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It starts before the schooling and training, before their first gallop or arrival in our sales ring. At Cape Thoroughbred Sales, we’ve built a world-class reputation for painstakingly selecting only the finest bloodstock, ensuring only the utmost conformation, pedigree and class passes through our hands. But don’t just take our word for it – the statistics don’t lie: More than 70% of CTS graduates are winners, including no fewer than 10 Equus Champions and multiple international stakes winners.

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www.FreemanStallions.co.za FreemanStallions are consistently at the forefront – Captain Al had his 8th consecutive 2yo Sire Championship in 2016, Dynasty was crowned Equus Outstanding Sire for the fourth time in 2017 and Trippi was Champion Sire in 2016. Gimmethegreenlight was 2016’s Champion Freshman Sire, boasting a freshman crop Gr1 and Gr2 winner and started the 2017 season by winning both TBA sponsored R1m races. What A Winter was 2017’s Freshman Sire, followed closely by Twice Over who has already sired his first Gr1 winner from a handful of runners. Querari’s progeny continue to impress on the track, Pathfork and Philanthropist have solid stats and a number of exciting runners & Jay Peg is as consistent as ever. Our latest addition to the barn is Quasillo, a handsome son of Sea The Stars and 3-part brother to Querari.

Captain Al –

deceased

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

SA Champion Sire 2015

Dynasty

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

4x Equus Outstanding Sire

8x Champion Sire of 2yo’s (SA record)

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

Twice Equus Outstanding Sire Sire of 6 Equus Champions Sire of 49 Gr1 horses Sire of 20 Gr1 winners

Sire of 24 Gr1 horses

SA’s most record-setting sire

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.

Continues to break records – even after his passing

Futura

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

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

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

Jackson

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

Breathtaking class & movie star looks - MR 124

Jay Peg

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

Always competetive

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 New Freshman Sire sale record: R2m

Legislate

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

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

Master Of My Fate 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.

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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 made: R450k, R300k, R250k, R200k, R200k, R200k, etc.


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

Sire of 7 stakes horses from his first crop to race in SA incl.

5th leading active sire of 3yo’s by %wnrs/rnrs (2016/17)

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

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

A APEX - amongst the Top 20 sires in the world

Family of Northern Guest, El Gran Senor, etc

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

Son of sensational dual Champion Sire Distorted Humor, 18 Gr1 winners, 142 SW, 60 GSW and over $128m

Quasillo (GER)

Sea The Stars - Quentena (Acatenango) - Chestnut 2012 - 16hh

Sales prices include R1.4m, R1.1m, R1.05m, R1.05m, etc.

Querari (GER)

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

Excellent Group winning son of Sea The Stars

2015 Champion Freshman Sire - Cape

Out of the damline of multiple Champions Top rated 3yr old in Germany in 2015 (9.5-10.5f.) Won 2 races in Germany at 3 years and £35,956 First son of leading European Sire Sea The Stars to come to S.A. Three parts-brother to Cape Champion Freshman Sire Querari

Sire of Gr1 winner Querari Falcon Monks Hood, Wonderwall, Kangaroo Jack, Cosmic Light, Maximizer etc.

Trippi (USA)

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

SA Champion Sire 2016 Joint SA yearling sale record R6m Sire of Equus Champion Older Female Hammie’s Hooker & Inara – 1st filly to win Gr1 in all 3 provinces Sire of 2x Equus Special Achievement Awards 2016 Sire of 31 Gr1 horses & damsire of Liam’s Map - dual Gr1 winner in USA (2015) Leading Sire of 3yo’s 2015 & 2016 Sire of CTS $1m winner Illuminator & R2.5m Lanzerac RtoR winner Miss Katalin

What A Winter

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

2017 Champion Freshman Sire Cape Outstanding new Stallion Equus Champion Older Male 2012 Equus Champion Sprinter 2012 Equus Champion Sprinter 2013 Won or placed in 8 Gr1 races – joint 3rd highest rated sprinter in the world 2013

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

Champion & Gr1 winner beat 4 champions Top rated in Germany 2010 TFR 121 Son of leading UK sire Oasis Dream

Twice Over (GB)

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

Sire of Cape & KZN Champion Gr1 winner Sand And Sea 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. Sales include: R2.1m, R1.2m, R1.1m, R1m, R900k, R800k, R750k etc

Wylie Hall (AUS)

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

1st Gr1 Champions Challenge - beat Majmu 1st Gr1 SA Derby 1st past post Gr1 Durban July 6 wins, 9 places, 1400-2450m, R3.65m Half-brother to ABSOLUTE CHAMPION Champion Sprinter - 1200m track record 19 sire sons of Redoute’s Choice have already produced stakes winners - eight of them have Gr1 winners Wylie Hall’s 1st crop on sale 2018

Jackson, Master Of My Fate and Potala Palace’s first yearlings are hitting the track. Wylie Hall’s stunning first crop are on sale in 2018. Futura and Legislate’s first foals have arrived to excellent report from some of the top breeders in SA. Our latest addition to the barn is Quasillo, a handsome son of Sea The Stars and 3-part brother to Querari. Exciting times we live in. Thank you for your continued support. Stallion Syndicates managed by: FreemanStallions PO Box 26, Sea Point, 8060 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 5 facebook.com/freeman.stallions twitter.com/freemanstallion FreemanStallions


CONTENTS REGULARS 8 8 9 89

Advertisers List Letter from the Editor Cover Feature: Captain Al - An R Robin Kitinyu Creation Black Type Pages Sarah Whitelaw

THE TEAM

Johan Blom Chief Executive Officer

Pieter Hugo Managing Director

Marie Chin Advertising Executive

Marguerite le Roux Senior Designer

Liesl King Journalist/Photographer

Bunny Hinzman Journalist

Nicole De Villiers Features & Advertising

Lindsay Hunter USA Sales & Editorial

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Justin Snaith: Horseman, Record Breaker and Champion Trainer Liesl King G.H. Mumm thrills at Sun Met celebrated with Mumm Looking Up and Looking Ahead Mark van Deventer South African Horses in Hong Kong Liesl King Teresa Esplin Kenilworth’s Racing Manager Liesl King Savour Cooler Climes with Steenberg Merlot Master of the Saddle Michelle MacDonald Gold Coast Prepares for Southern Hemisphere’s Best Cascada: The Gr 1 French Connection Candiese Marnewick Phoenix Soaring Around the Globe Michelle MacDonald Mix Business with Pleasure Johan Blom Reversing Course Michelle MacDonald Forever Swain - Shadwell’s European Champion Thrives at 26 Tom Ferry Beyond Racing Catherine Hartley

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Michele MacDonald Journalist/Photographer

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UK & EU Champion Racehorse Sire of Cape & KZN Champion, Gr1 winner SAND AND SEA Do It Again

Sand And Sea

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Captain Al

Most other stallions diminish with age – Captain Al breaks that rule too! More bright new prospects on the horizon Champion South African Sire in 2015 Eight times South African Sire of 2yo’s Sire of 811 progeny to race, 619 winners (763%) Earnings of over $20 million 83 stakes winners, 101 stakes placegetters Snowdance Princess Peach

Sergeant Hardy

Call To Account

Like A Panther

Undercover Agent

Tap O’ Noth

Captain Al 1-2 in the Gr1 Cape Guineas

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elcome to the April 2018 Edition of International Racehorse Magazine. I recently had the privilege to view the newly commissioned Captain Al life-size bronze, now resident at Klavervlei Stud. It is with great pleasure that I share our cover model, Captain Al by Rugare Arts with you.The story on this magnificent piece mounted in the Klavervlei courtyard which is overlooking the final resting place of Captain Al, is a lasting tribute to an unforgettable horse and features on page 9. Liesl King kicks of the South African features with a look at the remarkable story behind this year’s Sun Met , Cape Town’s premier race over 2000m, winner. She spends some time with the three-year old filly named Oh Susanna and trainer Justin Snaith who together rewrote the history books. Read all about it on page 16. Liesl also spends some time with Terasa Esplin, Kenilworth South Africa’s Racing Manager, who has held positions across the racing spectrum. Read on page 40 how she has turned her passion into a career. Following on another very successful CTS Premier Sale in January, Liesl takes a look at some of the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s recent purchases and their future together racing in Hong Kong and beyond - read more on page 33. Tom Ferry brings you the story of Forever Swain, current resident at Sheikh Hamdam bin Rasid al Maktoum’s Shadwell Farm in Kentucky on page 80. At the age of 26 Forever Swain spends his days in his luxurious barn or paddocks, a well deserved retirement for a horse that is known as one of the first world travellers. We congratulate Tom on his recent nomination by the Jockey Club of Canada, as one of three finalists in the Writing Category, for the 2017 Sovereign Awards. He was nominated for his feature ” Where Champions Dance” in International Racehorse Magazine’s August edition. We wish Tom good luck for the awards evening at the end of April 2018. Michele MacDonald spends time with Brazilian Jockey, Jorge Ricardo after his recent 12,845th career win on page 48. An outstanding record that could endure for a very long time, set by a man who overcame many incredible obstacles, over 4 decades. Michele also takes an in-depth look at Phoenix Thoroughbreds, a unique racing venture founded by Amer Abdulaziz on page 62. Michele takes a look at two horses reversing course, two Australian-breds looking to prove their worth in America, shuttling from Southern to the Northern Hemisphere on page 75. Beyond the above articles we bring you a lot more interesting horse stories. I invite you to read on and enjoy.

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CAPE CHAMPION FRESHMAN SIRE 2015 SIRE OF 8% STAKES WNRS TO RNRS

A LEADING SA SIRE IN 2017. SON OF OASIS DREAM. INT. GR1 DAMLINE 2017. Sire of stakes horses QUERARI FALCON (Gr1), KANGAROO JACK (Gr2 x 2, Gr3), MONKS HOOD (Gr2 x 2), COSMIC LIGHT (Gr2), WONDERWALL (Gr2), MAXIMIZER (L), SOLANA (L), JOKING (L), Melliflora, Hoist The Mast, Made In Hollywood, Fresh, Touching, Spring Wonder, Dynamic Speed etc.

3rd March 2018, Monks Hood wins the R1m Gr2 Gauteng Guineas

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2016 CHAMPION FRESHMAN SIRE CAPE OUTSTANDING NEW SIRE

2017 ACTIVE SIRES by BT WINS 1

Silvano

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Ideal World

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GR1 & GR2 WINNERS FROM HIS FIRST CROP 16% STAKES HORSES/RNRS FROM HIS FIRST CROP 2017 ACTIVE SIRES OF 2YOS by STAKES 1

Var

R2,599,919

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Dynasty

R1,821,125

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R1,728,875 (NHRA 2016/17 season)

2017 ACTIVE SIRES OF 3YOS by STAKES 1

Silvano

R11,836,200

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R6,984,200

3 GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT R5,970,238 4

Var

R5,137,362 (NHRA 2016/17 season)

SIRE OF STAKES HORSES: GUNNER, GIMME SIX, GREEN PLAINS, HACK GREEN, SURCHARGE, GREEN PEPPER, GIMME THE STARS, BEATABOUTTHEBUSH, FLANDERS, QUEEN FOREVER, ROSE IN BLOOM, LOADSHEDDER, LIGHT ON HER TOES, GREEN TOP, SKIP THE RED, FREDERICO’S DREAM, PURPLE TRACTOR, LEGEND, LA BELLA MIA, GREEN LANTERN to 9th March 2018

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Oh Susanna winning the Met

Text & Photos by Liesl King

JUSTIN SNAITH HORSEMAN, RECORD BREAKER AND CHAMPION TRAINER

The record books will reflect that it took Chris Snaith and son Justin a combined 40 years and seven second places to win their first Met with a filly named Oh Susanna (AUS). Well it may have taken forty years, but when Justin finally triumphed in the race that kept eluding him, he did it in his own inimitable style. For not only did Justin Snaith win the 2018 Grade 1 Sun Met, Cape Town’s premier race over 2000m, he did it with a three-yearold filly, something that had not been achieved for over a hundred years.

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Justin & Oh Susana and her lead pony

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naith’s name may be in the record books for his extraordinary eight victories on Met day 2016, he may be the youngest champion trainer in South Africa and he may be the trainer of the first three-year-old filly to win the Met in the modern era, but what stands out above all these records is the fact that he is a horseman through and through. Having ridden from a young age, Justin spent his junior years as a showjumper and even amateur jockey in Cape Hunt races before turning his attention to his current passion of polo. Years spent on the backs of a variety of horses of all shapes and sizes has honed his ability to look at each horse as an individual and to adapt its training program accordingly. A quiet seat and a great pair of hands enable him to swing a leg over any of his charges, in order to assess how their training is progressing or to figure out exactly where a problem lies. There is an old cowboy saying: ‘ Tell a gelding, ask a stallion and negotiate with a mare’. And it is at these ‘negotiations with fillies and mares’ that Justin is a past master. Dancer’s Daughter, Ebony Flyer, Captain’s Lover, Bela-Bela, Snowdance and Oh Susanna are just some of the female champions that have passed through his hands. So what does it take to persuade a super-talented, quirky, headstrong and opinionated filly to produce her best on

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the racetrack, especially if you want her to win that elusive race for you? “I am always changing what I do”, Snaith explains. “I try to find what suits each specific horse. I do a lot of athletics and I see how sports science constantly changes with the times. I also pick up on other sports and try to implement what I learn in the way I train my horses. I don’t just stick to the tried and tested. Each horse is different and unique and if I feel a change is needed, I will do it. I think our environment here also helps horses like Oh Susanna. The paddocks, the visits to the beach. Oh Susanna is in fact the quietest filly on the beach. She walks around with her head on the ground, she just loves going to the beach. The travelling in a float there, all of it is good for her. She gets at least half an hour of paddock time a day and that makes a huge difference. There is always a risk of a horse getting injured, but the gain for them to have some down time and sun on their backs is absolutely worth it.” “We also try to improve every year. This year with the race changing to a weight-for-age race it achieved two things. It helped a three-year-old filly win and it allowed the best horse to win. For me personally the biggest thing for Oh Susanna was the gallops dropping away. If we had had the gallops, she would not have won.


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Oh Susanna on the beach

I could have done all those races, the Cape Fillies Guineas, the Paddock Stakes, but the gallops and the Sun Met on top of that, for a young three-year-old, would have been too much.” “Not only is she a young three-year-old, she is a filly and fillies take their races harder, especially her. She is certainly not the easiest of fillies. She can be temperamental, but we work around that. She gets led to the track every day. We have a lead pony, ridden by my father with her at all times and her lead pony will go with her to KwaZulu-Natal. She was very fortunate in all her races to either get a bad draw or to be ridden carefully through circumstance. As a youngster she didn’t have the pace to chase around them, although she does now. And we didn’t want to do that; we didn’t want to give her a hard race. The Street Cry’s don’t like that. They need to be ridden carefully. These Street Cry’s can run like the wind, but you have to treat them accordingly. They are very temperamental and they don’t like a hiding. Luckily Grant was too busy posing in the final stages of the Met, to give her the hard ride to the line that he probably should have.” It is precisely that understanding of what Oh Susanna likes and dislikes; what she will tolerate and what is not negotiable that persuaded the temperamental Street Cry daughter to break a hundred year old record. Does the name Street Cry sound familiar? Well it should. Despite his premature demise, Street

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Cry was the sire of two of the best fillies ever to race in recent years. One was the mighty Zenyatta, a giant, near-black filly, who danced around parade rings and won 19 of her 20 races including the pinnacle of American racing, the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic. The other, a bay named Winx, is currently the joint highestranked horse in the world, who delights in leaving her Australian counterparts, both male and female in her dust. Listening to how Zenyatta’s trainer John Shireffs describes his star mare, you get an inkling of just what Snaith has to deal with when handling what could very well be the third superstar filly produced by Street Cry. “When Zenyatta was in her relaxed mode, she was very kind and was easy to deal with. But when she had the tack on, she was the ultimate racing machine and you had to be very careful not to upset her. We learned early on that we needed to think the way she wanted us to think. You could not force her to do something. She had to want to do it. If you tried to force her she became difficult to control.” Winx according to her strapper, Umut Odemislioglu, is eerily similar. “She is not a friendly horse. She likes her space, but she always does her job. That’s it and you don’t bother her.” Both clearly echoing Justin’s descriptions of the ‘negotiations’ required to keep Oh Susanna happy. So what does the future hold for the Sun Met star? Snaith as usual has a very clear and definitive plan. “The Woolavington is our aim.


Oh Susanna winning the Paddock Stakes

Everything else we will decide as we go. The Vodacom Durban July - what worries me this year is the weights. With the likes of Marinaresco and Last Winter leaving the country we have lost some of our top horses. That leaves a gap at the top and that means everything below has to move up in the weights. That’s what happened to Bela-Bela and I don’t want to do that to Oh Susanna. If she comes in at a half decent weight we will consider it. But if the weights aren’t right and I feel that it will take too much out of her, she will not be in the race. She is only three, if she wins the Woolavington, that’s it, job done.”

which is the next mountain Snaith wants to conquer? “Overseas”, comes the simple answer. “If we get the quarantine sorted, I would like to take a couple of horses overseas, but none of that will ever happen until we change our quarantine. I will not do six months. It’s too far and too long. I think it is unfair for our horses to have to endure that.” Having rewritten the record books with his clean sweep of the three Grade 1 races on Sun Met Day, there is little doubt that his horses are very capable of taking on the world. Snaith agrees. “My fillies at the moment are good enough to compete in Dubai, France, Hong Kong or even America. We are fortunate that we are a racing family and that my father can take over if I go travelling with the horses.” It is clear that Snaith has given his next mountain a great deal of thought; quietly planning for the moment the quarantine protocols become workable.

Is there a worry travelling his valuable stars all to way to Durban? True to form, Snaith has not only assessed the best way to get them there, but he has also gone the extra mile, gathering information from the best in the world on how they travel their stars across continents. “I have spoken to a lot of international trainers such as the Cumani’s on how they transport their horses and I have picked up on a couple of things that really help the horses travel Yet his feet are firmly planted on mother earth and for now his better. It’s the little things that make all the difference”, he explains. next mission is the upcoming Durban season. “There are a lot of expectations for Snowdance and Oh Susanna, so we need Two years ago I wrote that Snaith’s extraordinary eight on Met to back their performances up in Durban. I will have to land Day was unlikely to be the thing that he is remembered for, as it running. Fortunately I know those Natal tracks very well.” For a was clear to see that for this talented horseman, the next record true horseman, a record breaker and a champion trainer I have was just around the corner. And it was, I just didn’t consider that no doubt that that will be exactly what he achieves. And don’t be he would be breaking one that had stood for a hundred years. So surprised if a record or two is smashed in the process.

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Minnie Dlamini-Jones and Usain Bolt.

