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The Sins Of The Fathers

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The Sins Of The Fathers

We all know about “fashion” in the world of racing, the temptation to follow the stock of the “in” stallion. But the truth about our sport is there are no walking races, it’s about running, and none of the good ones know who their fathers are.

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EDUCATION THE NEW CATCHWORD

beaulieu college, school of excellence, valerie de clerq and aline de meyer
beaulieu college, school of excellence, valerie de clerq and aline de meyer

Heather Morkel and School of Excellemce students with visiting

Beaulieu College and Belgium student vets Valerie de Clerq and Aline de Meyer

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

“Summerhill has always been high on the

value of training and education…”

Those who follow these columns will know that Summerhill has always been high on the value of training and education of our staff as one of the pillars of our eight year reign at the summit of South Africa’s breeding affairs. Every day, when we get to work, we realise again and again just how valuable our investment in the growth of our people’s skills and talents is, not only for what they might contribute professionally down the road, but as a means of inculcating in them the same passion and obsession in the horse game which any visitor to Summerhill experiences.

This week, our students at the School of Excellence were joined by nine others from Johannesburg’s posh Beaulieu College, as well as two young vet students from Belguim, Valerie de Clerq and Aline de Meyer, who came courtesy of old supporters of the stud and patrons of Hartford House, Stephan and Anne Colle.

They have arrived bang in the middle of the foaling and covering seasons, and just as the 120 entries for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale in November were knuckling down to some proper work. The “chopper pilots” who ride these youngsters have got their tails right up in the air at the moment, remembering that this year alone their graduates celebrated a J&B Met (Gr.1) victory (Igugu) and again last weekend, they were reminded of the impact of their work when Ice Axe plundered Mauritius’ Maiden Cup (Gr.1) and Winning Leap galloped away with the dosh in Gauteng’s top-liner, returning to the form that garnered the Gold Bowl (Gr.2) for him two seasons back.

No doubt, they’ll also have been fascinated by the preparations for a private racemeeting. Think about this, no hotel in the world is able to match a private race meeting with its own horses, jockeys, trainers, bookmakers, a commentator and a jolly good time!

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EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN DELIVERS...

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup - Turffontein
Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup - Turffontein

The Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

(Photo : Summerhill Stud Archives)

…AND DELIVERS.

Another brace of celebrities for the best sale, pound-for-pound, in Africa.

1st Ice Axe in the Phoenix Maiden Cup Gr1 for Ricky Maingard,

defeating Il Saggiatore.

1st Winning Leap in the Emerald Cup Pinnacle Stakes,

Turffontein’s top biller, for Dominic Zaki.

FILL YOUR BOOTS:

THEY’RE RUNNING FOR R2.5 MILLION IN 2012.

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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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MAINGARD'S MAGIC

Ricky Maingard with Ice Axe - Phoenix Maiden Cup
Ricky Maingard with Ice Axe - Phoenix Maiden Cup

Ricky Maingard with Ice Axe - Phoenix Maiden Cup (Gr1)

(Photos : Mauritius Turf Club)

THE PHOENIX MAIDEN CUP Gr1

Champ de Mars, Turf, 2400m

2 September 2012

There’s no blue-blooded South African racing fan who doesn’t remember Wolf Power, and the fact that Ricky Maingard, an engineer by profession and a one-time motoring executive with Peugeot by trade, was the man that fashioned him into one of the world’s most formidable milers. On Sunday, at Champ de Mars racecourse in the heart of the capital city of Mauritius, Port Louis, Maingard’s considerable skills as a racehorse conditioner were highlighted once again with the victory of Ice Axe in the islands’ greatest horserace, the Maiden Cup (Gr.1). But before we describe Ice Axe’s famous victory in more detail, it’s worth dwelling for a moment on Maingard’s beginnings as a racehorse trainer.

At that time, he was living in a little-known Midrand suburb called Glen Furness, and living as he did some distance from a racecourse, without the ample means to transport his horses daily to and from a training track, Maingard persuaded his neighbours into allowing him to work his horses across their seven acre plot of land. We know this, because one of his neighbours was Pat Goss, one of the co-founders of the Summerhill Stud we know today. It wasn’t long before he made his mark, and he did so in great style with a succession of the country’s top fillies. Run For Lily was a champion, Rhapsody’s Footstep and Fairy Ring were not far behind, and then came Dancer’s Choice, who ran Olympic Duel to a length in the Fillies Guineas. It wasn’t long before the country’s top owners were clamouring for Maingard’s services, and he was quickly in a position to buy himself Wolf Power, the best juvenile prospect in the land. Maingard was an all-rounder though, capable of training them short and long, and his tally of winners included several victories in the country’s number one sprint at the time, The Gilbey’s, The Rothman’s July and the Gold Cup, from 1200m to 3200m.

That age has not wearied him, was evident on Sunday when Ice Axe proved emphatically that he was this year’s Mauritian Horse Of The Year. Though Ice Axe was unbeaten to date, including two victories over the country’s top horse, Il Saggiatore, it was widely expected (and his odds-on status in the betting endorsed it), that with a 3kg pull at the weights and a change of pilot, Il Saggiatore would prevail. Those of you that read our column last week, might’ve been persuaded to take the odds on Ice Axe, and you would have been an even wealthier punter by Monday morning. Despite the presence in the field at the racecourse founded in 1812 by Sir Robert Farquhar, of three candidates from the powerful Gujadhur stable, Ice Axe was always travelling like a winner. There was a moment though, with about 800m to go, when it looked like he might be out-manoeuvred, as the three Gujadhur entries surrounded him, one immediately in front of him, one just to his outside and the favourite creeping up behind that one, while Ice Axe had the rail on his inside to prevent him from going anywhere unless something fluffed its lines. The tiniest of gaps opened as they turned for home, by which time Il Saggiatore had poached a precious lead, and seemed set for home. Ice Axe rallied gamely, and finding the greater acceleration, he raced away from the son of Galileo, who himself had just celebrated a world-record ten stakes winners in a week.

