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SMALL BEGINNINGS: BIG ASPIRATIONS

A few weeks is an eternity in racing. The bed’s hardly cooled since No Worries took the lion’s share of the KZN Breeders’ Million Mile, becoming a millionaire in the process, while Hana (3 wins) and Lady Cougar (first time out) laid low their fields in the same fashion. All were graduates of the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run on the farm. Then at Turffontein on Saturday, Belle Starr, a R20,000 purchase at the same sale, came home first time out for David Niewenhuizen.

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FOUR MILLION & THIRTY-TWO REASONS "WHY"...

emperors palace summer ready to run sale 2014
emperors palace summer ready to run sale 2014

Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale

(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)

…AND ONLY ONE PLACE TO FIND THEM.

Besides its outstanding graduates, there are many reasons to dabble at the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale. Our six cheque payment scheme*, a saving of twelve months keep, and fourteen “tickets” to the R4million Ready To Run Cup this November.

*Conditions apply. Click here… “Last Roll Of The Dice”.

EMPERORS PALACE SUMMER READY TO RUN SALE

Summerhill Stud, Mooi River

Tuesday 18 February 2014

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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FANTASTIC FOURTEEN

School of Management Excellence
School of Management Excellence

School of Management Excellence, Summerhill Stud

R4MILLION EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Turffontein, November 2014

Anybody who tells you they wouldn’t want a runner in November’s

R4million Ready To Run Cup

, is “fibbing”. And if they tell you there are no more opportunities to get a

“ticket”

in the sweep, they’d also be “fibbing”. There’s

one last chance to roll the dice

, and there are

fourteen

of them that can buy a ticket,

but only one place you can do it.

EMPERORS PALACE SUMMER READY TO RUN SALE

Summerhill Stud, Mooi River, South Africa

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

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'T WAIT FOR THE COCK TO CROW

Don't wait for the Cock to Crow
Don't wait for the Cock to Crow

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EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa

1/3 November 2013

They say “it’s tough at the top”, and they’ve got a point.

Racing is as unforgiving as any sport, and finding an “edge” takes a bit of thinking.

Ask us.

Our horses have taken us to the mountain top a modern record of nine consecutive times,

and we didn’t get there entirely by chance.

It’s all about titling the odds in your favour.

Like the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, for example.

Twenty-three of the top 36 in the merit ratings (almost two thirds)

came from Summerhill’s Block “A”.

Including all of the top three. 

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup • Saturday 2nd November

Lots 1-110 • Friday 1st November

Lots 111-248 • Sunday 3rd November

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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INTO THE STRATOSPHERE

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Complex, South Africa

1 & 3 November 2013

When BSA’s sales-manager, Caroline Simpson, reported on the eve of our Emperors Palace Ready To Run gallops last week, that they had run out of catalogues already, we thought that their “bean-counters” might have short-changed them on the order numbers. That wasn’t the case though; other statistical sources tell us there’s another explanation: pandemonium.

By the 14th October, Summerhill had recorded a new mid-month record of more than 22,000 unique visitors to our blog, which tells us there is unprecedented interest in this year’s sale, and while demand for catalogues and web traffic alone don’t necessarily convert themselves into money, they certainly speak for heightened curiosity. Racing fans have voted with their feet, sending an unequivocal message to anyone who might doubt the popularity of a sale which has established itself indelibly in the minds of those who seek the Holy Grail.

Bloodstock South Africa’sTom Callaghan is monitoring traffic at their end as well, in the midst of dispensing new wisdom about the power of the web, and he’s equally thrilled at the response they’re getting. This Ready To Run Sale has a deep and enduring history in the production of racing superstars, many of which have made not only the Equus Awards podium, but have made themselves a name abroad as well. This weekend, at Ascot’s Champion’s Day showpiece, two horses whose first encounters with a saddle were at Summerhill, will be carrying the South African flag. Both Iguguand Soft Falling Rain received their first lessons at our Hartford division, the Highlands-bred colt going directly to his mentor’s yard from here, while Igugu passed through the Ready To Run sales ring on her way to a Triple Tiara and a Horse Of The Year title.

