Heading to work on a Summerhill Autumn morning
(Michael Nefdt)

We’d be mistaken for thinking that it is actually winter now as we’ve been treated to one of the most spectacular autumns in a while. The trees on the farm have put on a show that has left us amazed by the variety of colours that have revealed themselves. The horses too have been enjoying this halcyon period, and the farm in general has been enjoying this period of calm before our upcoming Stallion Day and the foaling season which is rapidly approaching.

Meanwhile around the country our Summerhill runners have been keeping the flag flying high.

On Monday at Turffontein it was the girls who came to the party. Fakazi, by Albarahin and out of the Rambo Dancer mare Particular Passion, opened the day’s racing by winning the Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1600m for Paul Matchett. Her half sister, Sweet Chilli also won her race, the MR 69 Handicap over 2000m, in convincing style for our friend, trainer Stuart Pettigrew and our long-time friend and owner, Philip Diedericks.

Yesterday, it was our two 2006 National Sales graduates Notforpublication and El Padrino who made their mark at Clairwood. Notforpublication, trained by our long-time friend Ivan Moore won the Graduation Plate over 1200m. Leading from start to finish, this son of Summerhill Super Sire Muhtafal, showed his class by recording his third career win, and in so doing beating the highly regarded Mutadarreg. Not to be outdone, another son of Muhtafal, El Padrino, out of our good friend Steve Sturlese’s mare, Dot Dot Dash held on gamely to win from start to finish from a fast finishing Do It Like Dane.