Following the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale on Tuesday, 24th February at the School of Equine Management Excellence, we will be auctioning well-known KZN stallions Mullins Bay, Solskjaer and Way West.
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.
Ever since that first time Louis Goosen Racing Stable’s stable jockey Deon Sampson rode the Way West filly, Celine, he was convinced that she would relish the Turffontein Outer Course, around the turn, over 1400m.
The latest news is that the heady days of the R200,000 plus service fees are back in vogue; several stallion masters are apparently headed that way, which leaves some leeway for the next tier in the R100,000 plus bracket to ratchet theirs up a few notches.
“It’s probably fair to say that at the price, you’re unlikely to find these gems anywhere else in the world beyond South Africa, and what is even more unlikely, is that you might buy them from any other nation’s champion breeders.”
It’s probably fair to say that at the price, you’re unlikely to find these gems anywhere else in the world beyond South Africa, and what is even more unlikely, is that you might buy them from any other nation’s champion breeders. Yes, we need to get the big scorers to pay the bills here, but we must never forget, they all enjoy a common upbringing, and the will-to-win is inbred at Summerhill. Sunday afternoon at Turffontein that much was evident when the R50,000 purchase, Salutation, bolted home in the Spook Express Handicap (Listed), taking her earnings over the R900,000 mark for her intrepid owner Peet Diedericks. By no means alone in the bargain basement, Van Der Scaler (R10,000) trotted up for Braam van Huysteen in Durban, while Tributary (R10,000) put two lengths between herself and her field in Cape Town.