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.
Sustained market support for O'Marilyn (O'Reilly) in the build-up to Saturday's New Zealand 1000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) proved to be misplaced as Stephen McKee's filly, sent off odds-on following a hat-trick of victories, could only muster seventh behind Platinum Witness (California Dane – Chartreuse by St Petersburg).
There are more “old wives’ tales” around the breeding of racehorses than any other game. At last, the scientists have brought some precision to the table, by isolating the SPEED GENE. Every stallion on Summerhill has been tested, and now we can predict with accuracy, what he’s likely to throw.
First Solzhenitsyn’sGroup One wins and performances put him on the map. Now, from just a handful of foals, both St Petersburg’s International runners and the first of his Summerhill graduates, are hitting the spot.