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EAST CAPE RACING AWARDS 2012 : NOMINEES

Fred Crabbia
Fred Crabbia

Fred Crabbia (left) - Leading owner by wins and stakes

(Photo : Liesl King)

EAST CAPE RACING AWARDS

Axxess DSL St George’s Cricket Stadium

15 September 2012

The East Cape Racing Awards will be presented on Saturday 15 September at Axxess DSL St George’s Cricket Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

The region’s champion trainer, determined by stakes won by the stable’s runners during the season, is Gavin Smith. The 1,353 horses he saddled from 1 August 2011 to 31 July 2012 amassed earnings of R6,16 million in winning 102 races and placing 304 times.

The champion jockey, based on number of winners in Port Elizabeth is Richard Fourie. He won 47 races from 310 rides, while the leading apprentice is Stallone Naidoo, who won 17 races - just one more than his nearest competitor Teaque Gould.

Popular Fred Crabbia will be presented with the trophies for leading owner by wins and stakes. Horses who raced in his black and red silks ran 368 times in Port Elizabeth for 34 wins and 103 places, earning R1,965 million in the process.

Summerhill Stud is represented in the lineup of nominees with the following home-breds :

Hot Girl (Way West - Agency Girl) - Champion 3-Year-Old Filly

Jervis (Labeeb - Qurrah) - Champion Stayer

NOMINEES

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly

Cotillion, Deepo, Inflorescence

Champion Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding

Greenacre, Le Var, Sedge

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly

Alvilda, Hot Girl, Pacific Breeze

Champion Three-Year-Old Colt / Gelding

Blaze Of Fire, Forest Digger, Lord Badger

Champion Older Filly / Mare

Hurricane Katrina, Inca’s Spirit, Sammy Joe

Champion Older Colt / Horse / Gelding

Celtic Fire, Tic Tak Toe, Tomcat

Champion Sprinter

Apolo Grey, Icemberg, Villandry

Champion Stayer

Inca’s Spirit, Indian Hawk, Jervis

Extract from Tab Online

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SUPERIOR UPBRINGING EQUALS SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE

Checcetti wins Jacaranda Handicap
Checcetti wins Jacaranda Handicap

Checcetti wins the Jacaranda Handicap (Gr3)

(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

JACARANDA HANDICAP (Grade 3)

Turffontein, Turf, 1800m

31 March 2012

There’s a reason for Summerhill’s ascent to the top of the mountain.

Our horses get the best upbringing known to man,

That was apparent again on Saturday

when Checcetti (Kahal) blitzed a top class field

in the Jacaranda Jandicap (Gr3) under 57kg.

She was followed home in the money by Secret Babe (Labeeb),

another Summerhill graduate.

WHEN OUR HIP-STICKER GOES ON,

THE CLASS GOES IN.

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg 27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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STALLIONS : STUBBORN SAVAGES OR MAN-MADE DEMONS?

Nasrullah
Nasrullah

Click above to watch Historic Events : Nasrullah’s 1950 arrival at Claiborne…

(Footage : Courtesy of Michael Power)

STALLION TEMPERAMENT :

ACQUIRED OR HEREDITARY?

Summerhill Stud CEO Mick Goss
Summerhill Stud CEO Mick Goss

Mick Goss

Summerhill Stud CEOPedigree buff Sarah Whitelaw has just penned an article in the Sporting Post in which she asks the question whether horses, reputed for their savagery, are born that way, or whether man has made them that way. She cites the case of the Ribot tribe, where quirkiness, ill-temper and sheer bloody-mindedness prevailed through the generations, and in the case of our locally successful sire, Sportsworld, was a signature of this behaviour four removes from Ribot.

The legendary American trainer, Charlie Whittingham described champion sire Halo as a mean customer, and as the man who conditioned his best son, the great Sunday Silence, he witnessed first-hand the conduct for which Halo had become infamous. Sunday Silence’s Japanese handlers apparently always counted themselves fortunate in still being in one piece at the time of Sunday Silence’s death at 18 years, so its possible we’ve had a lucky let-off at Summerhill, in Admire Main’s wonderfully equable temperament. He has spirit, yes, but his “man” is Themba Zuma, and they’ve never had a row in their lives.

Then there’s Storm Cat, whose father Storm Bird, unusually for a son of Northern Dancer, was a bad tempered old bugger who passed his quirks on, to the degree that several of Storm Cat’s sons are not only on the “hot” side in general, but prone to self-emasculation. There are several cases of this in the States, while Mary Slack will tell you that Tiger Ridge will turn on himself occasionally, too. When he first arrived here, Brave Tin Soldier was a bit of a handful, and took his chances in his attempt to assert himself, but he has “masters” around him, and he’s the next best thing to a lamb these days.

Sarah speaks too, of the Nasrullahs, and the notoriety many of them earned themselves for their “obduracy”, no more apparent than in his top racehorses, Nashua and the nemesis of many an American stud man, Bold Bidder, sire of the several-times Argentinean champion, Liloy, who lived out his later days at Summerhill. Argentineans are renowned for their skills as horsemen, yet even they gave up on Liloy, despite his 21 Group One winners around the world, and despatched him to the famous Calumet Farm in Kentucky, where he stood alongside the “greats”, Affirmed and Alydar. When I went to inspect Liloy at Calumet before he was acquired for South Africa, his tobacco-chewing handler warned me never to go near the “son-of-a-bitch”, and certainly never to take his head collar off, as catching him with a rod and a hook was the only means he could be brought under control.

When Liloy arrived in South Africa, I forgot to impart this rather vital piece of information to the float driver, so the first thing he did when he released the horse into his box at the Durban quarantine, was remove his head collar. You can imagine my horror when I arrived at the quarantine for the first time with his groom, Mandla Zuma (whose family have populated our stallion barn for decades) to find Liloy’s goose-like neck protruding from his stall, minus head collar! Liloy’s menacing “white” eyes and flared nostrils did little to quell my anxiety. No trouble to Mandla, he simply walked in, picked up a piece of bedding off the floor, rubbed it down the horses back and neck, and told him quietly that if he respected him, Mandla in turn would do the same for Liloy. They were firm mates from that day onwards, and in his latter days, despite the most frightening reputation for savagery in the world, I recall taking my daughter on visits to his paddock when she was 7 or 8 years of age.

