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JUSTABREEZE

split the breeze horse
split the breeze horse

Split The Breeze / Gold Circle (p)

“Brave Tin Soldier remains, at $3million (R30million), the most expensive foal the world has known; he is the son of a stallion who stood for a stud fee in excess of R5million, and he was out of an own sister to one of the most famous Kentucky Derby winners of all time.”

Any line-up of juveniles which includes sons of Judpot, Fort Wood, Kahal and Sail From Seattle, each costing several hundred thousand and representing some of the top yards in the province, makes formidable reading. That’s what Brave Tin Soldier’s Rathmor-bred son, Split The Breeze faced on his way to the 1000m mark for his first racecourse start. While the bulk of those mentioned were well-mounted, there were two outward signs of faith in the colt as he cantered postward: number one, the log-leading jockey, S’manga Khumalo had been booked for the occasion; and secondly, from an opening call of 16/1, the money had come gushing for the debutant who went off at less than half those odds.

While there’s always reason to be wary of the unknown, from a Summerhill perspective, there was at least one known quantity in the field; Glinka, a smart son of St Petersberg from an old Summerhill family who’d grown up here as the property of our Singapore stalwart, Mark Yong. Glinka provided us with at least a glimpse of his talent with a promising debut fourth in the Featured Sentinel Stakes last month, in the company of some of the better juveniles in the province.

“Big, brave, brilliant, and bred in the purple” was the styling of Brave Tin Soldier when he stepped off the plane for his first season at stud in South Africa, and given his origins and his racecourse performances, it seemed appropriate. He remains, at $3million (R30million), the most expensive foal the world has known; he is the son of a stallion who stood for a stud fee in excess of R5million, and he was out of an own sister to one of the most famous Kentucky Derby winners of all time. Besides, he broke his maiden in Stakes company against some of Ireland’s leading juveniles, and after what appeared to be a career-crippling injury, he came back to break a track record at a mile in Group company as an older horse.

That Split The Breeze should’ve come home disdainfully against this field, should not, given these credentials, be cause for surprise. Nor should the expectations for Brave Tin Soldier. In the past few days, several others of his debutants have made the frame at the first or second time of asking, and if you can trust the racing grapevine, there are more where these came from.

Editor’s note: Split The Breeze was an eye-catching, typical Storm Cat type at last year’s National Sale, where he made a respectable R200,000 from the Rathmor draft to the bid of Luiz Cunha.

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Enquiries :

Linda Norval +27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email info@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH OUR NATIONAL SALES YEARLINGS

Click above to view gallery of Behind The Scenes photos / Leigh Willson (p)

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa

27 - 28 April 2014

A day in the life of Summerhill’s National Sales Yearlings.

The Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale takes place at the TBA Sales Complex in Gauteng on 27-28 April 2014.

See you there!

summerhill stud
summerhill stud

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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KZN BREEDERS SERIES LOG - 1 APRIL 2014

negev
negev

Negev / JC Photos (p)

KZN BREEDERS SERIES (Top 20)

For 3-Year-Olds and Up

As at 1 April 2014

The fourth published Log for the KZN Breeders Series for three-year-olds and up sees Summerhill Stud’s daughter of Stronghold, Negev, remain at the top but this time with 35 points, putting herself above former leader Island Fiesta (Backworth Stud - Miesque’s Approval).

The KZN Breeders Race Day takes place 29 June at Clairwood, with a stake of over R2.4 million up for grabs to owners and trainers of KZN-bred racehorses. It must be noted this Log is only for the KZN Breeders Series of R200,000 races, and excludes the Million Mile entries which follow normal race entry procedures.

A half-sister to top Two-Year-Old filly of her generation, Extra Zero (by Way West), Negev is trained by Louis Goosen and is owned by Messrs C M Comaroff & B K Parker. Out of mare Haifaa (IRE) by Doyoun (IRE), Negev pushed up her points recently when she finished second to Jackodore in the Listed Nkosazana Stakes. She has won three times and placed 18 times - including a third in the Grade 3 Fillies Mile at Turffontein, behind Cherry On The Top. She also finished four lengths off Gitiano in the KZN Breeders Million Mile last year at Clairwood.

Keep a look out for Summerhill-bred and consigned Kahal colt, Lot 334 named Ebony Knight, a half-brother to Negev and Extra Zero, at the upcoming Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale taking place 27 and 28 April at the TBA Sales Complex in Germiston. This is the immediate damline of sire Maroof and Arrasas, as well as Desert King.

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Horse

Age

Sex

Trainer

Breeder

Points

1

NEGEV

4

F

Louis Goosen

Summerhill Stud

35

2

ISLAND FIESTA

5

G

Wendy Whitehead

Backworth Stud

30

3

CINEMA SCOPE

5

G

Gavin van Zyl

Scott Bros

29

4

THE MONEY SHOT

4

G

Sean Tarry

Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux

26

5

THE MUTINEER

4

G

Scott Kenny

Summerhill Stud

24

6

CAYENNE

3

F

Chris Erasmus

Yellow Star Stud

23

7

AUCTION KING

3

G

Paul Lafferty

Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux

22

8

EUPHORIA

4

F

Johan Janse van Vuuren

GAR Sturlese & P de Marigny

22

9

UMOYANA

4

F

Tony Rivalland

Summerhill Stud

22

10

ENCHANTED SILK

3

F

Sean Tarry

Gold Star Stud

21

11

FLYFIRSTCLASS

4

G

Craig Eudey

Summerhill Stud

21

12

MISS K

5

M

Louis Goosen

Summerhill Stud

21

13

HANA

3

F

Gavin van Zyl

Summerhill Stud

20

14

SUCH FUN

5

M

Tony Rivalland

Mr GH Rowles

20

15

KING JACE

4

G

Garth Puller

Mr & Mrs R J Clarkin T/A Clarkin Thoroughbred Services 

19

16

RHEIMS

5

G

Alec Laird

Tertia Properties (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mr S C Harley) 

