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The stallions we manage are consistently at the forefront – the late-great champion Captain Al had 8 consecutive 2yo Sire Championships, Dynasty was crowned Equus Outstanding Sire for the fourth time in 2017 and Trippi was Champion Sire in 2016. Gimmethegreenlight was 2016’s Champion Freshman Sire, boasting Gr1 and Gr2 winners from his first two crops to race. What A Winter was 2017’s Champion Freshman Sire, followed closely by Twice Over who has already sired two Gr1 winners from his first crop (including Vodacom Durban July winner Do It Again). Querari’s progeny see him leading an assault on the sire championship. Pathfork has a Gr1 winner and Philanthropist maintains his status as an international sire with a massive win in HK. Jackson and Master Of My Fate’s first runners have already set the stage for much more to come. Wylie Hall’s first runners will hit the track in the 2018/19 season and Horse Of The Year Futura’s exciting first yearlings go on sale in 2019. Thank you for your much valued support.

Captain Al –

deceased

Al Mufti - Off To War (Complete Warrior) - Bay 1996 - 16hh

Dynasty

Fort Wood - Blake’s Affair (Commodore Blake) - Bay 1999 - 16.1hh

SA Champion Sire 2015

4x Equus Outstanding Sire

8x Champion Sire of 2yo’s (SA record) Sire of 6 Equus Champions

20 Equus Awards incl 3 Horses of the Year: Futura, Irish Flame & Legislate as well as dual KZN Horse of the Year Beach Beauty

Sire of 55 Gr1 horses

Sire of 26 Gr1 horses

Twice Equus Outstanding Sire

Sire of 21 Gr1 winners

Along with his sire Fort Wood he is one of only 3 sires in the history of South Africa to get 3 Horses of the Year.

SA’s most record-setting sire Continues to break records – even after his passing

Futura

Dynasty - Scribblin’ The Cat (Badger’s Drift) - Bay 2010 - 16.1hh

Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) More Than Ready - Yes She Can Cancan (Canny Lad) - Bay 2008 - 16.1hh

Equus Horse of the Year 2015 Equus Champion Older Male 2015 Equus Champ Middle Distance 2015

2016 Champion Freshman Sire 2017 leading 2nd crop sire 2018 2nd leading active sire of 3yos

Gr1 J&B Met Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Gr1 Champions Cup twice incl new track record

First 2 crops: • Gr1 winners both crops • 25 stakes horses • 64% winners/runners • 16.3% stakes horses/runners Only horse to beat dual Horse of the Year Variety Club - TWICE!!

16 starts, 9 wins, 7 places, R4.34m MR 120

Son of dual Champion Sire More Than Ready - dam produced two Gr1 winners

First yearlings on sale 2019

Jackson

Dynasty - Moonlit Prairie (Cozzene) - Bay 2008 - 16.2hh

Jay Peg

Camden Park - Laptop Lady (Al Mufti) - Bay 2003 - 16.1½ hh

Breathtaking class & movie star looks - MR 124

Always competetive Equus International Horse of the Year & Equus Champion 3yo colt - TFR 126

The best Classic Horse in SA 2011/2012 Gr1 Champions Cup, Gr1 Cape Derby, Gr1 Daily News 2000 & 2nd Gr1 Queen’s Plate (twice)

Highest stakes earner in SA history - R40 million Beat 8 international Gr1 winners when breaking the Gr1 Dubai Duty Free record

Immediate damline of sires: Smart Strike (Champion), Strike Smartly, Sky Classic, Sail From Seattle etc A leading 2017/18 Freshman Sire Sales incl: R2m, R750k, R700k x2, R650k etc.

Master Of My Fate Jet Master - Promisefrommyheart (Elliodor) - Bay 2009 - 16.2hh

Distorted Humor - Visions of Clarity (Sadler’s Wells) - Bay 2008 - 16.1hh

The product of a series of Champions

Sire of Gr1 winner Mighty High

Four Equus Champions in the first three generations of his dam line

A leading sire of 2yos 2017/18 by black type

Champion Sire Jet Master Champion dam Promisefrommyheart Champion Broodmare Sire Elliodor

2017/18 leading Freshman Sire by winners

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Pathfork (USA)

Leading 2nd crop sire (7/12/2018) INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE2x Gr1 placed from 1st crop

A Top 5 Sire of 3yos (7/12/2018)

Irish Champion 2yo Undefeated at 2 yrs including Gr1 & Gr2 Highest rated 2yo in Ireland 2010 TFR 119 Family of Northern Guest, El Gran Senor, Redoute’s Choice etc


Philanthropist (USA)

Querari (GER)

Kris S. - Hidden Reserve (Mr Prospector) - Chestnut 2001 - 16.3hh

Oasis Dream - Quentena (Acatenango) - Bay 2006 - 16hh

Sire of 3 Gr1 horses & 7 stakes horses from his first crop to race in SA - including:

2015 Champion Freshman Sire - Cape Sire of Gr1 winner Querari Falcon & SW’s Monks Hood, Wonderwall, Kangaroo Jack, Cosmic Light, Pinnacle Peak etc.

HK$10m HK Classic Cup winner Singapore Sling, She’s A Giver, Sail, Kenny Trix & Lee’s Pick

75% winners/foals (1st 3 crops) 20% stakes horses/runners 9% stakes winners/runners

Sire of 2 Champions from his 1st crop: Pender Harbour & Phil’s Dream Sales prices include R1.4m, R1.1m, R1.05m, R1.05m, etc.

Son of leading UK sire Oasis Dream

Twice Over (GB)

Trippi (USA)

Observatory - Double Crossed (Caerleon) - Dark Bay 2005 - 16.2hh

End Sweep - Jealous Appeal (Valid Appeal) - Bay 1997 - 16.1hh

SA Champion Sire 2016

Sire of Equus Champion 3yo Gr1 Durban July winner Do It Again and Cape & KZN Champion Gr1 winner Sand And Sea - from his first crop

Joint SA yearling sale record R6m 80% winners/runners 16% stakes horses/runners Sire of: 34 Gr1 horses & over 70 stakes winners. Equus Champion Older Female Hammie’s Hooker & Inara – 1st filly to win Gr1 in all 3 provinces. Damsire of Liam’s Map - dual Gr1 winner in USA (2015)

UK & Joint European Champion 2009 13 of the first 14 sires in his pedigree are Champions Undefeated in 2 starts at 2yrs incl Zetland Stakes Won 4 Gr1 races & placed in a further 10. Sales include: R2.1m, R1.2m, R1.1m etc

Sire of 2x Equus Achievement Awards ‘16 Sire of CTS $1m winner Illuminator & R2.5m Lanzerac RtoR winner Miss Katalin

What A Winter

Wylie Hall (AUS)

Western Winter - Waseela (Ahonoora) - Bay 2007 - 16hh

Redoute’s Choice - Beauty Belle (Ideal Planet) - Bay 2009 - 16hh

2018 2nd leading sire of 3yo’s 2017 SA Champion Freshman Sire

Wylie Hall’s 1st runners 2019 1st Gr1 Champions Challenge - beat Majmu 1st Gr1 SA Derby

Equus Champion Older Male 2012

1st past post Gr1 Durban July

Equus Champion Sprinter 2012

6 wins, 9 places, 1400-2450m, R3.65m

Equus Champion Sprinter 2013

Half-brother to ABSOLUTE CHAMPION Champion Sprinter - 1200m track record 19 sire sons of Redoute’s Choice have already produced stakes winners - eight of them have Gr1 winners

Won or placed in 8 Gr1 races – joint 3rd highest rated sprinter in the world 2013

Sire of Dutch Philip, Magical Wonderland, Fort Winter, Warrior’s Rest, What A Player etc.

Some of the stars we’ve bought or bred for clients...

SNOWDANCE

DO IT AGAIN

SAND AND SEA IVORY TRAIL

JACKSON

RABIYA FREE MY HEART

LEGISLATE

LADY IN BLACK

FUTURA IN THE FAST LANE RUSSIAN SAGE DYNASTY

...let us do the same for you

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MoĂŤt & Chandon open the South African festive season in style! Endless possibilities at 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale Liesl King Clash of the titans in the Green Point Stakes Liesl King Born in South Africa, Bred for the World Catherine Hartley Milton, Giant Slayer Liesl King Nothemba Mlonzi - Two Winners in First Season for KZN Breeder David Thiselton KZN Breeders Awards Candiese Marnewick Philip Fourie - The Load Master Liesl King Inspiring work for the disabled at SARDA Durban Candiese Marnewick Horses, my greatest Teachers, Ashley Fortune Liesl King A Southern Jewel Tom Ferry

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Twice Over

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Sire of Equus Champion 3yo Gr1 Durban July winner DO IT AGAIN, Cape & KZN Champion Gr1 Gold Medallion winner SAND AND SEA & Gr3 Kenilworth Winter Derby & Gr3 Politician S. winner DOUBLEMINT etc.

– from his first crop

Do It Again Sand And Sea

Doublemint

TwiceOver

UK & EU Champion Racehorse

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Our cover features Ridgemont Highlands and their crisp new branding, Craig Kieswetter tells International Racehorse Magazine what’s behind the change and a little about their focus for 2019 on page 6. Liesl King takes a look at the upcoming CTS Premier Yearling Sale. Starting on the 23rd of January 2019 in the Cape Town Convention Centre with 226 lots, it is the only inner city racehorse sale of its kind in the world. Read more about the anticipated highlights on page 10. Liesl spends some time with Ashley Fortune, the newest female trainer and top horsewoman, on page 66. Then one of those classic feel good stories, the horse named Milton and his reputation as a Giant Slayer. Sometimes heart and a will to win can make up for the lack of pedigree, read all about it on page 38. Candiese Marnewick shares with us the recently held KZN Breeders Awards and all those who were honoured during this glitzy ceremony, on page 48. From this awards evening comes another great story about Nothemba Mlonzi, with the headline, “Two winners in first season for KZN Breeder” and details the journey from equine novice to breeding two winners, on page 44. Tom Ferry take s look at the 114 year history of Oaklawn Park Grows. A scenic racetrack located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, oozing with Southern charm. During Spring, this track and surrounds captures the imagination of North American racing fans, read more on page 70. If you are going away on holiday, I hope you have a restful time and return safely. International Racehorse Magazine would like to thank readers and advertisers for the continued support and look forward to serving you even better in 2019. See you around the track!

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elcome to our January edition of International Racehorse Magazine. With the Western Cape season now in full swing we look forward to the jam packed months ahead, days spent at the track, sales rings and functions. We have put together a fantastic issue for you, I hope you enjoy it.

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Captain Al

Most other stallions diminish with age – Captain Al breaks that rule too! More bright new prospects on the horizon Champion South African Sire in 2015 Eight times South African Sire of 2yo’s Sire of 861 progeny to race, 655 winners (76%) Earnings of over R183 million 90 stakes winners, 102 stakes placegetters

Sergeant Hardy

Snowdance Captain Lars

The Secret Is Out

One World

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COVER FEATURE

Tradition is not the

worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire. - Gustav Mahler

THE FIRE BURNS… In just a matter of months it will be two years since the time honoured tradition and proud history of the Beck family’s powerful Highlands Stud passed to the custodianship of Ridgemont’s Kieswetter family.

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n a business transaction rare in its nature and some years in the nurturing, the news broke in January 2017 that the Beck family and Graham Beck Enterprises had agreed to sell its Western Cape Thoroughbred operation, Highlands Stud, to the Kieswetter family of Ridgemont Stud.

The warm handshake and transfer of ownership included the magnificent 100-hectare Robertson Valley property housing the world-renowned Highlands Stud, as well as the stallions and bloodstock. The pledge of a continuation of the Beck legacy was, in reality, a momentous commitment by the new owners of Highlands. Especially given the extraordinary achievements of a family synonymous with producing champions and associated with success at the very highest level of the sport of horseracing in South Africa for close on half a century. The Beck’s achievements were interwoven with a deep love and burning passion for the thoroughbred and the broader local racing and breeding industry. Through the glorious summers and long Cape winters, the Highlands flag fluttered proudly at the pinnacle of their success. These were always going to be giant boots to fill and it was a transition of outstanding performance and reputational value that had to be managed, embraced and protected - like a rare family heirloom. As the sun sets on 2018, the future looks bright and exciting with the Ridgemont Highlands team implementing a further transitory change in branding and looking forward to the challenges of 2019. From the early ‘Highlands Stud, a part of Ridgemont’, to the newly defined crisp lines of the Ridgemont Highlands distinctive branding in blue and red, the winning team is poised to raise the bar and strive to set new standards of excellence in 2019. The foundation of the Ridgemont Highlands powerhouse was laid decades ago in the famous stallion barn - where the new age ‘Super Six’ rule the valley today. Headed by the superstar multiple Equus Outstanding Sire and producer of more SA Horses OfTheYear this century than any other sire, Dynasty, and his handsome multiple Gr1 winning son Jackson, the Ridgemont Highlands

stallion band was given a powerful injection of further diversity and class this season by the introduction of the five-time Gr1 winner Canford Cliffs, who proudly boasted runners in some of the world’s greatest races in recent months. Also joining the illustrious line-up was local Redoute’s Choice champion sprinter Rafeef – the exciting stallion prospect, aptly labelled ‘The Thunder From Down Under’. The beautifully bred Singspiel Gr1 winner Potala Palace and the outstanding Pathfork complete the sextet that makes up what is undoubtedly the most respected stallion band on African soil. The equine division apart, multiple SA Champion Jockey Anton Marcus, who broke new records and rode his 100th Gr1 winner last season, joined longstanding East Cape Champion rider and Met and July winner Greg Cheyne on the Ridgemont Highlands saddle staff in August. The move to always have the best men in the stirrups of their equine stars reinforces the Ridgemont Highlands striving for excellence. A decision was also made to run the Ridgemont Highlands colts and fillies in distinguishing sets of silks this season. The girls strut their stuff in the dark green, blue sleeves and white cap, while the boys carry the dark blue, white crossed sashes and dark blue sleeves and cap. Ridgemont Highlands’ Craig Kieswetter said that producing champions was a marathon pursuit of dedication, passion and professionalism, the seeds of which were sowed in the breeding paddocks and ultimately came to fruition on the Gr1 winner’s podium – whereafter the cycle is repeated and refined with the wisdom engendered by the passing years of trying – and never surrendering. “Breeding racehorses really is one of the most rewarding and demanding team sports on earth. At Ridgemont Highlands, we have the horses. We also have the people. And we are extremely fortunate to have joined hands with a respected industry leader and established producer of champions. It was Highlands and Ridgemont yesterday. And Ridgemont Highlands today – and into the future!”