G.H. MUMM THRILLS AT SUN MET CELEBRATED WITH MUMM

Nigerian rapper Ice Prince and SA TV darling Ayanda Thabethe.

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Bonnie Mbuli.


Ayanda Thabethe in a Biji Lamaison creation inspired by the African sunset.

Dash, whose name comes to mind when you think of the word ‘gentleman’ did not disappoint at the races.

It’s only fitting that a cotton-eater shows up in strictly Gucci attire. Riky Rick proudly declares that e styled himself, and for that we award him a #Win.

Vuzu’s Moozlie at the Paddock Club.

Somizi Mhlongo at his social best.

CEO Usain Bolt.

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Mzansi’ favourite couple Dineo Moeketsi and rapper Solo got up, dressed up, and showed all the way up. Dineo’s interpration of the theme was that she had to push herself to step out of her comfort zone, and design duo Quiteria & George definitely stuck to that brief.

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Left: Local TV personality and our favourite blonde bombshell, Mbali Nkosi, in dramatic ruffles which are inspired by Tsonga traditional attire. Right: Would it even be a Moozlie slay if she didn’t show off those lovely legs? The Vuzu presenter stuck to her personal tradition of serving leg game on every red carpet, while debuting a new bob. South Africa’s most lovable presenter Katlego Maboe stepped out of his comfort zone, and wore shweshwe print for the first time courtesy of Fabiani.

We continue to gush over celebrity romance, as Reason and Loot Love arrived together with a shared appreciation for the talented Siyamthanda Ndube, whose illustration inspired Loot’s outfit.

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Comedian Siv Ngesi serving anything but jokes in this besponke C-Squared look complete a wooden bow-tie.

“It’s not only about bringing Africa to the world, but the world to Africa,” says Mumm Master of Celebrations Minnie Dlamini-Jones about her Gert JohanCoetzee creation.

Liezel Van der Westhuizen opted for a less literal interpretation of the Afro chic theme, and went for a regal approach of depictions of wildlife instead.

Skhanda King, K.O. donned a bespoke Palse Homme ensemble. Definitely a #Dare for the rapper who’s known for his sneakerhead-chic style.

Lalla Hirayama.

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LOOKING UP AND LOOKING AHEAD SOUTH AFRICAN RACING RESILIENCE It’s often said that if you’re standing still, you’re falling behind. This is absolutely true of thoroughbred racing, and even more so within the dynamic and colourful South African context.

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ust a few months ago, the internationally recognised Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS) Cape Premier Yearling Sale (CPYS) took place in picturesque Cape Town. Scheduled to form part of the build-up to January’s Sun Met race meeting, featuring multiple Graded races as well as two CTS incentive races, this year’s sale took place against the backdrop of optimistic new initiatives aiming to provide impetus towards opening up the multimillion dollar export market for South African bloodstock.

caused a buzz - whilst new stallions What a Winter and Soft Falling Rain were among the others generating special interest. Blessed with a number of world-class stud farms, South Africa continues to plan and prepare for the day they get to see their yearlings widely distributed on the global stage, something that - except for rare instances - historic export protocols rendered practically impossible for years.

236 Lots were offered at CPYS 2018 of which 221 were sold at an impressive clearing rate of 94%, realising an aggregate of R111,475,000 ($9,3 million). The average of R504,000 ($42,000) and median price of R300,000 for both colts and fillies made CPYS 2018 by far the most successful sale in South Africa over the past year.

Recent developments have, however, led to increasing confidence that a solution to the country’s onerous export protocols has never been closer. Prominent industry figures Chris van Niekerk, Adrian Todd, Lee Scribante, Mike de Kock, Robin Bruss, Mick Goss, Peter Gibson and Jessica Slack comprise the South African Equine Health Protocols (SAEHP) group, with their mission being for South Africa to resume direct international trade with sustainable export protocols in place.

South Africa’s top four stallions were highly sought after, as progeny of ill-fated Captain Al, Silvano, Dynasty and Trippi proved most popular. Several Frankel yearlings predictably

SAEHP have established a timeline for achieving their stated objectives. By August of this year they aim to have a successful outcome to an EU Audit of internal controls in South Africa

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with procedures in place for the protection of the African Horse Sickness (AHS) free zone. By January 2019 it is hoped to resume direct trade with the EU. By the end of 2019 they aim to conclude protocols with targeted non-EU countries, and agreement of the design of a quarantine station. “Recent international and scientific developments have shown us that there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel. While we still have a long road ahead, solid progress has been made,” is the encouraging message from Todd. Back on the local front, CTS stock has been excelling, pushing out winner after winner across all South African racing centres. In the Grade 1 Cape Flying Championships at Kenilworth, a CTS quartet prevailed, with graduates Sergeant Hardy (by Captain Al), Trip To Heaven (Trippi), Live Life (Trippi) and Brutal Force (Western Winter) completing a 1-2-3-4 finish. In going gun to tape, the victor stayed unbeaten over 1000m with trainer, Justin Snaith, describing Sergeant Hardy – despite his well-publicised breathing problems - as a “gallant horse with a big heart.” Part of the attraction of all CTS auctions are the lucrative

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incentive races linked to the purchase of eligible candidates. Substantial dollar-denominated stakes tempt connections, and in this year’s $500,000 CTS 1200, high class young sprinter Dutch Philip streaked home to boost his takings to over R4 million. By top freshman sire What A Winter, Dutch Philip was bred by Rex Stud and purchased for R460,000. Undercover Agent proved victorious in the $500,000 CTS 1600. The son of multiple champion Captain Al got a perfect stalking trip in a falsely run race, where the first three at the top of the straight took advantage of soft early fractions to complete the trifecta. Captain And Master finished second with improbable long-shot Rings And Things third. A R325,000 purchase at CPYS 2016, Undercover Agent has now earned more than ten times that amount. CTS recently released online catalogues for the upcoming 2018 April Yearling Sale to be held at the picturesque Durbanville racecourse outside Cape Town. This innovative new sale – a combination of previously-held CTS March and Emperor’s Palace sales - takes place over 2 days on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 April and begins with a Select evening session on day one.


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Compared to previous March sales, this upgraded event sees a 33% increase in the number of lots on offer, growing from 257 in 2017 to 342 this year. “This is a really exciting new format and catalogue.” said CTS CEO Wéhann Smith. “There is strong sire pulling power, quality individuals at a range of price levels, and some impressive new stallions being represented, all of which will make this sale appeal to all types of buyers.” Apart from previously mentioned Dutch Philip, other March Sale graduates include inaugural CTS Million Dollar victor Illuminator, a R180,000 purchase in 2014 who amassed over R8 million in stakes; 2017 Selangor hero Rocket Countdown, and Safe Harbour who has already earned R2,7 million in prize money. “The support we have received from breeders this year has been fantastic. We look very carefully at the calendar and consult the industry to find the right window, and I am very satisfied that this year – with the later date and Select session – will show bigger, stronger bloodstock at all ends of the market” says Smith. “We have progeny from Dynasty, Silvano and Trippi, alongside top international sires Rock Of Gibraltar,

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Camelot and Exchange Rate, and some of the last available Captain Al’s – making this sale a wonderful opportunity to buy into some proven bloodlines, or pin hook ahead of our Readyto-Run Sale to be held on 23 November.” Pin hooking has proved to be incredibly successful for many shrewd buyers at CTS Sales, and this year should be no different. At last year’s CTS RTR Sale 20 lots made profits of R195 000 or more, with no fewer than 8 making over R400,000 more than their original price. Lot 110, a colt by freshman sire Jackson sold for R700,000 after originally passing through the ring for a mere R45,000 while progeny of Captain Al (Lot 125) and Dynasty (Lot 5 – out of 2011-12 Champion 2YO Filly All Is Secret) realized profits in excess of R600,000. Recent international success of CTS graduates, Janoobi (Zabeel Mile in Dubai) and Singapore Sling (Hong Kong’s Classic Cup) provides further incentive to attend, and CTS are again offering logistical back-up, including travel arrangements for out-of-town visitors. Consult www.capethoroughbredsales.com for catalogue updates and additional information, or Kerry Jack at kerry@ cthbs.com for logistical assistance.

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Singapore Sling winning in Hong Kong

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SOUTH AFRICAN HORSES IN HONG KONG Hong Kong, known as the racing mecca of the East, has always been a home away from home for a host of South African jockeys. Joao Moreira has some way to go before he comes close to Douglas Whyte’s record of 13 straight Jockey’s Championships. Basil Marcus wasn’t far behind with seven, while Felix Coetzee and Anthony Delpech are still remembered for their partnerships with all time greats such as Silent Witness (AUS) and Vengeance Of Rain (NZ). Even South African trainers made their way to Hong Kong with Tony Millard and David Ferraris currently flying the flag.

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illard has been a great supporter of South African horses despite the difficulties in getting them to Hong Kong. Two of his current stars, Nassa and Singapore Sling are both SA breds and between them have added a tidy amount of silverware and a rather large amount of prize money to their owners’ pockets.

into Derby contention, a position no other South African horse had ever achieved.

Nassa won the G3 Sa Sa Ladies Purse in November while Singapore Sling finished second in the Hong Kong Classic Mile, before stamping his authority on the field of the Hong Kong Classic Cup in February. That victory catapulted him

So why are there not more South African horses competing in Hong Kong? Apply some mathematics to the final fields for the 2018 LONGINES Hong Kong International races in December and you will discover that there are eight entrants

The Hong Kong Derby worth HK$ 18 million is the race most owners want to win and Singapore Sling’s owners were no exception. The Philanthropist gelding ran a gallant race, only being collared close to the line by Ping Hai Star. In only five starts since his arrival in Hong Kong, Singapore Sling has already earned a staggering HK$13.9 million

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Nick Columb and Mark Richards

from Ireland and Japan, seven from Britain, six from France and one each from the USA and South Africa. In fact the South African horse is listed as GB as that is where she has been training since leaving South Africa almost two years ago and therein lies the problem. While the other international horses can fly pretty much straight in, it takes an entrant from South Africa five months of quarantine to compete in Hong Kong. Five months of quarantine, on three continents and with enough air miles in between to achieve gold status, is hard for any horse never mind an elite athlete. Even yearlings, who do not have to stay fit, still battle with the length of the journey. And that’s not taking into account the changes of food and routine at every stop. Thankfully the Hong Kong Jockey Club and in particular their CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, who is also the vice chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), has been pushing for a leveling of the playing fields where South African horses are concerned. Meanwhile back on home soil Cape Thoroughbred Sales, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association together with Bloodstock SA hosted a workshop to address the quarantine issues and a task team was brought together. From there the implementing entity, the South African Equine Health and Protocols task force, headed by Adrian Todd, was formed. Todd has indicated that they are making significant progress.

The ultimate aim is to fly direct after 16 days of quarantine in total lockdown in the fully vector protected complex in Cape Town, coupled with the use of the OIE approved PCR test for the genetic material of the virus, which can provide results within four hours. In another positive move the Hong Kong Jockey Club buying team attended the CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale in January for the first time. Engelbrecht-Bresges has been quoted as saying that it is due to significant efforts spent in the last year by the IFHA and its International Movement of Horses Committee, along with South African authorities and the racing industry, to integrate South Africa’s top-quality bloodstock and racehorses into global racing. The HKJC’s team of Nick Columb and Mark Richards were active early on in the Sale when taking the bidding to the R2.5 million mark for Lot 23, a Dynasty colt out of the dual Group 1 winning Dubawi mare, Happy Archer (AUS). Consigned by the Drakenstein Stud, the colt named Perfect Day is the third foal out of the mare. Columb and Richards were back in action one lot later when snapping up the full brother to Group 1 winner Happy Valentine. “They are both strong, good looking individuals”, said Columb. “The right style of horse for our racing. They will be exported to Hong Kong via Mauritius and offered for sale as three-year-olds to our owners at the Hong Kong Sale.”

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The team’s next purchase was Lot 133 consigned by Klawervlei Stud, for R1,8 million. The striking grey colt by Captain Al out of the Goldkeeper (USA) mare Secret Of Victoria is a full brother to multiple Group 1 winning filly All Is Secret and Group 1 Allan Robertson Championship winner The Secret Is Out. From an outstanding sprinter/miler female family and by a sprinter/miler stallion in the deceased Captain Al, the colt named I Am The Secret is ideal for the Hong Kong market. “He’s a lovely horse, he’s not tall but he’s big and strong and obviously the mare’s already done the job with two siblings by Captain Al so we’re very happy to have got him. He ticked all the boxes, as they say! “Given Captain Al’s record he’s an obvious choice for us, it’s just a shame he’s no longer with us anymore as we’ve come to the party very late, but in our view this colt was one of two very, very good Captain Als in this sale”, commented Columb. The second Captain Al selected by Columb and Richards was Lot 199, with the hammer falling in their favour at R700,000. Consigned by Avontuur Stud, the bay

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colt is out of Baltic Beauty, a full sister to multiple Group 1 winner Mother Russia, from the family of G1 Empress Club Stakes winner Nother Russia. “He is also from a powerful sprinter/miler family which is ideal for Hong Kong”, Columb added. “Hong Kong owners may not understand South African breeding yet, but they can read a pedigree and can see the record of Captain Al so these colts will be well thought of. We work predominantly on type, pedigree is important, but we don’t buy anything we don’t like physically. They also have to show us they have a little bit of precocity because 88 per cent of races in Hong Kong are run over a mile or shorter so they have to have a turn of foot.” With these horses adding to the pool of SA breds in Hong Kong and with the possibility of the buying team returning for the Bloodstock SA National Sale, together with the efforts of EngelbrechtBresges and the South African Equine Health and Protocols task force, it may not be too long before our horses take Hong Kong by storm.


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TERESA ESPLIN MY JOB IS MY PASSION

Teresa Esplin has worked in pretty much every aspect of horseracing as her CV attests – pre-training rider, stud groom, yearling sales handler, assistant trainer, starter, judge and lastly racing liaison officer. Somewhere in the middle the word Legal PA crept in, but it was soon overtaken by an abundance of horseracing terms and the world was right again. If there is one thing that Esplin is, it is passionate about horses. Whether it is marching across the green turf of Kenilworth Racecourse, radio in hand or astride a racehorse in full training splashing through the waves, her world in both work and in play is filled with horses.

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er love of horses started in junior school, when she learnt to ride on some horses belonging to friends of her dad. Living on a smallholding out near Atlantis, she soon learnt that a lady called Diz Bostock was doing pre-training and spelling nearby. Of course it was only logical to do her school work shadowing with Bostock. Hence when her schooling was finally done, it was a job in horses that she wanted to find. Those however were few and far between. She heard through the grapevine that Janet Burns of El-Lions Farm might have a position available, but by the time she enquired it had been filled. 42

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Undeterred she started doing some film work through Burns and not too long afterwards Burns offered her a job. After approximately two years with Burns, they decided to sell their farm and she was once again in the job market. This time she found a job with trainer Glen Kotzen. She had finally found her way to those magnificent racehorses that intrigued her so. Esplin takes up the story: “I worked for Glen for four years and in the middle of those four years I went to work in Ireland at Rathbarry Stud. My mother is Irish, but I was born here and l lived in Ireland from the age of two, till the age of eight, when we came back. All my relatives were there, but mostly I wanted to go work in Ireland as it has


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such a great reputation for producing the best racehorses. I tried to get into a racing yard, but their setup is very different to here, so I wasn’t able to get a job as an assistant trainer. “Someone suggested that I contact Rathbarry Stud in County Cork, since they also had a National Hunt stud and their son trained horses for jumps racing. He also didn’t have work for me, but they did have a position available for a stud groom on the main stud and I jumped at the chance. I worked there for a year and a half, working with mares, yearlings, foals and stallions. I arrived during the yearling sale season and was put straight to work prepping for the sales. Next I was put in charge of my own barn with 22 mares and their foals. When the foals were two days old they were brought across from the foaling unit to my barn and then when they got to a certain age they were moved on to the next barn. So I would get two day old foals, keep them for a month and then move them on to the next barn and the next batch would arrive.” It was quite a compliment on Rathbarry Stud’s part, as while Esplin had worked with mares and foals at El-Lions Farm, it had been a small operation with only six mares. The Cashman’s Rathbarry Stud was an entirely different operation, standing up to ten stallions at any given time, including the likes of World Champion Miler, Barathea (IRE). Rathbarry is also the largest family-owned Stud in Europe, with a reputation of having stood 44

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six Champion First Season Sires in their respective years, with the most recent being Acclamation. Esplin is certainly not kidding when she says it was a huge challenge. Yet if there is one thing she has in abundance it is work ethic. It didn’t take her long to roll up her sleeves and knuckle down to the job at hand, even though as she admits, at first they did think she was rather nuts. “At Rathbarry they let their mares live quite rough, nothing is wrapped in cottonwool. So they would come into my barn with manes hanging below their necks and tails trailing to the floor, full of knots. I would set to work immediately, pulling their manes, brushing and trimming their tails, while my foals had their foalslips put on every morning and taken off every night. The resident vet, who did the morning checks, used to say that he always knew which ones were mine, even if they had been moved to another barn. When you opened the door in the morning to check them, my foals would look up and then go back to sleep again, while other people’s foals would leap up and panic. “I really loved it there. I saw a lot of interesting stuff, a lot of stuff that you probably wouldn’t see here. It is such a massive operation. There were a lot of walk-ins and they had a lot of overseas clients, so it wasn’t just prepping yearlings. They are quite big on pin-hooking there, so we were prepping weanlings as well. Then we would prep the National Hunt yearlings as


Teresa on Captain America

well as some older National Hunt horses, as they do tend to break them in a lot later. I even got to exercise Barathea in the off season. What a gentleman he was. I will never forget that. One day I was walking him up the road, after lunging him and we walked past a camp of yearling fillies. He happily walked past, but he walked with his head and neck across me, as if to say to I am not going to go to them, but I want to look, so don’t stop me looking. It was such fun. “Our yearlings would go on the walker every morning; they even put weanlings on the walker. We also handwalked as there were a lot of roads on the stud. I vividly remember getting dragged along for meters and meters by a weanling.Then when the sales come around you travel with them to the sales and you show them. I loved it and to this day I still ask myself why I left Rathbarry to come back. I thought at the time coming back would be a better option, because I had friends here. Its funny”, she reminisces, “because if you go overseas on a trip like that and you are forced to make new friends, it takes you out of your comfort zone. Then when you come back, everybody is still where you left them, but you have moved on and it was actually very hard transitioning back here, but my dad was very ill and I felt I had to come home. Otherwise it is quite possible that I would have stayed.” Back home came the only non-horsey blip as Esplin studied to

become a Legal PA and was offered a job with a Conveyancing Attorney before she had even graduated. You may be able to keep horses away from Esplin, but you can’t keep her away from them. So while studying, she was working part time for Eric Sands in his yard, helping him with admin and also working as a photo-finish judge for the NHRA. Soon however it all got too much. Esplin discovered that she wasn’t allowed to become a licensed assistant trainer and be a photo-finish judge, so a choice had to be made. Sands’ training yard won, but still she combined jobs, accepting the offered job with the conveyancing attorney. That however was never going to work as she admits with a wry smile. “I don’t think I even lasted three months! So I went back to work for Eric for about two years and when we parted ways, I ended up working for a recruitment agent. “At the same time I got a job with the NHRA as a starter (the first female one in this country I was told!). I worked as a starter for a while but the recruitment agent wanted me full time so I resigned as midweek starter, but kept on doing it on Saturdays. Then the job with Gold Circle at Kenilworth Racecourse came up. I applied, had an interview, got appointed and nearly eleven years later I am still here.” Esplin’s official job title is Racing Liaison Officer and if that doesn’t mean much to you, don’t worry. It basically means INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

