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CONTENTS October 2013

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REGULARS 6 8 10 123

Advertisers List Letter from the Editor Cover Story - Cape Thoroughbred Sales Liesl King International Stats 2013 Sarah Whitelaw

THIS ISSUE 16 24 30 48

LIFESTYLE 34 43

Fashion Essentials Fashion File: Glascock

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COVER Location Lanzerac Hotel & Spa Photo By Sacha Waldman Jockeys From left to right: Stallone Naidoo, Devon Ashby, Denise Lee, Jason Smitsdorff, Oswald Noach

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Frontrunners in the Kentucky Bluegrass Lindsay Hunter Val De Ra: “Something special” Liesl King Ready To Run Sale Tom Callaghan The Racehorse Bucket List Johan Blom Jockey Profile: Smanga Khumalo Marie Chin Keeneland Sales: Dreams of the Past, Hopes of the Future Bunny Hinzman Behind the scenes at Royal Ascot Liesl King Blue Blooded Stallion Gaining Momentum Sarah Whitelaw A Weekend in Baden Baden Liesl King A Family Sales Dynasty: Taylor Made Bunny Hinzman Chris Van Niekerk Nicole de Villiers


CONTENTS October 2013

THE TEAM

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The Lerena Legacy Sarah Whitelaw Rhinos and Racehorses Alwyn Myburgh Summerhill Stud Stallions Candiese Marnewick Nothing takes less than Ten Years Wondrous Strides in the Windy City Bunny Hinzman The Diagnostic value of Equine Thermal Imaging Di Armour Second Chances- Every Horse Deserves One Second Chances Cavalry escort of honour Diana Bloemendal

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Marie Chin Advertising Executive

Marguerite le Roux Senior Designer

Liesl King Journalist

Bunny Hinzman Journalist

Suzie Oldham Photographer

Nicole De Villiers Features & Advertising

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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elcome to the 3rd Quarter 2013 Edition of The International Racehorse Magazine. The Magazine keep growing, on both the paper and electronic versions. Summer has finally arrived in the Southern Hemisphere and we look forward to a great racing season. We start our trip around the globe in Baden Baden on page 72. Then onto the Royal Ascot on page 66. Our featured racing operation is the influential and picturesque Winstar in Kentucky, USA on page16. We continue our North American journey with an inside look at the Taylor Made Sales Agency, Bunny Hinzman take us behind the scenes with this racing family. We take a look at the continued growth of the North American Yearling Sales on page 61, top sellers were $2.5 mil and $2.2 mil respectively. Liesl King shares a look into the career of the fantastic mare Val Re Ra. How she has overcome adversity to go on to a successful racing career and now upcoming motherhood. She is also one of 20 Southern Hemisphere mares to be selected for covering by Frankel, read more one page 24. A new regular feature is the International Racehorse Magazine’s “The Inside Track”, South Africa’s black type winners and their respective pedigrees. Page to the back of this magazine, on page 123, if you would like to take an in depth look at the stars and their racing pedigrees. Our Social Media offerings are growing rapidly, by the time this magazine hits the shelves, we would have surpassed 50 000 online followers. Thanks for all the loyal support and all the advice that has been so readily available from all role-players across the industry. Look out for our December 2013 Edition, ready for the Yearling Sales in South Africa. Don’t miss this opportunity to reach our International Racehorse Audience.

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READY TO RUN SALE

By Liesl King

CTS and Lanzerac combining in a perfect partnership

Lemon verbena, chardonnay, dark malted cherry, merlot, Theravine products and RVB. Totally confused? If these words mean nothing to you, then you clearly haven’t paid a recent visit the Lanzerac Hotel & Spa. Situated in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley, on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, the Lanzerac Hotel & Spa is a mere stone’s throw away from Cape Town. 12

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o why I am writing about a five star Hotel & Spa in a racing magazine? Well for one, it is one of Stellenbosch’s best-kept secrets. Situated on a working wine farm that dates back to 1692, Lanzerac, with 48 beautiful appointed rooms, offers exclusivity, quality, tranquillity, attention to detail and a to die for Spa, all at very affordable rates. You don’t have to rob a bank or win the Lotto to spend a relaxing and pampered weekend there.

the elegant Tommy Whitsun, made it their summer home. As one of its guests from the sixties wrote: “Lanzerac is not a hotel, it is a way of life.” Parties were numerous, with guests often arriving by ship and racing their cars from the docks to the tree lined drive of Lanzerac, just to be in time for that first gin and tonic.

However, there is an even better reason to be writing about the Lanzerac Hotel & Spa. They have recently made the quantum leap from being merely a luxury hotel to becoming the select partner of the CTS Ready to Run Stakes Race and the 2013 CTS Ready To Run Sale. So what brought about this extraordinary partnership?

Guests were frequently so seduced by the beautiful surroundings that they simply stayed and became part of the Lanzerac folklore. One such guest was the elegant Ms Whitsun, who walked the grounds at dusk each day, attired in an elegant white gown with a scarf covering her head. Such was her love for the Hotel that upon her death, she requested that her ashes be scattered under the willows at Lanzerac.

As a hotel, the Lanzerac has been in the news since 1958, when the farm was acquired by David Rawdon and turned into an upmarket hotel. It soon became known as one of the finest hotels in the country, with guests such as Senator Bobby Kennedy gracing its rooms. During the swinging sixties and the seventies, it was the venue of choice for the so-called “Swallows”. Ted and Joan Kennedy, Uri Geller, Princes Alice and

Several changes of ownership later and the hotel is once again undergoing a sea change. In the new tasting room, you can lose yourself in the exquisite pairing of the Lanzerac range with flavoured chocolates, specially prepared for the Hotel. Chardonnay with lemon verbena, Rosé with rose geranium or Merlot with a dark malted cherry chocolate, the choices are endless and with the log fires burning brightly, there is no

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better place to be on a winter’s day. To accompany the wines and slabs of chocolate that you simply cannot do without, a deli full of local produce is next on the cards. Packed full of preserves, cheeses and piping hot bread from the hotel’s bakery, you are unlikely to go hungry after a visit to Lanzerac. Next on the upgrade list is the Spa. The Romans of old perfectly understood the healing qualities of water and hence the name spa is derived from the Latin ‘sanus per aquam’ meaning health through water. Today just being in the tranquil surroundings of the Lanzerac Spa is enough to boost the wellbeing of any visitor. A wall of windows open out onto a vista of vines, with the Jonkershoek mountains as a towering backdrop, while the soothing sound of water trickling into the heated pool invites one in. With your feet soaking in a gentle salt bath, there seems no earthly reason to head back to the drudgery of daily life. And the final step in the sea change? To find the perfect partner to spread the news of this place of affordable luxury and quality, a home from home, to a broader audience. CTS, as a vendor of thoroughbred racehorses, embodies the precise qualities that Lanzerac prides itself on. Qualities

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of class, elegance, quality above quantity, exclusivity, and affordability, it was a match made in heaven. Lanzerac has agreed to sponsor not only the upcoming R2 million Ready To Run Stakes Race, but also the 2013 CTS Ready To Run Sale. The Race will now be known as the 2013 Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes, presented by CTS, while the Sale has been renamed the CTS Ready To Run Sale presented by Lanzerac Hotel & Spa. The CTS Ready To Run Sale presented by Lanzerac Hotel & Spa is only the second Ready To Run Sale held by CTS, with the inaugural Sale taking place in November 2012. With 155 horses passing through the ring and grossing R25.8 million, the Sale was an instant success. Any Sale though is measured by the quality of the graduates and here the first CTS Ready To Run Sale excelled, producing not only two stakes horses, but the two of the most promising two year olds of the 2012/2013 Cape season, namely Antonius Du Bois (Lot 10) and Red Ray (Lot 96). Antonius Du Bois, a R200 000 purchase by trainer Glen Kotzen, was a leading light for freshman sire Antonius Pius. The colt has


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yet to be unplaced and his three victories include the R150 000, Grade 3 Langerman (1500m) at Kenilworth on the 8th of June and a dominant victory by three lengths in the R200 000, Grade 3 Champion Juvenile Cup (1400m) at Fairview on the 12th of July. Kotzen wisely decided to give Antonius Du Bois a well deserved break and the next start for this champion will in fact be the 2013 Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes, presented by CTS over 1400m on the 23rd of November at Kenilworth. The other outstanding graduate is the Joey Ramsden trained Red Ray. Red Ray won his first three starts which included the R125 000, Listed Somerset 1200 by a combined nine and a half lengths and Ramsden has labelled him even better than his stable star Variety Club. A R800 000 purchase, the 2013 RA Cape Racing Champion Two-Year-Old colt famously beat stable companion and multiple Graded winner, Blueridge Mountain(ARG) by 20 lengths in a grass gallop at Kenilworth. Ramsden was convinced the filly must have broken down, but Glenn Hatt reassured him she was fine and going full tilt when the colt skipped past. Both theses graduates perfectly embody the Lanzerac qualities of affordable quality and their clash in the 2013 Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes, presented by CTS is eagerly awaited. However, they will not be the only ones with their eye on the R2 million prize. Captain’s Reserve (Lot 111), a R600 000 purchase, has two victories to his name already and he was certainly not 16

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disgraced when finishing third in the R600 000, Grade 1 Tsogo Sun Medallion over 1200m at Scottsville. Another promising graduate, Arion (Lot 5), a R200 000 purchase, has recently come to the fore as a three-year-old, comfortably winning his last start at Durbanville against the older horses. The 2013 Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes, presented by CTS is certainly hotting up as the contest of the season and also it serves as a perfect stepping stone to the Grade 1 Cape Guineas for the newly turned three-year-olds. The day before the race, on the 22nd of November, CTS will be hosting its second Ready To Run Sale, now named the CTS Ready To Run Sale presented by Lanzerac Hotel & Spa. The Sale has clearly grown in popularity with 20 percent more horses catalogued this year and without moving away from the overriding motto of CTS of Quality over Quantity. Early indications are that buyers can look forward to an impressive line up of horses, with most of the major stallions represented. Coupled with the fact that purchases also qualify for the 2014 Ready To Run Stakes race, it is certainly the place to go shopping for that future champion at an affordable price. The partnership of CTS and Lanzerac is certainly a perfect match with both parties looking forward to the CTS Ready To Run Sale presented by Lanzerac Hotel & Spa and the clash of the top three-year-olds in the R2 million 2013 Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes, presented by CTS.


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Part 1: Winstar Farm, Kentucky, USA

By Lindsay Hunter

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Sprawling across over 1800 acres of meticulously tended Kentucky Bluegrass, Winstar Farm has accomplished in a ten year span what most breeders spend a lifetime dreaming about: winning the coveted Kentucky Derby “the fastest two minutes in sports “ with homebred Super Saver in 2010, and in the same year, then winning another leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, with Drosselmeyer, who went on to win the $5 million dollar Breeders Cup Classic (G1 ) in 2011.

