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.
In the lead up to the Summerhill Ready To Run sale, which takes place at the School Of Excellence, Summerhill Stud on Wednesday, 25th October, we thought it might be fun to encourage patrons to view the gallops and choose their favourite to stand a chance to win lunch for two at Hartford House.
Think about this. Twenty-one more Stakes winners in 2016 and 2017. Massive savings in keep costs as well as 3 payments to approved buyers*. And the advantage of “clocking” the gallops. There's no place in the world you get this kind of value. Anywhere.
"For perfect timing, it doesn't get much better than this for many-times champion breeder, Mick Goss. At next week's Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Sale he'll offer the last progeny of Await The Dawn and to say his progeny are firing is an under-statement." - David Mollett
There’s been a lot of talk about the Ready To Run Gallops, and unprecedented social media traffic. And to keep the conversation going, here’s a shortlist of “physicals” from a show judge (in no particular order). Let us know if you agree.
One of Tom Jones' greatest hits was the “Green, Green Grass of Home” and buyers at the forthcoming Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Sale might be humming those lyrics as they drive through the entrance of Summerhill Stud later this month.