We had a good turn-out Wednesday at the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale staged at the School of Equine Management Excellence, with representation from Mauritius, Mogadishu, France and Cyprus.
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Following the Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale on Tuesday, 24th February at the School of Equine Management Excellence, we will be auctioning well-known KZN stallions Mullins Bay, Solskjaer and Way West.
Here are photos from the Summer Ready To Run Gallops which took place on the farm earlier this week. Be sure to check back on Monday when we'll have the gallops videos live here on our website.
There are more “old wives’ tales” around the breeding of racehorses than any other game. At last, the scientists have brought some precision to the table, by isolating the SPEED GENE. Every stallion on Summerhill has been tested, and now we can predict with accuracy, what he’s likely to throw.
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Catch scenes from ‘Racing’s Social Event of the Year’, the annual Cathsseta Summerhill Stallion Day, Sunday 17 August at 20h00 on Tellytrack, DSTV channel 239.
Ever since that first time Louis Goosen Racing Stable’s stable jockey Deon Sampson rode the Way West filly, Celine, he was convinced that she would relish the Turffontein Outer Course, around the turn, over 1400m.
CATHSSETA STALLION DAY
School of Equine Management Excellence
Summerhill Stud, South Africa
The latest news is that the heady days of the R200,000 plus service fees are back in vogue; several stallion masters are apparently headed that way, which leaves some leeway for the next tier in the R100,000 plus bracket to ratchet theirs up a few notches.
Golden Sword smashing records in Dubai
(Photo : Andrew Watkins)
“There hasn’t been this kind of excitement around a “sword”
since the reign of King Arthur.”
Summerhill CEOThe first of the Golden Swords has arrived, a strapping colt weighing in at 57 kgs out of the maiden mare Stylish Image. This is the way we all want to kick a stallion’s career off, particularly one from a tribe renowned for its athleticism, but which could always do with a bit of extra substance.
Just a fortnight ago, our Facebook page posted a few pictures from the “previous lives” of some of our stallions.
Mullins Bay as yearling
(Photo : Tattersalls)
I remember well when I first set eyes on Mullins Bay. I was at Tattersall’s Park Paddocks at Newmarket, England, with Sheikh Hamdan’s man, Angus Gold, looking at prospects for the Houghton Sale in September 2002 . When we arrived at his consignor, Meon Valley’s stable yard, we found ourselves in a congested throng waiting to see a particular lot. In occupation of the pole position at that moment was a huddle of five men with their backs to us, collars upturned and hats drawn down over their brows. They looked like something out of a detective movie, but surprisingly as it turned out, it was the Coolmore “Brains Trust”. I say surprisingly, because it was unlike Coolmore to be looking at the progeny of a Darley stallion, and this one was a son of Machiavellian, who despite his “legginess” and his obvious immaturity, was a corker of a horse, with as good a “walk” as I’d witnessed on any yearling anywhere. He didn’t know any of this, but he certainly sold like he did, making a million guineas, and posting the second-highest price of the sale, despite the fact that he had much furnishing still to do. He also didn’t know how he was bred, but when he eventually got to the races, he ran like he did, earning himself a Timeform rating of 121 pounds (despite some issues with his soundness), and ranking at the end of his four-year-old year as Machiavellian’s highest-rated racing son anywhere.
Now he’s one of the leading sires of his generation, with his first three-year-olds bagging the highest average earnings per runner, and he’s in the company of Captain Al and Silvano by percentage winners, and ahead of the esteemed likes of Kahal in this department.
