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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR ADVERTISERS Allado Allan Bloodlines Bartholomeus Klip Better Built Barns Breeder’s Cup - Keeneland Cape Thoroughbred Sales Darby Dan Epol Equifeeds Equine Group Highlands Stud Horse Races Now Horses for Causes Klawervlei Stud Kuda Longines Mauritzfontein Paris Tourism Phumelela Spendthift Farm Steenberg Sun International/Maslow Group Team Valor Winstar Farm

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Welcome to our October/November edition of International Racehorse Magazine. With the seasons rapidly changing, some are gearing up for a long season while others are winding down. We excitedly look forward to the coming weeks and travelling to The Breeder’s Cup, this year in Lexington at the magnificent Keeneland. Established as one of the racing spectaculars on the international racing calendar, it is with great anticipation that we will make the trip over to Kentucky. Michele MacDonald has put together a series of photographs, courtesy of the Keeneland Library, showing just how far Keeneland has come in its brief history, more on page 10. Now synonymous with the Breeder’s Cup is the November Sales at Keeneland, starting on 1 November it kicks off a two week spending spree that can overwhelm even the hardened equine buyers, Michele MacDonald takes a closer look on page 30. Bunny Hinzman gets to know Breeder’s Cup Ambassador, Bo Derek, and shares with us her experience on page 86. Bunny also catches up with Keeneland regular, Peter Williams and takes a look at some of the charming work he has produced as artist over the years, read more on page 22. Then on to Japan,for the wrap up of the JRHA Select Sale. A rare glimpse into a world where luxury products are exhibited alongside the finest racehorses, where you can get your horsepower fix, regardless of whether it is four wheels or four legs. Michele MacDonald takes us behind the scenes on page 96. South Africa’s biggest race, The Vodacom Durban July yet again provided a grand story. Stuart Randolph, the man who had long since stopped dreaming of winning the July, blew the competition away on board Power King, Liesl King catches up with him on page 54. The second big story from the Durban July is that positions 1,2 and 3 were all by Silvano, Liesl King has more on page 103. There is a whole lot more, from The Mounted Police at The Royal Ascot, to a closer look at one of the most important feeding systems in South Africa, The South African Jockey Academy. Our next edition is our December/January edition and perfect for Breeding Season if you are in the Northern Hemisphere and prefect for the Yearling Sales if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, so do not miss out on this fantastic edition. Along with the paper copy, all advertising is also shared to our nearly 80 000 social media followers and digitized as a whole and made available on the web. Your feedback is always appreciated, good or bad, reach me at johan@silvermane.co.za. See you at the track.

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CHARM L e a p i n g from t he p a st a nd future dream s of thos e who l ove T h o r oug h b red s, K eene land Race Cour s e s pr ang i n t o l i fe in 1936, d esig n ed by its founder s to be a u n i q u e s h owca se for th e hor s e s that m ade the rolling fi e l d s o f Kentu ck y wor l d -re nowned. By Mi ch el e Ma c D o n al d | P h oto s : Ke e n al an d

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hey imagined, and then created, Keeneland as a special place where people could enjoy a sporting afternoon in a park-like setting and witness legends taking shape before their eyes, as well as a business in which any financial success would be shared with horsemen and the local Lexington community.

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George, Liz & Ted

Helen Hayes & Mickey Rooney

Priscilla Presley & Robert Sangster

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GEORGE, LIZ, & TED: The late actress Elizabeth Taylor is among the many intriguing personalities who have visited Keeneland over the years. In 1986, Taylor and her friend, actor George Hamilton (left) attended the races as guests of Keeneland and its oďŹƒcers, including Chairman Ted Bassett (right) HELEN HAYES & MICKEY ROONEY: Actor Mickey Rooney, who starred in racing movies National Velvet (1944) and The Black Stallion (1979), visited Keeneland in 1987 with Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hayes PRISCILLA PRESLEY & ROBERT SANGSTER: Drawn partly by the boom in yearling sales during the early 1980s, stars came to Keeneland to see the dollars fly in the sale pavilion. Among the attendees in 1984 was Priscilla Presley, who had been married to Elvis Presley for six years, and she was photographed with Robert Sangster SHEIK MOHAMMED MAKTOUM: A young Sheikh Mohammed, then age 32, at the Keeneland July selected yearling sale with his advisor, Col. Dick Warden, in 1981, the year he bought future Irish Derby winner Shareef Dancer for $3.3 million. At the same sale, Robert Sangster set a world record by paying $3.5 million for another son of Northern Dancer, Ballydoyle, who never won a stakes

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“We want a place where those who love horses can come and picnic with us and thrill to the sport of the Bluegrass. We are not running a race plant to hear the click of the mutuel machines,” proclaimed co-founder and respected horseman Hal Price Headley while describing plans for one of the first and only nonprofit racetracks. “We want them to come out here to enjoy God’s sunshine, fresh air and to watch horses race.” Nearly eight decades later, Headley’s vision remains fulfilled— and enhanced. Keeneland has grown to be a world leader in Thoroughbred auctions and in initiatives for racing safety

and integrity in addition to elite competition. Many of racing’s global superstars have either trod on its track or jogged through its sale ring while led, ridden, cheered, bought or sold by the best in the game. Headley and those who worked with him to transform what had been a private training facility operated by Jack Keene on land his family had owned since the 1700s—beforeKentucky became the first member of the United States west of the Appalachian Mountains—undoubtedly would have been delighted at how Keeneland has flourished. What will take place here almost 79 years to the day Keeneland opened for

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1935 Grandstand Construction: Construction underway on the 2,500-seat Keeneland grandstand in 1935, with the trademark limestone blocks eventually used for the outer walls lying beside the foundation

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1936 Grandstand: In the early days of racing at Keeneland, the grandstand, on left, and clubhouse were separated, as shown in this image from 1936. Construction that began in 1963 linked the two areas, and further upgrades and renovations were done in 1976, 1984, 1998 and 2000 1936 Clubhouse from track: Racing fans gather at the rail for a closer look at the action while others mingle in the clubhouse during the inaugural meet run at Keeneland in October 1936 (Credit on this one should be Skeets Meadors/Keeneland Library) 1937 Kee Paddock: An outrider on a white horse leads a field of runners from Keeneland’s walking ring to the racetrack in 1937 1941 Kee Crowd: In the early days of racing at Keeneland, crowds from all sectors of Lexington’s population attended the races, just as they do today, although blacks were limited to a section of the grandstand (far left) (Credit on this one should be Skeets Meadors/Keeneland Library) 1946 Placing Judges Stand: Placing judges keep their eyes on the horses as they determine the order of finish during racing in 1946, the same year that Keeneland used a photo finish camera for the first time 1948 Breeders’ sales: Eager buyers crowd into the Keeneland sale pavilion for the Breeders’ Sale Co. auction in 1948, when the yearling average price was $1,957 on 464 horses sold. At this year’s Keeneland September yearling sale, the average price reached $102,549 for 2,745 horses sold 1950 Meadors Gate Horses: A team of draft horses pulls the starting gate off the main track in 1950 (Credit should be: Skeets Meadors/Keeneland Library)

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1952 Sales Pavilion: After hosting its first sale in 1943, which Fasig-Tipton conducted in a tent in the paddock, Keeneland built a pavilion for auctions and eventually became the world leader in number of horses sold. This is a view of the sale pavilion in 1952

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the first time on an autumn afternoon seems like the natural evolution of their planning. America’s championship racing event, the Breeders’ Cup, will be conducted at Keeneland for the first time on October 3031, showcasing superior horses, jockeys, trainers and owners at the place where, according to the track’s motto, racing is presented“ as it was meant to be.” In the thrilling moments that unfold on the track, when heroes are born in the flash of fiery speed and unyielding mettle, all of Keeneland’s storied past will come to life again

on these ground that, while modernized, have lost none of their early charm and are recognized as an American National Historic Landmark. The stone walls and towering treesspeak of the days gone by, the echoing hoofbeats of Triple Crown winner Whirlaway, fivetime Horse of the Year Kelso, and the diminutive Northern Dancer, the horse who would change racing and breeding worldwide through his descendants. No less colorful have been the people, from fearless riders like Eddie Arcaro and Bill Shoemaker, to dashing trainers such

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as Horatio Luro, to the titans of the auctions, from Sheikh Mohammed to Robert Sangster and John Magnier, who brashly bid by millions of dollars at a time to secure the horses they desired. Fans have always been a part of the experience, from the days when there was a separate but equally crowded grandstand area for people of color to pastoral times when faded photographs show clubhouse patrons alongside goats. Celebrities and dignitaries have sashayed in the shade of Keeneland’s famed sycamore that stands tall by the paddock

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and walking ring, from Elizabeth Taylor to Queen Elizabeth II. Keeneland will write a new chapter with the Breeders’ Cup, and there will be new feats to prize in the memory and new champions to be revered. But the ideals behind Keeneland will remain unchanged. Once again, as Headley and his colleagues envisioned, the horses will charge across the beauty of this trove of bluegrass, and under God’s sunshine, they will awe and inspire anyone fortunate enough to be there.


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SUMMER SEASON PROSPECTS

By Mark Van Deventer

Graduates of Cape Thoroughbred Sales have enjoyed a wonderfully productive 2014/2015 season, and a varied array of auctions through the Summer months will provide buyers with the next round of opportunities to snaffle future champions. Ten Grade 1 wins, 11 Grade 2 successes and 16 Grade 3’s were the impressive total haul for CTS grads, with 25 Listed wins adding to the booty from the past season. CTS is building a reputation for showcasing potentially elite class racehorses – closer examination reveals a who’s who of contemporary South African equine talent. Power King surged through to win the 2015 Vodacom Durban July, Captain of All swept prestigious Graded sprints whilst Carry On Alice is a high class speedball in her own right. Add dual Grade 1 hero French Navy, dominant miler Captain America and unbeaten juvenile ace, Rabada to the notable mix, and the star quality is confirmed. Equus champion two yearold Seventh Plain and fine filly Siren’s Call, who was narrowly denied in the final leg of the Triple Tiara are other graduates on the roll of honour that have done their connections proud. Forward-thinking bloodstock investors are always peeking into the future and trying to convert their considered opinions into finding the next “good thing.” With a number of sales slated for the upcoming months, buyers will have plenty of chances

to test their pedigree theories when trying to source the potential stand-outs of the new generation. One of those forums is the Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS) Ready To Run Sale, presented by Lanzerac Hotel & Spa, which will be held at Durbanville race course on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th November 2015. The day following this auction, sees the prestigious Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes presented by CTS, over 1400m at Kenilworth, being staged on Saturday 21st November 2015, with significant prize money of R2.5 million available to qualifying CTS graduates. The Ready to Run Sale’s method is well entrenched internationally, enabling prospective buyers to assess athletic ability when watching the youngsters “breezing” immediately prior to bidding.The Emperor’s Palace Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale follows the same concept, and the mid- October gathering for the glamorous at Inanda Club in Sandton boasts an attention-grabbing catalogue. Back in the Cape, the Ready To Run Stakes day at the races will feature another stylish recreation of the renowned Lanzerac experience at Kenilworth.Whilst thoroughbreds are competing strenuously on the track, VIP’s will savour an indulgent feast in keeping with very best Cape Winelands’ hospitality. Follow the build- up to the special occasion, and find out about related racing news on www.lanzeracreadytorun.co.za

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Zambezi River winning Lanzerac RTR 2014

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Zambezi River winning Lanzerac RTR 2014

On the topic of big race meetings, nothing in Africa gets remotely close to the richest race on the continent scheduled for the 23rd January 2016 at Kenilworth. Billed as One Race One Moment - One Million Dollars, this unique extravaganza will pit qualifying graduates from the CTS Premier Sale and the CTS March Sale of 2014 against one another for the massive stake cheque – unprecedented in South Africa’s racing history. Based on the current log, four horses with triple digit merit ratings seem assured of a much-coveted place. Seventh Plain (110) Lauderdale (101), Melliflora (100) and Redcarpet Captain (101) have powerful credentials, though much can change over the course of the season as lightly raced, unexposed types suddenly wake up to stake their claim. Just prior to the CTS Million Dollar Race, is the unique inner-city Cape PremierYearling Sale, held at the CapeTown International Convention Centre on the 21st and 22nd January 2016. Not only does CTS pride itself on forging enduring links with top-

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ranking breeders and loyal vendors, they go out of their way to enhance the buying experience for prospective owners. An Inward Buyer Incentive program is in place to reward international investors, with subsidies available for travellers outside South Africa. Sales manager Amanda Carey will assist with travel and accommodation arrangements for the visiting international contingent – feel welcome to co-ordinate your stay in the country by contacting amanda@cthbs.com Characteristic of the CTS approach is to offer a broad spectrum of sales that cater for different market segments. In that vein, there is also a mid March Yearling sale, a Select Yearling Sale on the 16th April for late developing babies, with the newly added August Two Year-Old Sale rounding out a wide-ranging bloodstock itinerary. Lurking within all of these catalogues over the next months are dream horses capable of transforming their owner’s lives - so buyers will be using all manner of scientific pedigree analysis and intuitive hunches to coral that elusive champion.


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elebrated artist Peter Williams has a vision all his own among the tradition, the pomp and circumstance, from inside the paddock. At Keeneland, I have seen him there each time I have been to that historic Kentucky racecourse, as rooted as the ever-watchful Sycamore tree, as life circulates around him. He sees with eyes of an archivist, painting always from an 81year old “inventory” of experiences, of scenes, of people all so “dear” to him. Each painting reflects the effervescent joy of a self-proclaimed “frantic impressionist.” Each brushstroke is an expression of affection, a means towards eagerly – frantically - capturing a beautiful moment in time. His immersion in the subject of the racehorse, of the magnificence of its body and setting,

results in among the most amazing compositions in the genre. Colors bloom on his canvas as he captures the flexing neck of a young colt or the graceful curve of a spectator’s hat. His highly personal visual narratives warmly invite the viewer to his experiences, and, through them, open up a dialogue directly with Peter Williams himself. Though Kentucky has been his adopted home for twenty years, Peter Williams was raised on a livestock farm near Gisborne, New Zealand. The family business was not his destiny, though. Showing creative talents at a young age, he convinced his parents to send him off to an art institute. Even as he grew and traveled worldwide as an acclaimed artist, he would never deny his heritage, claiming to be an “unemployed sheepherder.” He has continued to appreciate his homeland and upbringing

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- “the lovely country, unspoiled by development” – where he always “saw paintings waiting to be done.”

painted! While with friends in New York we painted much, the Fulton Street Fish Market, the stock Exchange, the carriages.”

Educated at Heresworth School, Wangauni Collegiate School, and Canterbury College School of Art, he was mainly mentored by fellow New Zealand artist, Douglas Badcock. Badcock’s persistent advice was “to be brief in all things” and to paint from life. Williams has carried this advice with him; never painting from photographs, never looking back.