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MOËT & CHANDON OPEN THE SOUTH AFRICAN FESTIVE SEASON IN STYLE! We chatted to Patrick Leslie, Moët Hennessy Champagne Portfolio Manager, about the magnificent Moët & Chandon Golden Tree and all things champagne…

Q: This year the Silo District at the V&A was home to the spectacular Moët & Chandon Golden Tree. Tell us about the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree Lighting Ceremony, it sounded magnificent! A: We are delighted to have brought the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree to the Silo District again this year. The Lighting Ceremony was a fitting celebration for our incredible festive installation, with performances by the acclaimed South African Youth Choir and the Cape Town City Ballet. Once the sun had set, visitors were treated to an impressive lighting display, with the 230 meters of LED lights individually programmed to illuminate in sync with festive music. Q: What sets the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree apart from other beautiful Christmas Tree installations worldwide? A: There are spectacular Christmas Trees to be seen all around the world, like the porcelain tree in Belgium and the impressive floating tree in Brazil, but we believe none are as awe-inspiring as Cape Town’s grand Moët & Chandon Golden Tree, which we created entirely from recycled champagne bottles. The Golden Tree is an impressive four-storeys high and was built with over 1800 champagne bottles collected from all over South Africa. The Moët & Chandon Golden Tree is wrapped in a shimmering gold ribbon created using over 2000 discs, so it’s impressive day and night. Q: The Moët & Chandon Golden Tree is sure to be a festive favourite for visitors to the V&A. Will it become an annual event? A: Epitomising warmth, generosity and grandeur, there is no doubt the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree has become synonymous with the opening of the festive season in South Africa. Moët & Chandon is known as the champagne of celebration globally, so what better way to share festive joy with everyone visiting the V&A Waterfront over the season. Capetonians and their visitors can visit the tree until the 6th of January 2019. Q: Before we finish, we need to settle the debate over which I am sure many a friendship has been tarnished… the pronunciation of our favourite champagne. Please clarify this for everybody; Mo-wett or Mo-way? A: This is something I get asked all the time! The correct pronunciation of Moët is an age-old question that has sparked debate across dinner tables amongst friends, champagne aficionados across the globe and even garners attention on prime-time radio shows and trends in the ‘Twittersphere’! So it’s definitely time we set the record straight once and for all ... the correct pronunciation is ‘Mo-Wett’, not ‘Mo-Way’! So if anyone should ask you as you offer them a glass of “MoWett”, you can now happily inform them that you are indeed pronouncing your favourite champagne correctly! Indeed, the winery’s founder Claude Moët was of Dutch heritage, which is why it’s pronounced ‘Mo-Wett’, not ‘Mo-Way’. So now you know! Q: Moët & Chandon is referred to as the world’s most loved champagne, do you think this is because of the Maison’s association with celebration? A: I do, yes. We believe that after 270 years of celebrating life’s memorable moments, there is no better way to honour one’s achievements and successes, than with a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne. With a bottle of our champagne opened every second around the globe, Moët & Chandon knows that every second is an experience, and every experience is a Moët Moment to live and celebrate! Q: And of course, what better season to celebrate! A: Precisely! Moët & Chandon opened what is sure to be a memorable festive season, magnificently!

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Text & Images by Liesl King

ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES AT 2019 CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE On the 23rd of January Cape Town will once again host the only inner-city racehorse sale in the world, as 226 lots go under the hammer at the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

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One World & Chimichuri Run in the Concord Cup

ight years since its inception, the unique concept of stabling and selling yearlings from the iconic Cape Town International Convention Centre has been honed to a fine art. Breeders have stepped up to the challenge of producing yearlings for an early January sale and from walkways, to lighting, the CTICC will be ready to host an influx of local and international buyers. The 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale finished with a solid aggregate of R111 475 000. Four lots reached R3 million with bloodstock agent John Freeman going to R4 million to secure Lot 94, a Frankel (GB) colt out of Pale Moon Rising (IRE). The Sale also attracted new international buyers, with the Hong Kong Jockey Club signing for four outstanding individuals. The Cape Thoroughbred Sales company has a history of graduates excelling at the highest order and the 2017/2018 season was no different with a total of 12 Gr 1 winning graduates. The 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale alone has

already delivered exceptional results with Van Halen, an Oratorio colt out of Rock Concert, trained by Tobie Spies, winning the Gr 1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion over 1200m at Scottsville. While One World, a Captain Al colt out of Aquilonia (GB) trained by Vaughan Marshall, recently won the Gr 2 Concord Cup over 1600m to remain unbeaten as he heads to the Gr 1 Cape Guineas as favourite. Graduates have excelled on the international scene as well, with Singapore Sling winning the HKGr 1 Hong Kong Classic Cup, while Janoobi won the Gr 2 Zabeel Mile at Meydan. Hence the catalogue for the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale has been eagerly awaited and it certainly packs the punch that everyone has come to expect from the sale. Of the 226 lots catalogued, 54 lots are out of stakes winning mares, including 12 lots out of Grade 1 winners.There are also 43 siblings to stakes winners catalogued, including 14 siblings to Grade 1 winners. On the sire front there are a total of 38 sires represented, including an interesting international representation with four yearlings by Camelot (GB) and two by Frankel (GB), Uncle Mo (USA) and Zoffany (IRE) respectively. The top five South

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Kip Elser & Grant Williamson hard at work

Pippa Mickleburgh congratulates Mick Flanagan on his purchase.

African sires are well represented with nine yearlings by the late Captain Al, 11 by Dynasty, eight by Silvano (GER), six by Trippi (USA) and 10 by speed sire Var (USA). There is also a good selection of yearlings from first season sires such as Coup de Grace (USA), Futura, Global View (USA), Legislate and Louis The King. Champion sire Captain Al’s last crop will be going under the hammer in 2019 and there are true standouts catalogued. Lot 43 is a colt out of the Sadler’s Wells (USA) mare Ebaraya (IRE). Ebaraya is a half sister to Estimate, Champion Stayer in Europe and Great Britain and an unnamed full sister to Lot 43 was knocked down to MV Magnier for R1.9 million at the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. Lot 129 out of Pagan Princess, is a full sister to Gr 1 winner Real Princess and Gr 1 Cape Guineas winner and sire, William Longsword. Secret Of Victoria is firmly following in the footsteps of her illustrious dam Mystic Spring (IRE), having already produced Grade 1 winners All Is Secret and The Secret Is Out. A full brother to the two Grade 1 winners is catalogued as Lot 169. Another to look out for is Lot 139, a half sister to the multiple Grade 1 winner Princess Victoria.

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Kip Elser and Mr & Mrs Doyle

Spit and polish

First season sire Coup De Grace (USA) is represented by 19 yearlings with standouts being Lot 172 a half brother to Champion Sprinter and sire Captain Of All, who is himself represented by nine yearlings. Also by Coup De Grace is Lot 8 a half brother to dual Grade 1 winner Seventh Plain and Lot 29 a half sister to G1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Just Sensual. Duke Of Marmalade (IRE), a sire of over 60 international stakes horses, has 12 yearlings on offer. Worth having a look at is Lot 177, the first foal of Gr 1 SA Fillies Classic winner Siren’s Call and Lot 157, a half sister to Gr 1 SA Classic winner English Garden. Champion sire Dynasty just keeps on producing classic racehorses and with 11 yearlings on offer it is a good place to start looking for that next superstar. An exciting offering must be Lot 91, a colt named Falcon, who is the first foal of Grade 2 winner and Grade 1 placed Lanner Falcon. Also worth having a second look at are Lot 13, a colt out of Gr 1 SA Fillies Classic winner Bambina Stripes (ARG) consigned by Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm, Lot 22, a colt out of Grade 1 placed Careful Hiker, from the family of Grade 1 winners Silver Mountain and Cloth Of Cloud and Lot 85, a


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filly out of the Street Cry (IRE) mare Hollywoodboulevard (AUS). Klawervlei Stud are the consignors of two Dynasty yearlings in Lot 156 is a filly out of Grade 1 placed Roxanne and Lot 203 a colt out of the Jet Master mare Tigress. Elusive Fort is represented by six yearlings with the most exciting one surely being Lot 54. Not only is the unnamed colt out of the Gr 1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Field Flower, but he is also a half brother to Last Winter, runner-up in the Gr 1 Sun Met before being exported for an international campaign. Also by Elusive Fort is Lot 95 a full brother to Gr 2 SA Oaks winner Secret Potion consigned by Dr. Ian Heyns. Flower Alley (USA) is another stallion represented by six yearlings, including Lot 98, a half brother to Gr 1 Cape Guineas winner and globetrotter Noah From Goa. Another interesting Flower Alley filly is Lot 143, the first foal of Gr 2 Sceptre Stakes winner Princess Royal. Frankel (GB), Uncle Mo (USA) and Zoffany (IRE) may only have two yearlings each on the sale, but there are some showstoppers among the six lots. Lot 69, is an unnamed colt by Frankel out of the Sinndar (IRE) mare Hadarama

(IRE) from a top Aga Khan family that includes the likes of Harzand (IRE) winner of the English and the Irish Derby. While the second Frankel, also consigned by Klawervlei Stud as agent, is out of the Dark Angel (IRE) mare Lost In Love (IRE). Lot 194, a colt by Uncle Mo (USA) out of the Carson City (USA) mare Sweet Trip (USA) is a half brother to the Gr 1 Hollywood Gold Cup winner Rail Trip, while Lot 176, a colt by Zoffany (IRE), is the first foal of Sing For Me (IRE), a full sister the Quest For Peace (IRE). Gimmethegreenlight offspring have consistently been setting the tracks alight and the young sire is represented by 13 yearlings. Standouts include Lot 140, a full sister to Gr 1 Premiers Champion Stakes winner Gunner and Lot 174, a half sister to dual Grade 1 winner Thunder Dance. Greys Inn may only be represented by five yearlings, but one of them is none other than the full sister to Champion and dual Horse of The Year, Legal Eagle. Consigned as Lot 1 and named Princess Thiana, the bay filly out of Young Sensation is consigned by Klawervlei Stud as agent. The undefeated Rainbow Bridge has been blazing a trail for his sire Ideal World (USA), who is represented by three yearlings.

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Top consignor Drakenstein Stud offers Lot 173, a colt named Prideoffranschhoek, out of the Galileo (IRE) mare Serruria (GB), with her only runner being a winner. Var and Oratorio are both residents of Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm and both sires are well represented on the Sale. Var has 10 yearlings on offer including Lot 152, a full sister to Gr 3 winner and Gr 1 placed Rivarine, out of the Gr 1 Met and Gr 2 Balanchine Stakes (Meydan) winner, River Jetez, consigned by Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm. While Maine Chance Farms offer Lot 182, a full brother to Gr 1 SA Fillies Sprint winner Sommerlied. Oratorio is represented by four yearlings including Lot 204, a half sister to Gr 1 Gold Medallion winner Guiness and Lot 2, a half sister to Grade 2 winner A Women’s Way out of multiple graded winner A Daughter’s Legacy. Champion sire Silvano has 8 yearlings on offer, including the

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first foal of the Gr 1 SA Oaks winner Pine Princess, consigned as Lot 137 by Maine Chance Farms. Of interest to the international buying bench will be Lot 105, a Silvano half brother to star stayer Torcedor (IRE), from the family of Yeats (IRE) and Solskjaer (IRE). From Drakenstein Stud comes Lot 202, a half brother to Gr 2 SA Nursery winner William The Silent from the family of Gr 1 Champions Cup runner up, Silvano’s Jet. Trippi (USA), another of the top five sires in South Africa has six yearlings on offer. Trippi (USA) can produce some very speedy babies and hence Lot 57, the first foal of Gr 1 Mercury Sprint winner Fly By Night, is sure to be on many a short list. Also of interest will be Lot 184, a full brother to Gr 3 winner and Gr 1 placed Chimichuri Run, out of the Gr 1 SA Fillies Classic winner, Spiced Gold. Philanthropist (USA), who stands with Trippi (USA) at Drakenstein Stud, has four yearlings on offer with the highlight likely to be Lot 214, a full sister to Gr 3 winner and Gr 1 placed, She’s A Giver, consigned by Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm.


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WHAT A WINTER Western Winter – Waseela by Ahonoora

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Do It Again - Vodacom Durban July

Text & Photos by Liesl King

CLASH OF THE TITANS IN THE GREEN POINT STAKES The R400,000 WFA Gr2 World Sports Betting Green Point Stakes is neither a Grade 1 nor does its prize money sport the many zeros of races such as the Gr 1 Sun Met and the Gr 1 Vodacom Durban July, yet this year’s renewal looks likely to be the clash of the season. Only six runners will enter the starting stalls come Saturday the 8th of December, but the list of entries reads like the whose who of racing. Over the years the Green Point Stakes ,run over 1600m on the summer course at Kenilworth Racecourse, has become the favoured leadup race for a campaign aimed at the Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queens Plate over 1600m on the 5th of January and the Grade 1 Sun Met over 2000m on the 26th of January.

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Legal Eagle and Anton Marcus flies during his grass gallop

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his year is no different, except this year’s race promised to be a mighty tussle between the reigning dual Horse Of The Year, the extraordinary Legal Eagle and the young unbeaten upstart Rainbow Bridge. Legal Eagle, trained by Sean Tarry, was aiming for a hattrick in the Green Point Stakes, having beaten Marinaresco, who subsequently won the Vodacom Durban July the following year, in 2016 and Edict Of Nantes, who finished third behind Marinaresco in the Voadom Durban July, in 2017, both by roughly half a length. In a career spanning four years so far, Legal Eagle won eight Grade 1 races, two Grade 2’s, a Grade 3 and a Listed race.The Greys Inn (USA) gelding also finished runner up twice in the Gr 1 Sun Met and in the Gr 1 Premier’s Champions Challenge. And to top it all, Legal Eagle has never been beaten over a mile, the distance the Green Point Stakes is run over. No wonder few had dared to take him on. Rainbow Bridge on the other hand, is fairy new to the racing game. An injury at the start of his three-year-old career put paid 24

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to him running in the Classics and the Ideal World (USA) gelding only stepped out on the turf for the first time towards the end of his three-year-old season. After winning his maiden with the greatest of ease by 2.25 lengths, trainer Eric Sands launched Rainbow Bridge straight into Graded race company with a start in the Gr 3 Highlands Stud Winter Guineas over a mile. The gelding strolled home under a hands and heels ride, this time by 1.25 lengths. Two more Grade 3 victories followed in the Highlands Stud Winter Classic over 1800m at Kenilworth and the World Sports Betting Matchem Stakes over 1400m at the Durbanville track. In his final start Rainbow Bridge contested the Cape Mile, again winning with ease by 1.75 lengths to remain unbeaten. Like Legal Eagle, Rainbow Bridge has also never been beaten over a mile, but he has yet to step out in the big league of Grade 2 and Gr 1 races, something Legal Eagle has routinely done for the past four years. Not counting in his favour either is the gelding’s tendency to get a bit hot under the collar and make life difficult for himself. His victory in the Winter Classic came despite him pulling hard and fighting his jockey the entire 1800m of the race. As Richard Fourie, the jockey onboard that day commented, “there is no way he should have won that”.