“She’s run a genuine race against lesser quality, but you can only bring them back by giving them confidence,” says Mike de Kock of Igugu this morning, ahead of her battle in the British Champion Fillies and Mares (Gr.1) later this afternoon. Of Soft Falling Rain, he said: “The QEII will be a massive step up and a really good test. He came out of Newmarket very well, it is hard to say whether he has improved or not, but he seems to be doing very well.”

There can’t be an honest soul out there who wouldn’t lay down their lives to own a horse of their calibre. Either way, if you hold any aspirations for the higher things in the sport, all it takes is a trip to Johannesburg over the weekend of the 1st to 3rd November. If history repeats itself, you might just find yourself in clover.

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

Saturday 2nd November

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

Lots 1-110 • Friday 1st November

Lots 111-248 • Sunday 3rd November

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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WHAT MAKES THE READY TO RUN SO UNIQUE?

Ready To Run Sale
Ready To Run Sale

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Complex, South Africa

1 & 3 November 2013

Each horse is eligible for the world’s richest Ready To Run Sales race, the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, with a 2013 stake of R3million, making it the second biggest prize in the country. Limited to the sales candidates, these are irresistible odds.

Summerhill will be contributing well over a million to the stake, the biggest breeder sponsorship of horseracing in Africa, and the surest indication of the faith we have in these horses.

Besides God, we owe our nine National Breeders Championships to our horses. The roll of honour speaks of a racehorse of abiding talent, of an indomitable spirit, an animal that knows what he owes. IGUGU, PIERRE JOURDAN, SMANJEMANJE, LOVE STRUCK, FISANI, IMBONGI, PARIS PERFECT, HEAR THE DRUMS, DESERT LINKS, CHECCETTI, BLUE VOYAGER, HOLLYWOODBOULEVARD, MANNEQUIN, ICY AIR, EMPEROR NAPOLEON, PICK SIX, REBEL KING, NHLAVINI, AMPHITHEATRE, DISAPPEAR, FORK LIGHTNING, CATMANDU, PHUNYUKA, OUTCOME, BIANCONI, BOLD ELLINORE, FANYANA, VANGELIS, MAJESTIC SUN, DYNAMITE MIKE, BHEKINKOSI, GALANT GAGNANT, UMNGAZI, TALAHATCHIE and SALUTATION.

As many as 22 of the horses that have lined up in recent times for the Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale have become millionaires and stars on the local and international circuits, while thirty-one of the top 35 in the Merit-Rating log for this year’s race, galloped at Summerhill last year. Besides, three (or 20%) of the 15 top-rated juveniles of the past season, were graduates of last year’s Summerhill draft. Twenty Percent. From one farm! Go to www.summerhill.co.za for the full list of “bargain buys”.

The draft this year includes the progeny of several top sires on the National Log, as well as a unique collection of some of the best stallions and racehorses in the world. International celebrities ENCOSTA DE LAGO, DANEHILL DANCER, ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, HUSSONET, DYLAN THOMAS and LINNGARI, and household names JET MASTER, WESTERN WINTER, TRIPPI, SILVANO, KAHAL, MULLINS BAY and ADMIRE MAIN, as well as the much anticipated first crop of BRAVE TIN SOLDIER. There are obviously a few rare “stallion-making” opportunities among them, while there hasn’t been a more appropriate moment for our overseas investors to dabble in the South African market, with the Rand at four year lows.

Continuing our “world first” innovation of the past six years, attendees at the Post Gallops interview in 2012 will remember Paul Lafferty’s “lifer” best performance as convener of a panel of judges comprising of champion and leading trainers Mike de Kock, Dean Kannemeyer, Alec Laird, Sean Tarry, and top “bloodstocker”, Jehan Malherbe, former Champion jockey Michael Roberts, race commentator, auctioneer and administrator Graeme Hawkins, and racecallers “Eagle Eye” Craig Peters and Nico Kritsiotis. This year’s guest panelist is internationally renowned horseman, Simon Vivian of Inglis in Australia. These wizards will provide their traditional picks on which horses took their eye as future investments, and equally importantly, which horses they feel are the most likely to line up for next year’s race. Views from the audience will be welcome, as these will be carried on TV.

Finally, no country has ever known a sale in which the major vendor offers 100+ horses with the right to settle one’s purchases with as many as six instalments, depending on aggregate purchases. There is a horse for everyone in the “Ready To Run” sale and this way we can ensure that everybody gets a roll of the dice. It’s not often you can buy from the Champion stud in any country on these terms, out of a sale which has become the undisputed premier source of Feature race performers in the land.

