It’s probably quite a good thing that mares don’t watch television. Apart from the fact that it would get a bit crowded as everyone in the paddock jostled for the best vantage spot to see the screen, there might also be some unhealthy rivalry as mare’s progeny went head to head in a series of graded stakes races.

We’ll therefore leave the mares to grazing and raising this year’s foals and let the humans do the watching. There will be an extra pat and murmer of congratulations from the broodmare team should the TV results add some black type to anyone’s page anyway.

Meanwhile, in case you’re looking forward to watching any of the racing on Saturday or Sunday here are just some of the Summerhill bred or sired runners to keep an eye out for:

TURFFONTEIN – Saturday 25/11/06
RACE 6 – R400,000 GRADE 2 MERCHANTS 1160m – 2.15pm
1 NHLAVINI (NATIONAL EMBLEM – VALLEY MIST). Returning after 30 week spell. Multiple Gr 1 winner and Equus Champion Sprinter.
5 LET’S ROCK ‘N ROLL (MUHTAFAL- FIRST ARRIVAL). Gr 1 winning son of KZN Stallion of the Year
RACE 8 – R400,000 GR2 GOMMAGOMMA DINGAANS 1600m – 3.25pm
5 EMPEROR NAPOLEON (KAHAL – ELLINORE). Emperor Napoleon comes into this race the winner of his last three starts and with the words of jockey Weichong Marwing after his latest win in the Guineas Trial that he is every bit as good as the unbeaten Equus Champion 2yo KILDONAN.
13 ODYSSEUS (NATIONAL EMBLEM – GREET THE GREEK). Owned by the same owners as Champion filly IRRIDESCENCE - Team Valor. 2nd run back from a spell.
15 CATMANDU (MAKAAREM – GYPSEY SPIRIT). 3rd at last start outing in the R150k Gr 3 Graham Beck Stakes (to Kildonan)
RACE 9 – R1.5m GR1 STEINHOFF SUMMER CUP 2000m – 4.20pm
15 BHEKINKOSI (KAHAL – AMABOKOBOKO). Winner of the Java Handicap [Listed] at his last start.
6 PARIS TO PEKING (NATIONAL EMBLEM – PARIS TO DAKAR). Ran 4th in the Gr 1 SA Derby earlier this year.

KENILWORTH – Sunday 26/11/06

RACE 6 – MR 92 HANDICAP 1600m – 3.15pm
1 VEILED ESSENCE (MUHTAFAL – FOVESTA) Winner of the Gr 2 Oaks on All Stars Day
4 RAISEAROSE (MUHTAFAL – ROSEFIELDS). By KZN Champion Sire. 4th in the Winter Oaks [Listed] earlier this year.
RACE 7 – R200,000 Grade 2 GREEN POINT STAKES 1600m – 3.45pm
9 MAJESTIC SUN (KAHAL – BLUSHING SUMMER). Gr 2 winning son of Kahal trained by Basil Marcus who has had 7 winners in the past few weeks including Gr 3 Cape Classic Winner JAY PEG.
 ARLINGTON – Sunday 26/11/06

RACE 6 – GELNDORE SPRINT 1000m – 3.55pm
1 DISAPPEAR (MUHTAFAL – VANISH). Winner of seven races including the Group One Mercury Sprint in 2005.
2 HEAR THE DRUMS (GOLD PRESS – WINNING GLORY) Champion Three Year Old Colt, Eastern Cape in 2006.

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