Rainbow Bridge Bernard Fayd’Herbe Cape Mile

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Undercover Agent Pinnacle Stakes

Rainbow Bridge is unbeaten and he is very much an unknown factor. Yes, he hasn’t raced in Grade 1 company yet as he will have to do come Saturday, but he can only beat what he is presented with and that he has done comprehensively so far. If he lowers the colours of Legal Eagle, the sky is surely the limit. Yet Legal Eagle will not be his only competition, for also lining up will be the reigning Vodacom Durban July winner, Do It Again, trained by Champion trainer Justin Snaith. Do It Again has proven his versatility with victories in the Gr 2 Daisy Guineas over 1600m and the Vodacom Durban July over 2200m, both at Greyville. At Kenilworth Racecourse he has won over a mile, but also ran second in the Gr 1 Investec Cape Derby (2000m). Do It Again’s main aim is surely the Gr 1 Sun Met, with Snaith following the tried and tested route of using the Green Point Stakes as a stepping stone to the L’Ormarins Queens Plate and the Sun Met. The Twice Over (GB) gelding has however not had a run since his Vodacom Durban July victory, while Rainbow Bridge is racing fit and Legal Eagle has had a season’s opener in a Pinnacle Stakes over 1160m on the 15th of November at Turffontein, which he won with his customary half a length. Since arriving in Cape Town, Legal Eagle has also had a strong grass gallop on the Kenilworth summer course under race jockey Anton Marcus, who flew down specially for the occasion. 26

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The Brett Crawford trained Undercover Agent, a son of the late Captain Al, can also not be discounted. The four-year old colt has only been unplaced three times in eleven starts, winning six of those and finishing second twice. And one of those victories came in the Gr 1 Rising Sun Challenge over 1600m at Greyville. Like Legal Eagle, he also won his season’s opener, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1200m at Kenilworth on the 27th of October, lowering the colours a very useful bunch of sprinters in the process. And like Rainbow Bridge, Undercover Agent also has never crossed paths with Legal Eagle either. A clash of titans was predicted, but what transpired can only be described as the most extraordinary race ever witnessed at Kenilworth in recent years. Do It Again, Undercover Agent and Legal Eagle dueling in the final stages in a heads up, heads down contest, with Rainbow Bridge flying up late to join the party. Never before had four such talented horses raced neck and neck in a perfect line for the winning post. In the end though, one nose touched the line first and that nose belong to the champion, the seven-year-old Legal Eagle, perfectly ridden by Anton Marcus. A photo finish was needed to separate the other three, with the final finishing order being Undercover Agent in second by a nose from Do It Again, who beat Rainbow Bridge into fourth by a nose. What a race, what an outcome, what superstars!


75% Winners/Foals (1st 3 crops) 20% Stakes Horses/Runners 9% Stakes Winners/Runners

88% Winners 1st crop 83% winners 2nd crop 76% winners 3rd crop Already 50% Winners 4th Crop A Leading SA Sire 2018 Gr1 Winning Son of LEADING UK SIRE Oasis Dream INTERNATIONAL GR1 Damline Sire of Gr1 winner Querari Falcon & SW’s Monks Hood, Kangaroo Jack, Cosmic Light, Wonderwall, Head Honcho, Pinnacle Peak, Maximizer, Warfarer, Desert Wisdom, Solana, Dajmar, Joking, Pleasedtomeetyou, etc.

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WILLIAM LONGSWORD (SAF) - G1 winner and Sire.

SHEA SHEA (AUS) - Equus Champion & International G1 winner.

JUST SENSUAL (SAF) - Equus Champion & G1 winner.

VERCINGETORIX (SAF) - Equus Champion, International G1 winner & Sire.

EDICT OF NANTES (SAF) - Equus Champion & G1 winner.

CARRY ON ALICE (SAF) - Multiple Equus Champion & 5 x G1 winner.

REAL PRINCESS (SAF) - Champion Sprinter & G1 winner.

LOBO’S LEGEND (SAF) - 2018 SA Classic G1 winner.

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ONE WORLD (SAF) by Captain Al - Aquilonia by Giant’s Causeway

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f the quality of the current crop of South African exports is anything to go by, 2019 promises to be an exciting year on the international racing circuit. Amongst those set to take on the world are a champion stayer, a champion juvenile, a Met runner-up and a number of high-class Gr.1 winners.

For the most part, Dubai has provided South African-breds with an ideal international platform and its Carnival in particular, is an excellent measure of the worth of our bloodstock. Those to have risen to the challenge include the likes of Ipi Tombe, Victory Moon, Jay Peg, Shea Shea, Vercingetorix and J J The Jet Plane, all of whom proved their mettle at the highest level. Dubai’s perennial champion international trainer, Mike de Kock has suffered a lean spell these last few years, thus a number of high-class imports could just provide his Blue Stables with a much-needed tonic in 2019. Due to arrive in the second week of January will be the first two home in last season’s Gr.1 Daily News 2000 Surcharge (Gimmethegreenlight) (now renamed

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Yulong Prince) and Majestic Mambo (Mambo In Seattle), as well Silvano’s talented Gr.2-placed son Royal Crusade. Blue Stables will also be home to Dean Kannemeyer’s lightlyraced, but infinitely talented Last Winter, a R3.7-million yearling purchase by Western Winter. Undefeated in the first four of just six starts, he came within a shorthead of claiming the Gr.2 Premier Trophy and was a storming second in the Gr.1 Sun Met won by subsequent Horse of the Year Oh Susanna. Although trainer Weiho Marwing has handed over the reins of his champion stayer Hermoso Mundo to De Kock, he will be on hand for consultation and will remain very much involved. Winner of the 2017 Gold Cup, the Ideal World gelding flew from near last to run second in this year’s marathon event. His chief target is reportedly the Gr.2 Dubai Gold Cup at the World Cup meeting on March 30, the prize money for which has been raised to $1.5-million. “As they will only arrive in January, we won’t be rushing them,” De Kock reported on his website. “We’ll be looking to step


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them out on Super Saturday in March, at best.There will be other later options like the races in Hong Kong.� Speaking of which, the rich Hong Kong circuit has traditionally been a happy hunting ground for our exports. After all, it was at Sha Tin that the mighty London News led the way and galloped to international fame when claiming the prestigious Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth Cup. Since that pioneer victory, notables such as Irridescence, J J The Jet Plane, Variety Club, Scented Samantha and Cerise Cherry have successfully flown the South African flag in the former Colony. Current standout amongst the resident South African-breds is Singapore Sling. Trained by South African-born Tony Millard, the Drakenstein-bred has established himself as one of the top gallopers and his duels with current Hong Kong star Beauty Generation have enthralled South Africans (and dare we say Hong Kong patrons). He will be targeting the prestigious Longines International meeting at Sha Tin on the second Sunday in December, as will stable companion Edict Of Nantes.

The latter was voted the Equus champion three-year-old of 2016-17 following a sophomore season which brought victories in the Cape Derby and Daily News 2000, as well as a swan song third in the Gr.1 Vodacom Durban July. Renamed Northern Superstar, the son of Count Dubois suffered a slight setback which delayed his Hong Kong debut until just two weeks before his intended start in the 2000m Cup. Taking on a quality-packed field over a mile, he finished a pleasing sixth. Another South African-bred likely to be in action at the International meeting is former Millard inmate and Vase entrant Horse Of Fortune. Now trained by C H Yip, this half-brother to last season’s champion three-year-old and Vodacom Durban July hero Do It Again, won six races for the Millard stable, prime amongst which the Gr.3 Ladies Purse. Southern Superstar, or Craven, as he was known in South Africa, is highly rated by Millard and made a hugely promising start to his Hong Kong career when a close up third over the Sha Tin mile in late October. A R3.1-million National Sale graduate, the

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Dynasty gelding is out of Gr.1 winner Sports Chestnut.

Heading the new additions to his arsenal is Trippi four-year-old Lobo’s Legend, who earned his Gr.1 spurs when claiming last season’s SA Classic.

Chief amongst the most recent Millard arrivals is the exciting Querari gelding Monks Hood.Trained in KZN by Alistair Gordon, he took the Highveld by storm when landing last season’s Gr.2 Ferraris will also welcome Var’s Gr.1-placed son Varallo and the Dingaans and Gr.2 Gauteng Guineas. In particular, it was his 5.50 well-related Oratorio three-year-old Cue The Music. A halfbrother to Champion sprint mare Val De Ra, he claimed last length demolition job in the latter which made heads turns. season’s Gr.3 Godolphin Barb Stakes winner and missed out on Also new to the stable are theTrippi four-year-olds Cot Campbell Gr.1 glory when defeated a neck in the Gold Medallion. and The Sun Also Rises. The first foal of Jet Master’s statuesque classic and triple Gr.1 winner Ebony Flyer, Cot Campbell finished Across the China Sea in Singapore, another ex-pat trainer, Pat third in the Gr.3 Cape Classic behind subsequent Guineas hero Shaw, got the best out of a string of South African imports, Tap O’Noth and Gold Challenge winner Undercover Agent, notably the Maine Chance-bred duo Ato and Flax, both Gr.1 while The Sun Also Rises chased home Doublemint in last winners for owners Newbury Racing. Former Cape Guineas winner Noah From Goa, one of just a handful of South Africanseason’s Gr.3 Politician Stakes. breds still plying their trade in Singapore, looked a strong Another newcomer to Millard’s string is Judpot three-year-old candidate to follow in their footsteps until his tragic demise in Mahler Mojo, a R1.2 million half-brother to triple Gr.1 winner the Gr.1 Singapore Gold Cup. Captain America. South African industry eyes will certainly be following the Hong Millard’s fellow compatriot David Ferraris is eagerly expecting Kong and Dubai action closely. All in all, exciting times ahead for his intake of South African-breds, due to arrive later this month. South African Bloodstock, flying the flag on foreign shores.

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Redoute’s Choice - Beauty Belle

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Smiles all round as Milton returns

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Milton leading in the Premier Trophy

MILTON

Text & Photos by Liesl King

G I A N T S L AY E R The title of Champion is bestowed by the horseracing world upon those who rise above all others in their quest to conquer and win. Horses that have won the most famous races of all, such as the Epsom Derby or the Arc. Horses that retire unbeaten such as Frankel and Black Caviar and horses that have won multiple Group 1 races during their career. All champions. Their names are engraved on trophies at glittering receptions and their feats live on in the memory of those fortunate enough to witness them scaling those heady heights. Yet there is another kind of champion. Horses whose names will never grace a trophy, who do not have a single Group 1 behind their name, horses who have never won the Derby or the Arc and yet their feats are also worthy of the title of champion. Horses who run on heart and heart alone. Horses for whom the winning post is everything. Milton is one such horse.

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Corne Orffer and Milton

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n the 2nd of October 2011 a chestnut colt was born at Maine Chance Farms. By Lateral (GB) out of the Unaccounted For (USA) mare Missing No More (USA), he was not outstanding by any accounts, just another correct baby that would one day grow up to be a racehorse. In March of 2013 he was entered as Lot 278 on the Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 2, where he was knocked down to trainer Bill Prestage for R160,000. Missing No More was a four-time winner with her best effort being a 4th place in the Gr. 2 Majorca Stakes. As a broodmare she had produced six foals already, with five racing and three winning. Milton was her seventh foal and her only colt. A moderate price for a moderate pedigree, or so one would have thought. Prestage however saw something in the chestnut colt. At 84, Bill Prestage has been in the game longer than most and has seen it all. A quiet man, who prefers to listen rather than to speak, he is one of a few trainers who only train

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for their own account and hence Milton stepped out in the colours of Mr. & Mrs. W G Prestage. “We looked at him at the sale and liked him. Lateral was a new sire and hence most people gave him a miss. But we liked him.The female line was fairly good and there were lots of nice things about him, so we bought him”, Prestage explains. Milton repaid that trust with a solid second behind Light The Lights in his first start, followed by a third and a fourth placing, before winning his fourth start by 1.75 lengths with MJ Byleveld in the saddle. In a career spanning three years Milton has had 27 starts for 5 wins and 13 places. The greatest of those victories coming in December 2017 in the Gr 2 Premier Trophy over 1800m with Gavin Lerena, the eighth jockey to swing a leg over, in the saddle. Not only did Milton win, but in doing so he beat none other than Last Winter, thus ending the colt’s unbeaten record. Last Winter would go on to run second in the Gr 1 Sun Met a month and a half later, before being exported for an overseas campaign. Yet it wasn’t so much that Milton beat Last Winter, it was about the way that he did it.You see Milton likes to lead. He is always smartly away and off to find that winning post. And if allowed to skip clear, he is very capable of putting many, many lengths


Milton on parade in Premier Trophy

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Milton winning the Pinnacle Stakes

on the chasing pack. And in the Premier Trophy that is precisely what happened. Milton skipped clear with only Opera Royal trying to keep the flying chestnut in his sights. With 300m to go, Opera Royal had had enough and gave up the chase. The chasing pack was closing, but not making much of an impact, until Last Winter took off from the back of the field. With an incredible turn of foot, the big burly colt was catching Milton with every stride. But Milton had a secret weapon, he just doesn’t know how to lose. Fighting stride for stride the determined chestnut kept his head in front, refusing to give in until that line was crossed. And when the line came Milton’s nose was in front, the official margin being 0,05 lengths. “I always thought he would be a decent sort of horse. He is probably just a little off the very top class, but he is right up there. The best thing about him is that he’s a very genuine horse”, Prestage explained. That victory in the Premier Trophy was precisely that, a gutsy win, by a genuine horse, giving it his all and slaying giants in his wake. Was that to be Milton’s one brief moment of glory? Nope, for this little gelding was far from done. For 11 months later, on the 24th of November 2018, Milton would line up in a Pinnacle Stakes over 2000m at Kenilworth with Corne Orffer, the 14th jockey to pick up the reins, in the saddle.

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Orffer had clearly done his homework, for as the gates pinged open, he bounced the gelding out smartly and set off at a blistering pace, scorching his way around the track. And once again the chasing pack sat back thinking that over 2000m, Milton would surely tire and come back to them. Milton however, had other ideas. Rounding the final bend the gap was a staggering 10 lengths and the gelding showed no signs of stopping. Behind him were stars such as Made To Conquer and Elusive Silva, second and third in the 2018 Gr.1 Vodacom Durban July, but that made not the slightest bit of difference to Milton. The gelding had the winning post in sight and that was all that mattered. Yes, the chasing pack got closer, but the flying chestnut, the gelding that was close to top class but not quite there, came home lonely, winning comfortably by 4.25 lengths. Milton may not have a string of Group 1 victories behind his name. He may not have won the Arc or the Epsom Derby or be an undefeated star, but he is a champion in his own right. A horse that doesn’t know how to throw in the towel, a horse that runs with his heart. And on a day filled with great victories by young stars in a bunch of Group races, the greatest of them all, cheered home by his many fans, was the victory of the flying chestnut, the slayer of giants, Milton.


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Congratulations to Nothemba Mlonzi, who received a special acknowledgement after both of her first horses bred both won in their first racing season and on debut.

By David Thiselton | Images by Candiese Marnewick

NOTHEMBA MLONZI TWO WINNERS IN FIRST SEASON FOR KZN BREEDER

There was plenty to celebrate at the KZN Breeder’s Awards held at Fordoun in Nottingham Road on Saturday night but the most heartwarming story was of a new breeder, Nothemba Mlonzi, whose first two runners she has bred both won in their first racing season.

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othemba owns a farm in the Midlands where she had been growing tomatoes. A Cedara graduate was managing this operation and thoroughbred breeding doyen Anton Procter, who lives nearby, was also regularly helping out. The manager one day recommended she should do something with the section of empty land she had, where the kikuya grass would provide good grazing. He informed her of Procter’s success in breeding racehorses in the area and advised her to chat to him.

Master Keys gave Nathan Kotzen his first winner as a trainer when scoring on debut and Galaxy Tunes also won on debut for Mark Dixon. Master Keys had her second start at Scottsville yesterday and finished unplaced. Procter has advised Nothemba throughout and she could not have asked for a more experienced and passionate mentor.