This victory provides the winner’s Northern Guest-dam with her second winner at the highest level, his half-sister Icy Air having swept everything before her in the 3-year-old division of her year. His granddam, a daughter of the great French classic sire, Luthier, was a purchase at the Nelson Bunker Hunt dispersal sale in 1988, and she has since given us, through her daughters, not only these two accomplished performers, but also the champion stayer, Amphitheathre. The Hunts were famed for their monopolisation of the silver trade, but following an attempt to corner that market, Bunker Hunt was forced to disperse his enormous thoroughbred empire after five years as the Eclipse Award Breeder of America.

It was a good weekend for staying products of both Summerhill and the Emperors Palace Ready To Run programme, Ice Axe being a R425,000 graduate of that sale in his own right, and the R70,000 purchase, Winning Leap, galloping away with Turffontein’s top biller, the Emerald Cup Pinnacle Stakes on Saturday. The Dominic Zaki trainee hails from yet another fortuitous raid on the international bloodstock markets, this time for a mare called Karafa, whom we purchased from the Aga Khan, and who hails from the immediate family of the great stallions Nasrullah, Royal Charger and Kalamoun. Already a victor in Johannesburg’s top staying race, the Gold Bowl (Gr.2), Winning Leap raced back to form here at the expense of a competitive line-up of Gauteng’s top-line stayers.

Before we leave the Champ de Mars finally, it’s worth recalling a couple of interesting oddities about its history. At 200 years this year, it is the oldest racing club in the Southern Hemisphere, and the third in the world. Sir Robert Farquhar was the inaugural governor of the island after its capture by Britain from France in 1810, and the course was used as a post-war means of securing the “esteem and collaboration of the local French population”, by providing them with the entertainment of horseracing. A street runs through the course between the grandstand and the racetrack, which is in normal everyday use, except for racedays, of course. The street is named for the Duke Of York, and the raceday experience has echoes of a Greyville meeting of thirty years ago. There are more than forty bookmakers on course, and their designated area across the way from the main stand is a beehive of activity.

Despite the humid tropical climate, entry into the VIP areas is “tight” and suits are the prescribed form of dress. You daren’t remove your jacket in the Steward’s Lounge, for fear of sanction. The parade ring resembles a medieval theatre, surrounded as it is by a public stand on one side, and by four levels of private boxes on two sides. It has the feel of a Mediterranean courtyard, with flowering geraniums hanging from flower boxes on all sides. The right-handed track is notoriously tight, with a circumference of only 1298m (which means the Maiden Cup almost completes two circuits), and a straight of only 225m. That means you have to have an ability to navigate the sharp turns, as well as finding a scorching turn of foot.

At Sunday’s meeting, there would have been close to 40,000 in attendance, with the infield jam-packed with spectators using the tarred surface of the Duke Of York Avenue as a jumping castle, in their attempts at seeing over the heads of those in front of them, while others enshroud the tops of the surrounding hills looking down on the course.

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ZAKI RACING'S WINNING LEAP MAKES IT WIN NUMBER 5

winning leap winning for dominic zaki
winning leap winning for dominic zaki

Click above to watch Winning Leap winning the Racing Association Pinnacle Stakes

(Image and Footage : Tellytrack)

RACING ASSOCIATION PINNACLE STAKES

Turffontein, 3000m, Turf

27 December 2010

WINNING LEAP (Labeeb (GB) x Summersault by Northern Guest (USA))

4 Year Old Bay Gelding

Owners : Messrs R Kay, M Maloon, D Michael and Miss L Gordon

Trainer : Dominic Zaki

Jockey : Sherman Brown

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

Win Time : 191.93

Career Record : 5 Wins, 1 Places, 14 Starts

Career Earnings : R578,750

Winning Leap is an R85,000 graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

RACE RESULT :

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

WINNING LEAP

60.0

104

1

S Brown

Dominic Zaki

2

5.75

VERTICAL TAKEOFF

60.0

100

7

B Lerena

Sean Tarry

3

6.25

MIRAGE DRIVE

57.0

97

6

S Khumalo

Tyrone Zackey

4

8.25

NUDGE NUDGE (ARG)

50.0

77

8

*E Pheiffer

Mike de Kock

5

10.75

FROZEN FIRE (GER)

60.0

109

2

*T Appie (1.5)

Mike de Kock

6

18.00

AFRICAN GIANT

50.0

67

3

L Nhlapo

Joe Soma

7

99.99

VALOR NATIVO (BRZ)

50.0

71

5

*JP v’d Merwe

Ernst Oertel

8

99.99

FENERBAHCE

57.0

94

9

A Delpech

Gary Alexander

9

99.99

CLAMENCO

52.5

80

4

F Naude

Lance Wiid

Late Scratching

10

0.00

VOLATILE

50.0

59

4

Spike Lerena

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KZN BREEDERS AWARDS : REWARDING EXCELLENCE

kwazulu natal breeders awards 1
kwazulu natal breeders awards 1
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kwazulu natal breeders awards 2
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kwazulu natal breeders awards 3

KZN Breeders Awards 2010

(Photos : Summerhill Stud

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KZN BREEDERS AWARDS 2010

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megan romeyn

Megan RomeynFriday night saw the past racing season’s hard work being rewarded when the KwaZulu Natal Breeders honoured their own for racing excellence at the prestigious KZN Breeders Awards.

Pierre Jourdan, whose racing performances have enthralled the public during the past year, walked away with the laurels in the categories of Outstanding Three Year Colt and Horse Of The Year, while Salutation (by Requiem) garnered the Outstanding Stayer Female and Winning Leap (by Labeeb) grabbed the Outstanding Stayer Male award. Hear The Drums (who made it 34 wins on Friday in the Glendore Sprint), was honoured with the Individual Achievement Award. Garden Verse (dam of the illustrious Imbongi and Mahubo) was awarded Broodmare Of The Year and man-of-the-moment stallion, Way West, grabbed a deserved Stallion Prospect Of The Year award with super sire Kahal once again crowned Stallion Of The Year.

