Last week the judging took place on the farm for the 2015 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sales with judges Kerry Jack and Patrick Kruyer. Here are a few behind the scenes photos from the day.
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It lacked a block-busting individual price, but Tattersalls' October Sale Book 1 smashed records over the boundary during its three-day run which concluded yesterday evening.
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CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE
Cape Town International Convention Centre
26 - 27 January 2012
There is no doubt about it.
The American sires’ logs are dominated by the A.P. Indy tribe.
His best son in Africa, and one of his most accomplished world-wide,
is A.P. Arrow.
All the good ones carry the same trademark :
They all come from Mr. Prospector female lines.
SO DOES A.P. ARROW.
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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(Photo : Darley Stud)
STREET SENSE (USA)
Street Cry (Ire) - Bedazzle (USA)
The two most popular young stallions at the Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney, were Street Sense and Bernardini, according to Inglis Managing Director, Mark Webster. Yesterday, a colt from the first crop of Street Sense, the only horse in American history to complete the Breeders Cup Juvenile/Kentucky Derby double, topped the second session at $320,000 (R2,24million). At the other end of the world, at the Keeneland Breeze Up Sale in Kentucky, two of his first Northern Hemisphere-bred juveniles set the cinders alight with bullet gallops before an expectant crowd. At 9,45 seconds, a filly (Lot 150) and a colt (Lot 147), were the joint fastest on the day, and can be expected to wind up among the sale toppers.
We’ve banged on a bit about it, but once more for good measure. The only son of Street Sense to be offered in South Africa is Lot 552, in the Summerhill draft at the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale 15 - 17 April, a colt with a striking resemblance to his accomplished father.
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NATIONAL YEARLING SALE
15 - 17 April 2011
The best Juvenile in Australia right now is Sepoy. In fact, they say he may be the best ever. And one of the best three-year-olds in Australia is Bullbars, second in the Australian Guineas last Saturday. In common, they are both sons of Elusive Quality. Like champions Raven’s Pass, Smarty Jones and Quality Road.
LOOK FOR OUR ELUSIVE QUALITY AT THE NATIONALS.
If they’re carrying this brand,
you know you’re in business.
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Brave Tin Soldier
(Photo : Summerhill Stud);
“…STAND OUT CREDENTIALS
OF THE SUMMERHILL STALLIONS.”
Looking at our stallion bookings for the 2010 season, you’d have to hope the reason they’re up on the same stage in the past two seasons, has to do with the far-sightedness of breeders, who know that the foals accruing from this year’s coverings will make up their yearling drafts of 2013. By then, Beijing’s new $10 billion racing facility will be on stream, and even the economies of Greece and Spain should be back on their feet. With the best will in the world, it will be difficult for the international community to meet the demands of a rampant client market.
We doubt though that it’s only the big picture mentalities of our colleagues that puts our stallion bookings at their present levels. There is little doubt that the population of broodmares across the world has shrunk meaningfully in the past two seasons, and there’s been acceleration in this trend in 2010, including our own back yard.
Surely then, the explanation lies in a combination of two things, one being the 2013 yearling market, the other the stand-out credentials of the Summerhill stallions. We look back on more than thirty years
of service to the industry in this department, and while the road to stallion stardom is a long one, there’s little doubt that the basic material in our stallion barn is several notches higher than it’s ever been.
One man who has contributed considerably to this popularity, is Brave Tin Soldier. Today is a landmark day in our history, as the first son of Storm Cat to populate our barn, is destined to take his first steps on Summerhill soil as the sun sets this evening. His advertisements are already well known, but if you still need convincing, go to our website (www.summerhill.co.za) and click on his victory in the Graded Cliff Hanger Stakes. Tell us if you’re not a believer, when it’s over.
Accompanying him are a foursome of young Aussies who won’t believe their luck when they get to taste the fruits of this environment. Two Rock Of Gibraltars : one by the sire of the current highest rated racehorse in America, Elusive Quality, and one from the first crop of the only horse in American history to win a Breeder’s Cup Juvenile and a Kentucky Derby, Street Sense.
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(Photos : Leigh Willson)
PREPARATIONS FOR LIFE AS A RACEHORSE
Kerry JackHaving spent most of their time since birth in the great outdoors doing what they do best – eating, sleeping and running – the National Sales yearlings are now slowly getting used to their new routine and are being prepared for life as a racehorse.
Very much still diamonds in the rough, they can be compared to leggy teenagers with plenty of spirit and need to be handled sympathetically. Richard Hlongwane heads up a top notch team (they call themselves the A team!) who work with the yearlings daily and gradually introduce them to the walker, teach them some manners and get them walking and standing correctly.