Procter played cricket for Natal together with his legendary brother Mike. However, he was always destined to be a farmer and horseman. He began following pedigrees in his school days as he was keen to find out why different horses by the same sire kept on winning. Later he became involved in amateur horseracing Procter recommended she should first travel to watch the Epsom as an owner and trainer in Donnybrook. He travelled all the way Derby, where the winner represents the pinnacle of breeding down to Umtata to win his first race, the horse being ridden by achievement, and this would give her a good idea of what the a young African who had never ridden in a race before. It felt like game was all about. He had soon organised her a Derby ticket winning the July to Procter and his passion grew. His later career with the help of Larry Nestadt. in thoroughbreds included being secretary of the Richmond Gymkhana Club; he had a public trainer’s license in Zimbabwe; Nothemba, who works in Johannesburg for the company she and he spent nine years working for perennial KZN champion herself founded, Econ Oil, had a wonderful time at the Derby, breeders Summerhill Stud. He also had a stint as a bookmaker. where she was hosted by Bernard Kantor. She came home with no more doubts about starting the new venture. She had soon He had been unhappy at his place of employ at the time in the purchased two mares, On A Wing (a three-time winner over late 1960s and when a bookmaker’s license became available in 1200m by Tiger Ridge) and Celestial Cloud (a twice-winner by Greytown he purchased it for R1020. On Durban July day in 1970 Toreador and a half-sister to Grade 1-placed Patchit Up Baby). just about the whole town descended on his premises thinking it The resulting progeny were the filly Master Keys and the colt was a Tote and he stood to lose a fortune on the favourite Naval Galaxy Tunes. The pair  were sold at the National Yearling Sales Escort. Fortunately the latter ran unplaced and an outsider his and the KZN Yearling Sale for R100,000 and R50,000 respectively wife had dreamed vividly about winning the race, Court Day, duly won. An exhausted Procter arrived home on the Saturday through her Mwetwood Stud.

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Galaxy Tunes, related to Cumulus and Patchit Up Baby.

evening and asked his children to count the contents of his satchel. It came to a princely R34,000, which was three times more than it had cost him to buy the property and build the house where they were staying. Procter’s influence is still felt in SA breeding as he was instrumental in bringing Rakeen over to South Africa. This son of the great Northern Dancer went on to sire the phenomenal champion racehorse and seven-times South African National Champion Sire, Jet Master. It was Nestadt who had given Procter an instruction to find a horse good enough to win a stakes race in South Africa and have a pedigree good enough to stand at stud. The buying team’s first option was on Mark Of Distinction, but the deal fell through.Then, Procter, with the help of pedigree fundi Robin Bruss, identified all of the Northern Dancers left in the world and they found Rakeen, a four-year-old trained by John Gosden who had not yet raced but who had a superb pedigree. They approached Sheik Mohammed’s manager Anthony Stroud and he agreed to sell for £100,000. However, a few days later Rakeen won comfortably on debut over nine furlongs and the deal was off.Three days later he ran over a mile and was beaten as odds on favourite. Stroud did an about turn and said he would sell for £125,000 and the deal was done. Procter went to watch Rakeen’s next race a few days later at Doncaster with Henry 48

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Cecil’s assistant and a Sheik Mohammed representative. Under Walter Swinburn he won the ten furlong event by five lengths. Rakeen won four races in South Africa and finished third in the July of 1991, the same year the celebrated import Al Mufti ran second. Procter was working for Aldora Stud in the KZN Midlands when Rakeen stood there. He recalled the late Hugh Jonsson wanting to send his mare Jet Lightning to him but stalling as he was convinced R5,000 for a live foal was too much. Procter, in a session of bartering which lasted about two hours one morning, eventually convinced Jonsson the fee was worth it for such a well bred stallion and the resulting progeny was Jet Master. Procter, with the help of veterinarian John McVeigh, also identified the successful stallion Toreador on a visit to Coolmore and he was also instrumental in bringing over Crusade, who was announced as the KZN Stallion of the Year at Saturday night’s awards. Nothemba currently owns six mares and has also bought a share in the exciting new Maine Chance Farms-based Dubawi stallion, Erupt. Her enthusiasm will surely rub off on others so her importance to an industry which needs new participants can not be underestimated.


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By Candiese Marnewick

KZN BREEDERS AWARDS The KZN Breeders Awards took place on Saturday evening at Fordoun and saw Gr1 winning filly and Triple Tiara contender Takingthepeace crowned KZN Breeders Horse Of The Year.

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Summerhill Stud collect the Horse Of The Year trophy for Gr1 winner Takingthepeace.

Mick Goss and team Summerhill celebrate as KZN’s leading breeder of the year.

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Peter and Jenny Blyth hand over the Award to Scott Bros for Matador Man, Champion Middle Distance horse.

hampion breeders Summerhill Stud dominated the categories, taking home 11 awards which includes Mick Goss, who won the accolade of Lifetime Achievement Award – Mick has singlehandedly put both KZN and South African breeding and racing on the map, and Drakenstein’s Gaynor Rupert paid tribute to Mick at this years Equus Awards for introducing her to the thrill of breeding and owning Thoroughbreds, and encouraged her to establish Drakenstein Stud. Father and son duo Lee and Dino Scribante featured prominently the juvenile categories, with Carlita and Alfeo in the 2yo respective categories for filly and colt.

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Mick Goss gives his acceptance speech after recieving the Special Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alfeo won the Champion 2YO Colt, whilst Carlita was a close second to Gr2 winner Ronnie’s Candy – the latter one of two nominees for owner / trainer / breeder St John Gray, whose breeding establishment is managed at Cathy and Jonathan Martin’s Hadlow Stud. The other nominee was the sharp Dawn Assault, who ran second by a whisker to Tilbury Fort in the Gr1 Summer Cup on Saturday. Two Gr1 winners were amongst the nominees – each Summerhill breds – Hero’s Honour and Takingthepeace. Hero’s Honour gave his owner Laurence Wernars his first Gr1 winner, whilst Takingthepeace won the Gr1 SA Fillies Classic and the Gr2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas. In the process she took two legs of the Triple Tiara, and ran fourth in the third leg. Hero’s Honour took home Champion 3YO Colt and Champion Stayer (for both sexes), whilst Takingthepeace took Champion 3YO Filly,


Nothemba Mlonzi receives special recognition from the KZN Breeders Club, after both her first horses bred won in their first season on the tracks.

Dino Scribante of Piemonte Stud collects of the award for Breeders Achievement, from Amorette Maitre of Summerhill Stud.

Champion Middle Distance Filly and Horse Of The Year. winners for the 2017 / 2018 season and a lifetime statistic of 45% winners to runners. Galileo mare Grail Maiden, one of the best broodmare prospects in the country, took home the Broodmare Scott Bros were not forgotten, with their game Gr1 Of The Year honours – she had two of her progeny placed Toreador gelding Matador Man taking Champion nominated – the first being Gr1 winner Hero’s Honour, Middle Distance Colt. the second Gr1 placed Railtrip. Special Awards went to Piemonte Stud who won Other Summerhill-breds to feature were Champagne Breeders Achievement Of The Year, based on the Haze, who runs in the colours of Laurence Wernars. performances of Carlita and Alfeo, whilst KZN Breeders The brave Kahal gelding won both Champion Sprinter Club secretary Candiese Marnewick won the Anita Akal Male and Champion Older Horse, whilst the well-bred Industry Award. staying Kahal filly Witchcraft won the Champion Older Female. Newcomer to the world of Thoroughbred breeding, Nothemba Mlonzi was honoured at the start of the Clifton Stud had a great evening, with Covered In Snow evening – her first two horses bred at her Mwetwood winning Champion Sprinter Filly, and their new sire for Stud – Master Keys and Galaxy Tunes, both won in 2018, Crusade (and the sire of Covered In Snow), was their first racing season. Master Keys also gave Nathan elected as Stallion Of The Year after producing 4 Stakes Kotzen his first winner as a licenced trainer.

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GC Personality of the Year.

By Liesl King | Photos by Candiese Marnewick

PHILIP FOURIE

THE LOADMASTER

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here is unlikely to be a soul involved in horseracing in South Africa who hasn’t crossed paths with Philip Fourie somewhere during their life. Be it as jockey, float driver, stud manager, foaling assistant or the man who makes sure your precious racehorse gets to the track on time.Yet few know the man behind the ready smile, who signs off after each and every raceday in Gold Circle country with a little Facebook message for the good folk, whose horses he so carefully transports. The gentle drizzle could not even prevent the excitement at the beautifully turned out Scottsville Racecourse today. For now, the real stars are safe in their stables. If you had a winner or two today, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am the loadmaster. The end. Yet as a true horseman he grieves for each and every one that does not make back.

“Although I never rode as a child, the idea of becoming a jockey was planted in my brain by a neighbour, Pat Burrel, who loved horse racing and always told my parents that because of my stature, he felt I should at least give it a try. I joined the academy in June 1972 and was taught to ride from scratch, by Cyril Buckham and Orville Wright. I signed for my license to race ride in December 1972 and was shipped off to Cape Town where I was apprenticed first to the stable of Alec Soteriadis and then Scotty Schuleman. Unfortunately I could not continue due to a weight problem and I had to stop riding in 1977.” A lengthy stint in the army followed, before Fourie decided that the solitude of the road might be a welcome change. He started driving long distance floats for Blue Chip Racehorse Carriers in 1987. There he met Dennis Mills, who taught him everything he knew about the best way to care for a horse in transit. Sadly, Blue Chip closed its doors and while Fourie continued on with Ken Hall when he reopened as Horseworld, that company also wasn’t in business for very long. Undeterred Fourie found a driving position within the transport industry.

After another hot one today, athletes are delivered safely to their stables. Day ended on a low, as we sadly had to come home less one. Erin go Bragh big fellah, gallop eternal, free from pain. If you had a winner or two CONGRATULATIONS! I am the loadmaster. In Colesburg one evening, whilst having something to eat at a truck stop, a beautiful red float pulled up next to him, being driven The end. by none other than his old friend Dennis Mills. Mills informed Fourie however did not come from a horsey background but his him that he was now driving for New Turf Carriers, belonging to small stature persuaded his parents to let him have a go at being Mark and Dorrie Sham. Since he knew Mark and Dorrie from his Horseworld days, he decided to take a chance and phoned them. a jockey. He takes up the story. 54

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The rest is history, although in true Fourie style there was a gap in the middle as he decided yet again that it was time for a new adventure. “I drove for the Sham family for about 4 years, meeting up with old friends and making new ones along the way.Then through the grapevine I heard that Rosedene Stud was looking for a manager, so I applied. The resident stallions were Greys Inn and Mellifont, with Greys Inn only in his second season at stud. Mellifont was an absolute gem to work with, whereas Greys Inn had the tendency to bite, so you always had to make sure that you were positioned so that you could keep an eye on him. In June 2010, whilst helping Lionel, the stallion groom, prepare the afternoon feed, Greys Inn turned on me. He grabbed me and tossed me around like a rag doll, resulting in me losing half of my thumb and the use of my index finger. After that I totally lost my nerve and felt that I had to get away”, Fourie explains. As so often happened in Fourie’s life, fate intervened as Philip Kahan of the Alchemy Stud invited him to come and stay with him at his stud farm in Paarl, where the broodmares were kept out of season, until he regained his confidence. Then with the foaling season approaching, Kahan asked whether he would go and assist Johan Loftus at the main stud farm in Robertson. There the stallion Great Britain had arrived with an injury to his near fore which required hot and cold compress every hour. Working with a stallion again, was however the very last thing Fourie wanted to do. “Johan however called me aside and told me that this was my “make or break” chance at getting my nerve back and thankfully Great Britain, being the gentleman he is, stood like a star for all his treatments.” Yet float driving was always close to his heart, and it wasn’t long before he decided to return to New Turf Carriers. This time

to drive for Mike and Matthew Sham, who had purchased the company from their parents.“They gave me a job here in Durban, where I am in charge of ensuring that the horses are taken to and from races timeously and safely. It’s a job comes with highs and lows. The highs are working with, albeit in a small way, some great horses. The heartbreaking part is leaving one behind. A really unexpected highlight for me was winning the Gold Circle Personality of the Year Award this year.” Every job comes with its characters and I quiz him on some of the more interesting horses he has had to work with in Durban. “I can name you one for starters”, he quips, “Red Chestnut Road. For every step he takes towards the float, he takes two or three backwards. Loading him is a real test of patience. I actually have a list of horses who I refer to as my “special needs” children.These range from the outright mad ones who literally lie down in the float, to the extremely nervous ones. All of these horses are loaded so that we are able to get to them immediately, should the need ever arise. We also have two horses with only one eye (the one being Gorgeous Guest who I nicknamed Wink) which we load in such a way that they do not bump their heads. Lastly, I ask about the lady in his life. “Ah The Goth”, he says with a smile. “Gothika, aka The Goth is the lady in my life, who was given to me by Stephen Blakey, as a very young puppy. I have had her for 4 years now and she goes wherever I go and eats the same food as I do, with the exception of brussels sprouts. Hence, I cook for two.” From jockey to the loadmaster, Fourie is a horseman through and through and his knowledge and love of horses is unparalleled. Life may have thrown him a couple of curve balls but he has deftly knocked them clean out of the park. So if you are in need of some help with a tricky loader, or just need a chat, drop in at New Turf in Durban. The Loadmaster, with his ready smile will be only too happy to help.

