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Prices Soar, Records Tumble at Cape Premier Yealing Sale

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Prices Soar, Records Tumble at Cape Premier Yealing Sale

All systems are definitely “go” at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale, with day one witnessing the fall of a record set at the 2013 version of same. Until last night, the highest price ever paid for a yearling on public auction in South Africa was R3.25 million, the titleholders being Adriaan van Vuuren and trainer Mike Azzie. While we all know that the buzz of the auction ring, competition amongst the high-rollers and more importantly, an appreciation for the thoroughbred, have an inexplicable effect on the highest bid, bystanders still looked on in a awe as newcomer Piet Du Toit, went up to R5.2million for the Maine Chance-consigned Dynasty colt out of unraced Lomitas mare, Shina.

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CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE CONCLUDES WITH GAINS

Cape Premier Yearling Sale
Cape Premier Yearling Sale

Cape Premier Yearling Sale / Cape Thoroughbred Sales (p)

CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE

23 - 24 January 2014

A record price for a filly at auction in South Africa was set during Thursday’s opening session Thursday of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale when a daughter of Giant’s Causeway made R3.2 million to be the co-session topper, and that sum was matched Friday night when lot 161, a daughter of Trippi from Klawervlei Stud, was knocked down to trainer Joey Ramsden for an undisclosed client to top the sale’s second and final session. The August-foaled chestnut hails from a very potent South African family that includes champion 3-year-old miler Victory Moon (Al Mufti) and the Summerhill-bred Grade 2 KZN Guineas winner Imbongi (Russian Revival).

At the conclusion of trade, the cumulative average was up 18.5% to R572,361 from R482,892, and the number of buybacks was down four points to 3.7%, with just seven horses through the ring failing to find new homes. The gross rose to R103,025,000 from R98,510,000 with 33 fewer horses through the ring.

Klawervlei Stud ended the two-day stand as the sale’s leading vendor, selling 40 lots for R30,900,000 at an average of R772,500, while Chris van Niekerk’s Rainbow Beach Trading was the leading buyer, with 11 purchased for R7,650,000. Cape Thoroughbred Sales’ Managing Director Adrian Todd remarked: “We’re ecstatic with the sale. We’re very happy with the international participation, and the sale showed good growth. The CTS Million Dollar certainly created a vibe at the sale.”

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

capethoroughbredsales.com

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SOLID GAINS FOR 2013 CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE BOOK ONE

Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 - Lot 150 Dynasty x Dancer's Daughter
Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 - Lot 150 Dynasty x Dancer's Daughter

Click above to watch a summary of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1

(Image and Footage : Cape Thoroughbred Sales)

CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE BOOK 1

Cape Town International Convention Centre

24 - 25 January 2013

The second session of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale did not quite reach the heights of the first session, but with 19 yearlings breaking the million Rand barrier, it demonstrated that there was a solid band of quality individuals on offer during the sale.

The final aggregate of the sale was just under the R100 million mark, coming in at R98,510,000, while the average was R482,892. Klawervlei Stud overtook Highlands Farm Stud as top vendor, consigning 32 lots for a total of R15.445 million, while Trippi did the same to Dynasty in the sire stats, totalling R15.130 million for his 24 yearlings. Markus Jooste’s Mayfair Speculators continued their buying spree, eventually signing for 21 yearlings totalling R14.225 million, to remain at the top of the buyers list.

“It was a successful sale”, Cape Thoroughbred Sales Chairman, Chris van Niekerk summarized. “The vendors provided quality horses and the wide spread of buyers confirmed the quality and good value of South African stock, which was underscored by a 20% increase in the average from the prior year.”

After a sluggish start to the second session, Kip Elser could not resist signing for a lovely grey filly by Tapit out of the Orientate mare Charmz. From the female family of Champion Two-Year-Old Filly, Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and Champion Older Female Sprinter, Harry’s Charm, Lot 136 was knocked down to Elser for a mere R700,000. For Elser the equation was a simple one: “She is a great mover and the 2nd dam was a champion!” Mike Sharkey, manager of vendor Highlands Farm Stud explained the low purchase price: “The buyer clearly appreciates and understands the sire better than the local market. She is a lovely filly from a good solid South African family and definitely well bought.”

