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22 G1 winners since 2012 CPYS G1 Winning Graduates since 2012 Contador (SAF) 2009 Soft Falling Rain (SAF) 2009 The Hangman (SAF) 2009 War Horse (SAF) 2009


Yorker (SAF) 2009 Athina (SAF) 2010 For the Lads (SAF) 2010 Forest Indigo (SAF) 2010 Gulf Storm (SAF) 2010 In the Fast Lane (SAF) 2010


Normanz (SAF) 2010 Power King (SAF) 2010 Red Ray (SAF) 2010 Act of War (SAF) 2011 Afrikaburn (SAF) 2011 Carry on Alice (SAF) 2011


Pine Princess (SAF) 2011 Real Princess (SAF) 2011 Silver Mountain (SAF) 2012 Always in Charge (SAF) 2013 Cloth of Cloud (SAF) 2013 Gunner (SAF) 2013


INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE 2 Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2017 - Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Premier Yearling Sale 21 - 22 January 2017

The 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale is proud to present a catalogue of some of the best bred yearlings ever offered at auction in South Africa. All leading local sires are represented as well as leading International sires including Frankel, Rock Of Gibraltar, Pierro and Scat Daddy. The catalogue also features some 75 imported dams from some of the World’s best thoroughbred families. South Africa’s Leading Yearling Sale starts a week before “Met Day”, the highlight of the Cape Summer Racing Season, featuring the following races at Kenilworth Racecourse: Sun Met G1, Investec Cape Derby G1, Klawervlei Majorca Stakes G1, Betting World Cape Flying Championship G1, the CTS Million Dollar - comprising two races of US$500,000 each for CTS graduates of 2015 and the newly announced R1 Million Kuda Sprint - presented by CTS.

South Africa’s Leading Yearling Sale

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www.FreemanStallions.co.za 2016 marked yet another fantastic year for the stallions we manage: Trippi is SA’s newest Champion Sire and produced the winner of the inaugural $1m CTS race. Captain Al achieved his 8th consecutive 2yo Sire Championship and broke Jet Master’s record for stakes winners and stakes races won in a season. Gimmethegreenlight is the new SA Champion Freshman Sire, boasting a Gr1 and Gr2 winner and he started the 2017 season by winning both the of the TBA sponsored R1m races – he is the hottest young stallion in SA. Querari added a Gr1 winner to his retinue and fourteen of our sires’ progeny featured in thirteen of the Equus Award categories. 2016 is a new milestone for our team with the addition of two Horses Of The Year to our portfolio; Futura and Legislate.

Captain Al

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


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

SA Champion Sire 2015

3x Equus Outstanding Sire

8x Champion Sire of 2yo’s Twice Equus Outstanding Sire Sire of 5 Equus Champions Sire of 39 Gr1 horses

16 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 15 Gr1 winners: Albert Mooney, All Is Secret, Captain America, Captain Of All, Captain’s Gal, Captain’s Lover, Carry On Alice, Emerald Cove, Exhilaration, Hill Fifty Four, Pine Princess, Cloth Of Cloud, Always In Charge, The Secret Is Out & Kremlin Captain

Sire of 18 Gr1 horses


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

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.

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

2016 Champion Freshman Sire Cape Outstanding new Stallion

Equus Horse of the Year 2015 Equus Champion Older Male 2015 Equus Champ Middle Distance 2015 Gr1 J&B Met

1st 3yo in 40 yrs to win the Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate

Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate

Highest rated 3yo in SA 2012

Gr1 Champions Cup twice incl new track record

Only horse to beat dual Horse of the Year Variety Club - TWICE!!

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

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

MR 120


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

Breathtaking class & movie star looks - MR 124

New Freshman Sire sale record: R1.7m

Jay Peg

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

Up with the best in 2016 stats

The best Classic Horse in SA 2011/2012

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

Gr1 Champions Cup, Gr1 Cape Derby, Gr1 Daily News 2000 & 2nd Gr1 Queen’s Plate (twice)

Highest stakes earner in SA history - R40 million

Immediate damline of sires: Smart Strike (Champion), Strike Smartly, Sky Classic, Sail From Seattle etc

Beat 8 international Gr1 winners when breaking the Gr1 Dubai Duty Free record

1st yearlings on sale 2017


Dynasty - Champers (Restructure) - Bay 2010 - 16.1 ¼ hh

Jet Master - Promisefrommyheart (Elliodor) - Bay 2009 - 16.2hh

Equus Horse of the Year 2014 Equus Champion 3yo Equus Champion Middle Distance Equus Champion Miler

The product of a series of Champions

Gr1 Durban July Gr1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge Gr1 Daily News 2000 Gr1 Investec Cape Derby

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

1600m track record Gr2 Green Point S.


Master Of My Fate

19 starts, 7 wins, 8 places, R5.76m INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

8 starts - 6 wins in a row in 8 months

Champion Sire Jet Master Champion dam Promisefrommyheart Champion Broodmare Sire Elliodor

1st yearlings on sale 2017

Pathfork (USA)

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

Philanthropist (USA)

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

2nd leading Freshman Sire by stakes wins (June 2016)

2nd leading Freshman Sire in SA by stakes (2016)

Irish Champion 2yo

A APEX - amongst the Top 20 sires in the world

Undefeated at 2 yrs including Gr1 & Gr2 Highest rated 2yo in Ireland 2010 TFR 119

Sire of 2 Champions from his 1st crop: Pender Harbour & Phil’s Dream

Family of Northern Guest, El Gran Senor, etc

Leading 2nd crop sire at NYS - yearlings made up to R1.4m 2015 & R1.1m 2016

Son of sensational dual Champion Sire Distorted Humor, 18 Gr1 winners, 136 SW, 55 GSW and over $120m

Potala Palace Singspiel - Alignment (Alzao) - Bay 2008 - 16hh

First stakes winners in SA already on the board

Querari (GER)

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

Outstandingly bred Gr1 winner

2015 Champion Freshman Sire - Cape

Defeated Gr1 winners Gimmethegreenlight, Fighting Warrior, Wagner, Pierre Jourdan, Link Man, Royal Bencher, Love Struck etc

Sire of Gr1 winner Querari Falcon - 2016

Linebred to one of the best sire producing families in the world - the Simon’s Shoes family of Sadler’s Wells, Nureyev, Thatch, etc

Top rated in Germany 2010 - TFR 121

1st yearlings on sale 2017

Trippi (USA)

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

Champion & Gr1 winner beat 4 champions Son of leading UK sire Oasis Dream 3x winning dam, daughter of Champion 2yo & 3yo filly Quebrada

Twice Over (GB)

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

SA Champion Sire 2016

Dual Champion Racehorse

Champion 1st Season Sire 2012

Won 4 Gr1 races & over $4m 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 Gr1 races

Sire of Equus Champion Older Female Hammie’s Hooker Sire of Equus Special Achievement Award 2016 Damsire of Liam’s Map - dual Gr1 winner in USA (2015) Leading Sire of 3yo’s 2015 & 2016

What A Winter

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

1st yearlings 2016 made: R1.1m, R1m, R700k, R575k, R500k etc

Wylie Hall (AUS)

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

Equus Champion Older Male 2012

1st Gr1 Champions Challenge - beat Majmu

Equus Champion Sprinter 2012

1st Gr1 SA Derby

Equus Champion Sprinter 2013

1st past post Gr1 Durban July

Joint 3rd highest rated sprinter in the world 2013

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

Won 12 races and placed 5 times in 22 starts - 15 of his starts in Graded races Won or placed in 8 Gr1 races

Leading Freshman Sire in the sales ring 2016

Half-brother to ABSOLUTE CHAMPION Champion Sprinter - 1200m track record 15 sire sons of Redoute’s Choice have already produced stakes winners - eight of them have Gr1 winners

Jackson, Master Of My Fate and Potala Palace’s first yearlings go on sale in 2017 and we are very excited about the reports we have received from breeders. Dual European Champion Twice Over and Triple Champion What A Winter’s first runners hit the track this season. What A Winter was the leading new sire by sales stats and Twice Over sold yearlings of R1.1m, R1m, R700k etc. Exciting times we live in. Thank you for your continued support. Stallion Syndicates managed by: FreemanStallions PO Box 50875, Waterfront, 8002 Tel: +27 (0)21 418 0566 • Fax: +27 (0)21 418 0254 • Cell: +27 (0)82 777 8117 john@johnfreeman.co.za • www.freemanstallions.co.za • www.johnfreeman.co.za INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE facebook.com/freeman.stallions twitter.com/freemanstallion






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elcome to our 18th edition of International Racehorse Magazine. With a string of celebrities passing away, Brexit, US Presidential elections, refugee crises and ongoing financial turmoil dominating news media outlets, I’m delighted to say that within these following pages, you will only find what you are most passionate about, horse racing. Its beauty, splendour, passion and personalities. But there’s me preaching to the choir again. We hope you enjoy what we have put together, we enjoyed doing so immensely.

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News of the Sun Met broke just after our previous edition.The Cape’s most famous race,The Cape Metropolitan Stake, will don a brand new jacket in 2017, with Sun International stepping in to refresh this iconic race. Along with big names, Investec, GH Mumm, CTS, Klavervlei and Kuda, this race is set to become the biggest on African soil with near to R20 Million available on race day. More about this on page 10 & 18. Michele MacDonald spends some time with trainer Bob Baffert. Baffert’s recent success makes him the only trainer in history to win America’s richest race,The Breeders’ Cup Classic, run over 1 1/4 miles, three consecutive times with three unique stars. More about this on page 40. Michele then turns to three times recipient of an Eclipse Award and shoe in for her fourth, the magnificent mare, Beholder, fresh from yet another Breeders’ Cup Distaff win. With plans for her to be bred in 2017, this was her last race.We look forward to more from this iconic mare. Read all about her on page 96. On page 66, Liesl King spends a morning with legendary South African trainer, Dennis Drier.With nearly 50 years of training under his belt, this turned out to be a titillating morning. Liesl also shares with International Racehorse Magazine her first racing experience in the USA, yes that is not a typo! Liesl travels to Santa Anita, California for her take on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on page 60. There is quite a lot more to get through, so I won’t keep you. We at SilverMane Media/International Racehorse Magazine thank you for your ongoing support during 2016 and look forward to a fantastic 2017. Have a peaceful festive season and if you are travelling, return home safely. See you at the track.

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he abundant stakes and racing opportunities of the Sun Met, celebrated with Mumm, are serving to stimulate the South African horse racing market and attract local and international buyers to this prestigious event.

The stakes are high for the Western Cape’s flagship race, the Metropolitan Stakes, totalling R5 million. Other races, including the CTS Mile and the CTS Sprint, have stakes of US $500 000 each, and a newly conceptualised two-yearold race, the Kuda Sprint, has a stake of R1 million. The prestigious racing day has attracted a range of premium sponsors, and the boosted prize money is contributing to raise the standards of racing on the African continent. In January 2016 Investec sponsored the Day of Dreams, which incorporated three prestigious races, the Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, the Investec Cape Derby and the CTS Million Dollar – Africa’s richest thoroughbred race. These took place on 23 January 2016 at Kenilworth Racecourse, and the first five placers walked away with a total of US$1 million. Investec is returning the Cape Derby to the Sun Met, celebrated with Mumm, as well as Klawervlei with the Majorca Stakes. Additionally Cape Thoroughbred Sales have also agreed to add their seal of approval with both their US$500000 sales races. Therefore, in 2017, the 13-race Sun Met, celebrated with



Prof Van Niekerk - Sponsorship advisor to Investec, Klawervlei, CTS and Kuda

Mumm, will be returning to the previous festival format, boasting the Grade 1 Metropolitan Stakes, the Grade 1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship, the Grade1 Investec Cape Derby, the Grade1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, the Grade 2 Western Cape Stayers, the Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes as well as the two US$500 000 CTS sales races. The newly conceptualised race, the Kuda Sprint presented by CTS, is a R1 million race for two-year-old graduates of the 2016 Lanzerac Ready to Run Sale, and the 2016 Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale, both presented by CTS. Investec’s proud association with horseracing Investec has two flagship equestrian event sponsorships. The first being the world’s greatest flat race, the UK’s Investec Derby at Epsom Downs at The Investec Derby Festival. Heralded as a highlight of the British Summer season, and well known for its high fashion and high stakes. Its second is the homegrown Investec Cape Derby. “Equestrian sport has a heritage that matches Investec’s values – we see dedication and skill, energy and entrepreneurial flair, passion and progress in each event,” says Janet Larsen, Head of Group Marketing, Investec South Africa. “We believe that the Sun Met, celebrated with Mumm, will maintain its status as the leading fixture on the South African equestrian calendar, with the Investec Cape Derby as one of the leading races in the event.”

Smart Call, winner of the Met 2015. Photo credit Liesl King

How CTS sales enhance SA racing Last year’s 1400 metre CTS Million Dollar has been split into two races – a 1200 metre race, the CTS Sprint, and a 1600 metre race, the CTS Mile. “The US$1million stake has been split across these two races.This appeals to a broader range of participants, and so more horses will race on the day,” says Adrian Todd, MD of Cape Thoroughbred Sales. “This increases the opportunities available for graduates of the CTS yearling sales in South Africa.” And if the same owner has a winning horse in both races, they will win an additional US$1 million. All the horses that run in the CTS Mile and the CTS Sprint are purchased on auction from Cape Thoroughbred Sales, which is an independent, commercial sales company dedicated to the growth of horseracing and the thoroughbred breeding industry.

this year, can run almost immediately in January, before being eligible for the two CTS races for three year olds in the following year. “The Metropolitan Stakes now carries a stake of R5 million, and this coupled with the CTS races of US$1 million means that people now have the opportunity to race for serious money,” says Todd. In fact, CTS’s January Cape Yearling Sale is now attracting more and more international purchasers who are drawn to the potential of high-stakes racing in South Africa. “It’s putting South Africa on the map internationally – making it a destination that’s coupled with the lifestyle of the Cape – so we’re starting to see strong participation.”

The eligible horses are sourced from three CTS sales throughout the year – the Cape Premier Yearling Sale, which is the world’s only thoroughbred sale held indoors in an inner-city environment – the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the CTS March Yearling Sale and the Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale.

Elite sponsors support a leading race day The high calibre of the event is evidenced by the quality of its other sponsoring brands. Sun International was unveiled as the new title sponsor of the race day in September 2016. At the glittering launch event, Sun International COO Rob Collins explained that a few months earlier, they had been asked by Phumelela CEO Rian du Plessis and Tellytrack boss Rob Scott to take over the sponsorship.

In addition, the Kuda Sprint presented by CTS now presents an opportunity for two-year-old CTS graduates, because horses that are purchased in Cape Town at the Lanzerac Ready to Run or at the Emperors Palace Ready to Run

“We leapt at the opportunity and are deliriously excited to be involved,” says Collins. He followed up by saying that The Metropolitan Stakes is one of the oldest horse races in South Africa, and has a longstanding history and esteemed legacy



Investec Derby. Photo credit Liesl King

“As an innovative House celebrating the most daring achievers, Maison Mumm prides itself with a long history in the field of horse-racing,” says Etienne Cassuto, brand “The calibre of horseracing is unparalleled and has raised manager of Mumm. “From our founders’ passion for racing the standard of horseracing on the African continent,” in the 19th century to our partnership with the Melbourne he added. “Given the gaming and social history of The Cup in Australia and the Kentucky Derby in the USA, Mumm Metropolitan Stakes, the synergy between our two premium has always been an icon of victory - celebrating the most entertainment and hospitality brands was immediately clear. intense sporting achievements.” Sun International is therefore delighted and honoured to be They have partnered with Sun International to sponsor the associated with this prestigious event.” Sun Met, celebrated with Mumm. “We are thrilled to have According to Mervyn Naidoo, divisional director of Sun partnered with Sun International to bring our prestigious International Western Cape, the title sponsorship of the and iconic festivities to the Sun Met, celebrated with Mumm, Sun Met, celebrated with Mumm ties in directly to Sun and set a new beacon of celebration on the South African calendar,” says Cassuto. International’s brand values. spanning many decades, which is why Sun International have chosen to associate themselves with the event.

“We are extremely thrilled to be involved with one of Africa’s most prestigious horseracing events. At Sun International we pride ourselves on offering the best hospitality, entertainment and premium guest experiences and we look forward to bringing this to life at the Sun Met, celebrated with Mumm in 2017.”

See you at the races! The Sun Met, celebrated with Mumm, with all its participating races and sponsors, continues the proud history of The Metropolitan Stakes – a glamorous event in the fairest Cape. With boosted stakes and a booming thoroughbred sales market, the event continues to attract global and local Collins says that they have been inundated with partners who attention for both serious horse racers and high society. And want to get involved. International beverage house Pernod as the sponsors and organisers work together, the standards Ricard have added their backing with premier champagne will continue to be raised, further stimulating the market and brand G.H. Mumm, which already has an association with the horseracing industry in South Africa and on the African horse racing via the Kentucky Derby and the Melbourne Cup. continent.





Klawervlei Stud bred runners earned in excess of R32 MILLION IN STAKES LAST SEASON 2015-16

Klawervlei Stud bred ALWAYS IN CHARGE - 2016 Equus Champion 2yo Colt. Won 2016 Gold Medallion G1.

ROCK OF GIBRALTAR (IRE) has 10 yearlings included in the Klawervlei CPYS draft of 2017.

The Klawervlei Stud bred ILLUMINATOR winner of the inaugural running of the CTS MILLION DOLLAR Klawervlei Stud bred REAL PRINCESS - 2016 Cape Champion Sprinter. Won 2016 SA Fillies Sprint G1.

Klawervlei Stud raised THE SECRET IS OUT - 2016 Cape Champion 2yo Filly. Won 2016 Allan Robertson G1.


Klawervlei Stud bred CARRY ON ALICE - Cape Champion 2 & 3yo Filly. Won INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE 2016 Computaform Sprint G1.


$1 000 000

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Champion SA Breeders 2014 & 2015

Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2017 58 of South Africa’s best FRANKEL (GB) has 4 yearlings included in the Klawervlei CPYS draft of 2017.

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Sun Met Launch

The Sun Met celebrated with Mumm on 28th January 2017 will celebrate glamour and sophistication at the historic event held at Cape Town’s Kenilworth Racecourse and bring the Maison Mumm’s signature global celebratory experience to South Africa.



Kentucky Derby. Photo credit Michele MacDonald

“As an icon of victory, the Maison Mumm prides itself with a long history of celebrating daring achievements and accompanying champions in their success, we could not have asked for a better partner than Sun International in the thrilling project of bringing to life the most exciting day of races on the continent. Our long term partnership will see the brand push the limits of innovation and bring its avantgarde ethos to the forefront of South African celebrations” says Mumm Brand Manager, Etienne Cassuto.

they established a new branch of the family business in the region, with a branch office in Rheims.

Maison Mumm’s own vineyards today cover nearly 218 hectares. The vineyards, in which Pinot Noir is highly dominant (78%), particularly in the Montagne de Reims, spread over the Grand Cru vineyards of Cramant and Avize devoted to Chardonnay in the Côte des Blancs and the Vallée de la Marne, where Pinot Meunier prevails. Maison Mumm realised the importance of establishing a system Dating back to the 12th century with a lineage of barons to ensure the highest quality, supervising every stage in and knights, by 1761 the Mumm family had established a production, from grape-growing practices in all its vineyards business as wine producers and merchants in Cologne, to the crucial pressing process. Germany, creating their own wine from their large vineyards in the Rhine Valley. Recognising the sales potential Mumm is part of Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët, the of sparkling wines in the Champagne region of France, prestigious cognac and champagne business of Pernod



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Ricard, world’s co-leader in Spirits & Wines. With its distinguished heritage, Mumm is the leading international champagne House in France and third worldwide. Mumm Cordon Rouge, recognizable by its red ribbon - a symbol of excellence - is the perfect embodiment of the spirit of the House: it stands out through the freshness and intensity of its style, which successive generations of cellar masters have successfully maintained and handed down. Sun International launched their sponsorship of the Sun Met celebrated with Mumm in September this year where the who’s who of the media, fashion and entertainment industry all gathered to witness the birth of something special. The local partnership with Sun International sees Mumm bring a third major horseracing event to its global stable as the champagne brand has already a long track record of being the official champagne partner to the iconic



races of the Melbourne Cup in Australia and the Kentucky Derby in the USA. To celebrate their first year of partnership at the 141st Kentucky Derby, the weekend immersed over 750 fans into a Virtual Reality post Derby G H Mumm experience, sold over 12 000 units of champagne and engaged hundreds of celebrities in a charity bottle signing, and introduced the Champagne Spray by the winning jockey. G H Mumm at the same time received naming and branding rights of the new G H Mumm Winner’s Circle. Mumm is the official champagne in the Melbourne Cup Carnaval, the most prestigious, high-profile sporting event in Australia. As ‘the race that stops the nation’, it attracts over 313,000 guests and is broadcast to 700 million people across 160 countries.

MAISON MUMM This Festive season Maison Mumm Champagne is offering South Africa the limitededition Porsche gifting pack-2 icons of energy, vibrancy and creativity.The Maison Mumm Porsche Design Studio gift packs will be in store over season for the Mumm Brut and Rosé variants.They will be available at limited retailers (Makro, PnP, Norman Goodfellows, Liquor City) at an RSP of R429.00



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HELLO SUMMER Cape Town’s temperate Mediterranean climate lends itself perfectly to an idyllic summer destination. December and January are particularly big months in the Western Cape’s tourism industry and given the new spread of grand racing festivals and yearling sales at that time of the year, fans can build holiday activities around significant racing events.