Philip at work

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SOUTH AFRICAN BREEDING STATS BREEDING STATISTICS CURRENT SEASON UP TO 2018-12-04 OWNERS Name

Runs

Wins

Win%

2nd

3rd

Other

Places

Place%

Win Stake

Total Stake

1

Mr C J H van Niekerk

149

25

16,8

14

16

29

59

39,6

R 3 099 688

R 3 901 038

2

Mrs S Plattner

187

32

17,1

26

31

38

95

50,8

R 1 976 875

R 2 919 225

3

Mr St John D Gray

196

14

7,1

19

30

59

108

55,1

R 965 313

R 2 250 025

4

Messrs M A Currie W H Jacobs S Mathen E C Van Niekerk Craig Zoghby Sean Tarry Racing C.C. (Nom : Mr S G Tarry) & Mrs B M A Lahoud

2

1

50

1

0

0

1

50

R 1 200 000

R 1 400 000

5

Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert)

83

11

13,3

16

10

17

43

51,8

R 815 938

R 1 347 438

6

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum

39

6

15,4

3

9

8

20

51,3

R 928 438

R 1 296 863

7

Mr F du Toit

251

23

9,2

23

7

44

74

29,5

R 790 000

R 1 194 375

8

Mr M J A Ferreira

102

13

12,7

16

8

17

41

40,2

R 736 875

R 1 165 250

9

Mr D D MacLean

66

11

16,7

12

7

14

33

50

R 636 875

R 1 125 125

10

Mr N Jonsson

42

13

31

3

5

9

17

40,5

R 943 750

R 1 098 525

11

Mauritzfontein (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Miss J B Slack)

59

9

15,3

8

5

17

30

50,8

R 655 000

R 1 086 888

12

Ralphs Racing (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Miss K Ralphs)

87

8

9,2

14

10

21

45

51,7

R 509 063

R 1 057 538

13

Late Mr M C Gerber

56

10

17,9

6

7

8

21

37,5

R 739 063

R 957 013

14

Ms Sylvia Vrska & Mr Colin Bird

18

4

22,2

1

2

3

6

33,3

R 803 125

R 952 625

15

Mr G J Maroun

112

10

8,9

8

8

25

41

36,6

R 587 500

R 896 963

JOCKEYS Name

Runs

Wins

Win%

2nd

3rd

Other

Places

Place%

Win Stake

Total Stake

1

Mr M A Yeni

638

81

12,7

85

84

128

297

46,6

R 4 740 000

R 7 437 013

2

Mr A Marcus

242

77

31,8

42

27

35

104

43

R 6 155 938

R 7 451 738

3

Mr R Munger

543

68

12,5

64

62

100

226

41,6

R 3 800 863

R 5 953 263

4

Mr G M Cheyne

315

57

18,1

47

43

71

161

51,1

R 2 710 625

R 4 091 100

5

Mr R D Fourie

231

56

24,2

30

35

62

127

55

R 3 453 125

R 4 775 100

6

Mr W B Kennedy

435

46

10,6

52

62

106

220

50,6

R 3 422 188

R 5 501 100

7

Mr G J Lerena

159

40

25,2

23

23

37

83

52,2

R 3 191 250

R 4 405 638

8

Mr C Zackey

360

29

8,1

41

32

81

154

42,8

R 1 822 500

R 3 300 288

9

Mr A Domeyer

179

29

16,2

31

25

41

97

54,2

R 1 741 875

R 3 167 575

10

Mr P C Orffer

170

26

15,3

21

16

39

76

44,7

R 1 502 500

R 2 222 425

11

Mr K de Melo

273

25

9,2

36

33

54

123

45,1

R 1 606 563

R 3 037 313

12

Mr S Khumalo

136

25

18,4

15

14

25

54

39,7

R 1 638 125

R 2 349 038

13

Mr K H Zechner

311

24

7,7

18

20

72

110

35,4

R 1 340 625

R 2 507 488

14

Mr S D Veale

188

22

11,7

13

20

38

71

37,8

R 1 486 250

R 2 064 875

15

Mr Mark Khan

243

21

8,6

26

25

48

99

40,7

R 1 761 250

R 2 856 563

BREEDERS 1

Name

Runners

Runs

AEPR

Winners

Wins

Wnrs / Rnrs%

Places

Total Stake

Klawervlei Stud

295

848

24,877

70

77

23,7

311

R 7 338 763

2

Summerhill Stud (Pty) Ltd

221

741

28,296

50

65

22,6

262

R 6 253 338

3

Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein

170

458

34,520

55

67

32,4

194

R 5 868 388

4

Highlands Farms Stud (Pty) Ltd

106

345

32,728

31

39

29,2

145

R 3 469 213

5

Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert)

96

250

34,102

25

28

26

121

R 3 273 750

6

Varsfontein Stud

74

207

42,365

30

38

40,5

87

R 3 135 025

7

Mr G J Armitage

57

174

49,204

11

15

19,3

58

R 2 804 600

8

Hemel `N Aarde Stud

88

264

31,438

23

26

26,1

93

R 2 766 500

9

Ascot Stud (Pty) Ltd

65

211

40,536

21

25

32,3

92

R 2 634 850

10

Scott Bros

109

317

22,217

21

23

19,3

112

R 2 421 675

11

La Plaisance Stud

66

156

33,980

20

24

30,3

81

R 2 242 700

12

Maine Chance Farms (Pty) Ltd

109

271

20,320

22

23

20,2

83

R 2 214 863

13

Favour Stud

68

223

30,947

21

25

30,9

91

R 2 104 388

14

Lammerskraal Stud

56

147

32,618

17

19

30,4

69

R 1 826 625

15

Graystone Stud

29

132

61,098

9

10

31

72

R 1 771 838

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SOUTH AFRICAN BREEDING STATS BREEDING STATISTICS CURRENT SEASON UP TO 2018-12-04 SIRES Name

Runners

Runs

AEPR

Winners

Wins

Wnrs / Rnrs%

Places

Total Stake

1

* Captain Al

118

311

42,832

38

42

32,2

155

R 5 054 175

2

Silvano (GER)

151

384

31,664

42

48

27,8

163

R 4 781 325

3

Var (USA)

139

399

31,848

42

48

30,2

163

R 4 426 825

4

Gimmethegreenlight (AUS)

117

352

31,990

32

40

27,4

141

R 3 742 800

5

* Horse Chestnut

70

219

48,124

16

23

22,9

75

R 3 368 650

6

Querari (GER)

94

267

35,640

28

36

29,8

105

R 3 350 175

7

Trippi (USA)

95

255

35,221

27

32

28,4

115

R 3 346 025

8

Dynasty

115

309

28,642

31

36

27

129

R 3 293 875

9

Judpot (USA)

78

228

40,458

26

33

33,3

82

R 3 155 688

10

* Sail From Seattle (CAN)

109

319

28,046

32

38

29,4

120

R 3 057 050

11

Mambo In Seattle (USA)

80

278

36,706

26

31

32,5

132

R 2 936 475

12

What A Winter

97

278

29,351

31

34

32

110

R 2 847 088

13

Pathfork (USA)

76

238

36,916

24

32

31,6

111

R 2 805 650

14

Oratorio (IRE)

94

275

29,086

30

31

31,9

115

R 2 734 038

15

Ideal World (USA)

79

232

31,204

24

27

30,4

83

R 2 465 088

SIRES (3YO) Name

Runners

Runs

AEPR

Winners

Wins

Wnrs / Rnrs%

Places

Total Stake

1

Var (USA)

57

151

33,855

20

21

35,1

70

R 1 929 725

2

* Captain Al

51

119

35,450

17

19

33,3

56

R 1 807 950

3

What A Winter

54

154

33,186

19

21

35,2

66

R 1 792 050

4

Gimmethegreenlight (AUS)

47

126

32,632

13

15

27,7

55

R 1 533 700

5

Dynasty

42

98

34,194

14

18

33,3

35

R 1 436 138

6

* Sail From Seattle (CAN)

53

133

26,050

14

16

26,4

56

R 1 380 663

7

Master Of My Fate

54

144

24,911

11

12

20,4

63

R 1 345 200

8

Querari (GER)

37

110

35,351

11

15

29,7

51

R 1 307 988

9

Oratorio (IRE)

43

120

28,232

14

15

32,6

48

R 1 213 975

10

Pathfork (USA)

32

96

37,299

10

12

31,3

57

R 1 193 575

11

Silvano (GER)

34

65

33,690

9

11

26,5

24

R 1 145 450

12

Visionaire (USA)

46

126

24,071

10

10

21,7

40

R 1 107 250

13

Trippi (USA)

27

66

40,971

9

10

33,3

31

R 1 106 225

14

Judpot (USA)

35

89

30,479

12

13

34,3

26

R 1 066 750

15

Twice Over (GB)

56

150

18,969

10

11

17,9

54

R 1 062 250

DAMSIRES Name

Runners

Runs

AEPR

Winners

Wins

Wnrs / Rnrs%

Places

Total Stake

1

Fort Wood (USA)

223

691

30,989

67

81

30

285

R 6 910 638

2

Jet Master

175

494

38,759

52

60

29,7

225

R 6 782 863

3

Western Winter (USA)

198

602

27,241

53

60

26,8

235

R 5 393 713

4

Al Mufti (USA)

152

471

27,617

36

44

23,7

168

R 4 197 813

5

Captain Al

123

393

33,665

37

42

30,1

163

R 4 140 788

6

Jallad (USA)

138

389

28,342

35

40

25,4

157

R 3 911 263

7

Kahal (GB)

81

288

31,260

22

28

27,2

110

R 2 532 038

8

Silvano (GER)

103

306

23,060

24

28

23,3

110

R 2 375 175

9

National Emblem

79

244

26,325

17

21

21,5

80

R 2 079 700

10

Model Man

58

162

35,096

15

23

25,9

47

R 2 035 575

11

National Assembly (CAN)

88

270

22,881

21

24

23,9

94

R 2 013 550

12

Caesour (USA)

56

161

34,194

18

21

32,1

75

R 1 914 875

13

Elliodor (FR)

63

195

26,063

14

14

22,2

73

R 1 641 975

14

Rich Man’s Gold (USA)

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121

46,683

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11

31,4

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R 1 633 913

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24

223,618

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2

28,6

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R 1 565 325

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SOUTH AFRICAN INDUSTRY STATS BREEDING STATISTICS South Africa Statistics   

2017-2018

2016-2017

Horses in Training

5046

5 092

-0,90%

Individual Colour Holders

2022

2 127

-4,94%

Partnership Colour Holders

355

349

1,72%

Syndicate Colour Holders

54

50

8,00%

Close Corporate Colour Holders

14

15

-6,67%

Company Colour Holders

81

80

1,25%

Trusts

12

11

9,09%

Officials

182

126

44,44%

Handlers

79

79

0,00%

Racing Partnerships

4803

4 936

-2,69%

Training Partnerships

4

2

100,00%

Trainers

148

146

1,37%

Assistant Trainers

100

107

-6,54%

Stable Employees

154

148

4,05%

Jockeys

111

108

2,78%

Jockey Agents

18

18

0,00%

Apprentice Jockeys

22

22

0,00%

Work Riders

162

146

10,96%

Breeders

167

581

-71,26%

Broodmares Registered/Paid

1837

4 241

-56,68%

Broodmares Covered

3631

4158

-12,67%

Stallions Registered/Paid

41

165

-75,15%

Stallions that Covered

116

140

-17,14%

Registered Foals

2660

3440

-22,67%

Microchipped Foals

2924

3 181

-8,08%

Horses Imported for Racing

63

116

-45,69%

Horses Imported for Breeding

35

37

-5,41%

Horses Exported for Racing

19

38

-50,00%

Horses Exported for Breeding

2

0

0,00%

Race Courses

8

8

0,00%

Race Meetings

430

450

-4,44%

Races Run

3674

3 842

-4,37%

Total Runners

40276

42 458

-5,14%

Grade 1 Races

29

30

-3,33%

Grade 2 Races

36

35

2,86%

Grade 3 Races

50

52

-3,85%

Listed Races

73

70

4,29%

Total Stake Money Paid

R 410 008 462,50

R 411 208 250,00

-0,29%

Highest Stake Paid

R 5 915 250

R 6 534 000

-9,47%

Million and Over Stake Races

37

37

0,00%

Number of Horses that Raced

6479

6 697

-3,26%

Number of 2 Year Olds Raced

1219

1 340

-9,03%

Stakes Won for 2 Year Olds

R 40 858 925

R 43 301 932

-5,64%

Licensing & Registrations

Breeders

Racing

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By Candiese Marnewick

INSPIRING WORK FOR THE DISABLED

AT SARDA DURBAN The South African Riding for the Disabled Association (SARDA) Durban is based in the heart of horse country in Kwazulu-Natal, the beautiful suburb of Summerveld, headed up by Tracey Cumming with her team of Volunteers at Ridgetop Equestrian Centre and Gold Circle’s team recently paid a visit to celebrate a decade of association.

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ARDA Durban has been based with Tracey at Ridgetop Equestrian Centre since 2007 and has been in existence for over 20 years, assisting children with a variety of physical and mental challenges.

Ridgetop Equestrian Centre gives you a wonderful feeling as you descend the driveway. The whole property has a warm and inviting atmosphere, the ponies are well mannered, and the volunteers always sporting a kind smile and a quiet helpful hand. As you enter the arena, there is a poem on the wall written by John Anthony Davies that provides an emotional and accurate description of the experience – one of the paragraphs: “I saw a child who couldn’t walk Sit on a horse and laugh and talk, Then ride through a field of daisies And yet he could not walk unaided”

A little girl born without legs is wheeled to the mounting ramp in her wheelchair. The volunteers lift her and gently place her in the saddle and it is extraordinary to witness how the child’s spirits are visibly lifted. Sitting on her pony at a walk, she laughs as the volunteers throw a ball to her and she catches it and throws it back. The children each are given a cone with a tiny ball in, and they stretch to pass the ball through the cone from one to the other. They walk over poles, feeling the ponies move and stretch and turn, and whilst they are enjoying themselves their bodies are savouring the movement, and getting stronger with each lesson, moving the muscles that don’t always work in a wheelchair, developing core, balance, muscles and motor skills through enjoyment. At the end of the lesson, the children stretch over the pony’s necks, and feel their manes in their faces and soft hair under their fingers as their arms wrap around the pony’s necks. They are assisted off their ponies and give their steeds a rub or pat on the nose.

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It is delightful to watch the ponies with their special riders – they are patient, cautious and seem to understand their special task at hand. When their young riders put their hands out to touch their noses, the ponies stretch and acknowledge the connection, their warm breath from their nostrils in the children’s smiling faces. The ponies are honoured at the entrance of the arena, each with their names engraved on wooden plaques, and pictures of each for the children to look at in between lessons. There are mirrors surrounding the sand arena, and a variety of poles and items neatly set out for the lessons, and helmets for the children balance on the hay bales. It is an organisation that provides a phenomenal service and is solely reliant on donors and fundraising, and Tracey explains that Gold Circle were the first corporate to get involved with this special cause. “Gold Circle were the first to come and see what we did in Summerveld, and have supported us since then, as far back as 2009. We could never have grown the way we have without their belief in us and their support. The hardest part of our work is finding funding to support 64

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the increasing costs of keeping horses.” SARDA Durban receives support from the Lotto and a variety of corporate sponsors as well as an annual donation from the Vodacom Durban July. “We keep between six and eight ponies, six of which are in regular work and then the oldies, who do less or maybe a youngster that we are preparing.” With the synergy between Gold Circle, the Vodacom Durban July and SARDA Durban, it also highlights the versatility of the equine from their ability to race, yet also be capable of helping children who may have physical, cognitive, emotional and sensory disabilities. “We have children from five different special needs school environments and then children from a community NPO physiotherapy program and an orphanage. On average there are 30 - 40 children that ride with us per week and between 60 and 70 children on our books, each year, as new children join, and others leave the program. “When Gold circle came to support us, we only had one school riding regularly and a second one starting, with only


about 6 - 12 children and five volunteers!” Its thanks to the support of various donors that SARDA Durban has been able to expand its operation which included the covered riding arena, the Sensory Trail and being able to take care of the ponies. “Our youngest child has been about three years old, but most are from five to about seventeen years old. You cannot express how amazing the difference is that you see in the children - you must see and feel it for yourself, so we welcome visitors at any time. To see children, speak who have not spoken, to see them relax, to hear how their confidence has improved at home and school, to see them become braver is so incredibly rewarding!” The facility is beautifully equipped, with an indoor arena that makes it possible for children to never miss a lesson regardless of the weather. It also has a Sensory Trail, which Tracey says, “was literally a dream come true! It enabled us to maximise the use of the property and provide a safe area for

the children to ride out and explore. We have a track with different surfaces and logs to walk over, branches to duck under and a pond to splash in. Then we have a garden area with plants to touch, taste, smell and feel different textures.” Each riding lesson is held with qualified instructors and volunteers who assist the individual children for the duration of the ride and includes a series of fun exercises such as throwing a small ball from rider to rider and passing cones with balls inside them, from one to another. Each exercise has a specific aim to improve their physical and cognitive abilities, motor skills, strength and balance. “Its most rewarding to watch the growth and progress in the children who ride here with us, and also how much it comes to mean to them and to our volunteers who assist us.” It is difficult to leave Ridgetop Equestrian Centre without feeling humbled and emotional and incredibly awed by their inspiring work they provide for children in the vicinity of Hillcrest. To find out more visit www.sardadurban.org.za.