Access to this year’s draft on the Summerhill website and the opportunity to log their daily progress through interviews with their riders, has proven a boon to would-be buyers. You wouldn’t want to be conceding an advantage to anyone in this direction, so why not log-on to www.summerhill.co.za to view the latest updates, photos, video footage, our jockeys’ choices - the Ready To Race Diary, as well as what the panel has to say after the Gallops.

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS

Summerhill Stud, South Africa

11 October 2013

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Summerhill Stud Logo

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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HUGE LOOT ON OFFER FOR READY TO RUN CUP

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Turffontein, South Africa

2 November 2013

Dave Mollett
Dave Mollett

Dave Mollett

The CitizenThat old chestnut saying of “if you haven’t got a ticket, you can’t collect” has never been more apt when one considers the loot on offer at next month’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.

Scheduled for Turffontein on Saturday 2 November, the purse is a staggering R3million - only the Vodacom Durban July carries bigger prize money.

What will delight owners, who are presented with mounting bills along with their “Racing Express” at the breakfast table, is that the Cup cheques go down to R65,000 for 10th place. The winner picks up a cool R1,25 million.

The real action for the Ready To Run Sale - on Friday 1 November and Sunday 3 November - kicks off at Summerhill on Friday when Nico Kritsiotis will be calling the youngsters home in their breeze-up gallops.

The judging panel of (in no particular order) Muis Roberts, Sean Tarry, Dean Kannemeyer, Joey Ramsden, Alec Laird, Graeme Hawkins and Craig Peters have been running their expert eyes over these sale graduates for about as long as Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has been trying to win a trophy. In both instances, their dedication is not in doubt.

There’s also a new face on the panel in Simon Vivian from the highly-respected Australian sales company, Inglis, who once-upon-a-Tuesday flew me to Sydney for their Premier Yearling Sale. I left mighty impressed with the catalogue and the night life!

Next week I’ll be listing the six top choices of these respected gentlemen, but I do recall that last year both Jehan Malherbe and Sean Tarry backed up their selections by both acquiring horses which went for over R1 million.

Jehan went to R1 million to secure a son of Fastnet Rock while Sean bid the same amount for a Jet Master colt (half-brother to Ivory Trail) for his patron, Michael Javett.

Yet - if my memory serves me well - it was a certain Adriaan van Vuuren who stole the show with a bid of R1,5 million for the Jet Master filly, Mystical Star. It’s a good bet Michael Azzie’s eyes were watery as the hammer came down!

What owners really like to know about any thoroughbred sale is how the recent graduates have fared - particularly in recent months. Two inmates of Geoff Woodruff’s yard, Arcetri Pink and Killua Castle, strutted their stuff impressively for the five-times champion trainer on Emerald Cup day and another graduate, Power King (R380,000 buy in 2012), is unbeaten in two starts for Dean Kannemeyer and rated highly in the Cape.

So the one horse panelist Dean will be focusing on this Friday is Power King’s half-brother by Seventh Rock (lot 224) who will be offered by Balmoral Stud on the Sunday.

In fact, there should be plenty of big action on the final session as some 18 lots prior to this sale, Summerhill will be offering a choicely-bred Rock Of Gibraltar filly (lot 206) out of the Aussie mare, Miss Moguls. Mick G has named her Rich Girl which might end up being very appropriate.

Then in this same batch being sold by auctioneer Graeme Hawkins is the half-brother to Equus Champion Three-Year-Old colt, Vercingetorix. While this son of Captain Al (lot 216) was a fairly late foal, that’s not going to deter the big bidders - possibly including our champion trainer - who will be keen to acquire this offering from Klawervlei Stud.

There are four lots by recently-deceased former champion sire, Western Winter, and Mick says that “buyers will need to bring their cheque books.”

More on the panel’s choices next week, but there’s no question the first weekend in November is likely to be memorable both on the racetrack and in the sales ring.