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Kentucky Derby and Melbourne Cup and are now thrilled to bring their dare-win-celebrate concept to the new Grade 1 Sun Met, taking place on the 28th January 2017. It promises to be a sensational day at the track, loaded with premium Grade 1 showdowns and lucrative incentive races over a variety of distances. Sun Met day offers prize money totally unprecedented in South Africa - the prestigious event will be soaked with style, a sense of daring and a celebratory vibe. There will be four Grade 1 races on the big day. Global financial services and banking group, Investec, who are lead


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By Michele MacDonald

ust two years ago, in the autumn of 2014, major American media outlets such as the Associated Press and ESPN focused on what was called Bob Baffert’s “0-for-12 skid” in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. In their portrayals, the famed white-haired trainer just couldn’t hone one of his stable stars sharp enough to get the job done in the continent’s richest race over 1 ¼ miles at the end of the season. Fast forward to 2016 and there was Baffert in the winner’s circle at Santa Anita Park, hoisting up his third consecutive Breeders’ Cup Classic trophy and grinning the jubilant smile that comes with reaching a heretofore unclimbed summit of professional achievement. In the relatively short span of time since early November 2014, Baffert transformed his record from never having won the Classic to now standing as the only trainer in history to win the race three times, not to mention three consecutive times and with three extraordinarily different types of runners. This year’s winner, the relatively untested three-year-old Arrogate, drew from his trainer the highest kind of compliment:a comparison in raw talent to his 2015 victor,Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, the only horse in history to stride triumphantly through the Grand Slam of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic. “Every year I’ve been so lucky,” a gratified Baffert reflected after witnessing Arrogate catch and then surpass California Chrome, America’s all-time leading earner and this year’s Dubai World Cup winner, in the Classic stretch. “I always say: ‘How am I going to top this year?’ And it’s been going on for all my life.This is what keeps my juices flowing. “I’m telling you, after American Pharoah retired last year, I was in a really - I wouldn’t say a funk, it was just like a lull.You know, I really missed that horse so much. I still miss him.” Yet, in one of those twists of fate that make horse racing such a magical sport, another horse was placed in American Pharoah’s Stall 33 in Baffert’s Barn 5 at Santa Anita Park, and that horse turned out to be Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate, a son of Unbridled’s Song purchased by Prince Khalid Abdullah’s stable specifically to be trained by Baffert. 42


In the winner’s circle are: jockey Mike Smith, Baffert’s son Bode, Baffert & Garrett O’Rourke, manager of Juddmonte’s Kentucky farm.

Maybe it was just coincidence or maybe there is some kind of special good fortune inside Stall 33. Or maybe the paths trod by Arrogate and American Pharoah happened to intersect with Breeders’ Cup Classic glory due to Baffert’s uncanny ability to bring out the best in a young horse. “He’s in the same stall that Pharoah was,” said Baffert, emphasizing the serendipity. “It’s incredible that I’ve been so lucky. … Who’d have thought I’d have another horse like American Pharoah? (Arrogate) is doing some of the same things as Pharoah did. “Somebody up there is really looking down on me,” Baffert added, glancing at the heavens above him. Arrogate and American Pharoah both proved themselves to be brilliant, extraordinary runners, although their careers have developed totally differently. By the time his juvenile season had ended, American Pharoah reigned as a champion and winner of two Grade 1 races with his Grand Slam just ahead of him. Arrogate, on the other hand did not make his debut on the racetrack until April of this year; the Classic marked only Arrogate’s sixth start. But before those two came along, Baffert’s breakthrough star was the blocky bull of a colt named Bayern, who stormed his way through the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic. A three-year-old, just like American Pharoah and Arrogate at the time of their Classic victories, Bayern bumped into 2013 champion two-year-old Shared Belief soon after the break to seize an early lead that he never relinquished, turning back both eventual 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome and UAE Derby winner Toast of New York in a dogged three-way fight to the wire. An anxious Baffert watched the race with trepidation and then nervously waited for the photo finish image and for the stewards to review the roughly run contest. “It’s been so long waiting (for a Classic win), I was like, ‘Lord, you can’t take it away from me now. I couldn’t breathe the last 20 yards,” Baffert said immediately after that race. “It’s been so many years in the making and to finally get it done was just so great.”

Arrogate catching and passing California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza

When he was asked during that post-Classic news conference if he was happy that the media would stop asking him about why he had not won the race, Baffert quipped: “There’s always something that they have to ask me. ‘What haven’t you done yet,’ you know? But I guess the next question is ‘When are you going to be on Dancing With the Stars?’ or something like that.”

“It’s a lot of pressure to train a horse like this because I didn’t want to let the horse down and I didn’t want to let the fans down,” Baffert explained. “I’m just so proud of him; it’s like watching my child out there.”

“This was for Pharoah,” exclaimed an emotional Baffert, knowing he would have to say good-bye to his Triple Crown winner just two days later when the colt was retired to Coolmore’s Ashford Stud. “We wanted him to go out the champion he is. “It’s a horse racing fairy tale, and I just happen to be in it,” he added almost reverently.

Baffert related that the gray Arrogate, who is sculpted like an equine linebacker with a massive frame but who is agile and quick, experienced sore shins as a two-year-old and was sent to the sidelines to recover and grow into his body. That decision was endorsed by Juddmonte’s American farm manager, Garrett O’Rourke, who has worked closely with Baffert on

Baffert frequently said he had waited his entire life for a horse like American Pharoah to be in his hands. Owner and breeder Bayern, a son of Offlee Wild who was well regarded after his Ahmed Zayat had sent the bay son of Pioneerof the Nile to the Haskell Invitational Stakes win but was not a Classic favorite, Racing Hall of Fame conditioner after buying back the colt on a succeeded by only a nose in the field of 14 in what would be bid of $300,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale. the best effort of his career, one that he could not duplicate as a four-year-old. His time of 1:59.88 stands as one of only six sub-two Zayat said he just had a feeling that this colt was worth a lot more minute clockings for the Classic. than that amount of money, and indeed, the rest of the story evolved into the stuff of legends - and a stud deal worth many With American Pharoah, there was a huge expectation and the millions. corresponding pressure. After the colt’s first loss of the season in the Travers Stakes, in which he was pushed early by Frosted on Curiously, there was never any chance that Arrogate could even the day after an overly energized gallop in front of 15,000 exultant try to duplicate American Pharoah’s Triple Crown tour de force, Saratoga Springs fans, Baffert said he felt a visceral urge to win the which had followed a drought of 37 years without a hero capable of sweeping all three Classic races. Classic - mainly for the colt’s sake.



American Pharoah Breeder’s Cup Classic 2015

choosing a special handful yearlings of auction each year and then the subsequent development of those youngsters. Arrogate had been a $560,000 purchase from breeder Clearsky Farms at the Keeneland September sale, and a delay to his career could not have been welcome news. But both Baffert and O’Rourke thought there could be better days ahead if they gave him time to mature. “I remember calling Garrett around October (just before American Pharoah’s Breeders’ Cup Classic). I said, ‘Garrett, I think I’ve found one that’s going to pay for all of them.’ I said, ‘I think we’ve stumbled on to a really good horse,’ ” Baffert related. “And he showed run as a two-year-old, (but) he had some shin problems. He was a big, tall horse, so Garrett said, ‘You know what, just give him the time. Don’t worry about it.’ ” Their patience was rewarded, even though Arrogate did not make his first career start - and this puts the Classic into even a sharper perspective - until three weeks after California Chrome had captured this year’s $10 million Dubai World Cup in a performance that catapulted him to the top of the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings. Arrogate’s debut at Los Alamitos Race Course was not sparkling. After breaking slowly, he found himself in tight quarters around the far turn until he produced a rally that came up short. He finished third, a half-length and a neck behind the winner, Westbrook, who has not been able to win again since then. 44


However, Arrogate has proved unstoppable after that entrance to racing, and he blitzed through a maiden event at Santa Anita and allowance races at that track and Del Mar prior to Baffert shooting at bigger targets. Despite what happened with American Pharoah at Saratoga in 2015, Baffert sent Arrogate to the Travers for what was his first-ever run in stakes competition. With Preakness winner Exaggerator and Belmont winner Creator in the field of 13, it was a most demanding assignment - at least on paper. Once Arrogate left the starting gate, only stable mate American Freedom and Laoban briefly went ahead of them. Soon, Arrogate was bounding along in front, setting strong fractions but never seeming to take a deep breath. The chart of the Travers includes phrases like “extended his stride” and “widened away,” but those words don’t come close to the power of the performance, which Arrogate accomplished in only 1:59.36 and by 13 ½ lengths. It was the fastest Travers performance in the 147 years the venerated race has been run. “I still can’t believe the way he kept on rolling. It was just incredible,” Baffert said. Defying the conventional path that other trainers might have taken had they possessed a colt like Arrogate and with a target like the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Baffert decided to just train him from the Travers on August 27 to the Classic on

California Chrome (3rd), Toast of New York (2nd) and winner Bayern, trained by Bob Baffert & ridden by Martin Garcia BC Classic Finish 2014

November 5, with no prep race in between.

had been so successful with American Pharoah.

The unorthodox approach had worked with American Pharoah, Baffert noted, and Arrogate had never really been pushed in his training to accomplish what he had in the Travers.

“You can do that when you have a great horse,” Baffert said. “We show up for the big days, we lead them up there, and you just pray and hope that they show up.”

“We never let him go in the mornings. We never let him run,” Baffert said. “He came around on his own.”

Arrogate most certainly showed up, and he was well respected for the Classic. Made the clear second choice in the field of nine that included the likes of last year’s runner-up Effinex; Godolphin’s at times brilliant multiple Grade 1 winner Frosted; Keen Ice, the 2015 conqueror of American Pharoah in the Travers, and another Baffert trainee, multiple Grade 1-winning Hoppertunity, Arrogate did not soar to the early lead as he had in Saratoga.

Although apparently meant as an amusing prank, Baffert had the sale ticket signed with the name “Ed Savant” when he bought Bayern as a two-year-old for owner Kaleem Shah at the FasigTipton Midlantic auction. Yet savant, which means sage or guru, probably most accurately describes what Baffert is and how he operates as a trainer. He relies on his unique instincts in both picking out young horses, as he did with Bayern and Arrogate, and developing them and others into the array of champions he has trained. A former Quarter Horse jockey, he has frequently said that he learned to train on his own, and continues to train, by “trial and error mostly error. “You want them to have fun,” he said of the horses in his care.“If I don’t like the way a horse looks, if he has his ears pinned back, I’ll send him to the farm, let him go be a horse for a while.” With Arrogate, a fresh colt who clearly possessed extraordinary talent, Baffert’s instincts told him to just train from the Travers to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, particularly since the same tactics

Instead, jockey Mike Smith, the winningest rider in Breeders’ Cup history, patiently waited in third early. Victor Espinoza sent California Chrome to the lead, a strategy that had been so successful for him in a series of devastating wins over the summer capped by a pair of Grade 1 events, the Pacific Classic and Awesome Again Stakes. Coming out of the far turn, Espinoza started looking over his right shoulder to see who might be coming to challenge. Smith ducked inside with Arrogate, going past Melatonin, and Espinoza prepared for the challenge to come up the rail. But Smith, knowing that California Chrome has preferred to run in the clear and not be stuck on the rail, pulled Arrogate back outside just at the time Espinoza was turning around to look again, this time over his left shoulder - and finding to his apparent surprise that Arrogate was not there. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


Bob Baffert stands smiling in front of Arrogate after the winner’s blanket of flowers has been placed on the colt’s withers

With Smith having won the cat-and-mouse game, Arrogate powered closer until he finally was head to flank and then shoulder to shoulder with California Chrome. His nimbleness in going first inside and then back outside, without losing his momentum, was remarkable for a big colt and so was his finishing kick. As if suddenly propelled by an otherworldly force, he drew away from his older and far more accomplished rival and crossed the finish line a half-length in front. The time of 2:00.11, with the conditions factored in, yielded a lifetime best Beyer Speed Figure for California Chrome at 119. But Arrogate earned a 120 figure and also passed California Chrome to stand atop the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings at an assignment of 134, which, incredibly, is one pound higher than the assessment given by the rankings committee to American Pharoah at the same point in his career. Smith spoke for many when he described Arrogate’s Classic finish, which is likely to earn the colt an Eclipse Award as America’s champion three-year-old male, especially considering that the winners of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes (Nyquist, Exaggerator and Creator) had been retired before the season-capping Classic.

three-year-old that’s only run five times. He literally was prancing after the race was over. Most horses hang their heads and have to take a breath or two before they can even turn around and come back after going a mile and a quarter. He hadn’t run in two months and he was literally dancing. The outrider couldn’t believe it. He goes, ‘Are you kidding me? This horse is dancing like this?’ And I said, ‘He’s just got air forever,’ ” Smith said. “Arrogate wasn’t even blowing when he came back,” Baffert noted. “It was like, when are we going to do this again?” Baffert and O’Rourke both paid tribute to Prince Khalid, who had the idea to make a new West Coast stable in the mold of the string of Grade 1-winning horses he once had with the late Bobby Frankel, for whom he named his great and undefeated European champion Frankel. Juddmonte President Dr. John Chandler summed up the international operation’s Classic experience by saying, simply but profoundly, in light of the many other outstanding runners campaigned by Juddmonte: “This has got to be one of the greatest things we’ve done.”

Always playfully witty, Chandler then made a wry observation “I was just in awe of what he did and the horse he beat,” considering the storylines just two years earlier, before Bayern Smith said. “He was relentless - he never stops. He’s got some broke through the barrier and set Baffert on an unprecedented stamina and Bob’s done a great job. The horse has only run Classic roll. five times and he beat California Chrome. That’s incredible. “Now Bob appears to own the Classic,” Chandler said. “We’ll This horse ran a race that you just don’t see from a young have to call it the Baffert Benefit after this, I think.” 46



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MAGNIFICENT SEASIDE SETTING Surrounded by the lush, coastal splendour of the Eastern Cape, The Wild Coast Sun offers outstanding accommodation with 396 seafacing and garden facing rooms which include, Twin, King and Family rooms. As well as 7 suites and 2 gracious Presidential Suites which have stunning ocean views paired with private balcony. The Presidential suites sleep 2 and come with a king size bed, separate lounge area, kitchenette and dining area, as well as an en-suite bathroom with a jacuzzi, bath and shower.

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The Breeders’ Cup Trophy is an authentic bronze reproduction of the original Torrie horse that was created in Florence by Giovanni da Bologna in the late 1580s. The horse is an ecorche, showing the muscles of the animal in detail.

BREEDERS’ CUP 2016 FROM BEHIND THE LENS MICHEL E M ACDONA L D Beginning with the dramatic three-way finish in the 1984 C l a s s i c , t h e B r e e d e r s ’ C u p h a s c h a rg e d t o t h e f r o n t o f the worldwide racing stage. Thirty-two years and 288 C h a m p i o n s l a t e r, t h e e v e n t h a s t r a n s c e n d e d t h e s p o r t i t s e l f . INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


4th November 2016 Race 6: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. 1) 1 Mile, $1,000,000 for 2 Year Old Colts & Fillies

Oscar Performance & Jose Ortiz for trainer Brian Lynch

Tamarkuz & Mike Smith for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin

Race 7: Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. 1) 1 Mile, $1,000,000 for 3 Years Old & Up



4th November 2016 Race 8: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I) 1 Mile, $1,000,000 for 2 Year Old Fillies

New Money Honey & Javier Castellano for trainer Chad Brown

Beholder & Gary Stevens for trainer Richard Mandella

Race 9: Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr.1) 1 1/8 Miles, $2,000,000 for 3 Years & Up Fillies & Mares



Champagne Room & Mario Gutierrez for trainer Peter Eurton

Race 4: 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) 1 1/16 Miles, $2,000,000 for 2 Year Old Fillies 56


5th November 2016 Race 5: Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr.1) 1 1/4 Miles, $2,000,000 3 Years & Up Fillies and Mares

Queen’s Trust (GB) & Lanfranco Dettori for trainer Sir Michael Stoute

Drefong & Martin Garcia for trainer Bon Baffert

Race 6: Twin Spires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) 6 Furlongs, $1,500,000 for 3 Year Olds & Up



5th November 2016 Race 7: Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr.1) About 6 1/2 Furlongs, $1,000,000 for 3 Year Olds & Up

Obviously (IRE) & Flavien Prat for trainer Philip D’Amato

Race 8: Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr.1) 1 1/16 Miles, $2,000,000 for 2 Year Old Colts & Fillies

Classic Empire & Julien Leparoux for trainer Mark Casse

Race 9: Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr.1) 1 1/2 Miles, $4,000,000 for 3 Years Old & Up

Highland Reel (IRE) & Seamus Heffernan for trainer Aidan O’Brien 58


Finest City & Mike Smith for trainer Ian Kruljac

Race 10: Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) 7 Furlongs, $1,000,000 for 3 Year Olds & Up Fillies & Mares INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


5th November 2016 Race 11: Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr.1) 1 Mile, $2,000,000 for 3 Year Olds & Up

Tourist & Joel Rosario for trainer William Mott

Arrogate & Mike Smith for trainer Bob Baffert

Race 12: Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr.1) 1 1/4 Miles, $6,000,000 for 3 Year Olds & Up





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2016 BREEDERS’ CUP One track, 2000 horses, thousands of people, outriders, media, palm trees and burritos! Welcome to the 2016 Breeders’ Cup held at Santa Anita Park, in Arcadia, California. And before you ask where Arcadia is, it is roughly 21km northeast of downtown Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Behind the San Gabriel Mountains lies the Mojave Desert hence the vegetation in Arcadia leans towards palm trees, while the weather is temperate all year round. A very confusing fact for a visitor from the Southern Hemisphere! 62


Songbird at dawn






Racing at Santa Anita


notice two things on arrival at Los Angeles airport. The Hollywood sign up on the hillside (hey I have finally seen it in real life!) and the searing heat. This is the Northern Hemisphere where it is currently late Autumn/early Winter in a country where it always snows, right? Yet I might as well be home in the Cape on a hot January summer’s day. The 30 degrees Celsius scrambles my brain, it is just all wrong.

organised chaos, with the track roughly resembling Grand Central Station at rush hour.

Brought out onto the track by ponies, horses work clockwise at a slow pace to warm up before doing their pace work in the opposite direction. Now I understand the role of the outriders, as loose horses seem to be the order of the day and one colliding with a horse at speed, would not be a pretty sight. The sheer magnitude of horses (roughly 2000 are stabled at Santa Anita), A ride to my hotel, the charming Days Inn in neighbouring Duarte, makes it very hard to recognize individual runners as they whiz again surprises. Downtown Los Angeles has no mansions and past. The Breeders’ Cup Classic runners are all sporting bright there is practically a Starbucks on every corner. I am in heaven, well yellow saddlecloths, but trying to find a runner competing in any at least as far as my favourite tipple is concerned. By now I have one of the other races, is nigh on impossible. been awake for roughly 42 hours. Thankfully my body eschews jetlag and I crash the minute my head hits the pillow. The alarm They are all wearing colour-coordinated saddlecloths, but with 13 going off at what seems to be precisely 30 minutes later is not a Breeders’ Cup races, I soon give up trying to remember which welcome noise, but trackwork calls and I drag myself out of bed. colour belongs to which race. Thankfully greys are a rarity and I spot Frosted quite quickly. Arrogate, another grey, jogs past with It’s still pitch dark when we arrive at Santa Anita Park. I have been a pony and all I see is his massive bum. That colt has a massive promised spectacular sunrises, but apparently that only happens engine I remember thinking. Three days later he would defeat around 7am, so time for a quick cup of coffee. Out on the track American’s darling, California Chrome, to win the Breeders’ Cup the horses have already been hard at work since 4.45am. Here the Classic. One horse I particularly wanted to see was Songbird. majority of the horses work on dirt track, with only the handful Unbeaten in eleven starts, she is on my list as a ‘must see in the of internationals stepping out on the turf. As the first glimmers of flesh’ horse. I almost miss her. By the time the warning comes, light brighten the scene, I witness what can only be described as “that’s her”, I have just enough time to snap a few photos as she



strides past in the half-light, clinking her bit and blowing steam. It was to be one of my endearing memories of the trip and one of my favourite photographs. The horses work in four individual sessions, with a procession of giant tractors coming on in between to groom the track. I stick a foot under the rail to get a feel of the dirt. And it is just that, dirt. Not the sand of the Meydan dirt track, no pure dirt. It compacts easily and I can see the need for the regular loosening of the surface. Another difference here is that everything has a pony to lead it onto the track, possibly control it while it warms up and then catch and lead it back. Once the O’Brien string appears trackside the next day, I begin to understand the need for these ponies. Used to the green turf tracks of Ireland, where each group works in single file at a steady pace, theses Irish imports were completely lost. Horses whizzing past in all directions did nothing to improve their mental state and even globetrotting Highland Reel did some interesting sideways and upwards manoeuvres on the track, while sweating profusely.The juvenile fillies’ eyes are on stalks as they ping-pong around the track and it thus comes as no surprise to see the Joseph O’Brien trained Intricately being ponied.Well not quite, as much to the bystanders’ delight, Joseph himself was doing the ponying. 66


The Breeders’ Cup goes by in a blur of colour and new terminology. Backstretch, stretch run, breeze, shed row, wraps, while betting terminology offers terms such as show, wheel and breakage. I feel like an alien in a world that should be completely familiar to me. The racing however is familiar. Great horses duelling down the home straight, fierce competition and gallant winners. This is the Breeders’ Cup after all. I will forever remember the head-bobbing duel of Songbird and Beholder in the Distaff. I fell in love with Beholder during morning trackwork and was thrilled when she won. A great mare bowing out with a great victory. Highland Reel and I are old acquaintances and when he was allowed to skip clear in the Turf under Seamie Heffernan, I knew that the rest would have a devil of a job catching him.The Classic was billed as belonging to California Chrome, but remember that giant grey backside of Arrogate? Well it did what any good engine does. It propelled Arrogate down the straight and into history. From a claiming race to Breeders’ Cup Classic victory in three races, extraordinary! My time was up, my first racing visit to the States coming to an end. I had always been rather hesitant to come, due to the unfamiliar dirt racing and the different drug rules, but it was worth every minute of the 40-hour flight to get there. And I will definitely be back next year. After all, I am now rather addicted to burritos for breakfast!

