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SOUTH AFRICANS STRIKE AT GOFFS ORBY SALE

Jehan Malherbe
Jehan Malherbe

Jehan Malherbe

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GOFFS ORBY SALE

County Kildare, Ireland

3-4 October 2012

The pre-eminence ofGalileo (Ire) at Goffs’ Orby Sale is well-established and the Coolmore giant stole the show late Thursday when his half-brother to Lahaleeb (Ire) (Redback) topped the latest renewal at a regal €800,000 ($1,041,067).

As the afternoon began to slip into evening, there was a sense of anticipation that few yearlings can generate as the May-foaled bay, consigned as hip 377 byTally-Ho Stud, strolled into the famed auction ring at Kill.

His unraced dam Flames (GB) (Blushing Flame), who descends from the family of Entrepreneur (GB), Virtual (GB) and Iceman (GB), has produced the listed winner Precocious Star (Ire) (Bold Fact) and, far more importantly, the 2009 G1 E. P.Taylor Stakes heroine Lahaleeb. A revelation for the Mick Channon stable, that performer had earlier annexed the G2 Rockfel Stakes and G3 Fred Darling Stakes and finished runner-up in the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas prior to her career-best win at 44-1 in the Woodbine feature, afterwhich she was sold for 1 million guineas at Tattersalls. Her half-sibling had all the looks and presence of a potential top-notcher despite his late foaling date and many of the attendant heavyweights were poised.

Up against the might of Demi O’Byrne, South African based Form Bloodstock’sJehan Malherbe held his own and duly won the psychological war as the colt crept past the €775,000 mark set by a daughter of Galileo’s own New Approach (Ire) on Wednesday. “We liked him a lot. For a May foal, he’s just a smashing colt and the mare has produced two good horses by lesser stallions and now she has a yearling by Galileo,” Malherbe explained. “Mike de Kock now has a base in Newmarket at Abington Place, which was bought by Mary Slack’sWilgerbosdrift Stud and that is where this horse will be trained.”

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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RED-LETTER DAY FOR REDMONDSTOWN STUD

Jim Bolger
Jim Bolger

Jim Bolger

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GOFFS ORBY SALE

County Kildare, Ireland

3-4 October 2012

The Goffs Orby Sale got off to a strong start Wednesday in Kildare, with healthy increases across the board. A total of 152 yearlings sold for €13,553,500, compared to 175 grossing €10,686,00 in 2011. The average of €89,168 was up by 46% on last year, while the median of €55,000 rose by 31% and the clearance rate was 84%.

The only one happier than sales officials may have been Jim Bolger, who enjoyed a day of days Wednesday when selling three of the leading seven lots, including the €775,000 (US$1,000,186) topper. While Teofilo (Ire) put the maestroof Coolcullen firmly back on the map with his champion-making juvenile exploits six years ago, Bolger came to kill that fall to pay €430,000 for a chestnut he was to name New Approach (Ire) and therest is history.

Yesterday’s opening session at the flagship auction saw the story come full circle, as his Redmondstown Stud was on the other side of the fence as vendor, and fittingly, it was a daughter of New Approach who led the way. A full-sister to this year’s top-ranked 2-year-old Dawn Approach (Ire), who remains unbeaten through two stern tests in the G1 Vincent O’Brien Stakes and G2 Coventry Stakes, the May-foaled bay entered the ring as hip 12 with a weight of expectation on her shoulders and she did not disappoint. After a frantic round of bidding involving Kirsten Rausing, Peter Doyle had the final say before revealing that she is to join her full-sibling at Coolcullen. “I’ve bought her for a group of people who were looking for a potentially top-class filly,” Doyle said. “She fit the bill and she will be going into training with Jim Bolger.”

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Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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FEELING THE HEAT AT THE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale TBA South Africa
Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale TBA South Africa

National Yearling Sale 2011

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

15 - 17 April 2011

(From the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale…) The usual tepid mood that engulfs breeders when the sale grounds are quiet, has been heightened this year by concerns as to how much of the annual spend had been taken up by the Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

But if the traffic yesterday was anything to go by, the temperature’s definitely moving in the right direction.

Among the industry’s legends seen thus far in the vicinity of Summerhill’s Block “A”, we’ve had sightings of Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe and Charles Faull, new “bloodstocker” Eamonn Cullen, Chris and Johnno Snaith, John Freeman, the boys from Alexander Racing, Sean Tarry, Dean Kannemeyer, Gavin van Zyl, John Koster and Grant Knowles from Klawervlei, Mary Slack, Ormond Ferraris, Gavin Hunter, John Kramer, Vaughan Marshall, Mark Tarry, David and Yoshi Allen from the UK, the “Menere” Spies and last evening’s revellers, Mike Bass, Joey Ramsden and Alec Laird.

Mike de Kock has issued an early warning to stock the fridge for today, while England’s Tom Goff had fellow Etonian, Archie Watson, out scouting for him under cover of darkness. Germany’s Rupert Plersch touches down tomorrow, while French bloodstock agents, Xavier and Nathalie Bozo, together with their daughter Valentine, will be arriving on the weekend. We’ve even had calls from as far afield as the Democratic Republic of Congo. All good reasons to pick up the chins. And SWEET SONETTE’S famous win over one-time world champion sprinter, SACRED KINGDOM on Friday in Hong Kong won’t have done any harm either.

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D DAY FOR DA FIRST READY TO RUN MARK II

Ready To Run Sale Mark II
Ready To Run Sale Mark II

Ready To Run Sale Mark II

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READY TO RUN SALE MARK II

Shongweni, 23 February 2011

Because it could be the forerunner to something quite significant for the future, Wednesday 23rd February could be historic. Summerhill pioneered the Ready To Run concept some 25 years ago in South Africa, and while its original intent was to provide a new idea in thoroughbred marketing, it also served to clear the decks of what was left on the farm.

It’s come a long way since, developing a reputation as the best source of quality racehorses in the land, pound-for-pound. That it remains that, is evident in the six Graded Stakes winners (including two of the best three-year-old fillies in South Africa) already this season. Yet the number of outstanding horses (champions amongst them) that’ve remained on the farm for private sale, is quite astounding. Last year’s Dubai Carnival Victor Ludorum, Imbongi; Champion Older Filly, Bold Ellinore; top three of his generation, Emperor Napoleon; and millionaire and Champion Stayer, Amphitheatre; make up the honour roll, all of them making less than R100,000 off the farm.

