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Thursday
Aug212014

LEARNERS TODAY. LEGENDS TOMORROW.

School of Equine Management Excellence - Class of 2014School of Equine Management Excellence - Class of 2014 / Heather Morkel (p)

“We’re working with flesh and blood, where the heart has its reasons,
of which reason knows nothing.”
Extract from the 2014/15 Summerhill Sires Brochure.
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mick gossMick Goss
Summerhill CEO
Hey, how about this? When John Motaung stood on the podium at the English National Stud in the last week of June, he became the second Childwick scholarship graduate of our School of Management Excellence in three years, to be anointed Top Practical Student of the Year at that venerable institution. Within days, our traditional dance troupe cracked the nod to perform at the world’s greatest pageant of its kind, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The previous month, a former pupil of a local government school was crowned the world’s most influential business person by Time magazine. The environmental concern that is born into most of our countrymen, sees a South African with his eco-friendly motor cars, working to save the planet, while at the same time launching a spacecraft to leave it. True vision is binocular, and Elon Musk is clearly a man who sees many things at once.

Only a year before, an international study hailed South Africa as the font of more world class companies than any other country of its size. Yes, we have our issues, but we certainly have our celebrations, too. To put this all into perspective, both John Motaung and his mentor and former victor ludorum in England, Thabani Nzimande, came to Summerhill from impoverished communities with little to offer but the dream of working with thoroughbreds. That they should emerge as the number one students at the English National Stud is both a signal to us all that miracles are still possible, and a vindication of our belief that right here in our neighbourhood, exists a reservoir of the finest talents of stockmanship on earth.

Another graduate of the class of 2013 is presently on a Cathsseta scholarship at the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Six months out of our school, Hazel Kayiya is the CEO designate of one of our biggest racing operators. Like her fellow classmates, she’s a product of a new wave of thinking. She knows there is a costly misconception hindering innovation. Most business models, for instance, hold that strategic reasoning must always precede emotional execution. That means, don’t try an idea before its worth is proven by knowledge or science, untainted by feeling.

We’re in the horse business, for heaven’s sake; we’re working with flesh and blood, where the heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing. Emotions assign value in our game, not tests or analysis. Disruptive ideas rarely pass muster, because they’re benchmarked against the norms of ordinary old ones. That’s not to say we should reject rationality, but we need to know its limitations in harnessing our creative spirits. We cannot expect innovation on one hand, and kill it with the other. Truth is, the scientific world offers much fertile ground, but woefully few farmers.

School Of Management Excellence, South Africa

Heather Morkel +27 (0) 33 263 1081
or email heather@summerhill.co.za
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Thursday
Aug212014

AUSTRALIA CRUISES TO JUDDMONTE INTERNATIONAL VICTORY

joseph o'brien with australia at juddmonte international stakesJoseph O’Brien shares a moment with Australia / Independent (p)

JUDDMONTE INTERNATIONAL STAKES (Group 1)
York, Turf, 2092m
20 August 2014

The regally-bred Australia (Galileo) won his third consecutive Group 1 with a smooth success in the Juddmonte International at York. Beautifully settled at the back, the dual Derby winner came with a well-timed run towards the stands’ side to head his rivals with ease and was pushed out by Joseph O’Brien to score by two lengths. The Grey Gatsby (Mastercraftsman) proved the form of his last start in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris to be all wrong with a fine second, with four-year-old Telescope (Galileo) just over two lengths back in third.

“He was ready for a racecourse gallop,” said Aidan O’Brien afterwards. “His weight had risen alarmingly in the last three weeks but the lads at home were very happy. He was a lot of kilos up on his Derby run - 15-20 kilos heavier - and that’s a lot of weight. Joseph said that leaving the paddock in the Derby he felt like he was a two or three-year-old, but today leaving he felt like a five-year-old. There’s such prize money here and it’s such a prestigious race that it’s very hard to gallop him at a racecourse rather than bring him here. We had in our head to come here and then Leopardstown, to the Irish Champion Stakes, if everything went well.”