19

17

ADMIRAL’S EYE

3

F

Charles Laird

A Magid & Summerhill Stud

18

18

AFRICAN GLADIATOR

7

G

Cliffie Miller

Mr BD van Laun

18

19

HIGHLAND FLING

5

G

Mike Pappas

Mr ML Pappas

18

20

PIANO MAN

4

G

James Goodman

Mr & Mrs AW Procter

18

Summerhill-bred runners denoted by yellow

www.kznbreeders.co.za

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NEGEV LEADS KZN BREEDERS SERIES LOG - 20 MARCH 2014

negev
negev

Negev / JC Photos (p)

KZN BREEDERS SERIES (Top 20)

For 3-Year-Olds and Up

As at 20 March 2014

The third published Log for the KZN Breeders Series for three-year-olds and up sees Summerhill Stud’s daughter of Stronghold, Negev, taking charge and putting herself above Spring Valley Stud’s The Money Shot, by Muhtafal, and former leader, Backworth Stud’s Island Fiesta, by Miesque’s Approval. The KZN Breeders Race Day takes place 29 June at Clairwood and boasts an impressive stake of over R2.4 million to owners and trainers of KZN-bred racehorses.

A half-sister to top Two-Year-Old filly of her generation, Extra Zero by Way West, Negev is trained by Louis Goosen and is owned by Messrs C M Comaroff and B K Parker.

Out of the mare Haifaa (IRE) by Doyoun (IRE), Negev has won three times and placed 16 times - including a third in the Grade 3 Fillies Mile at Turffontein behind Cherry On The Top. She also finished four lengths off Gitiano in the KZN Breeders Million Mile last year at Clairwood.

Keep a look out for Summerhill-bred and consigned Kahal colt, Lot 334 named Ebony Knight, a half-brother to Negev and Extra Zero, at the upcoming Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale taking place 27 and 28 April at the TBA complex. This is the immediate damline of sire Maroof and Arrasas, as well as Desert King.

#

Horse

Age

Sex

Trainer

Breeder

Points

1

NEGEV

4

F

Louis Goosen

Summerhill Stud

29

2

THE MONEY SHOT

4

G

Sean Tarry

Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux

26

3

ISLAND FIESTA

5

G

Wendy Whitehead

Backworth Stud

24

4

THE MUTINEER

4

G

Scott Kenny

Summerhill Stud

24

5

CAYENNE

3

F

Chris Erasmus

Yellow Star Stud

23

6

AUCTION KING

3

G

Paul Lafferty

Mr & Mrs Bruce Le Roux

22

7

EUPHORIA

4

F

Johan Janse van Vuuren

GAR Sturlese & P de Marigny

22

8

UMOYANA

4

F

Tony Rivalland

Summerhill Stud

22

9

ENCHANTED SILK

3

F

Sean Tarry

Gold Star Stud

21

10

FLYFIRSTCLASS

4

G

Craig Eudey

Summerhill Stud

21

11

MISS K

5

M

Louis Goosen

Summerhill Stud

20

12

ADMIRAL’S EYE

3

F

Charles Laird

A Magid & Summerhill Stud

18

13

AFRICAN GLADIATOR

7

G

Cliffie Miller

Mr BD van Laun

18

14

CINEMA SCOPE

5

G

Gavin van Zyl

Scott Bros

18

15

HIGHLAND FLING

5

G

Mike Pappas

Mr ML Pappas

18

16

PIANO MAN

4

G

James Goodman

Mr & Mrs AW Procter

18

17

TORA TORA

3

G

Scott Kenny

Summerhill Stud

18

18

HANA

3

F

Gavin van Zyl

Summerhill Stud

17

19

KINEMATIC COUNTESS

5

M

Roy Magner

Mr P du Toit

17

20

MESMERISING MELODY

4

F

Sean Tarry

Clifton Stud

17

Summerhill-bred runners denoted by yellow

www.kznbreeders.co.za

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TALK OF THE TOWN

Visionaire Stallion
Visionaire Stallion

Visionaire

(Photo : Greig Muir)

“GET IN, BEFORE THEY GET AWAY.”

Wherever we go and whoever we talk to, the numbers “eight” and “nine

keep cropping up when it comes to Visionaire.

It’s not about age and it’s not about his racing career, which was sensational enough;

it’s the judges’ ratings of his first crop

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

27 - 28 April 2014

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Enquiries :

Linda Norval +27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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JUDGMENT DAY REVISITED

national yearling sales inspection
national yearling sales inspection

Click above to view photos from our National Yearling Sales inspection / Ricardo Christian (p)

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

27 & 28 April 2014

Mick Goss - Summerhill CEO
Mick Goss - Summerhill CEO

Mick Goss

Summerhill CEO“Scrutiny”, says the Oxford Concise, means “critical observation or examination”, and that’s what happens at this time of year when we put our stock up for the inspection of the Yearling Sales panel. For a stud man, depending on how long you’ve been at it and how much faith (or lack of it) you have in your draft, this can be a moment of angst or insouciance. The outcomes wield an inordinate influence over your financial fortunes for the year ahead, they mould the expectations of buyers, they influence the mating plans of breeders for the future, and they can raise or destroy the hopes of those customers who keep their horses on our farms.