Brave Tin Soldier as a weanling
(Photo : Talyor Made Sales Agency)
Brave Tin Soldier recently emerged as the Number One Freshman sire at the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sales by average, in a year which includes the lofty likes of King’s Apostle, Seventh Rock, Mambo In Seattle, AP Answer and Elusive Fort, and there’ll be many who will say they’re not surprised. After all, he was a world record-priced foal, he was a Stakes-winning juvenile over 1200m against some of the most talented youngsters in Ireland, and became a record-breaking Group-winning miler as an older horse. Yet the vagaries of racehorse breeding mean that you’re always apprehensive about what the first foals will look like (that’s the first test), then what they’ll sell like, and then finally, the acid test, what they’ll run like. The answers to the first two questions have already been answered, and while the racecourse remains the bottom line, those that are “prepping” them for November’s Ready To Run Sale, will tell you they look like “dinkum” prospects.
Admire Main as a foal
(Photo : Northern Farm)
Admire Main turned out a cracking racehorse, and nobody would’ve been caught off guard when that happened. It’s true that no stallion is exempt from producing poor individuals, unwanted sales candidates and bad racehorses, but Admire Main was not one of those. He was a handsome foal when he was presented for sale at that age, and he did what handsome does, paying tribute as a racehorse to both his pedigree and his good looks. As the joint second-highest rated colt of his generation, he’s now beaten all predictions with his first crop in Japan. No self-respecting student of bloodstock would’ve expected him to get runners of any consequence before they turned three, yet he already has 11 winners from 800 metres to 2000 metres, with a millionaire and a Group One performer among them.
There are those who believe that his first South African standout, Admiral’s Eye, might be the filly to watch when the Classics come around early next year, on the strength of her lightning-fast final 400 in last weekend’s Thekwini Stakes (Gr.1), where she got into the money.
Way West as a two-year-old
(Photo : Sportpix/Susan Archer)
Way West was a startlingly good-looking yearling, pronounced as such by one of Australian racing’s all-time top judges, Dr Percy Sykes, who recommended his purchase as a stallion prospect for one of Australia’s perennial top studs, Arrowfield. He wasn’t big, but he was picture-perfect, as is evident from the gallery photo on his way to the start for his record-breaking performance in the Blue Diamond Prelude (Gr.3). No-one was surprised when he came knocking on the door with three outstanding fillies, Waywest Goddess, Extra Zero and Hot Girl from his first two under-patronised local crops.
Golden Sword as a weanling
(Photo : Tattersalls)
As for Golden Sword, he was not an entirely prepossessing foal when he made his sales debut at Tattersalls, shortly after being weaned. This scrawny little fellow grew into an obvious “sort” as a yearling, when he caught not only the curiosity of two of the world’s best judges, Dr Demi O’Byrne and Paul Shanahan of Coolmore, but also their cash. Now, on the strength of what we’re seeing on the ground, he’ll hopefully be catching moonbeams in his second career in South Africa.
“It’s probably fair to say that at the price, you’re unlikely to find these gems anywhere else in the world beyond South Africa, and what is even more unlikely, is that you might buy them from any other nation’s champion breeders.”
When the debutante, Adapt Or Die scooted home on her first racecourse appearance last Tuesday, she gave notice of two things. The first is, she’ll be back for more, and the second is that you don’t have to own a fortune to own a good racehorse. A R5,000 bargain-buy by local trainer, Deon Visser at the inaugural Emperors Palace Summer Ready To Run Sale in our School of Management Excellence, the daughter of Way West recouped her purchase price in the first few strides of this 1000m dash, and the future looks bright for those with a connection.
Yet Adapt Or Die is by no means the only fairytale emerging from this sale; before we get to its luminaries, let’s share an admission. This farm sale is a hotchpotch of liquorice allsorts, the late-maturers, those that couldn’t make an earlier engagement through injury or illness, the unwanted urchins of a former salesring, and those with faulty engineering. The results of the sale tell us that none of these things is a bar to racecourse success, the good ones already including Gauteng Guineas-placed No Worries, the ill-fated Sophomore Sprint ace, Sithela (R45,000), the five-time winner Gida (R35,000) whose name you’ll find these days in Group race company, since sold to Mauritius for a reported R250,000; the four-time winner, Maluti (R5,000); and Corredor, who, fresh off a brace of recent victories (R40,000), earned his Black type bracket behind the country’s best three-year-old, Capetown Noir, in the Byerly Turk (Gr.3) on Saturday.