The one thing you wouldn’t want to do though, was get between Liloy and a mare, as that was his territory, and you daren’t invade it. John Slade, consummate stud man that he is, once made that mistake when Summerhill was his “show”, and Liloy hoisted him up by the back of his neck, and shook him like a rag doll before dispatching him out of the stallion barn. John was black and blue with the bruising for a few weeks, and nobody ever made the same mistake twice.

Another “lot” remembered for their squalid conduct, is the Roberto dynasty: Roberto, coincidentally, was another inmate of Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky, where Ribot earned his reputation, and there may be a thread in this story. Though local champion sire, Al Mufti never inherited his father’s wayward genes, Roberto did pass them onto some of his descendents, including the talented racehorse, Lear Fan, in turn sire of Labeeb, another who confounded the Americans with his meanness, and who ended up at Summerhill. Labeeb was an extraordinary talent as a racehorse, he could take on the best turf horses in the States at any distance from 6 to 10 furlongs, and he proved to be a more than adequate sire. However, like Liloy, he had to be caught with a rod in America. His temperament often sidelined him from formal showings of the stallions at his base Gainsborough Stud, until one of our scholarship recipients, Scotty Mnculwane, did his stint there during a Northern Hemisphere breeding season. Scotty was another member of our stallion handling team at Summerhill, and like all of his colleagues, he was not only fearless, he enjoyed a mutual respect with the stallions. In two weeks, he had tamed Labeeb, and that prompted Sheikh Maktoum to part with the horse and send him here.

There’ve been other reputed “savages” around the world, not the least of whom was the greatest New Zealand sire of all time, Sir Tristram, who had no antecedents who might’ve explained his behaviour. He had a special shute out the back of his box to his paddock, which saved the necessity of handling him.

Of the modern day “saints”, A.P. Indy has quite a “tough” history, and there are those who attribute it to a thread that runs through five generations from Nasrullah. Our own fellow, A.P. Arrow, can be a bit of a handful, something I noticed when I went to inspect him in Florida two years ago. His Mexican groom emerged from the shed as white as a sheet, desperately trying to avoid A.P. Arrow’s gnashing teeth from descending on his arms and shoulders as he lead him out. Here again, he’s under perfect control at Summerhill, provided he’s in the hands of a minder in whom he has the utmost faith.

Since there is no genetic explanation for this, it begs the question, where does it come from? Does the answer for these things lie in heredity, or does the responsibility rest in the inadequacies of poor handling? The most likely explanation, is that some stallions, like humans, are born temperamental, and since the alpha male is naturally prone to dominance in the horse world, this is manifested not only in their relationships with their mates, but also in a need to assert themselves over their handlers. It’s worth recalling that in the horse’s natural world, there are no handlers, so this is something of an artificial imposition, more a nuisance than an aid in the opinion of some horses. Human beings, particularly those with a “college” education, are aware of the force and the ferocity some stallions command, and they’re equally aware that if one gets hold of you, the consequences are not worth thinking about.

As a result, if we display too much caution, or any form of timidity, the stallion will instinctively exploit it, and you have the perfect storm for the birth of a demon. The bigger his reputation, the more people are frightened.

It’s a strange thing that at Summerhill, despite the reputations of the likes of Liloy and Labeeb, we’ve never had to grapple with these things in a serious way. That’s as much attributable to our Zulu handlers as anything, even though there was no history of horses in their lives until the last century and a half. It is so that their King Cetewayo, inflicted on the British army, then the best equipped and the best trained in the world, their most humiliating defeats at Isandlwana, Nkambule and Hlobane, where they put an end to the Napoleonic dynasty. While Generals Smuts and Botha, both scourges in their own rights of the British, had at their disposal and knew the value of cavalry, Cetewayo had no such thing among his regiments. What he did have though, was a tribe of men who knew no fear, with a history of association with animals for millennia. Among the finest stockmen anywhere, they’ve obviously converted their instincts with cattle to horses; I’ve never seen a Zulu abuse a horse, and I’ve never seen a horse abuse a Zulu. Mutual respect is evident from day one, and somehow, that expresses itself in a faith and a trust that settles all matters. I’ve said it so many times before, but we’re lucky to live where we do.

There’s an enchanting video clip under the title “Historic events: Nasrullah’s 1950 arrival at Claiborne” above. You have to see it - I believe it’s unique in the world.

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ZAKI RACING'S WINNING LEAP MAKES IT WIN NUMBER 5

winning leap winning for dominic zaki
winning leap winning for dominic zaki

Click above to watch Winning Leap winning the Racing Association Pinnacle Stakes

(Image and Footage : Tellytrack)

RACING ASSOCIATION PINNACLE STAKES

Turffontein, 3000m, Turf

27 December 2010

WINNING LEAP (Labeeb (GB) x Summersault by Northern Guest (USA))

4 Year Old Bay Gelding

Owners : Messrs R Kay, M Maloon, D Michael and Miss L Gordon

Trainer : Dominic Zaki

Jockey : Sherman Brown

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

Win Time : 191.93

Career Record : 5 Wins, 1 Places, 14 Starts

Career Earnings : R578,750

Winning Leap is an R85,000 graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

RACE RESULT :

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

WINNING LEAP

60.0

104

1

S Brown

Dominic Zaki

2

5.75

VERTICAL TAKEOFF

60.0

100

7

B Lerena

Sean Tarry

3

6.25

MIRAGE DRIVE

57.0

97

6

S Khumalo

Tyrone Zackey

4

8.25

NUDGE NUDGE (ARG)

50.0

77

8

*E Pheiffer

Mike de Kock

5

10.75

FROZEN FIRE (GER)

60.0

109

2

*T Appie (1.5)

Mike de Kock

6

18.00

AFRICAN GIANT

50.0

67

3

L Nhlapo

Joe Soma

7

99.99

VALOR NATIVO (BRZ)