Their diet is carefully monitored and over the next few months their exercise will be increased and their time out decreased so that by the time the sale arrives, they are in show room condition and ready for the next phase of their lives.
AUTUMN IN SOUTH AFRICA
MEANS DIFFERENT THINGS TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE
The rains have stopped now in our part of the world, the days are blue and there’s hardly a cloud in sight. From now until September, the one thing that’s constant with us, is day after day of sunshine, the only difference lies in temperature. From nature’s perspective, Mooi River’s world goes to sleep for a few months and takes a well earned rest after so much output, so much given from September until now.
But for those of us who live here, we’re just entering another era of furious activity, weaning mares, preparing the winter pastures, preparing ourselves for the breeding season and the marketing of the stallions, assessing all the horses on the farm, particularly the mares, with a view to the forthcoming breeding season, and then writing the recommendations to our many customers around the world.
Of course, KwaZulu Natal, Africa’s racing capital, enters its Champion’s Season as we write, and so the sports are only just starting.
It’s a beautiful time at Summerhill and Hartford, and it’s not only the wonderful weather but the changes that come with the seasons, the briskness of the mornings, the warmth of mid-day and the coolness of the evenings. It’s an invigorating time, energies are lifted, and while the land and the environment go to rest, we have a little respite in which to get stuck into our intellectual pursuits.
And then we have a few things to look forward. Next month we have a draft of five yearlings arriving from Australia, two filles by the reigning European champion sire, Galileo, and colts by the celebrated international stallions, Red Ransom, Anabaa and Hussonet. On the same flight we will have a brace of new stallions, two men who will hopefully have a breed-shaping influence on our lives for many years to come.
These are momentous events in the life of a thoroughbred stud, the arrival of two progenitors who’ve been especially selected to take us to new levels.
But this little story is about autumn, not new stallions, and that is a story for another day.
Broodmare Manager, Annet Becker, with Broodmare Of The Year Aspirant, Cousin Linda, dam of this year’s Cape Flying Championship (Gr.1) Ace, Rebel King and top colt at the NYS, and nightwatch supervisor, Sizwe Ndledla with the dam of Canon Gold Cup (Gr.1) hero, Desert Links (Selborne Park). As Annet said, “It’s a great shot of them both – as well as the mares!”
(Photo : Leigh Wilson)
Our Bloodstock and Broodmare, Foal and Yearling Sales Managers, together with Assistant Managers Richard Hlongwane and Thulani Mnguni, have been scouring the paddocks during the last few weeks, alongside Mick Goss and photographer Leigh Wilson, scrutinizing the weanlings from last season as well as their mothers, with a view to the lengthy deliberations regarding the latter’s stallion mates for the forthcoming year.
This is a painstaking affair, with every detail being noted concerning the mares’ breeding histories, the progeny they’ve already produced, the trainers and the work rider’s views, and now of course, with the benefit of hindsight, we’re looking to the future.
Summerhill farm clients know that over the next few months, they’ll be receiving the first of the proposals from our mating team, whose work spans the wee hours of May, June and July.
There’s a reason why we get so many horses to the races, and why so many train on well into their sixth, seventh and eighth years, and that’s because of the work that gets done in such detail right now.
(Photo : Jean Stanley)
The world can look in wonder at South Africa’s flagship National Sale, the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. True, the sale’s aggregate and average price followed world-wide trends downward, but closer scrutiny tells a remarkable story, writes Karel Miedema for the Sporting Post.
“The sale as a whole was down on the 2008 record breaker. Last year 501 lots accumulated a total of R200million, compared to 490 lots for R152million this time round. That’s a drop of R48million. Taking the top 10% of lots by sex for 2009, we find 26 colts selling for R750k or more, totaling R29million.
Similarly, 24 fillies sold for R500k or more, totaling R18million. Added together this gives R47million. Last year 40 colts went for R750k or more, and 43 fillies for R500k and up. Together they made for a total of R93million. The difference between these two top 10% totals is R46million – just about the amount by which the sale went down. In other words, the drop in R47million aggregate can be entirely attributed to the pricedrop amongst the top 10% of lots sold.
Median prices by sex tell their story, too. The median price is the mid-point between highest and lowest price, and in the case of horse auctions tells a truer story than a straight average would, because the high (extreme) prices have a lesser effect. The median price for colts in 2009 was R250k, down only 9% from R275k in 2008. As was predicted based on what happened at previous yearling sales this year, demand for fillies fell through the floor. The 2009 median for the weaker sex was R200k, down 20% versus the R250k in 2008. The overall median was down 15%, to R220k from R260k last year.