It’s probably fair to say that at the price, you’re unlikely to find these gems anywhere else in the world beyond South Africa, and what is even more unlikely, is that you might buy them from any other nation’s champion breeders. Yes, we need to get the big scorers to pay the bills here, but we must never forget, they all enjoy a common upbringing, and the will-to-win is inbred at Summerhill. Sunday afternoon at Turffontein that much was evident when the R50,000 purchase, Salutation, bolted home in the Spook Express Handicap (Listed), taking her earnings over the R900,000 mark for her intrepid owner Peet Diedericks. By no means alone in the bargain basement, Van Der Scaler (R10,000) trotted up for Braam van Huysteen in Durban, while Tributary (R10,000) put two lengths between herself and her field in Cape Town.
By way of contrast, impressive as any on a weekend of outstanding performances, was Blueridge Mountain, making her first start since taking out the Majorca Stakes (Gr.1) on J&B Met day: this R2million Summerhill graduate of the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale in 2011 alongside the S.A.Classic (Gr.1) crackerjack, Love Struck looks set not only for a big Champions’ Season, but for a career likely to pitch her against the best in the world in November’s Breeders Cup series in the United States.
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 :
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
Apolo Grey, Icemberg, Villandry
Inca’s Spirit, Indian Hawk, Jervis
Extract from Tab Online
Click above to watch an insert on Redoute’s Choice (2010)
(Photo : Arrowfield Stud : Footage - GG Trader)
REDOUTE’S CHOICE (AUS)
Danehill (USA) - Shantha’s Choice (AUS)
The Aga Khan Studs announced yesterday that twice Australian Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) will shuttle to Haras de Bonneval in France for the 2013 Northern Hemisphere season and will stand for a fee of €70,000.
Aged 16, Redoute’s Choice has stood at Arrowfield since his retirement to stud in 2000 where his fee this season is AUS$137,500.
Georges Rimaud, manager of the Aga Khan Studs in France said, “We are very excited to have Redoute’s Choice on our stallion roster for 2013 and we will be sending at least 15 of our own mares to him. In recent years Royal Ascot has proven that the Australian sprinting thoroughbred is comparable with the best in the world. Redoute’s Choice is the dominant stallion in Australia and he has already, from limited exposure, sired major winners from mares by European stallions such as Kingmambo, Caerleon, Last Tycoon, Rainbow Quest and Nureyev. This is a wonderful opportunity to send Northern Hemisphere mares to one of the best stallions in the world today, and he will undoubtedly have a strong and lasting impact on the European bloodstock industry.”
Arrowfield’s John Messara, (who is a part owner of Way West here at Summerhill), stated, “We are particularly delighted with this arrangement not only because His Highness the Aga Khan and some of the world’s most influential breeders will support Redoute’s Choice, but also because we already have the comfort of a strong working relationship with the Aga Khan Studs through our mare ventures.”
Redoute’s Choice’s best international performer to date has been his globetrotting Group One winning juvenile son Musir, who has won at Group One level in South Africa, Group Two level in Turkey and Dubai and finished third to Excelebration (Exceed And Excel) in the Hungerford Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) at Newbury last year. Redoute’s Choice will join Sea The Stars (Cape Cross), Dalakhani (Darshaan), Azamour (Night Shift), Sinndar (Grand Lodge) and Siyouni (Pivotal) on the 2013 Aga Khan Studs stallion roster.
Extract from ANZ Bloodstock News
Extra Zero (Way West) wins the Sycamore Sprint (Grade 3)
(Photo : JC Photos / Summerhill Stud)
“This week the story gets even better…”
You saw our piece on our blog’s new international website traffic record last month, according to the Alexa rankings. March was another record, both locally and internationally. This time though, we didn’t break those records, we smashed them. Our South African ranking leapt 207 places (25%), and our international record was a staggering 11,003 positions ahead of last month’s new record. Our fans are spread across the entire globe, with 42 countries representing more than 30 individual visits to the site.
