheimer

OUTSTANDING SERVICES AS AN OWNER (Special Award from TBA)

Mrs B.D. Oppenheimer

Photos coutesy of JC Photographics

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The Equus National Racing Awards - Tonight, at Emperor's Palace

The big night honouring the Champions is the highlight of the racing year, and this year’s event is another 600-plus sellout. The Summerhill contingent (15 strong) is travelling to Goldrush City as we log this report, and our third consecutive Breeder’s Title is one of the few Championships about which there’s little debate.

The finalists in each racing category are listed below. Tomorrow morning, we’ll give you all the Winners, as well as the major categories that flow from them, such as Horse of The Year, Owner of the Year etc.

2007 EQUUS AWARDS – NOMINEES

CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD FILLY

Diana’s Choice / Gilded Minaret / Nania / Rat Burana

CHAMPION TWO YEAR OLD COLT / GELDING

Argonaut / Hit Song / Seventh Rock

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD SPRINTER : FEMALE
(up to and including 1400m)

Ethereal Lady / Our Girl

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD SPRINTER : MALE
(up to and including 1400m)

Kildonan / Mythical Flight / War Artist

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD CLASSIC HORSE : FEMALE
(1600m and further)

Dane Julia / Little Miss Magic / River Jetez / Sun Classique

CHAMPION THREE YEAR OLD CLASSIC HORSE : MALE
(1600m and further)

Buy and Sell / Divine Jury / Jay Peg / Pick Six / Ravishing

CHAMPION OLDER SPRINTER : FEMALE
(up to and including 1400m)

Bold Ellinore / Chant De Nuit / Disco Queen / Mocha Java / Secret of Victoria

CHAMPION OLDER SPRINTER : MALE
(up to and including 1400m)

Elusive Fort / Floatyourboat / Successful Bidder

CHAMPION OLDER MID-DISTANCE HORSE : FEMALE
(1600m – 2200m)

Badger’s Gift / Bold Ellinore

CHAMPION OLDER MID DISTANCE HORSE : MALE
(1600m – 2200m)

Elusive Fort / Hunting Tower / Malteme / Pocket Power / Successful Bidder

CHAMPION STAYER : FEMALE
(2400m and further)

Festive Occasion / River Jetez

CHAMPION STAYER : MALE
(2400m and further)

Diamond Quest / Long Dollar / Omaha Beach / Ravishing

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So we beat the Champ… and still lost the Race. (The Mercury Sprint Gr1)

The mob that turned up at Clairwood for the country’s No1 weight-for-age sprint, came to worship the Champ, not to bury him, but those that took to the field had only one hope, and that was that Mythical Flight might find the 1200 metres under the conditions and against a slight headwind, just a tad too far.

Rebel KingRebel KingCharles Laird had already made it known that this was the first time he’d been able to prepare Summerhill-bred Rebel King thoroughly, and so he was the only one in this quality gathering to go off at single figures (6/1) besides the favourite, deep in the red at 4/10. Rebel King might’ve been even shorter if he’d not had the very worst of the draw (No1), and had to tack right across to the opposite rail, which is where he finished.

Interestingly, Muhtafal was the only sire with three horses in the field, some sort of compliment to a horse who’s being threatening the top end of the Sires’ Log throughout the season.

Mythical Flight bounded out in his customary fashion, had the field off the bridle at the half way, and looked home and hosed three lengths clear with 300m to go.

War Artist and Rebel King challenge Mythical FlightWar Artist and Rebel King challenge Mythical Flight (Photo Gold Circle)B
ut both Rebel King and War Artist (by Orpen, Aussie bred) were lurking, waiting to deliver their challenge in the final 100m, and with War Artist well drawn at 12 and there for nothing, he had just too much for them at the death. Rebel King flew the last bit to grab second from the Champion, and with both the winner and Mythical Flight bound for Europe, he could be formidable next season.

Rebel King was one of six exceptional three year olds from Summerhill this season. Strangely, he was the only one of them to show serious talent at two, but he is in illustrious company with Emperor Napoleon, Pick Six, Khebraat, Dynamite Mike and Desert Links, the latter of whom could not’ve been more impressive Friday evening, and is now set for the Gold Circle Derby on the 28th July.

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Vuma's Great Triumph

Amazingly, there’s hardly been a Grade One winner this winter that doesn’t know the taste of Africa’s finest horsefeed, and Sunday’s Mercury Sprint was no exception. First place went to Herman Brown’s War Artist, second to Charles Laird’s Rebel King, and the trifecta was completed by Sean Tarry’s champion, Mythical Flight.

It can’t all be coincidence, we all know that, but there’s a good deal more to it, quite obviously.

War ArtistVuma-fed War Artist (Photo Gold Circle)

Visit http://www.vumafeed.co.za

 

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