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By Liesl King

“HORSES, MY GREATEST TEACHERS”

ASHLEY FORTUNE Not only is Ashley Fortune our newest female trainer, she is also a top horsewoman, with an incredible depth of knowledge, honed from years of working across a vast range of racehorse related jobs

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hile an accomplished rider, she did not come from a horsey family and learnt to ride out of a book. Yet even as a youngster, her love of horses was incredibly strong. Watching the three-year old gelding, Rocky Night standing quietly with no halter, nuzzling her, you get an inkling of just why she has burst onto the racing scene in such a spectacular fashion, with several victories, including winning the second leg of the World Sports Betting Grand Heritage Series, already behind her name. “My dad rode motorbikes and was a Rhodesian and SA champion, so horses were never on his radar. Then we moved to a smallholding and all the neighbours had horses. One of my cousins showjumped, but my mom and dad weren’t keen on us jumping as it was scary going over poles.The next door neighbours played polocrosse and that’s how our love of polocrosse started.

Driving home with our first horse I remember thinking ‘oh my gosh, what if this is just a phase that I am going through’. Anyway that phase hasn’t ended”, she adds with a smile” It wasn’t long before the transition to racing occurred. When her father joined some friends in owning a couple of horses, Fortune was keen to learn more about these mercurial creatures. Discovering Garth Davis training privately just down the road, she offered her services and was soon helping out as much as she could at the yard. Next a stint at a stud farm introduced her to the early life of racehorses and Fortune soaked up as much knowledge as she possibly could. However the lure of a career in polocrosse briefly intervened, as she decided to pursue a childhood dream. “I always wanted to play for the Zimbabwe Ladies A side polocrosse team, which I managed to do. We actually came and beat SA.” Dream accomplished, Fortune, like so many youngsters headed overseas. “I ended up working in a National Hunt yard for Ian Williams. It was fantastic, and I loved it. I had always been opposed to jumps racing, but when you realise that the majority of those horses love their job, you can forgive the sport. It was a different environment and it teaches you so much. It shows you what horses can actually do. Interval training is just extraordinary, yet here only a few trainers train that way. Williams would train the 5km steeplechasers the same way as he was training his sprinters on the flat. Home however beckoned, and Fortune returned. Still seeking more knowledge she started helping out at her local vet. “They were teaching me how to do the anesthetics and I was in theatre with them. I loved that as well. And while I was doing that, I was also working for Lisa Harris. Mornings at her racing yard and the middle of the day at the vet. You kind of have to cover all aspects of the horse if you want to be successful”, she explains. Another stint overseas followed, before Fortune joined legendary Zimbabwean trainer Noelene Peach. “She is the most unbelievable trainer. If only I could have a quarter of her knowledge. She is amazing. She can see a horse and tell you exactly what it is or isn’t and what it needs or doesn’t. How does she do that? She taught me a lot and she is always at the end of the phone if I need her now” she adds.

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Ashley met her future husband, top jockey Andrew Fortune, when he came to ride in Zimbabwe, while chasing the Jockeys’ Championship. And it wasn’t long before Fortune made the decision to follow Andrew back to South Africa. “I came to South Africa and Joey Ramsden was kind enough to let me work for him, which was awesome.Then my son Sean was born, and horses were put on the back burner


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for a while. Obviously, Andrew was racing as well, so it was hard to stay in a yard.Then when Andrew had a knee replacement in July last year, I realised that I missed the racing. Andrew doesn’t, but he has been at it his whole life. “I just decided that I can’t die wondering what if? I had to do something, and Andrew was bored at home as much as he says he wasn’t”, she adds with a smile. “He absolutely loves the challenge of finding races for horses and getting owners. So I spoke to the stipes and asked them whether I could come and write my license. I had held my assistant license since 2005 so I had done the time. I finally wrote the exam and passed, despite Andrew begging them to fail me. That was never going to happen. “We decided to set up in Johannesburg as there are more options. We race three times a week here and you have more tracks to choose from as well.The stake money is also more, which keeps owners happier. Currently we have 78 horses in the yard of which 25 are racing and the rest are babies. We recently also bought some youngsters at the CTS Ready To Run Sale, taking us to 88. What is nice, is that the majority of our string are babies which means we have a good string for next year. Six months into her first year of training Fortune has not only been setting the tracks alight, but she has also thrown caution to the wind and decided to take on the tough Cape season with three runners. Rocky Night arrived first as he had qualified to

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run in the CTS Ready To Run Stakes, while Big Blue Marble and Dalai’s Promise will be joining him later. “We were watching the CTS Ready To Run log and Rocky Night was quite high up. He is a very uncomplicated horse, he has such a lovely temperament and hence we thought he was mature enough to bring down here for the race. Winter Storm on the other hand, is still very immature. He would have travelled ok, but he is still soft.” While we admire Rocky Night, Andrew is keeping busy, straightening the gelding’s already perfect mane, pointing out his dapples and sneaking the odd pat when he thinks no one is watching. Fortune is quick to agree that Andrew is probably the yard’s best asset. “The way he can feel a horse, it’s incredible. I can do so much, but he can just feel so much.You need to know that your horses can run well. There might be a better horse out there, but you need to be confident that you have yours at their best and he is a brilliant judge of that. That is a huge asset, but also his callous approach and the way he says things. The owners love him for it. He tells them straight out whether their horse is worth having another run with or whether it is time to move it on.The owners actually appreciate him being such a straight talker.” A bright star on her way to an even brighter future. Yet what makes this pocket dynamo so successful? Ashley sums it up perfectly when she captions a photo of ‘Rocky’ and her having a cuddle with “I love and respect horses on an unparalleled level. My greatest teachers.”


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Photo by Tom Ferry.

By Tom Ferry

A SOUTHERN JEWEL O A K L AW N PA R K G R O W S , PROSPERS AND REMEMBERS

Maybe it’s because a National Park and 50 natural hot springs are located near the track in scenic seclusion. Or perhaps because it has been owned by four generations of the same family since it opened 114 years ago. More likely, it is the southern charm of its people and the tradition of incredible horses and competition.

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egardless the reason, in the world of horse racing, it is a special place and one of a kind. If Saratoga Springs is the sport’s “Summer Place to Be,” then spring belongs to Oaklawn. During the first four months of each year, this racetrack surrounded by a mix of busy residential neighborhoods and small-town commercial districts, captures the hearts and imaginations of racing fans across North America. Located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Oaklawn Racing & Gaming has been a racing tradition since 1904. And while it is a racetrack that has never forgotten its glorious past, the one constant through the many years has been change — and consistent growth. Recent announcements have proven this will be the case for many years to come. What has not changed, however, is the track’s unparalleled habitat in western Arkansas. Hot Springs Location, location, location. So much of the appeal of Oaklawn is rooted in this town located in the Ouachita Mountains of western Arkansas. Native Americans called the area “The Valley of the Vapors.” Naturally thermal spring waters flow out of the ground at an average temperature of 143 degrees and

produce almost one million gallons of water each day. More than two million annual visitors come to Hot Springs for the lakes, hiking, bike trails, museums, restaurants and shopping. And there is also America’s oldest and smallest national park. In 1832, President Andrew Jackson designated Hot Springs as the first federal reservation and years later when Congress established the National Park Service in 1916, Hot Springs Reservation became Hot Springs National Park five years later. Visitors come to soak in the warm waters at up to eight Victorian-style bathhouses from the 19th and 20th centuries on Bathhouse Row and the hot springs are also present in several downtown hotels, spas and public fountains. The Gangster Museum of America is located in downtown Hot Springs and showcases an incredible part of the city’s past when it was once a hotbed for illegal gambling, prostitution and bootlegging. In the 1930’s, the safe and secluded location was an ideal hangout for infamous mobsters including Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Bugs Moran and Frank Costello. Capone and his bodyguards would rent out entire floors of hotels and visitors to the Arlington Hotel today can book the suite where Capone used to stay. In the early part of the 20th Century, Hot Springs was also site of the creation of spring training for Major League Baseball. Each spring, as many as 250 players would

Left: The great Zenyatta won the Apple Blossom Handicap in 2008 and 2010. Photo by Tom Ferry

Right: Oaklawn Racing & Gaming as seen from Hot Springs National Park. Photo by Tom Ferry.

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The infield at Oaklawn is a celebration of spring. Photo by Tom Ferry.

Oaklawn. He soon transformed the track into a desirable alternative to Florida for winter training and racing. It was the only track for hundreds of miles and fans would come from across the Midwest and attendance levels would More recently, Hot Springs was the boyhood home to grow to more than 50,000 on major race days. In 1936, President Bill Clinton.The president’s late mother Virginia Kelley Oaklawn Park created the Arkansas Derby as a prep race became a horse racing fan when she went to a high school for the Kentucky Derby with a purse of $5,000. Today, it is graduation party in 1941 at Oaklawn. She hit a daily double, $1,000,000. won $84 and fell in love with the sport. A nurse anesthetist, Kelley went to Oaklawn almost every day each season and When Charles died in 1940, the baton was passed to his when she introduced her son Bill to the sport when he was in son John G. Cella. Purses continued to grow under John’s his teens, he lost $4 and became disinterested. On June 6, 2015, management and remained competitive with most of the however, President Clinton joined 90,000 others at Belmont other large American racetracks. Cella also established Park to watch American Pharoah capture the first American a management style that not only empowered the track Triple Crown in 37 years. His presence was likely a tribute to and racing officials he engaged with for the overall track operations, but he also mixed with horsemen, track his late mother. employees and daily patrons and fans in order to seek out and hear their ideas and suggestions for how to The Cellas They have been described as innovators and pioneers. Five enhance Oaklawn and the overall experience. And that men, four generations of one family and a life-long love affair style continues to this day. “It’s not a surprise to see the with horse racing and Oaklawn. By 1911, Louis A. Cella, his Cella family walking through the grandstand shaking hands, brother Charles and partners would own racetracks in major saying hello and getting opinions,” says Jennifer Hoyt, Media U.S. cities including St. Louis, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Detroit, Nashville, Relations Director at Oaklawn.“It’s genuine.They love racing Louisville and Memphis. At the height of their success, they had and everything they do is for the betterment of the sport.” controlling interest in 25 horse racing tracks including Oaklawn. The track opened in 1904, however, it didn’t really operate as a Cella also lived at the racetrack during the race meets and constructed a ranch-style home at the edge of the racing major racetrack until 1934. strip opposite the 1/8th pole. A larger version of the home After Louis died in 1918, Charles assumed management of is trackside today and remains in the family. come here to train including the legendary Babe Ruth who could be seen walking the streets of Hot Springs, visiting the bath spas and betting on horses at Oaklawn.

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Since the Festival’s inauguration in 1974, numerous racing legends have used the early April visit to Oaklawn as a launchpad for championship seasons. The names are a who’s who of Thoroughbred racing; Cigar, Smarty Jones, Azeri, Curlin, and American Pharoah. Zenyatta had come to Oaklawn that In 1968, John Cella died suddenly and his son Charles took week in 2010 after Charles Cella pursued the opportunity over as president of Oaklawn. Across the next fifty years, Cella to lure both she and fellow superstar Rachel Alexandra to helped turn Oaklawn into a major racing destination, bringing compete in the Apple Blossom for a purse of $5 million if both an increased level of innovation to the Arkansas track. In 1990, horses showed up. Rachel Alexandra did not show and the Oaklawn pioneered full-card interstate simulcasting. Sixteen purse reverted to $500,000. Zenyatta, however, did go on to years prior in 1974, Cella and team launched something new capture her second Apple Blossom and proceed through a that would change racing at Oaklawn and American horse season that would culminate with her being named Horse of the Year. racing forever. It was named the Racing Festival of the South. Oaklawn continued to grow in both purses and attendance throughout the 1950’s and in 1962, the track reached the number five spot on the list of the most profitable and successful racetracks in North America.

A Springboard to Greatness On a beautiful spring morning in April of 2010, nearly 100 people including racing owners, trainers, members of the media and fans gathered on the backstretch of Oaklawn to watch a 6-year-old mare graze — for close to one hour. Zenyatta, however, was not just any mare. She had journeyed from California to Hot Springs in order to attempt to win her 16th consecutive race later that afternoon in the (GI) Apple Blossom Handicap. The Apple Blossom is one of the marquee races in the Racing Festival of the South during one of the richest weeks of racing in North America. The Festival showcases anywhere from three to five days of top quality racing, a model that has been emulated at other tracks.

Next to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and the Personal Ensign Stakes, the Apple Blossom is the richest American race for fillies and mares with a $700,000 purse and the first grade one stakes on the racing calendar. The centerpiece of the Racing Festival of the South and the entire meet remains the $1,000,000 (GI) Arkansas Derby. The Derby is preceded by prep races including the (GII) Rebel Stakes, which will also be a $1 million race beginning this year. In 2004, fan favorite Smarty Jones used triumphs in Oaklawn’s Southwest Stakes, Rebel and Arkansas Derby en route to classic wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Three years later, Curlin won the Rebel and Arkansas Derby at the beginning of a Hall-of-Fame road that led to two Horse of the Year honors and four Eclipse Awards.

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Trainer Bob Baffert has been highly successful at Oaklawn over the years, garnering career earnings of more than $6 million with just 56 starters. In March of 2015, Baffert shipped American Pharoah from California to Oaklawn for the beginning of his 3-year-old campaign. In the Rebel, the horse went gate-to-wire to triumph by 61/4 lengths. Four weeks later, American Pharoah challenged a field of seven others in the Arkansas Derby and established himself as the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby after an easy eight-length victory. A Triple Crown trail had begun on a one-mile dirt oval track in Arkansas, a 37-year drought would soon end and the rest is history. Trainers in large part, especially those from the West Coast, like to run at Oaklawn because the track is very similar in composition to Churchill Downs. If a horse likes running at the Hot Springs oval, chances are that may carry over to the first Saturday in May.

opening date to two weeks later than normal on January 25 and run through May 4 which is three weeks after the Arkansas Derby. “Frankly, it’s all about the weather,” said Louis Cella.“We wanted to make sure that was right for the city of Hot Springs. This was not just a one-dimensional decision, just for Oaklawn. This is for our horseman.We hear it all the time over the years. Can we get out of January?” In November, Oaklawn Racing & Gaming announced plans to build an expansion project in excess of $100 million. This will include the construction of a high-rise hotel on the premises, a multi-purpose event center, a larger gaming area, and additional on-site parking.The hotel will be seven stories with 200 rooms, and adjacent to the hotel will be the events center that will accommodate up to 1,500 people across 14,000 square feet. The current 50,000 square foot gaming facility will be expanded by an additional 28,000 square feet and will continue to provide year-round entertainment with Instant Racing, simulcasting and electronic games of skill, including blackjack, craps and poker. Oaklawn is known for having one of the best models in the country for racing and gaming to work hand in hand. Gaming exists to support racing and when live racing occurs, it generates strong gaming revenues for the year.

