…ARE NO LONGER LOOKING IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR.
Visionaire left a handful of foals in the USA. Last week :
Who knows what next week will bring?
Visionaire left a handful of foals in the USA. Last week :
Who knows what next week will bring?
The portents for longevity are good at Summerhill. Old Colonel Richards, who once promised our racehorses would be good, lived well into his nineties. Raymond Ellis, who made sure they would be good, made old bones too. On the weekend, one-time Summerhill proprietor, Derek Goodman, reached the nervous nineties. Whilst the earlier generations survived despite the ravages of hard work and many hours at the grindstone, Derek is probably as good an advert as you might get for a leisurely existence and its value in promoting long life. “Colourful” would serve as the best description for the way he and twin brother Allan have celebrated their time on this planet. The Sunday Tribune says the rest.
“The brothers Goodman have very devoted and understanding spouses in Lynne (Derek) and Annie (Allan). The two understand that just because a man is no longer young, it doesn’t mean he can’t still lavish his charms on a single lady. After all, these are men who are on first name terms with royalty, have played the tables on the French Riviera with billionaires and swept Hollywood stars off their feet. No point in coming over all respectable now, is there?
And what delightful and surprising drinking companions they are, in the cosy bar of Caister Lodge (formerly the Caister Hotel) at 11.30 on a Saturday morning. Looking the very picture of old-school gentlemen, they are quick to whip out cigars - as quickly extinguished by the “smoke police” at the retirement home - as they reminisce about their youthful exploits.
Scions of wealthy parents, they were educated at the best private schools and are not a bit shy to admit that the only demand ever made of them, growing up, was that they become good polo players. They both duly made the Springbok team and played for Natal when they weren’t taking on the likes of Prince Philip in the Queen’s Cup at Windsor. “Philip sent us a jolly nice letter for our birthday,” said Allan. “He said he had many happy memories of playing against us. So glad to see he’s got over being piqued that we beat him to win his wife’s trophy.”
The brothers were volunteers in World War II - Allan flying a Spitfire and Derek tackling a job no less dangerous as a tank driver. Both had miraculous neardeath experiences, with Allan being shot down no less than three times, and taken prisoner in Italy by the Germans. “One does miss the war,” Allan reflected. “Nothing quite compares to the exhilaration of flying a Spitfire, although driving my Lamborghini came close.”
Back home they were welcomed with a string of polo ponies and the latest sports cars - Allan’s a Cadillac coupe - and a dizzying round of fun began. Despairing of what to do with them, their father nudged them into stockbroking. That, says Allan with a laugh, “we put up with for a couple of years and then went off to try stock farming”. Were they gentlemen farmers? “Oh yes! Absolutely. Never got our hands dirty. Never made any money either, come to think of it.”
Derek found time for a few more dalliances than Allan, and had a scandalous affair with Hollywood starlet Zsa Zsa Gabor “before she decided I wasn’t quite rich enough”. He finally married at 37, while Allan started rather earlier and produced five sons with his first wife, mining heiress Georgina Albew.
When the brothers join their many offspring today at the Simbithi Country Club, there is no doubt their exploits and derring-do will be feted in grand style, as befitting old school bon vivants.”
Solzhenitsyn (NZ) won the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup over 1600m in Australia last week for the second year running. The son of St Petersburg (AUS) who stands at Summerhill Stud in South Africa’s picturesque KZN Midlands, is out of Tri Victory (NZ) by Victory Dance (IRE). A 12-time winner, Solzhenitsyn also won the Group 1 Toorak Handicap over 1600m at Caulfield in Australia and placed twice in Group 1’s and a Group 2 down under.
Named after a Russian novelist and activist, Solzhenitsyn won by a short neck from Commands colt Transporter, with Epic finishing one and quarter lengths off the leader in third position.
In South Africa, Blushing Peter (out of Elegant Blush by Jallad) placed third in the Grade 3 Protea Stakes as well as placing fourth in the Grade 1 South African Nursery. He is trained by Sean Tarry and bred and owned by Fred Crabbia. St Petersburg’s other Bold Black Types from Australia and Macau include Chartreuse, Barlinnie, St Peters Gift, Russian Conquest and Fantasticprivilege.
St Petersburg is the sire of 167 progeny to race to date, producing 85 winners (50.0%) with earnings of over $6.6 million which include five Stakes Winners and two Stakes places.
St Petersburg is the only son of Nureyev standing in KwaZulu-Natal, out of the mare Miss Bold Appeal by Valid Appeal. A good-looking dark bay stallion with an outstanding temperament, he is a half-brother to Triple Grade 1 winner in the USA, Jersey Girl as well as 8-time winner Partition and sire Bold Expectation in Australia. He belongs to the immediate family of Two-Year-Old USA Champion sire Foolish Pleasure, Beldale Lustre, Valid Expecations and Little Expectations.
A stallion that stood privately prior to relocating to Summerhill Stud, St Petersburg has produced winners (and Stakes Winners) in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
St Petersburg won three races in Australia at age 3, 1000-1200m and placed twice. His wins include the Group 3 VRC Chivas Regal Stakes (1200m) and the SAJC Fraar Handicap (1000m). He placed fourth in the Group 1 VRC Lightening Stakes (1000m) and Group 2 Ascot Vale Stakes (1200m) before a tendon injury prematurely ended a career that promised great heights.
A Triple Crown will have to wait yet another year after Calumet Farm’s Oxbow (Awesome Again) gave Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas - age 77 - a sixth win and fellow Hall of Famer Gary Stevens - age 50 and a handful of months removed from a seven year retirement - a third victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Preakness Stakes at Old Hilltop in Baltimore. Itsmyluckyday (Lawyer Ron) looked a danger in deep stretch before settling for second, while Mylute (Midnight Lute) came from the back of the pack to be third.
