It wasn’t long ago that Summerhill-bred Pierre Jourdan’s Triple Crown aspirations were thwarted by a three day postponement of the SA Derby and a “bog” of a track the following Tuesday, so Saturday’s victory in that epic by Hero’s Honour was all the sweeter.
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Await The Dawn
The untimely death of stallion Await The Dawn in 2014 was a massive blow for Summerhill Stud. He was arguably the one who could’ve kept the Mooi River establishment at or near the top of the logs for the next two decades. Thankfully all of us can enjoy the pleasure of seeing his offspring on the track. Even if only for a few years.
"For perfect timing, it doesn't get much better than this for many-times champion breeder, Mick Goss. At next week's Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Sale he'll offer the last progeny of Await The Dawn and to say his progeny are firing is an under-statement." - David Mollett
It’s inevitable really, and it just lends credence to the old belief in racing that when you lose a stallion, you can bet he’s on his way to stardom. That looks very much like the story of Await The Dawn, who was tragically lost in a freak accident halfway through his second season at Summerhill.
It’s an indisputable fact that Anant Singh is South Africa’s greatest ever movie maker. And while his other love in life, horseracing, has been kind to him in his association with several outstanding performers, yesterday he revealed another dimension to his extensive retinue of “gongs”.
So the R699,000 average at last month's Cape Premier Yearling Sale was a little beyond your pocket - Summerhill Stud have just what the doctor ordered at their 2017 Emperors Palace Summer Ready-To-Run Sale.
If you want to win the July, get a horse bred to win the July.
If these guys put up their hands, they have to have seen something special in the Await The Dawns. Mayfair Speculators, Charles Laird, Sean Tarry, Jehan Malherbe, Chris Snaith, Justin Vermaak, Bruce Gardner and Johan Janse van Vuuren.
The gallops are behind us and phase 1 is complete. In the yard as we write is the doyen of Highveld trainers, Ormond Ferraris, hot-as-hell Gary and Dean Alexander and champion trainer Sean Tarry. If ever a measure of the quality of the horses was needed, I guess these three gents say it all.
Joburg residents are used to traffic jams, but we could get a horse jam in Midrand this week with 235 two-year-olds in town for the last big sale of the year - the Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run scheduled for Thursday and Friday evenings.
Ahead of his biggest sale of the year - the Emperors Palace Joburg Ready-To-Run which is scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week - champion breeder, Mick Goss, can be relied on to provide an enticing quote.
Await The Dawn at the CTS Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
CTS Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
Randjesfontein, South Africa
24 – 25 November 2016
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.
CTS Yearling Sale 15 April 2016
BSA National Yearling Sale 27-29 April 2016
We’re not the only ones lamenting the early demise of Giant’s Causeway’s best racing son of 2013, Await The Dawn. There’s an old saying about familiarity breeding contempt, and while contempt is much too strong a word in this context, pedigree guru Andrew Caulfield was right to say that in the racing game “familiarity often unravels into boredom”. Time and again we see the elder statesmen of the stallion landscape coming out second-best in the popularity stakes against their “hot” young rivals, most of whom never come close to emulating the old boys’ achievements. In this case, he had in mind the 19 year-old Giant’s Causeway.
Await The Dawn by Giant's Causeway
First Crop at the Emperors Palace Select & National Yearling Sale
With a rating of 126+, Timeform dubbed Await The Dawn 'a Group One winner in waiting'. When his racing career was cut short, many yearned for his second-coming. The first have arrived. Debut crop of one of the World's best racehorses of his generation, by one of the World's best stallions.
By the conclusion of the Royal Ascot Festival, he had compiled a post-war record of 9 individual victories, eclipsing even the formidable likes of Lestor Piggot, Detorri himself, Pat Eddery and Johnny Murtagh, and prompting his new employers, Coolmore, to proclaim the reluctant star the best they've ever had.
You’d think in the wake of a sale of over a 100 lots and all of its attendant comings-and-goings (not to mention the politics!) there’d be a bit of respite for Team Summerhill. Not a word of it: the next lot for the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale are already in and grabbing the attentions of Michael Booysen, Thabani Nzimande, Tarryn Liebenberg and co