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instar is fortunate to have all the ingredients of an excellent and therefore, successful equine nursery - Good soil, Good horses and Good people, - combining to build on an operation that is recognized as a new member of the upper echelon in today’s Thoroughbred business. The original tract of land purchased was the 450 acres of the former Silver Pond Farm, settled in the 1700’s by the Williams family of Tidewater, Virginia, land that had remained in their family for 150 years. The original farmhouse, smokehouse, bank barn and pond on Pisgah Pike are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The present location of Winstar was formerly known as Prestonwood Farm, and well remembered for the filming of the 1988 made for TV movie “ Bluegrass “ starring Cheryl Ladd. I recall being fascinated by the star shaped layout of the paddocks around the barn where the filming took place - in perfect triangular format, like the petals of a daisy. In 2000, Bill Casner and Kenny and Lisa Troutt partnered to purchase Prestonwood Farm in Versailles, bounded on one side by historic Pisgah Pike, and Winstar Farm was born. Driven by a passion to become one of the best breeding and racing farms in the world, they were rewarded in the first year of operation, breeding 2005 Kentucky Derby winner, Funny Cide, sired by resident stallion, Distorted Humor. Winstar’s policy :Breed the best. Sell the best. Race the best. That is Winstar’s most fundamental belief. Assembling a team of experts in their respective fields, headed by Elliot Walden, President and CEO, Winstar set out to stand stallions with industry shaping sire power, while developing a strong broodmare band representing some of the Thoroughbred industry’s most

celebrated families and sought after maternal lines .and raising them on the same hallowed ground where many of the legendary Thoroughbred families developed through generations. Rich limestome -based soil, the soul of lush pastures, and rolling hills, invite youngsters the chance to gallop and strengthen young bones, while being watched over and carefully nurtured by the team of seasoned and knowledgeable horsemen. The farm focus on upgrading the bloodstock has led to offering some of their best yearlings and racing prospects at public sales, to ensure the longterm health of the farm and the breeding industry. In a little over a decade, Winstar has sold more than 65 winners and 13 G 1 winners, including: Funny Cide (G1- Champion); One Cool Cat (G1- Champion); Golden Ticket; Court Vision; Haynesfield; JP’s Gusto; Pool Play; Da’Tara; Sharp Lisa; Girolamo; Any Given Saturday; Spring At Last; Spring in the Air. In 2011 a Winstar bred yearling colt by Medaglia de‘Oro topped the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale in New York , bringing a final bid of $1.2 million, One Cool Cat topped the July Select Sale for a high bid of $3.1 million. At the recent prestigious Keeneland September Yearling Sale in Lexington, Kentucky, yearlings by the farms top stallions, Distorted Humor, More Than Ready, Super Saver, Speightstown, Tiznow and Harlan’s Holiday continued to fetch high prices. Winstar’s private training operation boasts a state of the art facility that provides young horses an ideal start on their racing careers, whether for breaking, rehabbing or training. A seven furlong track with a Polytrack surface, an Aquaciser for additional training, European Equicisers for rehabilitation, a hyperbaric chamber for accelerated recovery, a swimming pool for non -weight bearing exercise, and a European style uphill gallop. Notable graduates of the program include Uncle Mo, Shackleford, Paddy O’Prado, Mission Impazible, to name just a few.

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The Winstar Team is led by CEO Elliot Walden, a third generation horseman, son of Ben Walden Sr. of Dearborn Farm, and brother to noted horseman, Ben, Jr, who developed a number of successful Thoroughbred nurseries, most notably Vinery, Hurricane Hall, and most recently, Pauls Mill, whose stallions joined the Winstar Roster for the breeding season of 2013. Elliot gained valuable experience working under trainers Leroy Jolley, Dennis Ebert and British trainer John Gosden, before he had his first G1 winner in Hawk Attack, and went on in 1998 to train Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Victory Gallop, who was also awarded Eclipse Champion Older Horse in 1999 , the same year that Elliott finished the year with career best earnings of $7.2 million dollars. Supported by experienced horsemen in all aspects of running the farm, from breeding, foaling, bloodstock research, sales prep, training to farm management and maintenance, Elliot Walden has assembled a formidable team with decades of equine knowledge in their respective backgrounds. Undeniably North America’s leading Stallion Station in 2013, featuring an impressive new breeding complex, 22 industry impacting stallions call Winstar home. Their names are already familiar, either for their own accomplishments or that of their progeny: Artie Schiller, Bellamy Road, Bodemeister, Colonel John, Congrats, Distorted Humor, Drosselmeyer, Gemologist, Harlan’s Holiday, Hold Me Back, Kodiak Kowboy, Maimonides, More Than Ready, Pioneerof The Nile, Pure Prize, Sidney’s Candy, Speightstown, Super Saver, Tiznow, U.S. Ranger.

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On a typical morning at the Breeding Complex, stallion after stallion walks down from the big barn to breed their mare in one of the two adjacent breeding sheds, separated by a hi -tech veterinary lab, and cooled by huge oversized fans overhead. The mares are welcomed in one by one, carefully identified, teased by Spot, the resident Appaloosa teaser, washed and prepped for breeding and lined up in non slip floored holding stalls to wait their turn. Accompanying personnel stood by and chatted amongst themselves, or waited in the observation rooms where coffee and doughnuts, or a cold soda was available, and an overhead TV monitor flashed news of the day. Cameras in the shed record the days’ proceedings, in case something needs to be reviewed at a later date. Medaglia de’Oro, Colonel John, Tiznow, U.S. Ranger, Artie Schiller, Gemologist, Pioneer of the Nile, Sidney’s Candy, Super Saver, Bellamy Road, Bodemeister, Congrats, Distorted Humor, Harlan’s Holiday, Speightstown, Spring at Last, one by one they all took their turn. Winstar has instituted an interactive program called Winstar Stablemates. This is an online, exclusive membership club that delivers a unique insider’s view of the thoroughbred racing industry. A free Handicappers guide, insider information on racing and breeding and fun, day tours of the farm, Winstar apparel and interactive participation in various aspects of the racing industry. Visitors to Winstar are always made welcome and treated to a fabulous tour of one of the Thoroughbred Industry’s leading starsWinstar !


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Cape Country Yearling Sale 21st May Kleinplasie Worcester

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KZN Yearling Sale 3rd - 4th July Suncoast Casino, Durban, KZN

KZN Mare & Mixed Sale 9th July Aldora Stud, Nottingham Road, KZN Emperors Palace

National 2yo Sale 14th - 15th August TBA Sales Complex Emperors Palace

Ready-to-Run Sale 31st October - 2nd November TBA Sales Complex

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Contact Tom Callaghan: Tel: 011 323 5700 • Fax: 011 323 5788 • enquiries@tba.co.za • ww.tba.co.za • PO Box 827, Germiston 1400, South Africa


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Val De Ra

“Something special� It was almost Christmas, a time of celebration spent with family and loved ones, but horses know no calendar Photos and text by Liesl King

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t was almost Christmas, a time of celebration spent with family and loved ones, but horses know no calendar, they only know that they hurt. The crackle of a radio on a studfarm is never good news and this was very bad news indeed. One of the first Var yearlings was down with a bad colic. Despite it being the holiday season, the well-oiled team sprang into action. The truck driver was summonsed, the yearling loaded and the veterinary hospital informed of the pending arrival. Within hours, the chestnut filly was on an operating table, with a team of vets battling to save her life. The lasting memory of those involved that night was that the she had a great temperament and an incredibly strong will to live. Her name was Val De Ra.

was the last of the Var yearlings to be sold and as it was the last half hour of a very long sale, with hardly a soul left in the auditorium.

Many horses never recover completely from colic surgery, yet Val De Ra thrived and four months later, it was time to make the journey to the National Sales in Johannesburg. By now, she had grown into a well-muscled, beautiful specimen. From the start, the cards were stacked against her though. Val De Ra

Determined to have the best possible trainer for the filly, Mickleburgh phoned champion trainer Mike De Kock. De Kock however, was not keen, pointing out that sprinters are not his forte. He cheekily told her that until the Vars prove that they can run further than a 1000m, he would have to

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As Val De Ra entered the ring, with a reserve of R400 000, farm manager Pippa Mickleburgh decided against standing at the back of the podium and headed for the Ladies. The bidding rose to R350 000, but without Mickleburgh there to approve the lower figure, Val De Ra was passed through unsold. Immediately offers came for the good looking filly and it was expected that Avontuur, whose yearlings were there to be sold, would accept, yet in a strange twist of fate, Mickleburgh decided to keep Val De Ra.


decline, but he also recommended she ask Dennis Drier. Val De Ra duly arrived at Summerveld and from the day he first laid eyes on her, Drier had only one comment about the strapping chestnut filly, “this is something special”. In his inimitable fashion, Drier set about planning her career with military precision. Val De Ra debuted over the Scottsville 1000m on the 20th of May 2009. As she blitzed the stiff uphill track in 56.85 seconds, beating none other than De Kock’s classy Raihana(AUS) by 4 lengths, Drier knew he had found that once in a lifetime horse. By the end of her three-year-old career, Val De Ra had six victories to her name, including the Listed KZN Sprint, with only a third in the Grade 1 WFA Fillies Sprint, marring her perfect record. Excited about this smart filly from Var’s first crop, Mickleburgh asked Drier whether he would bring Val De Ra down to Cape Town for one of the supporting races on the Avontuur Fillies Guineas Raceday, with a possible tilt

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at the Grade 1 Cape Flying Championship. Drier, however, was absolutely adamant that she was too young to contest the Cape Flying and much to Mickleburgh’s disappointment, Val De Ra stayed in Natal. In the end it turned out to be a moot decision, as in September of 2009, Mickleburgh got a call from Drier. “Val De Ra left a handful of food this morning”. Mickleburgh thought Drier was being over cautious, despite the filly being a good eater, who never left an oat in her manger. Drier, the consummate horseman, sensed something was very wrong with his star, just how wrong, not even he could have begun to imagine. The situation dragged on for a couple of days with the filly leaving a handful, then eating up, only to leave some food again. Drier called the vet in, but even he was baffled. Clearly something was bothering Val De Ra, but quite what it was, nobody could figure out. Then suddenly she started deteriorating. The attending vet decided that enough was enough and Val De Ra was taken to the hospital.


Yet again Val De Ra surprised everyone. Her calm temperament coupled with her strong will to live pulled her through An abdominal sample provided the answer, but it was an answer nobody expected. Val De Ra was critically ill with peritonitis and hepatitis. Peritonitis is usually fatal and the prognosis was extremely poor. Treatment was started immediately and a team of vets fought around the clock, going to extraordinary lengths to try and save the filly. They cautioned though that even if she survived, her racing career was over. Yet again Val De Ra surprised everyone. Her calm temperament coupled with her strong will to live pulled her through. A shadow of her former self, she was eventually strong enough to leave the hospital. Drier would not let her out of his sight and hence Val De Ra was moved to a paddock outside his kitchen door. There she spent months under his watchful eye, slowly recovering. It was a lengthy process, but the filly came back stronger than ever and seven months later, Drier decided to try her on the track again. Despite being a little rusty, Val De Ra reeled off a comfortable victory in the Listed KwaZulu -Natal Stakes, winning by three quarters of a length. It was in her next start however, that she truly showed just how good she really was. Drier, never one to shy away from a challenge, decided to run Val De Ra in the R1 million, Grade 1 Computaform Sprint at Turffontein. Here she would have to compete with the boys and at altitude, a tough ask for any mare, nevermind one who was at death’s door a couple of months ago! But this was no ordinary mare, this was Val De Ra. Scorching down the Turffontein track under Alec Forbes, Val De Ra skipped clear to win by 1.25 lengths in a time of 56.65 seconds. Behind her, What A Winter finished in second with Shea Shea in third. The mare that survived colic surgery as a yearling and peritonitis as a four-year-old had just beaten the two best sprinters in the country. A victory in the Grade 1 SA Fillies Sprint (1200m) a month later saw her crowned Equus Champion Sprinter for 2010/2011. There was only one piece of unfinished business left for Val De Ra, the Grade 1 Cape Flying Championship at Kenilworth. Many had discounted her Computaform victory as a lucky win, clearly believing that What A Winter was the better horse. Yet on a sunny Saturday in January, Val De Ra proved once and for all that she was “something special”. Leading from start to finish under Alec Forbes, she demolished a high-class field to 28

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win by 0.4 lengths with What A Winter again having to settle for second berth. It was her most glorious victory. The great chestnut mare with the easy temperament and the strong will to live had finally made it back to the place of her birth, conquering all before her. It was also her last. With an invitation to the Grade 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York awaiting the mare, Drier decided to have one more go at the Computaform Sprint. Sadly, Val De Ra bled badly shortly after the start and Alec Forbes immediately pulled her up. The mighty mare, with the wings on her feet, was officially retired. Today Val De Ra grazes the paddocks of Arran House Stud in the UK, happily in foal to Oasis Dream. She is due on the 10th of October and everybody involved is excitedly counting the days. And for her next date? The mare, that Drier still calls the horse of a lifetime, is one of only twenty mares booked to be covered, during the Southern Hemisphere season, by the incomparable Frankel. We talk of the mighty What A Winter, standing his first season at stud, we marvel at the success of the globetrotting Shea Shea, shattering his own course record in Dubai, but let us not forget that the best of them all, was a chestnut mare. A mare with a will to live and a will to win, a mare called Val De Ra.


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Ready to Run Sale Horse Racing’s “Dreamcatcher” sale”

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By Tom Callaghan

he Ready to Run or Breeze Up Sales Concept has taken off around the world as a way to buy top quality horseflesh, and is going from strength to strength in South Africa.

