“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”.