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Dennis Drier with Master of My Fate

Text & Photos by Liesl King




ennis Drier has arrived in the Cape for his annual raid on the Cape Summer season.A friendly, approachable trainer, he is always happy to chat. With almost 50 years of training under his belt, I think one can safely say that there is very little about training a racehorse that Drier doesn’t know. Hence I grabbed the opportunity to get to know the man behind the ready smile, a little better. It turns out his yearly visit is not actually a visit, as Drier is a born and bred Capetonian, who sports a blue-blooded pedigree when it comes to racing.



“My dad was a jockey, but I lost him when I was ten. My mom is Syd Laird’s sister and she never remarried till much later, so I spent most of my time at my grandfather’s Roamer Lodge in Milnerton. I attended Christian Brothers College (CBC) Green Point and I remember playing under-ten rugby on Green Point common. My mom had to work, so I had to catch a bus from Green Point to the Cape Town Parade and from the Parade back to Milnerton to get home. Then my mom and uncle decided to send me to boarding school to CBC Kimberley. It was a long journey by train and I only came home twice a year. It made me tough. I have had my ups and downs but you don’t seem to remember the downs”, he reminisces.

Master of My Fate

Having grown up around racehorses, one would have thought that Drier could not wait to become a trainer himself. Yet it was the last thing his family wanted. “My uncle wouldn’t let me come into the horse business as I was a good sportsman. I played cricket for Western Province Cricket Club and rugby for Villagers in between playing for Milnerton. Milnerton wouldn’t release me and so I had to play for Villagers under a different name, Dreyer instead of Drier. My family wanted me to persevere with my sport but the love for the horse was never out of my veins.” Upon leaving school, Drier took up a position with clothing manufacturer Rex Trueform as a trainee rep. Drier takes up the story. “In 1968 I was working for Rex Trueform and Syd didn’t have an assistant. He phoned my mom about something and I happened to be home that evening. So I asked him what’s happening. He told me to organise some boxes as he was coming down to the Cape in two weeks. So I asked him who is going to look after the horses in Durban and he said I am still looking for someone, he said ‘I think Freddy Chappell’, who was a retired trainer. So I said no, I’ll come. So he said listen I don’t want any shit from your mother. Speak to mom and if she agrees you can come. So

I spoke to mom and she was happy with my decision. She knew where the blood was flowing. My boss at the time said sometimes these family things don’t work out so if you ever come back to Cape Town, your job will be here waiting for you. He was such a nice guy. But I never came back. I have been in Durban ever since.” Having trained some outstanding sprinters, as well as a July winner, I ask Drier which of the great horses he has work with stand out for him. I was expecting his July winner Spanish Galliard to occupy top position, but he surprises me, when he names a far more recent star as the best horse he has ever trained. A horse he refers to simply as Master. “Great horses? I have had some greats; Master (Of My Fate), hell that was some horse. He was the best horse I have ever trained. I won the July with Spanish Galliard. He was just an honest, honest horse, didn’t know what it was to run a bad race. I think he ran second in every single feature I entered him in. He ran second in the Champions Stakes, second in the Queen’s Plate and second in the Met. He ran second in everything. I brought him here once and gave him a run in the Cape Merchants and he ran second in that too. And then his



Master of My Fate

day came. Well drawn, well weighted and he won the July. But he wasn’t as good as Harmony Forever or Master Of My Fate. “Master you never saw the best of. Even the years with my uncle,Yatagan, Politician, Ocean City and I still rate Master as the best I have ever trained. He was so unlucky in the Met; he got so badly interfered with. How he didn’t come down I don’t know and he still managed to run fifth. He had killed the horses that finished in front of him in the Premiers and the Peninsula Handicap. He won the Premiers and they gave him 14 points. They all said there is no way he can win the Peninsula, but he did. We never saw the best of him.” The look of sadness as he remembers the premature end to Master Of My Fate’s career is almost unbearable. “His injury started here, in the Met. Once we got back to Durban, Sean (Cormack) said he isn’t lame, but there is just something. We checked and the vet checked, but we couldn’t find



anything. Then we got the farrier to change his shoes; we thought maybe his feet were bothering him. Then the one morning I just gave him a little pace work on the top grass at Summerveld. Now I love that top grass, all my feature winners work on it, all of them, even the two-year-olds. I love that track, but he came out of that gallop not so well. “The vet thought he had given his tendon a rap, so we scanned him and there it was.There was a hole in his tendon. Sean had felt it all along, yet he was never lame. It was there and he was telling us. He should have been unbeaten. He was a naughty boy, but he was never malicious. Sean always said, if I fall off Chave De Oura I will shit myself because he will have a go at me, but if I fall off Master he wouldn’t do a thing. You know those big Dutchmen that are so strong, but they don’t know how strong they are and when they put their arm around you, they squash you? That’s what Master was like. He was never malicious.

Miss Frankel and Sean Veale



Miss Frankel

“The first time he was beat, I said to Sean, don’t knock him about. It was a twenty-horse field down the straight at Clairwood. A 1200m and at the 400m he was still second last and he only got beaten half a neck. After that he won six in a row, straight into the Met. He was only just becoming a horse. You never saw the best of him,” Drier reiterates again, making sure that I understand just how good his beloved Master was. Master of My Fate retired to Varsfontein Stud and one can but hope that some of that fleeting brilliance will shine again in his offspring. Drier may still miss Master, but as the old saying goes, “no trainer ever committed suicide with an unraced two-yearold in the barn”, and Drier has plenty. One in particular, a chestnut filly by the name of Miss Frankel, brings a gleam to his eye. By the unbeaten Frankel who commands a stud fee of a mere £125,000 out of the Equus Champion



Sprinter Val De Ra, Miss Frankel is almost as blue-blooded as Drier himself. Statistically speaking, only 5% of stallions are successful at stud, yet Frankel has taken the world by storm. Not only has his offspring commanded staggering prices with two fillies selling for €1,8 million and €1,9 million respectively, but 15 of his 35 offspring to race, have won on debut. I wonder aloud what the pressure must be like to train such an expensive, well-bred filly. Drier however seems unfazed. “I have known Pippa (Mickleburgh, Avontuur’s Stud Manager) and the Taberer boys forever and that made it very easy. At first I was very, very nervous and then I thought, ‘hey you trained the mother and you couldn’t have done any better with her, she only got beat twice. And you are under no pressure to run the filly further than a 1000m, 1200m’. Then when I gave her her first canter, then I wasn’t worried anymore. She gave me goosebumps. She is a just a natural. It is all so effortless for her. But listen when she has her first run I will most probably be sitting in the loo”, he concludes with a chuckle.

KENILWORTH RACECOURSE SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER 2016 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas First leg of the SA Triple Tiara SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER 2016 Grand Parade Cape Guineas First leg of the SA Triple Crown FRIDAY 6 JANUARY 2017 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Festival Double Header Sceptre Stakes SATURDAY 7 JANUARY 2017 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate / Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2017 Sun Met celebrated with G.H. Mumm Champagne / Investec Cape Derby Klawervlei Majorca Stakes / Betting World Cape Flying Championship Kuda Sprint / CTS Sprint and CTS Mile



2016 - A GREAT YEAR FOR BSA! By Sarah Whitelaw | Photos by Candiese Marnewick

Bloodstock South Africa graduates enjoyed another tremendous year in 2016, when they proved competitive at the highest level both locally and abroad.


he year kicked off in great style, when BSA buy, Legal Eagle (Greys Inn –Young Sensation), landed the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth. Bred by Avontuur, Legal Eagle, a R325 000 purchase from the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, would go on to win both the G1 HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes and G1 President’s Champions Challenge. The Sean Tarry trained gelding would later be named Horse



Of The Year (the third consecutive BSA graduate to win that award) and Equus Champion Miler and Older Male. Legal Eagle, who recently made a promising return to racing, looks on track for another tilt at the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate. Legal Eagle, however, was by no means the only Bloodstock South Africa graduate to garner Equus Award honours. The Cheveley Stud bred, Bela-Bela (Dynasty –Mystic Spring), and the Mauritzfontein Stud bred, Marinaresco (Silvano- Gay

Fortuna), were named Equus Champion 3YO Filly and Colt/ Gelding. Bela-Bela, the regally bred half-sister to ill-fated champion, Rabiya (Jallad), cost R1.4 million at the 2014 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale and enjoyed a magnificent season in 2015-2016, when her four wins included the G1 Woolavington 2200 and G2 Daisy Fillies Guineas. Marinaresco, who, like Legal Eagle, looks a major challenge for G1 races in 2017, was yet another Bloodstock South Africa purchase who shone during the year. The son of Silvano scored an extremely emotional win when providing retiring legendary trainer, Mike Bass, with a final win in the very fittingly named G1 Mike And Carol Bass Champions Cup on the final day of the 2015-2016 season. Marinaresco, who cost R1.3 million at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, also won the first two legs of the Winter Series and finished a close second in the G1 Vodacom Durban July. Another BSA graduate who did himself proud during 2016 was the Lammerskraal Stud bred, Abashiri (Go DeputyDonya).The gelding made his R400 000 price tag at the 2014

Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale when he lifted the 2016 South African Triple Crown, a series which includes the G2 Gauteng Guineas, G1 SA Classic and G1 SA Derby. In the process, Abashiri picked up a R2 million bonus for his sweep of the Triple. Other BSA graduates to pick up major feature races during the season included Juxtapose, who won both the G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic and G2 Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks, and It’s My Turn who showed his class when romping home to a two length win over the Australian bred Brazuca and subsequent major feature race winners, Marinaresco and Black Arthur, in the G1 Investec Cape Derby. First BSA sale of the year was the 2016 Val De Vie Yearling Sale, which took place at Val De Vie Estate on February 14th. The one day sale was topped by lot 9, a Var colt consigned by Varsfontein Stud as agent, knocked down to Adriaan Van Vuuren’s Misty Meadows Racing for R1 500 000. Named Varlocity, the colt is a half-brother to ill-fated G1 Golden Horseshoe winner, War Horse (Victory Moon) and the Van



Vuuren owned G2 Supreme Cup hero, Deputy Jud (Judpot). Val De Vie graduates of 2015 also made their mark on the South African turf this year, with graded winners and classic hopes, Doosra, Final Judgement, Gold Standard, and Hack Green, all having been purchased at this sale. The National Yearling Sale is South Africa’s oldest premier yearling sale, and churns out champions (Legal Eagle and Marinaresco being just two such examples) on a regular basis. The 2016 sale, which was held at the end of April, was topped by a Wilgerbosdrift consigned Trippi filly named Lara Yara, who was knocked down to Form Bloodstock for R2.5 million. Lara Yara is out of the stakes winning Tiger Ridge mare, Ilha Grande, a daughter of former Horse Of The Year, Ilha Da Vitoria (Candy Stripes). Top priced colt sold at the 2016 National Sale was the Silvano colt, Pietro Mascagni, who was consigned by Varsfontein Stud. A half-brother to former 2YO Sale topper, La Roquette, Pietro Mascagni is out of a full sister to former Equus Champion 2YO Colt, Ice Cube (Western Winter). KZN’s Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale is one of South Africa’s most



popular and progressive yearling sales in the country, and was once again well supported in 2016. Top lot sold at this year’s KZN Sale was Graham’s Fame, a colt by the hugely promising young sire, Philanthropist (Kris S), who was sold to Mario Ferreira for R1 050 000. The colt, consigned by Highlands Farm, is out of a mare by Philanthropist’s close relative, National Assembly and hailed from the same family as the very fast fillies Franny (Trippi) and Sweet Sanette (Jallad), among others. With new sales races on offer for its graduates, the 2016 National Two Year Old Sale proved one of the hits of the South African equine auction calendar. Both the aggregate and average price were up on last year, with the average price rising by nearly 35%. Progeny of Maine Chance Farms’ champion sire, Silvano, were once again in demand, with the top lot being a Silvano colt consigned by Klipdrif (as Agent). The colt, a halfbrother to G2 Betting World 1900 winner and former July hope, Solid Speed (Dynasty), was sold to Form Bloodstock for R2 100 000. Bloodstock South Africa would like to thank once again all its loyal vendors and buyers for their ongoing support and wishes them all the best for 2017!



Rachel Hawkins

Text & Photos by Liesl King

L’ O R M A R I N S Q U E E N ’ S P L AT E R A C I N G F E S T I VA L

In a first for South Africa, the 2017 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival will be held over two days, in a similar fashion as overseas racing festivals, such the five day Royal Ascot Festival. Eight races are carded for Friday the 6th of January, including the Gr.2 Sceptre Stakes, a weight for age race for Fillies and Mares over 1200m. L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate’s inaugural, exclusive Garden Party will also take place on the Friday. Guests can look forward to feasting on bottomless champagne and sumptuous picnic baskets, while listening to the soothing sounds of a four-piece jazz band.



Legal Eagle


aturday, the 7th of January will feature a ten-race card including two Grade 1 races, the R1 million, Gr.1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes (WFA) for Fillies and Mares over 1800m and the main feature of the Festival, the 156th running of the R1 million Gr.1 L’Ormarins Queens’ Plate (WFA) over 1600m. Both races are “Win and You’re In” Breeders Cup races, meaning that victory in either race entitles the winner to run in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup races on the 3rd and 4th of November at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, San Diego, California. The Breeders’ Cup is consider to be the World Championship of horseracing and spanning over two-days, with prize money in excess of $26 million, it attracts the best horses, trainers, and owners from across the globe. In 2016, the filly Smart Call won the Paddock Stakes and her connections decided to take up the offer to run her in the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf held at Santa Anita Park, California. Unfortunately Smart Call injured herself just before the race and had to withdraw. In another exciting move however, it was recently announced that a shipment including some of South Africa’s best racehorses could possibly depart for the United States in early March. Once their 60-day on arrival quarantine is completed, these horses would be eligible to take part in such



Smart Call

races as the Gr.1 Arlington Million, the Gr.1 Beverly D Stakes and of course the Breeders’ cup itself. Derek Brugman, the man behind the innovative scheme explains: “The idea is to fill a plane with 15 of the best horses. We have written to trainers and already the owners of Marinaresco and Silver Mountain have said they want to join us.We are waiting to hear from others and we will probably throw in the July winner, The Conglomerate. The horses will do whatever South African quarantine is required, probably a fortnight for the various injections and vaccinations to be done.They will then fly to New York at the end of February or the beginning of March and do a 60-day lockdown in the quarantine station there. It has become too cumbersome to travel via Mauritius and our horses will now be able to use a treadmill when they are in the quarantine station. We can decide about who will train them at a later stage but the idea is that they will take on the turf horses in the States.” An exciting move that is bound to attract some high class competitors to both the Gr.1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes and the Gr.1 L’Ormarins Queens’ Plate. So pencil those dates into your diary and come and enjoy the high-class racing, world class entertainment and stylish blue and white theme of the 2017 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Festival. 80


SATURDAY 7TH January 2017

Kenilworth Racecourse, Cape Town

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ain conspired to cut short the final meeting of the Air Mauritius International Jockeys’ Challenge but those in attendance at Turffontein Racecourse were treated to the famous Frankie Dettori flying dismount, not once but twice. And those in attendance didn’t have to wait long either as the captain of the international team delivered with his first ride of the day, aboard the Joe Soma trained Turn Back Time, as his side tried to peg back the deficit.

Heading into the meeting each of the respective captains were rooted to the bottom of the rider’s standings but that changed very quickly in Johannesburg as S’manga Khumalo delivered aboard Duzi Moon in the sixth race. “The race was easy for me. It’s great for the public and for me that the fight is back on and were catching up,” Dettori said after his win in the opener. “Shot!” he added, using one of South African racing’s more popular expressions.



The double was completed for Dettori after the seventh as he got Seattle Lady home for an easy victory and in turn sealed up the Victor Ludorum prize, not only for the day, but for the overall competition. For that particular winning interview, Dettori recalled how a bird had provided some lucky inspiration earlier on that morning.

His personal haul on the day of 72,5, each jockey was awarded 8.5 points for the abandoned race, was enough to push his persona tally up to 87,5 for the two-legged series and ensured he edged out Gavin Lerena by a slim two point margin.

Muzi Yeni had earned the Victor Ludorum prize in Fairview but he couldn’t sustain the effort at Turffontein with his best finish being a fourth in the sixth race although he did add “I was standing under the tree and a bird pooped on my suit. consistently add to the team cause. The boys said it was lucky and it turned out that way,” the “It’s been brilliant. From the minute we set foot in this legendary Italian said. country everybody’s been so great and hospitable. We really But any hopes that Dettori had of his team catching the enjoyed ourselves, we had a great team, good craic,” Dettori South African team were dashed in spite of his personal said after receiving his respective awards. heroics given that the local riders consistently found the placings and ended up taking the honours once again. It is the The awards ceremony was also used as an opportunity to seventh time the South African side have come out tops in raise money for Freddie Tylicki, paralysed in a recent fall, with this annual event. The internationals have managed to claim Dettori’s silks from the day autographed by both teams and auctioned off. two victories.



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FIND THE NEXT WINX THIS JANUARY The world’s bloodstock focus will be firmly on Australia’s beautiful Gold Coast in January when Australia’s leading thoroughbred sales company hosts the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.


ith the first of six days of selling from January 11, the Gold Coast auction will present the finest yearlings from across Australasia – going under the hammer at Australia’s holiday playground. Magic Millions is proud to be the number one source for Australian racetrack stars – selling more gallopers who win Group One and stakes races than anyone else! Leading the way is champion mare Winx, the highest rated racehorse on turf in the world. She was unbeaten during last season and has stretched that sequence with another string of feature wins.

Her scintillating performance in October’s Group One WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley, was regarded by many as the best single performance turned in by any galloper in the world in 2016. The eight length win was a record winning margin in the Southern Hemisphere’s weight-for-age championship for the Australian bred and Gold Coast sold product. Winx, sent for a spell after her back to back Cox Plate win, will return to training for an autumn campaign in Sydney before she ultimately is aimed at a third straight Cox Plate – something



never achieved by a mare and only once, by champion gelding Kingston Town. So good is Winx – she has now soared past Australia’s previous champion galloper Black Caviar for prizemoney earned – despite having two fewer runs to date. The success of Magic Millions graduates is highlighted by Winx – but the efforts of other star recent graduates including Golden Slipper winner Capitalist ($165,000 purchase – earnings of over $3.5 million) and globe trotting sprinter Buffering ($22,000 purchase – earnings of over $7.3 million) show the incredible value and success achieved by an Australian bred, Gold Coast sold lot. Already in the new racing season Magic Millions graduates have included Group One winners Global Glamour ($65,000 purchase for 40 women across the world and winner of two Group Ones in a week), Lasqueti Spirit (all the way classic



winner of the VRC Oaks), Palentino (Group One winner at three and four) and Awesome Rock (winner of the $2 million Mackinnon Stakes). Let’s not forget the efforts of Black Heart Bart, a Perth Yearling Sale graduate, who cost $20,000 and has already earned connections over $2.78 million. With graduates like those and Winx a trip to the Magic Millions Yearling Sales in 2017 is a must for serious investors. The excitement commences in January on the Gold Coast and then heads around the country. There are over 90 individual sires represented by yearlings on the Gold Coast in January and as always the catalogue will have a great selection of future stars to suit every budget. For more information on the Gold Coast Yearling Sale and all of the other Magic Millions auctions and news visit www.magicmillions.com.au.




Globally owned Dual Gr1 Winner Cost $65,000 | Earnings $648,500


World’s Highest Rated Mare Cost $230,000 | Earnings $9,348,175


Australian Champion 2YO of 2015/16 Cost $165,000 | Earnings $3,545,900

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By Candiese Marnewick

RIVETING WIN FOR DES SCOTT Irish juvenile colt Rivet added yet another European Gr1 win to his sire Fastnet Rock’s score, and made news locally when it emerged that he is bred by a South African that has been passionate about the Thoroughbred breed for almost 60 years, namely Des Scott. 90



es owns Highdown Stud in partnership with Robin Scott, trading as Scott Bros in Nottingham Road for almost the past 50 years, and has produced many a Gr1 winner and an abundance of Graded Stakes winners, so many to date that the count has been lost. A magnificent farm that brought several concepts to the farming side of South African breeding, which included the barn-style stable almost 50 years ago, it is the residence of several stallions including Gr1 Middle Park Stakes winner Crusade (half-sister is dual Gr1 winner by Galileo, Seventh Heaven) and the international Group winning producer, Mogok, as well as home to Gr1 Breeders Cup winner Miesque’s Approval. Des developed a powerful association with the hugely

successful racing stable of Terence Millard and saw amongst his many racing successes, the great Devon Air and Illustrador powering to Durban July victories in the red sleeves, black shirt and white Maltese cross colours of Des Scott. Apart from importing high quality mares from overseas that produced the likes of Ipi Tombe,Teal, La Fabulous and Politician, the farm in Nottingham Road always kept an association with Coolmore that saw mares regularly shipped between the African and European continent, with Des extending his interests to breeding in Australia. This resulted in a number of fillies imported back to South Africa and headed to their KZN breeding establishment. The farm has also had great success with purchasing horses from Argentina. Des Scott is no stranger to producing big race winners overseas and they include the third dam of top South African freshman sire, the German-bred Querari. Queen To Conquer had eight wins including the American Gr1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes and the Gr2 Ramona Handicap. Robin Scott had his own success breeding a Gr3 winner at Royal Ascot named Cutting Blade who went on to stud.

