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Big Weekend For Willow Magic's Sire Dubawi

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Big Weekend For Willow Magic's Sire Dubawi

Usurping the Ballydoyle battalion for favouritism in Sunday’s G1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at The Curragh, Quorto (IRE) showed his mettle to emulate his sire Dubawi's 2004 success and register a career high in battling fashion.

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Dubawi Versus Galileo

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Dubawi Versus Galileo

The standard-setters among European sires are without question Galileo and Dubawi. As well as posting phenomenally high ratios of black-type winners and group or graded winners, both sires clearly demonstrate their sire power by upgrading their mares. Upgrading mares that are already good is no small achievement.

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Stallion Fees 2017: The New Dawn

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Stallion Fees 2017: The New Dawn

We all know things are tight, tighter than they’ve been in a very long time. And if it weren’t for the expectation of the normalisation of our export protocols in the reasonably near future, the breeding landscape would be a bleak place indeed. With that in mind, we’ve spent a good deal of time pleading the case of broodmare owners across the board with our stallion principals, and they’re not only sympathetic but they’re as determined as we are to play their part in contributing towards the future viability of our customers’ operations.

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What Price Willow Magic?

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What Price Willow Magic?

From a South African perspective, outcomes at yesterday’s session of the world’s strongest yearling sale of 2016, begged the question: what price a Group One winning son of Dubawi, given his opening day average of 853.215 guineas (R15,357,87) of the stallion’s only Group One winning son in Africa, Willow Magic, first season incumbent of the Summerhill stallion barn. We speak of course, without bias!

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Blockbuster New Releases Now Showing on a “Tellytrack” Near You

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Blockbuster New Releases Now Showing on a “Tellytrack” Near You

You’ve heard about the two “new kids” on Summerhill’s block, Act Of War and Willow Magic, now it’s time to see them in action. In their collective presence, it’s arguable that in thirty-seven summers, Summerhill has never been better endowed in young stallion material than right now. Don’t take our word for it – watch for yourselves.

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Is Frankel Up To It?

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Is Frankel Up To It?

With the word “plagiarism “very much in vogue in American politics at the moment, let me start with an acknowledgment: the article you are reading is the work of our old friend, Andrew Caulfied, one of the foremost authorities on bloodstock and pedigree analysis, and a regular contributor to the world’s most widely-read e-daily, the Thoroughbred Daily News.

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Fairlytales are what you make of them.

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Fairlytales are what you make of them.

"Willow Magic was blindingly quick, robust, powerful, as good a Juvenile as I’ve known. His time coincided with a golden era in my yard, yet no older horse could go with him. The perfect prototype for sire success in South Africa." - Sean Tarry / Champion Trainer

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Notes from the Summerhill Stallion Parade

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Notes from the Summerhill Stallion Parade

The day after South Africa's most prestigious race, the Group 1 Vodacom Durban July, was captured by Australian-bred The Conglomerate at Greyviille Racecourse on July 2, racing journalists from nine countries joined breeders and racetrack officials to raise a toast at Summerhill Stud in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal.

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A Royal Flush

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A Royal Flush

The old adage “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”, has never been truer. Breeding racehorses is as competitive now as it’s ever been, which means that to play a winning hand, you need to hold the aces. All of them.

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More Magic for Summerhill

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More Magic for Summerhill

At the time, Willow Magic’s father, Dubawi, was an unknown quantity, the son of a largely disappointing Dubai Millennium. Nobody had the slightest inkling then that by 2015, Dubawi would be the fastest stallion on either side of the Atlantic to register 50 Group winners. Ever. 

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