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that on race days, she is in charge of making sure everything runs smoothly and if something goes wrong, to make sure it is sorted as soon as possible. Her day starts with the dissemination of scratchings, equipment and jockey changes and the track report. She needs to make sure all the staff and the medics are in attendance which includes a radio check, half an hour before racing, to ensure that the paramedics, the course doctor, the course farrier, the vets, the judges, the starter and basically all the key people without whom racing cannot start, are all in radio contact. “They are all on one channel and all our internal staff are on a separate channel, so that we don’t confuse each other with things”, she explains. “Then it is just a case of keeping an eye on the race meeting, making sure nothing goes wrong and if it does, to try and fix it as quickly as possible. Some problems are quick fixes and others such as a horse breaking down or getting injured can become quite difficult – luckily that doesn’t happen often. I also tell the starter before each race to keep an eye on every horse that is paying less than R5 on the tote or if it is the favourite. If anything happens to those horses at the start or they get scratched, then we have a responsibility towards the public to unload the whole field if it is at all possible, in order to allow everybody to redo their bets. Also any scratchings that happen on course I have to relay back to 46

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the Clerk of Scales, Racing Operations and Telly Track. Lastly, once the judges phone me with the results, then I wait for the Clerk of Scales, as well as the Stipendiary Stewards and if everybody is happy then I can advise the commentator that the ‘all clear’ can be announced. “During the rest of the week one of my job description points is to maintain and improve the relationship between the operator and the trainers. Hence I visit the training centres to keep on top of things and I attend to any problems. I am also in charge of incoming visiting horses. They apply for stabling through me and I accommodate them where I can. Likewise any local trainers who want to increase their stables yards need to come and discuss it with me.” And as if she isn’t busy enough she is also in charge of the quarterly racehorse census done in conjunction withthe NHRA, which is used for programming purposes. I wonder aloud whether there are any future plans to return to Ireland? Yet while Esplin admits she misses the closeness of her family, she is adamant that South Africa is her home. “I have a boyfriend, friends and my horses here and I enjoy what I do. Every job has its pros and cons and I am one of the lucky ones, my job is my passion. And it doesn’t get much better than that!”


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SAVOUR COOLER CLIMES WITH

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oncentrated berries with savoury notes of dried fynbos, lavender and fresh rosemary make Steenberg Merlot the ideal fireside comforter on chilly autumn or winter days.

Crafted Crafted from vines on the cool Steenberg foothills, the fresh and vibrant 2015 vintage is richly rewarding with a mouthful of plum, dark chocolate and black olives. “With the change of seasons from summer into autumn, our food preferences change in turn to warmer, flavoursome and richer dishes. Our Steenberg Merlot is rich in generosity and warmth with a rounded texture which makes it a fantastic food-friendly wine,” says winemaker JD Pretorius. Made for the long haul with the tannin and acidity in perfect balance, the Steenberg Merlot 2015 has the potential to age beautifully for up to 15 years. No wonder it is the top selling Steenberg red wine. It’s a slam dunk with red meat. Chef Kerry Kilpin of Steenberg’s popular Bistro Sixteen82 recommends a delicious grilled sirloin drizzled with a whisky and black pepper jus and a green pea and tomato salsa. The 2015 vintage has stood up well to critical acclaim with a 92/100 rating from British Master of Wine Tim Atkin in his South Africa 2017 Special Report. For more information visit www.steenbergfarm.com or #LiveSteenberg on Twitter @ SteenbergWines and Facebook at facebook.com/steenbergestate.

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Recipe by Chef Kerry Kilpin of Bistro Sixteen82 Grilled Sirloin, Whisky and Black Pepper Jus, Green Pea and Tomato Salsa Serves 2 2 x 220g sirloin steaks Olive oil Salt and pepper 50g wild rocket

Green Pea and Tomato Salsa

80g cooked peas 80g cherry tomatoes quartered 5g chopped parsley 10ml olive oil Squeeze of lemon juice ½ red onion chopped Combine all the ingredients for the salsa and season with salt and pepper.

Black Pepper Jus

½ red onion chopped 4 button mushrooms chopped Canola oil 250ml beef stock 250ml cream 3ml crushed black pepper 60ml whisky Sauté the onion and mushroom with a little oil until nice and brown, deglaze with the whisky and bring to the boil. Add the black pepper and stock and reduce by half. Add the cream and reduce by half. Blend with a stick blender and season with salt. Taste and, depending how strong you like your black pepper, add more if necessary. Season the sirloins with salt, pepper and olive oil. Pre-heat your pan until nice and hot. Pan fry your steaks to desired cooking degree. Allow your steak to rest for 2 minutes before slicing. Slice the sirloin in half, place on a bed of rocket, top with the green pea and tomato salsa and drizzle the black pepper jus on the plate.

Serve with a glass of delicious Steenberg Merlot. Enjoy!

Committed to environmentally sound farming practices and dedicated winemaking, Steenberg Vineyards, produces a range of much-loved wines from almost 60ha under vines in Constantia. From the vine to the bottle, Steenberg wines are primed to produce an experience that evokes the unique terroir of the estate.

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By Michele MacDonald | Photos courtesy of Turf Diario

MASTER OF THE SADDLE BRAZILIAN JOCKEY JORGE RICARDO SETS WORLD RECORD FOR WINS After slaying the demons of cancer and resurrecting himself from a variety of bone-crushing fractures, Jorge Ricardo has gone on to complete his life’s mission, scaling heights never previously known in sporting history.

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ow standing at the top of international racing, the Brazilianborn jockey can breathe in the rarefied air he earned over four decades in the saddle while proudly claiming the title of the winningest jockey of all time.

“I never doubted that I would tie the record and that I would break it—never, even in the worst moments. After my last fall (in December 2016, which sidelined him for ten months with a broken left femur) I knew that only a fatality could keep me from realizing my dream,” Ricardo, 56, declared not long after steering home his 12,845th winner. He etched that achievement—which could endure for a very long time as there is no rider close to being within reach of that lofty mark—into the annals of racing legend on February 7 at Hipodromo de San Isidro in Buenos Aires. Two days earlier, Ricardo had tied the record of 12,844 winners, set by American-based Racing Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze prior to his sudden retirement at age 57 in 2016, while competing before his countrymen at Hipodromo da Gávea in Rio de Janeiro. Tears streamed down the face of the man known fondly to South Americans as “Ricardinho” after that landmark score in his native land. “I waited long for this and finally I got it,” Ricardo said in a voice choked by emotion as he was engulfed by celebrating well-wishers.

“I never

Adding four Argentina riding titles to his resume, Ricardo often rode more than 400 winners in a season, with his most productive years coming in 1992-’93, when he rode a lifetime best 477 winners in Brazil, and in 2007, when he set the Argentinian seasonal record with 467 winners. But Ricardo’s career has been about so much more than just personal accolades. He is known in South America as a dedicated professional who puts just as much effort into getting the best out of a maiden as he does when picking up the in my life reins on a champion.

races,” Ricardo said, reflecting on how he has focused on racing over all else during the years he has been riding ever since beginning as an apprentice at 15.

The son of trainer and former jockey Antonio “Banana” Ricardo, the record-setter came by his interest in racing naturally. He also had two uncles who were jockeys in the 1960s and ’70s, and he was given a leg up by his father on his first winner in November 1976 at Gávea. That was just the beginning of what would be many

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Ricardo dominated racing in Brazil so thoroughly and for so long that he captured a phenomenal 26 consecutive riding titles there before shifting his base to Argentina in 2006 and subsequently becoming more widely known for his feats in the saddle.

imagined I’d win so many

“I never in my life imagined I’d win so many races,” Ricardo said, reflecting on how he has focused on racing over all else during the years he has been riding ever since beginning as an apprentice at 15. “I never had much time for vacations. I took a week, occasionally two. My life has always been about horse racing.”

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milestones on his ascent to uncharted territory.

“The greatness of Jorge Ricardo goes far beyond having become the jockey who won the most races in the history of racing. It is in his professionalism, in his character, in his magic and in his gift of just being a genuine person,” observed Diego Mitagstein, editor of Turf Diario in Buenos Aires. “He is the ideal idol, the one who sets an example, the one who always has a smile ready.”

Ricardo revealed much about his nature after he set the record at San Isidro with a winning ride in the fourth race on the program aboard La Francia stable’s aptly named Honour and Glory mare Hope Glory, who prevailed by a half-length in the 1600m event for fillies and mares with one lifetime win. “I thank everyone for the support and affection they always gave me,” Ricardo said. “But I also want to thank Russell Baze with all my heart, the man who inspired me to move forward, a great person without whom I would not have achieved what I achieved. I offer my respect for an incredible professional who is as much the owner of this record as I am.” Baze and Ricardo famously battled over the title of the most successful jockey by wins for about ten years, with the latter surpassing the former in 2006 with his 9,591st winning mount. Ricardo went on to be the first jockey ever to win 10,000


races in 2008, but then Baze charged back and became the first to reach the 11,000-win plateau in 2010. That landmark for Baze came after Ricardo had to take time off to battle lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system and white blood cells that he overcame while out of the saddle for six months. Ricardo also faced several serious injuries, including a broken jaw and fractured shoulder suffered in a fall in 2013, which led him to reduce somewhat the number of horses he regularly rode once he was able to return to competition. While Ricardo’s faith never wavered that he could reach the lofty peak of becoming the world’s winningest rider, there have been many difficult moments of varying intensities that he has had to navigate. On the day he tied Baze’s record, he seemed disappointed not to break the mark at Gávea as inclement weather hampered some of his mounts. “I was getting anxious, very nervous. At Gávea, the rain ruined me, because all the races went to the dirt and my horses had double the chance to win on the grass. I lost two incredible races,” he said.

He finally tied Baze with a win on the Brazilian-bred Rock of Gibraltar filly Jubileia before going back to Argentina to reach the pinnacle. “I felt happiness, joy, a desire to embrace everyone,” he declared after establishing the new mark, noting that he is a survivor who is still formidable regardless of his age. Indeed, he added another win to his total before the 14-race San Isidro program concluded. “I know that at 20, at 30 or at 40, it is not the same as at 56, but I am not destroyed either. I have good form, I take care of myself more than ever and I am still able to put up a good fight,” he said. From now on, every race has the potential to take Ricardo higher and higher up the mountain he has mastered as no one before him could. “Every race that I win from now on will be a new record. That sounds good,” he said with a laugh. “The goal to set the record is now fulfilled and my aim will be to continue riding

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with the same enthusiasm and the same professionalism to get the most advantage possible.” When 2018 comes to a close, Ricardo will pause and consider whether he should continue to climb. “I will decide what to do, I will see how my body and head are and I will decide if I keep racing or if I retire. Today, I think it is more likely I will stay active, although being more selective, even if it is only a little longer. But I’ll talk to my family and I’ll decide.”

at Ascot Racecourse in Britain. Ricardo arrived at Ascot after riding five winners from seven rides at Hipodromo de Palermo in Argentina. In his usual fashion, he was quietly gracious when meeting Baze during the post position draw. “It’s a great pleasure and surprise to be invited to an event of such magnitude,” Ricardo said at the time. “I had a huge desire to meet Mr. Baze, who is an outstanding jockey. It’s a great pleasure to have done that and also an honor to be on the same team.”

Neither Baze nor Ricardo won a race during the Shergar Cup on a rainy August day, but no one could criticize the number of While he is not well known outside of Brazil and Argentina, winners each steered home in the course of his career. Ricardo has at times journeyed abroad. For Ricardo, the journey continues for at least a little while longer. He rode 1994 Brazilian Horse of the Year Much Better in that year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe but Stud TNT’s son of “Each race that he wins now will help to enlarge his legend even Baynoun was unplaced. However, Much Better earned two of more, so that the South American horse racing community will the record five wins Ricardo has enjoyed in South America’s feel proud that this star is part of our galaxy and that his heart prestigious Gran Premio Latinoamericano, capturing one belongs to us all a little bit,” Mitagstein said. “When time passes edition of the race in Argentina and another in Brazil. and Ricardinho no longer wears riding boots, everyone will recognize and appreciate being contemporaries of one of the In 2008, Ricardo met Baze for the first time while joining the most important jockeys in the history of horse racing and one “Rest of the World” team to compete in the Shergar Cup of the greatest professionals in the history of sports.”

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GOLD COAST PREPARES FOR SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE’S BEST It’s the biggest and best sale of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the Magic Millions National Sale is set to deliver again in 2018.

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National Weanling Sale

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Vegas Showgirl, dam of Winx

he National Sale, comprising weanlings, yearlings, race fillies, broodmares and racehorses, will be held over late May and June on Australia’s fabulous Gold Coast. The National Weanling Sale kicks off proceedings at the breeding stock extravaganza and is a proven source of success for buyers and pin-hookers alike.

Group One winners like Pierro, Driefontein, Gimmethegreenlight, Harry’s Son, Redzel, Volpe Veloce, Willow Magic, Peggy Jean, Seasons Bloom and Zoustar and were all graduates of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale. This year’s sale will provide buyers with an opportunity to buy outstanding young stock by a range of exciting first season sires. All of the established stallions will also be represented at the Southern Hemisphere’s leading sale of its kind. The world’s best bloodlines will provide prospective buyers with endless opportunities at the National Broodmare Sale. One of the best buys from the National Broodmare Sale came in 2008 when Colm Santry went to $455,000 to purchase the multiple stakes winning Al Akbar mare Vegas Showgirl. Purchased on behalf of the Camilleri family’s Fairway Thoroughbreds, Vegas Showgirl would, as her second foal, produce Australia’s best ever modern day galloper and highest Southern Hemisphere earner Winx. At the 2014 sale members of one of Australia’s best ever

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The Broken Shore, MM National Sale 2014

thoroughbred families went under the hammer as part of the Teeley Dispersal. One of the top sellers was The Broken Shore – a close relation to champion sire Redoute’s Choice – in foal to Fastnet Rock. Purchased by Dean Hawthorne for $1.9 million The Broken Shore a few months later produced the future multiple Group One winner Shoals. At the same sale a year later the Group One winner Response was sold to Japanese interests for $1.5 million. The mare was carrying this year’s boom juvenile filly Estijaab. Across all levels of the market there will be incredible opportunities at the National Broodmare Sale again in 2018. Following on from the Broodmare Sale, the National Yearling Sale is the source of many of the region’s top racehorses. Group One winners including Polar Success, Tarzino, Enzo’s Lad, Costa Viva, Tinto, Mirjulisa Lass, Tell a Tale, Heavenly Glow, Princess Coup,Woorim and the South African owned Singapore champion Rocket Man all being graduates of the auction. Graduates of the National Yearling Sale have gone on to win so many of the world’s feature races from South Africa to Singapore, New Zealand to Dubai and Australia to Hong Kong. For more information on the 2018 Magic Millions National Sale and to view the online catalogues visit the Magic Millions website – www.magicmillions.com.au.


Cascada surges away to win her maiden by two lengths going away. She has returned to the Bozo’s Spring Water Farm for a short rest.

CASCADA

Text & Photos by Candiese Marnewick

THE GR1 FRENCH CONNECTION For 300 years the Thoroughbred breed has kept us enthralled with extraordinary stories of breeding and owning winners worldwide – every person in racing has a story. Through the shuttling of stallions and the passion of bloodstock agents, trainers and owners who remain in pursuit of excellence, the horseracing world has become a much smaller place with horses imported and exported every day, across the globe.

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Nathalie Bozo greets Cascada with a kiss in the winners enclosure, whilst jockey Warren Kennedy looks on.

Gorella, related to Cascada under her fourth dam, wins the Gr1 Beverley D Stakes in the USA for breeders Xavier and Nathalie Bozo.

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t was a cold and wet day in February 2017, to the back to inspect the Lot, and found a small but neat bay when French couple, Xavier and Nathalie Bozo Visionaire filly who was very nicely put together. Pleased with decided to attend a Summer Ready To Run Sale at what she saw, Nathalie hurried to get a Buyer’s Card. Summerhill Stud. It wasnt long before the filly Cascada was knocked down Summerhill Stud is far from an ordinary farm – for a mere R25 000 to the French connections, which they have held the South African Championship included Aliette and Emmanuel Chevalier Du Fau, the trainer of French Oaks winner Dunette. Dunette is the daughter Breeder Award for 10 years – nine of those consecutively. of Cascada’s fourth dam named Pram. Dunette’s half-sister Xavier, a French Bloodstock Agent and his wife Nathalie, is Godille, the imported third dam of Cascada who found a Thoroughbred breeder in France for almost 40 years, her way to Summerhill Stud. This is the family of one of attended the sale with friends, amongst them the breeder Summerhill’s many Gr1 winners Desert Links, winner of the Aliette Forien – who bred Wings Of Eagles, the winner of Gold Cup. last year’s Epsom Derby. Apart from the beautiful Summerhill views and opulence of the facilities, the lunch is provided by Nathalie said she was not fussed about the filly’s small size, their own restaurant Hartford which happens to be one of which she said was a trait in her fillies’ ancestors. She explained South Africa’s leading hotel establishments – it all proved a that it all started with a racemare in France called Exciting perfect reason to attend a sale on a rainy KZN Midlands day. Times – the mare’s name could not be more apt to the situation. Spotted by Xavier at a sale, he purchased Exciting Browsing through the sales catalogue, Nathalie recognised a Times as a yearling and raced her. familiar pedigree in the female line of Cascada. Not intending to buy when they originally arrived, Nathalie quickly ran out Always believing she would be something even though luck

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Elated French breeders and owners Xavier and Nathalie Bozo lead Cascada into the winners enclosure at Scottsville, in their green and gold colours.

wasn’t always on her side as a racehorse, the filly went on to produce Gorella (by Grape Tree Road), who would take the Bozos to America to see her place third in the Gr1 Breeders Cup Mile as a 3yo. Gorella, trained by Jean De Roualle, had won a Gr3 in France at the age of 2, won a French Gr2 at age three and placed in three major international Gr1’s that year. Sold on which saw her exported to America and trained by Patrick L Biancone, it was at age 4 that she gave the Bozo’s their first Gr1 winner as breeders, taking the American Beverley D Stakes in a race that needs to be watched – coming from stone cold last to swoop down and win by lengths. Xavier and Nathalie went on to produce another Gr1 winner from the same mare, a colt who had immense staying power and won his Gr1 marathon, steeplechasing in the colours of the Bozos. At the sale, they were advised that trainer Doug Campbell had great success with a Visionaire filly named Lala, and Nathalie and Xavier Bozo sent Cascada to Doug to train.Visionaire has

produced many good fillies including Group Winners Heaps Of Fun and Royal Pleasure. Cascada began her racing career over 1000m at Scottsville and placed 6th on debut behind Miss Frankel. Racing green, she improved by three lengths over the same course and distance a month later, and in her third start after a three month rest, Cascada finished in second place over 1200m at Greyville. Trying a bit more distance, Doug put the filly over 1400m which saw her finish 4th by three lengths. Knowing how much stamina was in the pedigree of Cascada, Nathalie encouraged Doug to put the filly over further. Landing a very wide draw of ten but with Warren Kennedy in the irons, Cascada was hot going to the start, fly jumping on her way down. She showed plenty of speed to accelerate and flew past them to win by a very comfortable two lengths over the 1600m for her jubilant and esteemed group of owners – an extraordinary story of a pedigree coming full circle almost 20 years apart in two different countries, and plenty of celebrating in the winners enclosure that afternoon at Scottsville.

