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J J THE JET PLANE LANDS AL QUOZ SPRINT FOR SOUTH AFRICA

Click above to watch J J The Jet Plane winning the US$1,000,000 Al Quoz Sprint (Gr2)
(Footage : Dubai Racing)

US$1,000,000 AL QUOZ SPRINT (Group 2)
Meydan, Turf, 1000m
26 March 2011

FINAL RESULT

# Margin Horse Kg OR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 J J THE JET PLANE (SAF) 57.0 122 11 B Fayd’Herbe Lucky Houdalakis
2 Hd WAR ARTIST (AUS) 57.0 116 9 O Peslier Rodolphe Collet
3 Hd BETTER BE THE ONE (AUS) 57.0 110 4 D Beasley Michael Freedman
4 Sh INVINCIBLE ASH (IRE) 55.0 107 8 J Murtagh Michael Halford
5 2.25 PROHIBIT (GB) 57.0 112 5 L Detorri Robert Cowell
6 0.5 INXILE (IRE) 57.0 108 13 A Nicholls David Nicholls
7 0.25 TRIPLE ASPECT (IRE) 57.0 107 15 R Moore William Haggas
8 0.25 QUICK ENOUGH (USA) 57.0 108 10 R Bejarano Doug O’Neill
9 1.00 MAR ADENTRO (FR) 57.0 110 7 C Soumillon Richard Chotard
10 Sh HAPPY DUBAI (IRE) 57.0 113 2 R Ffrench Ali Rashid Al Raihe
11 0.5 SPIN CYCLE (IRE) 57.0 110 3 R Mullen Satish Seemar
12 0.5 MONSIEUR JOE (IRE) 57.0 112 6 J Spencer Walter Swinburn
13 0.75 STRADIVINSKY (USA) 57.0 110 14 J Leparoux Richard Dutrow Jr
14 Ns SOLE POWER (GB) 57.0 117 12 W Lordan Edward Lynam
15 0.5 PICCADILLY FILLY (IRE) 55.0 106 1 E Creighton Edward Creighton
16 2.5 MR GRUFF (USA) 57.0 111 16 J Rosario Ronald Ellis

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AL QUOZ SPRINT 2011 : FINAL FIELD

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j j the jet plane south africa

J J The Jet Plane - South Africa

(Photo : Gold Circle)

US$1,000,000 AL QUOZ SPRINT (Group 2)

Meydan, Turf, 1000m

26 March 2011

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

OR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

PICCADILLY FILLY (IRE)

55.0

106

1

E Creighton

Edward Creighton

2

HAPPY DUBAI (IRE)

57.0

113

2

R Ffrench

Ali Rashid Al Raihe

3

SPIN CYCLE (IRE)

57.0

110

3

R Mullen

Satish Seemar

4

BETTER BE THE ONE (AUS)

57.0

110

4

D Beasley

Michael Freedman

5

PROHIBIT (GB)

57.0

112

5

L Dettori

Robert Cowell

6

MONSIEUR JOE (IRE)

57.0

112

6

J Spencer

Walter Swinburn

7

MAR ADENTRO (FR)

57.0

110

7

C Soumillon

Richard Chotard

8

INVINCIBLE ASH (IRE)

55.0

107

8

J Murtagh

Michael Halford

9

WAR ARTIST (AUS)

57.0

116

9

O Peslier

Rodolphe Collet

10

QUICK ENOUGH (USA)

57.0

108

10

R Bejarano

Doug O’Neill

11

J J THE JET PLANE (SAF)

57.0

122

11

B Fayd’Herbe

Lucky Houdalakis

12

SOLE POWER (GB)

57.0

117

12

W Lordan

Edward Lynam

13

INXILE (IRE)

57.0

108

13

A Nicholls

David Nicholls

14

STRADIVINSKY (USA)

57.0

110

14

J Leparoux

Richard Dutrow Jr

15

TRIPLE ASPECT (IRE)

57.0

107

15

R Moore

William Haggas

16

MR GRUFF (USA)

57.0

111

16

J Rosario

Ronald Ellis

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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.

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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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THE REBEL IS A KING : AT LAST

rebel king and connectionsRebel King
(Photo : Gold Circle)

South Africa is renowned for the quality of its sprinters. The names of SENTINEL, TROCADERO, ABBEY BOY, MAGIC MIRROR and SENOR SANTA among many others, resonate from the not so distant past, yet recent years have witnessed a plethora of outstanding performers in this department. GOLDEN LOOM, NATIONAL COLOUR, WAR ARTIST and the appropriately named JJ THE JET PLANE and MYTHICAL FLIGHT, illustrate the point as forcibly as any other generation might have done.