Extract from The Citizen

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READY TO RUN RAMBLINGS

Summerhill Ready To Run Gallops
Summerhill Ready To Run Gallops

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN GALLOPS

Summerhill Stud, South Africa

11 October 2013

You’ve got to take your hat off to any man or woman who’s mad enough to want to educate young horses. A morning on the gallops at Summerhill at this time of year tells us two things: jockeys who ride the finished product at the races have it easy: the real work is done in what we call the secret society, long before normal people go to work, long before these horses get to the races, and it’s done with hot-blooded youngsters whose instinct is to run, and to run fast. By their nature, racehorses, like springbok and impala, are flight animals, “skittish” to the possibility of a predator in the neighbourhood, and it takes an extraordinary human being to bond with such a creature, to the point of earning his unconditional faith. Even then, just when you think the job is done, you learn they’re no different to prep school kids; there are always a few that are there to test the limits.

You have to love this game and especially the horses, to get up in the murky hours of the morning, though on a morning like this, it’s no “schlep” at all. But when you see a racehorse and a young man clocking the “seventies” in perfect unison, gliding if you will, only the smooth patter of the hooves on the soft sand betraying the fact that they’re not actually in flight, you don’t take much converting.

Last January, a British Olympic rider staying at Hartford House, was out on an early morning ride. He came across a string of two-year-olds, and couldn’t get over the harmony between rider and horse, as if they’d sprung from the same womb. At the head of the string was a youthful Zulu with just a standard four education, but the way he sat on his mount looked like he had a Master’s degree. “Where did you learn to ride?”, enquired the Olympian, and quick as a shot, the young man who’d scarcely spoken a word of English to a man of this stature, came back “I was born to ride, sir”.

We’ve long sung the praises of our Zulus as some of the best horsemen we know, and a morning on the tracks at Summerhill, where we’re “polishing” our youngsters for next Friday’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run gallops, reminds us we’re not far wrong.

Summerhill Stud Logo
Summerhill Stud Logo

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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WORLD CLASS CATALOGUE FOR EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE 2013

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale 2013
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale 2013

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

TBA Complex, South Africa

1 & 3 November 2013

Bloodstock South Africa announced a world-class catalogue for the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale this week. The sale is set to take place at the TBA’s Germiston complex on November 1st and 3rd, where some 248 exquisitely bred horses are up for sale.

The first session, which kicks off at 16:00, will see lots 1-110 go under the hammer. The second day of trading, which starts at 14:00, will see 111-248 be knocked down.

All horses sold at this sale will automatically qualify for the rich and prestigious Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup of 2014 where graduates of the sale will race for R3million. Buyers remember to tick the box!

Ready To Run graduates have built up a tremendous record over the years, as a look back at past sales’ stars will indicate. From the likes of Horse Of The Year, Igugu and champion, Pierre Jourdan, to this season’s promising 3 year olds Dover Beach, Winter Star and Admiral’s Eye, the Ready To Run Sale annually produces its share of high-class performers.

Other notables to have graduated from the Ready To Run Sale include last season’s Oaks winner Dylan’s Promise, Gr1 SA Derby runner up Gothic, Gold Bowl hero Winning Leap, and star international miler Imbongi - to mention just a few of the top-class athletes bought off the sale.

Last year’s sale has also produced its share of smart winners, including the classy Duly Ordained (AUS), eye catching debut winners Pej and Yeoville, potential Guineas horse Solar Star, Grade One horse Umgiyo (AUS), and the progressive colt Mount Hillaby.

This year, many of the country’s top farms will offer lots at the Ready To Run Sale and the overall quality of the catalogue shows how this sale has grown in status and class and rates up there with the best sales in the land. The list of stallions with progeny on sale includes South Africa’s very best sires, such as Captain Al, Dynasty, Fort Wood (USA), Jet Master, Kahal (GB), Silvano (GER), Trippi (USA) and Var (USA) all have attractive individuals due to pass under the hammer.

There are also offspring by the late, great Western Winter (USA) on sale - and these individuals are bound to prove popular.

Promising sires Antonius Pius (USA), Argonaut, Jay Peg, Judpot (USA), Kildonan, Rebel King and Sail From Seattle (CAN), to name but a few, are also strongly represented at the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale.

Sires with their first 2 year olds selling include Brave Tin Soldier (USA), Elusive Fort, Fort Beluga, Ideal World (USA), Lateral (GB), Mambo In Seattle (USA), Oracy (NZ) and Seventh Rock (AUS).