Horizon When Charles J. Cella died in December of 2017 after nearly 50 years as president of Oaklawn, a fourth generation of the Cella family took over the leadership role when son Louis was named successor. In the year that has passed, Oaklawn has continued to evolve with two significant announcements. The gaming expansion is targeted for completion in January Last April, it was revealed the track would extend 2019’s 57- of 2020 and the hotel and events center for late 2020. “This day meet by three weeks. The revised schedule will push the represents a new chapter in the rich 114-year history of

Left: Oaklawn’s indoor paddock provides fans an up-close view. Photo by Tom Ferry.

Right: The late Charles J. Cella watched racing from his home trackside at Oaklawn. Photo by Tom Ferry.

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The backstretch is both scenic and historic. Photo by Tom Ferry.

Oaklawn,” says Louis Cella. “As we enhance the entertainment experience for our customers, we will also further elevate Thoroughbred racing and help make Arkansas and Hot Springs even stronger regional tourism destinations.” Oaklawn is expecting to have purses at close to $32 million going into 2019 and the hope is the overall expansion will enable the track to provide larger purses to help attract the top Thoroughbreds and thus, continue a tradition that has grown with time. Family Much like Saratoga Springs, New York and Lexington, Kentucky, the entire town of Hot Springs embraces racing. Oaklawn is Arkansas’ number one tourist destination and everyone benefits. And the track embraces patrons with engaging promotions throughout the meet via boat and truck giveaways, 50 Cent Corned Beef Day, and progressive cash giveaways among other enticing campaigns. For Oaklawn’s Director of Media Relations Jennifer Hoyt, the premise is simple. “Our racing attracts the true racing fans but you always want to keep bringing in new and fresh people and I think the promotions allow us to do that,” says Hoyt. “If they come here and they have a really good experience, they are going to come back.”

Oaklawn infield, a beautiful park-like setting which opens during springtime Saturdays in mid-March. Infield patrons will discover a petting zoo, live music, a craft beer garden and a Kids Zone. “The infield is a great way to expose young families and children to horse racing and they are the future of our sport,” says Hoyt. Spend any length of time at Oaklawn or in Hot Springs and you will notice it right away.The people.They are different. Perhaps it is just southern hospitality but it feels like something more. It feels like — family. And a family atmosphere is very real at the track. As one of the state’s top employers, it is only natural to find husbands and wives, brothers and sisters and mothers and children working together within the same company. “There are people employed here at Oaklawn who have been here 20, 30 years,” says Jennifer Hoyt. “And I think whenever you have that, you have people who take ownership in the company. And that resonates with fans because they feel like they are being welcomed as family and they do see the same people year after year and come back and visit.”

To understand Oaklawn and its appeal, the words of the late Charles J. Cella may explain it best. “I’m a racetrack guy. I truly love racing. It’s my life. I’ve devoted my adult years to it. I am proud of the way Oaklawn has worked to present the right atmosphere of horse racing — the tradition, the basic values, That experience includes watching Thoroughbreds from the the pageantry of the sport.”

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By Sarah Whitelaw

SOUTH AFRICAN RACE RESULTS 2018 The Stats Pages are a regular feature from International Racehorse Magazine looking at the black Type Winners from the quarter preceding the Edition

KASIMIR Cape Merchants, G2, Kenilworth, 24 November 2018, 1200m 1 Kasimir 4 g Captain Al –Aquatint (AUS), by Peintre Celebre (USA) 2 New Caledonia 6 g Right Approach (GB) –Coral Garden, by Tiger Ridge (USA) 3 Bold Respect 4 g Bold Silvano – Respectable Lady, by Kabool (GB) Age:4; Starts: 11; Wins: 4; Placings: 5; Earnings: R1 706 875 Sire CAPTAIN AL is the sire of 91 stakes winners. In 2018 SNOWDANCE Joshua Dancer G1, UNDERCOVER AGENT London News G1, CELTIC SEA Mark Of Esteem G2, THE SECRET IS OUT Goldkeeper G2, CALL TO ACCOUNT Giant’s Causeway LR, AL DANZA Jet Master LR, MYFUNNYVALENTINE Goldkeeper G3, ARCTICA Indian Ridge LR, SERGEANT HARDY Hard Up G1, MERYSAGOS Singspiel LR, KASIMIR Peintre Celebre G2, ONE WORLD Giant’s Causeway G2 1st dam AQUATINT, 3 wins in South Africa, Dam of 4 winners: 2010: GLASSWING (c Trippi), Winner in South Africa 2011: AFRKABURN (g Trippi), 6 wins in South Africa, Golden Horseshoe G1 2013: The Slade (g Philanthropist), 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd Peninsula Hcp G2 2014: KASIMIR (g Captain Al), 4 wins

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CIRILLO in South Africa, Cape Merchants G2, 2nd Somerset 1200 LR, Summer Juvenile S LR 2nd dam SAKIEH: Unraced Dam of 4 winners: AQUATINT: See Above Broodmare sire PEINTRE CELEBRE is the sire of the dams of 51 stakes winners –TALENT New Approach G1, PROTECTIONIST Monsun G1, RED CADEAUX Cadeaux Genereux G1, KASIMIR Captain Al G1, AFRIKABURN Trippi G1, GATHERING Tale Of The Cat G1, NECHITA Fastnet Rock G1, PAKISTARN STAR Shamardal, NUTAN Duke Of Marmalade G1, NIGHTFLOWER Dylan Thomas G1, VADAMOS Monsun G1, PRECIOUS GEM Econsul G1, NYMPHEA Dylan Thomas G1, CAMBINA Hawk Wing G1, ROCK CLASSIC Fastnet Rock G1, ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN Fastnet Rock G2, THE JUSTICE LEAGUE I Am Invincible G2, ANJAAL Bahamian Bounty G2 Al Mufti Captain Al Off To War Peintre Celebre Aquatint Sakieh

Roberto Lassie Dear Complete Warrior Infanta Nureyev Peinture Bleue Green Desert Sigy

Concorde Cup, G2, 3yos, Kenilworth, 24 November 2018, 1600m 1 One World c Captain Al –Aquilonia

(GB), by Giant’s Causeway (USA) 2 Chimichuri Run c Trippi (USA) –Spiced Gold, by Kahal (GB) 3 Twist Of Fate c Master Of My Fate – Crescent Lily, by Counter Action Age:3; Starts:5; Wins: 5; Placings: 0; Earnings: R536 250 Sire CAPTAIN AL is the sire of 91 stakes winners. In 2018 SNOWDANCE Joshua Dancer G1, UNDERCOVER AGENT London News G1, CELTIC SEA Mark Of Esteem G2, THE SECRET IS OUT Goldkeeper G2, CALL TO ACCOUNT Giant’s Causeway LR, AL DANZA Jet Master LR, MYFUNNYVALENTINE Goldkeeper G3, ARCTICA Indian Ridge LR, SERGEANT HARDY Hard Up G1, MERYSAGOS Singspiel LR, KASIMIR Peintre Celebre G2, ONE WORLD Giant’s Causeway G2 1st dam AQUILONIA, Unplaced Dam of 5 winners: 2007: GLORIOUS LASS (f Galileo) 4 wins in Russia 2009: Count To Ten (f Count Dubois), 2 wins in South Africa, 2nd Breeders Guineas LR 2011: COUNTERSTROKE (c Count Dubois), 5 wins in South Africa 2014: MISS MILANNA (f Trippi), 2 wins in South Africa 2015: ONE WORLD (c Captain Al), R425 000CPYS, 5 wins in South Africa, Concorde Cup G2, Langerman LR 2nd dam, Leonila, 2 wins in France, 2nd Prix de Malleret G2

Dam of 2 winners: PONT ALLAIRE: Winner in GB, dam of SW PONTALLMAGNE Broodmare sire GIANT’S CAUSEWAY is the sire of the dams of 95 stakes winners –GUN RUNNER Candy Ride G1, ROMANTIC VISION Lemon Drop Kid, HAWKBILL Kitten’s Joy G1, VERRAZANO More Than Ready G1, SOFT FALLING RAIN National Assembly G1, FREE DROP BILLY Union Rags G1, EDEN’S MOON Malibu Moon G1, BEAUTY PARLOUR Deep Impact G1, ESCADO Casino Prince G1, AWESOME ROCK Fastnet Rock G1, GIANT KILLING Hat Trick G1, AN SERAFINI More Than Ready G1, LOCH GARMAN Teofilo G1, WARHORSE General Nediym G1, PLANTEUR Danehill Dancer G1, ONE WORLD Captain AL G2, SOPHIE P Bushranger G1, LIORA Candy Ride G2, LIAM THE CHARMER Smart Strike G2, CHARLES ROAD Myboycharlie G2 Al Mufti Captain Al Off To War Giant’s Causeway Aquilonia Leonila

Roberto Lassie Dear Complete Warrior Infanta Storm Cat Mariah’s Storm Caerleon Dinalina

CTS Ready To Run Stakes, 3yos, Kenilworth, 24 November 2018, 1400m 1 Cirillo c Pomodoro –Miss


VI VA PI PA Wordsworth, by Lake Coniston (IRE) 2 Majestic Mozart c Dynasty –Sound The Flute (USA), by Theatrical (IRE) 3 Captainofthesea c Captain Al –Arctic Breeze, by Windrush (USA) Age:3; Starts: 10 Wins: 3; Placings: 5; Earnings: R1 761 750 Sire POMODORO is the sire of 1 stakes winner. In 2018 RETURN FLIGHT Special Preview G1 1st dam MISS WORDSWORTH, Placed in South Africa Dam of 1 winner: 2015: Cirillo (c Pomodoro), R60 000CTSRTR, 3 wins in South Africa, CTS Ready To Run Stakes, 2nd SA Nursery G2, Protea S G3, Cape Classic G3 2nd dam NOBLE HARVEST, Winner in South Africa Dam of 9 winners: NOBLE CENTURY: 5 wins in South Africa, East Cape Paddock S LR Larsen’s Ice: 5 wins in South Africa, 2nd Flamboyant S LR, 3rd Acacia Hcp G3 Broodmare sire LAKE CONISTON is the sire of the dams of stakes winners – MI EMMA Silvano G2, EUPHRASIA Windsor Knot G3, CAPTAIN SWEET Fastnet Rock G3, BURANO Dalakhani LR, BALMONT Commands LR, SINGAPORE LILLY Mujadil LR, LONDON Octagonal LR, THE EMBASSY Dansinga G3, CHERRY CREEK Monashee Mountain LR, ABSOLUTELYFABULOUS Mozart

LR, Jet Master Pomodoro Golden Apple Lake Coniston Miss Wordsworth Noble Harvest

Rakeen Jet Lightning Northern Guest Averogold Bluebird Persian Polly Enforce Sauterne

Dingaans, G2, 3yos, Turffontein, 24 November 2018, 1600m 1 Hawwaam c Silvano (GER) –Halfway To Heaven, by Jet Master 2 Thanksgiving c Dynasty –Torrential Rain, by Al Mufti (USA) 3 Green Haze c Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) –Mizzen Mist, by Western Winter (USA) Age: 3; Starts: 2; Wins: 2; Placings: 0; Earnings: R371 875 Sire SILVANO is the sire of 83 stakes winners. In 2018 HAWWAAM –Jet Master G2, MIYABI GOLD Western Winter G2, ELUSIVE SILVA Fort Wood G2, SYLVAN ON FIRE Jet Master G3, PLANO Western Winter LR, PARABOLA Camden Park LR, CHARIOT OF GOLD Jallad LR, SABBATICAL Rich Man’s Gold LR, SIMPLY ROYAL Al Mufti G3, JANOOBI Rakeen G2 1st dam HALFWAY TO HEAVEN, 7 wins in South Africa, Prix du Cap G3, Off To Stud Hcp LR Dam of 2 winners: 2014: RAINBOW BRIDGE (g Ideal World), 5 wins in South Africa,

Winter Guineas G3, Winter Classic G3, Matchem S G3 2015: HAWWAAM (c Silvano), R1 000 000NYS, 2 wins in South Africa, Dingaans G2 2nd dam PAS DE BASQUE, 8 wins in South Africa Dam of 2 winners: HALFWAY TO HEAVEN: See above Broodmare sire JET MASTER is the sire of the dams of 19 stakes winners –EDICT OF NANTES Count Dubois G1, MADAME DUBOIS Count Dubois G3, EXIT HERE Jay Peg G3, SILVANO’S JET Silvano G2, OMATICAYA Silvano LR, EVENTUAL ANGEL Right Approach G3, HERE COMES BILLY Muhtafal G2, RIVARINE Var G3, GIMME THE STARS Gimmethegreenlight LR, BANKABLE TEDDY Bankable LR, EROS’S GIRL Captain Al LR, SHE’S A PIPPA Var LR, CHESTNUT’S ROCKET Horse Chestnut G3, GREEN PLAINS Gimmethegreenlight G2, LADY IN BLACK Dynasty G1, RAINBOW BRIDGE Ideal World G3, HAWWAAM Silvano G2, RONNIE’S CANDY King Of Kings G2, SYLVAN ON FIRE Silvano G3, AL DANZA Captain Al LR, OUR EMPEROR Dynasty G3, Lomitas Silvano Spirit Of Eagles Halfway To Heaven

Jet Master Pas De Basque

Niniski La Colorada Beaus Eagle Big Spirit Rakeen Jet Lightning Rambo Dancer Our Elegant Girl

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, 3yos, Turffontein, 3 November 2018, 1400m 1 Vi Va Pi Pa f Visionaire (USA) – Pipatune, by Jallad (USA) 2 Chijmes g Ato - Sophie’s Choice, by Russian Revival (USA) 3 Railtrip f Trippi (USA) –Grail Maiden (AUS), by Galileo (IRE) Age:3; Starts: 6; Wins:1; Placings: 4; Earnings: R304 750 Sire VISIONAIRE is the sire of 6 stakes winners. In 2018 TAKINGTHEPEACE Rambo Dancer G1 1st dam PIPATUNE, Winner in South Africa, Dam of 3 winners: 2010: MELODY PIPA (g Hobb Alwahtan), Winner in South Africa 2013: TURF CONQUEROR (c Western Winter), Winner in South Africa 2015:VI VA PI PA (f Visionaire), Winner in South Africa, Ready To Run Cup 2nd dam BEAUTIFUL PIPER, 2 wins in South Africa Dam of 13 winners: KATY’S LANE: 4 wins in South Africa, Fillies Mile G3, Starling S G3 FOLLOW THE PIPER: 10 wins in South Africa, Emerald Fillies Hcp LR JO PIPER: 5 wins in South Africa Broodmare sire JALLAD is the sire of the dams of 44 stakes winners - IT’S MY TURN Dynasty G1, EYES WIDE OPEN Dynasty G1, SOLO