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Xavier and Nathalie with Deez Daynand of Tellytrack, giving the thumbs up in the post race TV interview.

Xavier believes that Cascada will enjoy a 2000m trip – the small filly is not lacking in ability or courage.

in the KZN Midlands.“Exciting Times” is emblazoned on the sign as you arrive at the entrance gate.

The green and gold colours of Xavier and Nathalie Bozo have been carried to the South African winning enclosures before – their first trip to South Africa after being invited by the South African Thoroughbred Breeders Association, saw them purchase a beautiful Australian imported filly that was part of Summerhill’s draft for R900 000.The daughter of Fantastic Light, named African Love, is very well related internationally – her dam is a half-sister to Bounding, a Gr1 winning daughter of Lonhro who sold for A$1,900,000, making news headlines the world over when she was purchased by Stonestreet Farm in the United States. The mare currently resides in the USA and has just foaled a strong Curlin colt.

Their intention is to purchase weanlings and to pinhook them to Sales in the future. Xavier and Nathalie have been instrumental in getting South Africa international exposure, with French TV crews visiting and inviting many international visitors to encourage investing in the South African Thoroughbred industry.

African Love’s first foal by Captain Al, African Victory, sold for R1 million at the CTS Premier Yearling Sale (CPYS). In his recent debut as a four-year-old gelding over 1200m at Fairview, African Victory won by 9,5 lengths for Tara Laing. African Love’s second foal, the Rathmor-bred Var colt Pata Pata, sold for R475,000 and is a winner and placed from five starts. The Bozos’ love for South Africa has seen them purchase a farm

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Xavier is opening a Bloodstock Agency in Summerveld, KZN, to prepare Thoroughbred exchanges with other countries, in particular France, with the impending positive international changes of rules for South African quarantine. The Rainbow Bloodstock Agency, which will operate in and out of South Africa, will be managed by Xavier with two South African friends and colleagues. The SAF-bred horses continue to fly the flag internationally in Dubai (Janoobi and Light The Lights recently), Hong Kong (Singapore Sling), Europe (Smart Call, Brave Mary and Anna Pavlova to come), and with the strong possibility of South Africa’s export protocols opening for international business soon, it is ‘exciting times’ indeed to be a breeder in South Africa.


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Phoenix Team in action at OBS March sale: left to right, agent Dermot Farrington, principal Amer Abdulaziz, chief executive Tom Ludt and trainer Jeremy Noseda. Photo credit: Michele MacDonald

By Michele MacDonald

PHOENIX SOARING AROUND GLOBE UNIQUE RACING VENTURE FOUNDED BY AMER ABDULAZIZ MAKING ITS MARK From Europe across the Atlantic Ocean to America and then south of the equator to Australia, the name that has skyrocketed upward in the racing realm over the past year with a series of high-ticket bloodstock purchases and subsequent elite track success has been Phoenix Thoroughbreds.

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et until this spring, Phoenix was cloaked in mystery. The man who created what was designed to be the first regulated Thoroughbred investment fund anywhere on the globe deliberately stayed out of the spotlight.

Dream Tree now is unbeaten in four starts through March and will target some of the top races for three-year-old fillies in America this season. At the same time in England, Phoenix’s Gronkowski—a 300,000 guineas purchase at the 2017Tattersalls Craven breeze-up sale, earned points for a possible trip to the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May.

All that changed at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s March two-year-olds in training sale in Florida when Dubai-based entrepreneur Amer Abdulaziz stepped forward to lead a phalanx of high-profile advisers, including leading American trainer Bob Baffert, in securing the sale-topping Scat Daddy filly and two other juveniles for a total of $1.9 million.

While other ownership groups can wait lifetimes to even approach such altitudes in racing, Abdulaziz said that since the long-planned objective of the Phoenix fund is to acquire highcaliber horses that can achieve in the world’s top races under the supervision of superior trainers, success was sure to follow.

Speaking candidly to reporters, Abdulaziz made it clear that his goals for Phoenix and its investors are nothing short of becoming a worldwide superpower in the sport. The most coveted races on the globe are his targets, including the Kentucky Derby.

“That was on the agenda,” he said of the early achievements. “That’s what we are trying to do by buying top-quality horses— we hoped to build a reputation of the first order. And from Day 1, with all our buying, our aim was the Kentucky Derby.”

Born in Bahrain, Abdulaziz has been connected to horses for “Our aim is to be the best,” declared Abdulaziz, who in 2017 most of his life. His family raised and raced purebred Arabians, oversaw from a distance the purchasing of over $25 million and before going to school in the mornings he would canter worth of young horses, primarily yearlings and two-year-olds, some of the horses in their morning work. just in the United States, Britain and France. “Those were beautiful days,” he recalled, noting how his family’s Success followed swiftly. Only nine months after buying one filly, horses dominated Arabian racing in his homeland. “I always had a $750,000 daughter of Uncle Mo subsequently named Dream a close relationship with the horses.” Tree, Phoenix achieved a Grade 1 victory when she prevailed in When he went to University of California, Berkeley to study the Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos Race Course.

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finance, Abdulaziz discovered Thoroughbred racing at nearby Golden Gate Fields. “I fell in love with the Thoroughbreds,” he said, recounting his impressions of the action at Golden Gate. “I was drawn to their speed and how stunning and alert they were. I started dreaming about racing and breeding Thoroughbreds—and this dream stayed with me always.” He began taking note of international racing and remembers being particularly impressed by 1989 Epsom Derby and Two Thousand Guineas winner Nashwan. “He was owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum and he had an Arabic name, and that hit me in the face. I wanted to know, ‘Who is this horse?” Abdulaziz recounted of the American-bred chestnut by Blushing Groom. “From there, I started to follow racing, and I remember Sadler’s Wells and Pivotal, and Galileo, of course. One of the best races I ever saw was the (2001) Irish Champion Stakes in which Fantastic Light defeated Galileo. “In America, I remember the rivalry between Easy Goer and Sunday Silence, and I went back and watched all the races between Affirmed and Alydar and studied all the pedigrees.”

Following his graduation, Abdulaziz went on to work in banking and the high-powered corporate finance world at companies such as Philip Morris and Coca-Cola Inc. In 2015, he established his own business base in Dubai and began to build up an international presence that today spans a variety of ventures in technology, real estate, housing, scrap metal and hospitality. His Phoenix Fund Investments is a boutique private equity enterprise under which he established Phoenix Thoroughbreds as a subsidiary fund. Abdulaziz said it took him more than four years to do all the research about the Thoroughbred industry worldwide to identify investment opportunities and then shape an investment fund structure that was solid and appealing to potential investors, particularly in Europe and America. He designed it to be regulated in Luxembourg, and he had to build up working capital as well as recruit a specialized group of people with the appropriate financial-oriented background to serve as Phoenix’s investment directors and advisors. Reaction to the unique investment vehicle—the key concept of which is to allow investors to enjoy the sport of kings while reducing risk by diversifying purchases across the spectrum of racing and breeding assets while constantly evaluating and selling

Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ Grade 1 winning filly Dream Tree. Photo credit: Benoit Photo

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Topper Scat Daddy & Abdulaziz

for profit in order to yield a strong annual return—was upbeat. “People we spoke with (in investment circles) thought this is an amazing product—no one had heard of a product like this before. They were very impressed as they realized (through Phoenix fund investor information) how much money is involved in this industry in stallions, weanlings, broodmares and yearlings,” Abdulaziz said. “They realized there is money to be made if this is done right.” Once a certain amount of capital was raised and purchasing of horses initiated, the orange and white Phoenix silks began appearing in winner’s circles. “Once we managed to get all the organizational and financial work done, we went ‘boom,’ ” Abdulaziz said, smiling and referring to the immediate racing rewards. In addition to Dream Tree and Gronkowski, Phoenix’s early winners included the very promising Walk in the Sun, an American-bred son of Street Sense who could target European classic races in 2018 after topping the 2017 Arqana May breezeup sale at €1.4 million and then winning his first two starts. Other winners include Take Me With You, an $800,000 Scat Daddy filly purchased at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Florida two-yearolds in training sale who placed in the Group 3 Albany Stakes

at Royal Ascot last June; Diamondsandpearls, a $1.7 million saletopping Congrats filly from the 2017 OBS March venue who was a debut winner for Baffert, and Mourinho, a $625,000 OBS March juvenile who Baffert developed into a stakes winner before a tragic fracture incurred during training claimed the colt’s life. Gronkowski, Walk in the Sun and Take Me With You have all been trained by Newmarket-based Jeremy Noseda, who, like Baffert, is a special advisor to Phoenix. Other European trainers associated with Phoenix include Sir Michael Stoute, Andre Fabre, and Ed Vaughan, and the stable is active in Ireland and France in addition to England. Phoenix is also creating a significant operation in Australia and New Zealand.The stable’s first runner in Australasia, juvenile filly Hard As, a daughter of All Too Hard who was an A$210,000 purchase at the 2017 Inglis Easter yearling sale, won on debut for trainer David Vandyke on February 25. Nonetheless, Abdulaziz is focused in large measure on the United States due to the size and scope of the racing and breeding industry there. “The U.S. market is the biggest in the world, which is very important,” he observed. “And I love American racing—it’s very competitive.”

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Phoenix leader Amer Abdulaziz, right, leads the stable’s top filly into the winner’s circle at Santa Anita Park. Photo credit: Benoit Photo

Dream Team and Abdulaziz

Phoenix has joined with a few American partners, led by Three Chimneys Farm, Gainesway Farm and Stonestreet, on some expensive yearling purchases: an $850,000 Violence colt, a $675,000 Tapit filly and a $500,000 Into Mischief colt, respectively. The objective is to not only more efficiently penetrate the market but also to form significant relationships, always with an eye on “the long vision,” as Abdulaziz said.

Baffert, the stable also is working with award-winning American trainers Steve Asmussen and Todd Pletcher.

“They will support us and we will support them,” he said of Phoenix’s partners. “We are very careful about who we partner with; we only want to deal with the best because we want to be the best.”

The rapid rise of Phoenix has provided plenty of highs and a few lows, with the latter including a split with initial bloodstock agent Kerri Radcliffe. But Abdulziz sees it all as a step-by-step progression toward bigger success in the future combined with the ongoing opportunity to amass some of the best horses in the world for Phoenix’s investors.

“We want to make a return for our investors, so we must have partners who will help us make that return,” Abdulaziz said. “We are always thinking about strategic partners and people who can add value to our fund.”

While Abdulaziz, 54, noted that combining his virtual lifelong passion for horses with his business acumen in finance is a plus since he naturally will give the venture all of his expertise and “This is a field that, if you tell me you know everything about it, enthusiasm, he made it clear he did not found Phoenix as a hobby. you’re completely wrong,” he said.“It’s like swimming in the ocean. It’s so vast you learn something every day. “ “I’m not doing this to have fun. It’s a big responsibility on our shoulders,” he said, elaborating on how all the people who are “I’ve learned a lot,” he continued, emphasizing the inspiration the working in conjunction with the stable have a significant role to Phoenix horses have given him to soar to higher heights.“I’ve been disappointed a few times by people, but never by the horses.” play going forward. Tom Ludt, who previously held executive positions with Vinery Farms, Breeders’ Cup Ltd. and The Stronach Group’s Santa Anita Park, is directing Phoenix’s global operations, and in addition to 68

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“Of course,” he said when asked if he is attached to the horses in the Phoenix stable. “They’re my babies.They’re all equal to me—I love them all.”


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MIX BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE

THE WAY IN TO THOROUGHBRED BREEDING The Cape racing season is always a flurry of activity and excitement, so it was most pleasant to take a bit of a breather (and a cocktail or two) at Mano’s in Green Point, as part of the CTS Premier Yearling Sale week. An ideal opportunity to see the familiar faces of the industry in a relaxed environment away from the racecourse for a change, and to catch up with connections we don’t see that often. By Johan Blom 70

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aving dipped our toes into the pool that is Thoroughbred ownership, we have had a great couple of years, getting to experience the thrill that is racing.The thrill of the track, hosting friends and ultimately leading in that champion, all make up Thoroughbred Racing.

foals, pedigree study, the atmosphere of the sales – they all offer excitement. We are fortunate to be managers for experienced and inexperienced players and it is always very satisfying bringing new people into breeding activities guiding them in the enjoyment, planning and the targeted returns on investment.

This is not low cost entry in the sense of racing clubs or small percentage ownership. We are looking now for an investment of Having been involved in other equine sports for quite a bit longer, around R 2 million in 50% of a band of young mares in foal plus it has always been the breeding and genetic side that has struck foals, yearlings and new fillies – over 20 in all – an investment in me as particularly fascinating. Analysing bloodlines, determining potential with good credentials. pre-potent genetic traits, digesting vast amounts of information in order to try and squeeze out the percentage difference. This If this were an investment in proven high level success, 20 million is a side of the business where masters are at work but few can would not get you very far, let alone 2 million. The idea is to build claim to have mastered it. It’s an ongoing learning curve but must towards those higher levels with good young stock and a successful deliver the ultimate thrill to breed success on the racetrack. We track record of, in our case, breeding winners with almost every first are not even talking about leaving lasting legacies that forever foal, then second foal and so on. change the direction breeding takes place in future. Just as we are the investment manager – looking after the interests There are few as knowledgeable and passionate as David Allan of the person or people putting in the money - with all the proper when it comes to bloodstock. He manages for a range of clients accounts and projection reporting, as well as the breeding theory from new and keen to a global owner/breeder, so my musings then sales placement and management through the ring, so we are about breeding were enthusiastically received. David immediately also there to make it exciting – even glamorous – and above all to mentioned that this is exactly what he is working on so I asked engender contact with mares and foals in a way that enchants first him if he could outline what it would take to become actively timers and brings them back time and again. involved in breeding: We may make matings recommendations with budgetary rationale, “Where racing is high octane on a raceday or out on the gallops, but we never do so without going into the whys and the wherefores breeding has a different power to create year round passion as and offering alternatives for the investors to consider. If people do well as a more coherent financial equation whether on international enough of this, they then have a lot of racehorses to follow. stock markets or investing in a few mares. Creating these beautiful animals is both commercial and a lifestyle contributor with much Stud farms that mostly have their own stock are not suitable places related racing to follow as well. Mingling with the mares and to board, but may host thrilling visits to see their stallions. Our

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Elusive Fort - his progeny have broken the Million Rand barrier.

boarding farms must be – and are – geared to entertaining guests and going out of their way to help the involvement”. I put it to David that the South African bloodstock markets are down at the moment. His response was: “Exactly! Now is the time to come in! Cash flow is causing some breeders to produce less now which in practice means fewer yearlings to buy in 2020/21 by which time our “Three Upsides” would have kicked in, creating much stronger demand than right now. I talk constantly about the “Three SA Upsides” of (1) government change – that has happened and international markets have reacted positively (2) a more streamlined, less fragmented, more ordered sales structure partly through my and Andreas Jacobs’ seven months mediation effort in 2017 and perhaps further due to the 2018 removal of Mayfair Speculators. There is much fall-out yet to happen, but the landscape will be reshaped and advantage can be taken now. Number (3) is “Exports”. After a few years of infinitely higher quality work than before, South Africa has impressed the world with our 72

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science, systems, personnel and government support. Thus we may achieve freedom of export movement later this year to and via EU, then next year to “third party” importers all keen to import directly. The whole thing is credible and tangible for the first time for decades. Values would increase dramatically. Not only may direct exports shoot upwards, but also global bloodstock players in the likes of UK, Ireland, France, USA, Australasia and, South America will reassess South African multi-directional opportunity. At the premium SA sales, the Frankels and Camelots will vanish. That trade is done and gone other than a few currently at foot until we arrange different imports or shuttle stallions. The late super stallion Captain Al has few remaining. Silvano, Dynasty and Trippi will supply fewer. The new guard will take over along with more imported pedigrees refreshing the South African gene pool. Yearling experts will soon be buying from a wider range. Is 2 million rand too much? On the contrary. It is time for funding expansion and surely nowhere else can people “come in” to going concerns with the Welcome Mat laid out and experienced management in place.” For further enquiries contact Johan Blom at johan@silvermane.co.za


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REVERSING COURSE AUSTRALIAN GROUP 1 WINNERS VANCOUVER, ASTERN SHUTTLE TO AMERICA Nearly three decades after Danehill began to rewrite history as the first hugely successful stallion shuttling from the Northern to the Southern hemisphere, a pair of horses are being given the chance to prove that the time is now for Australian-breds to show what they can do north of the equator in America.

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ntriguingly, both Coolmore’s Vancouver and Darley’s Astern are sons of Medaglia d’Oro, who has become a stalwart of the Darley franchise in both hemispheres. Just as interesting, both horses have Danehill, who remains a dominant force in Australian breeding, fairly close up in their pedigrees.

been very encouraging.They have great strength, correct legs and quality,” said Ashford manager Dermot Ryan.