The juvenile colt is out of Galileo mare Starship, with Rivet being her seventh foal. Starship is out of a General Assembly / Green Dancer mare, and had three wins from her seven starts with one place. The Galileo mare was bred by Lester Piggot in partnership with Mr A Hirschfield. Rivet debuted at Ascot to finish a promising second under top jockey Ryan Moore, just a length and a quarter off the winner. A month later at York under Frankie Dettori, Rivet broke his maiden impressively, keeping on strongly to win by almost four lengths in a hands and heels ride. His next start was in the Gr2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster in September, this time under Andrea Atzeni. Driven to the outside in the final furlong, he finished by a head to Thunder Snow, who would go on to win the Gr1 Criterium International at the end of October. Rivet lined up at Newmarket in the Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes, and after sitting comfortably just a length off the leader, he finished in fifth just three lengths off Churchill. Andrea Atzeni once again picked up the ride over a mile in the Gr1 Racing Post Trophy, two weeks after the Dewhurst Stakes.

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Devon Air. Supplied by Scott Bros

Des and Robin Scott. Photo credit John Lewis

lead of the pack and settling nicely to bowl along under Atzeni. Nearing the 400m mark Atzeni asked the question and Rivet went forward easily to extend himself without too much effort, making the victory look an easy one ahead of Yucatan by almost two lengths in a time of 1:37.08. Maureen Haggas, a daughter of part owner Lester Piggot commented after the Gr1 win: “My mother bought the grand dam a long time ago from Anthony Oppenheimer. The dam is a half-sister to Superstar Leo so it’s a great family we know really well and one that keeps giving. Everything we’ve bred from the mare has been a good one. We’ve sold them all bar this one and a mare that we’ve got in foal. It’s great we kept this one. “All of them out of the mare have had very good minds and he is the same. He’s very laid-back. He’s relaxed at home and never overdoes it. He’s taking his races well and still looks well. I think he’ll start at a mile next year and it’s up to William and the owners what they do.” In turn the colt provided Andrea Atzeni with his fourth victory in the Gr1 Racing Post Trophy, etching his name into British racing history after becoming the first jockey to win this specific Group One race in a row. The bay colt has won £210,481, and has earned himself a 92


Illustrador. Supplied by Scott Bros

well deserved rest before he is possibly aimed at the Classics, beginning with the 2000 Guineas in May next year, after relishing the mile in his last start. Being out of a Galileo mare his pedigree suggests he will find more and go further. Andrea Atzeni commented on Rivet’s performance after the race: “He really wanted it today. He gave me a great feel and two out I thought it would take a good one to get by him. “Mr Haggas said to let him enjoy himself. The horse is very genuine and stays well. He probably didn’t like the ground but obviously goes on it. He’s a lovely horse who will definitely go on next year. He’s still unfurnished and will be better next year.” Des and Robin Scott won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 at the provincial KZN Breeders Awards, recognising almost 50 years of breeding excellence which included the great Politician at the beginning, and more recently The Apache, and local Gr1 and Equus winners Wild One and Talktothestars. Congratulations to Des Scott on an extraordinary feat and being rewarded sixty years into a lifetime’s passion of horse racing and breeding, both locally and internationally. Rivet based on his juvenile year performances, will provide much joy and excitement to his owners when he returns in his three year old year. Watch this space.



Callan Murray & Smart Mart




outh Africa has a rich history of producing generation after generation of great jockeys. Not only have these jockeys performed exceptionally well at home, but they have also done so on the international stage. Michael (Muis) Roberts was crowned as the British Flat racing Champion Jockey in 1992, while Basil Marcus won the Hong Kong Championship seven times, before Douglas Whyte, followed in his footsteps, winning the Championship a staggering 13 consecutive times. Internationally successful jockeys such as Felix Coetzee (Hong Kong), Glyn Schofield (Australia), Karis Teetan (Hong Kong) and Barend Voster (Singapore) are all products of the South African Jockey Academy. It should therefore come as no surprise that the latest two stars on the SA racing scene are the 2016 Champion Apprentice Callan Murray and runner-up Lyle Hewitson. Although he is only finishing his apprenticeship on the 9th of January, Murray is already a regular rider for the powerful



Text & Photos by Liesl King Mike de Kock stable. Earlier in the year he partnered Fursa (AUS) to victory in the Gr.2 SA Fillies Nursery and recently he steered the De Kock trained Smart Mart to victory in the Listed Kenilworth Cup. While Hewitson, who started at the Academy in January and was only allowed to start race riding in March, spends his time flying around the country, getting as much daily riding experience as he can fit into 24 hours. His victory aboard Captain Splendid in the East Cape Derby for the Snaith Racing Stable, led to a Vodacom Durban July call up, a mere four months after he started race riding! Hewitson recently rode the Ernst Oertel trained Ibn Harmany Al Zobair to victory at the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, where the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship formed part of the proceedings. Murray will soon be on his way to Australia for a three-month stint with David Hayes. Amazing opportunities for both at such a young age. Would it be difficult to stay grounded after such

Lyle Hewitson winning on Ibn Harmany Al Zobair. Photo credit Erika Rasmussen

an incredible start to their careers and after having seen what the international racing world offers, I wondered? “It really has been a great start to my career and I thoroughly enjoy the racing and success that has come with it. I’ve always tried to remain humble with all the success I’ve had. The person I was when I started is the reason for most of my success - so I’ve had no reason to change that”, explains Murray. Hewitson concurs: “I am fortunate to come from a great family who have taught me so much, and that coupled with attending a school like Kearsney College, being humble and grateful has been deeply instilled in my moral being. This is a tough game - as quickly as things can go well, they can go the other way too…” While Murray came to the sport at the suggestion of a family friend, Hewitson has racing and horses in his veins, as his father, Carl Hewitson is a former jockey. Was there ever a time when you wanted be something other than a jockey, I ask Hewitson. “As a young kid I always dreamt of being a professional soccer player (if being a jockey was not possible!). During my high school career, there was always a concern I would be too heavy to be a jockey, and so I pretty much decided that if I couldn’t do that, I would go on to study medicine and become a equine veterinarian. Gladly though it all worked out and I am currently living my dream!” I quiz Hewitson further on his goals for the season and his

Abu Dhabi adventure. Without hesitation he spells it out for me. “100+ winners, graded victories and the title of Champion SA apprentice.” With Murray about to complete his apprenticeship and Hewitson having two years left, I’d say those goals are pretty much a done deal! Hewitson continues: “SAJA was invited to send through an apprentice to take part in the apprentice carnival in Abu Dhabi & I was fortunate enough to be selected to go on SA’s behalf. In order to ride in the Champion Apprentice Finale race, apprentices had to have taken part in the other legs of the apprentice challenge throughout the year. Naturally I had not been to any of these and hence was not eligible to ride in that race. Mr. Oertel (an ex South African trainer) had however noticed that I would be there and took a chance and put me on at declarations - for which I am so grateful!” He does admit however that riding an Arabian is very different from riding a racehorse. “They seem to be much more temperamental and therefore it is paramount to be on their good side from the moment you jump on. Arabs are also slower than thoroughbreds on average, and take a strong ride, although not necessarily too much whip persuasion”, he explains. Hewitson describes his first international win as an incredible experience, especially as he was riding against some world-renown jockeys. International riding experience is key to becoming a great jockey. Riding styles differ all around the world and being able INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


Callan Murray & Fursa

to adapt to the different styles of riding and racing, makes a jockey a valuable commodity on the international circuit. Murray is also off on an international adventure, as he will be joining legendary trainer David Hayes for a three-month stint. Such opportunities are hard to come by and Murray is extremely lucky to be offered a chance to learn a new skill set so early on in his career, something he understands all too well. “Riding overseas will give me the opportunity to learn many lessons. I think one of the most important will be racing at unfamiliar courses with unfamiliar horses and jockeys. It will take me out of my comfort zone that I have at our local tracks and teach me to ride in different, more testing circumstances. I will be working for Mr. Hayes who is mainly based at Lindsay Park, but also has a City yard in Flemington. I will most probably rotate between the two for work purposes.” Murray’s greatest skill is probably his positive attitude and belief that he can win on any mount. It is this same belief that he can win on any horse, regardless of whether it is the favourite or a complete outsider that has helped a fellow ex-Academy jockey, Karis Teetan, consistently finish in the top five in Hong Kong, one of the hardest and most competitive racing jurisdictions in the world. “I try to be positive regardless of the horse’s likelihood to win - being positive helps me to make better decisions when I am needed to. I also go through my form as thoroughly as possible before the race so I know exactly what the horses around me are capable of and how I can beat them. Recently I’ve put heaps 96


of focus into the more technical aspect of races such as the pace and times that the races are run at and I’ve found it’s made a huge difference although I guess there is nothing quite like feel for a horse.” Both Murray and Hewitson state without hesitation that the place they would most like to ride is Hong Kong. “Definitely Hong Kong”, says Murray. “It has the most competitive racing in the world and only the best make it there. Going there would not only be a huge challenge but also a huge opportunity to prove myself on the world stage.” Hewitson agrees. “Hong Kong! It is the pinnacle of horseracing in the world and is extremely competitive and intense… Looking past the money aspect, it is the best of the best at all times in terms of the riders against which one competes.” And that door is already opening. With the success of South African jockeys in Hong Kong, it comes as no surprise that the Hong Kong Jockey Club has already taken note of both youngsters, requesting HKJC journalist Andrew Hawkins to interview both on a recent visit. Just for fun I ask which race they most want to win. With the July usually top of everybody’s list, it is rather refreshing to see that these two have a broader outlook. Murray lists the Queen’s Plate and the Melbourne Cup as the races he most wants to win, while Hewitson, having had a ride in the July, lists the July and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as the ones topping his list. Two young stars; dreaming big and with the world their oyster. It doesn’t get much better than that.



Richard Mandella & Jockey Gary Stevens Distaff Trophy 2016

Text & Photos by Michele MacDonald


BEHOLDER She has big, alluring eyes, long, lithe legs and a heart she freely gives



It’s no wonder followers of American racing have been smitten with her over and over again.Those qualities alone are enough to make her irresistible. But there is so much more to Beholder. The one-of-a-kind mare, who is a sure bet to win her fourth Eclipse Award championship after her scintillating win by whiskers over top younger female Songbird in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Park, has given new definition through her racetrack feats to the ideals of class and courage. “It’s kind of become a love affair, her and us,” said Beholder’s

Breeders’ Cup Distaff 2016 - Eye to Eye down home straight with Songbird

trainer, Racing Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, as he prepared to part with the mare he clearly doted on, feeding her peppermints and stroking her softly. “And not just with me—with everybody.” Mandella’s long romance with Beholder, a six-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes bred by the Mitchell family’s Clarkland Farm of Kentucky and raced by Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes, likely will never end, as she is the type of horse who is simply unforgettable. But she left his barn in mid-November after giving him, her other connections and fans the greatest run of her life while delivering the third Breeders’ Cup win of her career, an unprecedented achievement on dirt. Only one other horse, Alain and Gerard Wertheimer’s brilliant mare Goldikova, has won three Breeders’ Cup races in the 33-year history of the event after prevailing in the Mile on turf each year from 2008 to 2010. From now on, Beholder’s only races will be in the paddocks at Spendthrift, near Lexington. With plans for her to be bred in 2017 to Uncle Mo, Hughes hopes she will transfer her energy into raising a new champion, although he candidly confided that it likely will be impossible for any other horse he breeds or owns to equal her standards.

“I don’t know what I did to deserve her,”said the 83-year-old Hughes. “I don’t think I’ll ever have another horse like this.” Echoing Hughes and Mandella about her accomplishments, Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens was awed by the willpower Beholder displayed in her last and most remarkable race. “I’ve had some good feelings in racing, but this is tops,” Stevens, 53, declared after relating how he sent Beholder after pacesetting and previously unbeaten Songbird a bit earlier than he typically would have and reached even terms coming into the stretch of the 1 1/8-mile Breeders’ Cup Distaff. “I squeezed Beholder. She gave it to me and poked her head in front, and Songbird came back again. (Beholder) actually put Songbird away three different times through the stretch,” Stevens said. “(Beholder) laid her heart out there on the racetrack and gave me absolutely everything that was running through her veins.” Beholder’s battle with Songbird, and ultimate triumph in a duel that neither should have lost, is the epitome of everythingThoroughbred racing is supposed to be, and, as is typically the case, is the culmination of many years of dedication by everyone around her. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


Beholder. Photo credit Jon Siegel

Breeders Fred and Nancy Mitchell have been raising horses on the 400 acres of their Clarkland Farm for about 40 years, and the land has been in Nancy Mitchell’s family since the 1770s when it was granted from the Commonwealth of Virginia to an ancestor for service in the French and Indian War. In 2006, the Mitchells paid $100,000 for a then ten-year-old mare named Leslie’s Lady, who was by Tricky Crick and who had been a minor stakes winner during her racing career. Fortuitously, Leslie’s Lady’s foal of 2005 turned out to be Into Mischief, a juvenile Grade 1 winner in 2007 raced by Spendthrift and now a flagship stallion at the farm. The Mitchells bred Leslie’s Lady to Henny Hughes in 2009 and the resulting filly initially seemed to be rather plain and ordinary. But when she got to Keeneland for the September yearling sale, Fred Mitchell recalled that she showed herself in the ring like a very special individual, in a manner unlike any other filly he had ever seen, and Spendthrift paid $180,000 to add her to its stable, later bestowing on her the name Beholder. As Mandella looked back to 2012, when Beholder first entered his life, he remembered that the bay filly always struck him as one that, as hopeful horsemen like to say, could be anything. “We thought she was special right from the start,” he declared. Beholder finished fourth in her first start, one of only two times 100 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

Beholder’s arrival at Spendthrift Farm. Photo credit Jon Siegel

in her entire career when she would not be first or second. The filly who defeated her, Executiveprivilege, would go on to be a multiple Grade 1 winner that season, but when they met in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita, Beholder exacted revenge, running in front from gate to wire and earning championship honors as America’s best two-year-old filly. She won three more Grade 1 races as a three-year-old and finished second in the Kentucky Oaks after being fractious and getting bumped at the start.Then, back at Santa Anita for another Breeders’ Cup, Beholder romped again, drawing off by 4 ¼ lengths over a Distaff field that included older multiple champion Royal Delta, eventual champion Close Hatches and Kentucky Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar. Her record that season earned her another Eclipse Award, this time as America’s best three-year-old filly. Beholder’s four-year-old season was abbreviated, although she did win another Grade 1 race, the Zenyatta Stakes, which she would capture three times during her career and finish second in another time. Beholder missed the 2014 Breeders’ Cup, but she returned to racing strong in 2015 and won all five of her starts, including three at the Grade 1 level topped by the Pacific Classic Stakes in which she trounced nine male rivals by a jaw-dropping 8 ¼ lengths in 1:59.77 for the 1 ¼ miles.

Beholder winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2012

“I screamed louder than I’ve ever screamed,” Stevens said after that win. “It was out of jubilation.This mare, she makes me emotional.” Beholder, he said, ran away from the field, which included 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, with no urging. “She did all that on her own around the turn. I did not move my hands. Her ears were pricked straight up like a morning workout,” Stevens said. “I took a little peek (behind) and there was nobody coming. I knew she hadn’t hit the afterburners yet, and I said, ‘This is going to be fun.’ ”

The dream match-up would never take place, as American Pharoah was retired after winning the Classic, but there was more to come from Beholder, who was crowned a champion for the third time when named outstanding older female of 2015. Beholder won her first two races of 2016 and then finished second three consecutive times, including two narrow losses to 2015 champion three-year-old filly Stellar Wind in the Clement L. Hirsch and Zenyatta Stakes. In this year’s running of the Pacific Classic, she beat all eight males in the field save one—California Chrome, who ran brilliantly to score by five lengths.

“I’ve never felt emotion over a race like this,” exclaimed Mandella. Coincidentally, just after that race, the Mitchells sold Beholder’s “When she made that move, it just took my breath away. I’m yearling half brother by Scat Daddy for $3 million to Coolmore at flabbergasted. I expected her to run well, but I didn’t expect her the Keeneland September sale. to beat up these colts like that.” “If you go back and look at (Beholder’s) pictures as a yearling, the Beholder seemed to have reached a new level, and Mandella conformation is so (similar between her and the yearling colt).The and Hughes decided to take on Triple Crown winner American head and the eye are almost identical … (and) the stride and the Pharoah in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland. There were hindquarters and the back legs are almost identical,” Fred Mitchell many in racing who thought the mare had a strong chance, but, if said, sparking hope that perhaps Leslie’s Lady can deliver another she had a weakness, it was failing to thrive after traveling. star to the racing universe even as Beholder retires to begin her own broodmare career. Following her journey from California to Kentucky, Beholder incurred a fever, and then she bled following morning exercise. Meanwhile, the Mitchells’ have a new security in life—and the Mandella and Hughes opted to scratch her from the Classic, luxury of looking forward to keeping and racing Leslie’s Lady’s knowing she had some kind of irritation in her lungs after the next foal, if it is a filly, following a 2016 mating to Medagliad’Oro. “I think we can afford it after this,” Fred Mitchell said at Keeneland. fever. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


Beholder winning Breeders’ Cup Distaff in 2013

Even though Beholder had finished second in three consecutive races, the first time in her racing career she had gone on such a long non-winning streak, Mandella believed she was training so well that she would be formidable in her third appearance at a Breeders’ Cup. “Anybody that saw her train would have had the same confidence,” Mandella said.“It wasn’t hard to see. She was really at her best.” For Beholder’s last race, Mandella and Hughes decided against taking on California Chrome again in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which ultimately was won by three-year-old Arrogate.Yet the Distaff turned out to be just as tough a race, with Songbird fighting with every breath for at least a quarter of a mile. However, as it turned out, Beholder had saved her gamest performance for her last curtain call. For those who know her well, she had given another sign she was at her plucky best when she kicked Mandella in the hand while being saddled.

start, losing ground to her rivals, and was never able to overcome that disadvantage, virtually conceding the race to Beholder and Songbird. Stevens said he could not believe how tenacious both his mount and Songbird became once they were shoulder to shoulder, their ears pinned as the Santa Anita crowd roared. “I’ve been in battles before, but never the length of the stretch,” he reflected. “I mean, it was almost a full five-sixteenths of a mile and definitely a quarter-mile of just a street fight. “For a six-year-old, I would say the way she has been managed throughout her career allowed her to do what she did on her final day of racing, and she laid it all on the line,” Stevens continued, paying tribute to Mandella, who turned 66 the day after the race. “Beholder’s a champ and I’m just honored to have been on her back. … This was horse racing at its best,” added the jockey.

“Ninety percent of the time, she’s a sweetheart,” Mandella said. Beholder concludes her career with 18 wins and six seconds in “The other ten percent, watch out—she can be dynamite.” 26 starts and earnings of $6,156,600, which makes her the second richest North American-based filly or mare in history, behind only Beholder conserved her most explosive expression for the 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, who banked over $7.3 million. stretch after breaking from the starting gate well and settling into a rhythm that Stevens said was much like her morning workouts. “She would give her heart, no matter what,” Mandella said in She was third after Songbird had traveled six furlongs in 1:11.13, praising Beholder. with I’m a Chatterbox pressing that pace. “This was a very special moment for all of us and it was bittersweet Soon, however, it became a two-horse race. Stellar Wind, who for me,” said Stevens in the moments after the Distaff.“I know that had been fidgety in the starting gate, had hopped in the air at the I’ll never sit on another one like that.” 102 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE



Text & Photos by Michele MacDonald


From the time of the Greeks, the mythological winged horse Pegasus has represented everything from divine inspiration to the journey to heaven.




California Chrome

Shaman Ghost

The Stronach Group’s founder Frank Stronach. Photo credit Mike Sekulic


Jack Wolf CEO Pegasus World Cup

n January 28, if all plans reach fruition, the name Pegasus will become synonymous with the richest race ever run, the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park, which will offer the horse that can soar the fastest over the 1 1/8 miles an unprecedented $7 million winning jackpot. In a first of its kind paradigm, the Pegasus World Cup also will provide 12 founding investors, who have each paid $1 million to cover the purse, a share of wagering and sponsorship revenue in addition to the prize money down to a minimum of $250,000. To maximize the event for the track, fans and bettors, organizers now are reaching out to recruit top runners from around the world. Jack Wolf, who was hired about a year ago by The Stronach Group’s founder Frank Stronach to serve as Pegasus World Cup chief executive officer, said in mid-November that Australia’s Horse of the Year Winx and some of Japan’s notable racehorses have been solicited for the race, although no commitments had yet been received. Coolmore, which owns a slot for the race, could opt to run frontrunning Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Highland Reel, Wolf said.The 106 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

now four-year-old son of Galileo also captured the 2015 Hong Kong Vase and Secretariat Stakes in addition to this year’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and was second in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, but plans are uncertain, particularly as Highland Reel was due to try to defend his Hong Kong Vase title in early December at Sha Tin. California Chrome, America’s Horse of the Year in 2014 who this year shattered earnings records with his Dubai World Cup triumph, is the Pegasus World Cup’s star attraction, particularly since the chestnut son of Lucky Pulpit appears poised to collect his second Horse of the Year title for his exploits in 2016. By the end of November, California Chrome had banked over $14.45 million during his career, including the $1,020,000 he earned for finishing second to Arrogate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.The owners of California Chrome,Taylor Made Farm and Perry Martin and partners, own a slot for the Pegasus World Cup, and if their horse prevails, he will become the first runner worldwide to cross the $20 million earnings mark. Trainer Art Sherman said California Chrome could run in a special prep race at his home base of Los Alamitos Race Course in December prior to going to Florida for the Pegasus World Cup, which is planned as his final race before he is retired to stud duty at Taylor Made Farm.

