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The Summerhill Sires Film for 2014/15 will be broadcast for the first time on Tellytrack (DSTV Channel 239) this Friday (25th July) at 20h30 and again on Sunday evening (27th July) at 19h45, immediately after Breeding To Win. It is a tribute to its uniqueness and its exceptional technical attributes, that for the fourth consecutive year, Sky Channel (Australia) will be broadcasting it to the world on their three channels. The team at iKind Media, who put it together, have outdone themselves, but you’ll only know that if you tune in.

If you happen to miss it, you can catch it here on our Blog on Monday (28th July).

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elan property group gold cup

Greyville, Turf, 3200m
26 July 2014

David ThiseltonDavid Thiselton
Gold Circle
The Dean Kannemeyer-trained Hot Ticket is favoured to win his first Group 1 race in Saturday’s eLan Property Group Gold Cup at Greyville.

Hot Ticket is the only one of Kannemeyer’s team of three horses entered for the Champions meeting that is not a Grade 1 winner but the trainer expects that to change in Saturday’s 3200m feature.

“He came through his win in the Gold Vase very well. He has been moving very well, very freely, and has thrived in Durban,” Kannemeyer said. “He has been giving Karl Neisius a good feel and is in top shape. He has earned his stripes by winning some of the biggest staying races in the country. It is tough to carry 60kg over 3200m, but he is only maturing now and has ended up being one of the biggest horses in the yard.”

Hot Ticket won the Grade 2 Gold Vase under the topweight over 3000m on Vodacom Durban July day.

Kannemeyer’s unbeaten colt Afrikaburn impressed with his win on July day in the Grade 1 Durban Golden Horseshoe over 1400m and is drawn in pole position in the Grade 1 Premier’s Champion Stakes over 1600m on Saturday.

The yard’s stalwart three-time Grade 1 winner Capetown Noir runs in the Grade 1 Beach Beauty Champions Cup with the blinkers removed as he over raced in the Durban July.

“He is a brilliant miler and is in great shape, so if he puts his best foot forward is a lively runner although he has a tricky draw,” Kannemeyer said.

Mike de Kock has two runners in the Gold Cup and can’t separate Wild One and Canterbury Tale despite stable jockey Anthony Delpech electing to ride Wild One.

“They are a similar type of horse and will both relish the trip, so I don’t have a preference. They are both very well,” De Kock said.

Canterbury Tale showed that he as an out and out stayer in last year’s Gold Cup, when staying on strongly for third. He is only two points higher in the merit ratings this year but carries the same weight of 54kg. Earlier last season he won the Grade 2 Gold Bowl over 3200m at Turffontein and looks to have had a perfect preparation this year as this will be his third run after a seven month layoff. However he is drawn 15 of the 16 runners but does have a top class jockey Weichong Marwing aboard.

Wild One looks potentially well handicapped with 53,5kg. He gave his passionate owner Sean Phillips his first Graded race success when winning the Grade 3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup over 2400m at Greyville in May and followed that run with a third to Hot Ticket in the Grade 2 Gold Bowl over 3000m on Durban July day. He is 0,5kg better off with Hot Ticket but has to jump from the widest draw of all.

De Kock has a strong hand in the two Grade 1 two-year-old races with five runners in total. He runs the Grade 1 Allan Robertson winner Alboran Sea as well as Pine Princess in the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes over 1600m for two-year-old fillies.

Alboran Sea jumped tardily last time out in the Grade 1 Zulu Kingdom Golden Slipper over 1400m but looked the winner when bursting into the lead late, only to be caught near the line by the outsider Bilateral. Pine Princess was drawn wide in the Golden Slipper, but stayed on well from a handy position for a 0,75 length third.

“Pine Princess will relish the step up in trip. It might be the top end of Alboran Sea’s range because she has tremendous speed, but that might be an asset because on pedigree she will get the trip on her head,” De Kock said.

Delpech replaces Muzi Yeni on Alboran Sea and Bernard Fayd’Herbe goes on to Pine Princess.

De Kock’s pair Anjaal and Jayyed had jarred up from their July day runs where they finished within a short-head of each other in fourth and fifth in the Grade 1 Golden Horseshoe over 1400m. Mootahadee is his third runner and shouldn’t be underestimated as he finished close up to older horses over 1400m on the Greyville polytrack last time when running off an official merit rating of 84.

“All three will be decent horses in time to come and all are doing well. In the long term the maiden Jayyed might be the best of them,” De Kock said.

Final Field

# Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 HOT TICKET 60.0 112 6 K Neisius Dean Kannemeyer
2 RUN FOR IT 57.5 106 5 S Cormack Justin Snaith
3 PADDY O’REILLY 57.5 105 2 B Fayd’Herbe Mike Stewart
4 SHOGUNNAR 57.5 105 3 K de Melo Gavin van Zyl
5 GOLD ONYX 57.0 104 16 P Strydom Sean Tarry
6 MASTER SABINA 56.5 104 4 A Marcus Geoff Woodruff
7 JEPPE’S REEF 55.0 98 13 G van Niekerk Mike Bass
8 CROWN OF GOLD 54.5 97 14 K Shea Tara Laing
9 CANTERBURY TALE 54.0 95 18 W Marwing Mike de Kock
10 SERISSA 53.5 95 10 S Khumalo Sean Tarry
11 GOTHIC 53.5 94 1 M Byleveld Vaughan Marshall
12 WILD ONE 53.5 94 19 A Delpech Mike de Kock
13 WAVIN’ FLAG 53.0 93 8 G Hatt Brett Crawford
14 ASH CLOUD 52.5 97 15 S Veale Weiho Marwing
15 ALEXANDER 52.5 92 9 M Yeni Glen Kotzen
16 MAGIC SMOKE 52.0 89 17 R Danielson Mike Azzie
  Reserve Runners          
17 SAVAGE WIND 52.0 82 7 Reserve 1 Joe Soma
18 SKY RISE 52.0 82 11 Reserve 2 Weiho Marwing
19 DANCING CLUB 52.0 68 12 Reserve 3 Terry Lowe

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St Petersburg StallionSt Petersburg / Summerhill Stud (p)


First Solzhenitsyn’s Group One wins and performances put him on the map. Now, from just a handful of foals, both St Petersburg’s International runners and the first of his Summerhill graduates, are hitting the spot.

1st - 2 year old Dark Eyes for Robbie Hill in open company
1st - 2 year old Lavender Girl for LJ Erasmus
1st - Fantasticprivilege in Macau
1st - Rush ‘n Prince in Macau 

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David Allan Allan BloodlinesDavid Allan / Allan Bloodlines (p)

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



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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