Tomorrow represents an opportunity for investors, local and foreign, to stake their claims to a hand in 55 lots, and it’s a pretty sure bet that this time next year, we’ll be hailing the astuteness of at least a couple of buyers who got lucky particularly as they go through the ring without reserve.

Tonight at Hartford, we entertain a fairly auspicious gathering of horsemen, including two of Singapore’s biggest owners, Dennis and Gael Evans, the Niarchos family’s big chief, Alan Cooper from France, Charles Vaughan Fowler of the UK, Irishman Eamonn Cullen, and Summerhill patron and big German owner, Rupert Plersch, Wolf Power’s celebrated trainer, Ricky Maingard (now in Mauritius), and one of Mauritius’ perennial top conditioners, Hughes Maigrot, and his long-serving client, Eduard Nairac. It promises to be some kind of party.

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COUNTDOWN TO THE INAUGURAL READY TO RUN MARK II

Ready To Run Sale Mark II
Ready To Run Sale Mark II

Ready To Run Mark II

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READY TO RUN SALE MARK II

SHONGWENI

23 February 2011 

The countdown for the inaugural staging of Summerhill’s second Ready To Run Sale has started. This time next week we’ll be off to Shongweni with 55 lots, and we’ll have hosted a number of horsemen from various parts of the world in the few days leading into the sale. We have bookings at Hartford House from the UK, France and Germany, and the response from Mauritian trainers has been encouraging. They’ve obviously seen the catalogue, and they know a good thing when they spot it.

No doubt, there will be those who will ask why these horses were not consigned to the first Ready To Run in November, and there are any number of answers for that. The first is, as is so often the case, there are a couple of them that incurred bumps and bruises going into the first sale, a few caught viruses on the eve of our departure, and others make up the numbers of those we generally sell off the farm at this time of the year. Don’t be fooled by the fact that they might be “left overs”. History tells us that the millionaires Imbongi, Bold Ellinore, Emperor Napoleon and Amphitheatre were counted among the horses left on the farm after the initial Ready To Run, and if you’ve been into our website (www.summerhill.co.za and clicked the Ready To Run Mark II Sale tab on the left hand side) and seen the gallops for yourself, you’ll know that there are a number of genuine racehorses in this draft.

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2011 CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE SUMMARY

Cape Town Premier Yearling Sale at the Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town Premier Yearling Sale at the Cape Town International Convention Centre

Cape Premier Yearling Sale - CTICC

(Photo : Astrid Stark)

CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE

Cape Town ICC, 27-28 January 2011

The inaugural Cape Premier Yearling Sale, staged at the Cape Town International Covention Centre, drew to a close Friday. The sale attracted plenty of international interest with 214 lots sold for turnover of R87,900,000 (US$12,222,105). There was a clearance rate of 79 percent. The average price was R410,748 ($57,113) (US$1=R7.192).

Leading vendor at the sale, by aggregate, was Klawervlei Stud. They sold 32 yearlings for an aggregate of R15,725,000. Leading vendor, by average (three or more sold), was Lammerskraal Stud. They sold a trio of yearlings for an average price of R933,333. Champion sire Jet Master had an outstanding sale. His 21 yearlings sold for an aggregate of R15,585,000 and an average of R742,143, which made him the leading sire by average as well. A pair of colts by the stallion, both knocked down for R2.5 million, ultimately topped the two-day sale. Lot 269, a son of Jet Master (SAf) - Alexandra Bi (Ire) (Darshaan {GB}), was knocked down to Singapore-based trainer Patrick Shaw.

Patrick Shaw was also responsible for Thursday’s R2 million son of Captain Al (SAf) - Leading Dame (SAf) (Jallad). Lot 269 is a half-brother to three winners from four to race, including Alexandra Rose (SAf) (Caesour), a Group 2 winner and twice Group 1-placed in South Africa. She later finished runner-up in the Cape Verdi Stakes in Dubai and landed the 2008 Monrovia Handicap (G3) for Team Valor and partners. The bay colt was consigned by Varsfontein Stud. The other son of Jet Master to sell for R2.5 million was lot 102. Out of the Al Mufti mare Laptop Lady (SAf), the colt was consigned by Klawervlei Stud. He was bought by Gauteng owner Ebrahim Khan.

Both the venue and quality of horse on offer drew praise from all involved and buyers were very impressed by the sale.

Angus Gold, racing manager to Sheikh Hamdan whose association with Summerhill goes back some 20 years, had this to say, “Everyone has been tremendously positive and upbeat for this sale, and judging on what I have seen, they have every right to be. The venue is wonderful, and there are a number of wonderful horses up for sale, who compare favourably with the horses I have bought at the country’s National Sale. Despite being in the middle of a busy city, the horses at the sale have been remarkably settled and relaxed.”

Team Valor’s Barry Irwin remarked, “I came here to buy three, and am leaving with seven horses. There were some very nice horses on offer, and I was happy to see the horses were not backward, but of a very high quality. The selection of horse on the sale was excellent and, despite having a relatively small number, I still found 16 fillies I was keen to buy.”

Dubai owner Ali Alqama, who has horses in training with champion trainer Mike de Kock, purchased three horses at the sale, all of which are headed to Dubai. He said of the sale, “The prices are very reasonable in South Africa, which I like. There were some very nice horses on offer, and South African horses have an excellent record in Dubai. After this sale, I will definitely be coming to the Emperor’s Palace National Yearling Sale later in the year.”

All in all, the sale proved tremendously popular, with both buyers and vendors praising the concept, venue and quality of horse on offer.