These are giant-killing numbers, by any standards, as you’ll have witnessed from the figures we posted last month, relative to all-comers internationally. You don’t want to get carried away with yourself by these things, but it’s a sign not only of the power of technology, but of the value of a good story.
And this week’s story gets even better. When Sean Tarry’s Extra Zero powered home in the Sycamore Sprint (Gr.3) on Saturday, we’d scarcely gotten over Checcetti’s demolition of the Summer Cup heroine, Flirtation in the Jacaranda Handicap (Gr.3) the previous weekend. Flirtation paid homage to that form in the Colorado King Stakes (Gr.2) on Saturday, walloping the colts in menacing fashion: we know Costa Livanos well, and he’ll be having palpitations at the thought of another Group One on Champions’ Day at the end of the month.
When you’re approaching a sale, you need every last “promo” to keep your customers’ attention. There’s no advert like a good winner, and Cape Royal’s six and a quarter length romp on debut for Dean Kannemeyer at Kenilworth yesterday was as good as it gets for this R1,5 million graduate of November’s Ready To Run. We touted him as a veritable flying machine after the gallops at Summerhill, and it’s reassuring when you’re vindicated. He wasn’t alone though : Indaba My Children, a R650,000 graduate of the same sale, was a smart runner-up for Charles Laird in the Godolphin Barb (Gr.3) on only his second racecourse appearance, while he was chased home by a R90,000 National Sales product, Alqaffay in the same event. Dennis Drier’sSecret Babe was a money-getter in Checcetti’s rout, and Catherine Hartley and her pal Sandy Wilson, would’ve been tickled with Final Score’s come-from-behind rip in the closing stages of the Oaks Trial (Listed). They can dream now, as she seems to be better with every yard they tack on to the distance, and she’ll be cherry-ripe for a tilt at the SA Oaks (Gr.1) on Champions’ Day. Her family knows the taste of Classic success, though James Goodman and Barry Walters were still young men when Last Watch grabbed the R1million cheque in the Bloodline Classic (Gr.1), and F.W. de Klerk was still State President. Those were the days when a million was still a million!
Click above to watch Extra Zero winning the Sycamore Sprint (Gr3)
(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)
SYCAMORE SPRINT (Grade 3)
Turffontein, Turf, 1160m
7 April 2012
3 Year-Old-Bay Filly
Breeder : Summerhill Stud
Win Time : 67.69
Career Record : 3 Wins, 7 Places, 13 Starts
Career Earnings : R714,400
GIVE ME FIVE
* N Juglall
SCARLET SHEILA (AUS)
** A Delpech (+0.5)
(Photo : Greig Muir)
WAY WEST (AUS)
Danehill (USA) - Prospect Fever (USA)
While all eyes were on the J&B Met,
Way West slipped in under the radar.
THAT’S HOW THE WEST WAS WON.
Click above to watch the Racing Association Conditions Plate (F&M)
(Image and Footage : Tellytrack)
RACING ASSOCIATION CONDITIONS PLATE
Turffontein, Turf, 1000m
3 January 2012
4 Year Old Bay Filly
Win Time : 57.20
Career Record : 5 Wins, 3 Places, 11 Starts
Career Earnings : R669,875
Gavin van Zyl
* JP van der Merwe
* J Greyling (1.5)
(Photo : The Telegraph)
“Chairman of the
New South Wales Racing Board”
There’s no-one in racing who doesn’t know the name Igugu, certainly not in this country, and there are very few abroad who have a connection with the game, that don’t know the champion daughter of Galileo. Real fans are also aware that the first time she was beaten, was by Hollywoodboulevard, both of them graduates of the Australian sales.
