I’ve had to make some hard decisions in my life, one of which was buying Summerhill in the days when I was penniless, the other exchanging our family home in Hillcrest for Hartford at a precarious time in South Africa’s political history and giving up a rewarding life in law. There have been many others, but the most painful of all was letting Visionaire go on the weekend. He is not only our and the province’s flagship stallion, but he’s a lovable character to whom every last soul on the farm has an attachment. Mick Goss / Summerhill CEO
The recent CTS Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale yielded exciting results, and even more so for the likes of deceased first season sire Await The Dawn, proven sire Toreador and last season’s Champion Freshman sire, Visionaire.
Visuality, by Visionaire out of Personify, won first time out over 1000m Saturday at Turffontein for owners Chris van Niekerk and Portapa (Pty) Ltd, and trainer Sean Tarry with jockey S'manga Khumalo up.
Visionaire filly Topography impressed Wednesday on the Greyville poly as she led from pillar to post over 1800m, powering away in the final 200m to take an impressive 5.5 length win with Brian Nyawo up for owners Mr and Mrs Phillip Diedericks and trainer Charles Laird.
The Leading Freshman Sire of 2015, Visionaire, continues to do what he does best, LEAD. Anyone who saw Heaps Of Fun’s galloping lesson in a field of fancied winners in the Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Gr.2) last weekend will need little convincing.
The renowned panellists of the Summerhill Breeze Ups have shown to be on the mark again as six out of eight of them included the filly Witchcraft as one of their best five fillies in the 2014 version and she is now on her way to being a huge runner in the Gr 2 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks, to be run at Turffontein on April 30.
Visionaire's daughter Heaps Of Fun scored an eye-catching victory in the Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas for Champion trainer, Sean Tarry, owner Nchakha Moloi and breeder, Summerhill Ready To Run Manager, Tarryn Liebenberg.
We know we've devoted a lot more to the Ready To Run Cup than we have to these epic international events today. yet at a time of a 150 year drought and with good news about as scarce as flying pigs, this was a weekend to celebrate.
In recessionary times, buyers are quick to retreat from their characteristic sense of enterprise, falling back on the tried-and-tested. Even then, they’re as fussy as all hell, discriminating rigidly between what’s hot and what’s not among the proven horses, with the likes of Visionaire in big demand, while old stalwarts like Kahal are stashed on the afterburner.