Time was when the legendary establishments of our many-times champion breeders, the Birch Bros, simply brought the horses in off the veld, pulled their manes and tails a bit, gave them a “spit” and a brush, and they were on parade, kicking and bollocking. It wasn’t much different anywhere else either, and it took a proper judge to separate a good horse from an ordinary one. Coats were fluffy, burs and blackjacks were everywhere, and the horses knew nothing about deportment. Remember, the racehorse is a flight animal, little different from a zebra, and in strange circumstances, his instinct is to run, and to do it like blazes. These days, the game is a little more sophisticated, though at Summerhill, we’ve never forgotten that horses are “horses”, not humans, and their preference is to live out, roaming the great plains of the continent, free as the wind. Here, within a fortnight or so of birth, our foals and their mothers leave the sanctuary of the Final Call Foalcare yard for the open country, and unless illness or injury intervenes, never to return until it’s time for the sales.

Just a few weeks ago, the candidates for this year’s National Yearling Sales were brought “in”, reluctantly I should add, to a routine so strange, so far removed from the liberty of their endless paddocks, and to a discipline more akin to the basic training of army recruits. “Prepping” is a bonding process, designed to grow their faith in their handlers, to slow down the tempo of their natural inclinations, to attune them to the confinement of an overnight stable, to bring order to a free and uninhibited mind, and to learn some basic manners. Thank God the horse is open to such domestication: otherwise, our histories would’ve been very different, for they were written on his back.

It’s time now for the judging to start, and our senior judge is a stalwart of 27 years, John Kramer, who ranks with the best anywhere. There’s not a farm in this country he hasn’t visited, not a yarn he hasn’t heard, and there’s not been a horse through a sales ring he hasn’t inspected. Alongside, Kerry Jack, who served her apprenticeship in the trade during her 13 years at Summerhill, is his assistant, and she counts many hours of doing exactly that right here. She learnt her trade well, and she brings a natural eye and a keen sense of commercial “nous” to the proceedings. Among the bystanders is a clutch of curious managers, and an American graduate of marketing in the equine field: they know it’s not only about the yearlings, it’s also about the first crops of our new stallions, which are as much under scrutiny as the yearlings themselves.

We’re lucky, as I’ve said so often, to live where we do: the climate is kind, the environment is good, and our people are gifted, so gifted there are a number of budding “Monty Robertses” among the team handling the yearlings. The process takes several hours, and for the most part, the youngsters are compliantly waiting their turn, the only sign of impatience a flick of the odd tail at an irritating fly. The trickle of running water in the rills somehow calms and cools at the same time, while the silent intent of business is apparent only in the eyes of the judges and the occasional scribble of their pens. Nothing ruffles the horses, not even the sight or the sound of the scanner, which confirms their heritage with a hiss of approval from the microchip implant.

This year, the grapevines have forewarned us there’s a big entry, the bar has been lifted and the rejections are plenty. There’s no time now for second-guessing though, and for the first of the “Visionaires” and the “Bankables”, it’s judgement day, with a capital “D”. The training yards are buzzing too, with expectations for Brave Tin Soldier’s first juveniles, though we like his second crop even better. We’ll have to see at the end of it all, whether our judges agree.

There are 45 in the draft, the show kicks off at 9am and by mid-day they’re all back in the kikuyu pens we know as the “BBs”. The judges comments are handed down, and we’re asked to sign them off. The verdict is in, and there’s nowhere to hide. It seems we were right though - this is a vintage crop, and we’re especially delighted by the vindication of the Visionaires, about whom we’ve been talking since the first one arrived. From a handful of runners in the United States, the stallion has already chalked up a Stakes winner and a Black type performer; they’ve been winning by daylight, and the hopes are high. The gods have been listening too, it seems: three Visionaires among the “nines” (which means “outstanding”). The Bankables have sparkled as well, with nothing less than an “eight”, and there are high-fives again for the Brave Tin Soldiers, who’ve weighed in with a fistful of big scores. The draft is deep, the horses look good, and the year ahead looks rosy. What else could a stud man want?

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Enquiries :

Linda Norval +27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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CLASSIC ILLUSION TRIUMPHANT IN FLAMBOYANT STAKES

Classic Illusion -  Flamboyant Stakes
Classic Illusion - Flamboyant Stakes

Classic Illusion - Flamboyant Stakes (Grade 3) / Gold Circle (p)

FLAMBOYANT STAKES (Grade 3)

Greyville, Turf, 1600m

3 January 2014

The performance by the raiding Gary Alexander stable’s Classic Illusion to win the Grade 3 Flamboyant Stakes over 1600m was the highlight of racing at Greyville on Friday evening. S’manga Khumalo rode a copybook race on the popular mare.

Only eleven ladies lined up to contest the feature after Lady Tatty was withdrawn prior to the start for reason that she was not striding out.

The longshot Chestnut Model was quickly out and she led a rush with Keagan De Melo getting Danseuse across from her wide post to run handily.

Kevin Shea did not enjoy a cheery evening at the office and his mount Orange Blossom was checked and forced wide at about the 1200m marker. This put paid to whatever winning chance she had.

Going around the bend Chestnut Model led Danseuse and Flitter, with Classic Illusion tucked in comfortably about five lengths off.

Into the home run Chestnut Model continued to lead but it was apparent that Khumalo knew what he had under him and he switched Classic Illusion out for a clear run to the line.

With only Murmering Sky in sight, Classic Illusion galloped powerfully and won going away by 2 lengths in a time of 96,64 secs.

Murmering Sky ran on well for second, just ahead of the luckless Orange Blossom, with Blouberg Beach making good ground for fourth.