Pierre Jordaan, to this season’s promising 3yos the classy Duly Ordained (AUS), Pej, Mount Hillaby, Dover Beach, Winter Star and Admiral’s Eye, the Ready To Run Sale annually produces its share of high-class performers.

One just has to look at the some of the graduates of this sale both past and present, as well as this year’s catalogue to realise this is a sale that plays a very important role in unearthing future champions.

This year, many of the country’s top farms will offer lots at the Ready to Run Sale and the overall quality of the catalogue shows how this sale has grown in status and class and rates up there with the best sales in the land. The list of stallions with progeny on sale includes South Africa’s very best sires, such as Captain Al, Dynasty, Fort Wood (USA), Jet Master, Kahal (GB), Silvano (GER), Trippi (USA) and Var (USA) all have attractive individuals due to pass under the hammer.

All horses sold at this sale will also qualify for the rich and prestigious Emperors Palace Ready to Run Cup of 2014 where graduates of the sale will race for R3m. Hence why it known as the sale of dreams. Ready To Run graduates have built up a tremendous record over the years, as a look back at past sales’ stars will indicate. From the likes of Horse of the Year Igugu and champion

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There are also offspring by the late, great Western Winter (USA) on sale – and these individuals are bound to prove popular. Promising sires Antonius Pius (USA), Argonaut, Jay Peg, Judpot (USA), Kildonan, Rebel King and Sail From Seattle


(CAN), to name but a few, are also strongly represented at the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale. Sires with their first 2yos selling include Brave Tin Soldier (USA), Elusive Fort, Fort Beluga, Ideal World (USA), Lateral (GB), Mambo In Seattle (USA), Oracy (NZ), and Seventh Rock (AUS). The Ready to Run Sale also offers South African buyers a rare opportunity to acquire well bred thoroughbreds with top-class international pedigrees. Some of the world’s leading sires have prized lots on offer. World-class sires represented on the sale include Bernardini (USA), Danehill Dancer (IRE), Encosta De Lago (AUS), Hussonet (USA), Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE), Tale Of The Cat (USA) and Teofilo (IRE). While the catalogue is rich in well bred individuals, a few lots really stand out:

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Lot 4 Chilli Affair – a colt by the ill-fated champion sire Western Winter (USA) out of Gr3 winner .

Lot 185 Eurozone – a Judpot colt out of a full sister to champion filly Historic Lady

Lot 24 Queen of Thrones – a half-sister, by champion sprinter Rebel King, to Gr1 Tsogo Sun Medallion hero Captain Of All and smart filly Intimateconnection.

Lot 193 Unconditional – a filly by the great Irish sire Danehill Dancer (IRE), from the family of such stars as Encosta De Lago, Night Shift, Holy Roman Emperor and Flying Spur. As a granddaughter of Danehill (USA), this filly is bred on very similar lines to Flying Spur (AUS) and Holy Roman Emperor (IRE)

Lot 104 Intandokazi – an Encosta de Lago (AUS) colt out of a stakes placed Flying Spur (AUS) mare. Lot 112 Paris Princess – a Kahal half-brother to the Dubai World Cup placed Paris Perfect. Lot 113 A filly by champion and leading sire Teofilo (IRE) out of a half-sister to the top Australian sprinter I Am Invincible (AUS) Lot 116 Firth of Clyde – a Right Approach half-brother to Equus Champion, and promising young sire, Kildonan Lot 124 Close Relative – a Kahal half-sister to champion sprinter, and promising sire, Rebel King Lot 155 Fear The Fire – a colt by leading sire Kahal. He is a full brother to Fillies Guineas winner Festival Of Fire. Lot 159 A Hussonet (USA) colt out of a daughter of an Australian Group One winner Lot 165 Dreamuponadream – a colt by sensational sire Judpot (USA) whose second dam was a Gr1 winner in Australia 34

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Lot 194 A colt by reigning champion sire Silvano (GER) out of the beautifully bred mare Making Whoopee (AUS). Dam is a sister to two Australian Group One winners. Lot 206 A Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) filly out of a daughter of prolific broodmare sire Giant’s Causeway (USA) Lot 216 Captain Coyote – a Captain Al half-brother to Equus Champion 3yo Vercingetorix, who will campaign in Dubai next year. The colt is also a full brother to top filly, Trinity House. Lot 223 Kosava – a Kahal half-sister to champion filly Icy Air and top Mauritius runner, Ice Axe These are just some of the highlights of the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready to Run catalogue – which is truly world class! Please see our website www.tba.co.za for the online catalogue and download the Ipad application on www.equineline.com. Keep up with our latest news on www.tba.co.za or visit and interact with us on twitter/bloodstocksa and Facebook.com/tbaofsa.


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shlyn Farms, located in Simpsonville, Kentucky, is not only home to the Joe & Patrice O’Brien and their children Brooke & Trey Watson, but under the stewardship of Trainer Chris Hostettler is also the home to some of the best hopefuls that the Bluegrass has to offer.

With 125 acres of pristine pasture, both indoor and outdoor training facilities and a stately home, Ashlyn Farms is a world-class facility and self-contained city unto itself. Ashlyn Farms is the home to Patrice O’Brien, a fourth generation equestrian enthusiast. International Racehorse recently had the privilege of photographing Patrice and her mother Paddy Boyd, a former Mrs. America, at Ashlyn Farms over two days wearing the latest from the runway fashions of the world’s leading designers from Glasscock Boutique, a racing tradition unto itself.

Situated in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass, Ashlyn Farms is a place of historic beauty. Complete with winding creeks, several ponds with waterfalls, an authentic covered bridge, the Ashlyn Farms grounds are straight out of a movie set, centered around a Georgian home of palatial proportions

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Velvet gown with intricate embroidery, with fox stole and matching embroidery by Zang Toi. Available at Glasscock, Louisville, KY 502-544-8380. 42

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Above; Classic 1950 Ford Coup courtesy of O’Brien Ford of Shelbyville, Ky. Patrice: Calf-skin and snake dress and jacket by J. Mendel. Paddy: Satin and python skin jacket with ruffled top by Lanvin from Glasscock, Louisville, KY 502-544-8380.

Left; Patrice: Velvet gown with intricate embroidery, with fox stole and matching embroidery by Zang Toi. Paddy: Tweed high waist skirt with mink trimmed matching jacket and silk organza blouse by Zang Toi. Available at Glasscock, Louisville, KY 502-544-8380. 43

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Below; Patrice: Wool jacket with beaded collar, beaded shell with a sweet-heart neck line, and silk pants accented with beaded tuxedo strip by Mimi Plange. Paddy: Beaded jacket by Armani paired with silk pajama style pants from St. John. Available at Glasscock, Louisville, KY 502-544-8380.

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Satin and antique lace one shoulder top with silk-wool pants from Georges Chakra. All available at Glasscock, Louisville, KY 502-544-8380. Chevrolet Suburban courtesy of Capital Auto Park of Frankfort, Kentucky. 45

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Below; Patrice: Red silk cocktail dress by Alexander McQueen. Paddy: Hand painted blouse and three-quarter silk coat by Giambattista Valli. Available at Glasscock, Louisville, KY 502-544-8380.

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Above; Black lace full skirted cocktail dress by Dolce & Gabanna. Available at Glasscock, Louisville, KY 502-544-8380.

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Patrice: Red silk-wool with sequined antique lace gown by Georges Chakra. Paddy: Gold bead and sequin gown by Oscar de la Renta. Available at Glasscock, Louisville, KY 502-544-8380. 48

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Patrice: Lace and satin one shoulder peplum top paired with satin peek-a-boo sequined lace pants from George Chakra. Paddy: Gold embroidery cream pants suit from Carolina Herrera. Available at Glasscock, Louisville, KY 502-544-8380.

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By Johan Blom

Photos by Liesl King

The Racehorse

Bucket List

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Ever since the motion picture, The Bucket List screened in 2007 starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman the phrase “Bucket List” has been popping up more and more frequently. The makeup of these lists vary greatly from individual to individual, ranging from Hot Ait Ballooning over the Serengeti plains, hurtling towards the ground with a bungee cord or parachute (which hopefully will stop you in time) or visiting some of the natural wonders this little blue planet of ours has to offer. From the many spectacular sporting events, here follows The International Racehorse Magazine’s Racing spectaculars, call it our Bucket List, picked because of international standing, crowd attendance and all-round, absolute must-see-ability.

The Kentucky Derby Louisville, Kentucky Grab your fanciest hat, your most outrageous jacket and sip on a mint julep to witness what is always the first leg of the US Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing at the Kentucky Derby. Every year on the first Saturday in May, over 150,000 spectators flock to Churchill Downs for this historic event, a tradition since 1875. The race is just 1-1/4 miles (about 2000 meters) and lasts no more than 2 minutes, earning it the reputation as the “Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports.” In addition to the race itself, a number of traditions play a large role in the Derby atmosphere. The mint julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and a sugar syrup, is the traditional beverage of the race. The historic drink can be served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup, but most Churchill Downs patrons sip theirs from souvenir glasses. Also, burgoo, a thick stew of beef, chicken, pork and vegetables, is a popular Kentucky dish served at the Derby. The infield, a spectator area inside the track, offers general admission prices but little chance of seeing much of the race. Instead, infielders show up in the infield for the legendary Derby Party. By contrast, “Millionaire’s Row” refers to the box seats where fine outfits, lavishly accessorized with elaborate hats, are the order of the day. As the horses are paraded before the grandstands, the University of Louisville Marching Band plays Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home,” a tradition which began in 1921. The Derby is frequently referred to as “The Run for the Roses,” because a lush blanket of 564 red roses is awarded to the Kentucky Derby winner each year. The tradition originated in 1883 when New York socialite E. Berry Wall presented roses to ladies at a post-Derby party that was attended by Churchill Downs founder and president, Col. M. Lewis Clark. This gesture is believed to have led Clark to the idea of making the rose the race’s official flower. However, it was not until 1896 that any recorded account referred to roses being draped on the Derby winner. Facts • • • • • •

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The Kentucky Derby trophy is made of 56 ounces of 14 and 18 carat gold, and is two feet tall. In 1969, Diane Crump became the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby and the first to ride in a pari-mutuel race in North America. The horseshoe atop the Kentucky Derby was originally pointing down, and was turned 180 degrees to point upward in 1924. Donerail became the longest shot to win the Kentucky Derby in 1913, with 91.45-1 odds. There has never been a winner to come out of post position #15. The fastest Derby run was by Secretariat in 1973, at 1:59.40.

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Dubai World Cup

The Royal Ascot Ascot, England The Royal Ascot

The Royal Ascot, a week-long racing series with 16 group races, has been a part of British tradition since 1711. The centrepiece of Ascot’s year, Royal Ascot is one of Europe’s most famous race meetings, and dates back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne. Every year Royal Ascot is attended by HM Elizabeth II and various members of the British Royal Family such as The Prince of Wales, arriving each day in a horse-drawn carriage with the Royal procession taking place at the start of each race day and the raising of the Queen’s Royal Standard. It is a major event on the British social calendar, and press coverage of the attendees and what they are wearing often exceeds coverage of the actual racing. There are three enclosures attended by guests on Royal Ascot week. The Royal Enclosure is the most prestigious of the three enclosures, with recent visits from the Queen and Royal Family members. Access to the Royal Enclosure is restricted, with high security on the day. Those in the Royal Enclosure have the options of fine dining and hospitality, and a selection of bars. The dress code is strictly enforced. For women, only a day dress with a hat is acceptable, with rules applying to the length and style of the dress. In addition, women must not show bare midriffs or shoulders. For men, black or grey morning dress with top hat is required. Over 300,000 people make the annual visit to Berkshire during Royal Ascot week, making this Europe’s best-attended race meeting. There are sixteen group races on offer, with at least one Group One event on each of the five days. The Gold Cup is on Ladies’ Day on the Thursday. Royal Ascot for the first time in 2013 featured prize-money of £5,000,000. A total increase in the prize-money purse of £500,000 for the meeting representing an 11% increase from 2012. Total prize money at Ascot throughout the 2013 season will be just above £10,000,000. This amount excludes the £3.4M on offer during the Qipco British Champions Day, an industry joint venture. The Queen has owned 19 Royal Ascot winners and seeing her face light up during her most recent win in 2013, it is clear that she has probably backed them all.