The fledging artist initially received the opportunity to travel to the United States in 1971, when Qantas Airlines invited him to be a guest on the inaugural 747 flight from New Zealand. Afterwards he spent a year there, carousing the country with his wife and three young children in a motor home as he painted and exhibited. Williams painted everything that caught his eye - vintage cars, flower gardens, architecture, marine subjects, landscapes, and figure studies. He would return to the United States ten years after his first trip, at which point all three children attended art school and painted alongside him. It was on this second voyage he had a chance meeting with famed

“My belief,” Williams says. “Has always been that the subject is there to help one be POETIC, not to dictate as is the case when copying. Always painting from life, we worked among the Amish who hate being photographed but adore being

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equine artist/New York gallery owner, Richard Stone Reeves, which resulted in a commission to paint racing scenes. The meeting with Reeves proved pivotal as Williams subsequently spent more time in the United States visiting racetracks and sporting events, building a larger network. As of today, he has been resident artist for nearly thirty years at among the most prestigious American racetracks: Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Del Mar, Saratoga and Monmouth Park. Former Keeneland president, chairman of the board, trustee, and current trustee emeritus, Ted Bassett said, “Peter Williams’ unique talent of ‘painting from life’ brings a certain realism and vibrancy to a wide range of subjects. His hallmark white hat and easel are fixtures at the world’s most prestigious

Thoroughbred racing events from Ascot to Saratoga, Longchamp to Keeneland, Del Mar to Churchill Downs, Breeders’ Cup to the Melbourne Cup.” His paintings - set in the bluegrasses of Keeneland or the sundrenched Californian Del Mar; the deserts of Dubai or among the top hats of Ascot - unravel the wondrous tapestry that a day at the track can be. Residing in New Zealand for half the year to rest, the remainder of his time is spent painting the world: from camel races in the Middle East to scenic bluegrass paddocks. Through him, Kentucky’s fall brilliance blazes, filling your eyes with hues of gold, rose and dusky shadowed blues. When

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P EB’s car toon por t r a i t o f Pe t e r Wi l l i a ms

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residing in Kentucky for six months, he paints over one hundred paintings. Thus, his many painted projections are not dreams, but Williams’ glorious reality, his world – whether the actors on his stage are modest sheep or millions of dollars’ worth of equine muscle. The humble New Zealander’s list of “celebrity” patrons and acquaintances has grown. Twice he was a guest at Sandringham Palace, painting for His Royal Highness Prince Philip. His painting, “1984 Epsom Duel” of El Gran Senor and winning Secreto, trained by father and son Vincent and David O’Brien, was auctioned in aid of Irish Cancer Society at dinner in Dublin. There was an intense bidding war over the painting. Eventually,

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the magnificent work was won by Vincent and given as a gift to David to mark his massive achievement with the winning horse. A most memorable moment, Williams recounts, “was the inaugural running of the QEII Challenge Cup… the fans, the ladies in their most lavish hats, and Her Majesty had all come to the track. “Ted Bassett said to me, ‘I want you to stand by that tree and paint the queen as she walks toward you.’ “Was I intimidated? Well, yes perhaps. Truthfully the best paintings happen quickly. It’s the adrenaline and inspiration. The queen was delightful and most gracious.”


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The famed equine cartoonist, Pierre Bellocq (PEB) said of Williams, “Seeing Peter at work in the racing world’s greatest saddling paddocks like Churchill Downs, Ascot or Longchamp, surrounded by scrutinizing eyes, one can only think of the brave matador…fearless! And to think that poor, shy Utrillo had to get drunk before setting his easel in the crowded streets of Paris!” His 2012 book, Peter Williams Retrospective: Paintings and People Dear to Me, provides a not only beautiful but wonderfully personal, autobiographic scrapbook of his life as a painter. Flipping through page after page of masterpiece after masterpiece, one also comes across the photographic record of his friendships, of the people he has

touched through his paintings who speak themselves in a collected assortment of quotes. Hall of Fame jockey, Pat Day, for instance, reminiscences poignantly that “I don’t remember when I first met Peter. It seems that he has always been there in the background bringing to life on his canvas the many facets of the great sport of horse racing. Blessed with tremendous talent and a well-trained eye, combined with his knowledge of and love for the sport, he captures the beauty and essence of the “Sport of Kings” like no other.” And yet, even when he rubs shoulders with royalty,Williams is the embodiment of warmth and kindness, ever willing to

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share his love of art, his love of life, with fellow enthusiasts. I will never forget my own meeting with him for that very reason. Like so many others he befriends in the Keeneland paddock, he allowed me within his intimate space of creation; behind his canvas, on his conductor’s stand where he paints the scene before him with orchestral vigor. He is a true legacy, to the many who pass through the paddock’s walks. “How many times have we racing people walked into the paddock of a great racetrack and – uniquely – seen

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Peter absorbing and painting the scene as it unfolds, often with admirers chatting and peering over his shoulder,” said Dogwwod Stable’s President, Cot Campbell. When asked how he felt about being such a recognizable figure, such a part of historic Keeneland’s tradition, Williams himself replied in typical humor: “This is the result of the support of Keeneland hierarchy. I can only presume I am a distraction that helps people forget how much money they are losing. It has been a privilege.”


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fter the Breeders’ Cup Classic is run at Keeneland Race Course to conclude the first ever edition of America’s championship event in Lexington, there isn’t likely to be a stampede to nearby Blue Grass Airport in the following hours.

After all, many of those attending the Breeders’ Cup will still have some serious shopping to do. And the “souvenirs” they will be seeking following this historic Breeders’ Cup aren’t going to be T-shirts, jackets and keychains. Beginning about 24 hours after the Classic contenders cross the finish line, breeders, owners and agents from around the world will gather first at Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks on November 1 and then reconvene at Keeneland the next day to

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join in the world’s largest buying spree of breeding stock that spans two weeks. The scenes and horses they will see defy simple description—and sometimes even the imagination. Agents for top owners in Japan will mingle with their counterparts from Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and South America in addition to the United States and Canada. Many languages will be spoken, all punctuated by the whinnying of hundreds and hundreds of horses of virtually all ages. If the weather is seasonable—and Kentucky weather is notorious for its fickle nature, with its only predictable characteristic being that it can quickly change—the trees in the lush park-like settings of both venues will stand as beacons of autumnal red and gold.


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14 million—the world record number of dollars it took Southern Equine to secure Better Than Honour, the American Broodmare of the Year and dam of Belmont Stakes winners Rags to Riches and Jazil, at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton sale. Four years later it took a world record for a broodmare prospect, $10 million, for Mandy Pope to acquire Horse of the Year Havre de Grace at FasigTipton; 2,512—the number of broodmares, broodmare prospects, weanlings, stallion prospects and horses of racing age sold at the Keeneland November sale in 2014; 23—the number of horses sold for at least $1 million at last year’s Fasig-Tipton sale, which clearly has earned its billing as “Night of the Stars.” That number of milliondollar horses represented more than 20% of the horses sold on the night, and in the following days, another 18 were sold at the seven-figure level at Keeneland;

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589,611—the remarkable average price in dollars of the horses sold during the Fasig-Tipton auction last year, showing what kind of financial ammunition it takes to participate; 269.6 million—the total number of dollars spent at the Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland November sales combined in 2014; 14.225 million—the number of dollars spent by just one farm, Chilean-based Don Alberto (which also operates Vinery in Lexington), while buying 12 horses at Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton last year for an eye-popping average price of $1,185,417. Don Alberto’s top purchase was the unraced two-year-old Tapit filly Modeling, a granddaughter of Better Than Honour and in foal to Distorted Humor, for $2,850,000; 1,018—the number of buyers reported by Keeneland at the 2014 November sale; 283—the number of horses sold by leading consignor Taylor Made Sales Agency at the Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland sales combined for an overall gross of $46,013,900; 3 million—the number of dollars spent by John and


Leslie Malone, owners of Bridlewood Farm in Florida, while setting a North American record for a weanling when buying a Tapit filly out of stakes-winning Serena’s Cat, a granddaughter of champion Serena’s Song, at Keeneland in 2014. In just a year, the pedigree already has markedly improved in value as the filly’s half brother, Honor Code, has won the Metropolitan Handicap and Whitney Stakes this year on his way to a potential start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and 1—representing the mare sold, Littleprincessemma, who would become known as the dam of a Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. Summer Wind Farm paid $2.1 million at Fasig-Tipton for the eight-year-old mare by Yankee Gentleman and, in February, she produced a full brother to the first horse in 37 years to sweep America’s Classic trio.

Even those not buying are drawn to these bloodstock markets. Many like to try to catch a quick glimpse or a photo of a star racing filly or mare, and there have been a bevy of Breeders’ Cup winners who have made the quick turnaround from racetrack to sale ring in the past several years.

In 2014, Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings was able to halter Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner and eventual champion Dayatthespa after she stepped off a flight that took her from Santa Anita Park in California, the scene of her victory, to Lexington and Fasig-Tipton. At the same auction, She’s a Tiger and Ria Antonia—who finished first and second, respectively, in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies only to have that order swapped by the stewards on an interference call—were both purchased by Katsumi Yoshida, owner of Japan’s Northern Farm. Yoshida paid $2.5 million for champion She’s a Tiger, by Tale of the Cat, and $1.8 million for Ria Antonia, by Rockport Harbor. Other Breeders’ Cup winners that have been sold at recent November sales include two-time Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection, acquired by Qatar’s Al Shaqab for $2.7 million; two-time Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Groupie Doll, bought for $3.1 million by Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm; Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Musical Romance, a $1.6 million purchase by Yoshida, and Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Royal Delta, sold for $8.5

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Shadai Farm’s Tetsuya Yoshida (Teruya’s son) and his team with Taylor Made Sales Agency representatives after the sale-topping $3.1 million sale of Princess of Sylmar

million to Besilu Stables. But while they are the glittering stars of the auction ring, the November sales aren’t just about broodmares. Buyers and breeders also relish the chance to get the chance to inspect weanlings representing first-crop sires and try to judge which will be most successful based on the physical evaluations of their foals. They also engage in pinhooking, the highly competitive practice of buying weanlings to resell them—hopefully for a big profit—as yearlings. This year, there will be a bumper group of offspring by promising young stallions, including some of the first foals by champion Shanghai Bobby, Kentucky Derby winners Orb and Animal Kingdom (from his Northern Hemisphere crop), and standout Grade 1 winners like Breeders’ Cup Classic conqueror Fort Larned, Graydar, Paynter, Point of Entry and Violence. Just about everyone who is anyone in racing and breeding worldwide gets involved in the action at these sales. In addition to those already mentioned, sellers and buyers in recent years from bases outside North America have included Coolmore,

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Darley, Shadwell, Moyglare Stud, the Niarchos family’s Flaxman Holdings, Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, Waratah Thoroughbreds of Australia, Newgate Stud, Ecurie de Monceaux, Airlie Stud, Barronstown Stud, China Horse Club, Shadai Farm, Kia-Ora Stud, Newsells Park Stud, Segenhoe Thoroughbreds, Shimokobe Stud and Dr. Christoph Berglar. “This is where the major international and domestic buyers come to replenish their broodmare bands,” said Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell, describing the horses offered in the select portions of the sale catalogs as “beautiful collector’s items.” The results when collectors bid against each other for these kind of horses can be “mind-boggling,” in the words of Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning Jr., with “tremendous diversity amongst buyers and bidders from literally every corner of the world.” Beyond the racetrack, the spectacle of the November sales is, in many ways, the most exciting sport and ongoing education for anyone interested in Thoroughbreds.


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how any serious racing enthusiast a picture of racegoers all dressed in cornflower blue and white and they will instantly tell you that its from what has become the must attend racing event of the Cape Summer Season, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate raceday. Held in early January at Kenilworth Racecourse, it features South Africa’s oldest race, the Gr.1 Queen’s Plate run over 1600m as its main event, while the fairer sex get to strut their stuff in the Gr.1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes over 1800m.

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Text & Images by Liesl King L’Ormarins takes the sponsorship very seriously and over the years the raceday has grown in stature. Marquees dot the lawns and picnic enclosures hug the rail as the crowds descend on what has become one of Cape Town’s iconic events. And while the racing is fast and furious, the fashion is never far behind, with elegantly dressed ladies and gentleman, all decked out in Mrs Rupert’s familiar colours of cornflower blue and white fiercely competing to be chosen as the best dressed couple.


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Why then do I find myself thousands of miles away in the rolling hills of the Sussex Downs, looking down on a racecourse adorned with the oh so familiar cornflower blue and white? Well unbeknown to most South African racegoers, the L’Ormarins Queens Plate has been transplanted to this beautiful corner of England, where for the second year running, the Gr.3 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Stakes forms part of an extraordinary Festival, known simply as Glorious Goodwood. Gaynor Ru p e r t , Gr e g o r y Be n o i s t , Fr a n c o i s R o h au t a n d Ha r r y He r b e r t

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A couple of miles north of Chichester, West Sussex, lies Goodwood Estate. Sprawling over twelve hundred acres of the Sussex Downs, the Estate is home to a racecourse, a golf course, a cricket pitch and a motor racing track, while hot air balloons frequently launch from its fields and airshows fill the skies above. All against the backdrop of the magnificent Goodwood House, the family seat of the Duke of Richmond. Goodwood racecourse, nestling on the hilltops of the magnificent Estate, is surely one of the prettiest racecourses in England. Unique in shape, the course starts with a panhandle with different cambers, before winding its way over the rolling downs, ending in a downhill straight in front of the grandstand. Depending on distance, races either start after the panhandle


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or go around it and even then, the course is so undulating that the first glimpse racegoers get of the runners is usually only when they enter the home straight. Summer in England can be a rather dreary affair, with chilly temperatures, frequent rain and even howling gales. And the first few days of this year’s Glorious Goodwood Festival was just that, with racegoers forgoing fashionable outfits for thick winter coats with umbrellas always at the ready. A far cry from Cape Town’s sunny days and sizzling summer temperatures. Fortunately Friday dawned bright and warm. Out came the panama hats, strappy short dresses and stilettos, all in blue and white of course! It was time for strawberries and cream, ice-cold champagne and the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Stakes run over 1400m. As the ten runners entered a parade ring festooned with L’Ormarins banners, the ladies started lining up for the all important fashion stakes. All vying for the title of “Best Dressed” and the ultimate prize of flights to Cape Town, five nights at a luxury hotel, a private wine tasting and lunch at L’Ormarins wine estate and a day at the 2016 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.