The highlight of the evening undoubtedly was when Summerhill Stud was once again named the Leading Breeder Of The Year.

Award

Horse

Breeder

Outstanding 2 Year Old

CHOCOLICIOUS

Backworth Stud

Outstanding Sprinter Female

NOBLE HEIR

Connington Stud

Outstanding Sprinter Male

THUNDER KEY

C Baitz

Outstanding Middle Distance Female

SPICED GOLD

Greenhill Farm

Outstanding Middle Distance Male

ORBISON

Scott Bros

Outstanding Stayer Female

SALUTATION

Summerhill Stud

Outstanding Stayer Male

WINNING LEAP

Summerhill Stud

Outstanding 3 Year Old Filly

SPICED GOLD

Greenhill Farm

Outstanding 3 Year Old Colt

PIERRE JOURDAN

Summerhill Stud

Outstanding Older Female

NOBLE HEIR

Connington Stud

Outstanding Older Male

MAGICAL

RJ & Mrs Clarkin

Individual Achievement

HEAR THE DRUMS

Summerhill Stud

International Achievement

GYPSEY’S WARNING

Rathmor Stud

Broodmare Of The Year

GARDEN VERSE

Summerhill Stud

Stallion Prospect

WAY WEST

Summerhill Stud

Stallion Of The Year

KAHAL

Summerhill Stud

Leading Breeders

SUMMERHILL STUD

n/a

Breeding Achievement

CONNINGTON STUD

n/a

Horse Of The Year

PIERRE JOURDAN

Summerhill Stud

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2010 KZN BREEDERS AWARDS - NOMINATIONS

pierre jourdan, smagaliso, salutation arabian mist collage
pierre jourdan, smagaliso, salutation arabian mist collage

Arabian Mist, Pierre Jourdan, Salutation and Smangaliso

(Photos : JC Photographics)

THERE’S GOLD IN THEM HILLS!

Tonight sees the KZN Breeders Awards where all the hard work and achievements of its breeders are rewarded. The nominations for tonight are testament to the rich racing and breeding legacy which this province has served up to South African racing over the past year. Of our stallions, Way West cracks a nod for the first time, and Summerhill mainstays, Muhtafal and Kahal are well represented as well. The list of nominees for tonight reads like a who’s who of South African racing. Between them they have all clocked up an impressive record of Group and Graded Stakes wins over the past season, proving that KZN is blessed with an abundance of talent.

The list of nominees for tonight are:

Award

Horse

Outstanding 2 Year Old

CHOCOLICIOUS

, SILENT CALL,

WAYWEST GODDESS

Outstanding Sprinter Female

NOBLE HEIR

(Bred at Connington Stud)

,

SMANGALISO

, VALLEY OF RUBIES

Outstanding Sprinter Male

ARABIAN MIST

,

PHUNYUKA

, INTELLECTUAL,

THUNDER KEY

Outstanding Middle Distance Female

FISANI

, SPICED GOLD, BEDLOE’S ISLAND

Outstanding Middle Distance Male

ORBISON,

PIERRE JOURDAN

, MAGICAL

Outstanding Middle Distance Female

SALUTATION

, SALTWATER GIRL

Outstanding Stayer Male

PIERRE JOURDAN,

WINNING LEAP

, SANTA

Outstanding 3 Year Old Filly

FISANI, SALUTATION, SPICED GOLD

Outstanding 3 Year Old Colt

ORBISON, PIERRE JOURDAN, WINNING LEAP

Outstanding Older Female

BEDLOE’S ISLAND, NOBLE HEIR, SMANGALISO

Outstanding Older Male

MAGICAL, ARABIAN MIST, PHUNYUKA, THUNDER KEY

Broodmare of the Year

GARDEN VERSE

, GYPSEY QUEEN,

VINN FIZZ

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THEY DON'T HAVE TO HAVE FANCY PARENTS...

ready to run horses not by fancy parent's
ready to run horses not by fancy parent's

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

7 NOVEMBER 2010 

When it comes to tales, the Ready To Run is a whopper. Of triumph over adversity, of “plebs” over patricians, of David against Goliath. It is racing in its democratic perfection, best illustrated in the outcomes of this month’s Joburg Spring Stakes. The Colts’ version was won in imperious style by a R60,000 buy, the Fillies’ by a million Rand diva by the world’s best stallion. Pierre Jourdan was the hero of last year’s “Cup”, Igugu the favourite for this year’s.

But Pierre Jourdan isn’t that big, his parents aren’t that famous, and he didn’t cost that much as a youngster. Yet he’s by some distance his father’s most talented son. Like any number of Ready To Run stars, he comes from a “less fashionable” background, in the same way as Imbongi, Hear The Drums, Phunyuka, Winning Leap, Dynamite Mike, Catmandu, Thandolwami, and Fanyana. The best racehorses their fathers ever produced. They just happened to have the best upbringing of a racehorse known to man.

Reality is, there’s a horse for everyone in the Ready To Run, especially if you’re willing to back your own judgement.