Part-owner Michael Tabor added: “You go for a Derby because there’s nothing like a Derby, but the truth of matter is taking him to a mile and a quarter shows the speed he’s got, and Joseph said ‘you take him back to a mile and it would be perfect for him’. You’d have to say he has to be up there with the very best. In a perfect world he’ll go for Leopardstown and maybe the English Champion. Maybe one more after that, I don’t think so, but we’ll play out one race at a time.”

As has been well documented, Australia is by a Group 1 Derby winner, Galileo, out of a Group 1 Oaks winner, Ouija Board (Cape Cross), who has produced four winners from her first four foals. He was a 525,000gns purchase at Tattersalls October Sale by Demi O’Byrne. He was bred by Stanley House Stud, who have owned several generations of the family which has also produced the Arlington Million winner Teleprompter and Group 1 winners Ibn Bey, Roseate Tern and Red Bloom.

Trainer Kevin Ryan was thrilled with the run of The Grey Gatsby, and said: “We’ve no excuses; the winner is a fabulous horse. The way he’s [The Grey Gatsby] finished it looks like he’ll get a mile and a half, which opens up plenty of options. Hopefully he’ll stay in training next year.”

Harry Herbert of Telescope’s owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said of their colt: “He needs a mile and a half, it’s as simple as that. He’s run very well over a mile and a quarter behind two Derby winners. It’s up to Sir Michael but I would have thought the Breeders’ Cup would be the main objective now.”

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Extract from European Bloodstock News

Wednesday
Aug202014

FRANKEL: A SECOND COMING?

australia horseAustralia / The Guardian (p)

JUDDMONTE INTERNATIONAL STAKES (Group 1)
York, Turf, 2092m
20 August 2014

Is it conceivable that the world is witnessing the emergence of another elite thoroughbred in the class of Frankel, universally considered the best racehorse in living memory?

Australia (GB) (Galileo) tops the Timeform Ratings at 137p ahead of his start in the G1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York August 20. A winner of both the G1 Investec Derby at Epsom and the G1 Irish Derby at The Curragh, the Aidan O’Brien-trained chestnut also was third in the G1 2000 Guineas behind Night of Thunder (Ire) (Dubawi) earlier in the season. He is rated one pound higher (with weight-adjusted ratings) than Group 1-caliber older horses Mukhadram (GB) (Shamardal) and Telescope (Ire) (Galileo), third and second respectively behind Taghrooda (GB) (Sea the Stars) in the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot July 26. The Grey Gatsby (Ire) (Mastercraftsman) is 131, Kingfisher (Ire) (Galileo) is 125, and Arod (Ire) (Teofilo) rounds out the field at 123. The “p” in Australia’s ranking reflects the opinion he is capable of better according to Timeform.

“Australia has the potential to make the leap from current great to all-time great, and there’s a feeling within Timeform that the intermediate trip of a mile and a quarter, which he tackles for the first time at York, will be the springboard for him scaling even greater heights in ratings terms,” said Chief Correspondent Jamie Lynch. “It’s unusual for a dual Derby winner to have competition for the spotlight, and both Kingman (GB) and Taghrooda (GB) have achieved something special this summer, but Australia could easily outrank them both if he turns it on in the International over prospectively his best distance.” Lynch added, “Both Telescope and Mukhadram are now established Group 1 performers, but the King George proved that they’re vulnerable to a star 3-year-old, which is exactly what Australia is. The presence of such solid older horses makes this a big test for him, but Australia has risen to every challenge so far and he looks to have the firepower to run to the sort of 130+ rating that would put him in an elite bracket of active racehorses.”

If you’re looking for the answer, Tellytrack (Channel 239) will provide it at 16h40 TODAY!

Wednesday
Aug202014

AUSTRALIA HEADS SIX FOR JUDDMONTE INTERNATIONAL

australa york racecourseAustralia / Telegraph-York Racecourse (p)

JUDDMONTE INTERNATIONAL STAKES (Group 1)
York, Turf, 2092m
20 August 2014

Six horses will go to post in today’s Group 1 Juddmonte International at York, headed by the dual Derby winner Australia.

The son of Galileo and Ouija Board has been impressive in his two wins at Epsom, in the Group 1 Derby, and at the Curragh, in the Group 1 Irish Derby, both over twelve furlongs. Here he will step back to ten furlongs, over a distance that many believe will prove to be his best.