Classic Illusion, owned by Jo and Bruce Gardner, Myron Berzack, Kirk Michael and Greg Sadie, was bred by Summerhill Stud and is by Kahal out of Arthur and Vynette van der Heijden’s Jallad mare, Class Will Sell.

A R200,000 National Yearling Sale graduate, Classic Illusion has now won 5 races with 10 places from 27 starts and took her earnings to R466,325.

Extracts from Sporting Post

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Linda Norval +27 (0) 33 263 1081

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CLASSIC ILLUSION FELLS YELLOWWOOD HANDICAP

classic illusion - yellowwood handicap
classic illusion - yellowwood handicap

Watch Classic Illusion winning the Yellowwood Hancicap (Grade 3)

(Image : JC Photos - Footage : Tellytrack)

YELLOWWOOD HANDICAP (Grade 3)

Turffontein, Turf, 1800m

23 October 2013

A game winning move halfway down the home straight by current national jockey log leading rider S’manga Khumalo sealed a courageous win for the Kahal mare Classic Illusion in the R175,000 Grade 3 Yellowwood Handicap run over 1800m at the rain delayed Turffontein meeting on Wednesday evening.

A sombre sad mood hung in the Turffontein night air as the news of the passing of the First Lady of South African racing, Mrs Bridget Oppenheimer, filtered through.

Further irony was to come into play in the third race, when her filly Mrs Hancock passed the post first, but was relegated to second in the boardroom after an objection by trainer Stuart Pettigrew.

But the meeting went on and proved a memorable one for the connections of the Summerhill Stud-bred Classic Illusion, who registered a well deserved first stakes win.

Confidence is a most desirable bedfellow for any jockey, and besides being off for a few days with an injured foot recently, there is little that Khumalo can do wrong this season.

His move to go early on Classic Illusion after Magic Smoke had done her bit, looked a suicidal one, but good jockeys get away with these streaks of ingenuity.

Classic Illusion galloped strongly and increased her advantage to two lengths , but the challenges came from Cyclone Michelle and Formation late in the race.

But the bird had flow and a joyously affectionate pat on the mane greeted Classic Illusion as she powered to the post to win by 1,25 lengths in a time of 111,95 secs.

The longshot Cyclone Michelle was gaining with every stride down the outside and the 10kg weight swing almost changed the final picture.

Dean Alexander was on hand to also unsaddle the fourth placed Mystic Tigress, who battled to get going, but was not stopping.

Classic Illusion was bred by Summerhill Stud and is by Kahal out of the one time winning Jallad mare, Class Will Sell.

A R200,000 National Yearling Sales graduate, Classic Illusion has now won 4 races with 10 places from 24 starts and took her stakes earnings to R369,700 with this win.

She could well be a factor in a few of the fillies and mares features coming up on the Highveld.

Yellowwood Handicap (Grade 3)

Final Result

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

CLASSIC ILLUSION

60.0

3

S Khumalo

Gary Alexander

2

1.20

CYCLONE MICHELLE

52.0

2

*F Maleking

Wallace Tolmay

3

2.20

FORMATION

58.0

1

G Lerena

St John Gray

4

4.80

MYSTIC TIGRESS

53.0

5

K Zechner

Gary Alexander

5

5.00

MAGIC SMOKE

53.5

7

F Herholdt

Mike Azzie

6

7.50

FLITTER

53.5

4

* K de Melo

Gavin van Zyl

7

8.20

GO INDIGO

58.5

9

S Brown

Leon Erasmus

8

10.20

RHYTHMIC ROXY

55.0

10

R Fradd

Geoff Woodruff

9

10.50

GOLDEN DAWN

55.5

11

I Sturgeon

Glen Kotzen

Extract from Sporting Post

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summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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WE ALL KNOW THE FAIRYTALE ABOUT THE BRAVE TIN SOLDIER...

Brave Tin Soldier
Brave Tin Soldier

Brave Tin Soldier (USA)

(Photo : Greig Muir)

…IT JUST TOOK 150 YEARS TO RETELL IT.

A world-record priced foal.

A Stakes-winning juvenile over 1200m

A sensational Group-winning miler.

BRAVE TIN SOLDIER

R185,000

KING’S APOSTLE

R170,000

SEVENTH ROCK

R148,000

AP ANSWER

R132,000

MAMBO IN SEATTLE

R132,000

ELUSIVE FORT

R90,000

Freshman Sires by average at 2013 National Yearling Sale

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Linda Norval 27 (0) 33 263 1081

or email linda@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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BLUERIDGE MOUNTAIN CRUISES TO SWEET CHESTNUT WIN

Blueridge Mountain - Sweet Chestnut Stakes
Blueridge Mountain - Sweet Chestnut Stakes

Watch Blueridge Mountain winning the Sweet Chestnut Stakes (L)

(Image : Sporting Post - Footage : Tellytrack)

SWEET CHESTNUT STAKES (Listed)

Kenilworth, Turf, 1400m

5 May 2013

Grade 1 winner Blueridge Mountain lived up to her big reputation and prohibitive starting price when cruising in to win the R125,000 Listed Sweet Chestnut Stakes run over 1400m at Kenilworth on Sunday. The 3-year-old chestnut flyer looks a worldbeater, and left her opposition for dead.

Export red tape has stymied the planned efforts of the Markus Jooste team to continue Blueridge Mountain’s racing career in the United States, and she is part of the seemingly ‘never never’ travelling party that includes het stablemate and South African Horse Of The Year, Variety Club, and the Glen Kotzen star filly Princess Victoria. The Yanks loss is our gain for now though, and the manner of her win on Sunday spoke of plenty more to come.