“We think Vancouver has huge potential to make an impact as an international sire. He’s by an international sire in Medaglia d’Oro and you would have to think Vancouver has all the attributes to be a successor to his sire. He’s a gorgeous looking individual, he was Vancouver, an unbeaten champion juvenile and winner of the a champion two-year-old in Australia where speed and precocity coveted Golden Slipper Stakes, is standing his second season at are so important, and his good looks are really showing through in his foals,” Ryan said.“We’re very excited to be standing him, and Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky. the support he has generated so far is going to give him every As a 16.2-hand, precocious and handsome son of his sire, chance to make it in America.” Vancouver has immediate appeal for American breeders, who rewarded him with 166 mares in his first Kentucky book in 2017 With a fee of $15,000,Vancouver offers American breeders value and likely will send a similar number in 2018. He is a half brother for a top-class son of a sire already proven to get graded and to Group 1 winner Juste Momente and is out of a stakes-placed group winners on both dirt and turf and going both short and Danehill daughter of Skating, Australian champion sprinter and long distances. For example, Medaglia d’Oro’s Breeders’ Cup winning duo in 2017,Talismanic and Bar of Gold, respectively won three-year-old filly in 1992-’93. the Turf at 1 ½ miles and the Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs The first foals by Vancouver were born in Australia last fall and are on dirt. being joined by his first American-sired foals arriving in the current Meanwhile, over at Darley’s base at Jonabell Fam in Lexington, the Northern Hemisphere season. Each group is generating a buzz. enthusiasm is just as strong for Astern, a Group 1 winner who “We received very positive reports on his foals in Australia, and earned a Timeform rating of 126 to rank highest among all of the everything we have seen from his foals in America so far has sons of Medaglia d’Oro.

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Vancouver colt out of Laugh Often, foaled in Kentucky on February 8, 2018

Standing a shade over 16 hands, Astern is a half brother to Group 1 winner Alizee and his pedigree pulses with quality as his third and fourth dams are Group 1 winner La Baraka and champion Triscay. Even before he arrived in Kentucky and despite the fact that he was Australian-bred with his racetrack exploits achieved on turf, Astern captivated breeders who nearly filled his book, which Darley is limiting in the Northern Hemisphere this season to 120. Once he did reach Jonabell, the last slots were quickly snapped up as he was paraded for inspections in January. “He was pretty easy to sell,” said Darley sales manager Darren Fox.“Physically, he’s quality and class. He has an attractive head and a big hip with good length to his body, and he’s very well balanced. But what I like about him best is the way he moves. He scores highly in every category and he will have ample opportunity to show what he can do.” Like Vancouver, Astern stands for $15,000 in Kentucky, a level that is encouraging for breeders who might not fully appreciate his race record but who are impressed by his looks and his sire. His dam is a daughter of Exceed and Excel, who is by Danehill. While reverse shuttlers already have been successful in Europe, with the likes of Fastnet Rock and Exceed and Excel leading the way, it has been less easy for them to become established in America, where dirt racing is predominant.

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Kentucky-bred filly by Vancouver out of Marfa’s Squall

Darley’s Australian champion and Horse of the Year Lonhro showed, however, that a top horse can get good offspring in both hemispheres. After standing three seasons at Jonabell for $30,000 in each year, Lonhro has gotten progeny that include 2018 Kentucky Derby hopeful Gronkowski. Lonhro was only the second Australian horse to reverse shuttle to the United States, following All American, who had stood at Arrowfield Stud in Australia before visiting Darby Dan Farm in Lexington. “We’ve been bringing American stallions down (to Australia) for years,” observed Darley Australia’s former chief Henry Plumptre in 2011.“There was no reason to think it wouldn’t work the other way.” Vancouver and Astern will have their chances to emulate the shuttle success of Danehill, but there may never be another like him in either hemisphere. Bred and raced by Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms, Danehill became a top sprinter, winning the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup before going on to burst through barriers as the first stallion to sire over 300 stakes winners. The son of Danzig ruled Australia as leading sire nine times and also topped the sire list in England and Ireland three times and twice in France.


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Text and Photos by Tom Ferry

FOREVER SWAIN SHADWELL’S EUROPEAN C H A M P I O N T H R I V E S AT 2 6

A dense fog settled in at Shadwell Farm on another cold, early January morning. The previous day saw an ice storm roll through Lexington and the greater part of Kentucky’s bluegrass region leaving a treacherous combination of mud and icy slick spots on the ground. As Shadwell’s grooms carefully led the farm’s pensioners from their barns out to their paddocks, hints of daylight broke through the murk. While caution was taken to navigate each step, the journey was one the Irish-bred champion had taken several times across a quarter century of winters. As he entered his paddock and broke into an easy gait, the strides were not as long nor as fast as they were back in the day. But the white star, snip and socks on his hind legs are still unmistakable. And when passersby watch him stand majestically as he surveys his landscape, they may likely say, “that horse is somebody.”

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t has been nearly twenty years since Swain last entered a starting gate and his stallion career ended more than six years ago. While he has traveled roads ranging from France to England and Dubai to Canada, he has called the Kentucky operation of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s farm home for 18 of his 26 years.

It all began on February 12, 1992 when Swain was born to Love Smitten, a Canadian-bred mare and winner of the 1986 (G1) Apple Blossom Handicap. His sire was Nashwan, the spectacular American-bred, British trained racehorse who had a season for the ages in 1989 when he made racing history by becoming the first horse to capture the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, Eclipse Stakes and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He retired that same year as European Horse of the Year and was sent to Shadwell Stud where he was syndicated for a European record of eighteen million pounds. Swain would become Nashwan’s most successful offspring. Bred in Ireland by Sheikh Hamdan’s brother, Sheikh Mohammed, Swain was sent to France as a 2-year-old to train with André Fabre. By the time 1995 and his three-year-old season rolled around, Swain was ready to hit the racetrack. Patience paid off as the horse exploded out of the gate by winning his first five starts including Group 2 and Group 3 victories during the summer months. Swain served further notice to the racing world when he ran an impressive 3rd among 16 in the (GR-1) Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the fall. In the early summer of his four-year-old season, he journeyed to England and Epsom Downs for the first time and captured his first group one when he defeated eventual U.S.Turf Champion Singspiel by a neck in the Coronation Cup. Swain had demonstrated an affinity for travel that would last throughout his racing career. He also took on the very best of his generation. In addition to Singspiel, he challenged and defeated champions Pilsudski, Daylami, Helissio, Skip Away, Chief Bearhart and Victory Gallop across his four racing seasons. After finishing fourth in his second attempt at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Swain shipped overseas to North America for the first time to compete in the 1996 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Woodbine Racetrack where he and jockey Olivier Peslier rallied late to finish a respectable third.


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At the end of 1996,Swain was transferred to Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation and trainer Saeed bin Suroor. His 5-yearold campaign began in the summer of 1997 and was highlighted by the (GR-1) King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot Racecourse. Swain entered Britain’s most prestigious open-age flat race as the 16-1 sixth choice in a field of eight including rivals Singspiel, Pilsudski and defending European Horse of the Year Helissio. Across a soft ground in wet and misty conditions, Helissio grabbed the lead with five furlongs left in the race but Swain, Pilsudski and Singspiel began to roll. Swain seized the lead two furlongs from the finish but Pilsudski and Singspiel challenged him to the outside with Helissio fighting along the rail. As the Ascot crowd roared, jockey John Reid drove Swain outside and held off Pilsudski to win by a length. Throughout a final time of 2:36:45 across 12 furlongs, Swain demonstrated what would be hallmarks across the bay horse’s career. He was tough. He was a fighter. He always showed up. He had heart. In 1998, Swain opened his 6-year-old and final racing season against a horse who was the ultimate warrior. His name was Silver Charm and America’s Champion 3-Year-Old Male of 1997 had finished first or second in each of his 12 career starts. Like Swain, Silver Charm was a battler who opponents found nearly impossible to pass once he took the lead and caught sight of the finish line. Both horses shipped to Dubai in March for the running of the $4,000,000 Dubai World Cup. For Silver Charm, it would be the first time in 36 years a Kentucky Derby winner had run outside the United States. And for Swain, it would be his 84

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maiden venture on dirt after 16 career starts on turf. Silver Charm entered the race a prohibitive favorite among U.S. bettors (there was no betting in Dubai) while Swain was once again a longshot at 23-1 in the field of nine. Silver Charm shot out of the gate and followed frontrunner and fellow American Behrens closely with Swain sitting midpack until the top of the stretch when Silver Charm seized the lead. Silver Charm then repelled confrontations from France’s Loup Sauvage and Malek and as he approached the finish line, one final challenger came flying on the outside. It was Swain. In a dramatic finish, the two horses pounded toward the finish with Swain briefly grabbing the lead just before the wire, only to have Silver Charm fight back one more time to triumph by a nose in a photo finish. While the final result was in doubt, Swain’s jockey Mick Kinane looked over at winning jockey Gary Stevens and said, “Congratulations.” While it was a heartbreaking near miss for the six-year-old Swain to his younger rival, he earned $800,000 and the respect of Silver Charm’s trainer Bob Baffert who correctly foresaw the future. “I’ll take him [Swain] on again,” said Baffert, “but only in the U.S. because my passport is only good for a year.” Four months later, Swain made racing history when he became the oldest horse, before and since, to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the second horse (Dahlia ’7374) to win back-to-back editions of the race when he defeated


Swain (right) returns after the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic alongside Silver Charm (center) and Skip Away (left). Photo by Horsephotos.com

1998’s (GR-1) Epsom Derby champion Hi-Rise. He returned to turf his next time out and a trip to Leopardstown Racecourse in Dublin, Ireland resulted in his fourth Group 1 triumph when he captured the Irish Champion Stakes. In November, Swain returned to North America for the first time since 1996 to compete in the 1998 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs. Trainer Saeed bin Suroor and the Godolphin team had been impressed with how Swain took to the dirt surface in Dubai and subsequently decided to enter him in the $5 million (G1) Breeders’ Cup Classic. One of the greatest fields in racing history included eight millionaires and the ten starters had won a combined 69 stakes races, 31 of which were grade or group one. And if this wasn’t enough, awaiting Swain would be his new nemesis, the incomparable Silver Charm. In front of a record crowd of 80,452, Skip Away was the post time favorite at 9-5 followed by Silver Charm at 5-2. At 6-1, a spirited Swain tossed jockey Frankie Dettori twice in the post parade, once after Dettori hit him with the whip. The race to come would be one Dettori would like to forget across an outstanding career.When the field hit the top of the stretch and turned for home, Swain was sitting third and began his charge, taking dead aim on leader Silver Charm. As Swain neared his rival, Dettori began a furious left-hand whip which caused Swain to drift further and further outside. Each stroke seemed to increase Swain’s problems and when Silver Charmed eyeballed

and drifted toward his competitor, the grey left a huge hole and never saw a fast-closing Awesome Again until it was too late. Awesome Again crossed the finish line three parts of a length ahead of Silver Charm who finished a neck ahead of Swain. Despite the loss, many thought Swain to be the best horse on this day including Sheikh Mohammed who said, “He is one of the best I have raced and he was the best here.” But it wasn’t to be. It was a disappointing end to an exceptional year and career as it was announced soon afterwards Swain would be retired to stud.The curtain had come down on a career that garnered the son of Nashwan earnings of $3,797,596. He placed in a remarkable 20 of 22 career races and received recognition for his 6-year-old season when he was voted the 1998 Cartier Award for Champion Older Horse. Stallion Manager Kent Barnes has been at Shadwell Farm in Kentucky since 1991 and recalls when Swain joined the farm and began his stud career in 1999. “I watched his career on the track even when he was just with Godolphin and wasn’t really associated with Shadwell,” says Barnes. “I followed him closely and I was obviously very excited when we learned he was going to be retired here.” Swain’s first crop resulted in the Dermot Weld-trained filly Dimitrova who won the 2003 (G1) Flower Bowl Invitational en route to a million-dollar career.That maiden crop also

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produced multiple graded stakes winner Stanley Park and (GR3) Greenham Stakes champion Muqbil. Three years later, he sired multiple graded stakes winner Nasheej who captured the (GR2) May Hill Stakes at age two. Despite the promising start to his stallion career, a great racehorse can turn out to be a disappointing sire over the long term and this was the case with Swain. He spent his entire stud career in North America yet proved more successful as a stallion in Europe. Six of his 11 black-type winners, most notably Dimitrova, ran in Europe. “Reflecting back, if he had gone to stud in Europe initially and had been given the proper mares from the get go, he may have been an outstanding sire over there,” says Kent Barnes. “But at the time he retired, his sire Nashwan was already in place and we had the operation in Kentucky so we decided to give him a chance here after he proved himself on dirt.”

surroundings and fellow pensioned neighbors. Swain has seen them come and go with the passage of time. Shadwell tries to pair up the stallions and position them where they can see one other. For nearly ten years, Swain would race alongside the great Dayjur until the former English Horse of the Year passed away in 2013. More recently, Swain would watch 1998’s European Champion Two-Year-Old Aljabr until he died in February of this year at age 22. Today, the 26-year-old Swain prospers and is healthy for his age. Like the other pensioners, he is normally out in his paddock overnight as long as the weather cooperates. He is brought into the barn first thing in the morning and is fed and groomed before alternating between the paddock and the barn the remainder of the day until the evening turnout.

During his time at stud, Swain’s stud fee fell from $35,000 to $4,000. In 2010, the 18-year-old’s popularity in Kentucky had dwindled and he was relocated to Ascot Stud in Ontario, Canada. Swain was pensioned from stud duty in the fall of 2011 and returned to Shadwell at age 19 to live out the remainder of his days.

Swain will forever be remembered as one of the first world travelers. Godolphin was still in its early stages and he was one of the first horses they took around the world. He always brought his game no matter where he was running and on any surface. Look beyond the competitive glint in his eye, and you’ll see the heart of a champion. And find what those who know him so well have always known.

After a few gallops across his paddock, Swain lowered himself to the ground and rolled happily and repeatedly on the boggy pasture.When he finally rose, he once again gazed intently at his

“He has just been an outstanding horse, personality-wise, to work with,” says Kent Barnes. “He’s very kind, has never given us a problem from day one, and is just a great horse to be around.”

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Discovery CAMDEN BLUE: Breeding: Camden Park (USA) - Allez La Bleu (AUS) by Dolphin Street (FR). Raced 6 times for no places. Jumping 1.30M classes with Ashlee Hasuberger.

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BEYOND RACING Beyond Racing is an initiative founded by Imagine Racing to promote and publicise Thoroughbreds, highlight their successes as highly suitable sport and leisure horses and to promote their appropriate transition from racing to be well looked after, much loved and valued beyond their racing careers.

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able to learn quickly and adapt to different disciplines with relative aplomb and a can-do attitude. While it is easy to remember the champions on the track and recognise their achievements during and after racing, it is equally important to also celebrate and acknowledge the second careers and after racing successes of the lesser mortals.

The Thoroughbred Racehorse has been refined over the last Beyond Racing’s Objectives 300-odd years through selective breeding and careful pedigree • To highlight and reposition the Thoroughbred as a highly selection to the ultimate athlete that it is today. Bred from three suitable leisure and sport horse, thereby increasing the Arabian Stallions and an original handful of mare stock, the demand after racing. Thoroughbred is bred to run and born to race.While racing may • To promote the success of horses schooled across all be their purpose, their inherent workmanlike nature, generosity disciplines and to publicise and showcase their after-racing and athleticism mean that they are highly suited to other forms of lives and careers. We encourage Thoroughbred owners equestrian sport and given the right environments and grounding, to tell their stories on Face Book and the website, we run go on to excel. profiles in various online and print publications and arrange parades to meet and greet former champions at shows and Not every horse excels on the race-track but theThoroughbred is race meetings. 88

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Soul of Grit (Lavery x Girl of Grit) – not successful on the racetrack, but a super star on the polo field. Photo JD Photography.

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Alex Munn and Admiral Camden.

The RA Beyond Racing trophy for the highest placed Thoroughbred in Show, presented by Sandy Wilson of Beyond Racing to JJ Kemp and South Lawn at HOYS. South Lawn is a 10 year old gelding by Tamburlaine out of Eton Fields (from the family of Carolina Cherry). Photo Denford Studios.

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To create a platform to assist Thoroughbred owners with advice, help and sourcing appropriate service providers, as well as help with pedigree information and racing history. To encourage Thoroughbred series classes and prizes within classes at shows, to highlight and acknowledge competitive Thoroughbreds and their riders, in their chosen disciplines at all levels. 1. With the support and sponsorship of The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of South Africa and private Racehorse owners, Beyond Racing has produced winners’ sheets that are awarded for the top finishing Thoroughbreds at shows and in specific Thoroughbred classes. 2. The Racing Association donated an old Presidents Champion’s Challenge trophy to the Beyond Racing project, which was handed out for the first time at the Horse of the Year Show in February. 3. Additional promotional riding kit and clothing is available for sale to proud Thoroughbred owners, profits of which go towards funding further initiatives. To initiate a Thoroughbred series of competitions, for registered horses. To play a role in ensuring that horses retiring from the racetrack are registered as such with the NHRA and that these registrations are recorded accordingly, per the racing calendar. 1. Apart from the NHRA retirement form, which includes the new owner details, the NHRA has also added a second-career assessment form to the process, which needs to be completed by a vet, stating that the horses is sound for the proposed second career. 2. Correctly managed, this retirement registration process has the potential to create an important knowledge base and traceability of individual horses. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

Louise de Luca and her mare Waltzing Home who was trained by Michael Azzie. Waltzing Home 12 year old mare (Joshua Dancer x Flying Home).

Heavy Metal (2013 Durban July winner) with stable companion Ice Machine, both retired in KZN and now eventing. Photo Candiese Marnewick.

By providing a platform to guide trainers and new Thoroughbred buyers we can potentially reduce the number of wrongly placed and ill-treated horses. While we accept that not every racing owner is an avid horselover, it is incumbent on trainers, managers and industry insiders to help to create an understanding and appreciation of the horse, encourage owners to get to know the individuals and to take interest in, and responsibility for their after racing careers. Whether the horse was a star on the track or not, it is essential for the industry and our horse welfare that every owner does the right thing for each horse. Without our horses there would be no industry! A few years ago the progeny of Al Mufti were highly sought after for show-jumping and polo (size dependant of course, since the show jumpers prefer 16hh and bigger, and polo players generally prefer smaller than 15.3hh. The current popular lines include the, sadly deceased Camden Park and Captain Al (who seems to be continuing his sire’s popularity as a producer of athletic sport horses). Also proving popular are the progeny of A.P Indy’s remaining sons, as well as Camden Park’s Jay Peg, Miesques Approval and Greys Inn. At the end of the day, after conformation, good temperament and athleticism will still win out over any popular pedigree. The calibre, heart and ability of the Thoroughbred has seen many excel beyond their racing careers in show-jumping, three phase eventing, polo, polo-crosse, showing and dressage as well as other leisure sports. Given the chance, the right grounding and transition to a new career, Thoroughbreds will continue to make their mark Beyond Racing!