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The Preakness Stakes Baltimore, Maryland

Dubai World Cup Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The second leg of the Triple Crown is held in Baltimore on the third Saturday in May at the annual running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. The Preakness Stakes was named by a former Maryland Governor after a winning colt at Pimlico. The race has been termed “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” because a blanket of yellow flowers is placed around the winner’s neck.

A relative newcomer to the horse-racing scene, the Dubai World Cup first put the United Arab Emirates on the horseracing map in 1996 with its inaugural race at the Meydan Racecourse. It has become the richest horse race in the world with a purse of $10 million for the lucky winner. The new Meydan Racecourse opened in 2010.

The race has changed since the first running in 1873, but many traditions remain. The winner is presented with the hefty Woodlawn Vase, a grand silver trophy crafted by Tiffany in 1860, while his horse is draped in a delicate blanket made from Black-Eyed Susans, Maryland’s state flower. Tickets for under $100 can be purchased for the Grand Concourse where you can mingle with the society folks in bright colors and over-the-top hats. Cheaper tickets get spectators onto the Infield where the beer flows freely all day and concerts and other events fill the time before the race. Attendance at the Preakness Stakes ranks second in North America only trailing the Kentucky Derby.

A simple translation of the word Meydan means ‘a meeting place.’ Few sporting venues can rival the Meydan racecourse for sheer scale or grandeur. Unparalleled levels of luxury, customer comfort and racing technology combine to create the ultimate horse racing experience. The Racecourse comes with a 1,750m All-Weather track and a 2,400m turf track. Other facilities include receiving barns, stables, turf and all-weather training tracks and jockey and horsemen’s lounges.

Speed record: 1-3/16 miles (1.91 km) - 1:53 - Secretariat (1973) Secretariat, the 1973 winner, was originally credited with a running time of 1:55. Two Daily Racing Form clockers, however, timed Secretariat’s Preakness in 1:53 2/5, a new stakes record. A hearing was held over the time discrepancy, where a video replay proved Secretariat reached the wire before Canonero II, the then-current record holder. But instead of giving Secretariat the record, the Maryland Jockey Club decided to split the difference and make its official time that of Pimlico’s clocker, who timed the race in 1:54 2/5. The matter was finally resolved in a June 2012 meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission, which unanimously ruled to change Secretariat’s final time to 1:53 based on testimony and analysis of the race replays. 53

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Equipped with first-class hospitality offerings and stateof-the-art racing facilities, its most outstanding feature is the Grandstand, an architectural feat featuring a crescentshaped roof clad with solar panels. The Grandstand spans 1.5 kilometres and can accommodate up to 60,000 guests. And when the capacity crowd have finished cheering on the world’s finest thoroughbreds, there’s a 5 star hotel, international restaurants and an IMAX cinema to capture the imagination. The Racecourse also includes the world’s first trackside five-star hotel, The Meydan, with almost all of its 230 suites having direct, unobstructed views of the tracks.


Belmont Stakes

The Grand National

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Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe


Belmont Stakes Elmont, New York

The horse-racing community waits for the first Saturday in June for the Belmont Stakes, the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, hoping that a single horse may pull off the great feat of taking all 3 victories in the year’s Triple Crown series. The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the Triple Crown Races dating back to 1867, and also the longest and most challenging at 1-1/2 (about 2400 meters) miles around the track. Secretariat gained his reputation as one of the world’s greatest racehorses during the 1973 Belmont Stakes when he ran to victory, breaking world records for speed 31 lengths ahead of his competition. The Belmont Stakes is the Triple Crown’s most accessible race, not only because of its close proximity to New York City, but because while there are some reserved seats, the majority of tickets are general admission between $10 and $20. Twenty-nine horses have been eligible to win the Triple Crown coming into the Belmont Stakes and eleven have succeeded. In six recent runnings, horses that won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness (Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998, Charismatic in 1999, War Emblem in 2002, Funny Cide in 2003 and Smarty Jones in 2004) were denied racing immortality in the Belmont Stakes. Racing has not seen a Triple Crown champion since 1978, when Affirmed swept the three-race series.

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

The Grand National Aintree, England

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Paris, France

A crowd of 120,139, the largest in New York Racing history, attended the 2004 running, hoping to see Smarty Jones become Racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner. Birdstone won; Smarty Jones finished second. The Qatar Paris Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, known simply as the Arc, is one of Europe’s biggest horse-racing events. Thousands of elegant spectators fill the grandstand on the first Sunday of October at Longchamp Racecourse on the banks of the Seine. Thanks to its affiliation with the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, it has one of the highest prizes in the racing world at 4 million Euros. The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was first run on Sunday 3 October 1920. The inaugural running was won by Comrade, a three-year-old colt owned by Evremond de Saint-Alary. The winner’s prize was 150,000 francs. Horse racing aficionados travel from all over the world for this race- one which showcases the best thoroughbreds in the world. It’s followed by over 55,000 spectators and 1 billion television viewers in nearly 200 countries! It’s a very, VERY big deal on the horse-racing circuit. The present sponsor of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC). The sponsorship agreement was signed in Doha in 2008, and as a result the prize fund was doubled from €2 million to €4 million. The purse for the whole meeting was increased by €865,000 in 2012. Arc Weekend now includes seven races classed at Group 1 level, and four with Group 2 status. It also features the Arabian World Cup, the world’s richest race for purebred Arabian horses. The Grand National in Aintree, England, offers a different kind of horse-racing experience with a pack of horses competing along a 4-mile course studded with 30 fences. This National Hunt horse race, a style popular in France and the United Kingdom, takes place on a Saturday in early April. The drama is spread out over 3 days while spectators gather in the grandstands and all-inclusive restaurants to watch the winning horse pass through the finish line after jumping the last obstacle along the Steeplechase. The Grand National Horse Race is often called the world’s greatest steeplechase. The race is one of the most famous steeplechases in the world. It is a unique test of horsemanship for the rider and also a test of a great significance for a horse. The course is nearly two and a quarter miles in length and has 16 unique fences including the famous Bechers Brook. The fences have an added problem for horses, the famous drop fences where the landing side of the fence is lower than the take off side, this means the horse approaching the fence is unaware of the drop until in the air. At The Chair Fence the reverse of this occurs. It is the biggest fence on the course and the landing side is higher than the take off. In the Grand National the horses have to complete almost two circuits of the course and jump 30 fences and then complete a long 494 yard run which has been the downfall of many in the past. There are two fences that are jumped only once which are on the first circuit and they are the famous Chair and the water jump. Although the first ‘Official Grand National’ was in 1839 the race was first run three years earlier in 1836. Spruce trees from the Lake District in Cumbria are used to top the Grand National fences. It takes nearly a month beforehand to build the fences, with wooden frames covered by approximately 150 tonnes of spruce branches. 55

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The location changes each year for the annual series of thoroughbred horse races that make up the Breeders’ Cup. This 2-day event has one of the heftiest purses in horse racing, a combined prize of $25.5 million in 2012 -- earning it the title of the richest 2 days in sports. Many familiar American thoroughbreds compete alongside international entrants at popular racetracks around the United States, including Churchill Downs in Kentucky, Monmouth Park in New Jersey and Santa Anita Park in California. 2013 sees a return to Santa Anita park in Califoria. A maximum of 14 starters are allowed in each of the 14 Breeders’ Cup Championships races with the exception of the Dirt Mile which will be limited to 12 starters. Breeders’ Cup Limited has adopted a field selection system to select runners in the event fields are oversubscribed. This system ranks horses in order of preference based upon (1) performance in Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races, (2) a point system, and (3) the judgment of a panel of racing experts. The field selection system is then implemented as necessary following the taking of pre-entries approximately two weeks before the Breeders’ Cup to officially rank the oversubscribed fields. The Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel (the “Panel”) ranks all the horses pre-entered in the oversubscribed races. After pre-entry, any vacancies in the fields is filled by horses in order of panel preference. Since the Breeders’ Cup World Championships are usually held at a different race track each year, there are not many traditions associated with it beyond having the best quality horse racing of the year. There are only two things that are always constant from track to track: the trophy and the flower blankets for the winners. The permanent Breeders’ Cup trophy is a reproduction of Giovanni da Bologna’s sculpture the Torrie horse. Created in the late 1580s in Florence, Italy, the sculpture is known as an ecorche or flayed horse, detailing all the horse’s muscles. Each winner of the 15 Breeders’ Cup Championship races also receives a blanket of flowers which is draped across his or her withers, if the horse cooperates. Each blanket is made of yellow chrysanthemums outlined with purple chrysanthemums and has a round purple cloth plaque with the Breeders’ Cup logo and the name of the race embroidered on it. South Africa’s greatest horse race is the Durban July Handicap, both in terms of the quality of past winners and the excitement that surrounds the race. It is an annual event held on the first Saturday of July that is guaranteed to capture the attention of the entire nation, and everyone likes to have a bet on ‘The July’, as it is known. The race was first run in 1897 and was contested over 1 mile (approx 1600m) for a stake of 500 sovereigns. Horses that have competed in the July Handicap have historically gone on to international success, starting with the legendary Colorado King, who won the 1963 running of the race before going on to set a world record for nine furlongs and to win the Hollywood Gold Cup. In recent years London News, Ipi Tombe, and Greys Inn have all followed in those hoof-steps to win big overseas. The Durban July Handicap is run at the Greyville Racecourse over a distance of 11 furlongs or 2200 meters. It is a right-handed turf course where the draw plays a vital role especially in races like The July which always attracts a big field. High draws are at an extreme disadvantage, and the short straight can also be a disadvantage to horses that do not have early speed. With pre-parties and after-parties almost dwarfing the race event itself, it is a highlight on the South African social and fashion calendar. 56

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Melbourne Cup Melbourne, Australia

People swarm to Flemington on foot, by car, train, tram, boat or helicopter as all roads, rails and rivers direct the hordes to the centre of the action for four days of fantastic fun.

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The Melbourne Cup Carnival creates a party atmosphere unparalleled by any other Australian sporting event. The huge crowds which pack into Flemington Racecourse are there for a good time and whether it’s a day in one of the countless corporate marquees which span the racecourse, a car boot party in the Members’ Car Park, a picnic on the public lawn or fine dining in one of the racecourse’s many excellent restaurants and marquee enclosures, there is a sense of fun and excitement which is unique to this great event.

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If you are up for some extended travel, go Down Under for the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival, a tradition dating back to 1861 that is considered by many to be the greatest 3,200-meter horse race in the world. The race has a strong international presence, both in the competition and the attendees who celebrate at the carnival in customary hats. There’s even a competition, Fashions on the Field, celebrating the carnival’s best-dressed men and women with celebrity judges and high-end sponsors. A combination of general admission and grandstand tickets offer affordable options for the big event on the first Tuesday in November, as well as the other races spread out over the week’s worth of events at the carnival.

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So whether you want to tag along for the immense party and fashion atmosphere that surrounds these events or you are fascinated by the history these represent, make sure to pack your best hat. That said, make sure to check out the local events in your area, horseracing can be fun for the whole family. Make sure not to miss the stars of these event, the equine athletes, you’ll be amazed at what they represent.


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Jockey Profile

By Marie Chin

Photo by Liesl King

Where did it all start? Tell us about your initial interest in horses and horseracing and what sparked the passion.

Tell us about the months leading up to the Durban July, what your training schedule was like.

I was picked up by the Jockey Academy scouts, who go to schools looking for talent and that’s how I was introduced to horseracing. Prior to that, I had no real interest in horses or racing . I was short and small at school and couldn’t participate in the regular sport offered to pupils, so it was a good opportunity that came along at the right time.

A week or so before the race I got nervous and excited. I have ridden in so many Group 1 races of which I have won 6, but this was my first Durban July. The training schedule is really hectic, a lot of races on a lot of different horses. My confidence was high due to my excitement about the Durban July, and as a result I improved daily which enabled me to be more focused.

Where did you train and under whose tutelage? I trained at the Academy at Summerveld in Shongweni. It’s a boarding school environment and a typical day would be to wake up at 5 am, work with horses and then start regular school, and then work with horses again in the afternoon after school.