On the level weight terms of this first leg of the female Cape Winter Series, Blueridge Mountain should have won, and she duly confirmed everything we imagined and already knew by leading from the jump and extending clear in the home run, to win as she liked. Anton Marcus rode the first leg of his Cape feature double, but frankly the worst jockey on earth would have struggled to lose this on a filly that is patently superior to most of her age group over the trip. Blueridge Mountain won by 3,50 lengths in a time of 87,50 secs. She beat Justin Snaith’s filly Captainofmysoul, while the Mike Bass-trained Fly By Night ran a promising third at her first try beyond 1200m.

Winning trainer Joey Ramsden admitted a measure of tongue in cheek greed by running his charge in this event. “She is a top filly and this was just too good an opportunity to pass by,” he said.

Blueridge Mountain is by the Coolmore Storm Cat stallion, Giant’s Causeway. She was consigned by Summerhill Stud to the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale where she fetched R2million. She has now won 5 races with 2 places from her 8 starts for earnings of R656,550 and will hopefully get the opportunity to boost that figure with some foreign currency in time to come.

Extract from Sporting Post

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GOING RIGHT ALL THE TIME

National Yearling Sale Lot 330 Purely Atomic
National Yearling Sale Lot 330 Purely Atomic

National Yearling Sale Top Priced Filly - Lot 330 Purely Atomic

(Photo : Lisl King)

“Everything keeps going right, Toyota”

In the world of motoring, you get the Rolls Royces and you get the Toyotas. It’s no different in the horse breeding world, where some produce the “Rollers”, while we’ve always claimed to breed Toyotas, where great quality, outstanding dependability and excellent value are the watchwords.

However, that’s not to say that they’re all Yarises. Occasionally, to pay the wages and fund our capital projects, we need to sell the odd Prado for the sort of money that makes that kind of difference. You might be forgiven for thinking that Summerhill is predominantly associated with stallions, given the fuss we make with our stallion brochures and DVDs, and the dent they make on the nation’s sire logs, but we’re not bad when it comes to fillies either. When Checcetti trotted up in the Gerald Rosenberg Stakes (Gr.2) on Saturday, she became our third winner of that prized event in the past four seasons, and since the “Rosenberg” is run on the weekend of the National Yearling Sale each year, it makes for good advertising. It’s no coincidence then, that in each of those years when Spring Garland, Fisani and now Checcetti got their hooves on that trophy, we’ve also claimed the top priced filly at the big sale. When Spring Garland came home, her half-sister, Victory Garden made R1.5million; when Fisani took her turn, Blueridge Mountain reciprocated with a R2million haul; and now Purely Atomic scooped the pool with a R1.6 million bid from Mary Slack’s Wilgerbosdrift Stud. When it’s all over, she’ll be going back to Mary’s to produce the “Rollers”, while here at Summerhill, like our motor car namesakes, “everything keeps going right, Toyota”.

summerhill stud
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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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FIREWORKS, FIREFIGHTS AND FRACKING

Johannesburg
Johannesburg

Johannesburg - Money Capital of the Continent

(Photo : SA Live)

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa

26 - 28 April 2013

Mick Goss - Summerhill Stud
Mick Goss - Summerhill Stud

Mick Goss

Summerhill CEOWherever there’s gold, there’s fireworks. Goldrushes spawn “wild wests”, and Jo’burg’s been that way since President Kruger was in charge. Remember the Jameson Raid, when Cecil John Rhodes and his cronies attempted a coup of Kruger’s government as long ago as 1896? The plotters were thwarted by a leak from within when the “putch” was postponed a week by the Randlords-cum-racecourse stewards, who feared it might interfere with the running the same weekend of the Johannesburg Summer Handicap (read Summer Cup these days).

This weekend, the Golden City gave birth to another form of fireworks, not only at BSA’s sales complex in Germiston, but right here at Emperors Palace, where anybody and everybody that matters in racing was resident for the sale. Jo’burg in April is as glorious a place as you’d want to be, and Sunday dawned bright and peaceful. The early rays of the autumnal sun had scarcely topped the façade of OR Tambo, when the soft drone of distant traffic was shattered by the clatter of automatic fire. Within minutes, the “Emperors” complex was crawling with the cops from Special Ops, and with the precision of a Rolls Royce motor, a squadron of helicopters was casing the joint from the air.

A replay of the Jameson Raid was in progress. Another leak, another combat-ready intercept team, and in a matter of moments, it was all over. Our cops come in for a lot of stick, but in this form, you’d have to say, all is not lost. This was as near as it gets to perfection: 15 of the continent’s “most-wanted” men incarcerated, no lives lost, a bit of excitement in the dining-room, no more than an hour sacrificed before the resumption of the sale, and we were back in business. Spare a thought for all our foreign visitors, particularly the Aussies and the Kiwis, who are not accustomed to these breakfast antics, and are woefully short on the bullet-proof armour South Africans greet these things with: one of our countryman was more concerned that his eggs were overcooked. The locals reminded our visitors that the gale in Christchurch was blowing up more of a storm in the game between the Crusaders and the Rebels, than this ten minute fiasco had managed. It was all over before the ref could say “crouch… touch… set”.

As for the sale, it was comforting for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the 44% increase in aggregate and a 27% increase in average. The latter figure is all the more laudable, if only because it was achieved in an enlarged catalogued, which generally makes for a longer tail, and usually mitigates against an increment. Remember this, too: averages give you bragging rights, but turnovers give you the bottom-line. We also saw two youngsters breach the R3million mark, and the welcome return of a deep middle market, evidenced in a 33% rise in the median. For Summerhill, we outperformed these numbers by a bit of a stretch, and at R1.6million, we sold the sale’s top filly for the second time in three years. Friday’s early start was probably not one of BSA’s brightest marketing strategies, and the result may have been even better with an evening session to relieve the tedium of two long days in the field, but let’s not spoil a good show with too many woes. It was a solid sale, and the numbers endorsed the upward trend in bloodstock markets the world over.