With the charismatic Frankie Dettori on Osaila and Richard Hughes, in his last Goodwood appearance as a jockey, on The Queen’s Touchline, it had all the elements of a superb contest. Would it end with the famous flying dismount of the charismatic Italian, or would Hughes steer Her Majesty’s runner to victory in a race named in her honour? In the end neither managed to salute the judge and it was left to the flying French filly Amy Eria to return victorious. Under Gregory Benoist, Amy Eria, who started as a rank outsider, must have felt right at home in a race with a French name, for she charged into the lead early on down the long straight, before gallantly holding off a flying Dettori on Osaila. In true L’Ormarins style, Amy Eria returned to the winner’s enclosure sporting a garland of blue and white flowers, while Mrs Rupert and her son Anton, were on hand to present the trophies to the winning owner Al Shaqab Racing, represented by Racing Advisor Harry Herbert, winning trainer Francois Rohaut and winning jockey Gregory Benoist. Herbert was delighted with Al Shaqab’s one-two, with both Amy Eria and Osaila running in their colours. “I had bored on to all the trainers in France and England that this was the most important week of the year besides Royal Ascot, and

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they must put it in their diaries, and so Francois had this race underlined in red ink. The atmosphere here at Goodwood is just incredible - the blue and white colours are wonderful and it feels amazing, although it helps when you have winners.” Then it was down to the serious business of choosing the most beautifully dressed lady. The competition was exceptionally stiff as all the entrants looked absolutely stunning in their blue and white outfits, with some incredible hats on display. It wasn’t long though before Rachel Hawkins, girlfriend of jump jockey Will Kennedy, was declared the winner. She was absolutely delighted and admitted that she has never been to Cape Town and couldn’t wait to go. The only downside was that her boyfriend might be unable to accompany her as the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate clashes with the UK jumping season. A glorious day’s racing here on the Sussex Downs was had, and Gaynor Rupert, who hosted a party of guests in a beautifully appointed blue and white marquee, was justifiably delighted. “It has been a superb day all round and we are delighted to be able to have this great association with such a quality week of racing.”

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ince its inception, the Longines DolceVita collection has illustrated contemporary elegance of the Longines watchmaking brand worldwide. Inspired by the “Dolce Vita”, it is an homage to the sweetness of life. Today, a new chapter in this collection opens with a unique interpretation featuring softened lines. These new variations will not fail to impress women who have made charm a way of life.

its inception. Inspired by the Italian sweet life, the “Dolce Vita”, it is worn on the wrists of women who know how to make the most of life’s simple pleasures. As a tribute to those women, Longines has decided to offer a new interpretation of this collection, subtly combining geometric lines with soft curves. The lines of the rectangular case have thus been elongated and arched, some models enhanced with diamonds, to magnify the contemporary elegance and femininity of these new pieces.

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These new decidedly feminine and charming designs will not fail to delight women who boast a joyful, carefree attitude and love to wear adornment

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that reflects their style for a happy and colourful picnic at the racetrack. Cased in steel, and sometimes decorated with diamonds, the Longines DolceVita collection comes in four dimensions. A silver-coloured “flinqué” dial adorned with painted Roman numerals and a black lacquered or white mother-of-pearl dial with diamonds decorates the watches of this line. Slender rhodium-plated or blued-steel hands point to the passing hours and minutes. With their quartz movement, the timepieces are finished by a choice of black, white, grey or red leather straps or by a stainless steel bracelet.


Longines has been based at Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832. Its watchmaking expertise reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. Longines has generations of experience as official timekeeper of world championships and as partner of international sports federation. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of the Swatch Group Ltd, the World’s leading manufacturer of horological products. With the winged hourglass as its emblem, the brand has outlets in over 140 countries. For further information please contact: Longines International Public Relations 2610 Saint-Imier, Switzerland publicrelations@longines.com www.longines.com

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Photos by Wayne Marks and Chase Liebenberg

LADIES DAY

Kenilworth Racing celebrated Ladies Day in style with a beautifully decorated venue, fantastic foods,horse racing and great entertainment from Dr Darren Green and Kim Kallie. They also raised a whopping R 300 000 in aid of The Sunflower Fund.

The highlight of the very well-attended event was the auctioning of ‘Spending Spree’. Special thanks must go to owners Marsh Shirtliff and Bryn Ressell who donated this magnificent filly bred by Hemel ‘n Aarde Stud and Brett Crawford who is once again donating his training services free of charge.

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The last South African to win one of the most iconic golf tournaments in the game was Trevor Immelman in 2007. England's Danny Willett is the defending champion. But the local challenge should be a strong one, with Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace in particular all enjoying impressive showings at Major championship level this year. The Nedbank Golf Challenge is once again perfectly poised to reflect the global strength in world golf, as it has always done throughout its history. Since the advent of the official world golf rankings in 1986, the majority of world number ones have played in the Nedbank Golf Challenge, with McIlroy the last to do so. But from Bernhard Langer to Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Nick Price, Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald, the Nedbank Golf Challenge has played witness to the changing face of several eras in golf. World-class golf and world-class entertainment continue to make the Nedbank Golf Challenge one of South Africa's flagship tournaments, and one of international golf's greatest stages for some of the most exciting years in the game.

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A THIRTY-YEAR JOURNEY TO THE VODACOM DURBAN JULY Text & Images by Liesl King

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“I am still pinching myself. Look at the guys who have tried all their lives and now I am on that list.” – Stuart Randolph

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redictable is one thing the G1 Vodacom Durban July never is. Once the South African National Anthem is sung and the gates crash open to the roar of the crowd, the formbook flies out the window and absolutely anything can happen. Yet after the 2014 running of the race, where the winner wasn’t the winner and another wore the winning sash, surely 2015 would be a more normal race. Statistics suggested that a three-year-old would return victorious, the pundits agreed. After all, they were highly rated, lightly weighted and two of the top three were trained by the soon to be crowned champion trainer Sean Tarry. Statistics, however, do not take into account that we are dealing not just with numbers, but also with nine tons of horseflesh, each with a mind of its own. As the crowd of about 55,000 looked on in disbelief, the Vodacom Durban July seemed to be experiencing a groundhog day. Once again two horses came together up the home straight, once again there was a scrimmage, once again the objection hooter sounded and once again there was an extremely lengthy delay, with no winner being declared. The only difference this year is that winning jockey Stuart Randolph was so stunned at having won, that he was completely unaware that the biggest victory of his career might not be his for long. Randolph has been part of the riding ranks for 30odd years, and prior to this race, his most memorable victory was in the 2001 Gold Cup aboard Cereus.

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To win South Africa’s most prestigious race was a dream that had long passed him by, and Randolph was just happy to steadily keep adding to his total of roughly 1,600 winners. “Look, after 16 or 17 attempts you do start thinking that perhaps it is not for me. I ran fifth five times and I figured that’s as good as it gets. It’s the race everybody wants to win, so just to get a ride is something. Karl Neisius (Kannemeyer’s stable jockey and Power King’s usual rider) battles to do 53kgs, so Rob Champion phoned me and said ‘we will put your name on the short list but you have to be able to do 53kgs’. My bottom weight is 54kgs at a push, so I said if they let me know in advance I could make it. I was just happy to get the nod. I was very confident as he was a four your old carrying 53kgs. I would be lying though if I said I thought I could win. I thought he had a good fighting chance and with a draw of six, I thought we could run a place. His last run in the Greyville 1900 impressed me. He kicked on and that’s what you need in the July. You need a horse that can come off the speed and run at them. I wouldn’t say I thought I could win it, but I thought he was capable of a place.” Then suddenly, rudely and rather abruptly he found himself in the lead on a horse that had no intention of stopping. “When I moved him out at the 300m mark and he really accelerated, I thought, hey maybe I can win this. I could see a bunch of horses on my inside, I didn’t know who they were and at that stage Punta Arenas came up towards my hindquarters. I never 60

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really felt like he was going to grab me. Power King just kept any more; he had run his heart out for me. And that’s when I heard the siren. The first thing I thought about when the on responding, the more I asked the more he gave me.” siren went was oh no, not again and my heart went out to MJ Even when Punta Arenas sideswiped Power King, knocking his (Byleveld, jockey on last year’s demoted winner).” quarters out from under him, the gelding kept on running, with Randolph quite oblivious to what had just occurred. “I did feel Leading Power King back past the crowd, Randolph was still him falter but I wasn’t aware that Punta Arenas had actually determined to enjoy the moment. His smile could have lit taken out his hindquarters. To get hit like that, to recompose up an entire city. He waved, he smiled, and ever so often he himself and to carry on running, wow. So many horses would patted Power King. Then it was off to the boardroom and a have turned it up underneath me with a blow like that, but he review of the race footage. “It was strange as I knew he never is so courageous, he just kept on fighting. I actually battled to moved, I was sure he stayed on a straight line, but then you stop him at the end. He just put his head down and refused to start doubting yourself. Watching the head on film with the stipes, there was no commentary just silence. I didn’t even give up. To me that’s the sign of a true champion.” watch the second or the third horse, I just watched where As the Dean Kannemeyer-trained Power King surged across my horse’s hooves were and they never budged off that dark the line victorious, Randolph still could not quite believe it. “It’s strip of grass. It’s the kind of race that you don’t want to win a surreal feeling, you feel numb. Karl Neisius was waiting for me on objection. You want to win it fair and square. And the way and he congratulated me. He said he saw a bit of bumping, but he did it, wow it was amazing.” he thought that I would be ok. When I got back to winner’s enclosure, nobody said anything, they just put the sash on and Finally, after an agonizing 20 minutes or so, with a tired Power told me to canter off. They didn’t tell me about the objection.” King circling and his owner Lady Christine Laidlaw patiently waiting, the objection was overturned and the party could With a huge smile on his face, Randolph gave Power King start. Owner, trainer and jockey embraced, even wiped away some well-deserved pats before setting off on a victory lap some tears, as silver platters were handed over, sashes were past the cheering crowd, blissfully unaware of the objection. draped, champagne corks popped and fireworks lit up the sky. Shortly after setting off however, Randolph felt something It may not have happened quite the way it was meant to, but was amiss with the gelding and sensibly pulled up. “He just racing is unpredictable and dreams do come true, even for didn’t feel right so I jumped off. I wasn’t going to make him do 44-year-old journeyman jockeys.

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Born Into Racing and Style Kuyan Kotzen

Fashion and horseracing have always gone hand in hand, but Kuyan Kotzen takes this to a whole new level. At only 21 years of age, he not only already owns or part owns four racehorses, but has also already designed his own silks. Meet South Africa’s youngest racehorse owner. His father is Racehorse Trainer Glen Kotzen, his Grandfather was jockey Nathan Kotzen, his uncle is jockey Grant Kotzen and his maternal Grandmother, Judith Wintle is a racehorse Breeder. There was little doubt that Kuyan Kotzen would be passionate about racing, but becoming so engrained in the sport at such a young age is really phenomenal. Besides being an avid race goer himself, Kuyan has four horses running in his silks. His has his initial K on the front and back of the silks to represent his design company K Style Design. Kuyan’s four racehorses include Stormin Cat, Cathy Specific, Electroshock (which he owns together with a young syndicate of guys from Durban called the 3A Syndicate) and Jamaica Me Crazy. Kuyan lives in Claremont, Cape Town, went to school at Bridge House, Franschhoek and is currently studying Public Relations at Varsity College in Rondebosch. “I am very involved in the racing industry where I style Vicky Minott for TellyTrack and arrange fashion related events for Racing It’s A Rush,” he says. “An average day in my life is rather hectic and I like it that way – I juggle my studies, my design and styling company, social media for fashion house Ice Cherry, visual layout of the store, customer relations, and my social life which involves attending many events, and let’s not forget attending race meetings twice a week during the season. I also am very involved in the running of my parents horse racing Estate, Woodhill Racing, and you will often find me in the work bakkie,’ skaap hond and all’ doing various farm related chores,” he explains Kuyan is adamant that racing should be appealing to younger generations. “There are fabulous sporting heroes, big businessmen and role models to follow and aspire to. 62 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE

There are certainly not enough young people coming into the game and we need some young blood being welcomed into the game and especially informed about the game. The youth are connecting via social media and this is where we need to start,” he says. Kuyan says he is very glad to be part of the Racing. It’s a Rush initiative whether on their social media site or at events. “The youth need constant creativity around the industry and education – not enough is known about the game – they need more information on trainers, jockeys, business people, social activities and last but not least the magnificent horse. They are superb athletes and we need more information about them –whether it is watching them work or on the racecourse. The public like a good story so #letsgiveittothem,” he says. The newly launched www.itsarush.co.za website will certainly help communicate all of these good stories. It seems that it’s not only horseracing which runs in the family. “Fashion is one of my great loves and working with fashion house Ice Cherry has made it very easy to look the part at all times. It also goes back to my Mum always making sure my Dad dressed well and I followed suit! My grandfather Michael Wintle worked in the fashion industry for 35 years so it is very clear to me it is in my genes,” he says “Fashion is one of my great loves and working with fashion house Ice Cherry has made it very easy to look the part at all times. It also goes back to my Mum always making sure my Dad dressed well and I followed suit! My grandfather Michael Wintle worked in the fashion

industry for 35 years so it is very clear to me it is in my genes,” he says Without a doubt, Kuyan says his favourite event is the Vodacom Durban July. “One of my Dad’s horses which he trained, Big City Life, won in 2009 – he was bred on our farm and I had the privilege of naming this magnificent colt. On a social level nothing beats the sheer elegance of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate – this event is not to be missed on the Cape Calendar”. “My dad has been a brilliant role model. He loves the horse as much as he loves people and that is a very rare combination. He has shown me how it is possible to create a successful business from scratch through sheer hard work, determination and drive. We work very well together and he has always supported all my decisions about my future. I am very fortunate that I have a very stable and loving family who support each other constantly,” Kuyan says. What Kuyan would love to see if the start of early evening events such as those held at Windsor in England in the summer – a race every half hour from 6 – 9pm – champagne, salmon blini, strawberries and cream under the trees while socializing with friends. “It’s quick, its fast and very good fun. These meetings could grow into couture and art and be a social event not to be missed,” he says. And a fashion tip for young men attending the races? “I would suggest a crisp white shirt, clean shoes and a blazer and you ready to go!” Kuyan says. Follow Kuyan on twitter @Kuyan1 or Instagram @Kuyan1 and he will gladly answer all your racing or fashion questions.