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

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Betting World Cape Flying Championship, G1, Kenilworth, 27 January 2018, 1000m 1 Sergeant Hardy 4 g Captain Al –Hard Lady, by Hard Up (ARG) 2 Trip To Heaven 6 g Trippi (USA) –Helleborus Blue (USA), by Cee’s Tizzy (USA) 3 Live Life 4 f Trippi (USA) –Viva, by National Assembly (CAN) Age:4; Starts: 17; Wins: 8; Placings: 5; Earnings: R1 823 375 Sire CAPTAIN AL is the sire of 83 stakes winners. In 2018 SNOWDANCE Joshua Dancer G1, SERGEANT HARDY Hard Up G1, MERYSAGOS Singspiel LR 1st dam Hard Lady, 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd East Cape Breeders S LR Dam of 3 winners: 2009:THE SANQUHARIAN (g Eyeofthetiger), Winner in South Africa 2011: CAPTAIN GREAT (g Captain Al),Winner in South Africa 2013: SERGEANT HARDY (g Captain Al), 8 wins in South Africa, Cape Flying Championship G1, Cape Of Good Hope Nursery G3, Summer Juvenile S LR, Southeaster Sprint LR, 3rd Diadem S G2 2nd dam CORSICAN LADY,Winner in South Africa Dam of 2 winners: Hard Lady: See Above CORSICAN LAD:Winner in South Africa Broodmare sire HARD UP is the sire of the dams of 7 stakes winners –SERGEANT HARDY Captain Al G1, BADGER’S GIFT Badger Land G1, MAINBRACE Captain Al LR, LADY ROHENA National Emblem LR, LEGALLY BLONDE Qui Danzig G1, SKIN TIGHT Winter Romance LR, TIME AND TIDE Baroon G3 Al Mufti Captain Al Off To War Hard Up Hard Lady Corsican Lady

Roberto Lassie Dear Complete Warrior Infanta Hard Fighter Alamosa Allied Flag Crystal Ingot

Cartier Paddock S, G1, f&m, Kenilworth, 6 January 2018, 1800m 1 Oh Susanna (AUS) 3 f Street Cry (IRE) – Sharp Susan (USA), by Touch Gold (USA)

2 Lady In Black 3 f Dynasty –Mystery Dame, by Jet Master 3 Fresnaye 3 f Western Winter (USA) –Gulf Breeze (GB), by Dubai Destination (USA) Age:3; Starts: 7; Wins: 2; Placings: 3; Earnings: R923 375 Sire STREET CRY is the sire of 115 stakes winners. In 2018 OH SUSANNA Touch Gold G1 1st dam SHARP SUSAN, 6 wins in USA, Lake Placid S G2, Herecomesthebride S G3 Dam of 3 winners: 2010: Indiano Jones (g A P Indy), 2 wins in North America, 3rd Summer S G2, Grey S G3 2013: BIBLICAL SUSAN (f Bernardini),Winner in South Africa 2014: OH SUSANNA (f Street Cry), 2 wins in South Africa, Paddock S G1, 2nd Cape Fillies Guineas G1, 3rd Kenilworth Fillies Nursery LR 2nd dam WINTER’S GONE, Unplaced Dam of 6 winners: SPRING AT LAST: 5 wins in USA, Donn Hcp G1,Godolphin Mile G2 sire SHARP LISA: 4 wins in USA, Las Virgenes S G1, Santa Barbara Hcp G2, dam of G1 FOUNDRY, G3W HOUSESOFPARLIAMENT SHARP SUSAN: See above WINTER’S QUEST: 2 wins in USA, dam of G1P Aripeka Broodmare sire TOUCH GOLD is the sire of the dams of 46 stakes winners –EMOLLIENT Empire Maker G1, OH SUSANNA Street Cry G1, UPSTART Flatter G2, SHAKHIMAT Lonhro G3, TULSA QUEEN Cactus Ridge LR, BIRDIE GOLD Birdstone G1, LUDY LUCIA Aragorn G2, DA BIG HOSS Lemon Drop Kid G2, ALL RIGHT Dominus LR, FLIPCUP Milwaukee Brew G3, AURY TOUCH Pounced LR, COOL CHARDONNAY Antonius Pius LR, PENWITH Bernardini G2, COMMISSIONER A P Indy G2, SPIRIT OF XIAN Kodiac G3, EDGE OF REALITY Lawyer Ron G3, BRYAN’ S JEWEL Rockport Harbor G3, LAUGH TRACK Distorted Humor G3, JAVERRE Outflanker G2, HEATHCOTE Niigon G3, SCHERER MAGIC Doneraile Court G3, NONIOS Pleasantly Perfect G3, RUNNING TALL Stratum G2, INDIAN FIREWATER Indian Charlie G2,

GALLANT Aptitude LR Machiavellian Street Cry Helen Street Touch Gold Sharp Susan Winter’s Gone

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Cartier Sceptre Stakes, G2, f&m, Kenilworth, 5 January 2018, 1200m 1 Magical Wonderland 3 f What A Winter –Magical Miss, by Al Mufti (USA) 2 Rose In Bloom 3 f Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) –Raise The Bar, by Goldkeeper (USA) 3 Princess Peach 3 f Captain Al –Princess Tobin, by Badger Land (USA) Age: 3; Starts:7; Wins: 5; Placings: 1; Earnings: R667 500 Sire WHAT A WINTER is the sire of 3 stakes winners. In 2018 MAGICAL WONDERLAND Al Mufti G2 1st dam MAGICAL MISS, Unraced Dam of 6 winners: 2006: MATCH PLAY (c Lecture),Winner in South Africa 2007: MAGICO (g Dupont), 7 wins in South Africa,Tommy Hotspur Hcp G3 2008: Marchant (g Dynasty), 6 wins in South Africa, 3rd Jet Master S LR 2010: MISS MAGICAL (f Silvano), 3 wins in South Africa 2012: MACHISMO (g Silvano), 2 wins in South Africa 2014: MAGICAL WONDERLAND (f What A Winter), R450 000CPYS, 5 wins in South Africa, Sceptre S G2, Kenilworth Fillies Nursery LR, Perfect Promise Sprint LR, 2nd WC Fillies Championship G2 2nd dam LADY OF TIME, 2 wins in South Africa Dam of 4 winners: Countess: 2 wins in Zimbabwe, 2nd Golden Jubilee Oaks LR LUNAR LANDING: 3 wins in South Africa Broodmare sire AL MUFTI is the sire of the dams of 63 stakes winners –AL SAHEM Silvano G1 ARABIAN BEAT Black Minnaloushe G1, DE KOCK Dynasty G2, FAIRYINTHEWOODS Count Dubois G2, WINTER FANTASY Western Winter LR, YORKER Jet Master G1, LITTLE MISS MAGIC Jet Master G1, DIVINE

JURY Jallad G1, JAY PEG Camden Park G1, CYBER CASE Casey Tibbs G3, KINGS GAMBIT Silvano G1, BOLD SILVANO Silvano G1, SMART BANKER Strike Smartly G1, O CAESOUR Caesour G1, COPPER PARADE Lecture G1, ROCK OPERA Lecture G1, HEIR APPARENT Fort Wood G1, VERTICAL TAKEOFF Jet Master G2, SUPPER CLUB Manshood G2, ALIMONY Alami G2, FESTIVE OCCASION Casey Tibbs G2, HIT SONG Lecture G2 THUNDERFLASH Bezrin G3, RICH STRIKE Strike Smartly G3, MAGICO Dupont G3, SHE’S A STUNNER Toreador G3, QUICKWOOD Fort Wood G3, BANKER’S GOLD Fort Wood G3, AVENUE OF GOLD Albert Hall G3, LASER FAN Fanatic Dane G3, NATIONAL BANKER Fort Wood G3, MISTER ASSEMBLY National Assembly LR, SAMMY JO Dynasty LR, TOGA Caesour LR, SOLDIER’S LASS Soldier’s Tale LR, ELUSIVE GOLD Sail From Seattle G1, SENSIBLE LOVER Good Journey G3, DRESSED IN COTTON Jallad LR, FORTUNE FELLA Mambo In Seattle G3, GALLICA ROSE Silvano G2, BARRACK STREET Dynasty G3, NEGROAMARO Fort Wood G3, MAGICAL WONDERLAND What A Winter G2, FORTISSIMUS Mogok LR, MR WINSOME Silvano G3, EPONA Silvano LR, BALANCE SHEET Silvano G3, FORTISSIMA Fort Wood G3, SEATTLE GOLD Sail From Seattle LR, DESERT RHYTHM Mambo In Seattle G2, KATALOX Old Forester LR, COPPER FORCE Royal Air Force, MR O’ NEILL Mambo In Seattle LR, MAJESTIC MAMBO Mambo In Seattle LR, VIA SEATTLE Sail From Seattle G3 Western Winter What A Winter Waseela Al Mufti Magical Miss Lady Of Time

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CTS 1200m, 3yos, Kenilworth, 27 January 2018, 1200m 1 Dutch Philip c What A Winter –Upity Ann, by Dominion Royale (GB) 2 Kasimir c Captain Al –Aquatint (AUS), by Peintre Celebre (USA) 3 Magical Wonderland f What A Winter – Magical Miss, by Al Mufti (USA)

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Age: 3; Starts: 10; Wins: 5; Placings: 3; Earnings: R4 140 850 Sire WHAT A WINTER is the sire of 3 stakes winners. In 2018 MAGICAL WONDERLAND Al Mufti G2 1st dam UPITY ANN, 5 wins in South Africa Dam of 1 winner: 2014: DUTCH PHILIP (c What A Winter), R460 000MYS, 5 wins in South Africa, Cape Of Good Hope Nursery G3, Somerset 1200 LR, CTS 1200, 2nd Cape Merchants G2, 3rd Summer Juvenile S LR 2nd dam NAPA VALLEY, Unraced Dam of 8 winners: UPITY ANN: See Above KING VINO: 4 wins in South Africa WINE QUEEN: 2 wins in South Africa Broodmare sire DOMINION ROYALE is the sire of the dams of 7 stakes winnersDUTCH PHILIP What A Winter G3, ENGLISH GARDEN Camden Park G1, ASTRO NEWS Silvano G3, DARLING MOON Indigo Magic LR, HARD ROCK National Emblem G3, TOWNSEND Captain Al G2, REGAL RANSOM Caesour G1, NIK NAK Kilconnel LR Western Winter What A Winter Waseela Dominion Royale Upity Ann Napa Valley

Gone West Chilly Hostess Ahonoora Wassl’s Sister Dominion Bahamas Princess Hard Up Ipanema

2013: RISK ALL (f Captain Al),Winner in South Africa 2014: Undercover Agent (c Captain Al), R325 000CPYS, 3 wins in South Africa, CTS 1600, 2nd Cape Classic G3

South Africa, Cape Summer Stayers Hcp G3, Woolavington Hcp LR 2014: TAP O’ NOTH (c Captain Al), 4 wins in South Africa, Cape Guineas, G1, Cape Classic, G3, Langerman LR

2nd dam Lustra Belle, 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd Juvenile Futurity LR Dam of 5 winners: SECRET RISK: See Above Rainbow’s End: 2 wins in South Africa, 3rd Racing Association S LR

2nd dam AIR OF ELEGANCE,Winner in South Africa Dam of 2 winners: Grace Me Guide: 3 wins in South Africa, 2nd Diana S G3, dam of G2W BLACK ARTHUR, G3W ROBERT THE BRUCE WINTERSWEET: See Above

Broodmare sire LONDON NEWS is the sire of the dams of 4 stakes winners –CAPTAIN’S CALL Captain Al G2, BEZANOVA Bezrin G2, WRECKING BALL Great Britain G3, CONSUMER CREDIT More Than Ready G3 Al Mufti Captain Al Off To War London News Secret Risk Lustra Belle

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Forus Cape Guineas, G1, 3yos, Kenilworth, 16December 2017, 1600m 1 Tap O’ Noth c Captain Al –Wintersweet, by Western Winter (USA) 2 White River c Trippi (USA) –Irish Torrent (USA), by Giant’s Causeway (USA) 3 Like A Panther c Captain Al –Della Scala, by Galileo (IRE)

CTS 1600, 3yos, Kenilworth, 27 January 2018, 1600m

Age:3: Starts:5; Wins: 4: Placings: 1; Earnings: R965 250

1 Undercover Agent c Captain Al –Secret Risk, by London News 2 Captain And Master c Captain Al –Scorched, by Jet Master 3 Rings And Things f Querari (GER) –Ring-Ding, by Badger Land (USA)

Sire CAPTAIN AL is the sire of 82 stakes winners. In 2017 CARRY ON ALICE Western Winter G1, THE SECRET IS OUT Goldkeeper G3, SNOWDANCE Joshua Dancer G1, TAP O’ NOTH Western Winter G1, PRINCESS PEACH Badger Land G3, CROWD PLEASER Charismatic G3, CAPTAIN AMERICA Fort Wood G1, CAPTAIN SPLENDID Fort Wood G3, JO’S BOND Muhtafal LR, CALL TO ACCOUNT Giant’s Causeway LR, SEARCH PARTY Pennekamp G2

Age:3; Starts: 7; Wins:3; Placings: 1; Earnings: R3 885 625 Sire CAPTAIN AL is the sire of 83 stakes winners. In 2018 SNOWDANCE Joshua Dancer G1, SERGEANT HARDY Hard Up G1, MERYSAGOS Singspiel LR 1st dam SECRET RISK 2 wins in South Africa,Winter Oaks LR Dam of 2 winners:

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Broodmare sire WESTERN WINTER is the sire of dams of 24 stakes winners – PAST MASTER Jet Master G1, HOWE GREAT Hat Trick G3, CARRY ON ALICE Captain Al G1, MAGIC SMOKE Fort Wood G2, WINTER PASSION Var LR, LE VAR Var G3, AMUR AFFAIR Tiger Ridge G3, HOUSE OF WAX Count Dubois LR, SUPER STORM Rakeen G3, POLAR MOON Victory Moon G2, STING OPERATION Captain Al LR, ROBERT THE BRUCE Jallad G3, GRANDALEA Parade Leader LR, GATHERING FAME Jet Master LR, AREZZO Go Deputy LR, LAUDERDALE Elusive Fort G1, ULTIMATE DOLLAR Jet Master G3, FLYING ICE Go Deputy LR, SINGAPORE SLING Philanthropist G2, WIND CHILL Silvano G2, ZANTE Ideal World G3, STRATHDON Silvano G3, TAP O’ NOTH Captain Al G1 Al Mufti Captain Al Off To War Western Winter Wintersweet Air Of Elegance

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Forus Premier Trophy, G2, Kenilworth, 16December 2017, 1800m 1 Milton 6 g Lateral (GB) –Missing No More (USA), by Unaccounted For (USA) 2 Last Winter 4 c Western Winter (USA) –Field Flower, by Silvano (GER) 3 Krambambuli 6 g Black Minnaloushe (USA) – Sailing To Rio (AUS), by Woodman (USA) Age: 6; Starts: 35; Wins: 8; Placings: 19 Earnings: R968 900 Sire LATERAL is the sire of 3 stakes winners. In 2017 MILTON Unaccounted For G2

1st dam Missing No More 4 wins in South Africa, 4th Majorca S G2 Dam of 5 winners: 2004: COLD HEARTED CAT (f Silvano), 4 wins in South Africa 2006: MAKEBA (f National Emblem),Winner in South Africa 2007: MISS DELISH (f Jallad),Winner in South Africa 2011: MILTON (g Lateral), 8 wins in South Africa, Premier Trophy G2, 2nd Peninsula Hcp G2 -twice 2012: MISNOMER (f Elusive Fort),Winner in South Africa 2nd dam Wassila, 4 wins in France and North America, 2nd Prix de la Seine LR Dam of 4 winners: BOLD RIDER: 3 wins in USA Missing No More: See Above Broodmare sire UNACCOUNTED FOR is the sire of the dams of 16 stakes winners – HOPPERTUNITY Any Given Saturday G1, EXECUTIVEPRIVILEGE First Samurai G1, OVERANALYZE Dixie Union G1, MILTON Lateral G2, TOO MUCH TIP Too Much Bling G1, BIG BLUE KITTEN Kitten’s Joy G1, AGENT DI NOZZO Ghostzapper LR, RED LEAD Red Bullet LR, GO TIGER JACK Victory Gallop LR, RUMMY’S COMMAND Deputy Rummy LR, SUMMER DOLDRUMS Street Cry G3, MEADOW BREEZE Meadowlake G1 Singspiel Lateral Ligona Unaccounted For Missing No More Wassila

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G2 Heineken Cape Stayers, G2, Kenilworth, 27 January 2018, 2800m 1 Let It Rain 5 g Dynasty –Gardener’s Delight (USA), by Giant’s Causeway (USA) 2 Master’s Eye 6 g Jet Master –Jettatura, by Al Mufti (USA) 3 Ollivander 4 g Silvano (GER) –Cast A Spell, by Rambo Dancer (CAN) Age: 5; Starts: 28; Wins: 6; Placings: 11; Earnings: R917 888 Sire DYNASTY is the sire of 55 stakes winners. In 2018 EYES WIDE OPEN Jallad G1, OUR EMPEROR Jet Master G3, WILD WICKET Jallad LR, LET IT RAIN Giant’s


EYES WIDE OPEN Causeway G2 1st dam GARDENER’S DELIGHT,Winner in South Africa Dam of 5 winners: 2008: ROSE GARDEN (f Spectrum), 2 wins in South Africa 2009: SOFT FALLING RAIN (c National Assembly), Equus Champion 2YO Colt in 2012, Champion Miler in UAE, 8 wins in Dubai, GB and South Africa, SA Nursery G1, Godolphin Mile G2, Joel S G2, UAE 2000 Guineas G3, sire 2010: MY NEPHEW ERIC (g Sail From Seattle), 4 wins in Hong Kong and SA 2011: Splendid Garden (g Black Minnaloushe), 5 wins in South Africa, 2nd Tommy Hotspur Hcp G3, 3rd Senor Santa Hcp G2 2012: LET IT RAIN (g Dynasty), 6 wins in South Africa, Cape Stayers Hcp G2, Java Hcp LR, 2nd Caradoc Gold Cup G3, 3rd Track And Ball Derby G3 2nd dam HIGHBURY, 2 wins in USA Dam of 4 winners: GARDENER’S DELIGHT: See Above DONYA: 2 wins in USA HIGH BRIDGE: Unraced, dam of SW PARTNERS STAR Broodmare sire GIANT’S CAUSEWAY is the sire of the dams of 79 stakes winners –ESCADO Casino Prince G1, BEAUTY PARLOUR Deep Impact G1, GUN RUNNER Candy Ride G1, SOFT FALLING RAIN National Assembly G1, EDEN’S MOON Malibu Moon G1, HAWKBILL Kitten’s Joy G1, FREE DROP BILLY Union Rags G1, ROMANTIC VISION Lemon Drop Kid, SEA DREAM Drosselmeyer G1, AWESOME ROCK Fastnet Rock G1, GIANT KILLING Hat Trick G1, AN SERAFINI More Than Ready G1, VERRAZANO More Than Ready G1, LOCH GARMAN Teofilo G1, WARHORSE General Nediym G1, PLANTEUR Danehill Dancer G1, EVENING JEWEL Northern Afleet G1 Sadler’s Wells Fall Aspen Commodore Blake Blakes Affair Joy Petite Storm Cat Giant’s Causeway Mariah’s Storm Gardener’s Delight Seattle Slew Highbury Quillummo Fort Wood