50.0

71

5

*JP v’d Merwe

Ernst Oertel

8

99.99

FENERBAHCE

57.0

94

9

A Delpech

Gary Alexander

9

99.99

CLAMENCO

52.5

80

4

F Naude

Lance Wiid

Late Scratching

10

0.00

VOLATILE

50.0

59

4

Spike Lerena

summerhill stud south africa
summerhill stud south africa

For more information please visit :

www.summerhill.co.za

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TOUGH AT THE TOP

ian todd and keith russon of backworth stud with linda norval from summerhill stud
ian todd and keith russon of backworth stud with linda norval from summerhill stud

Breeders of Chocolicious, Ian Todd and Keith Russon from Backworth Stud,

with Linda Norval from Summerhill Stud

(Photo : Leigh Willson / Summerhill Stud)

KZN BREEDERS AWARDS 2010

It’s one thing being top dog, it’s another being a big dog. But when you’re both, you need to watch your “p’s” and “q’s”. You see, the old Afrikaans saying “die hoogste boom vang die meeste wind” (otherwise known as the “tall poppy” syndrome), is alive and well, and living in South Africa, much as it is elsewhere in the world. So, be mindful when you blow your own trumpet.

That said, the outcomes of last weekend’s KZN Breeders Awards were inescapable and reminded us of the responsibility Summerhill bears towards our region.

Of the 19 prizes given away on the night, 17 fell either to the farm itself or to people or horses with Summerhill connections.

Nine of them were directly awarded and the rest were taken by horses either sired in our stallion barn or by people who learned their trade with us. Three of these were Grade One Winning daughters of Kahal, while Muhtafal and Labeeb accounted for the balance.

The Breeding Achievement of the year was aptly awarded to Connington Stud, whose owners Brendan and Candice Norman both served apprenticeships with us in their formative lives.

There’s an old truism that it’s more rewarding to give than to receive, and we have to say that to see the connections of these horses marching up to the podium on such an auspicious occasion, was fulfilling.

Few people know it, but among their number were some proper survivors, people who’d mortgaged their farms and hence their lives to pay their service fees, or just to stay in the business. And while silverware alone cannot sustain survival, it is the one recognition that maybe, just maybe, the struggle has been worth the trouble and that the light at the end of the tunnel, even in these times, is the sign that we all need to press on.

If you’ll allow us a bit of “back slapping” for a moment, this was a tribute to a policy of “no compromise” on quality, of sound customer relations and world-class service, and of an eye always on the long haul, and not the short buck.

We earlier showcased the awards that came Summerhill’s way : here are those that called our pals to the winners dias :

Award

Horse

Sire

Breeder

Outstanding 2 Year Old

CHOCOLICIOUS

KAHAL

Backworth Stud

Outstanding Sprinter Female

NOBLE HEIR

KAHAL

Connington Stud

Outstanding Sprinter Male

THUNDER KEY

MUHTAFAL

Cecil Baitz

Outstanding Middle Distance Female

SPICED GOLD

KAHAL

Greenhill Farm

Outstanding 3 Year Old Filly

SPICED GOLD

KAHAL

Greenhill Farm

Outstanding Older Female

NOBLE HEIR

KAHAL

Connington Stud

Outstanding Older Male

MAGICAL

LABEEB

Mrs & Mrs Rodney Clarkin

Breeding Achievement

n/a

n/a

Connington Stud

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WINNING LEAP RARING TO GO

winning leap
winning leap

Winning Leap

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

CANON GOLD CUP (Grade 1)

26 June 2010

A chat with trainer Dominic Zaki early this morning, revealed that our Gold Cup aspirant, Winning Leap, has travelled well, and is ensconced at his Summerveld stables, from where he will launch his assault tomorrow.

Dominic says there’s only one “stopper”, as far he’s concerned, and that is his 21 points in penalties that he’s picked up for his last two striking victories. Winning Leap has grown to almost 17 hands, he’s stays all day, and Dominic says his acceleration grows as he matures.

“He’ll be a formidable four year old, and I have unending faith in the challenge of the progeny of Labeeb”.

The circumstances of the purchase of his grandmother, Karafa, from His Highness the Aga Khan, were amusing. Mick Goss, elder brother Pat and erstwhile Summerhill general manager, Anton Procter, were attending the Tattersall’s December Sales in England in the mid 80’s, and they had devised a secret code for their agent, the late and famed Joss Collins, whereby Joss would keep bidding for as long as Pat kept his deerstalker hat on his head. Understand, it was mid-winter in the UK, snowing and hats were imperative.

When the bidding approached the 80,000 Guineas mark (around a R1 million today, and already well beyond where Summerhill normally shops), Pat, who for all intents and purposes was the trio’s banker, decided to call it enough, and raised his hand to remove the deerstalker.

The mare, however, was descended from the most famous of Aga Khan’s family’s, the one which produced the legendary stallion Nasrullah, Royal Charger and Kalamoun, and Mick and Anton would have none of this stopping. To the complete bewilderment of the auctioneer, they thrust their hands on Pats head to keep the deerstalker in place, so that Collins would not give up the pursuit.

“Was that a bid, sir?” enquired the auctioneer, and Mick Goss was quick to reply “and how, sir”, and so, at a 100,000 guineas, Summerhill became the proud owner of this wonderfully bred mare. The brothers proceeded to breed an Italian 2000 Guineas winner from the mare, before her importation to South Africa, and while the family’s been a little slow in getting going here, Summersault, dam of the Gold Cup fancy, has shown signs of a serious revival. Victory in tomorrow’s time-honoured event, could signal its greatest moment in South Africa.

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THE READY TO RUN AND THE CANON GOLD CUP

winning leap horse
winning leap horse

Winning Leap

(Photos : Summerhill Stud) 

THE CANON GOLD CUP

26 June 2010 

The events of this past week, and the anticipation of next weekend’s national stayers championship, the Canon Gold Cup (Gr.1) are a poignant reminder of the potency of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale. No fewer than nine graduates of the sale occupied racing’s most valuable piece of real estate, the Number One box between Monday and Sunday, including a four-timer at the Vaal, and a stunning debut by Ridethebreezefor Joey Ramsden. For some, that’s a six month tally, yet it happened in a week here, and all from a single sale (we’ve listed them at the bottom of this note).