Klawervlei

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Champion South African Breeders 2014-15 Captain Al (SAF) AL MUFTI - OFF TO WAR BY COMPLETE WARRIOR Twice Equus Outstanding Sire. Champion Sire SA 2015. Champion Sire of 2-y-o’s for 7 consecutive seasons (2009 - 2015). Sire of CAPTAIN OF ALL (Equus Champion Sprinter 2015). 2014 yearling average R613,875. Yearlings sold for R2,2m (2), R1,9m, R1,2m, R1m (2), R900,000 (2), etc. 2015 STUD FEE: R150,000

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Captain Of All (SAF) CAPTAIN AL - SERIOUS SIDE BY FARD Equus Champion Sprinter 2015. Highest rated horse in South Africa at 126. Won 7 races, 2 - 4 years, (1000-1200m) from 12 starts in South Africa; R2,251,900. By CAPTAIN AL - Champion Sire SA 2015. 7 times Champion Sire of 2-y-o’s SA. Equus Outstanding Sire 2009 and 2011. Sire of 10 Gr1 winners. 2015 STUD FEE: R10,000

Count Dubois (GB)

SIRES 2015 Pomodoro (SAF) JET MASTER - GOLDEN APPLE BY NORTHERN GUEST “Undoubtedly the best son of Jet Master to retire to stud” Winner of 8 races 1160-2450m, R4,080,125, incl Durban July G1, SA Derby G1; 2nd SA Classic G1; 3rd Champions Challenge G1, Gold Challenge G1, Queen’s Plate G1, etc. Dam by 10 x Champion Broodmare Sire SA, NORTHERN GUEST. 2015 STUD FEE: R20,000

Seventh Rock (AUS)

ZAFONIC - MADAME DUBOIS BY LEGEND OF FRANCE

ROCK OF GIBRALTAR - RUBY CLIPPER BY RUBITON

Equus Outstanding Sire; A leading sire in 2015 - FRENCH NAVY (Equus Champion 3-y-o 2015), DOOR OF DECEPTION, MADAME DUBOIS, as well as ZAITOON (Gr1), ASYLUM SEEKER (Gr1), ZEENO (G1), etc. 2015 yearling average R245,833. Yearlings have sold for R2m, R1m, R775,000, R600,000, R500,000, etc. 2015 STUD FEE: R10,000

Sire of SEVENTH PLAIN (Equus Champion 2-y-o Colt 2015; won Gold Medallion Gr1, Golden Horseshoe Gr1, etc); GUINESS (Tsogo Sun Medallion Gr1), SEVEN GRAND, SEVENTH SYMPHONY, STONEHENGE, THE STONE THROWER, etc. “He will be you next Supersonic Sire” - Tom Thornbury

Curved Ball (AUS)

2015 STUD FEE: R40,000

Twice Over (GB)

FASTNET ROCK - CURVACEOUS BY ZABEEL

OBSERVATORY - DOUBLE CROSSED BY CAERLEON

Won 3 races 1400-1800m (miler) incl Dingaans Gr2. Retired due to injury. “Curved Ball is the best thoroughbred I have ever trained” - Charles Laird. By FASTNET ROCK - Champion sire Australia 2012. Sire of 15 individual G1 winners from his first 5 crops. Dam is by Champion, ZABEEL. 2015 STUD FEE: R8,000

Timeform 128. Champion UK & European Racehorse. Outstanding first foals - first yearlings 2016. Won 12 races £2,526,584. Won Champions Stakes Gr1 (twice), Coral Eclipse Stakes Gr1, Juddmonte International Stakes Gr1. Placed in 8 Gr1 races incl 3rd Breeders Cup Classic Gr1 - 2.25 lengths behind ZENYATTA. 2015 STUD FEE: R50,000

Dan de Lago (AUS) ESCOSTA DE LAGO - THE GOLDEN DANE BY DANEHILL 5 wins in SA, 1400-2400m, at 3 - 4 (MR 111). Gr1 Performer. By ENCOSTA DE LAGO - Australian Champion Sire (twice) and runner up 4 times. Sire of 23 Gr1 winners and 22 millionaires. Dam, THE GOLDEN DANE (by Danehill) 2nd Flight S G1; 4th VRC Oaks G1. 2015 STUD FEE: POA

Jay Peg (SAF) CAMDEN PARK - LAPTOP LADY BY AL MUFTI Equus Champion 3-y-o Male. Equus Outstanding International Performer. Timeform 126. Sire of: FLASH DRIVE (G3), OLYMPIC OWEN (G3), HOT AFFAIR (G3), 2015 yearling average: R232,063. Yearlings sold for R1,1m, R1m, R550,000, R500,000, R475,000, etc. 2015 STUD FEE: R10,000

Variety Club (SAF) VAR - LA MASSINE BY SECRET PROSPECTOR

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Timeform 131 - “Top Class Performer” Longines 3rd Highest Rated Horse in the World 2014. Won 5 Gr1 Races. First and only International horse to win the HK Champions Mile Gr1. 2015 STUD FEE: R100,000

Warm White Night (SAF) WESTERN WINTER - THOUSAND NIGHTS BY FOVEROS Multiple Gr1 Winning Sprinter. A Leading First season Sire in 2015. 2015 yearling average: R199,861. Yearlings sold for R1,1m, R800,000, R350,000, R340,000, R270,000, etc. 2015 STUD FEE: R15,000

The Source

RACEHORSE Klawervlei Stud | John Koster | PO Box 266, Bonnievale 6730 | Tel: (023) 616 2980 | Fax: (023) 616 2548 | Cell: 082INTERNATIONAL 880 7943 | E-mail: john@klawervlei.co.za or Grant Knowles | Cell: 082 882 9774 | E-mail: grant@klawervlei.co.za

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PREPARING FOR JOHANNESBURG’S GREATEST HORSERACE Taryn Rautenbach

“It is no longer for the rich and elite but rather for the up and coming, the fashion forward, and the entertainment seekers. A race day is for everyone who enjoys a good time!” says Taryn Rautenbach. The Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup has grown from an event attracting 6 000 people in 2009 to over 20 000 in 2014. “We have seen incredible growth and have created something out of nothing! We are bringing the crowds back to Turffontein Racecourse,” says Rautenbach from Megapro Holdings (Pty) Ltd, event organisers of this prestigious annual horseracing event. “There is a fantastic energy in Johannesburg towards the end of November. People are happy and excited for the festive season; this is the perfect year end function!” she says about the event which was first sponsored by SANSUI in 2009 with Gauteng becoming a co-sponsor last year. Taryn, who lives in Bryanston, Johannesburg and went to St Stithians Girls’ College before studying Journalism at Rhodes University, admits that prior to her current position as event and project manager at Megapro holdings, she knew very little about horseracing. “This is now my sixth year working on the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup. I am passionate about this horseracing event and what it has to offer to the race goer. I continue to want to see this event reach new heights and surpass any of our dreams. I am proud of what we have created,” she says. She summarises her main objective as wanting to grow the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup event and increase race day attendance year on year. Taryn believes wholeheartedly that horseracing is not and should not only be geared towards one particular age group. “People tend to think that horse racing is only for wealthy and elite. Horseracing should be attracting younger fans because of the race day experience and what a day at the races has to offer to all ages. There is the rush of the horses racing past every 35 minutes and then there is the experience of socializing with your friends out in the Johannesburg 64 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE sunshine!”

“Racing. It’s a Rush is an excellent brand campaign for the actual sport of horseracing. Horseracing now has its own voice and marketing efforts behind it. A horse racing event alone cannot change the image of horseracing but Racing. It’s a Rush can do just that!” she says. “This brand showcases the sport and everything it is about. This initiative has made my job easier and has given me something to work alongside,” she says. Taryn is passionate about getting more people to feel the rush of horseracing and that horseracing must always be the hero of the day. “Get involved! Get dressed up and come to the races! Horseracing is a completely different social experience. The beauty about racing at Turffontein Racecourse is the up-close action of the actual racing. All hospitality venues are track-facing and everyone is able to experience the rush as those hooves come thundering past,” she says. Taryn says that it is difficult to explain exactly what goes into the planning of an event of this magnitude. “Every year we re-assess the previous race day and look at how we can improve the next year. The planning that goes into this event starts with key learnings and from there we start again with our marketing and event strategy. We look at all aspects of the race day, from floor plan, ticketing and hospitality packages, supplier management, marketing platforms, creative identity, media partnerships, branding, entertainment and line-up. We need to deliver a world class event representative of Gauteng and the people of this province,” she explains. “An event is a moving machine with numerous key role players. Every supplier

plugs into this machine to keep it going! I visit Turffontein Racecourse at least once or twice a week for meetings with the project team and suppliers. Event and project management is a continuous movement of actions. There are a million balls to juggle and personalities to manage. In order to do this job you have to be a people person and keep your cool under pressure. You have to roll with the punches and deal with the problems that arise. I don’t deal with one single supplier and one problem. I deal with a hundred problems all at the same time. But this is why I am in events! I love what I do and the people that I work with!” she says. The R2-million Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup day-night race, being held this year on Saturday the 28 November, has something for everybody - from Johannesburg’s greatest horserace, top thoroughbreds, and trendiest celebrities, fashion-shows by top designers, huge betting pools, South Africa’s best entertainment and numerous chances to win big prizes. The entertainment line-up for this year’s race day makes this Gauteng’s “not-to-be-missed” event of the year. To enjoy the best that racing has to offer racegoers can purchase tickets ranging from general access (only R75) to a variety of premium hospitality options (maximum R2 845). The popular ‘Summer Garden’ has a variety of hospitality options: General (R395) or Summer Garden Festival (R695) where guests can spectate and celebrate from a beautifully curated, flower-themed area designed for a wonderful outdoor excursion in the heart of the city. For more information or to book hospitality tickets contact Megapro Hospitality on 082 575 3899 to book tickets or john@ megapro.co.za. Tickets are limited.


I think Byword has a huge shot to make a major sire in South Africa – It’s rare to see a Southern Hemisphere stud which can afford the ‘complete package’. Byword is by the scintillating Arc winner and very successful sire, Peintre Celebre, out of a Woodman mare from one of Prince Khalid’s best families. I really rate him.

Bill Oppenheim

• Champion Older Horse France 2010 • Gr1 Winner – Timeform 126 • Half brother to PROVISO (Gr1 x4) • Dam is UK Broodmare of the Year 2010 • Byword defeated 22 individual Gr1 winners

R30 000 (10k nom, 20k live foal)

• From 16 starts 15 in Graded and listed company

The Byword Syndicate | Stud Manager: Guy Murdoch | C: 083 308 4002 | guy@mauritzfontein.co.za INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE PO Box 354 Kimberley 8300 | T: 053 833 7095 | F: 053 833 7096

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‘TO BE A CHAMPION’ PREMIERS at Durban International Film Festival ‘To be a champion’, a heartwarming documentary which tells the story of how KwaMashu-born S’manga Khumalo has become one of South Africa’s best jockeys, was chosen to premier at this year’s Durban International Film Festival in July.

“It’s a window into the world of jockeys, an adventure, a human interest story and above all else it is a story about a hero’s journey,” says Kevin Harris, an independent filmmaker in South Africa for the past thirty-two years, who wrote and directed the 48 minute documentary. At only 29 years of age, S’manga Khumalo has already achieved two of his ultimate career goals. The first was his historic win at the 2013 Vodacom Durban July and the second took place last year when he was announced as the Champion Jockey for the 2013 / 2014 national season in South Africa. One of five siblings, S’manga Khumalo grew up in KwaMashu, just outside Durban. It was here while attending high school that a 15 year old Khumalo was spotted by a talent scout. While his small 154cm frame had been the cause of much teasing as a teenager, the scout recognised his small stature as an ideal starting point to see if he had what it takes to become a jockey. In 2000 Khumalo joined the Durban Jockey Academy in Summerveld where he started a five year apprenticeship. Khumalo has been racing professionally since 2006. More than being a film about S’manga Khumalo, Harris says this film is a tribute to all jockeys. “They are athletes and I don’t think they get the acknowledgement that they deserve”. The copious amount of travel, often racing between five and seven days a week, the constant risk of injury as well as having to keep fit and maintain a certain weight makes the career of a jockey a challenging one to say the least. Few people realise that horseracing takes place every day in South Africa except for on Christmas Day. Kevin Harris’s impressive experience with human interest documentaries makes him the perfect person to tell S’manga’s story. Harris’s independent career started in 1979 when he was fired by the SABC for his uncensored documentary “BARA”, which went behind the scenes of an overcrowded Baragwaneth Hospital and exposed the oppressive social and environmental conditions under which the people of Soweto were forced to live. In November 2007, Harris was awarded the Golden Horn Film & TV Award for Life-time Achievement in Documentary Film-making by the National Film & Video Foundation of South Africa. While filming ‘To be a champion’, Harris says they had to go where the story went. This included filming S’manga racing on an ordinary midweek day at the Vaal in June last year. With eight weeks to go before66the end of the 2014 season, Khumalo was racing an INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE


‘TO BE A CHAMPION’ PREMIERS at Durban International Film Festival inexperienced filly named Peep Show who, after the winning post, ducked in sharply towards the rail, and in the process threw S’manga off her back and onto the railing. This is one of many hurdles S’manga has faced so far, and most certainly won’ be the last with what is undoubtedly a long career ahead of him. In fact in March 2012, while at an all-time low due to numerous falls and serious injuries, S’manga was on the brink of giving up on his career as a jockey but a chance encounter with former jockey Donavan Habib turned this around. Habib himself had to retire from a successful career as a jockey due to injury, and spent many hours with S’manga motivating him to not give up. Habib is another person interviewed in the documentary, along with other jockeys Piere Strydom and Richard Fourie. S’manga’s mother understandably plays an integral part in S’manga’s life and career and in appreciation for her devotion to him and his siblings and all that she sacrificed for them, especially being single parent; S’manga bought her the house of her dreams in the neighbourhood of her choice in 2011. ‘To be a Champion’ shows footage of his mother’s reaction when he won the 2013 Vodacom Durban July, as she stood at the event watching her son. She is also interviewed frequently throughout the film. This good news story about such a talented sportsman fits in perfectly with the Racing. It’s a Rush objective of highlighting all that is exciting and thrilling about the sport of horseracing in South Africa. Racing. It’s a Rush assisted Kevin Harris with the making of this memorable documentary. The Racing. It’s a Rush initiative was launched last year with the aim of bringing horseracing back to the forefront of the lifestyle entertainment industry – but above all else we want to share all that horseracing has to offer with as many people as possible – both those who have been involved in the sport in one way or another over the years, but also to those people who have never been exposed to it. S’manga’s story does exactly this. The Durban International Film Festival, the oldest and biggest festival of its kind in South Africa, was held from 16-26 July with the premier of ‘To be a Champion’ taking place at Suncoast Casino on 22 July and an additional screening taking place at the eKhaya Cultural Centre in KwaMashu on Saturday 25 July.

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The Arch at Mauritzfontein Stud

By Michele Wing

JESSICA SLACK AND MAURITZFONTEIN STUD J E S S I C A S L A C K I S T H E N E W FA C E A N D F O R C E O F O N E O F S O U T H A F R I C A ’ S O L D E S T A N D M O S T R E C O G N I S E D S T U D FA R M S , M A U R I T Z F O N T E I N I N K I M B E R L E Y.