The Ready to Run Sale also offers South African buyers a rare opportunity to acquire well bred thoroughbreds with top-class international pedigrees. Some of the world’s leading sires have prized lots on offer. World-class sires represented on the sale include Bernardini (USA), Danehill Dancer (IRE), Encosta De Lago (AUS), Hussonet (USA), Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE), Tale Of The Cat (USA) and Teofilo (IRE).

The online and Ipad catalogues are available for download on the TBA website.

The pre-sale gallops will take place on the following dates:

9th October

Turffontein 1pm

11th October

Summerhill Stud 11am

(Summerhill, Far End , Ambleway, Mauritzfontein, Maine Chance)

18th October

Yellow Star Stud 11am

(Balmoral and Connigton)

A DVD containing the various gallops will also be made available prior to the sale. The gallops will be shown on the loop on Tellytrack and will also be available online.

For more information regarding the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale, please contact the TBA office on +27 (011) 323 5700 or visit www.tba.co.za.

For more information regarding Summerhill’s draft for the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, please contact Tarryn Liebenberg on +27 (0) 83 787 1982 or visit www.summerhill.co.za/?ready_to_run.

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3 MILLION REASONS... AND MORE

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

1 & 3 November 2013

Tom Callaghan - Bloodstock South Africa
Tom Callaghan - Bloodstock South Africa

Tom Callaghan

Bloodstock South AfricaI know you are all waiting with bated breath for this year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale and the now R3Million Ready To Run Cup Race. This race can change your life in a matter of minutes, and with 1st place now worth R1.25Million we will make someone an instant millionaire - all costs included! Keep an eye on our website for a weekly update of the race log.

The catalogue for this year’s sale will be online and on the Equineline iPad App this week, and we will also do a write up on the sale so please remember to look at our website in the build up to the sale.

What I can tell you is that it is one of the strongest catalogues ever compiled for our Ready To Run Sale, with more horses for sale offering greater breadth and depth than ever before.

There will be some excellent value for the eagle eyed horsemen and women out there, and one thing I can tell you is that one of the horses will win over R1million next year, and nine others will be in the money come race day.

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

Log as at 19 September 2013

#

Horse

Sex

MR

1

WINTER STAR

Filly

104

2

ADMIRAL’S EYE

Filly

102

3

ARCETRI PARK (AUS)

Filly

102

4

UMGIYO (AUS)

Colt

105

5

DULY ORDAINED (AUS)

Colt

96

6

PEJ

Filly

91

7

DOVER BEACH

Filly

88

8

ENCHANTED SILK

Filly

88

9

CELTIC LEGEND

Filly

86

10

ARTIC ROUTE

Filly

85

11

FRANCOIS P

Colt

90

12

TAIPAI TIGRESS

Filly

85

13

USISI (AUS)

Filly

85

14

CHELSEA

Filly

84

15

JUDICIAL

Colt

89

16

MOUNT HILLABY

Colt

88

17

SOLAR STAR

Colt

88

18

LADY OF THE LORDS

Filly

83

19

PLAYINGTHEENEMY (AUS)

Gelding

83

20

WILD ASH (AUS)

Filly

83

21

PRINCESS CREO

Filly

82

22

ROMAN EXPRESS

Gelding

87

23

TOUCHING BASE

Filly

81

24

ONE COOL CAT

Gelding

85

25

BODYBUILDER

Gelding

84

26

NISA’S LOVE

Filly

79

27

CASHA

Filly

77

28

MANIEVIC

Colt

83

29

SUMMERTIME

Filly

77

30

DIE KAT (AUS)

Gelding

82

www.tba.co.za

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FISH WHERE THE FISH ARE. ELITE EIGHT.

Dylan's Promise Horse
Dylan's Promise Horse

Dylan’s Promise

(Photo : Gold Circle)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

1st & 3rd November 2013

BLOCK A

#

Horse

Sale

Trainer

1st

WINTER STAR

Ready To Run Graduate

Johan Janse van Vuuren

1st

DYLAN’S PROMISE

Ready To Run Graduate

Charles Laird

1st

KILLUA CASTLE

Ready To Run Graduate

Geoff Woodruff

1st

MAJI MOTO

Ready To Run Graduate

Leon Erasmus

1st

DON VITO

Ready To Run Graduate

St John Gray

1st

BANJO BAY

Ready To Run Graduate

Kom Naidoo

1st

EXACARRY

Ready To Run Graduate

James Goodman

1st

DOLOMITE

Ready To Run Graduate

Jaap Visser

“GET YOUR LINE IN THE WATER”

Summerhill Stud Logo
Summerhill Stud Logo

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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GREASE LIGHTNING

No Worries Horse
No Worries Horse

No Worries

(Photo : Gold Circle)

THE EMPERORS PALACE SUMMER READY TO RUN

@SUMMERHILL FEBRUARY 2014

Five lengths.