They may have rescheduled the Gold Cup to a spot with which this historic event is completely unfamiliar (26th June, as opposed to the first Saturday in August), and while that may have played some havoc with the programmes of a number of entries, its nonetheless quite a field, headed up by last year’s Champion Stayer, Mokaro. He’s not at the top of the boards though, as that honour belongs to Santa at 3-1, followed by three joint favourites, Ancestral Fore,Thanks John, and the three year old Summerhill-consigned Ready To Run graduate, Winning Leap.

Not too many three year olds are entered for these marathon events, yet this fellow already has the Gold Bowl (Gr.2) on his C.V, which he won as long ago as the first weekend in April. But here, in the Gold Cup, he’s bidding to rewrite the history books, as the first and only three year old to win the event. No doubt, the bookmakers know that history is against him; otherwise he could well be clear at the top of the boards, given his recent record. What they seem to have forgotten, is where he came from!

Winning Leap was an R85,000 graduate of the 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, a somewhat angular, gawky individual at the time, but a horse with an immaculate pedigree and his father, Labeeb’s economy of movement, as well as his style.

There’s no doubt he has the stamina: the question is, the 55.5 kgs he has to carry against the nation’s best stamina runners. Can it be realistically expected of a three year old, that he can lump such an impost to victory?

We’ll bring you more news of Winning Leap’s march to the Gold in the course of the week.

Winners Monday 14 June 2010 - Sunday 20 June 2010

#

Horse

Trainer

1st

BELLAGIO

Mark Dixon

1st

UBIZO

Glen Kotzen

1st

RIDETHEBREEZE

Joey Ramsden

1st

KRUGER GOLD

Heather Adamson

1st

MANNEQUIN

Paul Matchett

1st

WATCHFUL

Michael Azzie

1st

MYSTIC

Sean Tarry

1st

ETERNAL GLORY

David Niewenhuizen

1st

CHEN YIN HO

Coerie Lensley

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CANON GOLD CUP : SATURDAY 26 JUNE 2010

winning leap three year old runner in the 2010 canon gold cup grade 1
winning leap three year old runner in the 2010 canon gold cup grade 1

Winning Leap - 3000m Gold Bowl (Grade 2)

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

LE COUP D’OR : CONFUSION REIGNS

For the first time in living memory, the two Gold Cups that really count are being staged within the same week. Yesterday saw the running of the Royal Ascot version, highlight of the greatest week in European racing, and for the past four years, domain of Solskjaer’s younger brother, Yeats. Because of the upheaval the World Football Cup has imposed upon local racing, our own Gold Cup (sponsored by Canon), is to be staged on the 26th June, as opposed to the first Saturday in August, where it’s been since time immemorial. It is the staying championship of South Africa, and its winner is almost invariably crowned the Equus Awards Stayer of the Year. This year’s renewal is remarkable for the fact that for the first time (ever, as far as we can make out), there’s the potential of a three year old winning it.

There was a time when the English Derby, staged over 1,5 miles in June, was considered the sternest of tests for a three year old, and it was never thought advisable to run a horse much further in his classic year. More recently, the Australians have taught us it’s possible to run three year olds in their greatest staying race, the Melbourne Cup as early as November.

And so it’s happened that this year, we have our own top three year old engaged in the event in the form of Winning Leap. Ordinarily, we’d be concerned about his ability to get the trip, being the son of a world class miler in Labeeb, out of a Northern Guest mare descending from one of the Aga Khan’s oldest families, the one which produced Nasrullah and Royal Charger as well as the flying filly, Mumtaz Mahal. Another really good sort to come from this family was the European Champion Miler, Kalamoun, like Nasrullah and Royal Charger an outstanding stallion in his own right, but unfortunate to die prematurely.

Winning Leap’s credentials over the trip are well known, as he charged off with the laurels in Johannesburg’s Gold Bowl (Gr.2), over 3000m in May, so there’s every reason to expect that he’ll get the trip next Saturday, unless the handicapper has “fixed” him with weight once and for all. Winner of his last three starts by a combined 9.75 lengths, he is up there at the top of most bookmaker’s boards, as matters stand.

We quote from a recent article posted by Charl Pretorius on Racingweb.

His trainer, Dominic Zaki said “He’s not much to look at - he resembles a little camel, but he’s got a big stride and some acceleration and he stays forever and a day. He’s improved with maturity and there is much more to come. We’ll restrict him to long distances; there is no reason to change what is clearly his game. Yes, the Gold Cup is his mission, he’s a top horse and we may go for the Gold Vase on 3 July over 2800m on his way to the Cup.”

“Another impressive graduate of the winner factory at Summerhill Stud, Winning Leap fetched R85,000 at the 2008 Ready To Run Sale. Breeder Mick Goss would call him a horse “stolen” from the sales ring”.

CANON GOLD CUP (Grade 1)

Greyville, 3200m, 26 June 2010

Final Field 

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

MOKARO

60.0

112

17

R Fourie

Stephen Page

2

OMAHA BEACH

57.5

105

16

B Fayd’Herbe

Joey Ramsden

3

SANTA

57.5

105

5

A Marcus

Ormond Ferraris

4

STRATEGIC NEWS (AUS)

57.0

103

1

J Geroudis

Herman Brown

5

ANCESTRAL FORE

56.0

108

12

K Shea

Mike de Kock

6

VERTICAL TAKEOFF

56.0

101

8

P Strydom

Sean Tarry

7

SPEED FOR GOLD

56.0

100

6

A Forbes

Dennis Drier

8

WINNING LEAP

55.5

106

14

B Lerena

Dominic Zaki

9

GOLDEN PARACHUTE (NZ)

55.5

99

9

K Neisius

Mike Bass

10

ROBINSON CRUSOE

55.0

99

11

I Sturgeon

Glen Kotzen

11

STARZENE (USA)

55.0

99

20

G Lerena

Weiho Marwing

12

SANGRIA GIRL

55.5

98

4

R Danielson

Greg Ennion

13

THANKS JOHN

55.0

9

18

M Byleveld

Mike Bass

14

BOLD WONDER (AUS)

54.5

96

13

S Randolph

Duncan Howells

15

REFINED IN FIRE

54.5

96

7

P Whitmore

Yvette Bremner

16

HOSPITALITY

53.5

93

19

F Coetzee

Mike Stewart

17

LA FOCE

52.5

91

3

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

18

PREDESTINATION (AUS)

52.0

89

10

K Teetan

Joey Ramsden

19

SPORTS FACTOR

52.0

89

15

*A Domeyer

Paul Lafferty

20

RECONCILE

52.0

88

2

D Daniels

Glen Kotzen

WINNING LEAP : GUTS AND DETERMINATION OF A TRUE STAYER

winning leap gold bowl 2010
winning leap gold bowl 2010

Winning Leap - Gold Bowl (Grade 2)

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

WINNING LEAP

GOLD BOWL (Grade 2)

It’s no easy task for a 3 year old to take on older rivals over 3200m and that is probably why Winning Leap was the only representative in this event of his generation. The ground was soft and it rained throughout the race, but despite all, the Summerhill-bred son of Labeeb came through with his head held high, writes Steve Furnish for Sporting Post.