Highland Reel

“The timing would be perfect,” Sherman said. “I think it would be great for the fans and all the people who are involved. That way we don’t have to ship him anyplace—we can tune up right here.”

specifically invited to compete, he noted, which hopefully will lead to overall higher quality competition for the spot on the racing calendar that had been filled by the prestigious Donn Handicap, also a Grade 1 race.

Arrogate is, of course, the most highly sought after Americanbased horse for the Pegasus World Cup following his sparkling Breeders’ Cup Classic victory, which propelled him straight to the top of the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings at 134. His owner, Juddmonte Farms, does not have a slot, but everyone who does is trying to team up with Arrogate for the best chance to win the $7 million first prize, said Wolf.

“There are a lot of variables—this is going to be a work in progress,” Wolf said. “I look at it as a three-year project.”

In addition to Starlight Racing, Coolmore, the owners of California Chrome, and Stronach, other stakeholders in the Pegasus World Cup are J. Paul Reddam, James McIngvale, Ronald and Jerry Frankel,Reeves Thoroughbreds, Ruis Racing, Florida real estate executive Jeff Weiss’s Rosedown Racing “We’re basically competing to secure the best horses,” said Wolf, Stables, and Michigan pizza businessman Dan Schaefer. whose Starlight Racing owns a Pegasus World Cup slot.“I’ve had a number of conversations with (owners of potential runners) Sol Kumin, who has co-owned such high-profile horses as and what I’m getting from them is that they want to wait until multiple Grade 1 winner Lady Eli and Preakness winner closer to the race to see how their horses are doing and who Exaggerator, joined with fellow Wall Street financier James Covello to buy a slot. But, illustrating one of the unique else is running.” aspects of the Pegasus World Cup, they later sold their Besides California Chrome, Stronach’s homebred Shaman stake to New York Racing Association board member Earle Ghost, winner of the Woodward Stakes this year after taking Mack and partner Mohammed Faissal bin Saud of the Saudi Canada’s Queen’s Plate Stakes in 2015, is the only other known Arabian royal family. runner pointing to the Pegasus World Cup, Wolf said. Any current stakeholders will have the first opportunity to Since the race is an invitational, all runners will have to be buy slots in the Pegasus World Cup in 2018, Wolf said. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE



A WILD COAST ODYSSEY By Barry Armitage | Photos by Daniella Zondagh and Barry Armitage


dyssey: a long journey full of adventures, a series of experiences that give knowledge or understanding to someone, a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune.



Surreal moments of the positive sort seem to come along all too seldom in life but on the morning of the 22nd of October standing on the beach just south of the Mtamvuna River, on South Africa’s eastern seaboard, watching the small group of riders cross the start line to begin their 350km Wild Coast odyssey was one such moment for me. I realized that the scene I was witnessing had played out in my head in one form or another so often during the 18 months of planning Race the Wild Coast and that what had been a concept for so long, was now a reality. In other words, a dream was coming true. Joe Dawson and I have been riding the Wild Coast regularly for the last 6 years but have never had the opportunity to ride it under the same conditions as the race riders. Joe and I had pondered endlessly about how long riders would take to complete each of the twelve stages of the race, coming up with a list of race scenarios from the four day “amazing winner finish” and “likely winner finish” down to the six day “amazing


straggler finish”. In the end we had given riders 5 days to complete the race with the dates chosen for favourable tides to facilitate crossing the many rivers along the coast. Riders had drawn their teams of 3 horses out of a hat at the start camp and spent just two days getting their heads around how to swim the Wild Coast rivers with their mounts. Each horse would cover roughly a third of the distance with riders changing horses at Port St Johns and Hole in the Wall on their way to the finish at Kei Mouth. The start wasn’t an explosive burst of thoroughbred sprint racing; riders needed to contain their horse’s energy for efforts later in the 104 kilometers of the first horse stage.The sedate start, with the riders and their mounts bunched together as if for comfort, belied the fast pace and fierce racing that would emerge over the next four days. The weather was cool. The forecast was for more of the same and there had been a lot of rain on the coast in the build up to the race; perfect conditions for a long distance horse race.

For the duration of the race it was my fortunate lot to be shuttled forward, along with Joe and the members of the film crew, by helicopter to monitor the 12 vet checks and critical river crossings. We had dubbed our little Roberson 44 “Rockethorse Air�, complete with a vinyl decal. My first flight, taking me to the Mntentu River crossing, took off soon after the start and when we picked up the riders a few kilometers down the beach it was clear that, given the weather conditions, the pace would be brisk with the field of 12 hailing from 7 countries, already split into two groups.

By the morning of day 3 the racing was getting serious with the leading riders leaving the overnight stop at Hluleka Nature Reserve before first light. A trio had managed to break away from the rest of the field establishing a small lead. Sarah Cuthbertson (Canada), Monde Kanyana (South Africa) and Sam Jones (Australia) had established themselves as the main contenders for line honours. Louise Crosbie (Australia) was struggling to hang onto the back of this leading group and her third horse was eventually vetted out at The Haven vet check 87km from the finish.

While I was being treated to the incredible views from the left front seat of the chopper, our ten volunteer vet, camp and horse change teams were leap frogging their way down the coast in 4x4 vehicles burdened with trailers laden with gear and camping equipment. Theirs was a different kind of adventure, maybe less frenetic than mine and definitely less so than the riders but an adventure no less.

On the penultimate stage with just 46km to go to the finish line at the mouth of the Kei River, Sarah left the Kob Inn vet check with a 33 minute lead over Monde and Sam who had decided to wait for the farrier to re-shoe their horses having each lost a front shoe. This following duo left the vet check with their horses reshod



and a grim determination to work together to catch Sarah and in my next hop forward in the chopper I witnessed the defining moment in the race when Monde and Sam caught a distraught Sarah; cameraman Danny Kodesh catching it all on camera hanging precariously from the door of our chopper just meters above the surf line. The trio remained a strung out group for the remaining kilometers with Sam pushing the pace, believing that her horse had the stamina to outrun the others. In the end it was a beach gallop for the line at the mouth of the Great Kei River with Monde taking the honours, Sam a close second and Sarah resigning herself to third after a spirited ride. This trio had ridden like the proverbial wind with all three of their horses passing all twelve vet checks and they had finished in the early afternoon of the fourth day. Some had said that it couldn’t be done inside four days but Joe and my calculations had been correct thanks to the weather, the incredible horses and riders, and we had our amazing winner finish!


My eventful ride was over too. The scenes of the looming cliffs from my helicopter seat, of Hole in the Wall from the seaward side, of the hundreds of whales and literally thousands of dolphins, and of the lone hammerhead shark looking like a stunted white crucifix set against the dark blue of the sea will stay etched in my mind for some time.You too can see all these scenes when our film documenting Race the Wild Coast 2016 comes out early next year. To make a contribution to our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign raising funds to complete our film, go to https:// goo.gl/N9UqHO and get a free download or signed copy of the DVD. Make a hefty contribution and you could be sitting in the front left seat of Rockethorse Air during next year’s race. For more information about this annual race, to enter or to join the crew riders or crew for next year got to www. rockethorseracing.co.za

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Moonlit, Syd Garrett and Vera Garrett




With thanks to Yvonne Bolton (Syd Garret’s daughter) and Robyn Louw for the use of the article first published in Sporting Post

s time continues its inexorable march, our history retreats ever further into the dusty annals of the ages and links with the greats of yesteryear grow ever more tenuous. Glimpses into the lives and times of racing’s heyday through the eyes of those who experienced them, are incredibly rare and I was therefore thrilled to recently meet Glendyr Pirija, youngest daughter of Syd Garrett, the fabled ‘Wizard of Roamer Lodge’. Syd is still regarded with awe by many of our modern training legends and counts among his many achievements a staggering 11 victories of what we know today as the Cape Met. Syd Garrett was one of two children, born to a family of Irish origin who ran a hotel in the Eastern Cape town of Uitenhage. Syd’s father (remembered by Glendyr as “Bompa”) used to drive a horse and cart and it seems that that was where Syd’s love for horses originated. With the sort of flagrant disregard for health, safety and children’s rights that would have modern day UNICEF up in arms, by the


time he was eight years old, young Syd was a successful race rider on the local amateur scene. When he was 12 years old, a family friend put in a recommendation to prominent conditioner Jim Russell and young Garrett transferred to the Cape to start his apprenticeship at Russell’s Kenilworth yard. Riding Success They forged a formidable partnership, being particularly successful during the Durban racing season and it was during the winter of 1919 that the young jockey was catapulted into the full glare of the national stage when he won the Durban July on a Russell horse named Goldwing. Goldwing was a good horse, but had suffered a lameness in the run-up to the July, which Russell treated with intensive sea water therapy. It worked, Garrett rode a faultless race and they won by a margin of 0.5 lengths. In the 1920 July, Garrett took the reins on Pamphlet, Russell’s 1918 July winner. Lugging a welterweight of 61kg, they cantered down to the start with a No 1 draw in their favour. However, their tiny

Cookie Amos, Stanley Gorton, SG, Freddy Heyman, Stanley Amos

advantage evaporated when Pamphlet became unruly and was relegated to 17 by the starter. Nevertheless his jockey stayed calm under pressure and steered Pamphlet home to a confident win and a standing ovation. Training career When Jim Russell decided to go back to England, Garrett exchanged his riding papers for a trainer’s licence and took over the yard. It was not long before he made his presence felt in the conditioning ranks. He was notoriously uncompromising when it came to selecting clients, famously turning down the likes of Charles Engelhard and Abe Bloomberg (his lawyer and guardian to his daughter, Glendyr). Deeming their business relationship to pose a conflict of interest, he recommended Mr Bloomberg to Terrance Millard instead. Garrett did accept the likes of Countess Labia, Warwick Bryant, Piet Louw and Sir Abe Bailey, but even these were managed with a firm hand and only allowed into the yard during very strict visiting hours! However, the regime paid dividends and Garrett landed his first Met in 1926 with Sir W Nelson’s Grand Chase. But there was more to come, particularly after the yard relocated from Claremont to Milnerton, where the Wizard earned his nickname. The stables were named Roamer Lodge after a grey horse called Roamer. The large grey, who came with a string of unflattering descriptions, had been a bargain buy in England and sent to South Africa by Jim Russell. When he arrived, it is said that the stable lads fell about laughing at the “strange looking animal”

with “a head like a Clydesdale” and “a back like a billiard table”. His splayed feet and awkward gait earned him the nickname ‘Pikkewyn’. However, Roamer had the last laugh and proving that champions come in all shapes and sizes, clocked up successive Met victories in 1928 and 1929, earning his trainer the moniker “The Wizard of Roamer Lodge’’. After Roamer, he won the Met another 8 times. Sir Francis won in 1935, Moonlit in 1936, Asbestos in 1937, Moonlit again in 1938, there were back to back victories with Royal Chaplain in 1941 and 1942, Feltos won it in 1945 and Marion Island was his final winner in 1957. Other remarkable training feats were winning eight of the first 10 runnings of the Cape Derby and after his race riding double, Garrett would also win three July’s as a trainer (Full Dress in 1930, Sadri II in 1941 and the 3yo Left Wing in 1960). He remains the only person to have ridden, trained and owned July winners. Terrance Millard regards Syd Garrett as the best horseman he ever encountered. “What he did with 39 horses, today’s trainers can’t get close to with 200. I’ve never seen anyone with his precision in preparing for a race. And he was the classiest man.’’ Personal life Syd married Vera Carney, the daughter of a prominent local racing family and they had four children of which Glendyr is the youngest (born in 1949). With there being an 11 year gap INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE



Left: Glendyr Garrett Pirija with Fairthorn

On Thursday, 26th January in the Syd Garrett Bar at the Kenilworth Racecourse a special evening has been planned to commemorate Mr Syd Garrett’s contribution and achievements in racing. The room’s décor, wallpaper and photos are the perfect setting for such an evening depicting many of Mr. Garrett’s life and triumphs over the years spanning his career in racing. The evening will include a narrated outline of Mr. Garrett’s life in racing showing photographs and footage of his major successes. It will allow for a relaxed interaction with the Garrett and Laird family members, who have been so closely interlinked over the years.

Below: Moira Garrett on pony with brother Neville Garrett

It will enable the Press, family and friends in racing to celebrate being part of Racing’s History. In addition it will give the general public and racing fraternity the opportunity to understand why there is a room dedicated to the “Wizard of Roamer Lodge” as Syd Garrett was known. A Trainer, some think, who is still unequalled to this day for the results that he produced from a notoriously small string of race horses. Both the Garrett and Laird families would like to extend their most sincere thanks to Oscar Foulkes, The Racing Association, Thoroughpedia and RIAR (Racing It’s A Rush) for organizing this eagerly anticipated evening.

By Yvonne Bolton (nee Garrett)

between her and her nearest sibling and the older children all at boarding school, Glendyr grew very close to her father. “We all rode, but I was the one who was most interested in the racing and I followed him everywhere. I used to go to the sand track with him during school holidays and watch the strings work. Sometimes I’d ride down on Fair Weather. He was quiet and was the only one I was allowed to ride.” Being an Irish Catholic, Syd Garrett was very keen on parties and family gatherings and being a bit of a ‘laatlammetjie’, the playmates Glendyr remembers most vividly from her childhood are her cousins. It’s quite an impressive family tree. Syd’s sister Elaine married Alec Laird (who remains the only person ever to win the July on a 2yo – Nobleman in 1911) and they produced a racing dynasty including Syd Laird (who married Marlene Thompson and produced Alec Laird), Adele (who married Ginger Drier and produced Dennis), Russell Laird (who married Marjorie and produced Charles Laird) and Mary (who married jockey Robbie Sivewright). Syd Garrett the Man Glendyr remembers a hard-working and highly disciplined man, who ran his yard like clockwork and was totally dedicated to his horses. “We grew our own lucern and carrots and he did his own feeding till the day he died. We had one of those chopping machines and used to chop up the lucern and mix up oats, bran and carrots. It was a daily process. He would go out with every string and he was a great record keeper. He used to jot down 116 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

notes after every mornings work, keeping a log of each horse, what they did, who they worked with, who rode them, etc.These were all transcribed and carefully recorded in each horse’s file in his office.” Glendyr remembers sitting in his office helping with the scratchings and was eventually taught to do the all-important filing. “After each string the horses would be groomed and fed and he used to walk around the yard and go into every box – not just lean over the door – and run his hands over every horse, morning and evening to check the legs, the grooming, etc.” He was very keen on pedigrees and taught Glendyr the breeding of each horse in the yard. She remembers proudly reciting the pedigrees back for several generations for visiting patrons. “Horses and racing weren’t a job to him, they were his way of life. Everything revolved around the horses and they always came first.” Garrett was a strictly disciplined man, with his staff, his family and himself. Glendyr remembers that he smoked Mills in tins. He allowed himself 2 whiskies in his office every day before supper. On a Sunday, he’d allow himself one extra at lunchtime. “He was strict with us and we were never spoilt. I think I got one new dress a year. He was also very strict when it came to our ponies and during the school holidays we had to look after them ourselves – no help from the grooms! But I adored him and followed him around everywhere.” Glendyr was still very young when Marion Island won the Met in 1957, but remembers the horses very well. “He didn’t have a lot of horses – 30 to 40

Below: Stanley Amos, Cookie Amos Syd Garrett and Freddie Heyman

Right: Syd Garrett, Yvonne Garrett and Winston at the P.E. Agricultural Show

at the most, but we had some really good ones. There is just something about a good horse. They know they’re special. We weren’t allowed to go to the races in those days of course, but I’d sometimes ride down to the track on my pony and watch the races over the fence.” Garrett was also a devoted Catholic. “He insisted on us all attending mass on Sunday mornings. There were so many of us that we had to travel in two cars. Everyone had to dress up in their Sunday best and before we set off my dad would make everyone hold out their hands and inspect their fingernails. He was very involved with the church and friendly with the priests, who used to come by every Friday for a whisky and my father would give them tips!” “I never heard the words ‘certainty’ or ‘sure thing’. Never.The most my father would ever say was ‘you can have a bet’. But when he did, you could be pretty confident about putting your money down. “He wasn’t what one could call a huge gambler, but he liked to have a judicious bet from time to time.The local punters took to following him around and eventually Syd had to send my mother to place his bets. But they quickly cottoned on and started following her too, so Vera eventually delegated betting duties to her sisters as a diversionary tactic.” Glendyr also remembers the winter seasons when her father was in Durban and his assistant (nephew Syd Laird) was in charge

Above: Syd Garrett on Pamphlet

Left: Yvonne Garrett on her way down to the start of a Ladies Race at the Kenilworth Racecourse

of the Cape Town yard. It was the days of the old telephone exchanges and of course the operators were all too keen to listen in when Garrett rang home to check on the yard.They eventually devised an elaborate code to confuse their eavesdroppers, to the extent that Glendyr remembers Laird exclaiming down the phone in frustration “I have no idea what you’re talking about!” The Irish love of entertaining was also strong.“There was no going to restaurants in those days. My father loved a good party and we often entertained at home. He played the piano and loved to sing all the old Irish classics like Danny Boy and Irish Eyes. They were wonderful times.” Vera died quite suddenly when Glendyr was just 3 years old. Syd remarried in 1959 and moved to Durban with his new wife. He kept his horses at Newmarket and handed Roamer Lodge over to nephew Syd, but Glendyr says “he was never the same. He lasted about 2 years and then died of a stroke in 1961. He was 59 years old.”When I ask what she feels were the keys to his success, she replies with conviction. “I remember him saying ‘Be assertive, but also humble’. I think this was why he was so successful with his patrons. Everyone was treated the same, be they Lords or Ladies or ordinary people. “It was the same for fellow trainers – he treated the good and successful ones the same as everyone else and was always ready to share his advice with fellow trainers. Other than that, he just had that rare way with horses and they responded. He absolutely loved his horses and they loved him.” INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE



Name Summerhill Stud (Pty) Ltd Klawervlei Stud Highlands Farms Stud (Pty) Ltd Varsfontein Stud Maine Chance Farms (Pty) Ltd Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert) Scott Bros Ascot Stud (Pty) Ltd Hemel`n Aarde Stud Wilgerbosdrift Mauritzfontein Stud Mr G J Armitage Lammerskraal Stud Moutonshoek Gary Player Stud (Pty) Ltd

rnrs 279 270 121 78 127 71 111 63 84 65 44 61 57 71 54

rns 848 767 312 207 316 186 345 190 242 185 126 188 147 213 173

AEPR 22466 22007 24097 36906 22187 28912 17611 29837 22222 26345 34966 24941 26657 21052 24997

wns 74 78 36 36 30 21 19 24 29 21 15 22 22 22 18

rnrs 148 125 136 124 104 129 86 65 66 91 55 63 55 38 61

rns 369 319 348 382 244 314 212 203 214 258 152 193 151 98 190

AEPR 29967 33466 26965 27168 28359 16298 23537 28808 27897 19838 31090 25319 28848 40478 24542

wns 54 52 42 45 41 24 29 21 26 21 16 22 23 15 20

rnrs 55 40 39 45 40 61 36 32 47 42 39 32 36 34 18

rns 151 104 89 104 78 131 82 76 97 96 120 81 92 103 45

AEPR 28848 39392 34944 28022 27181 15183 24587 27584 18197 20157 21110 23480 20543 20632 37839

AEPR 30213 24157 24169 23798 19797 24567 17126 21752 23746 22573 21321 17185 25651 22700 19683

wnrs 56 62 30 32 28 21 19 21 22 14 9 19 19 19 14

Wnrs/rnrs 20,10% 23,00% 24,80% 41,00% 22,00% 29,60% 17,10% 33,30% 26,20% 21,50% 20,50% 31,10% 33,30% 26,80% 25,90%

plcs 359 334 155 115 155 113 135 102 104 89 69 91 64 94 67

stks R 6 268 075,00 R 5 941 888,00 R 2 915 700,00 R 2 878 650,00 R 2 817 750,00 R 2 052 750,00 R 1 954 850,00 R 1 879 750,00 R 1 866 675,00 R 1 712 400,00 R 1 538 500,00 R 1 521 388,00 R 1 519 450,00 R 1 494 700,00 R 1 349 850,00

wnrs 44 43 38 33 35 23 25 17 20 20 11 14 19 11 19

Wnrs/rnrs 29,70% 34,40% 27,90% 26,60% 33,70% 17,80% 29,10% 26,20% 30,30% 22,00% 20,00% 22,20% 34,50% 28,90% 31,10%

plcs 209 172 188 184 123 137 102 102 100 105 78 93 90 56 91

stks R 4 435 175,00 R 4 183 188,00 R 3 667 175,00 R 3 368 850,00 R 2 949 300,00 R 2 102 450,00 R 2 024 150,00 R 1 872 488,00 R 1 841 175,00 R 1 805 225,00 R 1 709 925,00 R 1 595 100,00 R 1 586 650,00 R 1 538 150,00 R 1 497 038,00

wns 23 21 21 16 18 12 11 13 12 8 11 8 11 7 7

wnrs 19 18 18 15 14 12 9 11 12 7 11 6 8 7 5

Wnrs/rnrs 34,50% 45,00% 46,20% 33,30% 35,00% 19,70% 25,00% 34,40% 25,50% 16,70% 28,20% 18,80% 22,20% 20,60% 27,80%

wns 76 63 43 28 35 34 27 30 21 21 17 18 18 14 18

wnrs 60 51 37 22 30 30 24 25 19 16 14 17 16 13 12

Wnrs/rnrs 28,60% 27,40% 25,70% 19,00% 21,90% 28,30% 17,80% 25,80% 25,70% 22,20% 19,20% 20,50% 31,40% 22,80% 18,80%

