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Thursday
Jul242014

PINHOOKING - IT'S NOT A DIRTY WORD

David Allan Allan BloodlinesDavid Allan / Allan Bloodlines (p)

David Allan explains why the “P-word” makes the bloodstock world go round
- Sporting Post

David Allan of Allan Bloodlines is a sales consultant and selector for racing and breeding, racing and breeding manager, owner/breeder, stallion syndicate manager and promoter of various South African interests at home and abroad. David’s involvement in pinhooking in South Africa is in conjunction with Balmoral Stud. David has been a member of the South African TBA and a colour holder in South Africa for ten years and has the following to say about pinhooking : Read more on Sporting Post

Wednesday
Jul232014

SCOTLAND THE BRAVES

Imbalenhle Traditional Dance TroupeSummerhill’s Imbalenhle Traditional Dance Troupe / Leigh Willson (p)

“They debut in Scotland on the 3rd August under the nom de plume, Ngobamakhosi, the name of the regiment which struck such fear in to the hearts of the British soldiers at the Battle of Isandlwana in 1879.”

Air travel to faraway destinations is so commonplace these days, people tend to get a bit blasé about it. However, for a significant section of the population, it is only a pipedream, and for the Imbalenhle Traditional Dance Troupe at Summerhill Stud in Mooi River, it is about to become a reality with an invitation to perform at the planet’s greatest festival of its kind, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Summerhill CEO, Mick Goss, recalls that 17 years ago at the opening of their Hartford House boutique hotel on the farm, he was approached by the team leader with a request for an audition: some of the dancers were just 7 and 8 years of age, and they wanted the right to entertain the hotel guests on weekends. Having grown up in faraway Lusikisiki, Goss had seen just about every traditional dance there was to be seen, and reluctantly gave up a precious Sunday off to attend the audition. The troupe arrived with five drums strapped with cattle hides and they beat them with garden hoses, to such effect that they’ve been on duty, weather permitting, ever since. Some years ago, they emerged among the top traditional dance troupes in South Africa, and a small core of this crew distinguished South Africa at the world championships in Tokyo and Hong Kong respectively.

Seventeen years on, and their renown has reached the other end of the world, culminating in the Edinburgh invitation. That these traditions are maintained among our rural communities is a rare gift in a world where technology and the internet have thrust cultural pursuits to the margins; the tiny metropolis of Mooi River, a slow town with a sleepy railway station left behind by the Anglo-Boer War, is abuzz with anticipation at the imminent departure of this troupe, thanks to the help of the Department of Arts & Culture and the recently appointed MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development in KZN, Mr Cyril Xaba.

The Summerhill team is beavering away at assembling the remaining funds to ensure the dancers get aboard an aircraft later this week, in the hope of wrapping that up in the next few days. They debut in Scotland on the 3rd August under the nom de plume,  Ngobamakhosi, the name of the regiment which struck such fear in to the hearts of the British soldiers at the Battle of Isandlwana in 1879; they will perform the ritual dance the Zulu impis undertook at the Royal kraal on the eve of their departure for major military expeditions.

Meanwhile, this was not Mooi River’s only accolade this month. Four years ago, Summerhill opened its School Of Management Excellence in Equine studies, the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, where half of its graduates annually travel abroad on scholarships. The best of them proceed to further studies at the English National Stud in Newmarket, where they join 25-30 students from around the world. In a matter of three years, two graduates of the Summerhill school have provided that venerable institution with its Top Practical Student of the year, the first of whom, Thabani Nzimande headed the list in 2012, and again last week, John Motaung exalted Mooi River with the same achievement. “Having been to most of the leading stud farms of the world, we’ve long held that South Africa is home to some of the finest naturally-skilled stockmen anywhere, and these results by our local people have vindicated this view completely”.

Yet another graduate of the class of 2013, Hazel Kayiya, who works in the financial administration division of Gold Circle in Durban, is currently on scholarship with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, which operates international racing’s most-envied jurisdiction. Just six months out of her graduation at the School Of Management Excellence, she has been nominated a CEO designate of Gold Circle.