TOP LOTS SOLD FOR R1,000,000 PLUS

Lot

Horse

Sex

Sire

Dam

Vendor

Price (ZAR)

269

Alexandra Palace

Colt

Jet Master

Alexandra Bi

Varsfontein Stud

2,500,000

102

One Sunday Morning

Colt

Jet Master

Laptop Lady

Klawervlei Stud

2,500,000

106

Tequila Sunrise

Colt

Captain Al

Leading Dame

Klipdrift Stud

2,000,000

220

Abercrombie

Colt

Trippi

Stratos

Drakenstein Stud

1,800,000

113

Yorker

Colt

Jet Master

Little Indian

Varsfontein Stud

1,800,000

223

09 Sunshine Lover

Colt

Captain Al

Sunshine Lover

Klipdrift Stud

1,700,000

101

Lord Windsor

Colt

Silvano

Lady Windsor

Varsfontein Stud

1,700,000

274

Solomons Wall

Colt

Western Winter

Angelina

Lammerskraal Stud

1,700,000

144

Legal Trip

Colt

Trippi

Niyabah

Drakenstein Stud

1,500,000

114

Tiger In Africa

Colt

Tiger Ridge

London Niece

Wilgerbosdrift Stud

1,500,000

164

Captain Lars

Colt

Captain Al

Polar Charge

Klawevlei Stud

1,400,000

184

09 Russian Muse

Filly

Windrush

Russian Muse

Normandy Stud

1,400,000

212

Force Majeure

Filly

Jet Master

Star Wars

Arc-en-ciel Stud

1,400,000

188

Grassland

Filly

Western Winter

Savannah Breeze

Highlands Farm

1,200,000

14

Epic Tale

Colt

Western Winter

Classique Story

Avontuur Farm

1,050,000

136

Mussoorie

Colt

Trippi

Mountains Of Mist

Drakenstein Stud

1,050,000

22

Dime A Dozen

Filly

Jet Master

Dame Kiri

Klipdrift Stud

1,000,000

276

Count To Ten

Filly

Count Dubois

Aquilonia

Klawervlei Stud

1,000,000

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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THE READY TO RUN MARK II : 23 FEBRUARY, SHONGWENI

Salutation 2008 Summerhill Ready To Run Graduate
Salutation 2008 Summerhill Ready To Run Graduate

Salutation - 2008 Summerhill Ready To Run Graduate

(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)

“IF THIS IS ISN’T VALUE, TELL US WHAT IS”

With the Ready To Run Mark II just over a month away (23rd February at Shongweni) we commissioned an exercise by our Ready To Run division manager, Tarryn Liebenberg, into the returns investors have seen from their modest acquisitions in the past few years. It’s a revelation, and we’ve confined ourselves to those that made less than R100,000. Those still in-training are a work-in-progress, and they will of course stand to enhance even further what they’ve done for their owners. Here’s the list; have a good look; you’ll boggle at how lucky you can get in this game.

Ready To Run Graduates

(Purchase Price R100,000 and below)

Listed by Earnings

Year Sold

Horse

Price (ZAR)

Earnings (ZAR)

2006

IMBONGI

70,000

8,887,000 *

2008

PIERRE JOURDAN

60,000

3,384,425 *

2004

HEAR THE DRUMS

42,000

1,816,080 *

2005

EMPEROR NAPOLEON

60,000

1,545,610

2001

ICY AIR

60,000

1,264,905

2004

BOLD ELLINORE

60,000

1,096,880

2003

FORK LIGHTENING

75,000

1,077,830 *

2005

CATMANDU

60,000

1,036,110 *

2005

VANGELIS

50,000

750,750

2004

BHEKINKOSI

65,000

685,085 *

2001

BRIGADIER PARKER

47,000

682,790

2004

FANYANA

95,000

673,645

2005

MYSTIC

90,000

661,425 *

2005

DYNAMITE MIKE

50,000

614,260 *

2004

ALEJATE

60,000

531,755

2008

WINNING LEAP

85,000

510,000 *

2006

MAT GOLD

60,000

496,975

2005

FREECELL

70,000

494,610

2008

SALUTATION

50,000

477,675 *

2008

MANNEQUIN

80,000

461,900 *

2005

TAP TAP

80,000

446,455

2000

EXPLOSIVE

30,000

415,545

2001

WHISKEY IN THE JAR

45,000

392,880

2005

ITHALA

80,000

390,655

2000

DANCE ALL DAY

70,000

374,405

2004

MAJESTIC SUN

90,000

372,480 *

2001

COASTAL WALTZ

65,000

360,700

2003

BHEJANE

30,000

340,630

2000

MILLIONS

37,000

337,818

2005

LADY RED

65,000

337,320

2003

RUMMY

70,000

322,995

2007

SUPERFEDERATION

50,000

304,675 *

2000

BALLINGTON

20,000

289,775

2004

LOOKS LIKE TROUBLE

70,000

287,410 *

2003

MTUNZINI

40,000

284,550

2003

MONOMOTAPA

40,000

280,060

2004

ETERNAL GLORY

90,000

270,400 *

2001

TUSCAN ELEGANCE

50,000

268,650

2002

NACHT MUSIEK

45,000

230,930

2001

EMAJAYBEE

55,000

220,435

2000

DOT DOT DASH

34,000

220,225

2005

MARILYN

50,000

220,000

2002

TRAMWAY

50,000

210,557

2003

UMZINTO

35,000

204,680

2005

SWEET CHILLI

30,000

201,925

2004

EVANESCE

60,000

199,250

2005

COZY CORNER

60,000

185,160

2003

SCARLET RIBBON

50,000

184,280

2006

GYMNAST

50,000

183,525

2003

KAHLAMBA

22,000

168,510

2003

INVINCIBLE SPIRIT

45,000

158,856

2002

INKLING

30,000

155,255

2004

SUMMER PROSPECT

60,000

154,825

2000

FLY TO THE STARS

27,000

130,000

2004

DILIGENCE

30,000

120,205

* Denotes still in Training

Ready To Run Graduates

(Purchase Price R100,000 and below)

Listed by Purchase Price

Year Sold

Horse

Price (ZAR)

Earnings (ZAR)