SIRES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Name SILVANO (GER) br.s 21y 1996 CAPTAIN AL b.s 20y 1996 TRIPPI (USA) b.s 20y 1997 KAHAL (GB) b.s 23y 1994 DYNASTY b.s 17y 1999 VAR (USA) b. or br.s 18y 1999 WESTERN WINTER (USA) dkb. or br.s 21y 1992 ELUSIVE FORT b.h 14y 2002 HORSE CHESTNUT ch.s 19y 1995 MAMBO IN SEATTLE (USA) b.s 12y 2005 IDEAL WORLD (USA) b.s 12y 2005 TIGER RIDGE (USA) dkb. or br.s 21y 1996 GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT (AUS) b. or br.s 8y 2008 QUERARI (GER) dk.b.s 11y 2006 SAIL FROM SEATTLE (CAN) dkb. or br.s 12y 2003

SIRES OF 3 YEAR OLD 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Name GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT (AUS) b. or br.s 8y 2008 CAPTAIN AL b.s 20y 1996 TRIPPI (USA) b.s 20y 1997 SILVANO (GER) br.s 21y 1996 DYNASTY b.s 17y 1999 VAR (USA) b. or br.s 18y 1999 VISIONAIRE (USA) ch.s 12y 2005 WESTERN WINTER (USA) dkb. or br.s 21y 1992 MAMBO IN SEATTLE (USA) b.s 12y 2005 PHILANTHROPIST (USA) ch.s 16y 2001 SAIL FROM SEATTLE (CAN) dkb. or br.s 12y 2003 GREAT BRITAIN (GB) b.s 15y 2002 SEVENTH ROCK (AUS) br.s 12y 2004 ELUSIVE FORT b.h 14y 2002 QUERARI (GER) dk.b.s 11y 2006

plcs 90 62 48 66 42 57 39 40 39 39 54 40 44 40 27

stks 1586650 1575662 1362825 1261000 1087225 926175 885125 882675 855250 846575 823288 751375 739538 701500 681100

DAM SIRES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Name FORT WOOD (USA) b.s 25y 1990 WESTERN WINTER (USA) dkb. or br.s 21y 1992 JALLAD (USA) dkb. or br.s 29y 1988 MODEL MAN br.s 22y 1982 AL MUFTI (USA) dkb. or br.s 26y 1985 JET MASTER b.s 22y 1994 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (CAN) b.s 30y 1984 ELLIODOR (FR) b.s 40y 1977 CAPTAIN AL b.s 20y 1996 SILVANO (GER) br.s 21y 1996 NORTHERN GUEST (USA) b.s 24y 1977 NATIONAL EMBLEM ch.s 20y 1991 GOLDKEEPER (USA) b.s 27y 1990 QUI DANZIG (USA) dkb. or br.s 29y 1987 RAMBO DANCER (CAN) b.s 33y 1984


rnrs 210 186 144 116 137 106 135 97 74 72 73 83 51 57 64

rns 618 526 400 333 395 291 380 270 242 199 228 227 153 184 194

plcs 317 250 164 143 169 153 165 123 104 84 96 90 82 84 92

stks R 6 344 788,00 R 4 493 275,00 R 3 480 375,00 R 2 760 525,00 R 2 712 125,00 R 2 604 050,00 R 2 312 075,00 R 2 109 925,00 R 1 757 225,00 R 1 625 225,00 R 1 556 400,00 R 1 426 375,00 R 1 308 188,00 R 1 293 925,00 R 1 259 700,00





LEADING SIRES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 10 11

Stallion Tapit, Pulpit, 2001 Curlin, Smart Strike, 2004 Uncle Mo, Indian Charlie, 2008 Lucky Pulpit, Pulpit, 2001 Medaglia d’Oro, El Prado, 1999 Kitten’s Joy, El Prado, 2001 Candy Ride (ARG), Ride the Rails, 1999 Unbridled’s Song , Unbridled, 1993 Bernardini, A.P. Indy, 2003 Giant’s Causeway, Storm Cat, 1997 City Zip, Carson City, 1998 Scat Daddy, Johannesburg, 2004 Malibu Moon, A.P. Indy, 1997

‘16 Stud Fee/ Farm $300,000/Gainesway, Kentucky $100,000/Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms, Kentucky $75,000/Ashford Stud, Kentucky $7,500/Harris Farms, California $150,000/Darley, Kentucky $100,000 Ramsey Farm, Inc., Kentucky $60,000/Lane’s End, Kentucky Died 2013, Kentucky $100,000/Darley, Kentucky $85,000/Ashford Stud, Kentucky $40,000/Lane’s End, Kentucky Dies 2015, Ashford Stud, Kentucky $95,000/Spendthrift Farm, Kentucky

Rnrs 288 192 146 157 214 317 274 176 245 300 265 264 297

Wnrs 137 111 80 72 94 139 151 76 120 134 150 128 124

Wnrs/rnrs 47,57% 57,81% 54,79% 45,86% 43,93% 43,85% 55,11% 43,18% 48,98% 44,67% 56,60% 48,48% 41,75%

Rpt. Wnrs 38 53 32 27 42 54 68 29 46 50 59 64 64

Chief Earner (Earnings) Frosted ($1,910,000) Exaggerator (2,598,000) Nyquist ($3,5675,600) California Chrome ($8,130,000) Songbird (2,210,000) Camelot Kitten ($868,520) Gun Runner ($1,676,380) Arrogate ($4,084,600) Cavorting ($1,125,000) Destin ($678,000) Catch a Glimpse ($1,154,033) Dacita ($667,608) Carina Mia ($890,625)

‘16 Earnings $18,237,519 $11,730,901 $11,326,146 $10,496,816 $10,268,600 $10,229,409 $10,197,013 $9,922,504 $9,663,500 $9,634,130 $9,630,960 $8,964,471 $8,964,471

LEADING FIRST-CROP SIRES # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Stallion Dialed In, Mineshaft, 2008 Union Rags, Dixie Union, 2009 Gemologist, Tiznow, 2009 Tapizar, Tapit, 2008 Creative Cause, Giant’s Causeway, 2009 Bodemeister, Empire Maker, 2009 Maclean’s Music, Distorted Humor, 2008 Stay Thirsty, Bernardini, 2008 The Factor, War Front, 2008 Hansen, Tapit, 2009 Dominus, Smart Strike, 2008 Astrology, A.P. Indy, 2008 Mission Impazible, Unbridled’s Song, 2007

‘16 Stud Fee/ Farm $7,500, Darby Dan Farm, Kentucky $35,000, Lane’s End, Kentucky $15,000, WinStar Farm LLC, Kentucky $15,000, Gainesway, Kentucky $15,000, Airdrie Stud, Kentucky $30,000, WinStar Farm LLC, Kentucky $6,500, Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms, Kentucky $10,000, Ashford Stud, Kentucky $25,000, Lane’s End, Kentucky N/A, Republic of Korea $3,500, Spendthrift Farm, Kentucky $6,500, Taylor Made Stallions, Inc., Kentucky $7,500, Sequel Stallions New York, New York

Current 2YOs 103 106 117 100 86 131 79 91 105 102 50 84 50

Rnrs 33 43 35 50 45 41 38 46 45 44 18 38 21

Wnrs 16 14 13 13 15 10 18 16 9 13 8 14 5

Rpt. Wnrs 2 4 2 3 2 3 3 4 2 1 2 3 2

Yearling Average $42,419 $112,637 $53,514 $74,516 $58,306 $129,476 $39,734 $47,048 $112,867 $50,700 $26,497 $43,424 $41,000

Chief Earner (Earnings) Gunnevera ($771,000) Dancing Rags ($295,360) Yellow Agate ($285,345) Tip Tap Tapizar ($183,060) Theonewewaitedfor ($118,680) Royal Copy ($138,725) Made Me Shiver ($90,960) Thirstforlife ($113,265) Noted and Quoted ($259,580) Han Sense ($119,245) All Right ($221,621) Arella Rockstar ($150,000) Silver Mission ($179,102)

‘16 Earnings $1,371,789 $1,225,830 $856,313 $829,789 $768,858 $756,446 $743,081 $702,462 $668,425 $651,883 $597,144 $569,714 $541,138

INTERNATIONAL LEADING SIRES # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Stallion Deep Impact (JPN)   King Kamehameha (JPN)   Galileo (IRE)   Daiwa Major (JPN)   Heart’s Cry (JPN)   Stay Gold (JPN)   Tapit   Dubawi (IRE)   Gold Allure (JPN)   Manhattan Cafe (JPN)   Kurofune   Fastnet Rock (AUS)   Medaglia d’Oro   Street Cry (IRE)   Zenno Rob Roy (JPN)  

North America Earnings $129,259 $$5,479,152 $$12,345 $$15,774,139 $1,174,345 $$$$529,687 $8,878,516 $2,782,585 $-

Country Japan Japan Ireland Japan Japan Japan United States England Japan Japan Japan Ireland United States United States Japan

Europe/Dubai Earnings $4,526,762 $1,202,880 $21,880,272 $$180,000 $$1,917,183 $14,055,966 $$$$3,067,569 $968,314 $1,216,849 $-

Japan/Hong Kong Earnings $57,195,980 $35,245,362 $639,334 $23,431,884 $20,506,848 $20,269,796 $999,490 $1,062,540 $16,608,374 $16,427,379 $16,042,397 $3,097,744 $923,821 $503,736 $13,689,752

International ‘16 Earnings $61,873,514 $36,450,720 $30,076,130 $23,431,884 $20,699,193 $20,336,086 $18,792,265 $18,645,914 $16,619,091 $16,427,379 $16,042,397 $15,020,061 $14,687,382 $14,555,257 $13,793,175

OWNERS Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Owner Juddmonte Farms, Inc. Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Reddam Racing LLC Godolphin Racing LLC Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H. Tabor, Michael B., Magnier, Mrs. John, and Smith, Derrick John C. Oxley Stonestreet Stables LLC Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. Charles E. Fipke Hronis Racing LLC Shadwell Stable Fox Hill Farms, Inc. Spendthrift Farm LLC Matthew Schera


Starts 89 539 247 360 231 39 174 107 542 222 195 178 74 33 311

Wins 20 110 36 64 50 7 33 22 113 45 36 21 19 14 53

Places 11 100 39 57 43 5 24 21 80 38 25 21 8 6 55

Shows 17 59 35 46 32 5 21 11 84 26 27 26 10 4 40

Earnings $7,231,991 $6,863,191 $6,709,607 $5,253,751 $4,781,649 $4,403,550 $3,734,509 $3,434,892 $3,388,559 $3,285,574 $2,901,044 $2,792,448 $2,707,711 $2,643,982 $2,611,058

Win% 22% 20% 15% 18% 22% 18% 19% 21% 21% 20% 18% 12% 26% 42% 17%

WPS% 54% 50% 45% 46% 54% 44% 45% 50% 51% 49% 45% 38% 50% 73% 48%

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SOUTH AFRICAN GRADE RACE RESULTS 2016 The Stats Pages are a regular feature from International Racehorse Magazine looking at the black Type Winners from the quarter preceding the Edition

By Sarah Whitelaw

CHILI CON CARNE Choice Carriers Fillies Championship, G2, 3yof, Kenilworth, 29 October 2016, 1400m 1 Ektifaa (AUS) f More Than Ready (USA) –Stellar Vinia (AUS), by Redoute’s Choice (AUS) 2 Sail f Philanthropist (USA) –Cutty Sark, by Fort Wood (USA) 3 Final Judgement f Judpot (USA) –Final Claim, by Proclaim (USA) Age:3; Starts: 6; Wins: 3; Placings: 3; Earnings: R408 750 Sire MORE THAN READY is the sire of 165 stakes winners. In 2016 PRIZED ICON Danehill G1, EKTIFAA Redoute’s Choice G2, MISS SOUTHERN MISS Stormy Atlantic LR, TOM’S READY Broad Brush G2, TAMMY THE TORPEDO War Chant G3, MADE YOU LOOK Unbridled’s Song G2, NEMORALIA Came Home G3, MOKARRIS Street Cry LR, BOYNTON Distorted Humor G2, EAGLE WAY Lure G1, ZINDAYA Kris S LR, TURQUOISE POWER Danehill G1,LIFE IMITATES ART Unbridled’s Song G3, KISS AND MAKE UP Redoute’s Choice G2, MEXICAN MISS Sir Cat LR, MORE ASPEN Jade Hunter LR, IDEAL IMAGE Bluebird G3 1st dam STELLAR VINIA,Winner in Australia Dam of 1 winner: 2013: EKTIFAA (f More Than Ready), $600 000IEYS, 3 wins in South Africa, Choice Carriers Fillies Championship G2 2nd dam CALVINIA,Winner in Australia Dam of 6 winners: CALVEEN: Champion Sprinter, Miler & Older-Female in NZ in 2004-2005, 10 wins, AuRC Easter Hcp G1, Waikato RC Gasmate S G2, Cambridge JC Travis S G2, 3rd Toorak Hcp G1, dam of SP (Miss) Delveen KOSI BAY: 4 wins in Australia, Emancipation S G2, 3rd Meyer Classic G1 STRIKER: 4 wins in New Zealand, Anniversary Hcp LR, 2nd WRC Thorndon Mile G1 Broodmare sire REDOUTE’S CHOICE is the sire of the dams of 46 stakes winners –ZOUSTAR Northern Meteor G1, STAY


SAFE HARBOUR WITH ME Street Cry G1, EKTIFAA More Than Ready G2, KISS AND MAKE UP More Than Ready G2, MANHATTAN STREET Manhattan Rain LR, ANAMBA Shamardal LR, ALUCINARI Street Cry LR, MESSENE Lonhro G3, MAGNANIME Elusive City LR, ARCADIA DREAM Domesday LR, SOUCHEZ Lonhro G2, TELPERION Street Cry LR, COHESION Lonhro LR, TARQUINN SHADOW Trade Fair LR, BELUGA BLUE Lookin At Lucky LR, PASADENA GIRL Savabeel G1, SIR SINGO More Than Ready LR, GENERALIFE Lonhro G3, SHAMALIA Shamardal G3, WAWAIL Lonhro G3, TIRED AND TIRED Niello LR, HIJACK HUSSY Hussonet LR, SACRED FALLS O’Reilly G1, BANAADEER More Than Ready LR, CHASE THE RAINBOW Dash For Cash G2, HUSSY BY CHOICE Hussonet LR, KARACATIS Hussonet LR, ARCADIA ROSE Kheleyf LR, MOONLIGHT HUSSLER Hussonet LR, SHOREHAM Reset LR, KISS A ROSE Sebring G3, TURNER BAYOU Zabeel LR, MS FUNOVITS Reset G2, SUNSHINE REGION One Cool Cat LR, BENNETTA General Nediym G2, ABSOLUT EXCELENCIA Excellent Art LR, MASCHINO Encosta De Lago G3, DIRECT CHARGE Charge Forward G3, AFFABLE Husson LR, LUKE’S LUCK Show A Heart G2, ADMIRATION Encosta De Lago G2, THAT’S THE ONE Snippetson G3, EIGHT TILL LATE Lonhro G3, HUSSOUSA Husson LR, RAFFLES PEGASUS Fusaichi Pegasus LR, EGO E Dubai G2 Southern Halo More Than Ready Woodman’s Girl Redoute’s Choice Stellar Vinia Calvinia

Halo Northern Sea Woodman Becky Be Good Danehill Shantha’s Choice Varick Karroo

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup Presented by CTS, 3yos, Turffontein, 5 November 2016, 1400m 1 Chili Con Carne g Just As Well (USA) – Wonder Glow, by Windrush (USA) 2 Africa Rising c Visionaire (USA) –Sucha Looka, by Braashee (GB) 3 Act Of Loyalty (AUS) g More Than Ready

(USA) – Gina Lollowitcha (AUS), by Perugino (USA) Age:3; Starts: 9; Wins: 2; Placings: 2; Earnings: R1 361 875 Sire JUST AS WELL is the sire of 0 SW. In 2016 CHILI CON CARNE Windrush 1st dam,WONDER GLOW, Unraced Dam of 1 winner: 2013: CHILI CON CARNE (g Just As Well), R300 000 buy CTSJRTRS, 2 wins in South Africa Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup 2n dam BELLA HELLA, 2 wins in South Africa Dam of 6 winners: WEST CIGAR: 6 wins in South Africa, Jhb Merchants Hcp LR,Tommy Hotspur Hcp LR Brooke Logan: 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd Jack Patience S LR, dam of SP Hurricane Brook JEN KHAN: 3 wins in South Africa, dam of SP Master Khan SAL’S MY GAL: 2 wins in South Africa NATIONAL NASSI: 4 wins in South Africa NATIONAL BELLE: 2 wins in South Africa Broodmare sire WINDRUSH is the sire of the dams of 2 stakes winners – JUXTAPOSE Judpot G1, A WOMENS WAY Var G2 A.p. Indy Just As Well No Matter What Windrush Wonder Glow Bella Hella

Seattle Slew Weekend Surprise Nureyev Words Of War Seeking The Gold Tempest Dancer Royal Prerogative Hella Hella

Joburg Spring Challenge, G2, Turffontein, 8 October 2016, 1450m 1 Kangaroo Jack 4 g Querari (GER) – Rainbow Flag, by Model Man 2 Will Pays 5 g Imperial Stride (GB) – Rattlebag, by Jallad (USA) 3 New Predator (AUS) 4 c New Approach (IRE) – Head Over Heels (AUS), by Fastnet Rock (AUS) Age:4; Starts: 10; Wins:6; Placings:3; Earnings:R880 775 Sire QUERARI is the sire of 4 stakes winners. In 2016 KANGAROO JACK Model Man G2, QUERARI FALCON

Crimson Waves G1, Touching Spectrum G3, Fresh Lecture LR, Spring Wonder Joshua Dancer LR, Cosmic Light Silvano G2 1st dam RAINBOW FLAG, 5 wins in South Africa,The Scarlet Lady Hcp LR, 2nd Garden Province S G1, Gold Bracelet G2, Yellowwood Hcp G3, 3rd Jacaranda Hcp G3, Dam of 5 winners: 2005: NAJAH (f National Assembly), 2 wins in South Africa 2006: MEMPHIS (f Almushtarak), 2 wins in South Africa 2007: SIMPLY BLUE (f Var), 4 wins in South Africa 2011: SCARLETT ICE (f Black Minnaloushe), 2 wins in Zimbabwe 2012: KANGAROO JACK (g Querari), 6 wins in South Africa, Post Merchants G2, Joburg Spring Challenge G2, Spring Spree Stakes G3 2nd dam Cloud Cover, 5 wins in South Africa, 3rd Champagne S LR Dam of 1 winner: RAINBOW FLAG: See Above Broodmare sire MODEL MAN is the sire of the dams of 38 stakes winners ALONG CAME POLLY Judpot G1, KING’S TEMPTRESS King of Kings G3, SUPER ELEGANT Daylami G3, NATIONAL SPIRIT National Emblem G1, POINTING NORTH Joshua Dancer G1, PHILIPPA JOHNSON Joshua Dancer G2, FORT VOGUE Fort Wood G2, SMANJEMANJE Kahal G2, SABINA PARK Sportsworld G2, MONET Badger Land G2, SUNSATIONAL Windrush G3, BOSTON GLOBE Counter Action G3, OOCHEE AGENT Cataloochee G3, ETON SQUARE Miesque’s Approval G3, MAYBE YES Tiger Ridge G2, FLY BY NIGHT Jet Master G1, BOLD INSPIRATION Horse Chestnut LR, ST TROPEZ Silvano G3, THE ANGELUS Windrush LR, KANGAROO JACK Querari G2, WHATALADY Jet Master G3 Oasis Dream Querari Quetena Model Man Rainbow Flag Cloud Cover

Green Desert Hope Acatenango Quebrada Elliodor Top Model Rainbow Dream Monta Bella

NEW PREDATOR Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes presented by CTS, 3yos, Kenilworth, 19 November 2016, 1400m 1 Safe Harbour f Elusive Fort –Saint Isidore, by Rakeen (USA) 2 Sergeant Hardy g Captain Al –Hard Lady, by Hard Up (ARG) 3 Elusive Path g Pathfork (USA) – Escondida, by Fort Wood (USA) Age:3; Starts: 8; Wins: 3; Placings:3; Earnings: R1 438 750 Sire ELUSIVE FORT is the sire of 3 stakes winners. In 2016 ERNIE Captain Al LR, Elevated Spaceship G3, Elusive Flyer Dominion Royale LR 1st dam SAINT ISIDORE, Unplaced in South Africa Dam of 6 winners: 2006: SANTA BARBARA (c Dynasty), 3 wins in South Africa 2007: SAINT ENOUGH (c Spectrum),Winner in South Africa 2009: HELEN BACK (f Spectrum),Winner in South Africa 2010: INFORMATION HIWAY (c Dynasty), Winner in South Africa 2012: MAN OF THE CLOTH (c Elusive Fort), Winner in South Africa 2013: SAFE HARBOUR (f Elusive Fort), R180 000CTSRTR, 3 wins in South Africa, Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes 2nd dam SAINTLY LADY, 6 wins in South African Lancome Fillies Hcp G1 Dam of 10 winners: SAINTLY SOUL: 5 wins in South Africa, Salvia F&M Hcp LR, dam of SW SOUL MASTER SAINTLY BLUSH: 2 wins in South Africa, dam of SW CORMORANT PASS ARRESTER BED: 2 wins in South Africa CAPTAIN MADRAS: 3 wins in South Africa THE BAPTIST: 3 wins in South Africa Broodmare sire RAKEEN is the sire of the dams of 15 stakes winners - PRINCESS VICTORIA G1, FAR DE VIE Fard G1, SEDGE Silvano G3, AL CZARINA Rabah G3, ORANGE ALERT Goldkeeper LR, CALL TO COMBAT Announce LR, ISLAND RETREAT Mogok LR, COMTESSE DUBOIS Count Dubois LR, LYCURGUS Not For Love LR, HANGOVER KID Lemon Drop Kid