GI Kentucky Derby hero Orb (Malibu Moon) was sent off at prohibitive odds of 3-5 to take this middle jewel, but raced in a bit of traffic and closer to the pace than is his custom on the back stretch and only a belated rally carried him into fourth.
In the capable hands of Gary Stevens, whose two previous Preakness wins came for Bob Baffert (Silver Charm, 1997 and Point Given, 2001), Oxbow was given rein and edged past Goldencents (Into Mischief) to lead with a circuit to travel, while Itsmyluckyday and Titletown Five (Tiznow) were the next-closest pursuers. Orb and GIII Illinois Derby hero Departing (War Front) raced as a team further back, while Govenor Charlie (Midnight Lute), Will Take Charge and Mylute comprised the latter third of the field into the clubhouse turn.
Oxbow traveled sweetly turning up the backstretch and there were no real deltas until Joel Rosario guided Orb off the inside and into the two path to launch a middle move between Titletown Five and Itsmyluckyday that carried him to within two lengths of the pacesetter nearing the half-mile pole. But Titletown Five countered up the fence and Departing ranged up to his outside, and all at once, Orb was relegated to sixth and was sending out distress signals as he was niggled along by Rosario. Back at the head of affairs, Stevens was a mere passenger as Oxbow took them around the final turn after breezing the opening six furlongs in 1:13.26, and, surprisingly, his host of pursuers did not include the Derby winner.
Itsmyluckyday, three or four wide the whole journey, took aim from the outside and Departing appeared dangerous for a stride or two in upper stretch, but Oxbow had managed to conserve enough energy for that crucial final furlong and stayed on well for the win. Itsmyluckyday was a gallant second ahead of Mylute, who validated his fifth in the Derby with another creditable effort.
Extracts from Thoroughbred Daily News
|ALEXANDRA PALACE||92||Mike de Kock|
|AMERICAN STORM||97||Spike Lerena|
|ASTRO NEWS||102||Charles Laird|
|BEACH BEAUTY||112||Dennis Drier|
|BIG CITY ANGEL||89||Gavin van Zyl|
|BULSARA||102||Gavin van Zyl|
|CAPETOWN NOIR||110||Dean Kannemeyer|
|CAYMAN ISLAND||98||Yogas Govender|
|CHERRY ON THE CAKE||94||Gavin van Zyl|
|CHERRY ON THE TOP||112||Ormond Ferraris|
|DO YOU REMEMBER||101||Geoff Woodruff|
|ENCHANTED KINGDOM||100||Paul Peter|
|FOURTH ESTATE||92||Colin Scott|
|GALILEO’S DESTINY||105||Mike de Kock|
|GENERAL SHERMAN||93||Sean Tarry|
|GLORIOUS JET||98||St John Gray|
|GOLD ONYX (NZ)||104||Sean Tarry|
|GOLDEN CHATEAU (AUS)||101||Duncan Howells|
|HAMMIE’S DYNASTY||92||Mike Bass|
|HEAVY METAL||111||Sean Tarry|
|HILL FIFTY FOUR||112||Vaughan Marshall|
|ICE MACHINE||109||Garth Puller|
|ILHA BELA||98||Mike de Kock|
|IZORA||98||Mike de Kock|
|JET AGLOW||101||Glen Kotzen|
|KING OF PAIN||104||Joey Ramsden|
|KNOCK ON WOOD||107||Ormond Ferraris|
|LIANCOURT ROCK (AUS)||102||Dean Kannemeyer|
|LOCKHEED JETSTAR||95||Geoff Woodruff|
|LOVE STRUCK||103||Paul Lafferty|
|MASTER PLAN||110||Alec Laird|
|MASTER SABINA||88||Geoff Woodruff|
|MUJAARIB (AUS)||108||Mike de Kock|
|PATRIOTIC REBEL||95||Mike de Kock|
|PIERRE JOURDAN||100||Gary Alexander|
|POTALA PALACE||100||Mike Azzie|
|PRICELESS JEWEL||86||Adam Marcus|
|PUNTA ARENAS||100||Stan Elley|
|PUTNEY FLYER||96||Weiho Marwing|
|RED FORT||98||Geoff Woodruff|
|RUN FOR IT||106||Justin Snaith|
|SAFE HOUSE||89||Mike Azzie|
|SANSHAAWES||99||Mike de Kock|
|SEAL||108||Gavin van Zyl|
|SHOGUNNAR||106||Gavin van Zyl|
|SILENT PARTNER||94||Mike de Kock|
|SILVER SPRING||77||Gavin van Zyl|
|TEQUILA SUNRISE||86||Mike de Kock|
|TERRITORIAL WATERS||90||Tony Rivalland|
|THUNDER DANCE||106||Brett Crawford|
|TIME OF SONG||80||Deon Visser|
|TRIBAL DANCE||107||Vaughan Marshall|
|TRUE MASTER||95||Justin Snaith|
|VERCINGETORIX||107||Mike de Kock|
|VERTICAL TAKEOFF||101||Sean Tarry|
|VIVA MARIA||102||Mike de Kock|
|WAR HORSE||98||Corne Spies|
|WHITELINE FEVER||109||Sean Tarry|
|WILD ONE||95||Jeff Freedman|
|WYLIE HALL (AUS)||98||Weiho Marwing|
|YER-MAAN||95||St John Gray|
Final Supplementary Entries : Monday 10 June 2013