RECENT SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATES

BY COST AND EARNINGS

GRADUATE

PRICE (ZAR)

EARNINGS (ZAR)

IMBONGI **

140,000

8,841,375

PIERRE JOURDAN

60,000

3,299,435

DESERT LINKS **

110,000

2,376,611

BIANCONI **

87,000

1,899,315

HEAR THE DRUMS

40,000

1,866,063

ICY AIR

60,000

1,264,905

AMPHITHEATRE

30,000

1,203,826

CATMANDU

60,000

1,026,100

DISAPPEAR

160,000

970,530

FORK LIGHTENING

75,000

965,962

SMANGALISO

100,000

947,950

PHUNYUKA

90,000

917,650

OUTCOME

150,000

738,670

FANYANA

95,000

717,495

BRIGADIER PARKER

47,000

682,790

BHEKINKOSI

65,000

680,075

MAJESTIC SUN

70,000

631,476

DYNAMITE MIKE

50,000

629,750

ALEJATE

80,000

613,625

PARIS TO PEKING

145,000

580,057

UMNGAZI

180,000

502,680

MANNEQUIN

80,000

455,150

** Includes Earnings Abroad

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YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A MILLIONAIRE

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hear the drums south african horseracing 33 record video

Click above to watch Ready To Run Graduate, Hear The Drums

(Image : Wally Strydom/Summerhill Stud - Footage : Tellytrack)

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

7 NOVEMBER 2010 

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karel miedema sportingpost

Karel Miedema www.sportingpost.co.zaMuch has been made of the role of pedigree in the production of great horses over the years.

While there’s no denying the value of parentage and its contribution to the fashioning of the breed, the glorious thing about racing is that some horses have been known to defy logic.

Great racehorses and great stallions like Foveros and Jet Master, who were both of relatively plebeian beginnings, are stark examples of the importance of physique and athleticism, in enabling one horse to run faster than another, whatever their beginnings. In the human realm, Usain Bolt is another good example.

There is no history of a runner in his genetic background, yet here he is, the freak of all freaks, doing what no man has ever done before him.

The Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale is probably the best reminder of why we all like racing. Its record of producing top athletes is, pound-for-pound, unrivalled in this country, yet you wouldn’t necessarily have anticipated this through a simple glance at the catalogue. If ever testimony was needed that you don’t have to have a flashy father to be a great racehorse, the Ready To Run provides it. If ever you wanted evidence of a defiance of probability, the Ready To Run is it.

Graduates of the sale regularly mock those who put their faith in six generation pedigree charts. They confound vets in matters of engineering, and the judgement of horsemen who rely on the aesthetics of balance and style and presence.

In recent times, horses like Imbongi (Russian Revival), Pierre Jourdan (Parade Leader), Winning Leap (Labeeb), Dynamite Mike (Fard), Hear The Drums (Gold Press), Catmandu (Makaaram), Phunyuka (Slew The Red) and Fanyana (Alami), all of them either classic winners, champions or millionaires, have emerged from this sale to scale the heights in their respective divisions. Their modest returns in the sales ring point to the fact that they were unfashionably bred, or that they may have suffered from some fault in God’s engineering, yet their records are in bold Black type.

The Ready To Run is also racing at its democratic best. Last November, a one time electrician took on an Arabian Sheikh for the top lot at R2.1million. It was every bit as dramatic as “the rumble in the jungle”, Ali vs Frasier, or the epic bout between Verus and Priscus at the opening of the Flavian amphitheatre. In the end, Andre Macdonald gave best to Sheikh Mohammed, but he was right back on the board when the presently unbeaten Igugu entered the ring. R1million later, Macdonald walked away with the spoils, a filly by the present champion sire of Europe, Galileo, who on present form, looks like she may have been something of a bargain.

Yes, there is something gladiatorial about a horse sales ring, where auctions are an adversarial form of shopping, and this is none more so than at the Ready To Run. No doubt, Sunday, 7th November will be the scene of some more fireworks.

Dates to remember :

Saturday 6 November 2010 - Raceday

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup

Sunday 7 November 2010 - Auction Sale

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

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emperors palace ready to run 2010

For more information please visit :

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and

www.summerhill.co.za

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MILLIONAIRES OR THERE ABOUTS

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pierre jourdan

Pierre Jourdan

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud) 

“WHEN OUR BRAND GOES ON,

THE CLASS IS INSIDE”

Continuing the extracts from the Summerhill Sires Brochure for 2010/2011. Are you on the mailing list? If not then please let us have your details and we’ll gladly ensure you get a personal copy when it’s published on the 1st August.

“This is some sales ring. As the colt leaves, there is no murmur from the buyers in the black-backed chairs of  the pavilion. They are a congregation of sorts. They merely turn the catalogue page as more conventional worshippers turn the pages of hymnals. A quarter of a million for a youngster is nothing special here. Rich men seek the Holy Grail, rather than mere racehorses.

Summerhill is different though, because Summerhill has made it that way. We’ve always said, there’s a horse for everyone here. You might not take on the Harry Oppenheimers of the world in the boardroom,  but at the races you can. On the turf, as well as under it, all men are said to be equal. And while you might be justified in believing that buying from the Champions could be costly, racing abounds with its own fairytales.

Every graduate of the Summerhill paddocks is an individual creation. Shoppers at our “A” Block sales yard are looking to be reassured. They want a nice horse, but an inherently precious one, a piece of art. All our horses start out this way, and all of them are brought up this way. Truth is though, we are not the masters of God’s engineering, nor are we purveyors of fashion.

The result is the peculiar democracy of the South African turf that enables every one of Amphitheatre, Icy Air, Dynamite Mike, Hear the Drums, Catmandu, Salutation, Winning Leap and Pierre Jourdan, all of them millionaires, to be bought for R60,000 or less. Imbongi suffered the indignity of never raising a bid, yet this year he was anointed Victor Ludorum at Dubai’s Racing Festival. Taxi drivers and muck-shovellers could’ve invested in the lot.

These horses remind us why we like racing. They are defiant in the face of improbability. They triumph despite their “wheels” or their lack of illustrious parentage. They can be splendidly unscientific, often doing what they shouldn’t be able to do. In the age of computers, satellites and DNA, the racehorse is proof that two and two doesn’t always make four.

At least that’s the case when you’re dealing with Summerhill. You know when our brand goes on, the class is inside. That every youngster emerging from our paddocks, has been given the identical chance, that he’s a handmade product of the best upbringing of a horse known to man.

After that, we’re in the lap of the gods. It does seem though, looking at the Leader Board, that in the eyes of the gods, some men are more equal than others.”