That was

Grease Paint’s

margin last Sunday.

Bought at the

Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run

on the farm,

he wasn’t alone

.

His fellow graduate,

No Worries

ran the fastest last 400

in the

Vodacom Durban July

. And took home

R400,000

.

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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WHEN OUR HIP-STICKER GOES ON, THE CLASS GOES IN.

Corredor
Corredor

Corredor

(Photo : Gold Circle)

THE EMPERORS PALACE SUMMER READY TO RUN

@SUMMERHILL FEBRUARY 2014

When

Corredor

blitzed his way to 3rd in the

R600,000 KZN Guineas

, he reminded us that his value is not about what you pay, it’s what you get that counts.

Like first-timer,

Adapt Or Dye

(cost

R5,000

)

and

I Got You Babe

(

5 wins

to date, cost

R7,000

)

,

he’s racing’s nearest thing to a sure bet.

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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THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT

Mick Goss at National Yearling Sale
Mick Goss at National Yearling Sale

Watch Mick Goss speaking at the TBA Sales Ground

(Image and Footage : Andrew Bon)

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa

26 - 28 April 2013

mick goss
mick goss

Summerhill Stud CEO

Mick GossI’ve got a funny feeling about this sale. There are plenty of people on the grounds, and judging by the guest list out at Emperors Palace, they’re not all locals. I guess the message about Shea Shea, Soft Falling Rain and The Apache at racing’s biggest night, the Dubai World Cup, had to have found a few resonant ears.

The reality is, like our horsemen, the South African thoroughbred can stand its ground with the best. Anywhere. That much was apparent in Dubai, and it will be apparent again throughout the European summer, when these gladiators cross swords with whatever remains of the best in those realms.

We had all come to savour the thought of an encounter at Royal Ascot between Shea Shea and the world’s highest-rated sprinter, Black Caviar. After all, Shea Shea has just run the fastest 1000 metres in UAE history, and on a line through Ortensia (like the world champion, an Aussie), we might’ve seen a proper encounter. Like Shea Shea, Ortensia had grabbed the previous running of the Al Quoz Sprint (Gr.1) in Dubai, and like him, she broke the record. Unlike Shea Shea, she couldn’t run it in the blistering fractions he set that night. Truth is, times don’t lie, and especially not at 1000 metres.

As for Soft Falling Rain, nobody really knows just how good he is. What we do know, is that he goes to Europe unbeaten, and that he was enormous in the manner of his victory over his elders in Dubai. Only time will tell, and again, the scene will be Royal Ascot.

A fortnight ago, Sydney witnessed a “ripper” of an Easter sale. Two horses made more than R40million, a statement if it was needed, on the rude health of Australian racing. The overall average was close to R3million, which tells you the wallets of breeders down there, are well and truly stuffed, too.

But it also tells you about the value of South African racehorses. The average at last year’s National Yearling Sale, was a tad above R240,000, less than 10% of the Sydney average, and you can’t tell me there’s anything like that separating theirs from ours at the races. Sadly, Black Caviar’s been retired, unbowed in 25 starts. Otherwise, we might’ve known what separated us. If anything.

That may be fighting talk, since no-one’s lowered her flag in 25 starts, but at this distance, we’re safe in conjecture! Whatever the case, South Africans know they’re likely to be able to buy the nations’ best at figures that make sense. In the face of these international performances, this ought to be South Africa’s moment, but we remain bedevilled by another month’s suspension of our export protocols. Whether there’s political inspiration behind it or not, it’s hard to know, but the fact is, South Africa exported half a million horses during the colonial wars in the Empire’s cause, without ever exporting African Horse Sickness. Our quarantine facilities match the best in the world, and the scientists monitoring the process, are the world-leaders in this sphere. We all know what the consequences would be if the disease were to be transferred anywhere else, and there’s no chance we’d tolerate a breach.