Are there certain trainers you prefer to ride for? Sean Tarry has helped me very much right from the beginning of my career as a fantastic mentor so I would like to stick with him, Weo Marwing has also been a great support.

What in your opinion does it take to be a good jockey?

Any other achievements you would like to tell us about? I have won 3 of the biggest races in South Africa:The Sansui Summer Cup on Wagner, The President’s Challenge Cup and the Vodacom Durban July, both on Heavy Metal.

What goes through your mind before a big race? Keep calm, stick to the plan, ride the best race and above all, enjoy it.

What did you think when you crossed the line on the big day (Vodacom Durban July)?

Balance, judge of pace and a good seat.

It is every jockey’s dream, I was surprised, shocked and thrilled and winning in front of 60 000 people was electrifying.

Any tips for aspiring young jockeys?

Do you have any lucky charms or rituals before a race?

You need to achieve a pass in Grade 8, weigh around 30 kgs with a shoe size of 3 or 3 and a half.

Which horses are your favourite to work with? Dance with the Devil, Heavy Metal and Wagner.

Is there a bloodline that you find you like to work with? Silvanos have a very nice temperament, you can never go wrong with them.

You won the Vodacom Durban July on Heavy Metal this year, the first black jockey to win this prestigious race that must have been a fantastic achievement for you. Tell us about how the race went for you and how this victory felt. I know Heavy Metal very well, having won a few races on him, it was the most exhilarating feeling - nothing beats it! It was a moment I will cherish forever.

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No, at the end of the day it’s all about the horse and how well prepared it is, and how you get along with the horse.

We know jockeys have a constant battle with weight - if you could order anything on a menu, what would it be? Fish and prawns.

Any low points in your career? I broke my leg in a fall in 2010, which resulted in me having a steel plate just below the knee. It was really hard and frustrating , at the time I thought I would never come back.

What’s next on your list as a jockey in terms of what you would like to achieve? I would like to win the J&B Met and become the first black Champion Jockey.


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As summer transitions to fall in Lexington, Kentucky, it becomes clear the American-bred racehorse is a sought-after commodity on the global market. In the walking ring behind the sales pavilion, one hears dialects from the world over. The Keeneland September Yearling Sale is the ultimate name-dropper’s paradise; the hot spot for the “Who’s Who” of racing.

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n its 77th year of existence, Keeneland epitomizes the term “to age gracefully.” This timeless institution masterfully blends past and present. The modern amenities of the facilities maintain the ambience of the bygone years. To this day, the history of Keeneland can be read from stone walls and shaded paddocks where its first meet took place in 1936. Two years after the racecourse held their inaugural meet, the venue hosted its first auction underneath a tent on April 25, 1938. The thirty-one horse sale was topped by a $3,500 nine-year-old mare with a foal at her side. Thus, began the rich history of the Keeneland sales. In 1943, Keeneland hosted Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga yearling sale under a tent due to the World War II railway restrictions. The 1945 Kentucky Derby winner, Hoop Jr., was among the graduates of the 1943 sale. BULL MARKET MOMENTS Forty years later at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, a Northern Dancer colt ignited an auction boom. Snaafi Dancer shook the purse strings of horseracing industry’s high-rollers with his seemingly flawless conformation. This colt was sired by the 1964 Kentucky Derby winner and out of My Bupers, dam of the graded stakes winning American champion sprinter My Juliet.

Above: Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum inspecting yearlings at Keeneland - Photo courtesy MattWooley. Below: Snaafi Dancer sells for $10.2 million

The Northern Dancer offspring found in the Keeneland sales ring attracted buyers from around the globe. The sire was so valuable that his highest stud fee reached an astonishing $1,000,000. His yearlings kindled the auction ring rivalry between His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the Coolmore Stud syndicate. The two industry heavy-weights would compete in multiple high-stakes bidding wars over Northern Dancer’s sons and daughters. The bidding war on Snaafi Dancer escalated from an opening $1 million offer and was eventually punctuated by Sheikh Mohammed’s winning bid of $10.2 million. The Keeneland bid board could not display eight figure digits at the time, and therefore returned to zero when the bidding reached ten million dollars. At the end of this titanic financial tug-of-war, the board showed the Northern Dancer colt was sold for $200,000. The passing of time would reveal Snaafi Dancer’s worth would be limited to his sales ring experience. His hooves would never feel the racetrack. He would struggle with infertility issues only to sire four horses. Of those four horses, only one crossed the wire first and none went on to produce successful runners. His legacy remains to be his fifteen minutes of fame in the Keeneland sales ring. Snaafi Dancer would not hold the coveted title of “Highest Priced Yearling Ever Sold at Public Auction” for long. Only two years following Snaafi Dancer’s sales ring triumph, Seattle Dancer (by Nijinsky) would rock the horseracing industry at the Keeneland July Select Yearling Sale. He won not only the record of the highest priced yearling ever bought at public auction but the highest price at public auction of any category, which he maintained for twentyone years until The Green Monkey shattered his record at a two year old sale with a price of $16 million. Seattle Dancer was a spectacular specimen through and through - from lineage to conformation. This highly desirable Nijinsky (by Northern Dancer) son was out of My Charmer, making him a half64

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brother to Seattle Slew, the 1977 Triple Crown winner. Seattle Slew was a missed opportunity for bidders: a buyback for $17,500. Buyers, unwilling to repeat this mistake, would not ignore Seattle Slew’s little brother in the historic Keeneland auction ring. He drew additional attention from international buyers, for his half-brother Lomond won the 1983 English 2,000 Guineas (GI). When the bidding opened on Seattle Dancer, two spotters from Keeneland’s 1985 July sale informed auctioneer Tom Caldwell they each had a one million dollar bid. Less than one minute later the price had rocketed to seven million dollars. One of the primary bidders was D. Wayne Lukas, representing a syndicate of L.R. French, Mel Hatley, and Eugene Klein, then owner of the National Football League’s San Diego Chargers. The rival bids came from the Coolmore syndicate that consisted of Robert Sangster, Stavros Niarchos, Daniel Schwarts, Susan Magnier, and her father Vincent O’Brien. The bidding was so furious that Sangster suspected Sheikh Mohammed betrayed their earlier agreement not to bid against one another - to divide the yearlings both parties desired to acquire, thus preventing a Snaafi Dancer rerun. But it was Lukas seated in the sales pavilion that would stretch Sangster’s nerves. Lukas’ historic $10.3 million bid dubbed Seattle Dancer as the world’s highest priced yearling sold at public auction. The intense bidding continued until Caldwell pressed for an offer of thirteen million dollars, which Lukas coolly accepted. Sangster retorted with


M.V. Magnier of Irish-based Coolmore Stud purchased the yearling sale-topper, paying $2.5 million

a bid of $13.1 million which sealed the deal for Coolmore. Seattle Dancer would prove the wiser investment than his overpriced predecessor, Snaafi Dancer. Though he did not reach the quality the bidding war implied, he commendably won two Group races in Europe, and passed the final post second in the Grand Prix de Paris (GI). Out of his five starts, the bay colt finished in the money in all but one outing, earning approximately $164,000. In 1988, Seattle Dancer entered stallion duty at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky. He eventually moved to Coolmore’s Ireland division. Seattle Dancer became Europe’s Champion First Crop Sire of 1991. In 1997, Coolmore shipped the stallion to East Stud in Japan. For his final five years at stud, he was sold to Gestut Auenquelle of Germany where he stood until his death in 2007. Seattle Dancer had a solid breeding career: he sired thirty-seven stakes winners and eighty-one black-type performers including Seattle Rhyme, winner of the 1991 Racing Post Trophy (GI); Pike Place Dancer, winner of the 1996 Kentucky Oaks (GI); and Caffe Latte who won the 2000 Santa Barbara Handicap (GII), and that year’s Romana Handicap (GI). Seattle Dancer also sired Que Belle, who was a champion filly in Germany. In 2006, he was Champion Sire of Two-Year-Olds in Europe. BRIGHT FUTURES The 2013 September Yearling Sale ended with strong numbers. It had a record median of $50,000 which showed an 11.1% improvement. Though the buyback rate experienced a slight rise 65

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to 19.9%, the cumulative average of $102,220 was 17% higher than last year’s auction. It was the first time the overall average reached six figures since 2007. In the early afternoon of the seventh session, the auction surpassed the previous year’s total gross of $219,781,500. This year’s 3,908 horse-catalog was 8% larger than the 2012 auction that offered 3,604 horses. At the close of the sale, Taylor Made Sales Agency was the clear leader by gross. The consignment sold 254 yearlings for $31,313,500. However, Clearsky Farm topped the consignors’ rankings by average price. They sold eight individuals for an average of $321,875. Sheikh Hamdan alMaktoum of Shadwell Estate was the overall leading buyer. He purchased 27 horses for a total of $11,600,000. M.V. Magnier of the Coolmore syndicate topped the buyers’ list for average price, obtaining four yearlings for an average of $1,475,000. Magnier bought the sale topper with his $2.5 million bid on Hip No. 712 (War Front-Blading Gold Ring, by During) from Peter O’Callaghan’s Wood’s Edge Farm consignment. The muscular bay colt was the second in a pair of seven-figure War Front yearlings that Coolmore purchased. Bred and consigned by Claiborne Farm, Hip No. 61 was the first of the two. This $1 million colt out of Guide is a close relative to the recent Super Derby (GII) winner Departing. The highest-selling filly’s hammer-price also exceeded $2 million. The exceptionally-pedigreed Hip No. 541 was bred by Eaton Sales and offered from the Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency consignment.


Below: Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm spent $2.2 million to acquire the sale’s second-highest-priced yearling

Her dam, Take Charge Lady, has been a remarkably consistent producer. Her sons, Take Charge Indy and Eclipse Award ThreeYear-Old Male of the Year prospect Will Take Charge have dominated GI races in their division. This elegant filly is from the last crop of Indian Charlie, sire of horses such as juvenile champion, Uncle Mo, and world-class sprinting filly, Indian Blessing. Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm added to her powerful roster of mares when she bought this filly for $2.2 million. At Keeneland’s 2012 November Breeding Stock Sale, Mandy Pope was a top buyer when she purchased 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace for $10 million and paid $4 million for 2011 Kentucky Oaks Presented by Longines (GI) winner, Plum Pretty. Tapit and War Front reigned as the two most popular stallions of the 2013 September Yearling Sale. Tapit, however, had a slight edge over War Front. Of his 38 sellers, Tapit’s yearlings grossed $15,670,000 while War Front’s 35 yearlings garnered $14,057,000. Tapit dominated the sales ring with the most seven figure yearlings of any stallion represented at the sale. M.V. Magnier representing Coolmore would lay down a cool million for Hip No. 325, the first of Tapit’s four top sellers. This colt is a half-brother to the Graded stakes winners Ashley’s Kitty and Heart Ashley. However, Nat Rea’s Regis Farms would stake the highest claim of $1.55 million for Tapit blood. He bought Hip No. 515, a colt out of Successful Outlook, from the Gainesway consignment.The final two Tapit millionaires were offered by Peter O’Callaghan’s Wood’s Edge Farm - Hip No. 681 and 868 selling for $1.2 million and $1 million respectively. Stonestreet Stable and Gainesway co-purchased Hip No. 681, a colt by Ava Knowsthecode, while Shadwell Estate Co. secured the highest bid for Hip No. 868, a filly out of Evrobi. Despite Tapit’s popularity it would be the Irish sire Galileo that led the sale as the top sire by average price. His five yearlings sold averaged $523,000. A half-brother to Mastercraftsman, Hip No. 496 would captivate the Coolmore syndicate enough to end the bidding with $1.4 million. M.V. Magnier commented on the finely-bred yearling, “Very nice horse, very good pedigree. Mastercraftsman is doing extremely well this year. [This yearling is] just the right kind of horse. We’ll bring him back to Ireland.” At this year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale, twenty-four of the cataloged horses in the first book were by European-based sires. Two colts and two fillies by England’s four-time leading sire Galileo were listed in the catalog. Henrythenavigator, sire of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GI) winner George Vancouver, had the highest volume of yearlings in the first book’s catalog, siring 10 hips in all. Keeneland’s Director of Sales, Geoffrey Russell, commented following the sale’s first session, “I thought the market today was very good. We saw a wide range of buyers, representing domestic and international owners as well as end-users and pinhookers.” After reformatting the sale to have book one span over the first four days rather than two evening sessions, Keeneland sold 11 more millionaires than the entire auction offered in 2012 and had the most horses sell for $1 million or more (18 hips) since 2008 when the same amount of horses sold for seven figures. Five hundred forty-six horses sold in the four sessions of Book 1 for 66

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a total of $153,385,000 with a $280,295 average. A minor drop from 2012, the overall buyback rate in the first book was 27%. The average and median for the first week showed increases of 38.5% and 38.3% respectively. Peter O’Callaghan, consignor of the $1.4 million Galileo colt, commented on Keeneland’s new format and the market, “The new format is working because there’s a lot of money here. We’ve been sweating it out the last three or four years. It slowly started to turn around last year, but it looks like it’s very healthy at the moment.” Bill Farish of Lane’s End’s consignment remarked, “There seems to be a very good, deep market, a lot of different buyers. [We’ve seen] the most looks per horse that we’ve seen, maybe ever in September, particularly the Tuesday horses because they had an extra day of showing. We had several that had over 200 looks. They’re getting pretty exhausted when you’re showing them that much.” “That was one of our goals with the format change: to get more buyers on the grounds.” Geoffrey Russell said. “They arrived early and began looking at yearlings on Friday, which created a lot of energy going into the sale.” Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm was impressed with the quality of the first book. “I think Keeneland did an excellent job of putting a very nice group of horses together and I commend them on that. I mean, we were taking horses off the list that any other time would have been great horses and we would have been excited to own them. But you can’t vet every horse on the sales grounds so you have to be selective. For the buyers, it’s tough, but for the sellers I think it’s an excellent sale.”