Strange in these times of global austerity, that the great luxury of owning a thoroughbred has not become exactly that: a luxury. Yet there are parallels in the stock markets too, where quite inexplicably, the Dow, the Dax, the FTSE and the JSE bring new highs both times you read the ticker-tape. Of course, “Q.E” has played its role, and near-zero interest rates in America, Europe, Japan and the rest, have driven cash surpluses into assets. So we need to recall that eventually, inflation is the inevitable consequence of Ben Bernanke’s money-printer, that a rise in interest rates will be just as inevitable, and that some of this cash will eventually find its way back into the money markets.

Meanwhile, horse breeders (in this country at least), will draw solace from the knowledge that the foal crop has been strangled by contraction, that racehorses will be in short supply, and that the lid on our exports is about to be lifted. That will soften the blow any rise in interest rates might deal, especially in this environment, where easier access to international markets will be the game-changer. There are some vital stirrings on the export front, and for a country which has for so long been hamstrung by technical constraints, that, and our annus mirabilis in Dubai, will make 2013 South Africa’s moment.

Speaking of which, I have a sense that the worm is finally turning here in the money capital of the continent, too. Increasingly, there is a feeling in the right quarters, that we should free ourselves of the notion that apartheid and colonialism are the reasons behind our ailments, that we need to get on with the job now, and that besides our problems, we also have a few things to brag about. Of course, you can’t just shrug off 300 years (or was it 3000?) of colonialism and oppression, but it’s surprising how “normal” we’re becoming. Colonialism and apartheid may be what we fight about a lot, but the fact we have something to fight about, is utterly normal.

And not everyone’s fights are as interesting as ours. Australian politics, for example, are a sort of sleeping balm. Argentina’s on the other hand, make ours look like, well, Australia’s. Like us, these two share a sense of community in horses. At the same time, we’re trying to get close to China without upsetting the West. We’re trying to settle our debts with our exports and we’re trying to make the poor less poor. That we argue about how to do it, is perfectly normal.

So why do we beat ourselves up so much? The poor, someone said, will always be with us. And we all have a duty towards them. But South Africa is a glory, nonetheless. We lead, or just about lead, the world in two sporting codes, we have natural resources, mineral, visual and physical, which are beyond comparison. We have a vibrant democracy, our courts uphold the rule of law, the press is free, our banks are stable and our currency still buys something. Our corruption is rotten, but by no means do we hold a monopoly on it.

Could we do better? You bet we can. But time will heal much of what is wrong. Better education, growing awareness and wider perception, will force the pace. It will also force the “delivery” hand of government. The world around us is changing too, and as it recovers, it will take us with it. Already, we see signs of an America busting out of its malaise with a new vigour. Biofuels will reduce our dependence on oil imports, fracking could change our lives unimaginably.

There is a sense here too, that the ANC is being pulled, kicking and wailing, into a world all the more real for its collective presence of Cyril Ramaphosa, Trevor Manuel and Pravin Gordhan. The President himself has become the promoter and protector of the National Development Plan; seeing off the unions and the communists on this score, could bring down Zwelinzima Vavi’s Cosatu career, if the fragmentation among workers hasn’t already done so.

There are those in this town who believe JZ will be true to his original intention of a one-term president, then whip a couple of the most unlikely suspects (Bobby Godsell, Tony Leon?) into his cabinet. And if we don’t get Cyril for some reason, is it so unthinkable that Zuma’s former wife, Nkosazana, might be the right girl for the job? Beats Addis Ababa, for sure.

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NATIONAL YEARLING SALE CONCLUDES WITH IMPRESSIVE STATS

lot 330 encosta de lago
lot 330 encosta de lago

Top Priced Filly - Summerhill-consigned lot 330 PURELY ATOMIC (Encosta de Lago - Catching Moonbeams)

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EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa

26 - 28 April 2013

Sunday evening saw the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale draw to a close. The two day sale, which started on Friday morning, ended with both aggregate and average well up on last year’s sale.

The 2013 sale’s aggregate was up from R84,730,000 to R122,468,000 this year. The average also improved from R234,061 to R297,976 - a healthy jump of 27%. Lots not sold remained pretty much the same as last year, increasing by just one from 45 to 46 unsold.

Top priced lot on the sale was lot 263 a Dynasty colt, consigned by Drakenstein Stud. Out of the Grade 1 winning mare Wonderful World, the colt, named Trees of Green was sold to Mayfair Speculators for R3,600,000. The sales topper is one of the highest in the history of the National Sale, and was well up on last year’s top priced yearling - which cost R1,700,000.

A daughter of champion Australian sire, Encosta De Lago, was the sale’s top priced filly. Catalogued as lot 330, the unnamed filly, who is out of a Danehill mare, was consigned by Summerhill Stud (as Property of a Partnership). She was purchased by Wilgerbosdrift, and, no doubt, will prove a very valuable broodmare prospect later on.

Leading vendors at the sale, by aggregate was Varsfontein Stud, whose 24 lots to sell amassed R8,540,000. Top vendor, by average (3 or more sold) was Klipdrif Stud who sold three yearlings for the impressive individual average of R1,256,667.

Form Bloodstock were the sale’s top buyers by aggregate. The agency signed for 18 lots which grossed R11,125,000. Form also combined with Shadwell to purchase five lots for R5,850,000.