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aking on the mantle of directing one of South Africa’s oldest and most well-known stud farms is an honour and a role that life has been preparing Jessica for. Being the granddaughter of Harry and Bridget Oppenheimer, whose vision saw the establishment of Mauritzfontein in 1945, and the daughter of Mary, who herself created Wilgebosdrift Stud in Piketberg, it seemed almost natural for Jessica to follow in her family’s footsteps. “I grew up on a farm in Fourways, riding ponies and horses throughout my childhood. Mum was a magnificent rider and my sisters were equally as brilliant. Both sides of my family loved horses, so I suppose it was in the blood. My great Uncle Tyson Gilpin (who sadly I never met, but all who did meet him raved about) inherited Fasig Tipton Sales Company when he was just 25 years old. He later sold to the Finny family, but kept a share for his life time.”Jessica tells the story that when he died, he requested that his ashes were brought to the church in his favourite racing trophy, with his

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silks draped over them. She has always thought it was such a romantic story. “My Great Grandfather, Roger Mellick owned steeplechase and flat racehorses and it was through him that my father found his love of the sport, both racing and riding. Unlike my sisters, I was always a bit of a wimp in the saddle but growing up racing with my mother and my grandmother, was about as good as it gets in my book“, she laughed. “I have been very lucky,”she added. Having operated previously as a remount station for the British Army during the Boer War, Mauritzfontein was bought in 1945 by Harry and Bridget Oppenheimer, Jessica’s grandparents. Kimberley was both the headquarters of the DeBeers Mining Company of which Harry was Chairman, and the constituency in which Harry was elected as a Member of Parliament. Breeding began in earnest when Mauritzfontein imported their first stallion in 1951. Janus, who was by Pharis and had


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been a top class racehorse in France, was the sire of Tiger Fish, who won the Grade 1 Durban July Handicap, Open Sea and Ellation. He also sired the fillies Will-To-Win, who won the Grade 1 Tankard, and SA Oaks winner, Tsessebe. In 1959, Mauritzfontein imported Wilwyn, who also holds the honour of being the first horse ever to be flown into South Africa. Just four years later he was crowned South Africa’s Champion Sire, having sired top horses in King Willow, Smash and Grab and Uncle Ben. He became a prolific broodmare sire, with his daughters producing amongst others, Sentinel, Hidden Magic, Faro and Canyon Creek. Wilwyn’s son, Col. Pickering went on to be broodmare sire of none other than the famous Horse Chestnut. In 1965, Free Ride stood his first season at stud. His progeny produced no less than five SA Oaks winners along with Principal Boy, who won the Durban July; Oakland Bay, who won the SA Derby; the striking grey, Bodrum, who won the SA Classic; With Pleasure, who won the Natal Oaks; Run

For Roses and Medora who both won the Grade 1 Paddock Stakes. The next Champion Sire to stand at Mauritzfontein was Fort Wood, who arrived in 1994. The Group 1 winning son of Sadler’s Wells was out of a dam, Fall Aspen, who herself produced four Group 1 winners. On viewing Fort Wood in the United Kingdom prior to purchase, Bridget Oppenheimer was advised by a young veterinarian that the horse would never be able to cover any mares, due to an injury to his hind leg. However, a way was found to support the leg with a boot, enabling Fort Wood to stand as a stallion. The decision to acquire the horse proved inspirational, as Fort Wood took the farm’s legacy to another level with his first ever runner, Horse Chestnut. This legend of the South African turf won the Triple Crown and J & B Met in the same year and was duly bestowed the title of Horse of the Year. Fort Wood to date has produced three Horse of the Year colts and has already proved to be a magnificent sire of sires. His INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

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Mares and young stock on Mauritzfontein Stud

In the parade ring with Jessica Slack

son, Dynasty who won the Vodacom Durban July, has himself gone on to produce champions in the likes of international campaigner, Irish Flame; Equus Champion Beach Beauty; sire Jackson; Vodacom Durban July winner, Legislate and J & B Met winner, Futura. Fort Wood has also won Champion Broodmare titles and his daughters have produced amongst others the new sire, Cape Town Noir; Thunder Dance; Pluck and Triple Tiara winner, Cherry On The Top. Strike Smartly, a full brother to Strike Smart was imported with the purpose to create a successful cross for the many Fort Wood mares at Mauritzfontein. Sadly his career was cut short after just 6 crops. Currently Mauritzfontein stands Ideal World, a son of Kingmambo out of Banks Hill, who recently enjoyed his first Grade 1 winner in Smart Call when she won the Grade 1 Woolavington over 2000 meters. Smart Call is out of the broodmare Good Judgement, by none other than Horse Chestnut. It is very fitting that Horse Chestnut was not only Fort Wood’s first winner, but now the dam sire of Ideal World’s first Grade 1 winner. Ideal World is currently 6th on the Sires List by Average Earnings per Runner, with 49% Winners to 70

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Runners, from only just over one crop, to run. “He is most definitely the real deal” said stud manager, Guy Murdoch. New addition to the stallion ranks is the handsome Byword, son of Peintre Celebre out of English Broodmare of the Year, Binche. Byword was champion older horse in France, the highest rated grass horse in the world in 2010, with a Timeform rating of 126. He is the only winner of the Grade 1 Prince of Wales Stakes to stand at stud in South Africa. Renowned journalist , Bill Oppenheim had this to say: “I think Byword has a huge shot at making a major sire in South Africa – it is rare to see a Southern hemisphere stud able to afford the ‘complete package’. I think they have really got it here with Byword; I really rate him.” Mauritzfontein has also been home to some potent female lines that have woven the fabric of many of its greatest triumphs. Fisherman’s Prayer by King Salmon, produced daughters who themselves went on to produce three SA Oaks winners, as well as champions King Willow, Tiger Fish, Lightening Path and Hengist. Eight of Fisherman’s Prayer’s progeny won classic


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races. Julie Andrews won the Oaks, before going on to produce Principal Boy , Col. Pickering and the brilliant filly Grease Paint. The imported Antalya by Acropolis, produced Nalatale, a champion sprinter who produced five winners, including South African Champion 3 year old colt, Bodrum. Down her family line, Nalatale can also be found in the pedigrees of the mighty Horse Chestnut, classic filly Monyela, Sports Chestnut and Asylum Seeker. If there is a leaf Jessica has taken out of her Mum’s book, it is the enormous wealth that resides in a broodmare band. Last year Mauritzfontein began renewed efforts to obtain fresh blood and exceptionally well bred fillies, to both continue the dynasty and shape their thoroughbred nursery. “We are not trying to reinvent the wheel. Mauritzfontein has been breeding champions for decades and we just need to make sure we keep upgrading our bloodlines to stay ahead of the game,” she said. Jessica admitted to being sentimental and attached to the broodmares on the farm, particularly Cherry On The Top. “She

is a farm favourite and a sweetheart to boot. Flirtation was a gift from my mother, and I adore her. She neighs for carrots and cuddles. Of the older mares I am very fond of Lady Helen, she is so beautiful with long flowing locks and she has been so good to the farm for so long. She is a bit of a “ hero”, she added. Mary and Jessica have taken over Mauritzfontein together, although Jessica is responsible for the running of the farm and the active, ‘hands-on’ role. “I would say that my mother and I have the same breeding philosophy. So much of what I know, I have learned from her and her team at Wilgerbosdrift. The most important thing is to breed tough, sound, strong and fast horses” she smiled. “We are so lucky at Mauritzfontein to have the space, with our yearlings running out in 60 to 70 hectare paddocks. There is no soft green pasture. It is Kalahari / Karoo sweet veld on limestone, with thorn trees, ground squirrel holes and ant hills. The yearlings run out with their nannies, the likes of Hunting Tower and Forest Path and they grow tough. Our manager, Guy Murdoch always says that if they survive their upbringing and make it to sales, you know you have a sound horse.” she explained. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

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Jessica’s love for her horses is clear to see.

A welcome addition to the ‘nanny’ ranks at Mauritzfontein is the previous Mike de Kock trained Shea Shea, proven to be among the best international sprinters of his generation and winner of the Grade 1 Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night , 2013. “Shea Shea is a big favourite of mine. I fell in love with him while he was at Abington Place in Newmarket and spent a lot of time admiring him through his Dubai campaign. Although he was a star sprinter, he is also a proper gentleman. He loves his carrots and when you scratch the middle of his forehead he closes his eyes and laps it up. He is just a honey and so when the connections decided to retire him, I asked if he could come and live with us on the farm, just so that we could spoil him every day”, Jessica explained. Jessica said that when Geoff Woodruff came to visit him recently, Shea Shea “practically fell asleep in his arms. I think Shea Shea has a soft spot in a lot of hearts.” It is apparent that Jessica feels a special connection to the land and in particular, to Mauritzfontein . “I can happily spend hours in a paddock of mares or yearlings and just dream. Although racing can be hard and disappointing, the dreams are huge and I think that is what keeps us all going,” she said. “There is nothing that feels quite as good as a homebred winner, 72

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whether you own it or not. Knowing the horses and spending time with them on the farm is heaven for me”, she added. “Jehan Malherbe, who is a great friend and advisor, said to me once that racing is 99 % expectation and 1 % realization, so we have to enjoy the expectation. I have taken his advice to heart and I always try to make the most of everything. It is the most wonderful sport in the world and there is so much to enjoy; from amazing people, beautiful horses and sunsets on farms, to emotional wins and the excitement of champions. What’s not to love?” Over the years, Mauritzfontein has produced no fewer than 14 Oaks winners, 6 Durban July winners and most impressively, a winner of both the Triple Crown and Triple Tiara. The farm is already etched into the history of thoroughbred racing and breeding in South Africa, but Jessica brings new life. “I have much to learn but then in this game, I think none of us ever stop learning. Our number one goal is to get Mauritzfontein to the top of the breeders log, not with numbers, but with sound, fast horses”, says Jessica. With the management team led by Guy Murdoch, Mary Slack and Jessica herself, Mauritzfontein is in good hands and we look forward to watching it go from strength to strength.


Sire in his first crop of

Gr1 winner SMART CALL (MR 109)

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V ISIONAIRE V IS FOR VICTORY:

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hen the first small crop of Visionaire’s hit the tracks in America, news began to filter through to South Africa that they were winning – not only winning repeatedly but his daughter Bacopa Breeze annointed him with his first Black Type win, taking the Laurel Smart Halo Listed. This was followed up with winning colt Outlook placing in a further two Listed races. While this was happening, Visionaire was safely ensconced in the big beautiful American-styled stallion barn at one of South Africa’s Leading National breeders’ Summerhill Stud, who held the title for an incredible nine consecutive years and continue to be amongst the leaders. Crowned Champion Freshman Sire for the South African racing

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season of 2014/2015, it was thanks to Team Valor’s Barry Irwin and his vision of what he wished to achieve from the breeding of his mares based in KZN that we have Visionaire standing in the province of KwaZulu Natal. Regarding the importation of Visionaire, Barry Irwin said that Visionaire’s front leg conformation was one of the main reasons he selected Visionaire to be exported to South Africa. “I wanted to be able to breed to a stallion that would sire horses with correct front legs. And he is getting the job done! The first son of Grand Slam to stand at stud in South Africa and a grandson of the great Gone West,Visionaire left halfway through his first American breeding season to become one of the most exciting stallion prospects to arrive in 2011 in South Africa, standing his first year for a service fee of R20 000.

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With the Gr1 King’s Bishop victory behind his name, amongst his other scintillating racing performances that included the Gr3 Gotham Stakes where he emerged from the thick fog the winner on the wire, they were all run in the same goosebump fashion that we are now seeing from one of America’s leading sprinter-milers, Honor Code.

biggest, sweeping to victory in the Gr1 Kentucky Derby and Gr1 Dubai World Cup.

Visionaire was one of the most expensive purchases made for Team Valor International, bought for seven figures with the intention of taking on the Triple Crown in 2008.

Jumping from the starting stalls to lie more than 10 lengths off the leader for most of the race - it looked impossible unitl he began eating up the ground off the turn and still managed to finish over two lengths ahead in the seven furlong race, that has seen the likes of Distorted Humor, More Than Ready and Elusive Quality etched into the honour roll.

The green and red chevron silks of Team Valor are no strangers in South Africa, where Gr1 winners such as Ipi Tombi, Gypsy’s Warning, Irridescence and Ebony Flyer (to name just a few) have carried them to many outstanding victories locally and internationally. On the international racing front, who could forget those colours on the back of Animal Kingdom as he kept the racing world on the edge of their seats at every start, amongst the

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Visionaire’s racing style is one of those that would leave you totally breathless and shaking your head in absolute disbelief at his sheer speed, turn of foot and tenacity.

It is really easy to see what Irwin liked so much about Visionaire. Out of mare Scarlet Deputy by French Deputy, he stands 16.1 with a handsome head, a big honest eye that reflects his kind temperament, a deep girth and powerful hindquarters, he has plenty of strength and substance about him.