Lot 150, the grey colt Imibala, was one of the talk horses during the week and it therefore came as no surprise when he topped the second session, with the hammer falling at R2 million. By Group 1 Vodacom Durban July winner Dynasty out of the Vodacom Durban July winner Dancer’s Daughter, he epitomises the adage of breeding the best to the best. Signed for by John Freeman, the colt will be trained by Justin Snaith, who also trained his dam. Brother Jonathan Snaith was extremely pleased to have acquired the handsome grey. “We trained the mom and he looks just like her. We are very excited to have one of her produce in our stable, after missing her daughter last year. With a beautiful conformation, he was our pick of the colts at the sale.” Mike Sharkey, manager of Highlands Farm Stud confirmed that it was only the second time in South African history that a yearling was by a July winner out of a July winner. He cheekily added that the colt should have been named Triple D! “He is a lovely yearling and a great walker. He was a late foal and I look forward to seeing him furnish into a proper horse.”

Just three lots earlier, the top filly of the second session, consigned by equine vet, Dr Bennie van der Merwe of Moutonshoek was knocked down to trainer Gavin van Zyl for R1.7 million. Lot 147, the aptly named Eros’s Girl, is by Captain Al out of the unraced Jet Master mare Cupid, herself a sister to multiple Group 1 winning filly Ebony Flyer and a half sister to Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Captain’s Lover. Dr Van der Merwe was thrilled, calling her a lovely well put together filly and a great mover. Van Zyl was extremely happy to have picked up such a well-related individual and added that if she runs like the other females in the family she will be a champion.

Third on the buyers list after the sale, Chris van Niekerk’s Rainbow Beach Trading signed for Lot 179, the exquisite bay Trippi colt, Trip to Heaven (R1.4 million) and Lot 197, the flaxen maned chestnut colt from the last crop of champion Sire Jet Master. Both will be trained by Sean Tarry. Out of the imported Cee’s Tizzy mare, Helleborus Blue, Lot 179 is a half brother to Group 1 winning two-year-old The Hangman. Tarry was very pleased to have acquired the brother to his star, commenting that the colt is a classic type and if he has half the ability his brother has, he will be very good. Van Niekerk, who also owns 2012 Vodacom Durban July winner Pomodoro, was very pleased with his purchase. “As much as we think we have a champion in The Hangman, we believe that we have a more refined individual in Trip To Heaven”, he said. Speaking on behalf of vendor Highlands Farm Stud, manager Mike Sharkey added: “He is a quality individual, he looks just like his sire and being the half brother to The Hangman, Chris van Niekerk just couldn’t stay away.” Having trained Mythical Flight, a very speedy Jet Master colt with a flaxen mane and tail, Tarry was the one who could not stay away from Lot 197. “He is a strong colt from a good female line and of course with a flaxen mane and tail. We hope he is as good as our last Jet Master with a flaxen mane and tail”, he said.

Andreas Jacobs’ Maine Chance Farms consigned Lot 216, another chestnut Jet Master, who was knocked down to Gareth Pepper for R1.4 million. Named Legato, the colt is out of the Jallad mare, Lyrical Linda, a mare very near to Jacobs’ heart. “She was my first Group 1 winner in South Africa and she is very special to me. I was thrilled when she produced such a beautiful individual”, he commented. The young bloodstock agent had to wait patiently until the end of the second day, before signing for the colt on behalf of KwaZulu-Natal trainer and ex Mauritian Champion jockey, Robbie Hill. With Hill’s daughter getting married on Saturday, he wisely decided to stay at home.