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Behind the scenes at

Royal Ascot Text and photos by Liesl King

Royal Ascot is a race meeting like no other. For a start, it is a Royal meeting where Her Majesty The Queen opens proceedings every day for an entire week. It is racing on a very grand scale, where the best in Europe come together to compete in a multitude of Group races. Yet behind the scenes, is one of the best parties you will ever attend.

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The tradition of singing around the Bandstand dates back to 1970, when Jinny Beaumont, the late wife of the then Clerk of the Course, Sir Nicholas Beaumont, decided that a singalong would be a great way to end a wonderful day’s racing.

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ike any good party, the first item that needs careful consideration is your outfit. Let us start with the gentlemen. If you are aiming to be racing from the Royal Enclosure then top hat and tails are essential, while a buttonhole flower completes the outfit. Never worn one, don’t worry, recue is at hand. In Car Park Two, you will find a lovely lady called Anne, whose family have been selling buttonhole flowers from their stand for over 50 years. Anne will fit you out with a single flower in the colour of your choice, or if you are adventurous, a double buttonhole flower, with two contrasting colours. A final touch in the form of a matching tie and pocket-handkerchief and your outfit is complete. Now to the ladies, where much more freedom is allowed and colourful is the order of the day. For the Royal Enclosure, dresses are required to be on the knee and strappy or strapless dresses are not permitted. For the rest of the racegoers, standards are not quite so high and here the shorter the better seems to be motto amongst the younger ladies. Hats are of course an entire topic all of its own. Ladies are required to wear a hat or a fascinator depending on which venue you are racing from. Royal Enclosure rules stipulate a hat must have a diameter no less than 10 cm, but elsewhere the easy fascinator is perfectly acceptable. But ladies beware: hats, while extraordinarily beautiful and an essential way to finish off an outfit, can become a complete nightmare if the wind comes up, especially if it is a vast, floaty creation.

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Next, your arrival is of utmost importance. The best possible way to arrive at Royal Ascot of course, is to travel in the Royal procession behind the Queen. A select group of passengers are chosen daily to accompany Her Majesty, as her carriage leads the Royal procession down the straight mile to the sounds of God Save The Queen. Mounted Police guard the rails ensuring that eager spectators are kept at a respectful distance, while a huge phalanx of photographers are guaranteed to capture your every move. However if you don’t get that coveted invitation, then you can arrive in your own carriage. Several of these four in hand carriages daily make their way up the High Street, with the postillion sounding the post horn and the odd finely dressed passenger hanging precariously off the back, signalling to all and sundry the intention to turn. An aerial approach is certainly the quickest option and roughly 400 helicopters make the journey during the week, but for most of the 80 000 spectators, the quickest way is by train from London. Packed in so tightly that the feathers on your neighbour’s hat are guaranteed to induce a sneezing fit, it is definitely the easiest way to arrive at the racecourse. Finally on course? Good, now it is time to head to Car Park One! Situated at the end of the straight, it is sandwiched between the last of the grandstand buildings and the forest where the course


turns to drop down into Swinley Bottom. Here you will find precisely measured and appointed parking spots, each denoted with an elegant marker. Invitations to a picnic in Car Park One are like gold dust and an absolute must have if you intend to go racing in style.

be a great way to end a wonderful day’s racing. For those not quite familiar with all the tunes, songbooks and Union Jack flags are handed out on a first come, first served basis, while the words of the songs are also prominently displayed on the large screens around the course.

Picnics in Car Park One are proper picnics. No baskets with ham sandwiches or flasks with coffee here. The cars range from the 4x4 variety to stretch limousines, all with very big boots. Out come the tables, elegantly covered with spotless damask. Next, crystal champagne glasses are polished and neatly placed, before tray upon tray of incredible delicacies are unveiled. Proper linen napkins are the order of the day, but if you do have to slum it and make do with paper ones, it is best that they sport the Union Jack.

Come rain, howling gale or freezing temperatures, a large crowd gathers every evening at 6pm in the Bandstand area. There literally isn’t room for a mouse. With every available place taken up, the crowd spills over into the stairwells, standing three deep along the railings and even climbing the Betfair Tower for a better view. A sea of flag waving, dancing people stretches out as far as the eye can see, while in the centre, on a raised bandstand, the Band of the Welsh Guards is playing tune after popular tune.

Classics such as Rule Brittania and Daydream Believer come floating over the crowd, together with some hats that the howling gale has sent flying. Each time the band reaches a chorus, the volume increases as the stragglers, who may not know all the words, certainly know the choruses. All too soon though, it is over and another day at Royal Ascot has come to an end. The crowd heads for the gates and the station, with only the diehards Once racing is done for the day and all winning bets collected, remaining, determined to finish that last drink. it is time to gather around the Bandstand for a Singalong. The tradition of singing around the Bandstand dates back to 1970, Royal Ascot is racing on the grandest scale. It is extraordinary; it when Jinny Beaumont, the late wife of the then Clerk of the is exhilarating; and behind the scenes it is one of the best parties Course, Sir Nicholas Beaumont, decided that a singalong would you will ever attend. As a brass band wanders through the car park playing lively tunes, champagne flows liberally and racegoers settle down to lunch. The faint sounds of God Save The Queen signals that the Royal Procession is on its way down the straight. Time to head to the grandstand for a leisurely afternoon of racing and betting.

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BLUE BLOODED STALLION GAINING MOMENTUM By Sarah Whitelaw

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he Hemel ‘N Aarde based stallion Alado has strong claims to being one of the best bred stallions in Africa.

successful young sire, with his offspring having won over $8 000 000 in prize money.

He is a son of the mighty stallion Danzig, whose descendants (National Assembly, Antonius Pius, et al) have excelled in South Africa. Danzig, one of the greatest sons of the Northern Dancer, sired 202 stakes winners during his stud career, and was responsible for the outstanding stallions Danehill, Green Desert, Hard Spun, Chief’s Crown, and War Front, to name but a few.

Alado stands at the Hemel ‘N Aarde Stud and is managed by Allan Bloodlines. The team enjoyed some terrific returns at the 2013 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale where Alado averaged over R77 000, and three late foaled colts averaged over R90 000 – off a service fee of just R8 000.

Alado’s female line is equally imposing. There are over 20 stakes winners (nearly 50% Grade/Group 1) in his first three dams alone! His dam, Alborada, was an outstanding filly – and one of just 12 horses to win the prestigious Group One Champion Stakes more than once. This race has been won some of the legends of the turf – including Fairway, Brigadier Gerard, Pretty Polly and Frankel.

Further back, this is the great sire producing family of legends Abernant, Nasrullah, Royal Charger and Fair Trial, Alado himself traces back to the “Flying Filly”, Mumtaz Mahal.

Many positive comments were passed by respected trainers and selectors and the sales colts are now spread around the main racing centres of South Africa. This was the first commercial consignment of The Alado Project, managed by David Allan of Allan Bloodlines, which a few years ago convened a band of mares especially for Alado, and bought or bred horses in training to fly the flag for the stallion.

Second dam, Alouette, is a Group One winning daughter of broodmare sire extraordinaire Darshaan (whose daughters have bred 196 stakes winners including world leading sire High Chaparral).

Other owners, trainers and breeders have supported Alado with success. Along with the likes of current runners and Stakes placed Northern Conquest (4 wins) and Half Moon Hotel (4 wins) trained for The Project by Vaughan Marshall, around half of Alado’s other winners are multiple winners such as Space Girl, Ed’s Angel and Nautica indicating soundness and resolution. Alado’s top class figure of 67% winners to runners puts him ahead of some of the best and most commercial stallions in the country.

Alado’s close relatives also include French 2000 Guineas winner, Aussie Rules, a son of Danehill by Danzig. Aussie Rules, who won Group/Grade One races on two different continents, is now a

With Hemel ‘n Aarde greatly enthusiastic about the Alados reared there and with confirmation from the sales buyers, this regally bred Cape stallion must have a great future ahead of him.

Alborada herself is the dam of three stakes horses, including black type winner Alvarita. The latter is in turn the dam of the Group Three winner, Alla Speranza.

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A Weekend in

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If you ever intend to spend a weekend in a picturesque German town, I can highly recommend that you spend the first weekend of September in the spa town of Baden-Baden. A Premier Yearling Sale, a grand ball and Group 1 racing at its best, what more could one’s heart desire?

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he BBAG Yearling Sale in Baden-Baden takes place at one of the prettiest sales grounds you are likely to encounter. Backing on to the Baden Racecourse at the 400m mark, it sports very smart yellow and white barns, each with its own colour coordinated, hanging flower arrangements and if the backdrop of racehorses thundering by is not unique enough, then the surrounding hills of the Black Forest certainly does the trick. Then of course, there is its famous presales barbecue. And this is no boring barbecue. Remember we are in the land where sausages and beer reign supreme. The ninth race has


barely flashed past, before the fires are lit and a mountain of bratwurst, the local sausage, arrives together with several kegs of beer. Wine and water will be offered of course, but really, it is a case of when in Rome... and hence even if you are not a beer drinker, this is the night to order that pint. Soon the bratwurst queue snakes around the marquee, while the waitresses battle to keep up with beer orders. It is a wonderfully relaxing evening, where you meet old friends and make new ones. And then Elvis enters the marquee. Clad in glittering sequins and tight fitting pants, together with the slicked back hair, Eric Prinzinger, the evening’s piece de resistance, has arrived. The volume is cranked up and as Elvis snakes his hips and throws his jacket to the nearest fan, the party is in full flow and it is not long before he has the crowd on their feet and dancing on the tables. If you greeted the dawn in Elvis’ company then no need to move, as it is time for the BBAG Premier Yearling sale. Bright sunshine and the gentlest flutter of the flags suggest that a perfect day lay ahead. 242 Lots were catalogued and it didn’t take long for the numbers on the electronic price board to 76

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start soaring as Lot 68, a beautiful dark brown filly entered the ring. A half sister to Champion Three Year Old Filly, Salomina and out of the Champion Three Year Old Filly Saldentigerin, the Irish bred Salwina not only had the pedigree to die for, but she also oozed class. Some horses just know they are special and this was one of them. She owned the ring and commanded that you look at her. Without her even setting foot on a racetrack, her paddock value is substantial and hence it came as no surprise when she was knocked down to a Japanese buyer for €390 000, becoming the sales topper. The talk on Thursday had however been all about Lot 71, a Monsun colt, called See The White. A very elegant colt, he clearly had some growing to do, but oozed quality and this time it was Darley, who walked away triumphantly, having paid €360 000 for the privilege of taking him home. Saturday night as always heralded the famed Grand Prix Ball. The tables looked exquisite and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Baden- Baden ensured that the dance floor was packed at all times. From the opening Viennese waltz to the sultry samba the orchestra kept the guests twirling.