At Epsom he beat Arod by eight and a quarter lengths, since when the son of Teofilo has sauntered home in a Leicester conditions contest. Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam said earlier in the week, “He seems to be in very good form, he’s had no problems whatsoever since his win at Leicester. He had a very hard race in the Derby - because he didn’t stay he had a harder race than normal. But he is back at the right trip now, whether he is good enough we will just have to wait and see. I took him to Leicester, as I wanted to give him a bit of confidence and it worked out well. He’s getting stronger all the time and thickening out.”

The older generation are represented by the second and third from the Group 1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot at the end of July. Telescope (Galileo) just got the better of Mukhadram (Shamardal) by a short head on that occasion on his first Group 1 attempt, having previously landed the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot in good style. Mukhadram had previously broken his Group 1 duck when landing the Group 1 Eclipse Stakes.

The Grey Gatsby provided his sire Mastercraftsman with a Classic winner from his first crop when landing the Group 1 Prix du Jockey-Club at Chantilly in June by a comfortable three lengths, having beaten Arod by three quarters of a length in the Group 2 Dante Stakes previously. However, last time out he was bogged down in the Longchamp mud when beaten ten and a half lengths in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris. Trainer Kevin Ryan said earlier in the week that the grey hated the ground in that race and followed up by saying, “He won his maiden at York, he was second in the Acomb at York and he won the Dante at York, so the Knavesmire will be no problem for him. He’s proven at this mile and a quarter, although at some point I envisage stepping him back up to a mile and a half. He’s only a three-year-old and is developing all the time.”

The final member of the field is the last time out Group 1 Irish Derby-second Kingfisher, a stablemate of the favourite. This was a return to form, having not handled the undulations of Epsom when tenth to Australia in the Group 1 Derby. Trainer Aidan O’Brien stated earlier this week that the son of Galileo will be running on his merits and not as a pacemaker.

Extract from European Bloodstock News

Tuesday
Aug192014

YOU WON'T FIND THEIR EQUAL ANYWHERE

zap molefeZap Molefe / Leigh Willson (p)

“The bedrock of our endeavours at Summerhill, is the people we work with.”
Extract from the 2014/15 Summerhill Sires Brochure.
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mick gossMick Goss
Summerhill CEO
We all have reasons for getting up in the mornings: ours, as we’ve so often said, is the privilege of living in this spectacular place, of being paid to work with the racehorse, and of doing so with a team of genuine originals, in a world which would’ve been less interesting without them. The sculpture of the breeding landscape has been dramatically overhauled in the past 30 years, driven by the technology of an alien age, and populated by the finances of the prosperous and the powerful. Horseracing is an unforgiving sport, and nobody holds a monopoly on the winner’s circle; one moment you’re cruising, the next you’re bruising. It exalts only those who are bold enough to make their own luck, and to hell with the rest.

The bedrock of our endeavours at Summerhill, is the people we work and live with. The Long Service roll in the farm boardroom counts more than a hundred who’ve done 10 years and beyond. The census tells us there are more than six hundred who call Summerhill home, that most of them grew up and were educated here; their grandfathers were on the team when old Col. Richards solemnly promised that one day, the Summerhill horses would no longer be just a part of the story; they would be the whole story.

Zap Molefe’s grandfather “did” Mowgli, his dad “did” Magic Mirror; and Zap himself did Sentinel. His grandchildren will one day “do” the next generation of Nhlavinis, Rebel Kings, Pick Sixes, and Blueridge Mountains. In his four decades on the farm, Zap Molefe may not always have passed a breathalyser test, but his handling of Sentinel was never impaired. “I was young and brave in those days,” he says in the conspiratorial rush he maintains to this day.

Zap Molefe has a hell of a heart. Poverty, ill-mannered horses, authority, none of these could grind him down or dull his spirit. He didn’t whine when he was part of racing’s army of losers, he didn’t boast when Sentinel made him famous and Mooi River hostesses wanted to buy him drinks. And by the way, his C.V. includes “cocktails” with His Majesty. Best not look for his replacement. There isn’t one.

Which goes for a whole heap of this team. Outside of an awards evening, you won’t find their equal anywhere.

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Enquiries :
Linda Norval 27 (0) 33 263 1081
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