2000

BALLINGTON

20,000

289,775

2003

KAHLAMBA

22,000

168,510

2000

FLY TO THE STARS

27,000

130,000

2000

EXPLOSIVE

30,000

415,545

2003

BHEJANE

30,000

340,630

2005

SWEET CHILLI

30,000

201,925

2002

INKLING

30,000

155,255

2004

DILIGENCE

30,000

120,205

2000

DOT DOT DASH

34,000

220,225

2003

UMZINTO

35,000

204,680

2000

MILLIONS

37,000

337,818

2003

MTUNZINI

40,000

284,550

2003

MONOMOTAPA

40,000

280,060

2004

HEAR THE DRUMS

42,000

1,816,080 *

2001

WHISKEY IN THE JAR

45,000

392,880

2002

NACHT MUSIEK

45,000

230,930

2003

INVINCIBLE SPIRIT

45,000

158,856

2001

BRIGADIER PARKER

47,000

682,790

2005

VANGELIS

50,000

750,750

2005

DYNAMITE MIKE

50,000

614,260

2008

SALUTATION

50,000

477,675 *

2007

SUPERFEDERATION

50,000

304,675 *

2001

TUSCAN ELEGANCE

50,000

268,650

2005

MARILYN

50,000

220,000

2002

TRAMWAY

50,000

210,557

2003

SCARLET RIBBON

50,000

184,280

2006

GYMNAST

50,000

183,525

2001

EMAJAYBEE

55,000

220,435

2005

EMPEROR NAPOLEON

60,000

1,545,610

2004

BOLD ELIMORE

60,000

1,096,880

2008

PIERRE JOURDAN

60,000

3,384,425 *

2001

ICY AIR

60,000

1,264,905

2005

CATMANDU

60,000

1,036,110 *

2004

ALEJATE

60,000

531,755

2006

MAT GOLD

60,000

496,975

2004

EVANESCE

60,000

199,250

2005

COZY CORNER

60,000

185,160

2004

SUMMER PROSPECT

60,000

154,825

2004

BHEKINKOSI

65,000

685,085 *

2001

COASTAL WALTZ

65,000

360,700

2005

LADY RED

65,000

337,320

2005

FREECELL

70,000

494,610

2000

DANCE ALL DAY

70,000

374,405

2003

RUMMY

70,000

322,995

2004

LOOKS LIKE TROUBLE

70,000

287,410 *

2006

IMBONGI

70,000

8,887,000 *

2003

FORK LIGHTENING

75,000

1,077,830 *

2008

MANNEQUIN

80,000

461,900 *

2005

TAP TAP

80,000

446,455

2005

ITHALA

80,000

390,655

2008

WINNING LEAP

85,000

510,000 *

2005

MYSTIC

90,000

661,425 *

2004

MAJESTIC SUN

90,000

372,480 *

2004

ETERNAL GLORY

90,000

270,400 *

2004

FANYANA

95,000

673,645

* Denotes still in Training

The Ready To Run Mark II

23 February 2011

No Reserve.

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STREETWISE IS STREET SENSE

Ron Gilbert of Highgrove Stud with top Street Sense colt
Ron Gilbert of Highgrove Stud with top Street Sense colt

Ron Gilbert of Highgrove Stud with Aus$440,000 Street Sense Colt

(Image : Highgrave Stud)

“The only colt from Street Sense’s

first Southern Hemisphere crop

to be offered in South Africa.

Diners at House And Leisure / Visa’s Restaurant of the Year, Hartford House, will tell you that their most popular choice among 2010’s new creations is the Warm pink peppercorn seared Springbok loin Salad with fresh beetroot, parmesan spoom, candied Walnuts, foie gras terrine and Black Lava Salt. This dish would never have been the same were it not for the Black Lava Salt, a gift from prominent Australian racehorse breeder, Ron Gilbert.

Sunday, it was Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud’s turn to celebrate, as his colt by the only horse in history to have completed the Breeders Cup Juvenile/Kentucky Derby double, Street Sense, topped the final select session at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale at Aus$440,000 (+- R3million). Ron Gilbert has a small but highly select broodmare band at his Darling Downs base in Queensland (yes, right in the middle of the flood-ravaged Toowoomba area), and he has been responsible for any number of serious runners in recent seasons, including the 2010 Group One winning sprinter, Wanted.

There’s a twist to this, of course. The only colt from Street Sense’s first Southern Hemisphere crop to be offered in South Africa, is included in the Summerhill draft for the National Sales.

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa

15 - 17 April 2011

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SIX... 6... SIX... 6... SIX

charles laird and markus jooste with hollywoodboulevard
charles laird and markus jooste with hollywoodboulevard

Markus Jooste and Charles Laird lead in Hollywoodboulevard

(Photo : JC Photographics / Summerhill Stud)

THE READY TO RUN MARK II

No. It’s not the T20 at Moses Mabhida.

It’s the number of Graded Stakes winners already this season

from South Africa’s best sale of racehorses.

Igugu, Mannequin, Hollywoodboulevard, Pierre Jourdan,

Blue Voyager and Arabian Mist.

The Ready To Run Mark II

23 February 2011

No Reserve.

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READY TO RUN SALE MARK II

ready to run graduate blue voyager wins the lebelo sprint
ready to run graduate blue voyager wins the lebelo sprint

Click above to watch Blue Voyager winning the Lebelo Sprint (Gr3)

(Image : Tab Online/Summerhill : Footage : Tellytrack)

ANOTHER BLOW FOR THE READY TO RUN

Blue Voyager’s victory in Saturday’s Lebelo Sprint (Gr3) was another endorsement of South Africa’s most popular racehorse sale. That’s six Graded Stakes winners already this season, including Igugu, Hollywoodboulevard, Arabian Mist, Pierre Jourdan and Mannequin.

On the 23rd February, we have READY TO RUN MARK II.

Sixty horses from the Champions. WITHOUT RESERVE.

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FOUR FROM FOUR FOR AUSSIE READY TO RUN GRADUATES

igugu racehorse
igugu racehorse

Igugu (Aus)

(Photo : JC Photographics)

“ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR”

The Emperors Palace Ready To Run sale has chalked up some memorable achievements over the years. The roll of honour is often replicated in finalists for the national Equus Awards, and this year alone we’ve witnessed an international victor ludorum in Imbongi; history’s winningmost racehorse, Hear The Drums;racing’s biggest earner for 2010 Pierre Jourdan; his runner-up in the Gauteng Colts Guineas, and runner-up again in the KZN Guineas, Havasha; and Fillies Guineas heroine, Fisani. That fans of the game have a riveted interest in the sale is not surprising, and in more recent years it’s been Summerhill’s practice, in their attempt to introduce some variety into the sale, to have on hand a raft of Australians among the candidates.