Not to be out done by the glorious music, the four-course meal was specially prepared by Martin Hermann, a two star Michelin chef. The iced Champagne praline entered under dimmed lights and a shower of sparks, a fitting end to a wonderful meal. More dancing, this time to the easy sounds of the Swing band and before long, it is time for the stunning fireworks display over the Baden-Baden skyline, set to the sound of Verdi’s music. A glorious finale to a glorious night. Finally, it is D-day and the turn of Germany’s newest star, Novellist, to take to the stage in what is likely to be his final Arc preparation. Racing in Germany is rather like going on a family outing to the Carnival. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are an absolute necessity and can often be seen sporting either a hat or a bejewelled collar or both, in matching colours of course. Guests dress in the season’s latest fashion or the 17th century’s fashion, sporting velvet riding habits and quaint little veils. And while hats are not obligatory, the bigger the better is derigueur if you decide to wear one. To add to the carnival atmosphere, the returning horses calmly walk through the throngs of people at the end of each race, 77

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without either batting an eye. The railing between the two grandstands is simply removed after each race, allowing the field to return through the crowd to the unsaddling enclosure. It is indeed a sight to behold. Come racetime, the crowds are allowed right up against the running rail and it is not uncommon to see children hoisted on shoulders or sitting on the railing watching the field thunder by. The day flies by quickly and soon it is time for the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden. Novellist comes last into the parade ring, yet the colt is unfazed by the packed ring and the crowd standing five deep around the outside. He canters down under regular jockey Eduardo Pedroza, looking like a real star and 2400 meters later he returns as a champion! Baden-Baden is an extraordinary town steeped in history, with surprises around every corner, but be warned, it is addictive. You may return home with a well-bred yearling or lose your shirt at the races, like Dostoevsky, who wrote The Gambler after a visit to its famed Casino. But, whatever happens, once you have visited Europe’s Summer Capital of old, you will be returning forever.


Malan du Toit, better known as South Africa’s horse whisper has worked with many big names in the racing industry, achieving outstanding results.

Contact Malan du Toit on: dmdutoit@intekom.co.za +2783 458 9830

Horses he has worked on include Dynasty, Jay peg, Variety Club, Potala Palace, Pocket Power, Winter Solstice, Miss Dillan and the list goes on!

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Does your horse have a boxing issue? Problems entering the racing stalls? A tough horse to break in? Call Malan du Toit.

Quoted by Mike Azzie: We are blessed to have Malan du Toit in the country. When I have a horse with a problem I don’t force them to do anything, I call Malan and he works with them and sorts the problem out.


Left to Right: The Taylor brothers, Frank, Ben, Mark and Duncan, with their late father, Joe Taylor - Photo courtesy to Taylor Made

“We have fostered a culture where lending a hand is a virtue, where friendliness is next to Godliness and where our customer’s horse gets treated like our horse.” - Taylor Made

A Family Sales Dynasty:

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ith the Taylor’s of Taylor Made Sales Agency, “the proof is in the pudding.” They have had over 6,000 clients and over $1.8 billion worth of Thoroughbred horses sold at public auction. The four Taylor brothers Duncan (President and CEO), Ben (VP of Taylor Made Stallions), Frank (VP of Boarding Operations), and youngest Mark (VP of Marketing and Public Sales Operations) seamlessly work together to run this industry-leading business. In the 1970s, nineteen-year-old Duncan Taylor recognized a unique business opportunity to board overflow mares booked to Gainesway stallions, where his father, Joe Taylor, 79

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was stallion manager. On a small Kentucky farm, owned by his father, he began a legacy that would permanently change the Thoroughbred sales industry. North American horseracing had started to modernize in the 1970s; a remarkable decade which saw not only three horses win the Triple Crown but also the dawn of major syndications. Investors, new to the sport, purchased broodmares to support the stallions in which they owned shares. Consequently, stable and pasture space began to run scarce at top breeding farms. As Duncan’s boarding enterprise expanded to include services that would prepare foals out of the boarded mares for public auction, his younger brothers, Ben, Frank and Mark joined the


Ashado winning the 2003 Spinaway Stakes (GI) - Photo courtesy Adam Coglianese

business. Taylor Made sold three horses in their first-ever consignment. The sales agency quickly became popular. In the first five years they reached the million dollar mark on three occasions. Since its first consignment in 1976, they have sold more GI-winners, GS-winners, stakes winners, and sales toppers than any other sales agency. Taylor Made’s “Hall of Fame” includes eighty-four Group/Grade I winners and thirteen Breeders’ Cup champions. As early as 1984, a Taylor Made sales graduate, Dancing Brave, became an international star, winning the 1986 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Taylor Made has sold more Breeders’ Cup winners than any other consignor. Speightstown stands near the top of this roster, selling for $2 million at the 1999 Keeneland July Select Yearling Sale. A year before the sale of Speightstown, Taylor Made consigned the eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) champion Cash Run. She established herself as the highest-priced filly with Padua Stable’s $1.2 million winning bid. Then in 2003 at Keeneland‘s November Breeding Stock Sale, Cash Run sold in foal to Storm Cat. She became the most expensive broodmare up to that point, selling to Coolmore for $7.1 million. Two years following the impressive sale of Cash Run, Taylor Made Sales would lead the 7-time GI winner and Multi-Eclipse Award champion, Ashado, through the sales ring. The mare established a new world record price of $9 million for a racing 80

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or broodmare prospect. The Taylors constantly reaffirm their ability to market highend mares. At the 1996 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, Taylor Made offered a mare that would prove a wise investment for her buyer, Coolmore Stud. Mariah’s Storm was purchased for $2.6 million – a bargain considering she was carrying the multi-GI winning Giant’s Causeway. In recent years, Taylor Made sold a treble of top three-year-old fillies for a cumulative $16.7 million: 2010 Kentucky Oaks Presented by Longines (GI) winner Blind Luck ($2.5 million at 2011 Keeneland November), 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace ($10 million at Fasig-Tipton November Sale), and 2011 Kentucky Oaks victress Plum Pretty ($4.2 million at Keeneland November). Taylor Made also has experienced remarkable success at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale. During the 2005 and 2006 sale, they sold seventeen seven-figure yearlings. One of the yearlings in the 2006 consignment was a colt by Storm Cat and out of Awesome Humor. John Ferguson representing Sheikh Mohammed submitted the winning $8.2 million bid for this colt. The price established the Storm Cat colt as the fourth-highest seller in the history of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. SUCCESS BEGINS AT HOME “Lessons learned from their father, legendary horseman Joe Taylor, that honesty, hard work, superior horsemanship,


Photo credit Laura Donnell/Taylor Made.

quality horses and quality people are the keys to long-term success.” -Taylor Made On the sprawling 1600 acre Nicholasville, Kentucky farm, the Taylor Made crew works hard to keep the horses in the best possible mental and physical condition. In the active sales environment, the Taylors realize a more relaxed horse will get a better price than its tense counterpart. Taylor Made has transformed the way racehorses are consigned by setting high standards of integrity and excellence that ripple throughout the industry as the ideal way of doing business.Their efforts reap rewards - the Thoroughbred Times has ranked Taylor Made as the world’s leading Thoroughbred sales agency in nine of the past ten years. According to Mark Taylor, the challenge is staying on top, and that challenge drives them every day. “We try to find new ways to serve our customers better, raise our horses better, market our horses better. At the end of the day, it’s all about happy customers. Everything that we have accomplished as a team and as an organization and as a family is ultimately on the backs of our customers. Those are the people that have put in the money, invested the time and energy to their horses, developing broodmare bands, and buying and selling through Taylor Made. It’s really finding new ways to serve them and help them reach their goals.” 2012 Eclipse Award Outstanding Trainer, Dale Romans, 81

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recently formed his own sales agency Romans Racing and Sales. He said, “Taylor Made revolutionized the high standards, and they are a major pioneer in this sport.” EXPANDING ELEMENTS Taylor Made opened its stallion division in 1997 when they welcomed the 1995 Breeders’Cup Juvenile champion Unbridled’s Song to their stud barn. Shortly thereafter, they added the Argentinian import Candy Stripes and top sire Saint Ballado to their roster. Taylor Made has been selective in forming their stud division in order to maintain their high-quality operation. Currently, five popular studs stand at Taylor Made Stallions. Forestry and Northern Afleet are the two most proven horses, each having a Preakness Stakes (GI) winner to their credit. Eskendereya, Astrology, and the Unbridled’s Song son, Old Fashioned complete the stud division while Graydar, another top-class son of Unbridled’s Song, will join the roster in 2014. Taylor Made also has interests in the WinStar Farm stallions, Speightstown and the dual Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) winner, Tiznow. Though their barns would house other greats such as Artax and Real Quiet, none would have the impact Unbridled’s Song had on Taylor Made and the North American auction ring. THE POWER OF A SONG “Unbridled’s Song was heaven-sent. He was the perfect start (for Taylor Made Stallions). He captured everyone’s


Unbridled’s Song at Taylor Made Farm as a yearling - Photo courtesy Taylor Made

imagination on the racetrack and was this big imposing, unbelievable two-year-old – wins the Breeders’ Cup, was a sensational three-year-old, probably earned more respect in defeat in the Kentucky Derby than any other horses that had won the race in the past ten years.” Mark Taylor told the International Racehorse Magazine. The renowned late bloodstock agent, Buzz Chace, advised the controversial owner, Ernie Paragallo, to purchase a grey/roan yearling colt from the Taylor Made consignment at Saratoga’s 1994 yearling sale for $200,000. New to the yearling-tojuvenile pinhooking business, Paragallo made people chuckle with his arrogant prediction about this colt. “He’s going to sell for more money than any two year old ever has.” He stated, “I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t sell for a million dollars.”

Unbridled’s Song in January 2009 - Photo courtesy Taylor Made

The unnamed colt did possess attractive conformation and a strong pedigree – by the quick-developing Kentucky Derby winner, Unbridled, and out of Trolley Song. His broodmare sire Caro (IRE) sired Winning Colors, winner of the 1988 Kentucky Derby. The big grey colt rightfully garnered attention when he stepped into the California sales ring at the March 1995 Barretts sale for two year olds in training. The colt fulfilled Paragallo’s hopes. The grey sold for a winning bid of $1.4 million that made him the most expensive twoyear-old sold at public auction to that date. His new Japanese owner, Hiroshi Fujita, ordered postsale X-rays, revealing a bone chip. Fujita then requested to return the colt. To everyone’s surprise, Paragallo accepted, proclaiming, “They’ve just made the biggest mistake of their lives. They’ll never find a horse as good as this one. I didn’t want to sell him anyway. We’re going to win the Breeders’ Cup, and they’re going to wish they had never brought the matter up.” Yet again, Paragallo’s flamboyant prediction became reality. In that year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the towering Unbridled’s Song won by a neck. As the 1996 Kentucky Derby favorite, Unbridled’s Song entered the run for the roses off a romp in the Wood Memorial Stakes (GII). Shortly before the Kentucky Derby, he acquired a small crack in his left front hoof, which they patched with acrylic. Though many horses aren’t affected by this issue, it would be the superstar’s undoing. Following a gallop six days before the Derby, Unbridled’s Song returned to the barn lame. The acrylic patch had caused a bruise and a small infection. Immediately, the shoes were replaced and his foot soaked in a tub. The draw dealt Paragallo’s colt post position twenty; an almost insurmountable set back, since no horse had ever won from that post. The Unbridled’s Song camp experienced a glimmer of good luck when another horse scratched and Unbridled’s Song moved into gate nineteen. However, no horse had ever won from that post position either. 82