In most countries and in most eras, horses of the calibre of Summerhill-bred, REBEL KING, might’ve stood out among their contemporaries. There have been few horses less fortunate than this one, to have been born when he was. Generation after generation have thrown up one good horse after another, and just as he dispensed with MYTHICAL FLIGHT, along came WAR ARTIST and then JJ THE JET PLANE. On Saturday, REBEL KING finally earned his Grade One glory in the Cape Flying Championship, unfettered at last by the threat of these giants and unsullied by the complications of unsoundness which have blighted his C.V. thus far.

The net result? Markus Jooste and his partners have a deserved stallion prospect on their hands; Charles Laird increases his lead in the Trainers Championship to a R1million plus; and NATIONAL EMBLEM goes to the top of the Sires Log, alongside his erstwhile paddock mate at Summerhill, KAHAL.

REBEL KING cruises in Cape Flying Championship

rebel king and anton marcusRebel King with Anton Marcus aboard
(Photo : Gold Circle)

A polished performance by Rebel King lead to his richly deserved victory in Saturday’s Gr1 Cape Flying Championship. For the Charles Laird stable, Rebel King’s win adds to the superb double by champion sprinter Nhlavini in 2005 and 2006.

Racing South Africa reports that as the gates opened, Port Elizabeth star Hear The Drums and KwaZulu Natal visitor Battlestar Express immediately engaged in a battle for the lead, with the Gauteng challenger, Rebel King, settling just a couple of lengths off the pacesetters. The chestnut quickened into the lead at the furlong mark and although strongly challenged by Blue Tiger on his inside, he maintained his advantage to the line to score a rather cosy neck victory. Blue Tiger held on to the runner-up spot from his fast-finishing stable companion Gaultier.

A dual Gr.2 winner prior to this victory, Rebel King had mixed it up with some of the finest sprinters in South Africa. He finished runner-up to champion Mythical Flight in the 2007 Computaform Sprint and chased home War Artist and JJ The Jet Plane respectively in the last two renewals of the Mercury Sprint. Rebel King entered the Cape Flying Championship off a tight runner-up effort in the Gr.2 Merchants Stakes at Turffontein and a fast-finishing third behind Blue Tiger in the Gr.2 Diadem Stakes. All credit to ‘caretaker’ trainer Joey Ramsden for supervising the winner’s preparation since that run and saddling Rebel King in the absence of Charles Laird, who is currently in New Zealand.

Joey Ramsden said : “It’s been tremendous fun having him, he’s very intelligent, a real thinker. Hats off to his devoted groom Joseph, who has done a wonderful job.”

Five-year-old Rebel King, a  R210,000 yearling purchase, has been a consistent moneyspinner for his connections, boasting an enviable record of seven wins and 13 places from 22 starts, with stakes earnings now in excess of R1.5million. Still an entire (a rarity among South African-bred older males), victory here has obviously boosted his prospects as a potential stallion and his pedigree certainly warrants him a place at stud in time to come.

Bred at Summerhill Stud, Rebel King is one of seven Gr.1 winners sired by champion and top sire National Emblem, out of Cousin Linda, a half-sister to stakes winners Lucy’s Lad and Cousin John, both sons of Jallad.

Grandam Cousin Lucy never raced, but earned her place at stud as a daughter of champion sire Foveros and Gr.3-placed Luciennes, the dam of Gr.1 Garden Province winner Lyrical Linda (also by Jallad), Gr.3 Peninsula Stakes hero Acacia Woodland (Fort Wood) and Gr.3-placed five-time winner Tolme (Model Man). She hails from one of Highlands Farms’ leading families, that of Elevation full brothers Duc Du Orleans (Gr.1 SA Nursery) and Gr.2 winner and multiple Gr.1-placed Count Du Barry, as well as Persian Wonder siblings Gay Mam’selle (Natalia Stakes) and Big Swinger, who finished second in three Gr.1 Guineas.

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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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WAR ARTIST : SA Grade One Winner goes down a Neck


     Assertive and Richard Hannon (sportinglife/thoroughbred-news)              


Last year’s Mercury Sprint hero, War Artist, who came home narrowly ahead of Summerhill-bred, Rebel King, in that event, ran a big race on just his second UK appearance yesterday. The European Bloodstock News reported:

Assertive, a five-year-old son of Gr.1 winning sprinter Bold Edge (Beveled), powered to victory in yesterday’s Gr.2 Duke of York Stakes on the opening day of York’s Dante meeting. He defeated the South African Gr.1 winner War Artist (Orpen) by a neck to record his first Group success after three Listed wins.

The first and second could renew their rivalry in the Gr.1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Bold Edge won the Gr.1 Prix Maurice de Gheest, as well as the Gr.2 Diadem Stakes and Gr.2 Cork and Orrery Stakes for his owner/breeder Lady Whent and trainer Richard Hannon, the same team to celebrate success with Assertive.

Click here to watch video of Assertive winning the Duke of York Stakes 2008. 

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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)

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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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