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All these qualities are passed on to his foals and its no surprise that his first yearlings averaged a very impressive R349 000 for 15 lots sold at the 2014 National Yearling Sale. This was topped by an outstanding grey filly named Yoruba, bred by Summerhill Stud and a half-sister to Gr2 winner No Worries, knocked down for R1,4million to Ridgemont Stud. Another colt Diamontaire sold for R600 000, consigned by Somerset Stud and purchased by Team Valor. As a result Visionaire was the leading first season sire at the sale that year and his racing results wouldn’t disappoint. At the 2014 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale which takes place three months after the Nationals, Team Valor sold a chestnut filly out of King Of Kings mare Royal Purse for just R30 000 to World Wide Bloodstock. Almost a carbon copy of her sire in conformation including her gleaming chestnut coat, she was quickly taken up by 3A Racing Syndicate who having always previously leased horses, deciding to take the leap of faith and buy into a horse of their own.They formed a partnership

with Andy Williams and Mrs Wintle. Sent into training with Glen Kotzen, Royal Pleasure would not only give her sire his first South African win but she would go on to give him his first Group win in South Africa. Royal Pleasure debuted at Scottsville in the black and shocking pink silks of the 3A Racing Syndicate, where she didn’t just win but completely thrashed the opposition by almost seven lengths over 1000m under apprentice Callan Murray. The win was enough to make Team Valor take notice of the horse that they had sold just seven months before and they immediately bought back into the filly, buying out a few partners and formed a new partnership with 3A Racing as well as Anant and Vaneshree Singh. Royal Pleasure made her second track appearance two months later in the colours of Team Valor, with Greg Cheyne flown up from Cape Town for the ride. Once again at Scottsville over a 1000m, this time in soft going she won

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comfortably by over two lengths in the Non-Black Type Kings Pact Stakes. She was immediately entered for the Gr3 Strelitzia Stakes a month later, going into the 1100m race unbeaten. Ridden by Anton Marcus on this occasion, she won by three quarters of a length from Miracle Rising and Princess Royal – the latter a half-sister to four-time Gr1 winning Princess Victoria. A decision was made to go for the Gr1 Allan Robertson but Royal Pleasure found the 1200m a bit to long, finishing courageously just out of the placings behind Equus Two Year Old Champion filly, Entisaar(AUS). With 12 winners in America, it wasn’t just Royal Pleasure – the Visionaire’s began to make themselves known on racetracks across South Africa. Doug Campbell’s Summerhill-bred Lala came out next, winning her debut and going on later to place in the Gr2 Debutante. Another impeccably bred colt by Team Valor, Jet

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Air has now won twice for trainer Mike Bass and owners’ Bryn Russell and Marsh Shirtliff, finishing four lengths off the unbeaten Gr1 winning Rabada in the Premiers Champion Stakes. Smart debut winner Virtuality, at odds of 33/1 showed punters the error of their ways, winning by two lengths at Turffontein for trainer David Niewenhuizen. Barry Irwin comments on the progeny of Visionaire: “While Visionaire is certainly an agent for delivering speed to his offspring, he himself got better with age and I would expect his offspring to do so as well. I hope the trainers that have Visionaires are patient with the tall ones and give them a chance to develop, instead of just looking at them as precocious juveniles”. With the Visionaire’s off the mark and the breeders clamouring to fill his book for 2015, the next racing season as three year olds is indeed going to be an exciting one as more of them begin to step on to the tracks for the first time. Visionaire stands at Summerhill Stud for the highest service fee in KZN of R40 000.


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THE JOCKEY ACADEMY OF SOUTH AFRICA

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t first glance, the room seems no different from any other school classroom – white-painted walls, with various photographs and charts displayed on them, rows of desks at which twelve small boys are seated.

But this is no ordinary classroom. The pupils who, in years past, spent time at these desks include the likes of Garth Puller, Felix Coetzee, Pierre Strydom, Anton Marcus, Anthony Delpech and Mark Khan. What’s more, there is every possibility that the group of boys seated here will in time produce the jockeys who ride to victory in the 2030 July, Met, Gold Cup, Summer Handicap and other prominent events on the racing calendar. This is the video analysis room of the South African Jockey Academy. The twelve boys in the room are focussed on the 85 inch flat screen television which takes up the entire front wall, and on which is playing a video clip of a rider mounted on a large chestnut thoroughbred which is cantering around a sand track. Standing next to the television screen is Laurence O’Donoghue, an ex-jockey whose career in the stirrups spanned thirty seven years. Laurie is one of four riding masters attached to the Academy. At regular intervals, Laurie freezes one of the video frames, and fires comments and questions at the boys. “What’s he doing wrong at this point?” Laurie asks. “Look at his heels. He needs to have his heels pointing downwards. Got it?” Laurie allows the video footage to play on for a few seconds and then presses the freeze button again. “Look at his hands. He is supposed to be pushing the horse along, but his hands aren’t nearly far enough up the horse’s neck, and you can also see that

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By André Oostuizen he is not putting enough pressure on the neck. The horse needs to understand what exactly you would like him to do, and you communicate with the horse through your hands.” The videos are mostly of the boys themselves, riding at work a few days earlier. The class offers comment and criticism on various components making up the riding style of its individual members. “The video footage helps apprentices in three ways”, says O’Donahue. “Firstly, it will give them an idea of whatever it is they are doing wrong, and an opportunity to correct mistakes. Secondly, I use the videos to build up the confidence of each apprentice. Every jockey needs plenty of confidence, otherwise he is not going to be a success on the track. I am always encouraging the boys, using the footage to not only point out faults, but to highlight the things they do well, and compliment them on that. Thirdly, the videos build awareness of how important safety is on the racetrack. If you’re in a situation where twelve horses are galloping around a track at 60km per hour, a mistake can create a danger not only for the jockey who made the mistake, but for the riders next to him, in front of him, behind him. The jockey who makes a serious mistake during the race exposes himself and all the other jockeys involved in the race to the risk of serious injury, or even death. So that’s something I always emphasise to the boys during the video sessions – you need to use your head, not take foolish risks, at all times take into account the safety of everyone riding in the race.” The process of teaching a fifteen year old boy the skills required to control and dominate a 600kg thoroughbred is a slow, patient one with attention to detail, and repetition. But it’s a process which,


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at the Jockey Academy, has been perfected over a period of many years. In July 1926, the South African Jockey Club introduced, for the first time, rules for the apprenticeship of jockeys. The rules inter alia provided that jockeys were not permitted to compete in races until they were twelve years of age. Although the idea of a training school for apprentices was mooted in the 1930’s, such a school was only launched in 1954, when Transvaal veterinarian Dr George Pfaff started a small apprentice establishment in Johannesburg. Further discussions and investigations led to the Jockey Club of South Africa acquiring a large house, not far from Greyville Racecourse, which was to accommodate apprentices. Seven apprentices moved in at the beginning of August 1957. Training came primarily from a jockey club grant of £3000 a year. The boys were allowed to use the parade ring and hard track at Greyville, and there were premises on the course which were used as lecture rooms. Not long afterwards, ten acres of land were acquired from the Mariannhil Monastery and, in 1960, the Natal Jockey Academy came into being. Eleven years later the Academy became a national institution, changed its name to the South African Jockey Academy and moved to a twenty two acre site adjoining the Summerveld Training Centre. The Academy has been based there ever since. Over the years, the facilities have been expanded and now include seven classrooms, 3 dormitories, an impressively equipped kitchen and adjoining dining room, a swimming pool, a gym and an equestrian centre consisting of stables, tack room, feed rooms, video analysis room, a training simulator room, an indoor dressage arena and a sand track. Since 1971, every professional jockey in South Africa has 82

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graduated from the Academy. An apprenticeship lasts five years. To meet the minimum entry level requirements, the would-be apprentice must be fifteen to twenty years old, have passed grade 9, weigh 38kg to 47kg and be 150cm to 160cm tall. The annual recruitment process involves visits to schools by Academy staff, advertising in the racing media and participation in SABC Careers Expo in Sandton, and similar events. Applicants are subjected to an intensive recruitment process, which involves interviews, fitness tests, psychometrics and x-rays of certain bones in the body, which provide a key indicator of the future growth potential of the boy. The bones of the left wrist and, in particular, the Physis or wrist growth plate are carefully scrutinised. It is obviously important to predict the future physique of an applicant – the Academy doesn’t want to spend three or four years training somebody who, due to late teen growth spurts, becomes too big to qualify as a jockey. The Academy recruitment panel travels around the country, testing and interviewing the boys and towards December selects around fifteen boys to commence their apprenticeship in January the following year. Monday morning, 6am. The row of stable doors, illuminated by neon lights, face onto a small lawn and flowerbed. Inside each stable, a first year apprentice is busy with the horse entrusted to his care, tending to the daily tasks of grooming, watering, feeding and saddling. He has been awake since 4am, reporting to the stables by not later than 4:30am. The morning riding lessons are scheduled to commence at 6:30, after which the horses are to be fed, and taken up to the paddocks.The apprentices then fall in at the gym just before 8am, for a forty five minute gym session, followed


following a punishing regime involving food deprivation, diuretics and steam room time – an inherently unhealthy lifestyle which, in the long term, caused kidney and muscular damage. Kathy has implemented a completely different approach at the Academy, based on the realisation that jockeys are professional athletes engaged in a physically demanding sport. They require the same That, typically, is the daily routine, followed all year around except amount of kilojoules and energy as do other high performance for a two week break in December.The days are long, hectic,and sportsmen. She has gone to great lengths to design meals that the standards are high. To an increasing extent, the Academy has meet the required kilojoule intake, and she regularly reviews over the past few years, adopted the philosophy that the training menus. Menus feature eggs, fish, meat, pasta and a healthy variety of jockeys involves more than hours spent in the saddle, and in the of fruit and vegetables. On a weekly basis, the body statistics and steam room. “We are set on ensuring that these boys develop various other physical ratios of the apprentices are measured, fitness, mental resilience, healthy eating and lifestyle patterns and enabling Kathy to monitor each boy’s muscle development and riding skills. We want the jockeys to leave us with an education, state of wellbeing. She also liaises regularly with the biokineticist, a balanced personality, common sense and the ability to ride physio and sports scientist, receiving feedback on the performance winners”, says Graham Bailey, who has been headmaster of the of each boy in the gym. If any of the apprentices are showing signs of an energy shortfall, their diet is adapted to help boost their Academy since 2009. energy levels. A multi-disciplinary team with considerable and wide-ranging expertise is attached to the Academy, to ensure that these Working closely with Kathy is sports scientist Tarryn Sneyd, who principles of holistic lifestyle training are achieved. There is a spends most of her day in the gym, putting the apprentices dietician, a sports psychologist, a biokineticist, a sport scientist, a through their paces on the treadmills, ellipticals, exercise cycles, physiotherapist, a nurse and an academic staff of 6 teachers – Prezi balls and gym mats. It takes considerable strength and fitness all deeply committed to ensuring that these boys are assisted, in to control and steer a 600kg thoroughbred thundering along at 60 every way, in their mental and physical development. The dietician, kilometres per hour, and Tarryn’s job is to ensure that the required Kathy Krog, recently completed her Master’s degree. Her Master’s levels of strength and fitness are reached, and maintained. First thesis was entitled “Dietary Intake, Energy Availability and Weight year apprentices spend an hour in her gym, Monday to Friday. Control Practices of Male Apprentice Jockeys Residing at the SA After that, gym sessions drop down to 2 a week, because the older apprentices are heavily involved in their riding schedules. Jockey Academy”. Tarryn’s fitness programmes are individually adapted, and aimed For decades, jockeys traditionally maintained their weight by at developing upper body, lower body and core strength, as well by a hastily eaten breakfast. School classes start at 10:20am and continue through until 2:30pm. Then the lads return to the stables for the afternoon chores, have supper at 5:45pm, and do their homework from 6:30 to 8pm. Lights out are at 8:30pm for juniors, 9pm for seniors.

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as flexibility, balance and proprioception. Each apprentice goes through a fitness level test once a month, requiring him to perform a minimum number of crunches, push ups, pull ups, wall squats, as well as a bleep test, sit and reach test and planking endurance test. Tarryn has an exact idea of the strength, fitness and endurance of each of the boys, and makes sure that they’re in peak physical condition throughout the year. The fact that racing has an offseason period brings its own challenges – jockeys must remain in top condition throughout the year, and the dangers attached to overworking the muscular system have to be avoided. Her role requires constant monitoring, adaption and attention to detail. In addition to riding and fitness training, each apprentice is required to follow the Academy’s academic programme. Six qualified teachers are employed at the Academy, and the subjects on offer are English, isiZulu / Afrikaans, Life Orientation, Maths Literacy, Equine Studies, Stable Management, Business Studies and Consumer Studies. Graham Bailey believes that the jockeys that graduate from the Academy must be educated, and have enough business and commercial sense. “If all goes well, a jockey will have a riding career of 30 to 40 years. The successful ones will earn big money. They need to have enough business sense to invest their earnings wisely. In addition, a career might at any time be ended due to injury, or other causes. In that event, a jockey needs to have something to fall back on. So an academic and business education is crucial”, he says. Because of their riding commitments, the apprentices have an average of 4½ hours each day for school work plus 90 minutes prep time in the evenings. That is considerably less than the 84

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average mainstream pupil. That notwithstanding, the Academy’s matric pupils have achieved a 100% pass rate for the last 10 years. Pupils and teachers put in additional hours during the school holidays, improving their understanding of subjects in which they are struggling. The Academy attributes the success rate to the level of devotion and expertise of the teaching staff, and to the fact that classrooms are small, allowing for greater individual attention. Discipline is not a problem, because the Academy has a system of punishing boys for transgressions by suspending them from riding activities. “That is a fate that each of the boys will do anything to avoid –preventing them from riding is the worst thing in the world, to them”, says Marius Nel, who heads up the academic programme. The handwriting on the application form is neatly spaced, slanted and organised. The written answer to the question, “What do you hope to achieve as a professional jockey?” reads “to become a champion jockey”. Another question, “If you become a jockey how will your family and community benefit?”, is answered with the words, “If I become a jockey I will build by my family a house and my community will be happy to have me as a jockey”. The handwriting is that of S’manga Khumalo, on the form he filled out when, as a boy of 14, he applied to be admitted to the Academy. He has realised both of the goals stated by him, those many years ago. He was champion jockey in the 2012/13 season, riding 185 wins and 561 places, and earning stakes of R15 994 712 for the owners who engaged him. That he has become a source of pride in his community, and the entire racing industry, is beyond doubt.


How does the Academy transform the raw youngsters who enrol as first years, into champion jockey material? The majority of boys recruited know nothing about horsemanship and yet, within a short period of time, they are riding work and participating in races with growing skill and confidence.

the riding masters, who is in contact with the apprentice via twoway radio, and gives constant advice on his style of riding. Heels down, toes pointed upwards, length of rein, knee bend and back positioning – the many technical aspects which combine to make a first class horseman.

The riding technique of each boy is also constantly discussed, honed and corrected in the video analysis sessions, and in the room adjoining the stable complex which houses the Equisizer. The Equisizer (or, to use its correct tradename, the Racewood MK9 Interactive Racehorse Simulator) is a sleek and sophisticated piece of machinery. The horse-shaped simulator contains a series of sensors along the neck, flank and rump providing instant feedback if pressure is applied to any of these areas. The Equisizer is hooked to a computerised screen, offering the simulator The Academy programme proper gets underway in February. user various options as regards the racecourse (Greyville being The first years spend most of February and March immersing one option), distance, turf and weather conditions. Having themselves in the basics of horsemanship, and riding. They are programmed the course and track conditions, the rider then taught about grooming, shoeing, feeding and watering, handling chooses one of the horses offered by the computer for that and leading, stable yard management, the basics of the walk, trot, race – horses with memorable names such as Cardiac Arrest, canter and gallop. A horse is allocated to each of them for the Asked Gasp Onion and Lookatmego. Each horse comes with year, and they’re responsible for its care and management. This is a computerised package of characteristics regarding the horse’s a crucial time for these fifteen and sixteen year olds to develop acceleration, temperament and weather preferences. Once the a rapport with the animals to which their future careers will be relevant menu options are selected, the computer screen displays devoted. They spend time lunging their mounts in the dressage the inside of a starting stall. The gates open, and the section of arena. Once an apprentice has shown his ability to control his racecourse immediately ahead of the rider is displayed. horse in lunging, he will begin trotting, cantering and galloping. He will spend thirty to sixty minutes each morning, putting his horse That continually changes, as the race progresses. Visuals of the through its paces in the dressage arena and around the sand track. horses in front of and alongside the rider are also shown. The rider The riding sessions take place under the watchful eye of one of has to make constant decisions, throughout the race, regarding At the start of the first year, the new recruits are put through an intensive mini boot camp, held at a venue in Southern KZN. They are required to participate in abseiling, vertical wall climbing, high-wire tightrope walking and various other adrenalin-junkie activities. They’re accompanied and carefully watched by staff from the Academy.The weekend is about building trust, learning to follow instructions, developing courage – all qualities that are essential to a jockey.