GOLD STANDARD G2, BLUSHING B.J. Rock Slide LR, SHIMMERING GEM Dynasty G3, PRINCESS ROYAL Captain Al G2, FRANCIA Dynasty LR, JANOOBI Silvano G3, Fort Wood Elusive Fort Ever Seeking Rakeen Saint Isidore Saintly Lady

Sadler’s Wells Fall Aspen Secret Prospector Epoque Northern Dancer Glorious Song Peacetime Trisagion

Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile, G2, Turffontein, 5 November 2016, 1600m 1 New Predator (AUS) 4 c New Approach (IRE) –Head Over Heels (AUS), by Fastnet Rock (AUS) 2 Saratoga Dancer 5 g Mambo In Seattle (USA) – Super Elle, by Model Man 3 Deo Juvente 5 g Trippi (USA) –Circle Of Life, by Complete Warrior (USA) Age:4; Starts: 13; Wins: 4; Placings: 7; Earnings: R1 430 250 Sire NEW APPROACH is the sire of 29 stakes winners. In 2016 POTEMKIN Big Shuffle G1, ELLIPTIQUE Kendor G1, NEW PREDATOR Fastnet Rock G2, Demonstrate Danehill G2, MESSI Dashing Blade G2, Biodynamic Barathea G3, Etymology Danehill G1, Glamorous Approach Rock Of Gibraltar LR, Intriguing Lady Green Desert G3, Munaaser Green Desert G3, ROYAL RUMBLE French Deputy LR, SWORD OF LIGHT King’s Best G3, Desert Haze Iron Mask LR, BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE Cape Cross G2, NEARLY CAUGHT Danehill G2, MOUNT LOGAN DistantView LR 1st dam, HEAD OVER HEELS,Winner in Australia Dam of 2 winners: 2011:VALAR MORGHULIS (f Henrythenavigator),Winner in Australia 2012: NEW PREDATOR (c New Approach), 4 wins in South Africa, Charity Mile G2, Drill Hall S G2, 2nd Dingaans G2, 3rd Horse Chestnut S G1, 3rd Joburg Spring Challenge G2 2nd dam, CENTAINE’S GIFT, 5 wins in Australia Dam of 5 winners: PRESENTLY: 10 wins in Australia, Razor Sharp

Hcp LR, 2nd Frederick Clissold S G3 Another Time:Winner in Australia, 2nd Black Opal S G3 HEAD OVER HEELS: See Above GIFTED LASS: Dam of G2W SERENA MISS Broodmare sire FASTNET ROCK is the sire of the dams of 8 stakes winners –NEW PREDATOR New Approach G2, SANTA ANA LANE Lope DeVega G2, CHABAUD Lookin At Lucky LR, TIVACI High Chaparral G3, SHEES FLAWLESS Fully Fledged G3, PEARL STAR Star Witness LR, SUNSET ROCK Domesday LR, OMEI SWORD High Chaparral G2 Galileo New Approach Park Express Fastnet Rock Head Over Heels Centaine’s Gift

Sadler’s Wells Urban Sea Ahonoora Matcher Danehill Piccadilly Circus Centaine Forever And Ever

Selangor Cup, G2, 3yos, Kenilworth, 19 November 2016, 1600m 1 Gold Standard c Trippi (USA) –Olympic Dam, by Model Man 2 Edict Of Nantes g Count Dubois (GB) – Pagan Dance, by Jet Master 3 Table Bay (AUS) c Redoute’s Choice (AUS) –Gabriella (GB), by Cape Cross (IRE) Age:3; Starts:5; Wins: 3; Placings: 2; Earnings: R409 375 Sire TRIPPI is the sire of 65 stakes winners. In 2016 INARA Shirley Heights G1, GOLD STANDARD Model Man G2, FROMAFAR Yes It’s True G3, REAL PRINCESS Fort Wood G1, BRILLIANT CRIMSON Danehill Dancer LR, FLYING MYTH Captain Al LR 1st dam OLYMPIC DAM, Placed in South Africa Dam of 4 winners: 2010: OCEAN HUNTER (c Judpot),Winner in South Africa 2011: OH BOY (g Judpot), 3 wins in South Africa 2012:ALL MINE (f Var),Winner in South Africa 2013 GOLD STANDARD (c Trippi), R725 000VDVYS, 3 wins in South Africa, Selangor Cup G2, Racing Association S LR 2nd dam OLYMPIC DUEL, ARCSA

Champion 3YO Filly in 1989, ARCSA Champion Older Female in 1990 and 1991, 13 wins in South Africa, J&B Met G1, Mainstay International G1, Champion S G1, Cape Fillies Guineas G1, Paddock Stakes G1 –twice, SA Fillies Guineas G1, Rex Trueform Fillies Championship G2, Majorca S G3 Dam of 6 winners: FLYING DUEL: 12 wins in South Africa, Daily News 2000 G1, 2nd Sharp Electronics Cup G1 LIGHTNING DUEL: 7 wins in South Africa, Chairman’s F&M S LR, dam of G1W THUNDERING STAR, G3W OLYMPIC STORM (dam of SW STORM WARNING) SUPREME DUEL: 4 wins in South Africa, Java Hcp LR, dam of G2W SUPREME SUNSET, G3W NORTHERN HERITAGE and SW SUPREME DUEL Broodmare sire MODEL MAN is the sire of the dams of 39 stakes winners ALONG CAME POLLY Judpot G1, KING’S TEMPTRESS King of Kings G3, SUPER ELEGANT Daylami G3, NATIONAL SPIRIT National Emblem G1, POINTING NORTH Joshua Dancer G1, PHILIPPA JOHNSON Joshua Dancer G2, FORT VOGUE Fort Wood G2, SMANJEMANJE Kahal G2, SABINA PARK Sportsworld G2, MONET Badger Land G2, SUNSATIONAL Windrush G3, BOSTON GLOBE Counter Action G3, OOCHEE AGENT Cataloochee G3, GOLD STANDARD Model Man G2, ETON SQUARE Miesque’s Approval G3, MAYBE YES Tiger Ridge G2, FLY BY NIGHT Jet Master G1, BOLD INSPIRATION Horse Chestnut LR, ST TROPEZ Silvano G3, THE ANGELUS Windrush LR, KANGAROO JACK Querari G2, WHATALADY Jet Master G3, ENGAGEMENT Announce LR, MANNEQUIN Kahal LR, ROBINSON CRUSOE Strike Smartly LR, COMEBACKANDDANCE Jallad LR, GOLD ON GOLD Tara’s Halls LR End Sweep Trippi Jealous Appeal Model Man Olympic Dam Olympic Duel

Forty Niner Broom Dance Valid Appeal Jealous Cat Elliodor Top Model Dancing Champ Mashka



BREEDERS CUP GRADE RACE RESULTS 2016 The Stats Pages are a regular feature from International Racehorse Magazine looking at the black Type Winners from the quarter preceding the Edition

CHAMPAGNE ROOM 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Fillies Juvenile, G1, 2yof, Santa Anita, 5 November 2016, 1700m 1 Champagne Room (USA) f Broken Vow (USA) – Lucky To Be Me (USA), by Bernstein (USA) 2 Valadorna (USA) f Curlin (USA) – Goldfield (USA), by Yes It’s True (USA) 3 American Gal (USA) f Concord Point (USA) – American Story (USA), by Ghostzapper (USA) Age:2; Starts: 5; Wins: 2; Placings: 2; Earnings: $1 286 600 Sire BROKEN VOW is the sire of 65 stakes winners. In 2016 CHAMPAGNE ROOM Bernstein G1, CAN’T BE WRONG Cherokee Run LR, EMERGING TALENT Seeking The Gold LR, RAINHA DA BATERIA Dixieland Band G2, POOL WINNER Dixieland Band LR, OUTSIDE NASHVILLE Gulch LR, BROKEN GAME Montjeu LR 1st dam, LUCKY TO BE ME,Winner in USA Dam of 1 winner: 2014: CHAMPAGNE ROOM (f Broken Vow), 2 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies G1, Sorrento S G3, 3rd Del Mar Debutante S G1 2nd dam, BELLE ERZULIE, Unraced Dam of 4 winners: INHISGLORY: 6 wins in USA, Prevue S LR, Hat Of Jacks: 4 wins, 3rd Ack Ack Hcp G3 LUCKY TO BE ME: See Above Broodmare sire BERNSTEIN is the sire of dams of 27 stakes winnersCHAMPAGNE ROOM Broken Vow G1, LOVELY BERNADETTE Wilburn LR, NICCOLA Exchange Rate LR, GORMLEY Malibu Moon G1, HAT NINJA Hat Trick G3, ESFINGE Wild Event G1, PEPPER’S PIE E Dubai G3, SOBRADORA INC Include G1, HAT PUNTANO Hat Trick G1, DON INC Include G1, VAGABUNDO INC Include G2, PERFECT EVENT Wild Event G2, PIXAR Hidden Prize LR, TIMBERO INC Include G2, ART EMOTIVE Art Master LR, SISTAS STROLL Stroll G3, GAITA RYE Catcher In The


By Sarah Whitelaw

TOURIST Rye LR, SOCIOLOGA INC Include G1, HAPPENING Wild Event G3, BATENAMADEIRA Northern Afleet G3, FERDINAHO Pegasus Wind LR, FLOWING RYE Catcher In The Rye G1, DOUBLY MASTER Art Master LR, SOUTH MARSHY Southern Halo G3, LORD MARTY Russian Blue LR Unbridled Broken Vow Wedding Vow Bernstein Broken Vow Belle Erzulie

Fappiano Gana Facil Nijinsky Ii Wedding Picture Storm Cat La Affirmed Pulpit Fancy Freda

Breeders’ Cup Classic, G1, Santa Anita, 5 November 2016, 2000m 1 Arrogate (USA) 3 c Unbridled’s Song (USA) –Bubbler (USA), by Distorted Humor (USA) 2 California Chrome (USA) 5 h Lucky Pulpit (USA) –Love The Chase (USA), by Not For Love (USA) 3 Keen Ice (USA) 4 c Curlin (USA) – Medomak (USA), by Awesome Again) Age:3; Starts: 6; Wins: 5; Placings: Earnings: $1 384 600 Sire UNBRIDLED’S SONG is the sire of 113 stakes winners. In 2016 ARROGATE Distorted Humor G1, FOREVER UNBRIDLED Lemon Drop Kid G1, TARA’S TANGO French Deputy G1, GORGEOUS BIRD Elusive Quality LR, CAT BURGLAR Forest Wildcat LR, MARKET RALLY Mr Greeley G3 1st dam BUBBLER, 6 wins in USA, Marie G Krantz Memorial Hcp LR, Sam Houston Distaff LR, 3rd Ouija Board Distaff Hcp G3 Dam of 1 winner: 2013: ARROGATE (c Unbridled’s Song), 5 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Classic G1, Travers S G1 2nd dam Grechelle, 2 wins in USA, 2nd Golden Rod S G3 Dam of 3 winners: BUBBLER: See Above UNBRIDLED FEMME: 2 wins in USA, Valdale S LR REVEREND DU: 5 wins in USA Broodmare sire DISTORTED HUMOR

is the sire of the dams of 48 stakes winners –NEW MONEY HONEY Medaglia D’Oro G1, MRS MCDOUGAL Medaglia D’Oro G2, PRACTICAL JOKE Into Mischief G1, ARROGATE Unbridled’s Song G1, MOANIN Henny Hughes G1, GLORYZAPPER Ghostzapper G3, BOYNTON More Than Ready G2, CONSTITUTION Tapit G1, JACARANDA Congrats G3, MY SWEET GIRL Bernardini LR, HUMOR ACIDO Emperor Richard G1, STANFORD Malibu Moon G2, CATCH THE COCKTAIL Catcher In The Rye G1, ISLAND TOWN Hard Spun G3, FLASHY JEWEL Flashy Bull LR, MOLLY MORGAN Ghostzapper G1, C ZEE Elusive Bluff G3, SUGAR SHOCK Candy Ride G2, MR EMOTION Harlan’s Holiday G2, DYNAMIC SKY Sky Mesa G2, RENO REBEL Big Brown LR, COLTIMUS PRIME Milwaukee Brew L2, RENEESGOTZIP City Zip G2, HEART STEALER Speightstown G2, CLEBURNE Dixie Union G3, CAROLINE THOMAS Giant’s Causeway G2, BOOK REVIEW Giant’s Causeway G1, FUNNY PROPOSITION Medaglia D’Oro G2, GALAH Redoute’s Choice G2, LADY VEIGA King’s Crown G1, JOES BLAZING AARON Graeme Hall G3, Unbridled Unbridled’s Song Trolley Song Distorted Humor Bubbler Grechelle

Fappiano Gana Facil Caro Lucky Spell Forty Niner Danzig’s Beauty Deputy Minister Meadow Star

Breeders’ Cup Mile, G1, Santa Anita, 5 November 2016, 1600m 1 Tourist (USA) 5 h Tiznow (USA) – Unbridled Melody (USA), by Unbridled’s Song (USA) 2 Tepin (USA) 5 m Bernstein (USA) –Life Happened (USA), by Stravinsky (USA) 3 Midnight Storm (USA) 5 h Pioneerof The Nile (USA) –My Tina (USA), by Bertrando (USA) Age:4; Starts: 18; Wins: 6; Placings: 7; Earnings: $1 587 840 Sire TIZNOW is the sire of 60 stakes winners. In 2016 TOURIST Unbridled’s Song G1, PINK POPPY Rahy LR,

MODERN A P Indy LR 1st dam UNBRIDLED MELODY, 3 wins in USA Dam of 4 winners: 2010: MICHAEL WITH US (c Bluegrass Cat), 2 wins in USA, OBS Championship LR 2011:TOURIST (c Tiznow), 6 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Mile G1, Fourstardave Hcp G1, More Than Ready S LR, Sir Cat S LR, 2nd Secretariat S G1, 3rd Shadwell Turf Mile G1 –twice, Maker’s 46 Mile S G1, Shoemaker Mile G1 2013: MOUNTAIN MUSIC MAN (c Bluegrass Cat), 2 wins, Awad S LR 2014: HARLANS HARMONY (c Spring At Last), 2 wins in USA, Skidmore S LR 2nd dam SKYE CASTLES, Unplaced Dam of 7 winners: More Of The Best: 3 wins in USA, 2nd Bassinet S LR Unbridled Express:Winner in USA, 3rd Hopeful S G1 UNBRIDLED MELODY: See Above ABBEYVILLE MISS: Unraced, dam of G3W ONE MEAN MAN and G3W MIZZ MONEY Broodmare sire UNBRIDLED’S SONG is the sire of the dams of 97 stakes winner –TOURIST Unbridled’s Song G1, GENERAL QUARTERS Sky Mesa G1, UNBRIDLED COMMAND Master Command G1, ONCE WERE WILD Johannesburg G1, SHAGAF Bernardini G3, JB’S THUNDER Thunder Gulch G1, CARPE DIEM Giant’s Causeway G1, HEMSWORTH Bernardini G2, STONETASTIC Mizzen Mast G2, THUNDERING SKY Sky Mesa LR, MADE YOU LOOK More Than Ready G2, INTELLIGENCE CROSS War Front G3, CELESTIAL CANDY Candy Ride G2, SMOKEM KITTEN Kitten’s Joy G3, LIFE IMITATES ART More Than Ready G3, EL KABEIR Scat Daddy G2, APPEALING TALE Tale Of The Cat G2, EMOTIONLESS Shamardal G2, OUT OF BOUNDS Discreet Cat G3, ETCHED Forestry G2, MARBRE ROSE Smart Strike G3, VAPORETTO Tiz Wonderful G1, MARCH Blame G2, KENTUCKIAN Tiznow G3, WAR DISPATCH War Front G3, DAYTONA GREY Artie Schiller G3, DANON PLATINA Deep



Impact G1, WEST COAST BELLE Tapit G3, TOHO JACKAL Special Week G1, TOHO AMPOLA Fuji Kiseki G3, HONEY HUES Henny Hughes G3, MY WANDY’S GIRL Flower Alley G1, INTENSE HOLIDAY Harlan’s Holiday G2, PUISSANCE DE LUNE Shamardal G2, A SHIN TOP Tale Of The Cat G2, BETTER THAN EVER French Deputy G1, MRS ONASSIS General Nediym G1, SUPER NINETY NINE Pulpit G3, THE LUMBER GUY Grand Slam G1, ROLLING FOG Posse G1, SWEET ORANGE War Front G1, QUEEN’S COMMAND Commands G3, LAUGHING LASHES Mr Greeley G2, COFFEE BOY Yonaguska G2, HOLD ME BACK Giant’s Causeway G2, BRIGHTEXPECTATIONS More Than Ready G2, BEARPATH Dynaformer G3, NECCESSARY EVIL Harlan’s Holiday G3, SILVER GRECIAN Haafhd G2, FIFTH AVENUE LADY Encosta De Lago G3, ALPHA KITTEN Tale Of The Cat G2, DESUETUDE Strategic G3, GARDEN DISTRICT Dixie Union G3 Cee’s Tizzy Tiznow Cee’s Song Unbridled’s Song Unbridled Melody Skye Castles

Relaunch Tizly Seattle Song Lonely Dancer Unbridled Trolley Song Sky Classic My Sea Castles

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, G1, 2yos f, Santa Anita, 4 November 2016, 1600m 1 New Money Honey (USA) f Medaglia D’Oro (USA) –Weekend Whim (USA), by Distorted Humor (USA) 2 Coasted (USA) f Tizway (USA) –Malibu Pier (USA), by Malibu Moon (USA) 3 Cavale Doree (FR) f Sunday Break (JPN) – Sweet Alabama (FR), by Enrique (IRE) Age:2; Starts: 3; Wins:2; Placings: 1; Earnings: $686 600 Sire MEDAGLIA D’ORO is the sire of 94 stakes winners. In 2016 SONGBIRD West Acre G1, ASTERN Exceed And Excel G1, NEW MONEY HONEY Distorted Humor G1, BAR OF GOLD Lemon Drop Kid LR, MOMENT IS RIGHT Vicar LR, VELADERO Belong To Me G3, MRS MCDOUGAL Distorted

Humor G3, CYRUS ALEXANDER A P Indy G3, TALISMANIC Machiavellian LR, NOSTRADAMUS Lion Hunter G3, VALID Grand Slam G3, MSHAWISH Thunder Gulch G1, TESSERA Flying Spur G3, DURENDAL Blazing Sword G3 1st dam WEEKEND WHIM, Unraced Dam of 3 winners: 2010: Coconut Shrimp (f Giant’s Causeway),Winner in USA, 2nd Voodoo Dancer S LR 2013: I LIKE TO WHIM (f Medaglia D’Oro), Winner in USA 2014: NEW MONEY HONEY (f Medaglia D’Oro), 2 wins in USA Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf G1, Miss Grillo S G3 2nd dam WEEKEND IN INDY,Winner in USA ANY GIVEN SATURDAY: 6 wins in USA, Haskell Invitational G1, Dwyer S G2, Brooklyn Hcp G2, Sam F Davis S LR, 2nd Tampa Bay Derby G3, 3rd Wood Memorial G1, sire BOHEMIAN LADY: 7 wins in USA,Top Flight Hcp G2, Cicada S G3, dam of G3W ALMOONQITH Broodmare sire DISTORTED HUMOR is the sire of the dams of 48 stakes winners –NEW MONEY HONEY Medaglia D’Oro G1, MRS MCDOUGAL Medaglia D’Oro G2, PRACTICAL JOKE Into Mischief G1, ARROGATE Unbridled’s Song G1, MOANIN Henny Hughes G1, GLORYZAPPER Ghostzapper G3, BOYNTON More Than Ready G2, CONSTITUTION Tapit G1, JACARANDA Congrats G3, MY SWEET GIRL Bernardini LR, HUMOR ACIDO Emperor Richard G1, STANFORD Malibu Moon G2, CATCH THE COCKTAIL Catcher In The Rye G1, ISLAND TOWN Hard Spun G3, FLASHY JEWEL Flashy Bull LR, MOLLY MORGAN Ghostzapper G1, C ZEE Elusive Bluff G3, SUGAR SHOCK Candy Ride G2, MR EMOTION Harlan’s Holiday G2, DYNAMIC SKY Sky Mesa G2, RENO REBEL Big Brown LR, COLTIMUS PRIME Milwaukee Brew L2, RENEESGOTZIP City Zip G2, HEART STEALER Speightstown G2, CLEBURNE Dixie Union G3, CAROLINE THOMAS Giant’s Causeway G2, BOOK REVIEW Giant’s

Causeway G1, FUNNY PROPOSITION Medaglia D’Oro G2, GALAH Redoute’s Choice G2, LADY VEIGA King’s Crown G1, JOES BLAZING AARON Graeme Hall G3, El Prado Medaglia D’oro Cappucino Bay Distorted Humor Weekend Whim Weekend In Indy

Sadler’s Wells Lady Capulet Bailjumper Dubbed In Forty Niner Danzig’s Beauty A.p. Indy Whow