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Gauteng Guineas, G2, 3yos, Turffontein, 3 March 2018, 1600m

1 Monks Hood g Querari (GER) –Amber Bouquet, by Camden Park (USA) 2 Surcharge c Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) – Congestion Charge (GB), by Diktat (GB) 3Royal Crusade c Silvano (GER) –Royal Fantasy, by Al Mufti (USA) Age:3; Starts:8; Wins: 4; Placings: 4; Earnings: R1 135 969 Sire QUERARI is the sire of 8 stakes winners. In 2018 MONKS HOOD Camden Park G2 1st dam Amber Bouquet,3 wins in South Africa, 3rd Lady’s Slipper S LR Dam of 4 winners: 2009: DAYLAMI STAR (g Daylami), 3 wins in South Africa 2010:AMBER SAIL (g Sail From Seattle), 2 wins in South Africa 2012: QUERA (c Querari),Winner in South Africa 2014: MONKS HOOD (g Querari), R375000 NYS 4 wins in South Africa, Gauteng Guineas G2, Dingaans G2, 3rd Gatecrasher S LR 2nd dam BOUND FOR GOLD,Winner in South Africa Dam of 4 winners: Amber Bouquet: See Above GOLDRIDGE: 3 wins in South Africa WELLBOUND: 2 wins in South Africa Broodmare sire CAMDEN PARK is the sire of the dams of 3 stakes winners – JUST SENSUAL Dynasty G1, ROYAL DREAMER Rebel King G3, MONKS HOOD Querari G2 Oasis Dream Querari Quetena Camden Park Amber Bouquet Bound For Gold

Green Desert Hope Acatenango Quebrada A.p. Indy Danzig Island Al Mufti Wicked Gold

Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Handicap, G2, Kenilworth, 6 January 2018, 1800m 1 Eyes Wide Open 3 c Dynasty –Live Your Dreams, by Jallad (USA) 2 The Slade 4 g Philanthropist (USA) –Aquatint (AUS), by Peintre Celebre (USA) 3 Platinum Prince 4 g Silvano (GER) –Spirit Ofthe Dance, by Goldmark Age:3; Starts: 7; Wins: 3; Placings: 1; Earnings: R778 156

Sire DYNASTY is the sire of 54 stakes winners. In 2018 EYES WIDE OPEN Jallad G2, OUR EMPEROR Jet Master G3 1st dam LIVE YOUR DREAMS,Winner in South Africa Dam of 5 winners: 2008: NEED TO DREAM (f Dynasty),Winner in South Africa 2009: Living With Heart (c Spectrum), 3 wins in South Africa, 2nd Byerley Turk G3 2010: BE THE BEST (c Windrush),Winner in South Africa 2012: SILVERY DREAM (f Silvano),Winner in South Africa 2014: EYES WIDE OPEN (c Dynasty), R850 000KZNYS, 3 wins in South Africa, Premier’s Champion Stakes G1,Peninsula Hcp G2 2nd dam SYRIAN FLAME, 3 wins in South Africa Dam of 10 winners: NATIONAL FLAME: 11 wins in South Africa, Lebelo Hcp G3 –twice Blazing Al: 3 wins in South Africa, 2nd Hampton Hcp LR Rozelana: 6 wins in South Africa, 3rd East Cape Breeders S LR

DIAMOND Var G2, QUEEN FOREVER Gimmethegreenlight LR, HASHTAGYOLO Dynasty G3 Fort Wood Dynasty Blakes Affair Jallad Live Your Dreams Syrian Flame

Sadler’s Wells Fall Aspen Commodore Blake Joy Petite Blushing Groom Petrava All Fired Up Damascus Road

Hawaii S, G2, Turffontein, 3 March 2018, 1400m 1 Will Pays 6 g Imperial Stride (GB) – Rattlebag, by Jallad (USA) 2 Coral Fever 5 g Judpot (USA) –Coral Tree, by Rich Man’s Gold (USA) 3 Full Mast 3 g Go Deputy (USA) –Full Card, by Western Winter (USA) Age: 6; Starts: 32; Wins: 10; Placings:11; Earnings: R1 142 650 Sire IMPERIAL STRIDE is the sire of 2 stakes winners. In 2018 WILL PAYS Jallad G2

Broodmare sire JALLAD is the sire of the dams of 39 stakes winners - IT’S MY TURN Dynasty G1, EYES WIDE OPEN Dynasty G1, SOLO TRAVELLER Jallad G1, SHEA SHEA National Emblem G1, CLASSIC ILLUSION Kahal G3, MAJESTIC SUN Kahal G3, SUN CITY Kahal LR, GIVE ME FIVE Goldkeeper G1, MARTIAL EAGLE Silvano G1, FOREST OF DEAN Silvano G3, PORT OF LONDON London News G2, HOSPITALITY Badger’s Drift G3, RED DOR Elliodor G2, MASAI WARRIOR Wolfhound G3, CHARLIES ISLAND Lizard Island G3, BIT ON THE SIDE Jet Master G3, JOSHUA’S DREAM Joshua Dancer G3, SHE’S A WINNER Joshua Dancer G3, LIZARRE Jet Master G3, RAISE THE BAR Goldkeeper LR, CODE ROCK Doowaley LR, ONEHUNDREDACREWOOD Malhub LR, YOSHIE Antonius Pius LR, SCENTED ASH Ashaawes LR, RUN FOR IT Dynasty LR, IN LIKE FLYNN National Assembly LR, RUSSINI Kitalpha LR, LUCKY SAM Imperial Stride LR, FOURTH ESTATE Dynasty G3, SOLID SPEED Dynasty G2, TRIPTIQUE Trippi G2, SOLANA Querari LR, THE MERRY WIDOW Captain Al LR, NEBULA Silvano G3, LIEGE Dynasty G1, ICY TRAIL Go Deputy G2, PURPLE

1st dam RATTLEBAG, 6 wins in South Africa,Azalea F&M Hcp G3, 2nd SA Fillies Guineas G1, 3rd The Oaks G2, Natalia S G2 Dam of 4 winners: 2001: QUICKSTEP (f Rambo Dancer), 3 wins in South Africa 2002: RATTLED (f Alami),Winner in South Africa, dam of G2W HARRY LIME 2007: Chastity (f Tamburlaine), 2 wins in Zimbabwe, 3rd Champion Juvenile S G3 2011: WILL PAYS (g Imperial Stride), 10 wins in South Africa and Zimbabwe, Hawaii S G2, Spring Spree S G3, 2nd Joburg Spring Challenge G2, 3rd Joburg Spring Challenge G2 2nd dam RATTLING HIGH, 2 wins in South Africa Dam of 4 winners: RATTLEBAG: See Above FULL HOUSE: 4 wins in South Africa Broodmare sire JALLAD is the sire of the dams of 40 stakes winners - IT’S MY TURN Dynasty G1, EYES WIDE OPEN Dynasty G1, SOLO TRAVELLER Jallad G1, SHEA SHEA National Emblem G1, CLASSIC ILLUSION Kahal G3, MAJESTIC SUN Kahal G3, SUN CITY Kahal LR, GIVE ME FIVE Goldkeeper G1, MARTIAL EAGLE Silvano G1, FOREST OF DEAN Silvano G3, PORT OF LONDON London News G2, HOSPITALITY Badger’s Drift

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BISHOP’S BOUNTY G3, RED DOR Elliodor G2, MASAI WARRIOR Wolfhound G3, CHARLIES ISLAND Lizard Island G3, BIT ON THE SIDE Jet Master G3, JOSHUA’S DREAM Joshua Dancer G3, SHE’S A WINNER Joshua Dancer G3, LIZARRE Jet Master G3, RAISE THE BAR Goldkeeper LR, CODE ROCK Doowaley LR, ONEHUNDREDACREWOOD Malhub LR, YOSHIE Antonius Pius LR, SCENTED ASH Ashaawes LR, RUN FOR IT Dynasty LR, IN LIKE FLYNN National Assembly LR, RUSSINI Kitalpha LR, LUCKY SAM Imperial Stride LR, FOURTH ESTATE Dynasty G3, SOLID SPEED Dynasty G2, TRIPTIQUE Trippi G2, SOLANA Querari LR, THE MERRY WIDOW Captain Al LR, NEBULA Silvano G3, LIEGE Dynasty G1, ICY TRAIL Go Deputy G2, PURPLE DIAMOND Var G2, QUEEN FOREVER Gimmethegreenlight LR, HASHTAGYOLO Dynasty G3, WILL PAYS Imperial Stride G2, WILD WICKET Dynasty LR Indian Ridge Imperial Stride Place De L’opera Jallad Rattlebag Rattling High

Ahonoora Hillbrow Sadler’s Wells Madame Dubois Blushing Groom Petrava High Top Rattle

Investec Cape Derby, G1, 3yos, 27 January 2018, 2000m 1 Eyes Wide Open c Dynasty –Live Your Dreams, by Jallad (USA) 2 Do It Again g Twice Over (GB) –Sweet Virginia, by Casey Tibbs (IRE) 3 Pack Leader c Philanthropist (USA) –First Arrival, by Northern Guest (USA) Age: 3; Starts: 8; Wins: 4; Placings: 1; Earnings: R1 403 156 Sire DYNASTY is the sire of 54 stakes winners. In 2018 EYES WIDE OPEN Jallad G2, OUR EMPEROR Jet Master G3 1st dam LIVE YOUR DREAMS,Winner in South Africa Dam of 5 winners: 2008: NEED TO DREAM (f Dynasty),Winner in South Africa 2009: Living With Heart (c Spectrum), 3 wins in South Africa, 2nd Byerley Turk G3 2010: BE THE BEST (c Windrush),Winner in South Africa 2012: SILVERY DREAM (f Silvano),Winner in South Africa

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2014: EYES WIDE OPEN (c Dynasty), R850 000KZNYS, 3 wins in South Africa, Premier’s Champion Stakes G1,Peninsula Hcp G2 2nd dam SYRIAN FLAME, 3 wins in South Africa Dam of 10 winners: NATIONAL FLAME: 11 wins in South Africa, Lebelo Hcp G3 –twice Blazing Al: 3 wins in South Africa, 2nd Hampton Hcp LR Rozelana: 6 wins in South Africa, 3rd East Cape Breeders S LR Broodmare sire JALLAD is the sire of the dams of 39 stakes winners - IT’S MY TURN Dynasty G1, EYES WIDE OPEN Dynasty G1, SOLO TRAVELLER Jallad G1, SHEA SHEA National Emblem G1, CLASSIC ILLUSION Kahal G3, MAJESTIC SUN Kahal G3, SUN CITY Kahal LR, GIVE ME FIVE Goldkeeper G1, MARTIAL EAGLE Silvano G1, FOREST OF DEAN Silvano G3, PORT OF LONDON London News G2, HOSPITALITY Badger’s Drift G3, RED DOR Elliodor G2, MASAI WARRIOR Wolfhound G3, CHARLIES ISLAND Lizard Island G3, BIT ON THE SIDE Jet Master G3, JOSHUA’S DREAM Joshua Dancer G3, SHE’S A WINNER Joshua Dancer G3, LIZARRE Jet Master G3, RAISE THE BAR Goldkeeper LR, CODE ROCK Doowaley LR, ONEHUNDREDACREWOOD Malhub LR, YOSHIE Antonius Pius LR, SCENTED ASH Ashaawes LR, RUN FOR IT Dynasty LR, IN LIKE FLYNN National Assembly LR, RUSSINI Kitalpha LR, LUCKY SAM Imperial Stride LR, FOURTH ESTATE Dynasty G3, SOLID SPEED Dynasty G2, TRIPTIQUE Trippi G2, SOLANA Querari LR, THE MERRY WIDOW Captain Al LR, NEBULA Silvano G3, LIEGE Dynasty G1, ICY TRAIL Go Deputy G2, PURPLE DIAMOND Var G2, QUEEN FOREVER Gimmethegreenlight LR, HASHTAGYOLO Dynasty G3 Fort Wood Dynasty Blakes Affair Jallad Live Your Dreams Syrian Flame

Sadler’s Wells Fall Aspen Commodore Blake Joy Petite Blushing Groom Petrava All Fired Up Damascus Road

Khaya Stables Diadem S, G2, Kenilworth, 13 January 2018, 1200m 1 Bishop’s Bounty 4 g Western Winter

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(USA) –Nacarat, by Pas De Quoi 2 Tevez 8 g Caesour (USA) –Minelli, by Elliodor (FR) 3 Sergeant Hardy 4 g Captain Al –Hard Lady, by Hard Up (ARG) Age:4: Starts: 14; Wins: 5; Placings: 6; Earnings: R691 550 Sire WESTERN WINTER is the sire of 87 stakes winners. In 2018 BISHOP’S BOUNTY Pas de Quoi G2 1st dam: NACARAT, 4 wins in South Africa Dam of 10 winners: 2001: CHAMBRE (f Rakeen),Winner in South Africa dam of G3P Mr Roy 2002: SLIVOVITZ (g Kabool), 3 wins in South Africa and Mauritius 2003: Vermilion (f Western Winter), 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd Prix du Cap G3 2004: NANIA (f Western Winter), 5 wins in South Africa,Thekwini Stakes G1, Prix du Cap G3, 3rd Fancourt Majorca Stakes G1 2005:TARGET ACQUIRED (g Western Winter), 5 wins in South Africa 2008: ADOBE PINK (f Go Deputy), 6 wins in South Africa, Queen Palm Hcp LR, East Coast Hcp LR, Sun CLassique Hcp LR 2009: VALOR RED (f Western Winter), 2 wins in South Africa, East Cape Oaks LR 2010: RED RAY (c Western Winter), R700 000 CPYS, 5 wins in South Africa, Mercury Sprint G1, Elusive Fort Cape Classic G3, Somerset 1200 LR, 2nd SA Nursery G1, Gold Horse Sprint G1, Cape Flying Championship G1, 3rd Cape Guineas G1 2011: BRUTAL FORCE (g Western Winter), R4.5 CTSRTR, 8 wins in South Africa, Merchants G2, 2nd Cape Flying Championship G1, 3rd Umgeni Hcp LR 2013: BISHOP’S BOUNTY (gWestern Winter), 5 wins in South Africa, Diadem S G2, 3rd Summer Juvenile S LR 2nd dam:TAWNY RED, 4 wins in South Africa Dam of 11 winners: SET AFIRE: 12 wins in South Africa, Gold Challenge G1, Champion S G1, Horse Chestnut S G1, London News Stakes G3, Secretariat S G3, 3rd J&B Met G1, SA Classic G1 RUDRA: 6 wins in South Africa, Steinhoff International Summer Cup G1,Wolf Power Hcp LR, 2nd Champions Challenge G1, Horse Chestnut S G1, 3rd SA Derby G1 AQUILA RAPAX: 3 wins in South Africa, Ruffian S LR, dam of Atair SPLENDID RED: 5 wins in South Africa,

Swazi Howe Hcp LR Broodmare sire PAS DE QUOI is the sire of dams of 6 stakes winners- NANIA Western Winter G1, LION IN WINTER Western Winter G3, RED RAY Western Winter G3, ADOBE PINK Go Deputy LR,VALOR RED Western Winter LR, BRUTAL FORCE Western Winter G2 Gone West Western Winter Chilly Hostess Pas De Quoi Nacarat Tawny Red

Mr Prospector Secrettame Vice Regent Impressive Lady Roland Gardens Merci Beaucoup Northfields Port Wine

Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, G1, f&m, 27 January 2018, 1600m 1 Snowdance 3 Captain Al –Spring Lilac, by Joshua Dancer (USA) 2 Star Express 5 Silvano (GER) –Majestic Star, by Doowaley (IRE) 3 Rose In Bloom 3 Gimmethegreenlight –Raise The Bar, by Goldkeeper (USA) Age:3; Starts: 5: Wins: 4; Placings; 1; Earnings: R1 566 000 Sire CAPTAIN AL is the sire of 83 stakes winners. In 2018 SNOWDANCE Joshua Dancer G1, SERGEANT HARDY Hard Up G1, MERYSAGOS Singspiel LR 1st dam SPRING LILAC, 2 wins in South Africa, Kenilworth Fillies Nursery G3 Dam of 6 winners: 2008: SPRING ORCHID (f Badger’s Drift), 2 wins in South Africa 2009: VICTORIAN SECRET (f Captain Al), 5 wins in South Africa, Laisserfaire S LR, Lady’s Pendant S LR, 2nd Southern Cross S G2, Champagne S G3 2011: SYRINGA (f Argonaut), 2 wins in South Africa 2012: Beat The Retreat (g Argonaut), 3 wins in South Africa, 2nd Godolphin Barb S G3 2013: SPRING IN SEATTLE (f Mambo In Seattle),Winner in South Africa 2014: SNOWDANCE (f Captain Al), R2000000NYS, 4 wins in South Africa, Majorca S G1, Cape Fillies Guineas, G1,Western Cape Fillies Championship G2 2nd dam MYSTIC SPRING, Unplaced, Equus Broodmare Of The Year in2016-2017 Dam of 10 winners: RABIYA: Equus Champion 3YO


AGENT OF FORTUNE Classic Male in 2005, 5 wins in South Africa, Cape Guineas G1, Daily News 2000 G1, Cape Derby G2, died BELA-BELA: Equus Champion 3YO Filly 2015, 7 wins in South Africa, Garden Province S G1, Paddock S G1,Woolavington 2000 G1, KZN Fillies Guineas G2, 3rd Gold Challenge G1 SECRET OF VICTORIA: 6 wins in South Africa, Southern Cross S G2, dam of Equus Champion ALL IS SECRET and G1W THE SECRET IS OUT Broodmare sire JOSHUA DANCER is the sire of the dams of 6 stakes winners – DOLLAR DAZZLER Var G2, TOMMY GUN Sail From Seattle G2, VICTORIAN SECRET Captain Al LR, CALANISH Lecture LR, CHEKILLI Greys Inn G2, SNOWDANCE Captain Al G2 Al Mufti Captain Al Off To War Joshua Dancer Spring Lilac Mystic Spring