SOUTH AFRICAN BREEDERS CHAMPIONSHIP

#

Breeder

Stakes (ZAR)

1

Summerhill Stud

18,290,962

2

Ascot Stud

6,324,400

3

Lammerskraal Stud

6,190,425

4

Normandy Stud

5,994,150

5

Highlands

5,926,499

6

Klawervlei Stud

5,894,875

7

Wilgerbosdrift

5,890,200

8

Scott Bros

5,414,937

9

D Cohen & Sons

5,324,412

10

Maine Chance

5,174,462

Sporting Post as at 11 July 2010

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WINNING LEAP RARING TO GO

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winning leap

Winning Leap

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

CANON GOLD CUP (Grade 1)

26 June 2010

A chat with trainer Dominic Zaki early this morning, revealed that our Gold Cup aspirant, Winning Leap, has travelled well, and is ensconced at his Summerveld stables, from where he will launch his assault tomorrow.

Dominic says there’s only one “stopper”, as far he’s concerned, and that is his 21 points in penalties that he’s picked up for his last two striking victories. Winning Leap has grown to almost 17 hands, he’s stays all day, and Dominic says his acceleration grows as he matures.

“He’ll be a formidable four year old, and I have unending faith in the challenge of the progeny of Labeeb”.

The circumstances of the purchase of his grandmother, Karafa, from His Highness the Aga Khan, were amusing. Mick Goss, elder brother Pat and erstwhile Summerhill general manager, Anton Procter, were attending the Tattersall’s December Sales in England in the mid 80’s, and they had devised a secret code for their agent, the late and famed Joss Collins, whereby Joss would keep bidding for as long as Pat kept his deerstalker hat on his head. Understand, it was mid-winter in the UK, snowing and hats were imperative.

When the bidding approached the 80,000 Guineas mark (around a R1 million today, and already well beyond where Summerhill normally shops), Pat, who for all intents and purposes was the trio’s banker, decided to call it enough, and raised his hand to remove the deerstalker.

The mare, however, was descended from the most famous of Aga Khan’s family’s, the one which produced the legendary stallion Nasrullah, Royal Charger and Kalamoun, and Mick and Anton would have none of this stopping. To the complete bewilderment of the auctioneer, they thrust their hands on Pats head to keep the deerstalker in place, so that Collins would not give up the pursuit.

“Was that a bid, sir?” enquired the auctioneer, and Mick Goss was quick to reply “and how, sir”, and so, at a 100,000 guineas, Summerhill became the proud owner of this wonderfully bred mare. The brothers proceeded to breed an Italian 2000 Guineas winner from the mare, before her importation to South Africa, and while the family’s been a little slow in getting going here, Summersault, dam of the Gold Cup fancy, has shown signs of a serious revival. Victory in tomorrow’s time-honoured event, could signal its greatest moment in South Africa.

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NOT CALLED THE GOLD CUP FOR NOTHING

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gold cup south africa

1945 Owners Gold Cup Trophy

(Photo : Summerhill Stud Archives)

THE CANON GOLD CUP (Gr 1)

Greyville, 3200m, 26 June 2010

KZN racing authorities can say what they like about the big three of their “Championship Season”, but there’s no doubt that after the “July”, the Canon Gold Cup is a clear second. In fact, if you’re speaking of betting turnover, its one of the nation’s big three. Judged purely by prize money, it’s eclipsed by the July, the Met and the Summer Cup, but as an attractor of people and a generator of turnover, it gives best only to the first two.

As a crowd-pleaser, you might well argue that the glamour events are also those sponsored by Vodacom and J&B, but for sheer elegance and a sense of occasion, you’d probably give first prize to the Gold Cup, though it now faces stern competition from the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.

One thing you can’t take away from the Gold Cup is tradition. Its being run for the 90th occasion this Saturday, and there was a time when every self respecting trainer took the compelling leap from the Durban July to the Gold Cup. That was then of course, and this is now, and the difference between those days and these, lies mainly in the trophy.

Some years ago, Sotheby’s auctioned the 1945 Owner’s Gold Cup trophy won by Hartford’s Salmon, and since its rightful home was here at Summerhill (which incorporates Hartford these days), we felt we had to buy it. So prized were these pure gold trophies and so magnificent the craftsmanship, we had to venture a king’s ransom in order to bring it home.

That’s what people were racing for in those days, and it was the knowledge that there were just a handful of these left in the vaults of the Durban Turf Club, which led us to propose to our old friend Alec Foster back in the 90’s, that we try to breed a Gold Cup winner. Being the sportsman that he is, Alec proceeded to do just that, the fruits of his endeavours being Cereus’ cruise in the 2002 renewal.

In all, we bred four horses with that in mind, one of them a nine time winner at distances up to a mile (we obviously read his pedigree wrong), one a Champion Three Year Old filly of her year and a dual Oaks winner, Icy Air (the recipe was right there,) and the other one damn near did it again. He was Amphitheatre, whose stirring victory in the Gold Vase (Gr.2) on the eve of the race cost him a 2kg penalty, which in the end cost him the Gold Cup as well, as he went down a neck in the dying strides to Highland Night.

The honour roll of previous Gold Cups is replete with great names of South African racing, not the least of whom is Charlie Barends, who won just one July with Extinguisher, but who made the Gold Cup his own with seven exceptional victories, the first of which was aboard Chez Monty, the first horse (and the only one) to win two consecutive renewals.

Summerhill and Hartford have a distinguished record in the race. No property has produced more than three winners outside of ours, which has strung together a total of five all told, commencing with Salmon, Cosmonaut, and Alhambra, and in modern times Cereus and the Champion Stayer of two seasons ago, Desert Links.

So, we have the pedigree to produce another one, and going with Winning Leap is a little like picking Brazil to win the World Cup. That means he’s a fair bet, and at 5-1 a fairly generous one. The bookmakers would be wise to think again if their reasoning has to do with history. No three-year-old has ever been to the winner’s podium before, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be done now.