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, G1, 2yos, Santa Anita, 4 November 2016, 1600m 1 Oscar Performance (USA) c Kitten’s Joy (USA) – Devine Actress (USA), by Theatrical (IRE) 2 Lancaster Bomber (USA) c War Front (USA) –Sun Shower (IRE), by Indian Ridge (IRE) 3 Good Samaritan (USA) c Harlan’s Holiday (USA) – Pull Dancer (USA), by Pulpit (USA) Age:2; Starts: 4; Wins: 3; Placings:0; Earnings: $720, 132 Sire KITTEN’S JOY is the sire of 73 stakes winners. In 2016 OSCAR PERFORMANCE Theatrical G1, HAWKBILL Giant’s Causeway G1, BOBBY’S KITTEN Forestry LR, CAMELOT KITTEN Forestry G2, DIVISIDERO Lemon Drop Kid G1, TAAREEF Carson City G2, KITTEN’S CAT Discreet Cat LR, DEEPLY UNDERVALUED Cherokee Run G2, GRANNY’S KITTEN Grand Slam LR, OSCAR NOMINATED Theatrical G3, NOBLE BEAUTY Mineshaft G3, SHARP KITTY Unbridled’s Song LR, HOME RUN KITTEN Grand Slam LR, SMOKEM KITTEN Unbridled’s Song G3, CHARMING KITTEN Wild Again LR 1st dam, DEVINE ACTRESS, 3 wins in USA, Santa Lucia H LR Dam of 2 winners: 2013: OSCAR NOMINATED (c Kitten’s Joy), 4 wins in USA, Spiral S G3, Black Gold S LR, Duelling Grounds Derby LR, 2nd American Derby G3 2014: OSCAR PERFORMANCE (c Kitten’s Joy), 3 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf G1, Pilgrim S G3

2nd dam DEVINE BEAUTY, placed in USA Dam of 2 winners: DEVINE ACTRESS: See Above DEVIL INDEED:Winner in USA Broodmare sire THEATRICAL is the sire of dams of 83 stakes winners – RAIL LINK Dansili G1, COIL Point Given G1, ENGLISH CHANNEL Smart Strike G1, LORD SHANAKILL Speightstown G1, DYNAMIC Dynasty G2, TOGETHER FOREVER Galileo G1, SHILLELAGH SLEW Chief Seattle G3, NUMEROUS TIMES Numerous G1, GOLDEN ACTOR Curlin LR, TARIS Flatter G1, AVANZARE Grand Reward G3, ROSALIND Broken Vow G1, ANTONIUS DU BOIS Antonius Pius G3, MAINSAIL Oasis Dream G3, WIGMORE HALL High Chaparral G1, ENERGIZER Monsun G3, SPACY TRACY Awesome Again G2, RUN IT Cherokee Run G3, KARELIAN Bertrando G1, APRIL PRIDE Falbrav G3, THEATRICAL AWARD Academy Award G3, CROSSHARBOUR Zamindar G2, URBAN STREET Swept Overboard G3, NIAGARA CAUSEWAY Giant’s Causeway G3, PLAYWRIGHT Fantastic Light G3, ZAPPA Afternoon Deelites G2, IIDE KENSHIN Thunder Gulch G1, KINGSHIP King Cugat G3, NOTHING BUT FUN Dixie Union G2, STYLISH Thunder Gulch G3, OSCAR NOMINATED Kitten’s Joy G3, OSCAR PERFORMANCE Kitten’s Joy G1, CHIROPRACTOR Kitten’s Joy G1 El Prado Kitten’s Joy Kitten’s First Theatrical Devine Actress Devine Beauty

Sadler’s Wells Lady Capulet Lear Fan That’s My Hon Nureyev Tree Of Knowledge Mr Prospector Magical Holiday

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, G1, f&m, Santa Anita, 5 November 2016, 1400m 1 Finest City (USA) 4 f City Zip (USA) – Be Envied (USA), by Lemon Drop Kid (USA) 2 Wavell Avenue (USA) 5 m Harlington (USA) – Lucas Street (CAN), by Silver Deputy (CAN) 3 Paulassilverlining (USA) 4 f Ghostzapper (USA) – Seeking The Silver (USA), by



TAMARKUZ Grindstone (USA) Age:4; Starts: 14; Wins: 4; Placings: 6; Earnings: $925 594 Sire CITY ZIP is the sire of 67 stakes winners. In 2016-FINEST CITY Lemon Drop Kid G1, FRANKLIN TOWERS Engrillado LR, CARIBOU CLUB Broken Vow LR, INVOLUNTARY Invasor LR, CATCH A GLIMPSE Irish River G1, ZIPESSA Horse Chestnut G3, STAYS IN VEGAS Broken Vow G3, ALERT BAY Dushyantor G3, COLLECTED Johannesburg G3, AMERICAN SAILOR Yes It’s True LR 1st dam, Be Envied, 3 wins in USA, 3rd River Memories S LR, Oratorio Matron S LR Dam of 2 winners: 2012: FINEST CITY (f City Zip), 4 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint G1, Great Lady M S G2, 2nd Santa Monica S G2, John C Mabee S G2, 3rd Vanity Mile S G1 2nd dam WHILE ROME BURNS, 6 wins in USA Dam of 8 winners: BURNING ROMA: 13 wins in USA, Futurity S G1, Meadowlands Cup G2, Alysheba S LR, sire Be Envied: See Above WARRENSBURG: 7 wins in USA TITUS PULO: 2 wins in USA NEROES PLEASURE: 2 wins in USA Broodmare sire LEMON DROP KID is the sire of the dams of 32 stakes winners –FINEST CITY City Zip G1, TAMARKUZ Speightstown G1, LOCHTE Medaglia D’Oro G1, DIVISIDERO Kitten’s Joy G1, ELUSIVE KATE Elusive Quality G1, UNBRIDLED FOREVER, Unbridled’s Song G1, YELLOW AGATE Gemologist G1, RYANS CHARMER Heatseeker G1, CACTUS KRIS Cactus Ridge G3, BLACK SEA Galileo LR, PURE LEMON Eskendereya G2, GIANT CRUISER Giant’s Causeway LR, MISS MISCHIEF Into Mischief G2, UNBRIDLED FOREVER Unbridled’s Song G1, CITRON SPIRIT Invincible Spirit G3, A LITLE BIT SASSY More Than Ready LR, KITTEN’S LADY Kitten’s Joy LR, STRIKE THE STARS


HIGHLAND REEL Haafhd G3, STREET GEM Street Boss LR, LEMON PRETTY Scat Daddy G3, COZZETTI Cozzene G2, RIVER RUSH Orientate LR, LIBYS DREAM Invincible Spirit LR, LEMON JUICE Johannesburg LR, FLASHY LASSIE Flashy Bull G3 Carson City City Zip Baby Zip Hook And Ladder Noble Fire Noble Affair

Mr Prospector Blushing Promise Relaunch Thirty Zip Dixieland Band Taianna Melodisk Lady Bluemont

Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, G1, Santa Anita, 4 November 2016, 1600m 1 Tamarkuz (USA) 6 h Speightstown (USA) – Without You Babe (USA), by Lemon Drop Kid (USA) 2 Gun Runner (USA) 3 c Candy Ride (ARG) –Quiet Giant (USA), by Giant’s Causeway (USA) 3 Accelerate (USA) 3 c Lookin At Lucky (USA) – Issues (USA), by Awesome Again (CAN) Age:6; Starts: 20; Wins: 8; Placings:4; Earnings: $1 840 444 Sire SPEIGHTSTOWN is the sire of 74 stakes winners. In 2016 TAMARKUZ Lemon Drop Kid G1, FROSTMOURNE Theatrical LR, SOUTHERN RING Seeking The Gold G3, HATHAL Speightstown G3, PASSION FOR ACTION Stormy Atlantic G2, HARGEISA Lomitas G3, WEEKEND HIDEAWAY Wiseman’s Ferry LR, BARBADOS Street Cry LR, REYNALDOTHEWIZARD Meadowlake LR, BAYERD Cherokee Run LR 1st dam WITHOUT YOU BABE, Unraced Dam of 3 winners: 2010: TAMARKUZ (c Speightstown), 8 wins in Dubai and USA, Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile G1, Godolphin Mile G2, Firebreak S G3, Burj Nahaar G3, 2nd Forego S G1, Kelso Hcp G2 2012: TEMPIETTO (g Bernardini), Winner in USA 2013: ALWAYS ON MY MIND (f Congrats), Winner in USA

2nd dam, MAROZIA, Winner in USA Dam of 5 winners: STAY THIRSTY: 5 wins in USA, Travers S G1, Cigar Mile G1, Jim Dandy S G2, Gotham S G3, 2nd Jockey Club Gold Cup G1, sire ANDROMEDA’S HERO: 4 wins in USA, Fred W Hooper Hcp G3, 2nd Belmont S G1, sire SUPERFLY: Winner in USA, Whirling Ash S LR, 3rd Champagne S G1 Broodmare sire LEMON DROP KID is the sire of the dams of 32 stakes winners –FINEST CITY City Zip G1, TAMARKUZ Speightstown G1, LOCHTE Medaglia D’Oro G1, DIVISIDERO Kitten’s Joy G1, ELUSIVE KATE Elusive Quality G1, UNBRIDLED FOREVER, Unbridled’s Song G1, YELLOW AGATE Gemologist G1, RYANS CHARMER Heatseeker G1, CACTUS KRIS Cactus Ridge G3, BLACK SEA Galileo LR, PURE LEMON Eskendereya G2, GIANT CRUISER Giant’s Causeway LR, MISS MISCHIEF Into Mischief G2, UNBRIDLED FOREVER Unbridled’s Song G1, CITRON SPIRIT Invincible Spirit G3, A LITLE BIT SASSY More Than Ready LR, KITTEN’S LADY Kitten’s Joy LR, STRIKE THE STARS Haafhd G3, STREET GEM Street Boss LR, LEMON PRETTY Scat Daddy G3, COZZETTI Cozzene G2, RIVER RUSH Orientate LR, LIBYS DREAM Invincible Spirit LR, LEMON JUICE Johannesburg LR, FLASHY LASSIE Flashy Bull G3 Gone West Speightstown Silken Cat Lemon Drop Kid Without You Babe Marozia

Mr Prospector Secrettame Storm Cat Silken Doll Kingmambo Charming Lassie Storm Bird Make Change

Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, G1, Santa Anita, 5 November 2016, 2400m 1 Highland Reel (IRE) 4 c Galileo (IRE) –Hveger (AUS), by Danehill (USA) 2 Flintshire (GB) 6 h Dansili (GB) –Dance Routine (GB), by Sadler’s Wells (USA) 3 Found (IRE) 4 f Galileo (IRE) –Red Evie (IRE), by Intikhab (USA)

Age:4; Starts: 19; Wins: 7; Placings: 6; Earnings: £4,965,682 1st dam, Hveger, Winner in Australia, 2nd South Australia Oaks G1 Dam of 3 winners: 2006: Valdemoro (f Encosta de Lago), 2 wins in Australia, 2nd Vinery Stud S G1 2012: HIGHLAND REEL (c Galileo), 7 wins in GB, Hong Kong and USA, Breeders’ Cup Turf, G1, King George and Queen Elizabeth S G1, Hong Kong Vase G1, Secretariat S G1, Gordon S G3,Vintage S G3, 2nd Prix Du Jockey Club G1, 3rd Cox Plate G1 2013: IDAHO (c Galileo), 2 wins in GB and Ire, Great Voltigeur S G2, 2nd Irish Derby G1, Ballysax S G3, 3rd Investec Derby G1, Derby Trial S G3 2nd dam CIRCLES OF GOLD, 6 wins in Australia, AJC Australian Oaks G1 Dam of 9 winners: ELVSTROEM: Jt Champion Older Horse in Australia in 2004-2005, 10 wins in Australia and Dubai, Dubai Duty Free G1, Caulfield Cup G1, CF Orr Stakes G1, Underwood S G1, sire HARADASUN: Champion Older Miler in Europe, 7 wins in Australia and Britain, Queen Anne S G1, Doncaster Hcp G1, George Ryder S G1, sire Hveger: See Above Broodmare sire DANEHILL is the broodmare sire of 292 stakes winners – FRANKEL Galileo G1, SEPOY Elusive Quality G1, DANEDREAM Lomitas G1, SAOIRE Pivotal G1, BUZZWORD Pivotal G1, DANE JULIA Caesour G1, MAYBE Galileo G1, GOLDEN LILAC Galileo G1, HIGHLAND REEL Galileo G1, RODERIC O’CONNOR Galileo G1, VENGEANCE OF RAIN Zabeel G1, DIZELLE Zabeel G1, TAPESTRY Galileo G1, TURN ME LOOSE Iffraaj G1, MAGIC HURRICANE Hurricane Run G1, FREE EAGLE High Chaparral G1, PRIDE OF DUBAI Street Cry G1, VANCOUVER Medaglia D’Oro G1, SHOCKING Street Cry G1, HALLOWED CROWN Street Sense G1, COSMIC ENDEAVOUR Northern Meteor G1, NOBLE MISSION Galileo G1, BELARDO Lope De Vega G1, INTENSE FOCUS Giant’s Causeway G1, INTEGRAL Dalakhani G1, PURE



CHAMPION Footstepsinthesand G1, CHACHAMAIDEE Footstepsinthesand G1, DICK WHITTINGTON Rip Van Winkle G1, FENOMENO Stay Gold G1, MISS MOSSMAN Mossman G1, CHRISELLIAM Iffraaj G1, ROMANTICA Galileo G1, INTELLO Galileo G1, MORE THAN SACRED More Than Ready G1, DREAMAWAY More Than Ready G1, BENICIO More Than Ready G1, PERFECTLY READY More Than Ready G1 Sadler’s Wells Galileo Urban Sea Danehill Hveger Circles Of Gold

Northern Dancer Fairy Bridge Miswaki Allegretta Danzig Razyana Marscay Olympic Aim

Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, G1, f&m, Santa Anita, 4 November 2016, 2000m 1 Beholder (USA) 6 m Henny Hughes (USA) –Leslie’s Lady (USA), by Tricky Creek (USA) 2 Songbird (USA) 3 f Medaglia D’Oro (USA) –Ivanavinalot (USA), by West Acre (USA) 3 Forever Unbridled (USA) 4 f Unbridled’s Song (USA) –Lemons Forever (USA), by Lemon Drop Kid (USA) Age:6; Starts: 26; Wins: 18; Placings:6; Earnings: $6 156 600 Sire HENNY HUGHES is the sire of 29 stakes winners. In 2016 BEHOLDER Tricky Creek G1, I’M A LOOKER Victory Gallop LR, MOANIN Distorted Humor G1 1st dam LESLIE’S LADY, 5 wins in USA, Hoosier Debutante S LR, 2nd Martha Washington S LR Dam of 5 winners: 2003: JUDY B (f Marquetry), 3 wins in USA, dam of SP Sarah Her Highness 2004: LOUIS THE BOLD (c Orientate), 2 wins in USA 2005: INTO MISCHIEF (c Harlan’s Holiday), 3 wins in USA, CashCall Futurity G1, Damascus S LR, 2nd Hollywood Prevue S G3, 3rd Malibu S G1, sire 2007: DAISY MASON (f Orientate), unraced, dam of SW HARRY’S

HOLIDAY 2008: ONE WORLD (c Rockport Harbor), 2 wins in USA 2010: BEHOLDER (f Henny Hughes), Champion 2yo Filly in USA, Champion 3YO Filly in USA, Champion Older Mare in USA, 18 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Distaff G1 –twice, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies G1, Pacific Classic G1, Zenyatta S G1 –three times, Santa Anita Oaks G1, Las Virgenes S G1,Vanity Mile G1, Clement Hirsch S G1, Adoration S G3 –twice, 2nd Kentucky Oaks G1, Pacific Classic G1, Clement Hirsch S G1, Zenyatta S G1

(USA) – Halo Humor (USA), by Distorted Humor (USA)

2nd dam, CRYSTAL LADY, 2 wins in USA Dam of 8 winners: LESLIE’S LADY: See Above A Steel Trap: 5 wins in USA, 2nd Prairie Meadows Freshman S LR TOTHE CHASE: 10 wins in USA COLEE BEAR: 2 wins in USA, dam of SW FAST RESOURCE SWEET CAPER: Winner in USA, dam of SP Full Of Gut

1st dam SAMBUCA CLASSICA, Placed in the USA Dam of 4 winners: 2009: SONG GIRL (f Songandaprayer), 3 wins in USA 2010: ANYTIME MAGIC (g Fusiachi Pegasus), 8 wins in USA, Lost In The Fog S LR 2013: UPTOWN TWIRL (f Twirling Candy), 4 wins in USA, Surfside S LR, Pleasanton Oaks LR 2014: CLASSIC EMPIRE (c Pioneerof The Nile), 4 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile G1, Breeders’ Futurity G1, Bashford Manor S G3

Broodmare sire TRICKY CREEK is the sire of the dams of 9 stakes winnersINTO MISCHIEF Harlan’s Holiday G1, BEHOLDER Henny Hughes G1, SOLAR FLAIRE Sun King LR, POLKA JOKE Sasha’s Prospect LR, A LITTLE EDGY Added Edge LR, SNEAKIN UP Hook And Ladder LR, ATLANTA HIGHWAY Chief Seattle LR, MULTIPLICATION Subordination LR, WELL FANCIED Prospect Fager G2, Hennessy Henny Hughes Meadow Flyer Tricky Creek Leslie’s Lady Crystal Lady

Storm Cat Island Kitty Meadowlake Shortley Clever Trick Battle Creek Girl Stop The Music One Last Bird

Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, G1, 2yos, Santa Anita, 5 November 2016, 1700m 1 Classic Empire (USA) c Pioneerof The Nile (USA) –Sambuca Classica (USA), by Cat Thief (USA) 2 Not This Time (USA) c Giant’s Causeway (USA) –Miss Macy Sue (USA), by Trippi (USA) 3 Practical Joke (USA) c Into Mischief

Age:2; Starts:5; Wins: 4; Placings: 0; Earnings: $1 485 920 Sire PIONEEROF THE NILE is the sire of 16 stakes winners. In 2016 CLASSIC EMPIRE Cat Thief G1, MIDNIGHT STORM Bertrando G1, LA ALPUJARRA Atticus G1, LEVANTE LION Ghostzapper G1, DARK NILE Bernardini G2, CASH CONTROL Mt Livermore G2, EIGHTH WONDER Pioneering LR

2nd dam, IN HER GLORY, 6 wins in USA, Garland Of Roses S, 3rd Acorn S G1 Dam of 5 winners: Combanchera: 2 wins in USA, 2nd Maid Of The Mist S LR, dam of SW BAY PARK BOY Z SMOKING GUN: 4 wins in USA SEATTLE GLORY: 4 wins in USA Broodmare sire CAT THIEF is the sire of the dams of 14 stakes winnersSTREET FANCY Street Sense G1, CLASSIC EMPIRE Pioneerof The Nile G1, UPTOWN TWIRL Twirling Candy LR, ANYTIME MAGIC Fusaichi Pegasus LR, REFLECTOR Ready’s Image LR, LADY COHIBA Broken Vow G3, BRAZEN PERSUASION Indian Charlie G3, FEREVIA Motivator G3, OVERBROOK Flanders Fields G1, STEALCASE Lawyer Ron G3, MACHISA Safado LR, BEHOLD DE BUY E Dubai LR, EXE Exchange Rate LR

Empire Maker Pioneerof The Nile Star Of Goshen Cat Thief Sambuca Classica In Her Glory

Unbridled Toussaud Lord At War Castle Eight Storm Cat Train Robbery Miswaki Forever Waving

Twinspires Breeders’ Cup Sprint, G1, Santa Anita, 5 November 2016, 1200m 1 Drefong (USA) 3 c Gio Ponti (USA) – Eltimaas (USA), by Ghostzapper (USA) 2 Masochistic (USA) 6 g Sought After (USA) – Trotinette (USA), by Unusual Heat (USA) 3 Mind Your Biscuits (USA) 3 c Posse (USA) – Jazzmane (USA), by Toccet (USA) Age:3; Starts: 6; Wins: 5; Placings:0; Earnings: $1 203 040 Sire GIO PONTI is the sire of 3 stakes winners. In 2016 DREFONG Ghostzapper G1, SIR DUDLEY DIGGES Kris S LR, PLANCHART Green Desert LR, Ganges Out Of Place LR 1st dam, ELTIMAAS, Unraced Dam of 2 winners: 2012: OUR LUCK (c Lookin At Lucky),Winner in USA 2013: DREFONG (c Gio Ponti), 5 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Sprint G1, King’s Bishop S G1 2nd dam Najecam, 6 wins in USA, 2nd Princess S G2, 3rd San Clemente Hcp G2 Dam of 4 winners: ACTION THIS DAY: Champion 2YO Colt in USA, 2 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile G1, sire DYNACAM:Winner, dam of G3P Ensuring Broodmare sire GHOSTZAPPER is the sire of the dams of 7 stakes winners –DREFONG Gio Ponti G1, AMERICAN GAL Concord Point LR, LEVANT LION Pioneerof The Nile G3, CANTADITA Scat Daddy LR, COSMIC EVOLUTION Proud Citizen LR, SHE’S A BIG WINNER Bellamy Road LR Tale Of The Cat Gio Ponti Chipeta Springs Ghostzapper Eltimaas Najecam

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Top 10 Breeder for over 20 years CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE: 19 yearlings (10 colts, 9 fillies) on offer from the Equus Outstanding Breeder of 2012. Maine Chance Farms has a proud heritage of standing Champion Sires which include NEW SOUTH WALES (GB), JUNGLE COVE (USA), NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (CAN), and GOLDEN THATCH (IRE). The farm currently stands the leading sires SILVANO (GER) (Champion Sire 2013) and BLACK MINNALOUSHE (USA) as well as the young sire’s QUERARI (GER) and VERCINGETORIX (SAF).

Equus Breeder Award 2012 - Exceptional International Achievement.




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International Racehorse Magazine January 2017  

In This Issue: Investec Derby at Epsom Downs, in the worlds richest races SUN MET Celebrated with Mumm Hello Summer - Mark van Deventer Baff...

International Racehorse Magazine January 2017  

In This Issue: Investec Derby at Epsom Downs, in the worlds richest races SUN MET Celebrated with Mumm Hello Summer - Mark van Deventer Baff...

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