KwaZulu-Natal's Equus National Champion Breeders Summerhill Stud dominates the various categories in the 2016 KZN Breeders Awards with 14 nominations, amongst them the likes of Rabada, No Worries, Heaps Of Fun, Intergalactic, Witchcraft and Arch Rival.
Brave Tin Soldier, sire of the only colt of his generation to win Group Ones at Two and Three. Sire again this weekend of first-timer Fieldmarshal Fenix, beating his elders for Sean Tarry, as well as the Tarry-trained Aventurine and Easy Street for Louis Goosen.
The hallmark of a good sire is getting one better than himself. Rabada (by Brave Tin Soldier) is the only colt of his generation to win Group Ones at Two and Three. That’s why Gee Racing spent R260k on Rathmor’s Brave Tin Soldier at the KZN Yearling Sale.
The day after South Africa's most prestigious race, the Group 1 Vodacom Durban July, was captured by Australian-bred The Conglomerate at Greyviille Racecourse on July 2, racing journalists from nine countries joined breeders and racetrack officials to raise a toast at Summerhill Stud in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal.
The winner of the R2-million, Grade 1 Daily News 2000, Rabada, that was also just touched off by hot Vodacom Durban July fancy Black Arthur in the Canon Guineas, is among the 10 runners that will compete in the R1-million KwaZulu-Natal Breeders Million Mile at Greyville Racecourse on Sunday.
The old adage “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”, has never been truer. Breeding racehorses is as competitive now as it’s ever been, which means that to play a winning hand, you need to hold the aces. All of them.