There are enough examples in Australian racing to suggest that a properly programmed horse can do it. The one thing we do have to remember though, with a marathon like this, is that while good horses can sometimes pick up Group One races on the way to their objectives, it doesn’t often happen in a gruelling competition like the Gold Cup. You need to fix your sights firmly on your target, and get your horse there at the top of his game, because the “A” game is the only one that will do.

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THE READY TO RUN AND THE CANON GOLD CUP

winning leap horse
winning leap horse

Winning Leap

(Photos : Summerhill Stud) 

THE CANON GOLD CUP

26 June 2010 

The events of this past week, and the anticipation of next weekend’s national stayers championship, the Canon Gold Cup (Gr.1) are a poignant reminder of the potency of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale. No fewer than nine graduates of the sale occupied racing’s most valuable piece of real estate, the Number One box between Monday and Sunday, including a four-timer at the Vaal, and a stunning debut by Ridethebreezefor Joey Ramsden. For some, that’s a six month tally, yet it happened in a week here, and all from a single sale (we’ve listed them at the bottom of this note).

They may have rescheduled the Gold Cup to a spot with which this historic event is completely unfamiliar (26th June, as opposed to the first Saturday in August), and while that may have played some havoc with the programmes of a number of entries, its nonetheless quite a field, headed up by last year’s Champion Stayer, Mokaro. He’s not at the top of the boards though, as that honour belongs to Santa at 3-1, followed by three joint favourites, Ancestral Fore,Thanks John, and the three year old Summerhill-consigned Ready To Run graduate, Winning Leap.

Not too many three year olds are entered for these marathon events, yet this fellow already has the Gold Bowl (Gr.2) on his C.V, which he won as long ago as the first weekend in April. But here, in the Gold Cup, he’s bidding to rewrite the history books, as the first and only three year old to win the event. No doubt, the bookmakers know that history is against him; otherwise he could well be clear at the top of the boards, given his recent record. What they seem to have forgotten, is where he came from!

Winning Leap was an R85,000 graduate of the 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, a somewhat angular, gawky individual at the time, but a horse with an immaculate pedigree and his father, Labeeb’s economy of movement, as well as his style.

There’s no doubt he has the stamina: the question is, the 55.5 kgs he has to carry against the nation’s best stamina runners. Can it be realistically expected of a three year old, that he can lump such an impost to victory?

We’ll bring you more news of Winning Leap’s march to the Gold in the course of the week.

Winners Monday 14 June 2010 - Sunday 20 June 2010

#

Horse

Trainer

1st

BELLAGIO

Mark Dixon

1st

UBIZO

Glen Kotzen

1st

RIDETHEBREEZE

Joey Ramsden

1st

KRUGER GOLD

Heather Adamson

1st

MANNEQUIN

Paul Matchett

1st

WATCHFUL

Michael Azzie

1st

MYSTIC

Sean Tarry

1st

ETERNAL GLORY

David Niewenhuizen

1st

CHEN YIN HO

Coerie Lensley

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CANON GOLD CUP : SATURDAY 26 JUNE 2010

winning leap three year old runner in the 2010 canon gold cup grade 1
winning leap three year old runner in the 2010 canon gold cup grade 1

Winning Leap - 3000m Gold Bowl (Grade 2)

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

LE COUP D’OR : CONFUSION REIGNS

For the first time in living memory, the two Gold Cups that really count are being staged within the same week. Yesterday saw the running of the Royal Ascot version, highlight of the greatest week in European racing, and for the past four years, domain of Solskjaer’s younger brother, Yeats. Because of the upheaval the World Football Cup has imposed upon local racing, our own Gold Cup (sponsored by Canon), is to be staged on the 26th June, as opposed to the first Saturday in August, where it’s been since time immemorial. It is the staying championship of South Africa, and its winner is almost invariably crowned the Equus Awards Stayer of the Year. This year’s renewal is remarkable for the fact that for the first time (ever, as far as we can make out), there’s the potential of a three year old winning it.

There was a time when the English Derby, staged over 1,5 miles in June, was considered the sternest of tests for a three year old, and it was never thought advisable to run a horse much further in his classic year. More recently, the Australians have taught us it’s possible to run three year olds in their greatest staying race, the Melbourne Cup as early as November.

And so it’s happened that this year, we have our own top three year old engaged in the event in the form of Winning Leap. Ordinarily, we’d be concerned about his ability to get the trip, being the son of a world class miler in Labeeb, out of a Northern Guest mare descending from one of the Aga Khan’s oldest families, the one which produced Nasrullah and Royal Charger as well as the flying filly, Mumtaz Mahal. Another really good sort to come from this family was the European Champion Miler, Kalamoun, like Nasrullah and Royal Charger an outstanding stallion in his own right, but unfortunate to die prematurely.

Winning Leap’s credentials over the trip are well known, as he charged off with the laurels in Johannesburg’s Gold Bowl (Gr.2), over 3000m in May, so there’s every reason to expect that he’ll get the trip next Saturday, unless the handicapper has “fixed” him with weight once and for all. Winner of his last three starts by a combined 9.75 lengths, he is up there at the top of most bookmaker’s boards, as matters stand.

We quote from a recent article posted by Charl Pretorius on Racingweb.

His trainer, Dominic Zaki said “He’s not much to look at - he resembles a little camel, but he’s got a big stride and some acceleration and he stays forever and a day. He’s improved with maturity and there is much more to come. We’ll restrict him to long distances; there is no reason to change what is clearly his game. Yes, the Gold Cup is his mission, he’s a top horse and we may go for the Gold Vase on 3 July over 2800m on his way to the Cup.”

“Another impressive graduate of the winner factory at Summerhill Stud, Winning Leap fetched R85,000 at the 2008 Ready To Run Sale. Breeder Mick Goss would call him a horse “stolen” from the sales ring”.