Lot 503, a magnificent chestnut colt by Trippi was knocked down to top Cape trainer Dean Kannemeyer for R3,000,000.

Locally bred sires dominated the list of top sires. The late, great Jet Master, was the sale’s top sire by aggregate. The local legend, who was selling his last crop, sold 24 yearlings for a total of R16,140,000. Jet Master’s final crop to pass through the National Sale ring averaged R672,500.

The latter was also top sire by average (3 or more sold), with his 24 yearlings averaging a very healthy R672,500.

TBA’s CEO Tom Callaghan was delighted by the sale’s solid, middle market. He said, “The aggregate was up an incredible 44% - although we did sell 49 more horses than last year. I was especially pleased to see that the median reached R200,000 - an increase of 33%. The overall strong middle market is very much in line with international results, and we were delighted to welcome some of the industry’s true icons to the sale.”

Full lists of results and statistics for the sale are available online.

Keep up with the latest news from Bloodstock South Africa on www.tba.co.za or interact on twitter/bloodstocksa1 and facebook.com/tbaofsa.

Extracts from Bloodstock South Africa

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NATIONAL YEARLING SALE DAY 1 CLOSES POSITIVE

Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale Day 1
Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale Day 1

Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale Day 1

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EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa

Day 1 - 26 April 2013

The first day of the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale ended on a high; with the aggregate, average and median prices all up from last year. The day’s topper was one of the highest in the sale’s history, behind only the R4,000,000 spent on Divine Jet in 2010 and R3,600,000 for Potala Palace at the same year. Despite fewer lots sold than last year (from 201 to 182) the aggregate on day one jumped to R55,320,000 from 2012’s total of R45,190,000. The average price rose from R224,826 to R303,956 this year.

Lots not sold increased in 2013 to 30 from 17 last year, but the session’s top price of R3,400,000 was well up on last year’s top priced lot which fetched R1,250,000.

It was noticeable that the day’s trading got off to a slow start, but prices picked up gradually and steadily through the day.

The first day was topped by lot 233, who was sold to Shadwell South Africa for R3,400,000. Consigned by Klipdrif Stud, the colt is from the final crop of multiple champion sire Jet Master. Named Master’s Spirit, the colt is the second foal of Grade 1 winner Urabamba (Fort Wood).

Top priced filly on day one was a daughter of Argentinian sire Easing Along, who was knocked down for R900,000. The unnamed filly was consigned by Wilgerbosdrift, and was purchased by Mayfair Speculators.

TBA’s CEO Tom Callaghan was ecstatic with the outcome of the sale, commenting, “This was an exceptional sale, and the sales’ results are in line with standard international results. The average was up by 39%, and there was quality money for quality horses. Buyers have become more discerning. There was excellent support from some of racing’s real icons, but thanks must go out to the breeders who have supported the sale so well.”

The TBA’s Jan Naude was also well pleased with the day’s outcome, saying, “Despite a slow start, the sale ended with improved figures from last year. This was a great result, as there were fewer horses sold. I hope the positive trend continues on Sunday. Come early - we start at 10!”

A full list of results and statistics for day one is now available on the Bloodstock South Africa website.

Extract from Bloodstock South Africa

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THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT

Mick Goss at National Yearling Sale
Mick Goss at National Yearling Sale

Watch Mick Goss speaking at the TBA Sales Ground

(Image and Footage : Andrew Bon)

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa

26 - 28 April 2013

mick goss
mick goss

Summerhill Stud CEO

Mick GossI’ve got a funny feeling about this sale. There are plenty of people on the grounds, and judging by the guest list out at Emperors Palace, they’re not all locals. I guess the message about Shea Shea, Soft Falling Rain and The Apache at racing’s biggest night, the Dubai World Cup, had to have found a few resonant ears.

The reality is, like our horsemen, the South African thoroughbred can stand its ground with the best. Anywhere. That much was apparent in Dubai, and it will be apparent again throughout the European summer, when these gladiators cross swords with whatever remains of the best in those realms.

We had all come to savour the thought of an encounter at Royal Ascot between Shea Shea and the world’s highest-rated sprinter, Black Caviar. After all, Shea Shea has just run the fastest 1000 metres in UAE history, and on a line through Ortensia (like the world champion, an Aussie), we might’ve seen a proper encounter. Like Shea Shea, Ortensia had grabbed the previous running of the Al Quoz Sprint (Gr.1) in Dubai, and like him, she broke the record. Unlike Shea Shea, she couldn’t run it in the blistering fractions he set that night. Truth is, times don’t lie, and especially not at 1000 metres.

As for Soft Falling Rain, nobody really knows just how good he is. What we do know, is that he goes to Europe unbeaten, and that he was enormous in the manner of his victory over his elders in Dubai. Only time will tell, and again, the scene will be Royal Ascot.

A fortnight ago, Sydney witnessed a “ripper” of an Easter sale. Two horses made more than R40million, a statement if it was needed, on the rude health of Australian racing. The overall average was close to R3million, which tells you the wallets of breeders down there, are well and truly stuffed, too.

But it also tells you about the value of South African racehorses. The average at last year’s National Yearling Sale, was a tad above R240,000, less than 10% of the Sydney average, and you can’t tell me there’s anything like that separating theirs from ours at the races. Sadly, Black Caviar’s been retired, unbowed in 25 starts. Otherwise, we might’ve known what separated us. If anything.