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tactics and positioning.Those determine where the horse finishes. A post-race analysis is given which includes achieved and expected positions, race time, all furlong times, a graph of the effort, speed and energy throughout the race, any faults perpetrated – whipping, bouncing on the horse’s back, incorrect balance. The Equisizer enables the apprentices to practice, in a realistic virtual environment, their race strategies, riding skills, the use of the whip, changing of balance and navigating through the field. The jockey must have an inbuilt sense of safety, but also requires courage, ability to make split-second decisions, an awareness of what his horse is doing, a sense of timing. “All of these are developed by the simulator, the video sessions and out on the track”, says Graham Bailey. “By the time an apprentice gets to his first real-time race, he must already have adequately developed this set of skills.”

ready. That includes their achieving a minimum of 80% in a written exam on the rules of horseracing, and on successfully completing at least twenty jumps from the starting stalls at Summerveld. Each race ridden by an apprentice is watched by the riding masters, a video of the race is analysed back at the Academy the following week. The riding master grades each race performance. Each apprentice must pass muster in five races down the straight before being permitted to race around the turn. Qualification in a further seven races around the turn is necessary – after that the apprentice may accept a ride in any race, irrespective of class or distance. Participation in races is arranged by the riding masters, who remain in close contact with the trainers, and do everything possible to ensure that the boys are offered rides suitable to their level of skill and experience.

The fact that the Academy has produced a UK champion jockey – Michael Roberts – as well as several champion jockeys Around June or July of the first year, the apprentice will start riding in Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau, as well as the winners of work for the trainers based at Summerveld and Ashburton. He Apprentice Challenge races in Qatar, France, Abu Dhabi and will only start work-riding when the riding masters are satisfied New Zealand, bears testimony to the quality and thoroughness that he has reached the requisite level. One of the riding masters of the Academy’s riding programme. The vision of Graham accompanies the apprentices to each work-riding session, carefully Bailey and his team is to achieve international recognition for watching their performance and afterwards discussing with them the Academy. A handful of visitors from Hong Kong have and the trainer how they’ve done. Work rides are, of course, also already spent time at the Academy, and Bailey sees a future an invaluable opportunity for the new lads to make themselves where would-be jockeys from all over the world enrol at the known to the trainers. Academy. In attaining that vision, the Academy will continue to promote the values of courage, dedication, health and fitness At some point, usually late in the second year of apprenticeship, the and professionalism amongst its graduates. Whatever the future boys get to participate in their first real-life horserace. Once again, holds, it will remain an important pillar of the South African they only do that if the riding masters are satisfied that they’re horseracing industry. 86

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o Derek – beautiful and athletic, she ran across the beach, across the movie screen, and enchanted a generation in the film Ten. But beyond the famous corn-rows and the camera, is an animal-lover from childhood; the woman the California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, called to be a public representative on the state’s horse racing board. “I’m not your person for this,” Bo Derek had said, resisting at first. “I love horses and I’m a fan of racing but I really don’t know anything about it except knowing horses.” “Perfect,” he had said. “We already have owners, trainers, lawyers and insiders; we need you to look after the horses.To represent the fans who love them.That’s the aspect that’s neglected. Try it for a few months, I think you’ll really like it.” So Bo Derek was cast as a California horse racing commissioner

and subsequently made her debut on the horse racing scene. Derek’s celebrity status would give this horse-lover the power to speak on behalf of the animals and their fans. If they were indeed looking for the embodiment of the horseloving fan, they had found her. Born and raised in the southern California suburbs, her family had cats and dogs, and as a “born animal-lover,” she watched National Geographic and the Animal Kingdom programs on the weekends. “When I was very young,” Derek remembers, “some extended family had a farm in Illinois. On the farm, they had horses and that’s where I ended up spending most of my time. I just love them. I think some people are just born with that love and it makes sense – we are so drawn by their beauty and character, we become drawn to each of them, as if it’s natural instinct.” INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

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Her mother was a hairstylist, and her father, an advertising executive. A girl who would rather be out on the sport’s field than in the classroom, she became a perfect model for her dad’s advertising layouts for athletic gear. From there, she experienced a meteoric rise, modeling and auditioning for films, her first in Greece for the movie Once Upon a Time, where she quite poignantly met the director and her future husband, John Derek. She afterwards achieved her break-out role in the 1979 film Ten, where, adorned with cornrows and sexy swim-suit, she became the epitome of female perfection. As a global figure, Derek was in a position to represent and advocate for the equine beauties she revered so highly as a child. “When I first came on the board, I was so afraid to suggest change,” Derek told International Racehorse Magazine. “In the end I found out that for the most part everything I was involved in was embraced and no one even remembers what it was like before. As an outsider, it took me a while to realize they’re not resistant to change but it instead needed to be recognized as the old sport that it is, steeped in tradition and with a lot of superstitions.

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morning and you see their lifestyle and what they sacrifice for the love of these animals. I’m a firm believer that obviously we’re all concerned about the welfare of horses in all sports and the way we use them.” Derek consequently gained her confidence on the board and began putting forward her proposals. She raised funds for equine retirement facilities in both California and Kentucky and lobbied Congress to stop horse slaughter in the United States for five years. She involved herself in the reform of claiming races, where “it took a few years” to finally amend the rules. Now, all the horses in California have a vet check at the end of the race, and if the horse is unsound on a graded scale, then the claim is void. “I’m sure that had a lot to do with our decline in fatalities because there’s no incentive now to run a compromised horse, and that’s what I was most proud of. When I left, I felt really good about that. “I now know that racing is clean in California. It’s drug free, and everything is being done for the horses. When you look at the way we used to treat animals, horses in particular, we were pretty brutal, but we are always evolving and being kinder. I have faith in the human nature; I have good faith that the industry is getting better and better.”

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Center Board of Trustees. Illegal wildlife trade is a particular issue of interest to her as she currently serves as Special Envoy against wildlife trafficking to the Secretary of State. She supports Richard Branson’s organization Wild Aid and YasuniITT rainforest preservation. She has also developed a specially formulated line of organic shampoo and conditioner for dogs, “Bless the Beasts” in which a portion of the sales can be donated to Canine Companions for Independence, an organization training dogs to assist people with disabilities. For nine years, she has also served as national honorary chairperson for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Rehabilitation Special Events, overseeing four annual therapeutic and rehabilitative events designed to help veterans overcome their disabilities through competition. Bo Derek is one of only four Americans to receive the award of becoming an Honorary Green Beret in 2002 by the Special Forces Association. In Early 2002 her memoir was published, poignantly titled Riding Lessons: Everything that Matters in Life I Learned from Horses, tracing all these different pursuits in life back to her love of the horse. Today, Bo Derek admires her five horses outside her window, as she does every morning. Her Andalusians and Lusitanos

graze on their beautiful pastures, the wine country of central California in the background. Owning these horses was Bo Derek’s childhood fantasy: “I remember the first time I got on a Spanish horse, in 1982 – and that was it! That was the horse I dreamed about as a little girl. The arched neck, the mane, the incredible gait, the power but sensitivity….That was it for me. They’re very comfortable, they’re very generous and they make me look like a good rider.” Derek laughs, “If you’d seen me on any other breed, I’d just be all over the place!” While she cares for her horses, pursuing a daily routine known to horse-girls the world over, she continues to serve the racehorse and its sport. Currently she is a Breeder’s Cup Ambassador, and oftentimes, she is surprised by how few people know of the great, international racing extravaganza. “I’ve always been an advocate for the Breeders’ Cup and an ‘ambassador’ even before the ambassador program began! It is our world championship but nobody knows about it and I want to change that.” Her life-long passion is evident in her story and her words. Her “break-out” role on the California Horse Racing Board proved how she has helped eagerly to positively influence the sport of horse racing in the past and will continue to do so wherever and whenever she can in the future. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

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or five days at the height of the British summer, the small village of Ascot finds its streets gridlocked by cars and carriages by day and by drunken revellers at night. For on its High Street, behind the high black and gold fence and the red brick buildings, lies the place which Queen Anne decreed in 1711 to be “ideal for galloping horses at full stretch”, the Ascot racecourse. Founded by a Queen and situated on crown land, it is home to a racing festival known simply as Royal Ascot.

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faster; heats are a thing of the past and instead of English Hunters, speedy thoroughbreds grace the hallowed green turf. And in memory of Queen Anne, the first race of Royal Ascot week is the Gr.1 Queen Anne Stakes over a mile. The mile is a classic distance in racing and equine stars such as Solow, Frankel, Toronado, Canford Cliffs and Goldikova have all added the Queen Anne Stakes to their list of victories.Yet each day Ascot’s straight mile, which starts at the famous Golden Gates, is also completed by horses with slightly different names such as Thor, Odin,Trojan, Samson and Caesar. Imposing names, names that whisper of mighty gods and fierce battles and unlike their thoroughbred cousins, who complete the mile in roughly 97 seconds, it takes these horses about 20 minutes from start to finish. These are the gentle giants of the Thames Valley Mounted Police. There are other differences of course. Caesar, Thor and Odin 94

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are much bigger than the standard thoroughbred, weighing in a roughly a ton and standing about 18.3 hands high. And trust me, although 18.3 hands compared to the general thoroughbred height of around 16 hands doesn’t sound like much of a difference, scaling those heights it is a daunting task even for an experienced rider. There is method to using such big horses though. Most of the horses used by the mounted unit are English Shire or Shire Irish Draft crosses. This endows them with a steady and calm temperament, while their height makes it possible for the officer on board to see across crowds in order to spot the slightest bit of trouble brewing. For unlike their Royal Ascot duty, which is part ceremonial and part security as they escort Her Majesty and the royal procession through the Golden Gates, up the Mile and into the parade ring, a fair bit of their work is far more dangerous.


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Mounted officers are often deployed at football matches, where they are responsible for the movement of spectators to and from the match, and for spotting and defusing any trouble between rival fans. Crowd control after big events such as Royal Ascot, is another area where the horses come in very useful. With bars lining Ascot’s High Street, crowd control and keeping merry racegoers out of the way of oncoming cars, as well as providing directions to disorientated revellers are all in a day’s work. Then there is riot work, where the safety of horse and officer becomes paramount. Here crowds can be violent, hurling bricks and stones at the horses, while some even try to pull off bridles. Hence while leisurely trotting up Ascot’s hallowed turf escorting The Queen may look very calm and peaceful, most of the Mounted Unit’s work entails having officers with a high

degree of tactical training as well as highly schooled horses that will stay calm in the face of noise, large crowds, missiles and even fire! So how does the Unit go about sourcing these equine paragons, for unlike Her Majesty’s grey carriage horses, they are not specifically bred for the job. Most of the horses are sourced either from dealers or through advertisements and while schooling is not a requirement, they need to at least be backed. A six to eight week trial period follows where the horses are subjected to a variety of circumstances to see how they cope under pressure. If they pass with flying colours and not all do, then they are slowly integrated into the Mounted Unit. Once accepted, these horses have to get used to things that would never be expected of thoroughbreds or even your average riding horse. Office blocks, glass mirrored buildings, car parks, housing estates, under passes or high bridges to be

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crossed.The introduction to football matches, which make up a fair bit of the Mounted Unit’s work, is done slowly and steadily. The newbies first attend quiet matches, where they get to watch and absorb the noise and the crowds from afar, before being subjected to Premier league matches and rival fans. Even the riders go through a rigorous and thorough training schedule. While applicants must be trained in public order and have a proven police background, previous riding experience is not a requirement and in fact many of the applying officers have no riding background at all. If successful, officers then complete a 16-week standard equitation course, before being integrated into the Unit, allocated a horse and allowed out on patrol. And that is certainly not the end of their training either with various further courses to be completed in order to advance to intermediate or advance rider and ultimately to instructor level.Yet in this close-knit group it is all hands on deck and even the instructors can be seen mucking out boxes. 96

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In the end, as Sergeant Spencer Kervin, who is in charge of the Thames Valley Mounted Unit, reminds me, one needs to remember that these are police officers who ride horses, not riders who happen to be police officers. These amazing horses are their partners and their tools of the trade. The horses are a means to get where they need to go and to do what is required of them quickly and efficiently. The horses make an officer mobile, flexible, very versatile and easy to deploy. These gentle giants enable their riders to search for missing children, control flaring tempers at football matches, visit schools and hospitals, escort Her Majesty and even patrol your local neighbourhood. So next time you see Caesar or Samson trot up Ascot’s straight Mile, take a moment and remind yourself of the amazing work they do. And when they stop along the railings to meet the crowds, remember that while he is 18.3 hands high and has feet as big as dinner plates, there is nothing that Caesar likes more that a cuddle or a pat.


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ROUND UP

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f all the horse sales in the world, there is probably only one where buyers can shop for Ferraris alongside blue-blooded Thoroughbreds, lunch on a lavish but always complimentary buffet, and prepare to bid on unweaned foals scampering at their dams’ sides in the dappled shade of white birch trees. This auction nirvana is not in England, or Kentucky, or Australia,or even at that other sale utopia just off the beaches of Deauville, France. Rather, this sale has been conducted in the virtually secluded domain of Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido, removed from the mainstream of most international buyers, breeders and owners. Times are changing, however.

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As Japanese-bred horses continue winning coveted prizes at prestigious race meetings around the world, the Japan Racing Horse Association (JRHA) select sale has drawn more foreign buyers and set records for total turnover in each of the past three years. In July, when sale gross peaked at an all-time high of $106,237,903 for 394 yearlings and foals sold, it seemed clear that this magical venue is no longer a secret. “This is one of the turning points,” said JRHA Vice Chairman and Shadai Farm owner Teruya Yoshida as the sale ended, noting that a record 22 horses were sold to owners based outside Japan. “I can now say that this sale has become a very international sale.” Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse, German and American breeder Dr. Christoph Berglar, American-based WinStar Farm and Australian owner Phil Sly were among the buyers this year.