Last year was notable for the fact that the top price at the sale was a Galileo filly from a beautifully related Danehill mare, which fell to the bid of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifah Al Maktoum of Dubai. Perhaps not so strangely, the second top filly was a R1million purchase by Andre Macdonald, not only one of the game’s longest-serving supporters, but a man whose presence in the ring that day was evidence of racing at its democratic best. Andre will be the first to tell you that, like us, he came from humble beginnings, yet when the filly was knocked down to Sheikh Mohammed at R2,1 million, standing on his own on the opposite side of the sales ring, was Andre Macdonald, who’d raised his catalogue at R2 million. Not to be outdone, when the next Galileo came into the ring, he made sure he prevailed, even though it was half the money.

Three other Australian graduates were snapped up by Markus Jooste, a man whose impact on sales in South Africa is akin to, if not exceeding the combined value of the Maktoums and Coolmore influence in the international markets. All three of his horses have been to the races, and all three have won impressively first time out : no doubt they’ll all be there when the field takes its place in the stalls for the R1,5 million renewal of the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup on 6th November. His Affidavit trotted up by six lengths on debut, Hollywoodboulevard did the same by 8,5 on debut, and Ridethebreeze was a facile winner of his first start during the KZN Winter season for Joey Ramsden.

At the Vaal last Thurdsday, Mike de Kock let the “other” of the two Galileo fillies go over 1200m. Beautifully related from the immediate family of Europe’s Horse Of The Year two seasons ago, Zarkava,Igugu trotted up by 2,5 lengths, making her the fourth (from four) Australian graduate from last year’s sale to win at the first time of asking. This one looks like she has plenty to offer, and with her pedigree, we can only imagine what value breeders will attach to her when she finally gets to the paddocks.

Andre Macdonald has been around for a long time, and as we wrote in our tribute to Nic Claasen earlier in the week, he was a patron of Summerhill twenty years ago, when he acquired the SA Derby (Gr.1) second, Mount McKinley for R5,000. A million Rand is a long way from those days, but it’s a sign not only of Andre’s prosperity in his mature years, it’s also a tribute to the prize money on offer for the Ready To Run Cup.

The tradition of offering well related internationally connected horses at the Ready To Run has been maintained again this year. Summerhill’s draft includes a son of Europe’s most exciting young stallion of the new era, Dansili; another by the eleven time Champion Sire of South America, Hussonet; a big chestnut colt by the prolific stakes producing winner, Royal Academy; his 150 plus Stakes winners around the world include two of the best horses of their generation in South Africa Eyeofthetiger and Expressway; and a daughter of the outstanding Danehill sire, Rock Of Gibraltar.

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NEO UNIVERSE COLT TOPS JRHA SELECT FOAL SALE

takaya shimakawa with jrha foal sale top lot 355 neo universe x acoustics
takaya shimakawa with jrha foal sale top lot 355 neo universe x acoustics

Takaya Shimakawa

JRHA Select Sale Foal Session Lot 355 Neo Universe x Accoustics

(Photos : Thoroughbred Daily News) 

JAPAN RACING HORSE ASSOCIATION

SELECT SALE 2010 

No matter how challenging it might be or how unfathomable to people in other markets, Japanese owners still have a yen for buying foals as their primary racing prospects.

They demonstrated their zeal on Tuesday when spirited bidding duels reminiscent of headier financial times broke out in the Northern Horse Park sale pavilion during the foal session of the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale. When the hammer fell for the final time, three foals still at their dams’ sides each had sold for the equivalent of more than $1-million.

Overall, six foals surpassed the top price paid for a yearling on Monday, the ¥66-million (about $733,333) bid for a colt by Deep Impact (Jpn).

More aggressive spending had been predicted by JRHA Vice Chairman and Shadai Farm owner Teruya Yoshida, who said the quality of the foal section of the catalog was superior. Still, with sellers bracing for a continuation of a problematic market, the results were better than anticipated for some, giving a boost to Japan’s elite auction that has declined annually ever since 2006 as global and national economies suffered.

Of the 208 foals offered, 141 were reported sold for a clearance rate of 67.8 percent, up from the 64.7-percent rate in 2009 during two foal sessions that featured 207 sold from 320 offered. The gross reached ¥3.339-billion ($37,100,000) as compared to ¥4,913,200,000 during two foal sessions in 2009. The average price of ¥23,680,000 ($263,121) declined by less than one percent, despite ongoing economic woes, providing a reason for some celebrations.

“This is much better than we anticipated, no doubt - the prices were very good,” Yoshida said. “The main reason that expectations were exceeded is that people love horses and they have money, a little bit of money, to spend.”

The atmosphere in the pavilion, which had been politely quiet other than the rhythmical droning and gavel rapping by the auctioneers, crackled about a quarter through the 214 foal catalogue pages when a Neo Universe (Jpn) colt (hip 355) with a white face and three white legs scampered into the ring.

The second bid boosted the price up to the equivalent of $500,000, making it clear that advance billing from consignor Northern Farm that the colt out of the unraced mare Acoustics (Jpn) (Cape Cross) could be the star of the sale was not just hype.

While the colt, a full brother to 2009 champion Japanese three-year-old male and G1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) winner Logi Universe (Jpn), stood calmly, prominent owners Riichi Kondo and Takaya Shimakawa fired bids from opposite sides of the pavilion.

Kondo took his time, but Shimakawa - a jovial health foods entrepreneur who had demonstrated a playful mood by bidding more than $500,000 on another colt moments earlier while casually walking into an office at the rear of the pavilion - retorted immediately during their duel.

Relaxed but determined, Shimakawa prevailed, going to ¥112-million ($1,244,444), which, while markedly higher than the top yearling price, was significantly lower than last year’s most expensive foal. A big half-brother to Triple Crown winner Deep Impact (Jpn) by Daiwa Major (Jpn) elicited a ¥165-million ($1,736,842) bid from Shimakawa in 2009.