Cape trainer Vaughan Marshall could not believe his luck when Lot 226, the strapping son of Var and full brother to Champion Sprinter Val De Ra, was knocked down to him for R1.1 million. “It is wonderful to have an owner like Ken Truter, who buys me horses like this. We are thrilled to have got him, as we thought he would go for much more”, said a grinning Marshall.

Angus Gold purchased six yearlings for Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud South Africa, signing for Lot 81 (R375,000), Lot 92 (R800,000), Lot 170 (R600,000) and Lot 206 (R900,000), before some spirited bidding landed him Lots 230 and 232 right at the end of the sale. Consigned by Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm, both are by Champion Sprinter Var out of very speedy mares. Lot 230 is the first foal of Silvano mare Mochachino, who scorched to victory in the Group 2 Camellia Stakes over 1160m at Turffontein. Despite being a first foal, Gold commented on how precocious the filly looked. “She is a very racy filly and she looks sharp. If she were in Australia, she would be a Golden Slipper filly. Mike de Kock loved her and we are very happy to have her.” Lot 232, named Mastermind, reminded Gold more of his damsire Jallad, than his sire Var. “He was a lovely horse, a big strong powerful colt from a fast family. He reminded me a lot of Jallad, who we bred and raced in the UK.”

Gold is no stranger to the Cape Premier Yearling Sale or to South Africa and explained his continued support. “We are very happy to be buying here, as the yearlings are very good value by international standards. The objective is of course to take the horses to Dubai if they are any good. We got lucky with Soft Falling Rain, who was Champion Two-Year-Old Colt and who easily won his first start in Dubai. It is early days yet, but from Sheikh Hamdan’s viewpoint, South Africa is a good value alternative to buying in Europe or America.”

CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE

Cumulative Statistics

2013

2012

Catalogued

234

350

Offered

220

294

Sold

203

238

RNAs

17

56

RNA %

7.7%

19%

Highest Price (ZAR)

3,250,000

2,800,000

Gross (ZAR)

98,510,000

106,835,000

Average (ZAR)

482,892 (+19.8%)

403,151

For more information, please visit :

www.capethoroughbredsales.co.za

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2013 CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE DAY 1 SUMMARY

Cape Premier Yearling Sale Lot 27 - Silvano - Racing Heart
Cape Premier Yearling Sale Lot 27 - Silvano - Racing Heart

Click above to watch a Day 1 summary of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1

(Image and Footage : Cape Premier Yearling Sale)

CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE BOOK 1

Cape Town International Convention Centre

24 - 25 January 2013

The 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale started in a way that can only be described as highly unusual. Lot 1, a chestnut colt called Brutal Force was not even in the ring when Irish auctioneer John O’Kelly already had the bidding at R350,000. When the colt eventually appeared, the bidding quickly escalated and the colt was knocked down in record time to Mayfair Speculators for R1.5 Million.

Before the assembled buyers had a chance to catch their breath, Lot 9 was in the ring. The colt had attracted a lot of attention all week and it came as no surprise that he surpassed the 2012 Cape Premier Yearling Sale top price of R2.8 million, being knocked down for a round R3 million. Named Our Icon, the bay colt was by exciting sire Dynasty out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Our Table Mountain, a half sister to the consistent sire Artie Schiller.

Lady Laidlaw, who races a number of horses with top Cape trainer Dean Kannemeyer, was over the moon with her purchase. Kannemeyer admitted that this was the main colt they had targeted at the sale. “He is a big scopey colt from a good American family. We thought he was the best colt on the sale.” Mike Sharkey, manager of vendor Highlands Stud, had indicated earlier in the week that he thought it was his nicest colt. “He was my nicest yearling. Quality always sells and he looked the part.”