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In 2014, Qatar’s Sheikh Fahad Al Thani ranked as the JRHA sale’s leading buyer, spending¥870 million ($8,529,411) for the saletopping yearling and eight foals, with seven of his nine purchases by the world’s leading sire by progeny earnings, Deep Impact. The legacy of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Sunday Silence—the sire of a Japanese dynasty including his son Deep Impact and other major Japanese stallions Heart’s Cry; 2014 global top-ranked racehorse Just a Way; Dubai World Cup winner Victoire Pisa, and two-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe runner-up Orfevre—is the biggest magnet drawing international buyers to Japan. “You cannot ignore it,” Sheikh Fahad declared of the power of Sunday Silence’s blood. However, almost as important are the vastly upgraded broodmare bands in the Land of the Rising Sun. Yoshida and his brothers Katsumi, master of Northern Farm, and Haruya, owner of Oiwake Farm, have invested over $100 million in broodmares globally within the last decade.They have dedicated themselves, in Teruya Yoshida’s words, to breeding the best racehorses on the planet 100 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE

and delivering the bluest of bloodlines and top female athletes to their Sunday Silence-line and other stallions. Now when international buyers arrive in Japan, they might still be unable to communicate in the local language, but the JRHA catalog pages—which are printed in English and Japanese—speak to them loudly. During the most recent sale, some of the top priced yearlings were out of French, Irish, New Zealand and American Grade/ Group 1 winners. In the foal session, the most expensive offerings included three out of American Grade 1 winners and one out of a Chilean Horse of the Year. So much has changed here just over the last decade compared to the days when there were virtually no international buyers other than the pioneering Sheikh Mohammed and his agent, John Ferguson, who bought a few Sunday Silence colts beginning in 1999. TeruyaYoshida pointed out that part of the evolution has included better horse management, from nutrition programs to handling


skills, which results in stronger development of young horses. Not so long ago, Japanese Thoroughbreds tended to be a bit light of bone compared to their counterparts elsewhere—but that is no longer generally the case with horses raised at prominent farms. Instead of being behind world standards, now the Japanese horses represent something of a unique commodity, with their elite sires and bloodlines proven in international races but remaining closely held within Japan and largely unavailable in other areas on the globe. Waterhouse also praised the Japanese horses for their proven stamina, a quality not readily found in runners in Australia, for example, or in many other countries. Accompanied by her husband, Robbie, bloodstock agent Satomi Oka and several friends,Waterhouse bought five unweaned foals and a yearling to rank as the 20th leading buyer overall in her first venture to the sale this year. Her purchases totaled ¥132 million ($1,064,516).

said Waterhouse, who picked out a yearling colt by Arc winner Bago and two colt foals by first-crop sire Novellist, a filly foal by Orfevre, and colt foals by young sires Workforce and Rulership. “I feel like I’ll leave Japan as a richer person for the experience, and my eye for foals is much improved, “ she added with a laugh. As Waterhouse and others will concede, it takes a bold outlook and big wallet for foreign buyers to select unweaned foals as racing prospects while going up against Japanese owners who race for the world’s most lucrative purses on the Japan Racing Association circuit and thus have more assurance of profitability. Foreign owners alsoface expensive shipping charges to send the horseshome. But Japan’s leading breeders, particularly the Yoshidas, are producing horses that apparently are worth the expense.

“I’ve always been very interested in Japan,” said WinStar Farm President Elliott Walden.“We’re trying to branch out because the horse industry has become such a global market. Everybody is “We’re very excited—we’ve bought a lovely bunch of horses,” trying to find ways to compete and fit in, and we’re no different. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

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Sunday Silence does interest me because as you look around the world and think of a breed-shaping sire, you think of Sunday Silence and Galileo. From our standpoint in America, Sunday Silence was a dirt horse, so it makes sense to me to bring that blood back,” he added.

And with the Shadai Stallion Station located not far fromthe Northern Horse Park sale venue, visitors can easily avail themselves of the chance to see Deep Impact and perhaps pose for a photo with him or other leading sires such as King Kamehameha and Symboli Kris S.

WinStar bought two grandsons of Sunday Silence at the JRHA sale, a yearling colt by Heart’s Cry out of American Grade 1 winner Hilda’s Passion and a colt foal by Stay Gold out of Grade 1-placed Nan.The farm also acquired two yearling colts and a colt foal by Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, spending a total of ¥212 million ($1,709,681).

The scene that visitors find most unusual and enchanting is the showing of foals with their dams prior to the foal sale session during a glorious two-hour morning span in which buyers can inspect some of Japan’s—and the world’s—great racemares and their offspring by the best of local as well as some international sires.

As much as the horses—both through their catalog pages and with their robust physiques—proved enticing to buyers, the unique nature of the sale is just as memorable.

With the foals cavorting, nursing and whinnying, and the mares prancing and nickering in a vast green pasture under the birches, it is a scene that could take place in any horse lover’s vision of heaven.

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“It’s a lovely experience. It’s something so different that it’s hard to get your head around it,” Waterhouse said. But what’s easy to understand is that just about anyone who has attended this sale will try to find a way to come back.


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n the first Saturday in July, Power King, a gelding by Silvano, stormed to victory in South Africa’s most prestigious race, thus becoming his sire’s third Gr.1 Vodacom July winner.Yet Silvano and his phenomenal career first as racehorse and then as stallion, actually began fifty odd years ago, when Walther J. Jacobs, stockman, coffee merchant and horseman, rides past a beautiful farmhouse in the forest of Sottrum, in Northern Germany and promptly falls in love. Sooner than expected the house and surrounding land comes up for sale and Gestüt Fährhof is born. Walther started his fledgling stud with a one time winner Literat and several generations later a chestnut colt called Lomitas was

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Left with no choice, Walther spirits Lomitas out of Germany in the dead of the night, sending him to Roberts’s farm in the USA. At his side is his rider Simon Stokes. Sadly, with a job waiting at home, Stokes reluctantly bids his long time companion goodbye and accompanies some mares and yearlings back to Germany. In an extraordinary twist of fate, one of the mares on the flight is a plain bay, with a scraggy forelock, a mare called Spirit Of Eagles (USA). Lomitas has a few starts in the States, but with irreparably damaged feet due to the poisoning, Walther retires him to stud. Two years later on the 22nd of March 1996, in the foaling block at Gestüt Fährhof, one of Lomitas’s first offspring is born, when Spirit Of Eagles foals down a bay colt. And his name? His name is Silvano of course. Silvano follows in his sire’s footsteps and promptly wins his first start as a two-year-old. In a career that spanned four years, Silvano won seven races including the Gr.1 BMW Deutches Derby and became a globetrotting star with victories in the Gr.1 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong and the Gr.1 Arlington Million in Chicago. Other stamps in his passport included Dubai, where he runs third in the Gr.2 Dubai Sheema Classic, Singapore where he finishes 5th in the SIA Cup and the USA where he captures second in the Gr.1 Man O’ War Stakes. The star racehorse then ends 2001 as Germany’s Horse of The Year.

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overflowing and a niggling back injury picked up in the Arlington Million, Andreas retires the colt to stud. Silvano is very popular amongst the German breeders and covers a full book of mares in 2002 and 2003, standing at a fee of 7,500 Euro. And 2005 sees Silvano crowned as leading first season sire in Germany. But we are getting ahead of ourselves here, so lets backtrack a bit. In 2003, having recently acquired Maine Chance Farms in South Africa, together with 80 resident mares, Andreas decides to shuttle Silvano to the Cape. Here he is well received and covers a full book of mares. Then just as with Lomitas, disaster strikes as the Cape experiences an outbreak of African Horse Sickness and a complete ban on travelling makes it impossible for Silvano to return to Germany for the 2004 season. This unfortunate event for the German breeders turned out to be just the boost that the South African breeding industry needed, as Silvano just like his sire before him becomes hot property. With his first two crops producing numerous black-type performers, including the Gr2 winners Proudinsky, Fair Breeze and Mi Emma winner of the 2007 German 1,000 Guineas, Andreas decides to shuttle Silvano back to Germany for the 2010 season. It is an arduous journey with the stallion spending more than three months in quarantine, but German breeders are delighted to have the popular stallion back and again he covers a full book. 108 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE

Back in South Africa, the 2013 Equus Awards sees Silvano crowned as Champion Sire. He shatters the stallion record with his progeny earning a staggering R20 950 492 and winning 7 Group 1 races including South Africa’s two most prestigious races the Gr.1 Vodacom Durban July and the Gr.1 J & B Met. Back in Germany, Lucky Speed, hailing from his 2010 German crop, then follows in his sire’s footsteps and wins the Gr.1 Deutsches Derby! Think it can’t get any better? The best was yet to come, for in the 2015 running of the Vodacom Durban July, Silvano not only has five runners in the 18 horse field, but he is the sire of the first three home. Power King becomes his 15th Group 1 winner, when surging clear to defeat Punta Arenas, with Tellina a gallant third. And all three were bred by Andreas’s Maine Chance Farms. What a stallion! To date Silvano’s offspring have won Group 1 races on three continents. How right was Andreas Jacobs when he commented, shortly after Silvano’s arrival in South Africa so long ago in 2003: “I will always respect him as the consummate traveller with perfect temperament. He is surely the ideal horse to bridge our respective countries and to breed progeny that should have success and commercial appeal in all the five continents he has raced in.” Only two continents left to conquer, Silvano.


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visit to the Bluegrass area Thoroughbred nurseries would not be complete without taking in the natural beauty and rolling expanse of pastures that comprise Lanes End Farm in Midway, Kentucky. Just north west of Versailles and a mile down Midway Road, the black four board fence behind which countless famous Thoroughbreds since the 19th century, have been born, nurtured and begun distinguished careers that have been carefully followed in the annals of racing history. Horse breeding was an important Bluegrass industry since the area was first settled. At Kentucky’s first Legislative Assembly, pioneer Daniel Boone introduced a bill for ‘improving Kentucky’s breeding of horses’. The nucleus of land purchased by Will Farish in 1979, comprising of 240 acres, was part of the original Bosque Bonita Farm of General Abe Buford of the Confederate Army, an avid breeder

By Lindsay Hunter | Photos Courtesy of Lanes End Farm of Thoroughbreds. Leamington, imported by Gen. Buford, was the sire of Aristides, winner of the first Kentucky Derby in 1875. Upon Leamington’s death, his son Enquirer took his place at stud at Bosque Bonita. Through land acquisitions, Lanes End now comprises 2300 acres in Woodford County, with an additional 400 acres on the Oak Tree division in northern Fayette County. Farish has built one of the world’s premier Thoroughbred breeding farms through industry leading success with stallions and at the sales, while offering clients top caliber services in mating, boarding, bloodstock and representation. While developing the careers of leading sires AP Indy, Kingmambo and Dixieland Band, Lanes End was slated the Leading Stud Farm in North America twelve times. In 1985 the 20 stall barn for the Stallion Division was built, but just five years later as the Lanes End stallions popularity grew, a new Stallion Complex featuring INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

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three 8 stall barns and a separate breeding and receiving area was constructed. Bill Sellers,in charge of stallions, with 34 years tenure at Lanes End, sees to it every day that the stallions are treated like the royalty they are, but cared for like every other horse on the farm. A lifelong horseman hailing from Houston, Texas, Will Farish has raced more than 165 Stakes Winners and bred more than 300 winners. He subscribes to the belief that good female families are intrinsic to the success of good stallions, and owes much of the success of Lanes End to the acquisition of the mare, Lassie Dear ,the grand dam of three of Lanes End’s most notable stallions, AP Indy, Lemon Drop Kid, and Summer Squall. Lassie Dear traces directly to the influential broodmare, La Troienne , born in France after World War 11, was not a success at the track, but, bred and in foal to the English stallion, Gainsborough, was purchased by Col. E.R. Bradley of Idle Hour Farm, Lexington, Kentucky, and became one of the most important mares of all time, responsible for hundreds of stakes winners. In 1938, La Troienne sustained a shoulder injury, but Idle Hour staff nursed her through her pregnancy to deliver a filly by War Admiral. Named ‘Businesslike‘, she foaled a filly named ‘Busanda‘, who in turn produced ‘Buckpasser’, the sire of ‘Lassie Dear‘. She, in turn, bred to Secretariat, produced Weekend Surprise, who when bred to Seattle Slew, gave birth to AP Indy. 112 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE

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As Breeder of 1992 Horse of the Year, AP Indy, and 1999 Horse of the Year, Charismatic, Will Farish was awarded the Eclipse Award as Leading Breeder in 1992 and 1999. Lanes End stallions and broodmares are retired to live out their days on the farm and are then laid to rest in the farm cemetery. Grey granite headstones inscribed with the names of Dixieland Band, Dixie Union, Fappiano, Fit to Fight, Lassie Dear, Lord Avie, Pleasant Tap, Rubiano, St. Liam, Sovereign Dancer, Summer Squall, War Pass and Weekend Surprise are just some of the more famous Thoroughbreds interred here. The Farishes make their home in the white columned main house, Pleasant Lawn, rebuilt in 1829, after the original house burned to the ground. Many notable visitors have been entertained here, including President George Bush, his son, President George W. Bush, and Her Majesty, the Queen of England, who has kept several of her broodmares at Lanes End. Will Farish was appointed U.S Ambassador to the United Kingdom during the period 2001 – 2004. He is involved in all aspects of the farm and very active in promoting the Thoroughbred industry. With Mike Cline, Farm Manager with 35 years at Lanes End, at his elbow, Farish has spearheaded the rise of Lanes End to the forefront of the industry. For the breeding season of 2015, fifteen stallions made up the INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

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Stallion Roster, including Candy Ride, City Zip, Discreetly Mine, Langfuhr, Lemon Drop Kid, Mineshaft, Morning Line, Noble Mission, Quality Road, Smart Strike, Stephen Got Even, Twirling Candy, Union Rags and the up and coming freshman sire, The Factor, who’s yearlings averaged $172,000 from a $15,000 stud fee. Racing buffs the world over know that the incomparable Zenyatta calls Lanes End her home. The only mare to win the Breeders Cup Classic, the only horse to win two different Breeders Cup events, the only horse to break Cigar’s 16 consecutive win streak by winning 19 consecutive races in a 20 race career, the horse that jockey Mike Smith describes as ‘the greatest horse ever ! ‘. Zenyatta has had two foals to date, Cozmic One, by Bernadini, and Ziconic by Leading Sire, Tapit, and is confirmed in foal to War Front for 2016. Selected by world renowned horseman, David Ingordo as a yearling, who joined the Lanes End Team as Bloodstock advisor. During the busy breeding season from February til the end of June, the farm maintains its’ privacy, but in the off season visitors are welcome by appointment. The distinct Lanes End yellow chevron on a green background colors are seen in the winners circle year after year, and are recognized at bloodstock sales around the globe. 114 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE


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International Racehorse Magazine Oct/Nov 2015