The classy Santa, a runner up in this race last season, was always at the top of the bookmakers’ boards and after finding good support on course he eventually left the stalls at 2/1. Mike de Kock’s only representative Wild Kodiak was also fancied. He shortened into 6/1 from 10’s, whilst all of Chico Azul (10/1 into 8/1, touched 7’s), Saltwater Girl (10/1 into 8/1) and Winning Leap (20/1 into 15/1) were all nibbled at in the ring.

They set off on this two mile trip rather slowly and were seemingly still in no hurry to get out of the rain as they passed the winning post for the first time. As they moved into the long back straight though the confirmed frontrunner Chico Azul raised the tempo and the field quickly began to string out. The unfancied Dancing Red sat second whilst the eventual winner Winning Leap raced close up in third. Racing in fourth was another outsider Carnoustie. The favourite Santa raced alongside Saltwater Girl in fifth and only five lengths off the pace at that stage they were perfectly positioned to mount a challenge. The order changed very little as they moved up the back straight and it was only when the pace began to slow again rounding the home turn that things began to change. The rain began to pour as they entered the home straight and with Chico Azul now battling to quicken, Winning Leap, under replacement rider apprentice Juan Paul Van Der Merwe, swiftly took up the running. Santa also quickened very nicely at the top of the straight and when he moved up to tackle Winning Leap 500m from home it looked as if he would go on to land the odds. Just as he had done when winning in a lowly MR71 Handicap last time out though, the rapidly improving Winning Leap found extra. The pair then fought out a protracted battle with both horses and riders giving their all. Behind them meanwhile the fancied Starzene had steadily been making headway and within a length of the duel 300m from home, he too joined the fight. Surprisingly, it was the recent Racing Association Stakes winner Santa who was the first to crack. Running out of gas 150m from home. That didn’t make things any easier for Winning Leap though as Starzene was plugging on determinedly. Answering every call from his up and coming rider though, Winning Leap dug deep below the distance and in the style of a true stayer, he held on to score by three quarters of a length. Now a tired horse, Santa kept on to finish third, whilst staying on for fourth, some nine lengths adrift, was Precedent.

A son of Labeeb out of the Northern Guestmare Summersault, Winning Leap, an R85,000 purchase from the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, has now won three of his seven career starts to date amassing stake earnings in excess of R400,000. Winning Leap showed real guts and determination in winning this event and with natural improvement still to come, he’s clearly one to keep tabs on in the future.

PEAR SHAPED ISN’T THE WORD; BUT IT’S A TOPSY-TURVEY WORLD

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noble heir computaform sprint
waywest goddess the fillies nursery
waywest goddess the fillies nursery
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winning leap gold bowl

Left : Noble Heir - Computaform Sprint (Grade 1)

Centre : Waywest Goddess - The Fillies Nursery (Grade 2)

|Right : Winning Leap - Gold Bowl (Grade 2)

(Photos : JC Photographics)

OF TRIPLE CROWNS, CLASSICS AND CONSOLATIONS

On a weekend in which the hot favourites for the Kentucky Derby and the English 2000 Guineas were up-ended, Pierre Jourdan’s attempt at the Triple Crown as the first since Horse Chestnut, was the best performance from those who were backed to take their country’s major classics.

One of the hottest-priced fancies for the first of the English Classics, St Nicholas Abbey was a spent force entering the dip at Newmarket, signalling a warning to the connections of his American counterpart, Lookin At Lucky that favouritism was no guarantee for success in any Triple Crown event. And that’s the way it turned out, neither of them making the frame.

In Pierre Jourdan’s case, the reason was simple. He failed to see out the trip, made all the longer by the sticky going, and while he challenged gallantly all the way to the line, he was no match for Mike de Kock’sIrish Flame, who looks to have the KZN version of the Derby (at least,) and maybe the Daily News 2000, at his mercy.  We use the word “maybe” advisedly, as the outcome of the KRA Guineas (Gr2)run at Greyville Sunday, followed a stirring  performance from Noordhoek Flyer,and if he gets the 2000m of the Daily News journey, (which he didn’t do in the Cape Derby (Gr1) in January), we could be in for one helluva race.

There were three Classics on the weekend in South Africa, the third being the SA Oaks, and quite amazingly, in what might be considered an unlucky weekend for Summerhill, we had the runners-up in each of them. Besides Pierre Jourdan’s 2nd in the SA Derby, Havashawas an encouraging pursuer of Noordhoek Flyer in the Durban version of the Guineas (he was gelded after the SA Classic, and obviously didn’t have the best of preparations), while Salutationlooked a winner with a hundred to go in the SA Oaks. Coming from last in the mud was one step too far for her, the effort in making up the ground and hitting the front at the 200, sapping her of the energy to sustain her run.

Consolation came in several forms. Way West’sfirst crop daughter, Waywest Goddess,gave the juvenile fillies a galloping lesson in The Fillies Nursery (Gr2),as she strode away regally by two lengths, and while there will be those that will argue that the underfoot conditions accounted for more than one upset result, as things stand right now, she’s queen of her realm. In another telling blow for the Summerhill stallions, Noble Heir gave Kahalhis second Gr1 heroine in just over a month, putting paid to the aspirations of three other Gr1 winners, Warm White Night, Mythical Flight and Private Jet,in the R1million Computaform Sprint (Gr1).