Lady Laidlaw was on a roll and three lots later Lot 12, Real Princess from the draft of Klawervlei Stud, broke the record for the top price paid for a filly, with the hammer coming down at R2.7 million. Real Princess is by Trippi out of the Fort Wood mare Pagan Princess, who is a half sister to UAE Derby winner and ill fated sire Victory Moon. Lady Laidlaw mostly buys colts, but after winning the Group 1 Cape Guineas first with Noordhoek Flyer and then again this year with Derby contender, Capetown Noir, she is on a quest to win the Fillies equivalent. “It has always been my aim to win the Fillies Guineas and I think she is the one! I also want to take a filly to Dubai and she may just be the right one to do that.” John Koster, managing director of Klawervlei Stud agreed: “Probably the classiest filly I have ever bred. She had everything, quality, depth, balance and substance. She was the perfect ten from a great family.” Kannemeyer was pleased to get another quality individual and commented that while they had to stretch to get her, it was definitely worth it. “We thought she was a well made filly. She had a deep girth, a lovely pedigree, with great paddock value and easily the best filly in the sale.”

Lot 21 Eternal Love was the first ever South African purchase for globetrotting UK trainer Ed Dunlop. “It is the first horse I have ever bought in South Africa. I came over for the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and thought it would be a good idea to put together an international syndicate to race some horses here. The horses will be trained here and if they are any good they will come over to me in the UK.”

Dunlop also signed for Lot 32, Kingvoldt by Western Winter out of the Parade Leader mare Red Parade (R475,000) and Lot 97 Red Disa by Captain Al out of the Elliodor mare Zeigler (R700,000).

Mike Azzie had to go to R3.25 million to secure the sales topper, Lot 27, a bay colt by Silvano out of the National Assembly mare, Racing Heart. Azzie was elated to have secured his top choice of the sale. “When I came to the sale and saw him, I got on the phone immediately and told Adrian I needed him here. He wasn’t coming on the first day you see, but I said he had to come see this horse. I looked at Lot 9 as well, but this one spoke to me when he came out the box. He took my breath away.” Owner Adrian van Vuuren was also impressed with the handsome bay colt, named Racing Free. “My trainer said I had to have him! This horse speaks to you he has a presence. I thought he was simply one of the best on the sale. And he has the most beautiful name, which certainly can’t hurt.” Vendor Dr Andreas Jacobs, who owns Maine Chance Farms in South Africa, was pleased to have been able to sell the colt to Azzie: “I am so glad, as Mike Azzie is a great customer and a good friend. He was the most beautiful horse in our string.”

When the third last lot of the night, Lot 115, a strapping Dynasty filly, out of the Noverre mare, A Star for Maria, walked into the ring, the bidding rose swiftly until she was knocked down for R1.2 million. Tom Goff signed for the filly on behalf of Coolmore and Andreas Jacobs. Dr Jacobs explained that based on their great relationship, they had decided to buy some fillies in partnership, to race together in South Africa. Goff also signed for Lot 6, by Dynasty out of Next Generation (R250,000), while Tina Rau signed for Lot 42, by Captain Al out of Scent of Pine (R400,000) on behalf of the partnership.

Total aggregate for the first day of the sale was R51,740,000, with the average R511,039.60, up 25% from 2012 and the median R350,000.

Dynasty topped the sire stats, with 15 yearlings going under the hammer for an aggregate of R9.7 million and an average of R646,666. Leading vendor was Highlands Farm Stud, whose 8 yearlings sold for an aggregate of R8.25 million, averaging R1,031,250. While Markus Jooste’s Mayfair Speculators topped the buyer list, having signed for 11 yearlings totalling R7.75 million, with an average of R704,545.

After the conclusion of the first evening, Adrian Todd, Chief Operating Officer of Cape Thoroughbred Sales, commented that they were extremely happy with the result. “A lot of records were broken here tonight, the sale exceeded expectations and we are very thankful for our loyal customers both South African and International. Tonight’s sale proves that South African horses are equal to anything in the world and we look forward to another great sale session tomorrow.”

Chris van Niekerk, Chairman of Cape Thoroughbred Sales concluded: “It started with and opened with a horse selling for over a million and ended with a horse selling for over a million; that must be a record for South Africa. There was a much better spread of buyers here than we have ever seen and that is very exciting for our industry.”

CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE

Day 1 - Top Lots

Lot

Sex

Sire

Dam

Price (ZAR)

27

colt

SILVANO (GER)

RACING HEART (SAF)

3,250,000

9

colt

DYNASTY (SAF)

OUR TABLE MOUNTAIN (USA)

3,000,000

12

filly

TRIPPI (USA)

PAGAN PRINCESS (SAF)

2,700,000

1

colt

WESTERN WINTER (USA)

NACARAT (SAF)

1,500,000

117

colt

DYNASTY (SAF)

ATTACHE (SAF)

1,400,000

100

colt

DYNASTY (SAF)

ALIGNMENT (IRE)

1,300,000

107

colt

WESTERN WINTER (USA)

ANNIE (SAF)

1,300,000

115

filly

DYNASTY (SAF)

A STAR FOR MARIA (AUS)

1,200,000

93

colt

TRIPPI (USA)

WIND JAMMER (SAF)

1,000,000

For more information, please visit :

www.capethoroughbredsales.co.za

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BIG FISH, SMALL POND

Ready To Run Sale South Africa
Ready To Run Sale South Africa

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Germiston, South Africa

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

“Never outclass a horse in a sale.”

Eric Hoyeau, Arqana

There is an incurable belief among most of our colleagues, that a slot at the National Yearling Sale or at the Premier Sale is the silver bullet to a fortune. Many years at the ringside have tought us that these are not necessarily the venues for every horse. Placing your horse in a sale is no different to placing him in a horserace; you always want to be the big fish in the small pond, meaning that your entry should stand out among his peers rather than just be one of the chocolates in the box. Time and again, we’ve seen horses we’ve always thought were marginal National Sale’s entries fail to make their reserves at that sale (and often enough, falling well short of their reserves), only to make two or three times that figure when re-consigned at a later stage. The Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale is a perfect alternative for those horses, as it’s often a matter of physical immaturity that determines their fate at the Premier or the Nationals. Given the time and the exercise that goes into the Ready To Run, horses develop quickly, and sometimes the transformation is close to miraculous.

Just last week, the president of Arqana (the Aga Khan’s major sales company in France), Eric Hoyeau, reminded us of the truth of what we’re saying. Asked what the best piece of advice was he had ever received in the sales business, he responded: “Never to outclass a horse in a sale. Rather downgrade it to show it to best advantage in a lesser sale.”

While the Ready To Run has grown to a point where it now averages the same as the National Yearling Sale, and must therefore be considered to be in the same class, it must be remembered that “lesser” in Eric’s example, can be translated into “later” as well. The fact is, France don’t have an equivalent of our Ready To Run, and their sales season concludes within a relatively short time scale.

Summerhill Stud Logo
Summerhill Stud Logo

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE : LIVE WITHOUT FEAR

Tom Goff (Blandford Bloodstock) and Angus Gold at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale
Tom Goff (Blandford Bloodstock) and Angus Gold at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale

Tom Goff (Blandford Bloodstock) and Angus Gold

(Photo : Barronstown Stud, Grangecon, Co Wicklow, Ireland)

CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE

Cape Town International Convention Centre

Cape Town, South Africa

26 - 27 January 2012

Mick Goss - Summerhill Stud CEO
Mick Goss - Summerhill Stud CEO

Mick Goss

Summerhill Stud CEOJust recently, The Economist magazine, Europe’s leading voice on global economic opinion, carried a foreboding graphic about an uncertain future on its front page, with the words “Be Afraid”. The message is misleading, representing as it does a world view of historical western political, economic and social dominance that is struggling to come to terms with its own relative decline, and with the emergence of another world, stepping boldly into a future of momentous change and great opportunity.