Given this background, the conclusion must be that South Africa is still on a high and that pre-sale doomsayers are eating humble pie, indeed. The future looks rosy.
Post sale comments from visitors echoed these sentiments. “In the current economic climate the South African National Yearling Sale is without a doubt the best performing thoroughbred sale in the world,’’ said Australian buyer Paul Guy, echoing auctioneer Steve Davis’ earlier assessment that this was his “strongest sale in the last six’’ he’d conducted around the globe.
Team Valor International’s Barry Irwin, on his fifth successive visit, secured eight foals and summed up the event, saying, “The value here is superb, it is a joy to come to this sale and I’ll be booking for next year.’’
Barry Irwin, renowned as one of the shrewdest buyers on the planet, described his purchase of Klawervlei Stud’s Lot 587, a daughter of Captain Al from Grade 1 winner Roxanne, as “incredible, because I would have gone to well over R1million for her and paid only R600k.’’ He added: “She’s probably the nicest looking filly I’ve seen. They don’t come better looking than this.’’
South Africa’s Champion breeders Summerhill Stud reaped the rewards for their great achievements of the last few years, selling the top-priced colt and filly at the sale. The Kahal colt, Uncle Tommy, a half-brother to Rebel King, was knocked down to Mike Bass for R2.4 million, while Team Valor bought first-season sire Solskjaer’s daughter Matara Garden for R1.5 million.”
(Photo : Heather Morkel)
It’s a well documented fact that Summerhill was the last of the big farms in South Africa to register it’s first million Rand deal at the sales. Whether that’s a reflection of a lack of marketing finesse, or a sense of treating the market with respect, will forever be a matter of debate. But what is so, is that all of a sudden it’s “raining” millionaires at Summerhill.
We kicked off at the Ready to Run Sale in November, with a ROCK OF GIBRALTAR colt registering R2.2million, a GALILEO filly R1.5million, and a MUHTAFAL colt at R1million, and coupled with Sunday’s R2.4million and R1.5million respectively, that’s five in the space of as many months.
Whether he read our adverts, proclaiming the Summerhill racehorse the Toyota of the South African industry, is difficult to say, but it seems the doyen of our trainers, Ormond Ferraris, must have at least cast his eyes over the ad. A man who, in common with the best of his countrymen, respects excellent quality, unparalleled dependability and outstanding value, as much as any, the attributes for which Toyota has become famous, are exactly what Ormond must have seen in this draft. Signing as he did on Sunday for no fewer than four (25%) of the horses put through the ring. So for us the consolation lies not only in the value he got, but also in where they’re going.
“…it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale
“Tommy” Tops the Trade
Readers of the Summerhill Sire’s Brochure last year, will recall the statement “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog”, that probably sums up the resilience of South Africans. And if ever you needed evidence of it, you’d have wanted a seat at the ringside at Sunday’s proceedings.
An average price of R321,000 after three hundred Lots had been traded, and an aggregate closing on R80million, tells it’s own story, with every indication the aggregate would sail past the R100million mark by the end of yesterday. Stories of trade 40% down at Sydney’s Easter Sales (running concurrently), might have had most people quivering in their boots. But South Africans, with a history of dealing with adversity in so many different shapes and forms, can always be relied upon to exhibit their standard traits of courage and foresight, and their looking forward rather than behind them. That goes for a number of our overseas adherents too, who make the pilgrimage each year.
“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….
Charles Laird at the TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, Johannesburg
(Photo : Heather Morkel)
“AS THINGS STAND, THIS WAS A GOOD RESULT”
Look, let’s not forget, this is only a news flash reflecting just one night’s business, but on the face of things, a horse sale which is only 21,7% off last year’s record highs, given the state of the international economy, has to be a good result.
With international bourses down 40-50% and our own stock market in a 30% retreat, you’d have expected at least a similar outcome at the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. But those who tuned in to Alec Hogg’s interview with Summerhill’s Mick Goss on Moneyweb’s business affairs programme last evening, would have been buoyed by the news of the number of “wannabe” buyers parading through the TBA’s sales complex at Gosforth Park, in the days leading into the sale, and his prediction that the “ponies” would outperform the market.
Like the three kings of biblical fame, they’ve come from the UK, the USA, Hong Kong, Australia, France and Singapore, to pay their respects to the cream of South African breeding, and from what we’ve heard, they’ve not been disappointed at what’s on show.
In the end, an average of R306 500 was a pleasing return, especially in the light of the fact there were only three millionaires in the evening to influence matters, and nothing approaching R2million.