While we may have been dejected at the failure of Pierre Jourdan’s Triple Crown bid, and felt a little hard done by with three seconds in the three Classics, there was consolation in the last of the Group races on Saturday, when Winning Leapstayed on like a trojan in the second richest marathon on the South African racing calendar, the R500,000 Gold Bowl (Gr2). Winning Leap is another powerful stayer by the unlikely stamina source, Labeeb,who besides being a dual Gr1 winner to a maximum of nine furlongs in the United States, was also highly effective as a sprinter. His influence however, has been principally over the longer distances, which bodes well for the prospects of the genuine middle distance racehorses occupying the Summerhill barn as we write, Admire Main,Mullins Bay, AP ArrowandSolskjaer.Recent Champion sires Fort Wood and Al Mufti,remind us of this imperative.

On the technical side, Winning Leap is yet another sterling product of a Northern Guestmare, his mother hailing from the fabulous Aga Khan family of champion sires Nasrullah, Royal Charger and Kalamoun.

WINNING LEAP REIGNS SUPREME IN GOLD BOWL

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2010 gold bowl winning leap video

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R500,000 GOLD BOWL (Grade 2)

Turffontein, 3200m, Turf

1 May 2010

WINNING LEAP (Labeeb x Summersault)

3 Year Old Bay Gelding

Owners : Messrs R Kay, M Maloon, D Michael and Miss L Gordon

Trainer : Dominic Zaki

Jockey : Juan Paul van der Merwe

Breeder : Summerhill Stud

Win Time : 213.99

Career Record : 3 Wins, 0 Places, 7 Starts

Career Earnings : R402,500

Winning Leap is an R85,000 graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

RACE RESULT :

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

WINNING LEAP

52.0

85

9

*JP v’d Merwe

Dominic Zaki

2

0.75

STARZENE (USA)

57.0

99

5

G Lerena

Weiho Marwing

3

4.25

SANTA

60.0

105

2

A Marcus

Ormond Ferraris

4

9.00

PRECEDENT

52.0

88

6

B Smith

Paul Matchett

5

12.50

SALTWATER GIRL

53.0

91

4

A Delpech

Gavin van Zyl

6

26.00

WILD KODIAK

52.0

86

10

M Yeni

Mike de Kock

7

28.00

CHICO AZUL

52.0

89

7

G Figueroa

Kobus Roux

8

30.00

ROYAL CAPTIVE (NZ)

54.0

93

13

P Strydom

Sean Tarry

9

43.00

DANCING RED

52.0

71

3

D David

Weiho Marwing

10

43.25

MEMBRADO (ARG)

54.0

93

11

D Habib

Sean Tarry

11

46.00

LONG DOLLAR

58.5

102

12

K Shea

Weiho Marwing

12

57.00

CARNOUSTIE

52.0

86

1

S Khumalo

Barend Botes

13

99.99

SONIC GANG (BRZ)

52.0

70

8

R Simons

Paul Matchett

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MAGICAL SANSUI SUMMER CUP SENTIMENTAL FAVOURITE

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sansui summer cup magical and oracy

Sansui Summer Cup 2009

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2009 SANSUI SUMMER CUP

In his column “Impeccably Dashing” on Racingweb.co.za, Alec Hogg previews Saturday’s Sansui Summer Cup and says his heart is with Ormond Ferraris orphan Magical, but logic points to Charles Laird’s Kiwi Superstar, Oracy.

Following is an extract from the article :

Apart from the wonderful name, his unusual story is sure to make Magical the sentimental favourite.

That this tough gelding is so feared by the opposition despite only having won three of his 10 starts, is a sign of the professionals’ respect for the 77 year-old master trainer who tells me he specifically missed the lucrative KZN Winter season - and even a tilt at the Vodacom Durban July - to aim his stable’s star for Saturday’s race. The actual preparation, though, started more than two years ago.

Ormond Ferraris says he identified Magical’s father, ill-fated Labeeb, as a potential Champion sire when he saw him at Summerhill Stud shortly after the imposing stallion arrived from America: “I liked Labeeb’s racing record, the way he was put together especially his good legs, and his pedigree. I sent my only mare, Nettle, to be covered by him - they produced Opera Cloak who has won three races. Not bad for a first foal.”

So when Ferraris spotted a son of Labeeb on a Durban sale where only 64 yearlings were catalogued, he decided to take a closer look. Magical’s breeder Rodney Clarkin, himself a renowned horseman, remembers Ferraris being taken by the big colt the moment he saw him: “This wasn’t surprising, Magical was outstanding from day one.”

Magical was knocked down to Ferraris for R130 000, a bargain in anyone’s language. Although it now looks as though he sold the horse too cheaply, Clarkin has no regrets: “I couldn’t have asked for him to be with a better trainer. Ormond has planned this campaign to a tee. Speak to some of the old timers and they’ll tell you Magical has been given a mighty fine programme going into the race, a preparation second to none.”

As a participant in the KZN Breeder’s Premiums programme, Clarkin has a vested interest in pulling for Ferraris’s horse. Unfortunately, that’s his only economic interest as Magical’s mother, the Foveros mare Bite Your Tongue, died shortly after producing her last foal, a filly by Muhtafal, which Clarkin sold for R120 000. The rationale behind pairing his mare with Labeeb? Clarkin admits: “It was just one of those lucky matings. I was looking for size as she was a smallish, squat mare and Labeeb was a big, imposing horse. Pedigree-wise it was an outcross; you have to go back five generations to find a common ancestor in Nasrullah.”

As Magical and other sons and daughters have shown, had he lived, Labeeb may well have proved Ferraris’s view that he was a Champion in the making. Summerhill’s stud master Greig Muir, who worked closely with Magical’s father during his two seasons at stud,  describes his premature death as “desperate……his stats are very good and his youngsters are really tough.”

Even the way Labeeb left the earth was dramatic.

Muir tells: “We’d walked Labeeb and the other stallions up to the top of the hill for a photo shoot and all was normal until shortly after we started coming home. Labeeb must have had an aneurism in the brain. For apparently no reason he started attacking his handler; I went to help and he picked me up and threw me over a fence - surgery was later needed to repair the damage. With me over the hedge he turned on his handler again and was about to give him the deathblow when Labeeb suddenly fell dead to the ground.

