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Takingthepeace Winks at Triple Tiara with SA Fillies Classic Win

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Takingthepeace Winks at Triple Tiara with SA Fillies Classic Win

CTS-offered Takingthepeace, at R240,000 a small buy by racing’s standards for new owners Murray Makepeace and Michael Shea in partnership with Mike de Kock, took Saturday’s Gr1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Classic over 1800m at Turffontein to secure the second leg of the 2018 Triple Tiara and put herself in line for turf immortality and a R1-million bonus.

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Nevermind the Downgrade.. Africa is Rising

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Nevermind the Downgrade.. Africa is Rising

Well, at least something is rising! The past fortnight has felt a little like Armageddon, though South Africans can hardly say it’s unique; this country of ours has come back from the brink so many times, it’s almost as if political events are sent to test us. 

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Just What The Doctor Ordered...

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Just What The Doctor Ordered...

So the R699,000 average at last month's Cape Premier Yearling Sale was a little beyond your pocket - Summerhill Stud have just what the doctor ordered at their 2017 Emperors Palace Summer Ready-To-Run Sale.

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The Final Big Sale of the Year

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The Final Big Sale of the Year

Joburg residents are used to traffic jams, but we could get a horse jam in Midrand this week with 235 two-year-olds in town for the last big sale of the year - the Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run scheduled for Thursday and Friday evenings.

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Ringsider - The Ready To Run Sale

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Ringsider - The Ready To Run Sale

Ahead of his biggest sale of the year - the Emperors Palace Joburg Ready-To-Run which is scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week - champion breeder, Mick Goss, can be relied on to provide an enticing quote.

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Summerhill Bids Farewell to Visionaire

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Summerhill Bids Farewell to Visionaire

I’ve had to make some hard decisions in my life, one of which was buying Summerhill in the days when I was penniless, the other exchanging our family home in Hillcrest for Hartford at a precarious time in South Africa’s political history and giving up a rewarding life in law. There have been many others, but the most painful of all was letting Visionaire go on the weekend. He is not only our and the province’s flagship stallion, but he’s a lovable character to whom every last soul on the farm has an attachment. Mick Goss / Summerhill CEO

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Topography by Five for Diedericks & Laird

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Topography by Five for Diedericks & Laird

Visionaire filly Topography impressed Wednesday on the Greyville poly as she led from pillar to post over 1800m, powering away in the final 200m to take an impressive 5.5 length win with Brian Nyawo up for owners Mr and Mrs Phillip Diedericks and trainer Charles Laird.

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A Fabulous Foursome

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A Fabulous Foursome

No week goes by without a string of Summerhill Ready To Run graduates claiming their place in the winner’s box, and this was no exception.

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FORESIGHT IS THE BREATH OF HOPE

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FORESIGHT IS THE BREATH OF HOPE

The Leading Freshman Sire of 2015, Visionaire, continues to do what he does best, LEAD. Anyone who saw Heaps Of Fun’s galloping lesson in a field of fancied winners in the Gauteng Fillies Guineas (Gr.2) last weekend will need little convincing.

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Summerhill Panellists On The Mark Again

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Summerhill Panellists On The Mark Again

The renowned panellists of the Summerhill Breeze Ups have shown to be on the mark again as six out of eight of them included the filly Witchcraft as one of their best five fillies in the 2014 version and she is now on her way to being a huge runner in the Gr 2 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks, to be run at Turffontein on April 30.

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Flying Firstclass

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Flying Firstclass

We know we've devoted a lot more to the Ready To Run Cup than we have to these epic international events today. yet at a time of a 150 year drought and with good news about as scarce as flying pigs, this was a weekend to celebrate.

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