Roberto Lassie Dear Complete Warrior Infanta Danzig Miss Alleged Royal Academy Secret Sunday

Kuda Sprint, 2yos, Kenilworth, 27 January 2018, 1200m 1 Agent Of Fortune c What A Winter – Sofala, by Jet Master 2 Cirillo c Pomodoro –Miss Wordsworth, by Lake Coniston (IRE) 3 Rivonia Boulevard c Count Dubois (GB) – Tibetan Stone, by National Assembly (CAN) Age:2; Starts: 1; Wins: 1; Placings; 0; Earnings: R218 750 Sire WHAT A WINTER is the sire of 3 stakes winners. In 2018 MAGICAL WONDERLAND Al Mufti G2 1st dam SOFALA, 6 wins in South Africa Dam of 2 winners: 2011:WESTERN FORCE (g Western Winter), 6 wins in South Africa 2015:AGENT OF FORTUNE (c What A Winter), R240 000MYS,Winner in South Africa, Kuda Sprint 2nd dam EASTERN HERITAGE,Winner in South Africa Dam of 3 winners: SOFALA: See Above EASTERN CULTURE:Winner in South Africa EREBUS:Winner in South Africa

Broodmare sire JET MASTER is the sire of the dams of 16stakes winners –EDICT OF NANTES Count Dubois G1, LADY IN BLACK Dynasty G1, MADAME DUBOIS Count Dubois G3, EXIT HERE Jay Peg G3, SILVANO’S JET Silvano G2, OMATICAYA Silvano LR, EVENTUAL ANGEL Right Approach G3, HERE COMES BILLY Muhtafal G2, RIVARINE Var G3, GIMME THE STARS Gimmethegreenlight LR, BANKABLE TEDDY Bankable LR, EROS’S GIRL Captain Al LR, SHE’S A PIPPA Var LR, CHESTNUT’S ROCKET Horse Chestnut G3, GREEN PLAINS Gimmethegreenlight G2, OUR EMPEROR Dynasty G3 Western Winter What A Winter Waseela Jet Master Sofala Eastern Heritage

Gone West Chilly Hostess Ahonoora Wassl’s Sister Rakeen Jet Lightning Al Mufti Heritage

L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, G1, Kenilworth, 6 January 2018, 1600m 1 Legal Eagle 6 g Greys Inn (AUS) –Young Sensation, by National Emblem 2 Copper Force 4 g Royal Air Force –Eastern Copper, by Al Mufti (USA) 3 Captain America 7 g Captain Al –Requista, by Fort Wood (USA) Age:6; Starts:21: Wins: 21; Placings: 7; Earnings: R10 588 375 Sire GREYS INN is the sire of 6 stakes winners. In 2018 –LEGAL EAGLE National Emblem G1 1st dam, Young Sensation, 6 wins in South Africa, 2nd Scarlet Lady Hcp LR, 3rd Gerald Rosenberg S G2 Dam of 2 winners: 2009:WHITE WHISPER (f Var), 2 wins in South Africa 2011: LEGAL EAGLE (g Greys Inn), R425 000 NYS,12 wins in South Africa, Horse Chestnut S G1-twice, L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate G1 –three times, SA Derby G1, Premier’s Champions Challenge G1, Green Point Stakes G2 -twice, Jubilee Hcp G3, Derby Trial LR, 2nd J&B Met G1 , Champions Challenge G1 2nd dam FAIR MODEL, 4 wins in South Africa,Allan Robertson Fillies Championship G1, Fillies Championship G2, 2nd Argus Bloodline Guineas G1, Cape Fillies Guineas G1,

Garden Province S G1 Dam of 6 winners: Young Warrior: 14 wins in Mauritius and South Africa, 2nd Selangor Cup G2 Young Sensation: See Above Broodmare sire NATIONAL EMBLEM is the sire of the dams of 9 stakes winners – LEGAL EAGLE Greys Inn G1, CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER Captain Al LR, ORACLE NEWS London News G3, SEVENTH PLAIN Seventh Rock G1, KINEMATIC COUNTESS Count Dubois G3, ONLY EMILY Captain Al LR, LADY MAGPIE Dupont G3, FOX HUNT Fard LR, ARCH RIVAL A P Arrow G2 Sir Tristram Lady Giselle Christmas Tree Great Verdict Summoned National Assembly National Emblem Title Page Model Man Fair Model Winged Princess Zabeel

Greys Inn

Young Sensation

SW Security Solutions Southern Cross S, G2, f&m, Kenilworth, 9 December 2017, 1000m 1 Just Sensual 4 f Dynasty –Consensual, by Camden Park (USA) 2 Hoist The Mast 5 m Querari (GER) –Sailing To Rio (AUS), by Woodman (USA) 3 Live Life 4 f Trippi (USA) –Viva, by National Assembly(CAN) Age:4; Starts: 10; Wins: 6: Placings: 2; Earnings: R1 531 250 Sire DYNASTY is the sire of 51 stakes winners. In 2017 LIEGE Jallad G1, BELA-BELA Royal Academy G1, SIR DAVID BAIRD Elliodor LR, JUST SENSUAL Camden Park G2, LADY IN BLACK Jet Master G1, EYES WIDE OPEN Jallad G1, LADY OF THE HOUSE Arch G1, LET IT RAIN Giant’s Causeway LR, NASSA Rich Man’s Gold G3, HARVARD CRIMSON Badger Land LR, AFRICAN NIGHT SKY Cozzene G3, BARRACK STREET Al Mufti G3, SMILING BLUE EYES Badger Land G2, HORIZON Lomitas G3, A TIME TO DREAM Giant’s Causeway LR 1st dam, CONSENSUAL, Equus Champion 2YO Filly of 2008, 5 wins in South Africa, Golden Slipper G1, Kenilworth Fillies Nursery G3, 3rd KRA Fillies Guineas G2,The Debutante S G3 Dam of 3 winners:

2011: Ad Idem (f Jet Master),Winner, 3rd The Debutante S G2 2012: CONSEQUENTIALLY (f Silvano), 4 wins in South Africa 2013: JUST SENSUAL (f Dynasty), R2 000 000CPYS, 6 wins in South Africa, Cape Fillies Guineas G1,Tibouchina S G2, Southern Cross S G2, Prix Du Cap G3 2nd dam ISADORA DUNCAN, 3 wins in South Africa Dam of 11 winners: CONSENSUAL: See Above DANCE ALONG: 6 wins in South Africa, Gold Bracelet G2 Silver Stream: 3 wins in South Africa, 3rd Kenilworth Fillies Nursery G3 DANCE CELEBRE: 3 wins in South Africa, dam of G1W GIVE ME FIVE (dam of G2P Myfunnyvalentine), IN CAMERA (dam of SW ATTENBOROUGH) Broodmare sire CAMDEN PARK is the sire of the dams of 3 stakes winners – JUST SENSUAL Dynasty G1, ROYAL DREAMER Rebel King G3, MONKS HOOD Querari G2 Fort Wood Dynasty Blakes Affair Camden Park Consensual Isadora Duncan

Sadler’s Wells Fall Aspen Commodore Blake Joy Petite A.p. Indy Danzig Island Dancing Champ In Camera

Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas, G2, 3yof, Turffontein, 3 March 2018, 1600m 1 Takingthepeace fVisionaire (USA) –Lisa Anne, by Rambo Dancer (CAN) 2 Silver Thursday f Silvano (GER) –Secret Obsession, by Captain Al 3 Greenpot f Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) – Caughtintheslips, by Caesour (USA) Age:3; Starts: 8; Wins: 4; Placings: 3; Earnings: R800 125 Sire VISIONAIRE is the sire of 6 stakes winners. In 2018 TAKINGTHEPEACE Rambo Dancer G2 1st dam Lisa Anne, 3 wins in South Africa, 2nd Sycamore Sprint G3, 3rd Empress Club S G1, Yellowwood Hcp G3 Dam of 1 winner: 2014: TAKINGTHEPEACE (fVisionaire), R280 000CTSRTR, 4 wins in South Africa, Gauteng

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SILICONE VALLEY

LEAGLE EAGLE

Fillies Guineas G2, 3rd Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup 2nd dam FOREST EDGE, 4 wins in South Africa Dam of 4 winners: Lisa Anne: See Above BRAVE AND BOLD: 5 wins in South Africa Broodmare sire RAMBO DANCER is the sire of the dams of 16stakes winners –JOAN RANGER Horse Chestnut G2, LITTLE GENIE Judpot LR, CAPTAIN CHAOS Captain Al G3, NO WORRIES Kahal G2, SEAL Silvano G1, LOVE STRUCK Kahal G1, DISTINGUISHED Kahal LR, HALFWAY TO HEAVEN Jet Master G3,CHICO AZUL Shalford G3, BO JALLY Braashee LR, LA MARTINA Atraf LR, FAKAZI Albarahain LR, COZY GUY Alphabet Soup LR, FANZENE National Emblem G3, TAKINGTHEPEACE Visionaire G2, FIFTY CENTS Trippi LR Grand Slam Visionaire Scarlet Tango Rambo Dancer Lisa Anne Forest Edge

Gone West Bright Candles French Deputy Silver Tango Northern Dancer Fair Arabella Complete Warrior Forest Sounds

World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas, G1, 3yof, Kenilworth, 2 December 2017, 1600m

in South Africa, 2nd Godolphin Barb S G3 2013: SPRING IN SEATTLE (f Mambo In Seattle), Winner in South Africa 2014: SNOWDANCE (f Captain Al), R2000000NYS, 4 wins in South Africa, Majorca S G1, Cape Fillies Guineas, G1,Western Cape Fillies Championship G2 2nd dam MYSTIC SPRING, Unplaced, Equus Broodmare Of The Year in2016-2017 Dam of 10 winners: RABIYA: Equus Champion 3YO Classic Male in 2005, 5 wins in South Africa, Cape Guineas G1, Daily News 2000 G1, Cape Derby G2, died BELA-BELA: Equus Champion 3YO Filly 2015, 7 wins in South Africa, Garden Province S G1, Paddock S G1,Woolavington 2000 G1, KZN Fillies Guineas G2, 3rd Gold Challenge G1 SECRET OF VICTORIA: 6 wins in South Africa, Southern Cross S G2, dam of Equus Champion ALL IS SECRET and G1W THE SECRET IS OUT Broodmare sire JOSHUA DANCER is the sire of the dams of 6 stakes winners –DOLLAR DAZZLER Var G2, TOMMY GUN Sail From Seattle G2, VICTORIAN SECRET Captain Al LR, CALANISH Lecture LR, CHEKILLI Greys Inn G2, SNOWDANCE Captain Al G2

1 Snowdance f Captain Al –Spring Lilac, by Joshua Dancer (USA) 2 Oh Susanna (AUS) f Street Cry (IRE) –Sharp Susan (USA), by Touch Gold (USA) 3 Fresnaye f Western Winter –Gulf Breeze (GB), by Dubai Destination (USA) Age:3; Starts: 4: Wins: 3; Placings: 1; Earnings: R941 000 Sire CAPTAIN AL is the sire of 83 stakes winners. In 2018 SNOWDANCE Joshua Dancer G1, SERGEANT HARDY Hard Up G1, MERYSAGOS Singspiel LR 1st dam SPRING LILAC, 2 wins in South Africa, Kenilworth Fillies Nursery G3 Dam of 6 winners: 2008: SPRING ORCHID (f Badger’s Drift), 2 wins in South Africa 2009: VICTORIAN SECRET (f Captain Al), 5 wins in South Africa, Laisserfaire S LR, Lady’s Pendant S LR, 2nd Southern Cross S G2, Champagne S G3 2011: SYRINGA (f Argonaut), 2 wins in South Africa 2012: Beat The Retreat (g Argonaut), 3 wins

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Al Mufti Captain Al Off To War Joshua Dancer Spring Lilac Mystic Spring

Roberto Lassie Dear Complete Warrior Infanta Danzig Miss Alleged Royal Academy Secret Sunday

World Sports Betting Cape Merchants, G2, Kenilworth, 2 December 2017, 1200m 1 Silicone Valley 7 g Jay Peg –Prize Collection, by Model Man 2 Dutch Philip 3 c What A Winter –Upity Ann, by Dominion Royale (GB) 3 Always In Charge 4 c Captain Al –Polar Charge (GB), by Polar Falcon (USA) Age: 7; Starts: 20; Wins: 6; Placings: 9; Earnings: R787 925 Sire JAY PEG is the sire of 8 stakes winners. In 2017 SILICONE VALLEY Model Man G2, WOLJAYRINE Wolfhound G3 1st dam PRIZE COLLECTION,Winner in South Africa

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Dam of 7 winners: 2001: NOBEL CHOICE (f Saumarez),Winner in South Africa 2002: MARBLE HILL (c Saumarez),Winner in South Africa 2003: LION KNIGHT (c Saumarez), 2 wins in South Africa 2004: PALM BLUE (f Saumarez), 2 wins in South Africa 2005:TAYGETE (c Doowaley),Winner in South Africa 2007: Margaret Court (f Lake Coniston), 4 wins in South Africa, 3rd Final Fling S G3 2010: SILICONE VALLEY (g Jay Peg), 6 wins in South Africa, Cape Merchants G2 2nd dam Happy Birthday, 8 wins in South Africa, 2nd Champagne S G3 Dam of 11 winners: POPULAR GIRL: 5 wins in South Africa, Southern Cross S G3 Birthday Belle: 4 wins in South Africa, 3rd Natalia S G2, dam of G2W WINTER WEATHER PEARL HOSTESS:Winner in South Africa, dam of G1W CHESTNUTS N PEARLS Broodmare sire MODEL MAN is the sire of the dams of 40 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, SILICONE VALLEY Jay Peg G2 Camden Park Jay Peg Laptop Lady Model Man Prize Collection Happy Birthday

A.p. Indy Danzig Island Al Mufti Ladies Game Elliodor Top Model Over The Air Party Time

World Sports Betting Green Point Stakes, G2, Kenilworth, 2 December 2017, 1600m 1 Legal Eagle 6 g Greys Inn (USA) –Young Sensation, by National Emblem 2 Edict Of Nantes 4 c Count Dubois (GB) – Pagan Dance, by Jet Master 3 Captain America 7 g Captain Al –Requista, by Fort Wood (USA) Age:6; Starts: 20; Wins: 11; Placings:7; Earnings: R9 650 875 Sire GREYS INN is the sire of 6 stakes winners. In 2018 –LEGAL EAGLE National Emblem G1 1st dam, Young Sensation, 6 wins in South Africa, 2nd Scarlet Lady Hcp LR, 3rd Gerald Rosenberg S G2 Dam of 2 winners: 2009:WHITE WHISPER (f Var), 2 wins in South Africa 2011: LEGAL EAGLE (g Greys Inn), R425 000 NYS,12 wins in South Africa, Horse Chestnut S G1-twice, L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate G1 –three times, SA Derby G1, Premier’s Champions Challenge G1, Green Point Stakes G2 -twice, Jubilee Hcp G3, Derby Trial LR, 2nd J&B Met G1 , Champions Challenge G1 2nd dam FAIR MODEL, 4 wins in South Africa,Allan Robertson Fillies Championship G1, Fillies Championship G2, 2nd Argus Bloodline Guineas G1, Cape Fillies Guineas G1, Garden Province S G1 Dam of 6 winners: Young Warrior: 14 wins in Mauritius and South Africa, 2nd Selangor Cup G2 Young Sensation: See Above Broodmare sire NATIONAL EMBLEM is the sire of the dams of 9 stakes winners – LEGAL EAGLE Greys Inn G1, CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER Captain Al LR, ORACLE NEWS London News G3, SEVENTH PLAIN Seventh Rock G1, KINEMATIC COUNTESS Count Dubois G3, ONLY EMILY Captain Al LR, LADY MAGPIE Dupont G3, FOX HUNT Fard LR, ARCH RIVAL A P Arrow G2 Sir Tristram Lady Giselle Christmas Tree Great Verdict Summoned National Assembly National Emblem Title Page Model Man Fair Model Winged Princess Zabeel

Greys Inn

Young Sensation


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NATIONAL YEARLING SALE 24 - 26 April 2018, TBA Sales Complex, Johannesburg 23 yearlings (8 colts, 15 fillies) on offer from South Africa’s Leading Breeders LOT

SEX

NAME

SIRE

35 38

DAM

f.

Sanskrift

Duke Of Marmalade (IRE)

f.

Smoking Hot

Silvano (GER)

Sky Pirate

Shina (GER)

44

f.

Solar Flare

Querari (GER)

Spring Ahead

61

f.

Voice Of Reason

Silvano (GER)

Valdovino

93

f.

Abia

Silvano (GER)

Arabian Empress

130

f.

Dancinginthewind

Silvano (GER)

Daily Flight

134

f.

Dark Mistress

Silvano (GER)

Dawn Chorus (SNL)

138

f.

Unnamed

Capetown Noir

157

f.

Ginseng

Gimmethegreenlight (AUS)

182

c.

Kalgoorlie

Var (USA)

186

c.

Liquidity

Querari (GER)

La Calisto

209

c.

Muster Up

Silvano (GER)

Mocha Java

219

f.

Northwest Passage

Silvano (GER)

Nor’wester

224

f.

Possibility

Silvano (GER)

Peru (SNL)

259

c.

Spurious

Elusive Fort

268

c.

Saipan

Vercingetorix

303

f.

Tickle

Querari (GER)

372

c.

Celtic Voyager

Vercingetorix

403

f.

Electric Surge

Querari (GER)

Elusive

426

c.

High Voltage

Querari (GER)

Heliane

430

f.

Hot Flush

Silvano (GER)

Hollywood Dreams

447

c.

Joint Effort

Master Of My Fate

511

f.

Penzance

Vercingetorix

Dream Starling Gina Katherine

Scented East She’s A Stunner Trillium Cat’s Paw

Jolie Angelina Pampero

Breeders of JANOOBI (Silvano) - 2018 Zabeel Mile G2

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Current Leading Breeder SA by % Stakes Winners / Runners (NHRA - to 2018-3-22; 100 or more runners) BREEDER

RUNNERS

Maine Chance Farms

138

Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein

AEPR

S-WNRS

% S-WNRS/RNRS

65,355

7

5,07%

169

47,843

4

2,37%

Highlands Stud

134

53,382

3

2,24%

Moutonshoek

113

36,842

2

1,77%

Summerhill Stud

295

38,729

3

1,02%

Home of stallions: SILVANO (GER) QUERARI (GER) VERCINGETORIX (SAF)

Equus Breeder Award 2012 Exceptional International Achievement

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REDZEL

(Snitzel-Millrich)

Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase Earnings: $7,932,750

$10 MILLION EVEREST

The World’s Richest Race on Turf

WINX

(Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl)

Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase Earnings: $15,976,925

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