CANON GOLD CUP (Grade 1)

Greyville, 3200m, 26 June 2010

Final Field 

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

MOKARO

60.0

112

17

R Fourie

Stephen Page

2

OMAHA BEACH

57.5

105

16

B Fayd’Herbe

Joey Ramsden

3

SANTA

57.5

105

5

A Marcus

Ormond Ferraris

4

STRATEGIC NEWS (AUS)

57.0

103

1

J Geroudis

Herman Brown

5

ANCESTRAL FORE

56.0

108

12

K Shea

Mike de Kock

6

VERTICAL TAKEOFF

56.0

101

8

P Strydom

Sean Tarry

7

SPEED FOR GOLD

56.0

100

6

A Forbes

Dennis Drier

8

WINNING LEAP

55.5

106

14

B Lerena

Dominic Zaki

9

GOLDEN PARACHUTE (NZ)

55.5

99

9

K Neisius

Mike Bass

10

ROBINSON CRUSOE

55.0

99

11

I Sturgeon

Glen Kotzen

11

STARZENE (USA)

55.0

99

20

G Lerena

Weiho Marwing

12

SANGRIA GIRL

55.5

98

4

R Danielson

Greg Ennion

13

THANKS JOHN

55.0

9

18

M Byleveld

Mike Bass

14

BOLD WONDER (AUS)

54.5

96

13

S Randolph

Duncan Howells

15

REFINED IN FIRE

54.5

96

7

P Whitmore

Yvette Bremner

16

HOSPITALITY

53.5

93

19

F Coetzee

Mike Stewart

17

LA FOCE

52.5

91

3

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

18

PREDESTINATION (AUS)

52.0

89

10

K Teetan

Joey Ramsden

19

SPORTS FACTOR

52.0

89

15

*A Domeyer

Paul Lafferty

20

RECONCILE

52.0

88

2

D Daniels

Glen Kotzen

SO THE TRIPLE CROWN REMAINED ELUSIVE...

winning leap gold bowl grade 2
winning leap gold bowl grade 2

Winning Leap - Gold Bowl (Grade 2)

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

SUMMERHILL and the READY TO RUN…

So the Triple Crown remained elusive.

And we may not have won any of the Classics.

But we gave it a damn good crack!

…ONE SOURCE : ONE SALE.

Position

Horse

Race

Trainer

1st

WINNING LEAP

R500,000 Gold Bowl (Gr2)

Dominic Zaki

2nd

PIERRE JOURDAN

R1,500,000 SA Derby (Gr1)

Gary Alexander

2nd

SALUTATION

R750,000 SA Oaks (Gr2)

Stuart Pettigrew

2nd

HAVASHA

R500,000 KRA Guineas (Gr2)

Mike de Kock

3rd

HIS AFFIDAVIT

R500,000 The Nursery (Gr2)

Charles Laird

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Kerry Jack

082 782 7297

WINNING LEAP : GUTS AND DETERMINATION OF A TRUE STAYER

winning leap gold bowl 2010
winning leap gold bowl 2010

Winning Leap - Gold Bowl (Grade 2)

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

WINNING LEAP

GOLD BOWL (Grade 2)

It’s no easy task for a 3 year old to take on older rivals over 3200m and that is probably why Winning Leap was the only representative in this event of his generation. The ground was soft and it rained throughout the race, but despite all, the Summerhill-bred son of Labeeb came through with his head held high, writes Steve Furnish for Sporting Post.

The classy Santa, a runner up in this race last season, was always at the top of the bookmakers’ boards and after finding good support on course he eventually left the stalls at 2/1. Mike de Kock’s only representative Wild Kodiak was also fancied. He shortened into 6/1 from 10’s, whilst all of Chico Azul (10/1 into 8/1, touched 7’s), Saltwater Girl (10/1 into 8/1) and Winning Leap (20/1 into 15/1) were all nibbled at in the ring.

They set off on this two mile trip rather slowly and were seemingly still in no hurry to get out of the rain as they passed the winning post for the first time. As they moved into the long back straight though the confirmed frontrunner Chico Azul raised the tempo and the field quickly began to string out. The unfancied Dancing Red sat second whilst the eventual winner Winning Leap raced close up in third. Racing in fourth was another outsider Carnoustie. The favourite Santa raced alongside Saltwater Girl in fifth and only five lengths off the pace at that stage they were perfectly positioned to mount a challenge. The order changed very little as they moved up the back straight and it was only when the pace began to slow again rounding the home turn that things began to change. The rain began to pour as they entered the home straight and with Chico Azul now battling to quicken, Winning Leap, under replacement rider apprentice Juan Paul Van Der Merwe, swiftly took up the running. Santa also quickened very nicely at the top of the straight and when he moved up to tackle Winning Leap 500m from home it looked as if he would go on to land the odds. Just as he had done when winning in a lowly MR71 Handicap last time out though, the rapidly improving Winning Leap found extra. The pair then fought out a protracted battle with both horses and riders giving their all. Behind them meanwhile the fancied Starzene had steadily been making headway and within a length of the duel 300m from home, he too joined the fight. Surprisingly, it was the recent Racing Association Stakes winner Santa who was the first to crack. Running out of gas 150m from home. That didn’t make things any easier for Winning Leap though as Starzene was plugging on determinedly. Answering every call from his up and coming rider though, Winning Leap dug deep below the distance and in the style of a true stayer, he held on to score by three quarters of a length. Now a tired horse, Santa kept on to finish third, whilst staying on for fourth, some nine lengths adrift, was Precedent.

A son of Labeeb out of the Northern Guestmare Summersault, Winning Leap, an R85,000 purchase from the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, has now won three of his seven career starts to date amassing stake earnings in excess of R400,000. Winning Leap showed real guts and determination in winning this event and with natural improvement still to come, he’s clearly one to keep tabs on in the future.