“Labeeb was a character, tough as nails …. a Bakkies Botha of the racing world….. he took on some of the best that America had to offer and beat them.  When one walks into the office at Shadwell America in Kentucky, there is a large glass cabinet with silverware mostly attributed to the performances of Labeeb (he won 8 of 19 starts including two Gr1 races on American turf). US racing pundit and international stallion authority Bill Oppenheim, rated Labeeb as one of the most influential and high potential sires to come into South Africa in the last decade and he wasn’t far wrong. From a limited stud career in South Africa during which time he produced only two crops (2004 - 2006 he died just prior to the breeding season in 2006) he became a Freshman Sire sensation. He lies today in “the Avenue” here at Summerhill amongst fellow past inmates like Rambo Dancer, Northern Guest and Coastal. Don’t worry, we still salute him when we go past and we still get goose pimples when we think what might have been.”

So with both his father and mother having passed on, Magical is what we humans would call an orphan. But he doesn’t now that. Neither is he aware that the most dangerous of Saturday’s opponents cost 20 times more than him when they were sold on auction as yearlings. His trainer and part owner Ferraris dismisses the suggestion that it’s a two horse race - he also has great respect for yet another Laird-inmate, Eight Street, a gelded son of the international super stallion Street Cry. But for those with a sense of history - and the bookmakers - this looks too much like a replay of the 1930’s duels between War Admiral and Seabiscuit to consider other contenders too seriously.

In his gifted pilot Piere “Striker” Strydom, the Ferraris-trained gelding has one of the best riders in the world on board. He will carry 54kg against their 58kg so in effect has been given a five length start by both Oracy and Eight Street. Against this, Magical jumps from a wide gate (14), a particular concern for both Ferraris and Strydom.

The master trainer rates the poor draw as “my biggest worry”. Strydom frets that his mount is a slow starter who lacks “gate speed” so the poor draw might be force them to sit a lot further back in the early running than the pilot would like. Strydom says even without this disadvantage Oracy “will be a tough nut to crack - we’re a bit better off at the weights with Oracy than the last time we met, but he won so easily that you can’t be sure how much he still had in the tank.”

Strydom, an astute judge, believes his horse’s chances will be affected by the pace of the race. The ideal, he says, would be one where the field “goes like the clappers” so that he can place Magical around six lengths behind the leader coming into the business end: “Then we must hope that Oracy doesn’t stay the distance and we fly past him near the finish.”

Visit www.racingweb.co.za to read Alec Hogg’s full article.

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ANOTHER WEEK IN PARADISE

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COMPLIMENTS TO THE STRENGTH OF LAST YEAR’S READY TO RUN DRAFT

The 2008 version of the Ready to Run sale came off an unprecedented high a week ago, with exceptional performances from the four chief protagonists for this year’s Emperors Palace Ready to Run Cup, which at R1,5 million has maintained its status as the fourth richest race in the nation. There must’ve been those who’d been lulled into a sense of believing they were a cut above anything else in the field, and that they could reasonably expect to take home a major share of the spoils. Meaning it just wasn’t possible to see a repeat.

Just as we were beginning to believe that the compliments to the strength of last year’s draft had all been paid, and that the next big statement on the quality of Summerhill breds would be the ‘Cup’ itself, the events of this week turned everything on its head.  First, Charles Laird stepped out a R1 million graduate in Muhtafal’s son, Blue Voyager, who strode away on his race course debut by three lengths, relatively unextended. 

As soon as the “Voyager” put his hand up, Charles took another to the track on Thursday in the form of Bhusende, and while he cautioned punters before the race that the horse was probably three weeks off ready, as the son of Australian champion sire, Flying Spur, set foot on the track, you could see the class. He came home under a hand ride from Anton Marcus, putting away some well-fancied sorts in the process, and he also joins the fray next Saturday.

Before the meeting was out, Ernie Anderson stepped out Ivan Snyman’s Labeeb colt, Nyakatho, who flattened some fair form by eight lengths, in the process telling us that whatever Blue Voyager and Bhusende had done during the week, he could do just as well. No doubt, when the judges meet on Tuesday to settle the final field, they’ll have him among them.

But that wasn’t the end. Richard Fitzgerald has been nothing if not an exceptional customer of Summerhill, and he was unfortunate following the 2008 sale to lose the Labeeb half brother to the Gold Cup hero, Desert Links, in a float collision a day later.  Determined to turn that around, Richard put up his hand at R410 000 again last year, this time for another Labeeb from the family of Pick Six and Bridal Paths, and on Saturday, Garth Puller sent out Double Dash at Kenilworth against some excellent form, for the first time over a mile. Young Chris Puller never moved on him riding him hands-and-heels, as he strode away in impressive style. Lamentably, this one’s not destined for the “Cup”, but like the other three, he looks like a “Black type” horse in the making.

We know that customers already have consummate faith in the product we send to the Ready to Run, so we’re not trying to prove that point. What is encouraging from the events of this week, is the strength and depth of the horses that’ve stepped out since the sale, many of them indicating their worth as potential big race performers. For the record, thus far we’ve had 26 individual winners from the Summerhill draft alone, and there are at least 18 among the placed horses thus far, who look like they could become “motor cars” in the future.

We know you’re expecting this, but there are more where those came from. We look forward to your visit to Block A during the course of this week, where it will be our pleasure!  

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R1,5 MILLION EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP

7 NOVEMBER 2009

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8 NOVEMBER 2009

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MACK M SNEAKS A PEAK AT THE CUP

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mack m greyville racecourse 23 october 2009 video

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EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN CUP CANDIDATE

With just days left to qualify for the R1,5 Million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, this weekend is sure to see a spurt of do-or-die performances for 2008 Ready To Run Graduates wanting to make the handicappers’ cut.

The first to step up at Greyville last night was the Bhekinkosi “Bennett” Bulana-trained Mack M, under a sterling ride by Jonathan Soll for owner Mrs Marimuthu.

Click the video button above to watch the Mr and Mrs Grammaticas-bred Labeeb colt, out of the Kenyan mare Mesopotamia, coast at the rear of the field before flying home in the final straight of the 1900m trip.