The results of the past week’s thoroughbred trade at Cape Town’s International Convention Centre tell us to their credit, that few of those at whom The Economist’s warning was directed, namely the Brits and our European friends, took any notice. To the astonishment of many, and especially our foreign visitors, the international community splashed out of the order of USD$ 5 million (around R40 million) of the gross turnover of R107 million. When you factor into the equation the suspension of our exports and the fact there is no resolution in immediate sight, it says something for the esteem in which our horses are held, and the marketing job the organisers did. In the end, an average of R403,000 (last year R404,000) was a satisfactory performance, given the entry of an extra 60-odd lots, and while there are still some questions to be asked regarding the future structure of the sale and where it goes from here, in broad terms it was a great way to begin the New Year.

The disparities between the top end and the rest which were apparent at last year’s inaugural version, were still there, however, and while the national propensity to concentrate largely on the progeny of those sires that have proven track records, is understandable, you can’t help thinking that it’s taking risk-aversion too far when it’s done to the point of almost ignoring the stock of a troupe of freshmen which carry some of the best credentials we’ve known. One of the world’s top “bloodstockers”, Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock, was among several who made that observation during the week. We all know the attractions of the proven sires, but in some respects, that’s a little bit like kicking for touch. Back in Europe, the old adage ‘get in, before they get out of reach’ is very much on the minds of those with a respect for the first crop of a top class racehorse, and an eye for a good looker. In a country in which courage and enterprise have been the foundation stones of what we are today, it’s strange to find that being “fearful” is the characteristic of South African horsemen these days, and it seems our people are paying more attention to The Economist, than their own.

Another man whose name is known around the world, racing manager to Sheikh Hamdan, Angus Gold, pointed to the yawning gap between the top and the bottom of the sale, and especially the hole in the middle market, and wondered whether the concentration of resources by so few on so many of the top lots, isn’t a deterrent to outside investors. It is a point, though it’s fairly typical of what happens in boutique sales wherever you go, and was a hallmark of the old days at Keeneland July, scene of the world’s most famous slugging matches between the Maktoum family and the old O’Brien, Magnier and Sangster firm.

There is something though, about a horse sale that transcends all cultures and all tastes. This was a triumph for the organisers, bringing together players from 15 different countries. The lure of a good horse is as compelling today as it ever was, and in a world in which government debt and sovereign bonds are demoted to junk status, the international currency of horse trading is right back in vogue. Nowhere in the world can you hook up with a greater diversity of people, and in this lies a salutary lesson. We teach history the wrong way around. The first thing we should learn as a child, is that we’re part of the human race, the last thing we should learn is that we’re Protestant, South African and of European descent. The horse world, and raising horses, teaches you that.

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summerhill stud, south africa

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THE ICC AND THE CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE

Cape Premier Yearling Sale
Cape Premier Yearling Sale

Cape Premier Yearling Sale

(Photo : Cape Thoroughbred Sales)

CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE

26 - 27 January 2012

Mick Goss - Summerhill Stud CEO
Mick Goss - Summerhill Stud CEO

Mick Goss

Summerhill Stud CEOIf you’d asked us a year ago if staging a Thoroughbred horse sale in an exhibition hall in the centre of one of the world’s great cities, was on, we’d probably have looked at you in disbelief. Yet here we are again at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, a stone’s throw from the V&A Waterfront and less than a spit from the City Hall steps where Nelson Mandela announced his freedom to the world in 1990, with 350 hot-blooded youngsters, behaving like they don’t have a bother in creation.

It’s a tribute to the skills of our horsemen that it is so, for anyone who knows a racehorse, knows it’s capable of antics, and in a space of necessity restricted, it’s not what every young horse would wake up dreaming of in his ideal world. Yet here they are, parading up and down for an audience of international attendees from some twenty different countries, as though they know this is the real thing, that it’s not the rehearsal, and we’re going to get just one crack at it.

As we wind our way along De Waal Drive from The Vineyard to the ICC, we’re reminded very vividly of just how international this sale has become. There, at Pier One, lies the Queen Mary 2 in all her grand glory. Little wonder the Brits are wanting to stage a similar sale in the centre of London. If they can do the Olympics, why not?

