There were many oddities in the story of Kelso. For one thing, he was a perfect gentleman but he was named for a lady. Mrs duPont was actually hoping for a filly when she bred Maid Of Flight to Your Host, as she wanted to name it for a friend, Kelso Everett, whom she considered the most perfect hostess she’d ever known.
Some of the sharpest eyes in the business, see a lot of High Chaparral in the Golden Swords. Which means a word to the wise might be worthwhile. Now, his first standout runners are headed for the Classics.
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 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.
Following a somewhat tepid fortnight, the sparks flew for Summerhill this past week with action on both the racecourse and off it. It’s part of our history though, that hard on the heels of a setback, such is the nature of the racing beast that if you keep your tail up, the good news quickly follows the tough tidings.
It was perhaps fitting that Mike de Kock would saddle the first winner of the high class Timeform 122 rated Golden Sword. The son of High Chaparral’s athletic daughter Belle Rose opened her account over a mile at her third start, at the inaugural meeting held on the Vaal Classic track on Thursday.
Summerhill’s young resident sire Golden Sword, the only son of High Chaparral at stud in South Africa, has seen his full-brother, All Body And Soul, get his second in Ireland over 2400m for trainer Tracey Collins. The 2012 gelding has had just five starts, winning twice and placing once.