Look out too for fellow candidate, the ultra consistant Michael Miller-trained, Makulu-Kulu, fighting right down to the wire… taking his place tally to a 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 3 starts.

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7 NOVEMBER 2009

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8 NOVEMBER 2009

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THE SA DERBY : SA's richest event for three-year-olds

“THE JEWEL IN THE THREE YEAR OLD CROWN”

The South African Derby has a rich tradition of producing great horses, and they’re not just great for winning this race, but they have to have the stamina, the talent and the guts, (and plenty of it) to prevail here. Turffontein is renowned as one of the toughest tracks in the world, and especially for its murderous 800m strait, which has broken more hearts than you’d care to remember.

Don’t forget too, that when they’ve repulsed all foes of the conventional Derby distance, (2400m) at Turffontein they’ve still got to find another fifty, for some odd reason, and Saturday won’t necessarily be the first time the lead changes two or three times again in that space.

For the three-year-olds walloping themselves down the lung-busting stretch for R1.5 million on Saturday, anything can happen, since none of them have been tested at the distance, and it’s all up in the air. You’d have to say though, that on class, the obvious horses are Cherise Cherry and Sporting Boy, especially with the withdrawal (sold to Hong Kong) of Mount Hood. We’d not be dismissive though, of the claims of Labeeb’s son, Magical, winner of his last three in a row including the Derby Trial, or Fenerbahce for that matter, who at his best has shown himself entitled to be ranked with the better three-year-olds in the nation. He’s been below par in his last two though, and something’s been amiss, though it comes as a considerable reassurance to see Andrew Fortune claiming the ride. For the record, he was a R425,000 graduate of the Summerhill 2007 2007 Ready To Run draft.

The other Summerhill engage, Mr Softee, comes off a gallant second to Magical in the Derby Trial at his first attempt beyond 1600m, and it may just be that he’s been waiting for this moment to show his best. Curiously, top jockey Sean Cormack takes the ride.

National Yearling Sales : What a Sunday!

“BIG SALE DIARIES - Part 1”

As big days go, it doesn’t get much better, especially if you’re in the Summerhill corner. Two Group winners, three Group seconds, and an impressive juvenile in the second all added up to something approaching R600,000 accumulative earnings for the day. It could’ve been better though, as one wag commented, “If only the wind had been blowing our way, and the three seconds had made it home!”

On a day in which fortunes might have been made, if our Australian, French and English friends had kept the faith (but typically deserted us for those raised in “greener” pastures) there were a number of notable performances:

o LABEEB finally came home, notching up a consecutive treble including a double in the Derby and Oaks Trials for the one man who put his hand up very early on, Ormonde Ferraris.

o Charles Laird and Markus Jooste achieved an historic trifecta with a one-two-three in the R1million Horse Chestnut Stakes, only to notch up another graded stakes victory in the next event with Rebel King.

o If your business is selling horses, having a graded stakes winner related to one of your entries on the eve of its appearance in the ring hopefully contributes a little extra to the bottom line, so Rebel King’s swoop in the dying stages of the Senor Santa not only took him another step closer to Champion Sprinter honours, but also added value to his yearling brother Uncle Tommy, who became the sales-topper (first and second sessions) yesterday afternoon – more on that later.

o That’s not the lot though, as Lot 305, Imbongi’s half sister by Solskjaer saw her page significantly lifted this weekend with juvenile Mahubo’s Grade 3 third on debut, and Spring Garland’s magnificent defeat of the nation’s second-rated female runner, She’s On Fire in the time-honoured Gerald Rosenberg Stakes G2.

o Not to be outdone, the evening meeting at Greyville kicked off with a trifecta straightliner for KAHAL, who notched up three in rapid succession.

Another great day at the office….

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For the record : THE KZN BREEDERS AWARDS

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(Photo : Gold Circle)

Anything we ever achieve at Summerhill is always the product of many people’s contributions, and in this case, as we’ve so often said before, we must start by remembering that we work with one of the best teams in the world. Besides the expertise of those who’ve had the opportunity to work abroad at the management level, there are those among our Zulus, from the people who clean the stables all the way to the upper echelons of those who make the place tick, that have had their hands in this scrum. It’s an appropriate time then, to remember we’re privileged to work with the Zulus here, some of the most gifted stockmen in the world. Their contribution has been immense.

Besides, there’s hardly a horse bred on this farm that doesn’t involve co-ownership, and so we must congratulate all of those people that were associated with the breeding and raising of Friday night’s winners, either in partnership or on their own. Here we mention the names of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; the late Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum; Mike and Marty Meredith; Peter Brown, Dr Barry and Liz Clements, Robert Lynch, Stephen Gill and Angus Gold. All of them had a hand in these achievements, and our guys are standing at attention acknowledging their part.

Sprinter of the Year – Rebel King

KZN Stallion of the Year – Muhtafal

Stayer of the Year – Galant Gagnant

Breeding Achievement of the Year – Summerhill Stud

Three Year Old Colt – Imbongi

Stallion Prospect – Labeeb

Middle Distance Female – Outcome

Outstanding Older Female - Outcome


Well done.

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Labeeb's first South African winner

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                                                                                                                Goat (Gold Circle)

We had Labeeb’s first South African winner on Wednesday in Goat (Labeeb x Hello Dolly). This two-year-old filly won on her first time out.

She is owned and trained by Paul Lafferty, who together with his partners, including Phil Georgio, changed her name from ‘La Brietta’.

She was bred by Vanessa Williams, Kievan Stud, and sold at the 2007 Sibaya Sale for R 80 000.

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Freshmen sires in the spotlight

The Equimark Premier KZN Yearling Sale was conducted at Clairwood racecourse yesterday. The small catalogue of just 64 horses saw four of the top five prices go to progeny of Summerhill sires.

Of note, the first progeny of freshmen sires Labeeb and Malhub faced the auctioneer and snared second and fourth highest price respectively. Not surprisingly, given his run of graded stakes success this season, the ever consistent Muhtafal took third and fifth highest price.

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Stallions in the news

Malhub, Labeeb, Solskjaer, Way West and Hobb Alwahtan have all been newsworthy in the past few days. And not just for football scores either.  

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