PEAR SHAPED ISN’T THE WORD; BUT IT’S A TOPSY-TURVEY WORLD

noble heir computaform sprint
noble heir computaform sprint
waywest goddess the fillies nursery
waywest goddess the fillies nursery
winning leap gold bowl
winning leap gold bowl

Left : Noble Heir - Computaform Sprint (Grade 1)

Centre : Waywest Goddess - The Fillies Nursery (Grade 2)

|Right : Winning Leap - Gold Bowl (Grade 2)

(Photos : JC Photographics)

OF TRIPLE CROWNS, CLASSICS AND CONSOLATIONS

On a weekend in which the hot favourites for the Kentucky Derby and the English 2000 Guineas were up-ended, Pierre Jourdan’s attempt at the Triple Crown as the first since Horse Chestnut, was the best performance from those who were backed to take their country’s major classics.

One of the hottest-priced fancies for the first of the English Classics, St Nicholas Abbey was a spent force entering the dip at Newmarket, signalling a warning to the connections of his American counterpart, Lookin At Lucky that favouritism was no guarantee for success in any Triple Crown event. And that’s the way it turned out, neither of them making the frame.

In Pierre Jourdan’s case, the reason was simple. He failed to see out the trip, made all the longer by the sticky going, and while he challenged gallantly all the way to the line, he was no match for Mike de Kock’sIrish Flame, who looks to have the KZN version of the Derby (at least,) and maybe the Daily News 2000, at his mercy.  We use the word “maybe” advisedly, as the outcome of the KRA Guineas (Gr2)run at Greyville Sunday, followed a stirring  performance from Noordhoek Flyer,and if he gets the 2000m of the Daily News journey, (which he didn’t do in the Cape Derby (Gr1) in January), we could be in for one helluva race.

There were three Classics on the weekend in South Africa, the third being the SA Oaks, and quite amazingly, in what might be considered an unlucky weekend for Summerhill, we had the runners-up in each of them. Besides Pierre Jourdan’s 2nd in the SA Derby, Havashawas an encouraging pursuer of Noordhoek Flyer in the Durban version of the Guineas (he was gelded after the SA Classic, and obviously didn’t have the best of preparations), while Salutationlooked a winner with a hundred to go in the SA Oaks. Coming from last in the mud was one step too far for her, the effort in making up the ground and hitting the front at the 200, sapping her of the energy to sustain her run.

Consolation came in several forms. Way West’sfirst crop daughter, Waywest Goddess,gave the juvenile fillies a galloping lesson in The Fillies Nursery (Gr2),as she strode away regally by two lengths, and while there will be those that will argue that the underfoot conditions accounted for more than one upset result, as things stand right now, she’s queen of her realm. In another telling blow for the Summerhill stallions, Noble Heir gave Kahalhis second Gr1 heroine in just over a month, putting paid to the aspirations of three other Gr1 winners, Warm White Night, Mythical Flight and Private Jet,in the R1million Computaform Sprint (Gr1).

While we may have been dejected at the failure of Pierre Jourdan’s Triple Crown bid, and felt a little hard done by with three seconds in the three Classics, there was consolation in the last of the Group races on Saturday, when Winning Leapstayed on like a trojan in the second richest marathon on the South African racing calendar, the R500,000 Gold Bowl (Gr2). Winning Leap is another powerful stayer by the unlikely stamina source, Labeeb,who besides being a dual Gr1 winner to a maximum of nine furlongs in the United States, was also highly effective as a sprinter. His influence however, has been principally over the longer distances, which bodes well for the prospects of the genuine middle distance racehorses occupying the Summerhill barn as we write, Admire Main,Mullins Bay, AP ArrowandSolskjaer.Recent Champion sires Fort Wood and Al Mufti,remind us of this imperative.

On the technical side, Winning Leap is yet another sterling product of a Northern Guestmare, his mother hailing from the fabulous Aga Khan family of champion sires Nasrullah, Royal Charger and Kalamoun.

WINNING LEAP REIGNS SUPREME IN GOLD BOWL

2010 gold bowl winning leap video
2010 gold bowl winning leap video

Click above to watch Winning Leap winning The Gold Bowl (Gr2)

(Image and Footage : Tellytrack)

R500,000 GOLD BOWL (Grade 2)

Turffontein, 3200m, Turf

1 May 2010

WINNING LEAP (Labeeb x Summersault)

3 Year Old Bay Gelding

Owners : Messrs R Kay, M Maloon, D Michael and Miss L Gordon

Trainer : Dominic Zaki

Jockey : Juan Paul van der Merwe

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

Win Time : 213.99

Career Record : 3 Wins, 0 Places, 7 Starts

Career Earnings : R402,500

Winning Leap is an R85,000 graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

RACE RESULT :

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

WINNING LEAP

52.0

85

9

*JP v’d Merwe

Dominic Zaki

2

0.75

STARZENE (USA)

57.0

99

5

G Lerena

Weiho Marwing

3

4.25

SANTA

60.0

105

2

A Marcus

Ormond Ferraris

4

9.00

PRECEDENT

52.0

88

6

B Smith

Paul Matchett

5

12.50

SALTWATER GIRL

53.0

91

4

A Delpech

Gavin van Zyl

6

26.00

WILD KODIAK

52.0

86

10

M Yeni

Mike de Kock

7

28.00

CHICO AZUL

52.0

89

7

G Figueroa

Kobus Roux

8

30.00

ROYAL CAPTIVE (NZ)

54.0

93

13

P Strydom

Sean Tarry

9

43.00

DANCING RED

52.0

71

3

D David

Weiho Marwing

10

43.25

MEMBRADO (ARG)

54.0

93

11

D Habib

Sean Tarry

11

46.00

LONG DOLLAR

58.5

102

12

K Shea

Weiho Marwing

12

57.00

CARNOUSTIE

52.0

86

1

S Khumalo

Barend Botes

13

99.99

SONIC GANG (BRZ)

52.0

70

8

R Simons

Paul Matchett

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