Veteran trainer Roy Magner provided Summerhill Stud with a wonderful advert for its Farm Sale next week when Anna Pavlova (nearest camera), a graduate of the 2016 sale, got up to win the Gr3 Three Troikas Stakes over 1450m at Turffontein with a powerful late run under jockey JP van der Merwe.
Magner and his patrons, the Soal family, secured Anna Pavlova for what has proved to be a super bargain at R45,000 – she’s earned a fraction short of R400,000 with four wins from 10 starts.
Well-named Anna Pavlova is by unfashionable sire St Petersburg from a mare by Royal Applause who herself happens to be out a full-sister to the deceased Kahal, the multiple champion sire in KZN. This important pedigree pointer is something other buyers at the sale may have missed.
Magner said: “Anna Pavlova is a small, strong filly, I liked her looks but her pedigree was definitely a consideration, I always look at conformation and pedigree together. The mare had already produced a multiple winner from Stronghold.
“Kevin Soal’s daughter Courtney loves to study pedigrees and the Soals gave Anna Pavlova the thumbs up, so we were in full agreement. She races in the silks of Courtney and her sister Megan.
Magner said that, considering her strong Saturday run, Anna Pavlova will be a contender for the Fillies Guineas in March, the first leg of the Triple Tiara. Beyond that, things will be taken step by step. “She’s a sweet, uncomplicated filly,” he told.
Magner and company will undoubtedly be keen to have a look at Banana Republic (Lot 18), a half-sister to Anna Pavlova by Mullin’s Bay, on offer at the 2017 renewal of the Summerhill Farm Sale next Tuesday.
Brave Tin Soldier was the only colt of his generation to win Group Ones at both two and three. But his dad Brave Tin Soldier is no one-trick pony. Sean Tarry has his highly-regarded Fieldmarshal Fenix while Geoff Woodruff scored with the promising Private Swarovski.
John Boyce says that if Frankel's achievements with his first crop juveniles in 2016 are anything to go by, it looks like we may have discovered another super stallion. Time will tell. Another year will reveal all.
Chair, Ladies and Gentlemen, 1995 was a landmark year in my life as a racehorse breeder. It was the first time South Africa had been invited to participate in the Asian Racing Conference after the democratisation of our politics, and it was also the last time I had the honour of addressing the International Breeders’ Conference in Paris, when we negotiated our first export protocol with the European Union.
We hear plenty about Galileo (Ire), and rightly so. He is the stallion of our generation whose influence will be discussed by pedigree aficionados for decades, if not centuries, to come. For as much as I'm glad to be alive and writing about breeding under his reign, I've long harboured a preference for Galileo's erstwhile stablemate Montjeu (Ire), who was lost to us almost five years ago.
The race that defined the stallion careers of the colossi, Jet Master, Captain Al and Dynasty, the Cape Guineas, was also the race that anointed Capetown Noir and Act of War as potential stars of the breeding firmament. It takes place at Kenilworth on Saturday 17th December at 3:50pm, and Summerhill hopes rest on the ample shoulders of Africa Rising, whose ancestry traces one of our original foundation mares Final Wonder. She was the only foal in the last crop of the multiple Champion sire Persian Wonder, and has since spawned a veritable dynasty.
For the past 20 years, Seamie Heffernan has been the ultimate team player at Ballydoyle: self-effacing, patient, uncomplaining, a shoulder to the wheel. But his maiden Breeders' Cup success, unmistakably, was the result of an inspired and vivid exhibition of individual flair.
Looking at the slots for the R2.5million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup and the R1million Emperors Palace Charity Mile on Saturday, you’d swear we were being punished for having a hand in “state capture”!
Despite the wide draw, trainer Brett Crawford has opted to run Rabada in the R1-million Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday 5 November. The final field for the Grade 2 race on the Standside track was unveiled at a function at Emperors Palace yesterday, when the charities and their celebrities met for the first time.
'Tongue-tied' is not a term you’d ordinarily apply to Aidan O'Brien, a man who just last week was named number one trainer in the world. It’s a common practice among racehorse conditioners to apply aids like blinkers, visors, hoods, cheek pieces and tongue ties to assist in the regulation of things like gate and cruising speed, lethargy, concentration and easier breathing, and nobody it seems, pays more attention to these details than the top man in his profession.