We make the pilgrimage to Australia every year, principally to provide variety for our Ready To Run drafts, and to ensure that when it gets down to the R2million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, the parade ring doesn’t resemble a Summerhill benefit day.
On our last trip to Melbourne, as is our custom, we were lunch guests of John Messara’sArrowfield Group in their hospitality tent, where you can count at any serving, on the best prawns for the bays around the Mornington Peninsula. It so happened that whilst in their company, Australia’s TVG racing channel, dedicated a 40 minute interview to one of Australia’s best known radio and TV personalities (and former Wallabies coach), Alan Jones, who happens to be a major investor in the Arrowfield stallions, and who keeps his mares on the famous spread in the Hunter Valley. There was a point in the interview at which Jones was asked what it meant, even for a man of his immense reputation, to be associated with a farm like Arrowfield, and especially with an industry leader of John Messara’s calibre. Jones’ response was not what you’d call predictable. “At the personal level, I rate John Messara the industry’s outstanding thinker and innovator, yet it seems that Australia just doesn’t appreciate what they have. He’s not represented on a single industry body right now, and that’s an indictment on the game”, or words to that effect.
Just this past week, that was put right. At last, the Minister responsible for the racing industry in New South Wales appointed Messara as Chairman of the New South Wales Racing Board, which means that the country has at last harnessed one of the world’s most fertile minds. Messara is surrounded by some eminent individuals, (Naseema Sparks, Ken Brown, Russell Balding, Tony George Hodgson, Alan Brown and Hon. Kevin Greene), capable of remoulding the fortunes of racing in the Sydney environs, and with the Arrowfield boss at the helm, you can look forward to something of a revolution.
Incidentally, Arrowfield is a fellow investor in the Summerhill-based stallion, Way West, who carried that farm’s black and yellow check colours to glory on his big day in the Blue Diamond Prelude (Gr3).
(Photo : Greig Muir)
WAY WEST (AUS)
Danehill (USA) - Prospect Fever (USA)
by Mr. Prospector (USA)
As underrated a sire as there is in the land right now, Way West quietly gets on with his business at Summerhill with little fanfare. His quiet demeanour belies a prince’s pedigree, and a record of performance which hinted at a destructive talent betrayed by the sort of injury only racehorses can inflict upon themselves.
Carrying the looks of a champion show horse, Way West is statuesque, but he’s a little fellow. Attracting the patronage of local breeders has not been easy, yet from two small crops at the races to date, he has two Group One performing fillies, the Highveld Juvenile Champion, Waywest Goddess, and Extra Zero. The latter who followed an excellent third to the much-heralded Princess Victoria in the Golden Slipper (Gr1), with an astounding runner-up performance against the colts in the R2million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.
Now we find our man sitting in 5th place on the National Sires’ Log, measured by average earnings per runner : the stats tell us he’s in great company, while he has several of the nation’s most illustrious stallions behind him.
Leading Sires by AEPR
1 August - 4 December 2011
*Summerhill Sires denoted by bold
Click above to view photos of the Summerhill Team
receiving trophies at the KZN Breeders’ Awards
KZN BREEDERS’ AWARDS
Bellwood Cottages, 25 November 2011
Outstanding Two-Year-Old Filly
Outstanding Two-Year-Old Colt
Outstanding Sprinter Female 1000m - 1200m
Outstanding Sprinter Male 1000m - 1200m
Outstanding Middle Distance Female 1400m - 1800m
Outstanding Middle Distance Male 1400m - 1800m
Outstanding Stayer Female 1900m - 3200m
Outstanding Stayer Male 1900m - 3200m
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly
GEJ van der Merwe
Outstanding Three-Year-Old Colt
Outstanding Older Female
Outstanding Older Male
Broodmare of the Year
Stallion of the Year
Miesque’s Approval (USA)
Leading Breeder of the Year
St John Gray
Anita Akal Industry Award
Horse of the Year