“This is not the foal I loved the most, but when I went to Northern Farm, owner Katsumi Yoshida recommended this one very highly,” Shimakawa said of the Neo Universe colt. “I respect Katsumi, and I was happy to take his advice. I was ready to pay more for the colt, so I am happy.”

The Neo Universe colt was just one of many highlights of the sale for Katsumi Yoshida, whose Northern Farm reigned as leading consignor for the 12th time in the 13-year history of the JRHA sale. Five of the eight highest selling foals were dispatched by Northern Farm.

“I am very happy,” a beaming Yoshida said as he hosted a celebratory dinner party while noting that only four horses of the 130 he entered in the sale were not sold. “The prices were very good.”

His son, Shunsuke Yoshida, who manages Northern’s Kuko branch, said the sale of the Neo Universe colt was significant for several reasons, including the excitement factor of the more than ¥100-million winning bid, which he hoped would fire market momentum.

Some of the sale’s 350 registered buyers more than did their part to maintain the momentum. Just 15 hips after buying the Neo Universe colt, Shimakawa jumped back into action, revealing which foal he had really fallen in love with by turning back Kondo again in bidding ¥92-million ($1,022,222) for a Deep Impact (Jpn) colt out of Argentine Group 1-placed winner Data (Arg) (hip 370).

“This was the one I liked the most and wanted to buy,” Shimakawa said while more than 25 members of the Japanese news media clustered around him. The Deep Impact colt is the second foal of Data, who is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Danish (Arg) and to Chilean Group 1-placed Diamond (Arg), and will eventually join the Shimakawa racing empire that currently spans about 150 horses in training.

But Shimakawa wasn’t the only buyer at the top end of the foal market. Shortly after the Deep Impact colt was led out of the ring, agent Nobutaka Tada of Globe Equine Management Co. Ltd. lassoed a Zenno Rob Roy (Jpn) colt (hip 377) out of Festa Delle Donna (Jpn) (Hector Protector), for ¥105-million ($1,166,666), the second highest price of the day. The colt is from the family of Japanese Group 2 winner Tosen Jo O (Jpn) (Timber Country).

“The trainer likes Zenno Rob Roy - he trained him,” Tada said, referring to leading conditioner Kazuo Fujisawa, whose major clients include Hidetoshi Yamamoto, chairman of Tokyo-based Fields Corp., a distributor of pachinko gambling machines.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t win the G1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) this year with Pelusa (Jpn) (Zenno Rob Roy), but he’s a really good colt and we bought him at the JRHA sale, so we’re hoping we got another good Zenno Rob Roy today.” Tada continued.

The colt was consigned by Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm, and Yoshida had said he was the best individual in the Shadai foal consignment this year.

While the Yoshida family did very well in both selling the vast majority of their horses and at the highest prices, other breeders and consignors were not so fortunate. An unofficial analysis of the sale results by an independent consignor showed that 61 percent of the horses offered by those not affiliated with the Shadai Group were led out of the ring unsold.

“It means a lot of us will have big yearling consignments next year,” said Irish native Harry Sweeney, who operates Paca Paca Farm, which offered 10 foals on Tuesday. Only one of those foals was reported as sold.

“It’s tough,” he reflected. “We’re suffering from a double whammy - this market is transitioning from a foal market to a yearling market, requiring more investment and a longer wait on possible returns, and it’s happening during a recession.”

Despite the much discussed development of a yearling market in Japan, buyers still seem eager for foals.

“No one has asked me to wait to sell them until they are yearlings,” said a smiling Teruya Yoshida, who replied light-heartedly when asked why buyers still are willing to play in the riskier side of the market with unweaned youngsters : “Foals are prettier – it’s simple. It’s the same as humans. One at three to four years old is nicer than one who is 14, and who can say very bad things.”

Yoshida also said that Shadai Group horses sell strongly even when other consignors are struggling because the family farms have a long record of proven performance with their horses.

“If other breeders have a good horse, it’s no problem, but you have to have established credibility,” Yoshida said. “Not many breeders are strong enough to do that.”

“We work hard,” he stressed. “We choose which horses to sell in this market and we do not just try to sell horses based on our name.”

Overall, the reformatted JRHA sale - which was shortened from two days of foals and one day of yearlings in 2009 to one day each for yearlings and foals this year - yielded a gross of ¥6,496,100,000 ($72,178,889), while 314 horses were sold from 422 offered.

While true comparisons are not possible due to the differing format, the number of horses sold this year was just 15 fewer than in 2009. Average price of all horses sold was ¥20,690,000 ($229,869) or 10.6 percent lower than the average for all horses sold in 2009.

JRHA SELECT FOALS

TOP 10 LOTS 

Hip

Sex

Sire

Dam

Price ($)

355

C

Neo Universe

Acoustics

1,244,444

377

C

Zenno Rob Roy

Festa Della Donna

1,166,666

370

C

Deep Impact

Data

1,022,222

402

C

Deep Impact

Sonic Groove

888,888

415

C

Heart’s Cry

Moteck

777,777

324

C

Zenno Rob Roy

Exige

744,444

348

C

Deep Impact

Shes All Eltish

733,333

383

C

War Emblem

Cecil Cut

644,444

423

C

Chichicastenango

Fusaichi Mignon

600,000

447

C

King Kamehameha

Via Lactea

588,888

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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DEEP IMPACT YEARLING DOMINATES JRHA SALE OPENER

jrha select sale yearling session lot 50 deep impact by isle de france
jrha select sale yearling session lot 50 deep impact by isle de france

JRHA Select Sale Yearling Session Lot 50 Deep Impact x Isle de France

(Photo : Michele MacDonald) 

JAPAN RACING HORSE ASSOCIATION

SELECT SALE 2010

Buyers new to racing swarmed the opening session of the Japan Racing Horse Association Select Sale on Monday at the Northern Horse Park on the island of Hokkaido, delighting consignors with a flurry of bidding, but keeping a fairly tight grip on their wallets.

By the time the last yearling had trotted out of the sale ring, results were mixed and there had been no fireworks, particularly when compared to the sale’s halcyon days when $1-million horses were sprinkled throughout the catalog.

Yet the consensus reaction was that the sale held up as well as could be hoped in the prevailing economic conditions. Of 214 yearlings offered, 173 were sold for a total of ¥3.157-billion ($35,078,889) and an average of ¥18.250-million ($202,768).