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HAWWAAM TRAVELLER Jallad G1, SHEA SHEA National Emblem G1, CLASSIC ILLUSION Kahal G3, MAJESTIC SUN Kahal G3, SUN CITY Kahal LR, GIVE ME FIVE Goldkeeper G1, MARTIAL EAGLE Silvano G1, FOREST OF DEAN Silvano G3, PORT OF LONDON London News G2, HOSPITALITY Badger’s Drift G3, RED DOR Elliodor G2, MASAI WARRIOR Wolfhound G3, CHARLIES ISLAND Lizard Island G3, BIT ON THE SIDE Jet Master G3, JOSHUA’S DREAM Joshua Dancer G3, SHE’S A WINNER Joshua Dancer G3, LIZARRE Jet Master G3, RAISE THE BAR Goldkeeper LR, CODE ROCK Doowaley LR, ONEHUNDREDACREWOOD Malhub LR, YOSHIE Antonius Pius LR, SCENTED ASH Ashaawes LR, RUN FOR IT Dynasty LR, IN LIKE FLYNN National Assembly LR, RUSSINI Kitalpha LR, LUCKY SAM Imperial Stride LR, FOURTH ESTATE Dynasty G3, SOLID SPEED Dynasty G2, TRIPTIQUE Trippi G2, SOLANA Querari LR, THE MERRY WIDOW Captain Al LR, NEBULA Silvano G3, LIEGE Dynasty G1, ICY TRAIL Go Deputy G2, PURPLE DIAMOND Var G2, QUEEN FOREVER Gimmethegreenlight LR, HASHTAGYOLO Dynasty G3, WILL PAYS Imperial Stride G1, WILD WICKET Dynasty LR, REDBERRY LANE Western Winter G1, TOO PHAT TO FLY Bezrin LR, CHARIOT OF GOLD Silvano LR, LOVE TO BOOGIE Trippi G3 Grand Slam Visionaire Scarlet Tango Jallad Pipatune Beautiful Piper

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G-Bets Gauteng Summer Cup, G1, Turffontein, 1 December 2018, 2000m 1 Tilbury Fort 5 g Horse Chestnut –Colleen, by Restructure (IRE) 2 Dawn Assault 5 h Call To Combat – Cayman Ridge, by Al Mufti (USA) 3 Cascapedia (IRE) 5 m High Chaparral (IRE) – Janoubi (GB), by Dansili (GB) Age: 5; Starts: 22; Wins: 5; Placings: 10; Earnings: R2 054 000 Sire HORSE CHESTNUT is the sire of 19 stakes winners. In 2018 TILBURY FORT Restructure G1, MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Model Man LR, BRAVE MOVE Qui Danzig G3, 1st dam Colleen, 7 wins in South Africa, 2nd Flamingo St LR Dam of 5 winners: 2006: GYPSY BOB (c Caesour), Winner in South Africa 2007: SIX FLAGS (c Camden Park), 2 wins in South Africa 2009: JUST B BRAVE (c Windrush), 2 wins in South Africa 2012: STAR ACADEMY (f Dupont), Winner in South Africa 2013: TILBURY FORT (g Horse Chestnut), R110 000MYS, 5 wins in South Africa, Summer Cup G1, 2nd Betting World 1900 G2, Charity Mile G2, Jubilee Hcp G3, Secretariat S LR

TILBURY FORT the sire of the dams of 3 stakes winners –TILBURY FORT Horse Chestnut G1, LEGISLATE Dynasty G1, THE PLUNDERER Spectrum G3 Fort Wood Horse Chestnut London Wall Restructure Colleen Rapunzelle

Sadler’s Wells Fall Aspen Col Pickering Nalatale Danehill Twine Waterville Lake Cradle Days

Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile, G2, Turffontein, 3 November 2018, 1600m 1 Coral Fever 6 g Judpot (USA) – Coral Tree, by Rich Man’s Gold (USA) 2 Tilbury Fort 5 g Horse Chestnut – Colleen, by Restructure (IRE) 3 Doosra 5 g Captain Al – Caughtintheslips, by Caesour (USA) Age:6; Starts: 23; Wins: 7; Placings: 7; Earnings: R4 118 025 His sire JUDPOT is the sire of 12 stakes winners. In 2018 CORAL FEVER Rich Man’s Gold G1, SNIPER SHOT Rich Man’s Gold G2

2nd dam RAPUNZELLE, Winner in South Africa Dam of 8 winners: Lanate: 4 wins in South Africa, George Azzie Memorial Hcp LR, dam of 5 winners Colleeen: See Above

1st dam CORAL TREE, 2 wins in South Africa Dam of 2 winners: 2012: CORAL FEVER (g Judpot), R130 000NYS, 7 wins in South Africa, Premier’s Champions Challenge G1, Charity Mile G2, Colorado King S G2, Jubilee Handicap G3, 2nd Hawaii S G2, Victory Moon S G3, 3rd Summer Cup G1, London News S G3 2014: CORAL QUEEN (f Sail From Seattle), Winner in South Africa

Broodmare sire RESTRUCTURE is

2nd dam CRIMSON LILY, Winner in

South Africa Dam of 9 winners: RAVISHING: 3 wins in South Africa, SA Derby G1, sire RED BADGE: 7 wins in South Africa, J&B Reserve Stayers G2, Winter Classic G3, Algoa Cup G3, Lonsdale Stirrup Cup G3, 2nd Cape Derby G1 DYNASTY POWER: 4 wins in South Africa Betting World 1900 G2 CORAL TREE: See Above Broodmare sire RICH MAN’S GOLD is the sire of dams of 18 stakes winners – BRAVE MARY Brave Tin Soldier, WAGNER Tiger Ridge G1, ATHINA Fort Wood G1, LOUIS THE KING Black Minnaloushe G1, WHISTLE STOP Silvano G3, PIMM’S Tumblebrutus G2, GORDA DE LUJO Edgy Diplomat G2, NOBLE VINE Tumblebrutus G2, MISTER PRESIDENT Cruise King G3, MARKADO Midnight Foxtrot G3, CEDRO REAL Dushyantor LR, NEPTUNE’S RAIN Antonius Pius G3, FORRIES WALTZ Greys Inn G2, EASY LOVER Right Approach LR, SHOW ME THE MONEY Tumblebrutus G3, NASSA Dynasty G3, CORAL FEVER Judpot G1, SABBATICAL Silvano LR A.p. Indy Judpot Miesque Rich Man’s Gold Coral Tree Crimson Lily

Seattle Slew Weekend Surprise Nureyev Pasadoble Forty Niner Honest Joy Royal Prerogative Run For Lily

The Goldrush Derby Run Merchants, G2, Turffontein, 1 December 2018, 1160m 1 Africa Rising 5 g Visionaire (USA) – Sucha Looka, by Braashee (GB)


CLOUDS UNFOLD

AFRICA RISING 2 Romi’s Boy 5 g Querari (GER) –Larking Around, by Montjeu (IRE) 3 Captain And Master 4 c Captain Al – Scorched, by Jet Master

Western Cape Fillies Championship, G2, 3yof, Kenilworth 27 October 2018, 1400m

Age: 5; Starts: 19; Wins: 7; Placings: 4; Earnings: R1 449 500

1 Clouds Unfold f What A Winter – Montelissima (IRE), by Montjeu (IRE) 2 Temple Grafin f Duke Of Marmalade (IRE) –Inner Temple, by Greys Inn (USA) 3 Santa Clara f Duke Of Marmalade (IRE) –Shina (GER), by Lomitas (GB)

Sire VISIONAIRE is the sire of 6 stakes winners. In 2018 TAKINGTHEPEACE Rambo Dancer G1, AFRICA RISING Braashee G2 1st dam SUCHA LOOKA,Winner in South Africa Dam of 5 winners: 2003:WHAT ME WORRY (f Modern Day), 5 wins in South Africa 2007: SUCHA WONDER (f Way West), 2 wins in South Africa 2011:WOTTAHOTTIE (c Kahal), 5 wins in South Africa 2013: AFRICA RISING (g Visionaire), R625 000CTSRTR, 7 wins in South Africa, Merchants G2, Byerley Turk G3 2014: SUCHA CHARMER (c Visionaire), Winner in South Africa 2nd dam SUCHA CHARMER, Unraced Dam of 10 winners: CHARISMA: 5 wins in South Africa, Len Harvey Memorial Hcp LR STUD MASTER: 13 wins in South Africa and Mauritius, SA St Leger LR Broodmare sire BRAASHEE is the sire of the dams of 4 stakes winners –AFRICA RISING Visionaire G2, DEEPO Albert Hall LR, DYNAMITE MIKE Fard G2, RAMBO’S LOVE Rambo Dancer G3 Grand Slam Visionaire Scarlet Tango Braashee Sucha Looka Sucha Dancer

Gone West Bright Candles French Deputy Silver Tango Sadler’s Wells Krakow Northern Guest Final Wonder

Age:3; Starts: 5: Wins: 4: Placings:0; Earnings: R483 125 Sire WHAT A WINTER is the sire of 4 stakes winners. In 2018 CLOUDS UNFOLD Montjeu G2, MAGICAL WONDERLAND Al Mufti G2 1st dam MONTELISSIMA, Unplaced Dam of 2 winners: 2012: MALACHITE SUNBIRD (f Antonius Pius), Winner in South Africa 2015: CLOUDS UNFOLD (f What A Winter), 4 wins in South Africa, Western Cape Fillies Championship G2, Cape Of Good Hope Nursery G3 2nd dam ISSA Unplaced, Dam of 4 winners: ARRIA: 2 wins in South Africa, Summer Juvenile S, LR Pivotal Pursuit: 6 wins in South Africa, 3rd Senor Santa S G2 Broodmare sire MONTJEU is the sire of the dams of 62 stakes winners –LEGATISSIMO Danehill Dancer, PARISH HALL Teofilo G1, LUCIA VALENTINA Savabeel G1, OBVIOUSLY Choisir G1, JOURNEY Dubawi G1, CHARM SPIRIT Invincible Spirit G1, CLOUDS UNFOLD What A Winter G2, JUST WONDERFUL Dansili G2, I CAN FLY Fastnet Rock

G2, MIME Mastercraftsman G2, SECRET WEAPON Choisir G2, NURSE KITCHEN Savabeel G2, LEADING ROLE Darci Brahma G2, RESTIADARGENT Kendargent G2, DARK PRINCESS Cape Blanco G3, ROCQUES Lawman G3, DREAM AWHILE War Front G3, GIVE AND TAKE Cityscape G3, SACRED LIFE Siyouni G3 Western Winter What A Winter Waseela Montjeu Montelissima Issa

Gone West Chilly Hostess Ahonoora Wassl’s Sister Sadler’s Wells Floripedes Pursuit Of Love Catawba

World Sports Betting Ipi Tombe Challenge, G2, f&m, Turffontein, 1 December 2018, 1600m 1 Nafaayes (AUS) 3 f Exceed And Excel (AUS) –Decelerator (USA), by Dehere (USA) 2 Al Danza 5 m Captain Al –Jet Danza, by Jet Master 3 Sylvan On Fire 5 m Silvano (GER) –Jet Flyer , by Jet Master Age: 3; Starts:5; Wins: 3; Placings: 2; Earnings: R435 500 Sire EXCEED AND EXCEL is the sire of 151 stakes winners. In 2018 NAFAAYES Dehere G2, THERMAL CURRENT Twining LR, RESIN Lonhro G3, QUEEN OF BERMUDA Haafhd G3, DANAWAI Dubawi G3, JULIO Beat Hollow G3, DEGAS Tertullian G3, JAMES GARFIELD Daylami G3, HEAVY METAL Lecture G2, FOLKSWOOD Galileo G3, PERFORMER Snippets G3

1st dam DECELERATOR, 5 wins in USA, Debutante S G3, 2nd Golden Rod S G2 Dam of 1 winner: 2015:NAFAAYES (f Exceed And Excel), $350 000 IES, 3 wins in South Africa, Ipi Tombe Challenge G2, 2nd Starling S G3 2nd dam PARIS ROSE, Unplaced Dam of 2 winners: DECELERATOR: See Above Cool Blue Red Hot: 4 wins in USA, 3rd Dwyer S G2 Broodmare sire DEHERE is the sire of the dams of 102 stakes winners CITY OF LIGHT Quality Road G1, WILL TAKE CHARGE Unbridled’s Song G1, TAKE CHARGE INDY A P Indy G1, MIDNIGHT LUTE Real Quiet G1, FORENSICS Flying Spur G1, HAURAKI Reset G1, TAMARANDO Bertrando G1, SO MANY WAYS Sightseeing G1, MAID OF HEAVEN Smart Missile G1, LADIES FIRST Dylan Thomas G1, GRAYDAR Unbridled’s Song G1, KIDNAPPED Viscount G1, REBEL RAIDER Reset G1, STILL HAVING FUN Old Fashioned G2, VILLERMONT All Too Hard G2, MALAGACY Shackleford G2, BALL LIGHTNING Daiwa Major G2, ACADEMUS Lonhro G2, MORE THAN REAL More Than Ready G2, SET FOR FAME Reset G2, FRIESAN FIRE A P Indy G2, NAFAAYES Exceed And Excel Danehill Exceed And Excel Patrona Dehere Decelerator Paris Rose

Danzig Razyana Lomond Gladiolus Deputy Minister Sister Dot Accelerator Fabulous Notion

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CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE 23 January 2019, CTICC, Cape Town 16 yearlings (10 colts, 6 fillies) on offer from South Africa’s Leading Breeders LOT

SEX

3 11 25 76 86 87 130 137 139 143 160 165 179 182 186 201

f. c. c. c. c. f. c. c. f. f. f. c. f. c. c. c.

NAME

SIRE

Abbey Wood Action Packed Coromandel High Ground Katzenthal Kiss Of Life Prospero Power Ranger Perfect Princess Princess Calla Scented Mistress Shakespeare Say When Summer Sizzler Spry The Ghan

Vercingetorix Querari (GER) Silvano (GER) Querari (GER) Coup de Grace (USA) Coup de Grace (USA) Jackson Silvano (GER) Captain Al Flower Alley (USA) Master Of My Fate Trippi (USA) Silvano (GER) Var (USA) Querari (GER) Vercingetorix

DAM

Air Pocket Arabian Empress Catraz Hollywood Dreams Khonza Kinematic Countess Pailita (GER) Pine Princess Platinum Princess Princess Royal Sainte Camille Scintilla Sky Pirate Sommermärchen (GER) Spring Beauty Thru’ the Tulips

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum’s rising 3-y-o star HAWWAAM (Silvano) - winning the G2 Dingaans by 3,4 lengths on 24 November 2018

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Leading SA Breeder 2017/18 by % Stakes Winners / Winners & Average Earning Per Runner (SPORTING POST - 140 or more runners) BREEDER

RUNNERS

AEPR

S-WNRS

% S-WNRS/WNRS

Maine Chance Farms

157

90,968

9

13%

Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein

208

74,827

10

10%

Highlands

157

67,190

5

7%

Klawervlei Stud

388

54,587

9

6%

Summerhill Stud

352

62,769

5

4%

Our International G1 winning stallions include multiple Champion Sire SILVANO and the exceptional young sire QUERARI INTERNATIONAL G1 WINNER

INTERNATIONAL G1 WINNER

ERUPT (IRE) Dubawi - Mare Nostrum by Caerleon

QUERARI (GER) Oasis Dream - Quetena by Acatenango

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SILVANO (GER) Lomitas - Spirit Of Eagles by Beau’s Eagle

ORT

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VERCINGETORIX (SAF) INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE Silvano - National Vixen by National Assembly

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