CTS-offered Takingthepeace, at R240,000 a small buy by racing’s standards for new owners Murray Makepeace and Michael Shea in partnership with Mike de Kock, took Saturday’s Gr1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Classic over 1800m at Turffontein to secure the second leg of the 2018 Triple Tiara and put herself in line for turf immortality and a R1-million bonus.
Seen at Summerhill March 2018 winning breeder of 2017, Aliette Forien, who together with husband Giles and daughter Sybille Gibson bred Wings Of Eagles to win the 2017 version from their stud, Haras De Montaigu.
Mike de Kock broke the Sean Tarry stranglehold on the R500,000 Grade 2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas at Turffontein on Saturday with a spectacular victory by the Summerhill-bred Visionaire daughter Takingthepeace. The win had plenty of in-house emotion attached to it.
Have you ever looked at farmers and wondered why they tolerate so many things like drought, flies, farm attacks, weak prices etc, etc? Have you any idea why? Like a doctor, a parish priest, a mechanic, farming is a profession. It’s what they know and it’s what they do well, and it’s why their children who live in cities, continue to ask forever have you had any rain? It’s why their children know that behind the city lights and all the money, theirs is a life in which very little doesn’t owe its origins to a farm.
This just in: the Melbourne Cup is fast becoming ‘The Race That Thwarts a Nation’. Nobody except newly arrived Martians should have been greatly surprised by an Irish 1-2-3 in the Emirates Melbourne Cup.
The Grade 1 winning filly, Brave Mary by Brave Tin Soldier, a R40,000 Summerhill Ready To Run Graduate, was crowned Horse Of The Year at the KZN Breeders Awards held at a black tie affair at Fordoun on Saturday evening.
If you’re in the sales business, the one thing you need to convince customers to come back is a big horse first time around. There are few people in the sport of horseracing these days who don’t know Brian Burnard, better known as “Buffalo Bill”, who was christened that way after his buying debut at the inaugural Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run at Summerhill. There was no mucking about that day for “Buff” though, green as he was when he took on the lofty likes of Alesh Naidoo and the late, intrepid Glanville Gardner for the right to own a burly chestnut son of Kahal out of the East Cape Horse of the Year, Coastal Waltz.
The untimely death of stallion Await The Dawn in 2014 was a massive blow for Summerhill Stud. He was arguably the one who could’ve kept the Mooi River establishment at or near the top of the logs for the next two decades. Thankfully all of us can enjoy the pleasure of seeing his offspring on the track. Even if only for a few years.