A robust bay colt by two-time Japanese Horse of the Year Deep Impact (Jpn) out of French and American Group/Grade 3 winner Isle de France (Nureyev), topped the yearling session at ¥66-million ($733,333). In contrast, last year’s top yearling, a colt by Rock of Gibraltar (Ire), sold for ¥145-million ($1,526,315).

Makoto Kaneko, who raced Deep Impact, purchased the Isle de France colt from the Northern Farm consignment of Katsumi Yoshida. The top five yearlings sold on Monday all came from Northern Farm. Kaneko typically shies away from talking to the media at sales and declined to comment on the colt.

Yutaka Uda, a savvy Tokyo-based investment manager who obtained an owner’s license last year, bought the co-second highest-priced yearling, a Deep Impact colt out of group stakes-placed Kiss Pasion (Jpn) (Jade Robbery), for ¥60-million ($666,666). The colt is a three-quarter brother to multiple group winner Admire Kiss (Jpn) (Sunday Silence), runner-up in the 2006 Oka Sho.

The colt marks the first time that Uda has invested in a major racing prospect. “I liked this one,” he said simply when asked about his purchase.

Among other relatively new buyers was Masami Aramaki, who operates the Papas clothing manufacturing and retail business and who bought two yearlings by Deep Impact for a total of ¥77-million ($855,554).

With more horses offered and sold than in the same session in 2009, when 122 of 156 sent through the ring changed hands, overall gross increased by 14.5 percent as the clearance rate reached 80.8 percent.

Yet the average price represented a decline of 17.5 percent and the median fell by 6.3 percent to -15 million ($166,667), a sign that many breeders are pinched between the need for revenue and market dynamics.

“It’s largely like treading water,” said Irish native Harry Sweeney, who operates Paca Paca Farm near Shizunai on Hokkaido, one of the top consignors outside of the Yoshida family’s Shadai Group. “But in this environment, treading water is not too bad because the alternative is drowning.”

Teruya Yoshida, owner of Shadai Farm and vice chairman of the JRHA, was upbeat following the session as he laughed and chatted with Japanese media covering the sale.

“There were not many high-priced horses, but the medium-priced horses sold very well,” Yoshida said. “I’m very satisfied with these results and I’m very happy with the number of buyers coming here.”

“The quality of the catalog is not quite as strong as in previous years, but the range of buyers has grown and that is good considering this economic situation,” he added.

JRHA SELECT YEARLINGS 

TOP 12 LOTS 

Hip

Sex

Sire

Dam

Price ($)

50

C

Deep Impact

Isle de France

733,333

41

C

Kuofune

Be Positive

666,666

78

C

Deep Impact

Kiss Pasion

666,666

87

C

A.P. Indy

Ermine

622,222

33

C

Deep Impact

Tropical Blossom

577,777

104

C

Deep Impact

Agnes Minerva

522,222

105

C

King Kamehameha

J’s Miracle

477,777

118

C

Agnes Tachyon

Mary Cassatt

477,777

164

C

King Kamehameha

Cascade Bouquet

455,555

15

C

Medaglia d’Oro

Preeminence

444,444

97

C

Jungle Pocket

Maruka Aichan

444,444

110

C

Deep Impact

Discovering Beauty

444,444

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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WE KNOW IT'S SOUNDING LIKE A BROKEN RECORD...

stemele by johannesburg out of opera etoile
stemele by johannesburg out of opera etoile

Stimela (Johannesburg - Opera Etoile)

(Photo : Gold Circle)

NINE WINNERS LAST WEEK,

NINE AGAIN THIS WEEK.

All graduates of the

Summerhill Ready To Run programme.

#

Horse

Trainer

1st

ECOLE MILITAIRE

Des McLachlan

1st

OFF THE HOOK

Barry Steenkamp

1st

BLUE VOYAGER

Charles Laird

1st

VA VA VOOM

Mike de Kock

1st

BELLAGIO

Mark Dixon

1st

CHATANOOGA CHUCHU

Garth Puller

1st

AREWEHAVINGFUNYET

Sean Tarry

1st

STIMELA

Mike Bass

1st

WINDMILL THEATRE

Sean Tarry

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summerhill stud south africa

For more information please visit :

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OR CALL

Kerry Jack 

082 782 7297

kerry@summerhill.co.za 

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

SUNDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 2010 

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THE FIRST SUNDAY IN NOVEMBER

emperors palace ready to run sale 2010
emperors palace ready to run sale 2010

EMPERORS PALACE READY TO RUN SALE

Sunday, 7 November 2010

The Emperors Palace Ready To Run is now South Africa’s

most popular sale of racehorses.

Customers have voted with their feet.

Nine more Summerhill winners last week.

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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

summerhill stud south africa
summerhill stud south africa

For more information please visit :

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OR CALL

Tarryn Liebenberg

083 787 1982

tarryn@summerhill.co.za 

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AUSTRALIAN PEARLS FOR THE 2010 READY TO RUN SALE

australian race horses for sale
australian race horses for sale

“…a draft of four Australian youngsters touched down at Oliver Tambo…”

(Photo : Australa/Pic Post) 

“THE EAGLE HAS LANDED”

You’ve heard us say this before, and while repetition can be boring, it’s a statement about the never-ending exhilaration of living on a stud farm. In particular, we want you to know, we never fail to be excited about the arrival of new horses.

Sunday morning a draft of four Australian youngsters touched down at Oliver Tambo to begin a new journey in their lives. No doubt, having left behind twelve years of drought, and most of the flies on the planet, they’ll be looking forward to their time in Africa.

For some years now, we’ve been searching the driest continent for some of the pearls that fall through the cracks as a result of the vagaries of a fashion-conscious Australian buying public, and making them available to local investors at prices still well inside what the same horses command in the northern hemisphere.

This last weekend, we were reminded of the value of this “gap”, when the Anabaa colt, Ridethebreeze trotted up first time out for Markus and Ingrid Jooste and Joey Ramsden at Greyville. He was the third (of three Australians at last year’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale) to win first time out, the others being Hollywoodboulevard and His Affadavit, the most facile of winners for Charles Laird and the same owners some months back.