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AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

Angus wins J&B Met
Angus wins J&B Met

Angus - J&B Met (Grade 1)

(Photo : Sporting Post)

CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE

Cape Town International Convention Centre

26 - 27 January 2012

J&B Met hero Angus; history’s winningmost racehorse Hear The Drums;

East Cape Horse Of The Year Coastal Waltz;

Group One performers The Gardfarder and Norinco;

Graded Stakes winners Redcarpet Style and Decorated Hero.

This was your harvest last time we sold in Cape Town.

We’re back in town next week.

NEW CLOTHING : SAME OLD STORY.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg 27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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TIMEFORM RATED HIM THE BEST IN EUROPE

Stronghold Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2011
Stronghold Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2011

Click above to watch Stronghold…

(An iKind Media Production)

CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE

Cape Town International Convention Centre

26 - 27 January 2012

The best. In the whole of Europe.

And the best son in Africa,

of the best stallion in Southern Hemisphere history,

is now poised to deliver the killer blow.

STRONGHOLD’S FIRST JUVENILES RUN THIS SEASON.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg 27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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HAPPY NEW YEAR; KICK IT OFF WITH A BANG!

Mick Goss - Summerhill Stud CEO
Mick Goss - Summerhill Stud CEO

Mick Goss - Summerhill Stud CEO

(Photo : iKind Media)

CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE

Cape Town International Convention Centre

26 - 27 January 2012

It may be unchartered water for us, but we’re going to the Cape Premier Yearling Sale with intent. Last time we raided the Cape with a sales draft, we left behind South Africa’s winningmost racehorse,

two Horses of the Year, a J&B Met winner, and seven Stakes winners.

THIS TIME BOTH FISTS ARE FULL.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg 27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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EMERGING STALLIONS : EMERGING FORCES

Stallion Admire Main
Stallion Admire Main

Admire Main

(Photo : Greig Muir)

“One of the better young generations of

emerging stallions we’ve known”

Mick Goss - Summerhill Stud CEO
Mick Goss - Summerhill Stud CEO

Mick Goss

Summerhill Stud CEOThere’s a lot being written at the moment in the financial press about the role of emerging countries as the only hope for the world’s ailing economy. While the South African stallion scene is far from lacking in its established stars, there’s real hope among what could turn out to be one of the better young generations of emerging stallions we’ve known. Reports from the physical inspection for the Cape Premier Yearling Sale speak highly of the progeny of A.P. Arrow, Admire Main, Argonaut, Jay Peg and Kildonan, while the foaling crew at Summerhill will tell you that the Brave Tin Soldiers are up there with anything we’ve seen. They’re big, strongly made, and they all carry the magnificent head which was obviously an element of what made Demi O’Byrne part with $3million for him as a foal of just a few months. Besides “big”, you can count on the rest as well. Brave, and brilliant.

Encouraging too, was the money investors were willing to pay for the first crops of Mullins Bay and Stronghold at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale. While it was to be expected that they would have their admirers when they went through the ring, following the healthy endorsement they received from the gallops inspection panellists, few would’ve anticipated the Mullins Bays would average alongside Kahal and Muhtafal, and that Stronghold would come away with a top price of R330,000, in this climate. Equally pleasing though, is the fact that this sale elicits healthy bidding for a horse, no matter his origins. The Ready To Run is designed for buyers to draw their conclusions from what they see, not what they think they see, and the gallop in the end, is the ultimate test.

Over the years, we’ve seen the likes of Gold Cup hero, Cereus, R8million earner, Imbongi, and Jo’burg’s “love-child”, Pierre Jourdan, all by unfashionable sires, attract a healthy proportion of bids simply because they could run.

While they’re quietly off the commercial boil at the moment, Solskjaer and Way West are another pair who still seem to have a bit of puff in their sails. Solskjaer’s top price was R225,000 for Battle Of Hastings, while Way West justifiably averaged R90,000 (with two “centurions”), given that he’s had two Group One performing fillies in his first two small crops, and that Extra Zero put up such a grand performance in the R2 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup the day before.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Linda Norval 27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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