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To Be... OR NOT!

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To Be... OR NOT!

Here we are, 40 years on, still plumbing the rich vein of those pipes that churn up the stallion gems, as sure as we’ve ever been about finding the “right one” in a game that’s the “unsurest” of them all. Which brings me to my topic: Taking Stock: Stallions by Non-Elite Sires, which was the subject of recent debate in the United States.

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Remembering Senor Santa

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Remembering Senor Santa

Senor Santa made history in South Africa when he became the first top sprinter to earn over R1 million in 1990. He had Saturday’s Grade 2 sprint at Turffontein named in his honour.

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Mick Goss : Lifetime Achievement Award

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Mick Goss : Lifetime Achievement Award

Mick Goss was as gracious as ever as he accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award at the KZN Breeders Awards dinner at the Fordoun Hotel on Saturday evening. “Saturday evening was one of those occasions, as good as any we’ve known since the Summerhill gates were first opened in the dawn of 1979,” said the eloquent multiple champion breeder.

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KZN Breeders Awards 2018

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KZN Breeders Awards 2018

The KZN Breeders Awards were held at a festive function at the Fordoun Hotel on Saturday evening. January marks the 40th year of Summerhill’s involvement in the breeding business, and across the span of four decades, our horses and our people have taken us to the mountain top many times.

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Levelling The Playing Fields

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Levelling The Playing Fields

A survey of racing success as a factor of how much money you spend was recently undertaken in Australia. While its outcomes were “Aussie” specific, it’s probably fair to say, they’re likely to have universal application wherever horse racing is conducted as a serious commercial pursuit. The answer, rest assured, is that the more money you spend, the more success you will have. The only problem is that the spending/success relationship is not a linear one.

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Ready To Run Gallops 2018

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Ready To Run Gallops 2018

Those that’ve made the annual pilgrimage will know that the Ready To Run gallops at Summerhill had evolved into a national institution over the first three decades of their existence

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 So it’s true - Pat Shaw

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So it’s true - Pat Shaw

Nobody worth his salt in the sport of racing needs an introduction to Pat Shaw – he’s as much a totem of the game in South Africa as Vincent O’ Brien was to Ireland and Bob Baffert to America. You don’t reach those heights as a racehorse trainer without a gifted eye, an abiding intuition and dare we say it, a smattering of courage and “chutzpah”. While some of those legends might’ve chosen to be excluded from the latter category, there’s no escaping it for Mr Shaw.

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