That may be fighting talk, since no-one’s lowered her flag in 25 starts, but at this distance, we’re safe in conjecture! Whatever the case, South Africans know they’re likely to be able to buy the nations’ best at figures that make sense. In the face of these international performances, this ought to be South Africa’s moment, but we remain bedevilled by another month’s suspension of our export protocols. Whether there’s political inspiration behind it or not, it’s hard to know, but the fact is, South Africa exported half a million horses during the colonial wars in the Empire’s cause, without ever exporting African Horse Sickness. Our quarantine facilities match the best in the world, and the scientists monitoring the process, are the world-leaders in this sphere. We all know what the consequences would be if the disease were to be transferred anywhere else, and there’s no chance we’d tolerate a breach.

Meanwhile, like Toyota, our horses represent the values our countrymen prize most. Excellent quality, great reliability and outstanding value. So let the games begin!

P.S. In case you’re not convinced, we have a few “Aussies” in our line-up as well!

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DEATH OF STORM CAT

Brave Tin Soldier - National Yearling Sale
Brave Tin Soldier - National Yearling Sale

Watch Brave Tin Soldier - The Legacy Continues

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STORM CAT (USA)

Storm Bird - Terlingua

Sire of exciting Summerhill stallion Brave Tin Soldier, Storm Cat (Storm Bird - Terlingua, by Secretariat), was euthanized Wednesday at the Young family’s Overbrook Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, at the age of 30 due to complications from infirmities of old age.

Throughout his brilliant career at stud, Storm Cat sired earners of over $127 million, eight champions and 108 graded stakes winners, including five Breeders’ Cup winners. Racing in the colors of his breeder William T. Young, Storm Cat captured the 1985 Grade 1 Young America Stakes at the Meadowlands and was an unlucky runner-up in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at the Big A.

Storm Cat topped the general sire list twice, the juvenile sire list a record seven times and was leading broodmare sire in 2012. Ninety-one of his yearlings have brought $1million or more at auction. His stud fee rose from $30,000 in 1988 to $500,000 at the height of his stud career. Storm Cat currently ranks third on the Thoroughbred Daily News Lifetime Cumulative Earnings General Sire list behind Sadler’s Wells and A.P. Indy.

“Storm Cat was a once-in-a-lifetime horse and the key to the success that Overbrook Farm enjoyed,” Overbrook Farm owner William T. Young Jr. said. “My father often said that Storm Cat made him look like a genius.”

Ric Waldman, who managed Storm Cat’s stud career added, “Storm Cat was a major impact sire - a major impact on the future of the breed and a major impact on the lives of those of us at Overbrook.”

Storm Cat was buried at Overbrook Farm.

Extracts from Thoroughbred Daily News

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THE BEAUTY OF THIS BEAST

Brian Joffe Interview
Brian Joffe Interview

Watch a candid interview with Brian Joffe post Dubai World Cup Carnival

(Image and Footage : Andrew Bon)

EMPERORS PALACE NATIONAL YEARLING SALE

TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa

26 - 28 April 2013

mick goss
mick goss

Summerhill Stud CEO

Mick GossBig deals make big men excited, but racehorses can turn big men into little boys. You only had to witness Brian Joffe’s leap into the arms of Mike de Kock after Shea Shea’s demolition of the Al Quoz field on World Cup night, to know the truth of that statement. As one of the continent’s leading businessman, Joffe transacts in billions, yet I doubt even the clinching of a major acquisition or the birth of a child could’ve evoked the response Andrew Bon captured on his videocam that night.

The roots of his euphoria started as most of them do, at Bloodstock South Africa’s sales complex alongside Rand Airport on the “other side of town.” Commonly known as the East Rand, the Germiston - Benoni - Boksberg triangle is a sprawling industrial complex, populated largely by the “blue collar” brigade. Yet it’s spawned some of the nation’s biggest celebrities of modern times, Charlize Theron, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Investec’s Stephen Koseff and Larry Nesdtadt, among dozens of others.

So there must be something magical about this place which has given us any number of racing’s legends, right back to Hawaii, William Penn, Sea Cottage and Colorado King.

Among the current luminaries are the outstanding three-year-olds, Capetown Noir; Saturday’s short-priced Derby favourite, Tellina, and the SA Classic hero, Love Struck, all graduates of the 2011 class at the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

Anyone sniffing about at the Summerhill precinct in Block A at the sales ground that year, might’ve thrust his hand into a veritable treasure trove. Besides Love Struck, you might’ve been lucky enough to dig up the prodigiously talented Blueridge Mountain, who’s looking a bargain now as a Group One ace, despite her hefty R2million sales tag. Or Patriotic Rebel, just a length adrift of Capetown Noir in the Investec Derby (Gr.1), or Mullins Bay’s handsome son, Gitiano, who was last seen in flying mode scorching up the Turffontein straight for the 3rd cheque in the Classic. That’s four Group One performers already from our sophomore team, and we’ve forgotten about Rebel Queen, who ran her rivals giddy in the Nkosazana Stakes a fortnight ago.

It’s a tough act to follow, we know, but there are some damn nice steeds out “East” this week, and if you talk to the Summerhill lads, they’ll tell you our lot are as good as we’ve trucked to Germiston. Remember though, they rely on this sale for a living, so take it from whence it comes!

That said, you can’t say you didn’t get the “heads-up”, particularly as it comes from a football team which this weekend literally made the Inter Farm Football trophy (just about as smart as the Jules Rimet version) their own after three consecutive championships. The word is that they are looking to emulate the farm’s eight consecutive Breeder’s Premierships before going “pro”. And to illustrate how seriously this contest is taken, Michael Booysen, Delani Mtshali, John Motaung and Elliot Bhengu made the 900km round trip from Summerhill on Sunday, to provide solidarity. Those on the farm will tell you, they were back on duty at 6am Monday morning, as all good men always are.

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Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za

www.summerhill.co.za

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