Battle of the night, despite a top price of R1,5million, was the right to own the Spectrum half sister to Warm White Night and dual Gold Cup hero, Highland Night, in which the formidable combination of Markus Jooste and Charles Laird finally prevailed at R1,3million.
What is evident thus far, is that the gap between the progeny of the big three sires and those of the next tier, is no longer so glaringly apparent. Emerging sires Kahal, Muhtafal, National Emblem and Captain Al are growing in popularity with every sale, which the Summerhill team has to be delighted with the first showing of Cataloochees (2 fillies at R350k and R210k respectively), while Solskjaer is expected to kickoff in a big way Sunday.
Highlights of Summerhill’s evening were a R450k Kahal, brother to Gold Cup winner, Desert Links, (sold for the late Sheikh Maktoum’s Financial Director Stephen Gill, and Greig and Michelle Muir’s Muhtafal own sister to Alejate, at a cool R425k from the indomitable Michael Azzie.
The Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale begins today in an atmosphere of anticipation. The dramatic events on the global economic stage and a general slowing in the local economy has left many analyists wondering how the local Thoroughbred market might fare.
At the TBA Sales Complex there is a cautious optimism among vendors because, as Team Valor’s Barry Irwin says, “this is the best value thoroughbred sale in the world.” With 596 lots on offer, there are some mouth-watering prospects for the astute buyer. Bloodstock South Africa are holding thumbs that buyers are tempted by the progeny of many of South Africa’s, as well as the world’s, top stallions.
The Summerhill team has been working feverishly this past week meeting a steady stream of potential buyers. If you missed it… our draft this year includes progeny from a band of formidable international stallions : Johannesburg, Royal Academy, Oasis Dream and Haafhd. On debut at the sale are the progeny of Solskjaer (brother to champion stayer, Yeats, who was recently awarded a Timeform rating of 128), Cataloochee (the record setting son of Al Mufti), as well as the Summerhill stalwarts Kahal and Muhtafal (sire of Dubai World Cup star, Paris Perfect) and Malhub (Kingmambo’s best racing son at stud).
In an attempt to make the sale more “user friendly”, Bloodstock South Africa have discontinued the contentious green pages and select session. There will also be uninterrupted coverage on Tellytrack (DSTV Channel 232), and for the first time the sale will be streamed live online, starting tonight at 18:30 (South Africa time).
Just log onto www.tba.co.za to follow the action.
“NO LONGER JUST KNOCKING AT THE DOOR”
Mike de Kock is famous for saying some years ago, if Kahal got the opportunities Fort Wood and Western Winter did, he’d be right up there, contesting the championship.
While those running for Kahal right now were conceived at stud fees south of R15000, they’ve proven Mike the prophet we know him to be. Right now, Kahal ranks in the top four stallions in the land, with two winners of R1million plus races already this season.
What gives us goose bumps though, is that his best days are still in front of him. The Kahals going to the sales this year are the first accruing from his new-found fame. In our view, they’re as far ahead of their predecessors as his stud fee is beyond R15000 these days.
“…WITH THE TALENT TO MATCH IT.”
It’s always gratifying to know the judges like your horse.
In Solskjaer’s case, there’s no doubt that Coolmore are as good as judges get. He was remarkable as a juvenile, they named him for immortality. The best trainer in Europe then proclaimed him “an amazing horse; we thought he was a superstar..”.
So when the judges labelled his yearlings recently, it was no more than the fulfilment of a prophecy. We shouldn’t be surprised though. He’s a son of Danehill, rated in the top half percent of racehorses world-wide.
ALL HE’S DOING, IS WHAT MOST GOOD DANEHILLS DO.
“KEEP YOUR HEADS DOWN”
Let’s face it, we expected more from Malhub’s first crop. After all, he was the star son of the stallion of the moment, and Timeform rated him better than his own illustrious father.
But never mind, we’ve been there before. Those with memories, will recall that Northern Guest got off to an even slower start, but once they got going, he was unassailable.
You’d have expected it of him though, wouldn’t you? He’s a son of Kingmambo, and with a record of first or second in four Group Ones, never beaten more than half a length, you’d be looking for an “explosion”.
“POP IN AT BLOCK A”
The Golden City of the world is Johannesburg. The Golden Boy among world-class juveniles of his year, was also Johannesburg. Supreme in Europe in five unblemished starts, Johannesburg gave the Americans a galloping lesson at the Breeders Cup.
Naturally, expectations were high when he went to stud. Johannesburg has not let them down.
With eight Graded Stakes winners on both sides of the Atlantic in the past twelve months, he ranks with the best young stallions in the world.
Meeting expectations, delivering the goods. That’s the Johannesburg we’ve all come to know, the Golden Boy on his new stage.