Meanwhile, like Toyota, our horses represent the values our countrymen prize most. Excellent quality, great reliability and outstanding value. So let the games begin!

P.S. In case you’re not convinced, we have a few “Aussies” in our line-up as well!

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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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SUMMER READY TO RUN PHOTOS - PART 2

Summer Ready To Run Sale Photos
Summer Ready To Run Sale Photos

Photos from the Summer Ready To Run Sale - Part 2

(Photography : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE SUMMER READY TO RUN SALE

School Of Excellence, Summerhill Stud, Mooi River

20 February 2013

The second batch of photos from the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale

staged at the School Of Excellence.

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summerhill stud

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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SUMMER READY TO RUN PHOTOS - PART 1

Summer Ready To Run Sale Photos - Part 1
Summer Ready To Run Sale Photos - Part 1

Photos from the Summer Ready To Run Sale - Part 1

(Photography : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE SUMMER READY TO RUN SALE

School Of Excellence, Summerhill Stud, Mooi River

20 February 2013

The first of the photos from the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale

including the viewing of the horses, the stallion parade and the horses

making their way up to the School Of Excellence venue.

PART 2 COMING SOON…

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summerhill stud

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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YOUR INVITATION TO SUMMER READY TO RUN 2013

Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale 2013
Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale 2013

EMPERORS PALACE SUMMER READY TO RUN SALE

Summerhill Stud

Wednesday 20 February 2013

VIEWING:

08h00 - 11h00 Viewing of horses at stables

VENUE:

School Of Excellence

SCHEDULE:

11h30 View Gallops on the big screen in the Hall of Fame Theatre

12h00 Hartford House catered lunch and fine wines

14h00 Auction begins

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summerhill stud

Additional information :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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"V" IS FOR VICTORY

Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale Sales Ring
Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale Sales Ring

Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

EMPERORS PALACE SUMMER READY TO RUN SALE

School Of Excellence, Summerhill Stud, Mooi River

20 February 2013

It was Winston Churchill that immortalised the two-fingered sign of triumph, yet those who’ve raised their catalogues at the past two editions of the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale, would have good cause to do the same. Not only for the victories they have under their belts, but particularly for the value their intuitions have earned them.

Let it be said, this sale is about those that were left behind by reason of their immaturity, the odd injury on their way to the November version of the same sale, or an “unsold” sticker on their backsides at a previous vendue. Others for their flaws in the good Lord’s architecture which might’ve put buyers and customers off at conventional sales, where the benefit of seeing them run is never on the menu.

Horses are fascinating to look at, not only those with the “look of eagles”. More interesting are the ones that triumph despite their engineering or their lack of illustrious parents, like the Group One performers Pierre Jourdan, Hear The Drums, Black Wing and Imbongi, all unwanted urchins of an earlier era.

Often, the great ones do what they shouldn’t. In the age of computers, satellites and DNA, the racehorse is proof that the maths doesn’t always add up. The one thing good horses all have, is character. When they should’ve lost, they didn’t. No horse can be great without grit. The history of Summerhill at the Ready To Run, is littered with stories of racehorses that have made mockeries of their pedigrees and their prices.

The Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run is just two-years-old, the first draft consigned to Michael Holmes Bloodstock’s Horses-in-Training event at Shongweni, the second a popular party at Summerhill last February. Those that follow these columns will know that there are already 21 individual millionaires among Summerhill’s recent Ready To Run graduates, with numerous champions among them. Nonetheless, to satisfy the sceptics, we’ve published a list below of the bargain buys of 2011 and 2012, to illustrate the point. Some of these are just beginning their careers, others have been at it for a short while, none of them have reached the halfway point. Others, like Gida, have already been sold on to international interests for many times their original cost.

These are almost irresistible odds, if you go to the Summer Ready To Run page on our website (click here), you’ll understand why. They say there’s gold again in them “veins”, besides a “feed” by Visa/House & Leisure’s No.1 National restaurant.

P.S. There are seven entries which carry a “ticket” for the R3million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup in November.

Summer Ready To Run Graduates
Summer Ready To Run Graduates
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summerhill stud

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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