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Wednesday
Jul232014

NUMBER ONE FRESHMAN SIRE

brave tin soldier stallionBrave Tin Soldier
(Photo : Greig Muir)

GET ‘TIN’ BEFORE HE GETS AWAY

His pedigree spoke of Emperors and Excellence.
Now, Brave Tin Soldier is doing exactly what it said on the “tin”.

Freshman Sires % Winners / Runners*
BRAVE TIN SOLDIER 42%
ELUSIVE FORT 27%
IDEAL WORLD 29%
SEVENTH ROCK 18%
KING’S APOSTLE 17%
MAMBO IN SEATTLE 15%
A.P. ANSWER 11%

* As at 13 July 2014

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Tuesday
Jul222014

HALF-SISTER TO VISIONAIRE SETS DEL MAR TRACK RECORD ON DEBUT

taras tangoTara’s Tango / Larry Zap (p)

TARA’S TANGO
Unbridled’s Song - Scarlet Tango

Stonestreet Stable’s homebred Tara’s Tango was backed down to odds-on early in the wagering, touched 7-5 on the drift and settled at 6-5 to open her account at first asking in a very strong-looking Del Mar maiden Sunday.

Away alertly to press the pace, the half-sister to Summerhill Stud resident Sire Visionaire (Grand Slam) traveled in the two path and led narrowly turning for home, but soon had company in the form of Diva Express (Afleet Express), off at 3-1 from a 20-1 morning line. The latter was forced to travel about four deep on the bend and had every chance to get by the chalk in the lane, but Tara’s Tango had something left and was pushed out hands-and-heels by jockey Mike Smith to score by a comfortable 3 1/2 lengths, with a final furlong in a smart :12.09. The composite time of :57.40 established a new track record.

Stonestreet acquired Scarlet Tango, carrying a full-sister to Visionaire, for $850,000 at the 2008 Keeneland November sale a little more than two months after that colt’s victory in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop Stakes. The mare produced a filly by Malibu Moon in 2013 and foaled a Street Cry (Ire) colt this year.

Jerry Hollendorfer also trained Tara’s Tango’s half-sister, the talented Scarlet Strike (Smart Strike).

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

Monday
Jul212014

BRACELET SPARKLES IN DARLEY IRISH OAKS

DARLEY IRISH OAKS (Group 1)
The Curragh, Turf, 2414m
19 July 2014

Bracelet, one of five representatives for trainer Aidan O’Brien, led home a thrilling 1–2–4 for the Ballydoyle-based trainer in the Group 1 Darley Irish Oaks, the feature race at the Curragh Saturday. Fresh from her success in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, the three-year-old daughter of Montjeu once again showed her ability to battle, as she stayed on strongly under jockey Colm O’Donoghue to beat stable companion Tapestry (Galileo), the mount of Aidan’s son Joseph O’Brien, by a neck, with the same distance back Volume (Mount Nelson) in third. O’Brien sent out the first, second and fourth, as his 18-year-old daughter Ana O’Brien brought home Beyond Brilliance for fourth.

Bracelet’s win provided her late sire Montjeu with this second consecutive Irish Oaks winner, following Chicquita’s victory in last year’s renewal, and O’Brien’s 32nd Irish Classic winner.

The race was delayed due a technical difficulty with the British-trained Volume’s hind shoes, but once the gates opened, she attempted to make all the running, but was collared first by Bracelet and then by Tapestry, who stayed on well for second.

Bred by Roncon & Chelston, and from one of the best families in the stud book, this Group 1 victory added yet more lustre to Bracelet’s already immense broodmare value, as she is out of a half-sister to Galileo and Sea The Stars, amongst others. Her dam, Cherry Hinton (Green Desert), did not win but was placed in Group 3 company, and is already the dam of another smart Montjeu filly in the Group 2-winning juvenile Wading and Simply A Star (Giant’s Causeway), who was second in the Listed Tipperary Stakes last weekend. This is a true Classic family, as her Group 1-winning grandam Urban Sea (Miswaki) has also produced two daughters who were placed in the Group 1 Oaks and/or the Group 1 Irish Oaks.

Extract from European Bloodstock News

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