This time, we think we’ve brought back three individuals whose credentials might exceed anything we’ve previously imported. The Royal Academys as a tribe are often difficult to look at, as they come in all shapes and sizes, and often with “imperfect” wheels. However, as a sire who’s produced more than 150 Stakes winners around the world, he ranks with the all-time greats, and we think we’ve found as good looking a son as we’ve looked at in Australia.

He’s accompanied by quite a rare Australian bird in the form of the son of England’s hottest sire of the moment, Dansili. The Aussies appeared not to even know of Dansili, which made buying this fellow (out of a very well related Sadler’s Wells mare) reachable. Another is a son of the seven-times Champion South American sire Hussonet, whose progeny have an impressive record here as well, and our decision to invest in this colt was prompted by his outstanding looks and pedigree.

Finally, we managed to pick up an elegant daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar, one weekend before his two daughters were first over the line in the English and Gauteng Guineas. That’ll give Ready To Run fans something to look forward to.

emperors palace ready to run sale
emperors palace ready to run sale

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale

7 November 2010

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park

Germiston, South Africa 

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HEAR THE DRUMS hits 25th Career Victory

hear the drums horse
hear the drums horse

Hear The Drums

(Photo : Summerhill Stud) 

“THE BEST OF TIMES IN THE WORST OF TIMES”

Our memories this Tuesday morning are not quite as sharp as we’d like them to be, but we seem to recall that it was somewhere in the Tale of Two Cities that Charles Dickens wrote of “the worst of times, and the best of times”, quoting a man on his way to the guillotine.

History is bound to judge the current economic times among the toughest in history, so good news, though rare, is always welcome. On Friday last, a R42,000 graduate of the Emperor’s Palace Ready To Run, Hear The Drums, chalked up his 25th career victory, making him South Africa’s winning most racehorse of the past 30 years. That he’s on his way to earning his second million is a tribute to a horse who knows no bounds when it comes to courage, soundness, and, of necessity, class.

What a tribute to his trainer, “Choppies” McLachlan as well, and of course to his indomitable owners, Peter and Gail Fabricius, long-time clients of Summerhill and some of our most ardent Ready To Run supporters. Their association with this farm has already yielded three Eastern Cape Horses Of The Year in Brigadier Parker, Hear The Drums, and Paris Perfect (who made the world sit up with his third place in the richest race on earth, the Dubai World Cup, in March).

Peter has a knack when it comes to the buying of horseflesh which goes beyond the norm, and he’s forged an association of trust with Summerhill which leads him instinctively to the acquisition of horses on the whim of a phone call. He and Gail know how to win, but critically, they also know how lose, and the Eastern Cape is more than fortunate to have them among their most ardent backers. No surprise they’ve been Owners Of The Year more often than not in recent years.

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The Rags to Riches story of IMBONGI

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Emperors Palace Ready to Run graduate, unwanted in the sales ring, turned adversity to advantage when he won the first of two Guineas in May last year. His rags to riches story saw him beat the pants off multiple Group One winner, Russian Sage, in the KZN version of the Guineas. He then took matters to another level, when he beat Horse of the Year, Pocket Power, and three other Group One winners with consummate ease, in the Drill Hall Stakes.

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Market Correction at Japan Sales

lot 275 foal colt by daiwa major
lot 275 foal colt by daiwa major

Top Lot 275 by Daiwa Major (Sunday Silence) out of Wind In Her Hair

(Photo : M MacDonald)

Japan Racing Horse Association July Select Sale

Day 2 Foal Session

Although the yearling sales day was described as “amazing” by breeders at the JRHA sale on Monday, sober realism erased the euphoria as the prices for the first session of foals plunged.

The Thoroughbred Daily News reports : “This is a market we must accept under the current economy,” said JRHA spokesman Naohiro Goda, suggesting that consignors may have become too optimistic following a 15-percent leap upward in gross during Monday’s yearling session. “Some consignors set high reserves for the first foal session, which resulted in the high buy-back rate,” Naohiro Goda said, explaining that some viewed the trend of increasing strength in Japan’s yearling market as an incentive to hold onto their foals for sale in 2010, unless they received outstanding prices.

Traditionally, Japanese buyers have preferred to purchase foals, but market predilections are following international standards and shifting toward yearlings.

Teruya Yoshida declares JRHA Sale opener "AMAZING"

lot 65 Rock Of Gibraltar out of My Katies
lot 65 Rock Of Gibraltar out of My Katies

Lot 65 by Rock Of Gibraltar out of My Katies (Sunday Silence)

(Photo : M MacDonald)

Japan Racing Horse Association July Select Sale

Day 1 Yearling Session

One word echoed over and over again around the Northern Horse Park pavilion, following Monday’s opening session of the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale. “Amazing” was the near universal assessment of breeders and consignors who had feared what might happen during the yearling session of Japan’s benchmark sale of young horses, in the wake of the nation’s worst recession since World War II.

The Thoroughbred Daily News reports that when the gavel went down and the last yearling, was led out of the ring, 122 horses had been sold from 156 offered, and the gross of ¥2,699,400,000 exceeded by 15 percent last year’s total of ¥2,347,600,000 for 105 yearlings sold. The average was down only about one percent to ¥22,126,230 ($232,907), and the clearance rate of 78.2 percent improved dramatically from last year’s 69.5 percent.“These are amazing results,” declared JRHA Vice Chairman Teruya Yoshida, owner of Shadai Farm in his traditional post-session analysis with the Japanese media. “I am very surprised - it’s far better than I thought it would be. Generally speaking, before the sale began, all the consignors were very pessimistic, but after only a few lots had gone through the ring, I started to smile and now I’m laughing,” he added. “This is a very healthy market; good horses sold for good money.”

Three colts crossed the magic threshold of ¥100 million (or more than US$1million) with a son of Rock of Gibraltar, out of the superlative Sunday Silence broodmare My Katies (Jpn), being sold for ¥145 million (US$1,526,315) to Big Red Farm owner Shigeyuki Okada.

The colt (Lot 65) is half brother to Japanese Horse of the Year, Admire Moon, who won the G1 Dubai Duty Free and the G1 Japan Cup, consigned by Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, which sold all three top yearlings.