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Despite the hardships of Derby week, Unbridled’s Song passed the final post fifth-best. Rival trainers in that year’s Kentucky Derby considered Unbridled’s Song the best horse in the race. Before Unbridled’s Song retired to stud, the Taylors had chosen not to expand the business to include a stallion division. Mark Taylor explained, “Up to that point, my father had worked for John Gaines at Gainesway. John Gaines was a mentor to all of us, so we were never going to go into the stallion business as long as he was in the stallion business because we didn’t want to compete with him. But then he sold the farm and he got out, and it opened the door for us to look at the stallion business.” Taylor Made would officially launch their stallion division with Unbridled’s Song at the helm. He significantly impacted Taylor Made and the North American sales industry, passing his elegance, size, and quick-developing structure to the yearlings that would flood the sales barns. Mark Taylor said, “It was perfect timing. We had built a small stallion facility, he was our first horse, and the rest is history. He put us on the map.” Buyers flocked to his progeny not just for their attractive qualities. His offspring’s winning percentage was an astonishing forty-nine percent in 2011 and their total earnings on the track exceed $86 million. As of September 2013, he ranked 10th on the General Sire list in North America. He has sired one hundred


Plum Pretty with Yearling Manager, John Hall - Photo courtesy Laura Donnell/Taylor Made

two stakes winners, forty-seven Graded stakes winners, and seventeeen GI winners. Only three other active stallions in the United States have sired more GI winners. Unbridled’s Song had eleven or more stakes winners for eight consecutive years, and Eclipse Award winners or finalists for four consecutive years. In 2008 alone, he sired twenty-two stakes winners, and in 2009, twenty stakes winners. His foals can both sprint and sustain long distance. His top progeny includes the late 2008 Kentucky Derby runner-up, Eight Belles; 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, Midshipman; 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (GI) winner, Unrivaled Belle; Thorn Song, Political Force, First Defence, and Songandaprayer. In the auction ring, his offspring have shined – twenty-five of his sale horses have brought seven figure prices. This year, he sired the highestpriced yearling on the first day of Keeneland’s September sale. PASSING THE TORCH The death of Unbridled’s Song hit Taylor Made’s Stallion Division hard this year. But a trio of young hopefuls stand at the ready: Graydar, Old Fashioned, and Eskendereya. Four-year-old Graydar formed an impressive resume despite a light campaign. In his career, he has won all but one start. His lone defeat was in his second start last year, an allowance at Belmont Park in which he finished third-best. In his first outing of 2013, he won the Donn Handicap (GI) by three lengths over Bourbon Courage and Take Charge Indy. At the end of March, 83

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he traveled to Fair Grounds for the New Orleans Handicap (GII). Graydar won the nine furlong event with a 1 ¾ length score over a solid field including Mark Valenski, Bourbon Courage, Mucho Macho Man, and Flat Out. Most recently, Graydar won the Kelso Handicap (GII) and he is currently pointing towards the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) or Dirt Mile (GI). Mark Taylor commented on the stallion’s prospects for next year, “It’s great that we’ve got arguably Unbridled’s Song’s most brilliant son coming in right on the heels of us losing him. We’re hoping that he can help us carry on the legacy. We also have Old Fashioned that has some really nice two year olds out there.” As a juvenile, Old Fashioned won all his starts by a combined 23 lengths. In off-the-pace fashion, he broke his maiden in his seasonal debut by a nose. Old Fashioned dominated his next start by 15 ½ lengths after establishing the pace, showing his versatility on the track. The Remsen Stakes (GII), a 7 ¼ lengthwin, was the final outing of his two-year-old season. He continued his unbeaten career with his three-year-old debut in the Southwest Stakes (GIII), winning by 3 ¼ lengths. Old Fashioned’s first defeat came in the Rebel Stakes (GII). He lost by 2 ¼ lengths, carrying five more pounds than the winner, Win Willy. His final start in an all-too-short career was the Arkansas Derby (GII). After a pacemaking effort, he lost by ½ length to Papa Clem, who had a four pound advantage over him.


Eskendereya winning the 2010 Wood Memorial (GI) - Photo courtesy Adam Coglianese

Old Fashioned came out from the Arkansas Derby with a non-displaced slab fracture of his right knee, and underwent a successful surgery. However, he would never have the ability to reach the level of talent he previously displayed, and was retired to stand at Taylor Made Stallions. Multi-GI winner Eskendereya (Giant’s Causeway-Aldebaran Light, by Seattle Slew) is perhaps the most promising sire at Taylor Made. The exceptional chestnut’s stud potential has excited Taylor Made. “Eskendereya was a horse all the brothers could agree on.” Mark Taylor said.“Frank and I are more of the conformation snobs. Duncan is more of the genetic snob, and my brother Ben is very concentrated on all of it because he’s in charge of the stallions. I think he wants a brilliant racehorse and Eskendereya just came along and ticked all those boxes.” His sire’s international appeal was one aspect that attracted the Taylors to Eskendereya. “We’ve always been a big fan of the Giant’s Causeways and he gets horses on every distance, every continent – really the Iron Horse on the racetrack and the Iron Horse as a stallion.” Mark Taylor continued. “We thought a son of Giant’s Causeway would be a good link between all different markets around the globe.” Yearlings by this leading 2010 Kentucky Derby contender got an upbeat start at the sale. “His first yearlings were very well-received and the great thing about Eskendereya from our perspective is that many of the best yearlings we’ve seen never went to the sales.” Mark Taylor commented.“They’re 84

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actually in private breeders’ hands and are going to be going to top trainers. He was really the talk of the sale among first crop sires. A lot of the good ones weren’t even there to be offered, so we’re very bullish on him and very honored that Stonestreet chose Taylor Made to stand him and we think that he could be our next big horse.” This year his first crop of yearlings attracted sound prices from buyers such as Stonestreet Farm, Lael Stable, Starlight Racing, Fox Hill Farm, and John Fort. His first horse through the Keeneland September Yearling Sale’s ring, Hip No. 69, sold for $240,000, and nine out of his first ten hips sold for $100,000 or more(the one that did not achieve a six figure price R.N.A’d with a reserve of $300,000). Of his forty-four yearlings offered at Keeneland, twenty-three sold for six figures. His most expensive yearling, Hip No. 347, sold for $540,000 to Stonestreet Stable. The Taylors themselves are also “passing the torch” to keep the Taylor in Taylor Made.“I think a big part of moving forward is bringing in the next generation. We all only have so many years on this earth and it seems like yesterday we were the young guns in the business.” Mark Taylor said. “We’ve got a really good group of grandchildren of my dad that are coming up through the ranks and are taking an interest in working hard; learning the Taylor Made way of doing things. In the next decade, they’re going to get more and more involved and they’re going to take the lead and hopefully take Taylor Made to uncharted areas of success that we haven’t been able to accomplish.”


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The International Race Horse magazine chats to business tycoon, top buyer and owner of exclusive race horses

Chris

van Niekerk

By Nicole de Villiers

Photo by Liesl King

Give me some background on your career and life thus far? I grew up in Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal. I then went to university in Pretoria, and worked in a number of companies and industries.

What young stock have you recently purchased that you have a good feeling about? All the young stock. I look forward with anticipation to their development.

What got you into horse racing from the start? I have been interested in horses all my life, and as soon as I could afford the leg of a horse, I acquired one.

Tell us about your new involvement since being chairman of Cape Thoroughbred Sales. Cape Thoroughbred Sales, despite being a new company on the scene, has done well in its initial stages and has provided sellers and buyers with fresh and innovative opportunities to sell and buy champion race horses.

When was it that you bought your very first horse? 1993 and never looked back since. It seems like your relationship with Sean Tarry is a recipe for success, can you tell me how you met and how you think this could have helped you in being a successful buyer and race horse owner? When I wanted to get more serious about horse racing, and I was looking for a trainer, I made three phone calls. The first two were unanswered – Sean Tarry took my call. We met, and discussed his approach to horse racing. I liked what he said, and the rest is history. 86

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How have you found the racing industry and people associated with the sport thus far? First of all, it is an industry loaded with interesting people, with a passion for the race horse. If one looks at prices paid at recent sales around the country, the industry seems to be in a remarkably better space than what is often portrayed by negatively minded individuals. Which has been the most thrilling racehorse to own and why? I have had a few, but the two sprinters, National Colour and Mythical Flight must rate amongst the best. National Colour


for her incredible gate speed and ability to overcome physical impediments, and Mythical Flight for his raw speed. He still holds the record for the fastest 1000m in Africa. What is your favourite racing event to attend? I have been privileged to attend quite a few events around the world, but I must say that the Durban July and the Investec Epsom Derby rate amongst the top ones. At which sale in the year do you prefer to look for promising stock? Cape Thoroughbred Premier Sale in January. While considering to buy a horse, what are your biggest ‘do’s and ‘don’ts?’ I take Sean Tarry’s advice, and try not to pay too much!

success with many of them like Fort Wood, Captain Al, National Assembly, Jet Master and, of course, Silvano. Who is your favourite jockey? Again, the country is very fortunate to have a number of high-class jockeys, who can hold their own on the world stage. South Africa’s five top jockeys can hold their own anywhere else. Are there any changes you would like to see happen in the racing industry? The industry is by no means perfect, and a great number of issues need to be addressed, whether they pertain to the National Horseracing Authority, the sales companies, and/or operators. An important step would be for our horses to be able to move freely in and out of South Africa, as compared to the current status where international protocols burden our industry with draconian trade constraints.

Are there certain breeders you prefer buying from? South Africa is blessed with a number of good breeding farms, and I like to buy from all of them.

Does your family share your passion for horses? My son, Erich, enjoys the sport very much, and we often travel together to wherever the horses lead us.

Who is your favourite sire and why? There are many good horses in South Africa, and I have had great

What are your hobbies besides horse racing? This is my only hobby.

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The surname Lerena is one synonymous with the South African horse racing world. It is hard to find a race card without the name of one Lerena appearing at least once.

By Sarah Whitelaw

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ex Lerena is the National manager of the South African Jockeys Association (SAJA) following a successful riding career.

His son Gavin and nephew Brandon Lerena are two of the country’s top young jockeys, with Gavin having been awarded his Springbok colours back in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Remarkably, both have won Equus Awards for being the country’s leading apprentices in their respective years. Tex, who rode professionally for 22 years, quit due to weight problems and then put in his efforts to concentrate on running SAJA, is an ardent and passionate supporter of South African horse racing. He rode in both South Africa and Mauritius, and won the Gr1 South African Derby aboard Debonair Duke in 1988. A man passionate about ensuring safety for both horse and rider, Tex was appointed trustee of the National Horse/Highveld Horse Trust 18 years ago and served many years on racings liaison committee. He has also ensured that the South African Jockeys Association has a firm set of goals as to enhance the wellbeing of jockeys by ensuring equity, safety and quality of life, there is a fine list of these achievements.

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Gavin Lerena

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Brandon Lerena

The SAJA’s goals and aims are impressive and comprehensive. They arrange CV’s, legal assistance for appeals, medical aid, insurance and a provident fund for its members, and have achieved a number of impressive feats during the past twenty odds years. Among the SAJA’s achievements are providing the first ever comprehensive study on jockey weights and daily habits, negotiating a contract to enable jockeys to benefit from the Bloodstock SA’s Added Stakes programme, and allowing jockeys to enjoy the numerous benefits of commercial sponsors. These are just a few of the things that the Association have enabled to happen, with the SAJA also having played a major role in assisting making riding safer. The Association also has a number of new projects in the works –negotiating to affiliate with Prosport International for their business services that they render to sportsman, researching the possible use of sectional timing, and giving retired jockeys an extensive training scheme. There can be no doubt the huge impact that SAJA has had on many of the country’s riders – and Tex Lerena himself has played an important part in making these changes and implementing these initiatives. Another event Tex played an instrumental role in was the International Jockeys Challenge, a series which has become one of the most popular events on the South African horse-racing calendar. His son Gavin has already made a huge name for himself as a jockey. Not only did Gavin break the long standing apprentice record of 283 winners as an apprentice and is fast closing on the target of 1000 winners in what is still very much a fledgling career. Among the best horses ridden by Gavin is champion Dancewiththedevil, on whom he won the 2011 Sansui Summer Cup. One of the country’s top jockeys, Gavin Lerena was beaten by just a sole winner in a titanic and memorable battle for the 2011-2012 jockeys title. Remarkably, Gavin went so close despite having to overcome a broken leg – and a six week layoff as a result. 90

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The youthful Gavin, three times champion apprentice jockey, has partnered many top-class horses already headed by the likes of Dancewiththedevil, Kings Gambit (on whom he won both the Gr1 SA Classic and Gr1 SA Derby), Pomodoro, Flirtation, Aslan and Potala Palace. The latter two gave Gavin a memorable Grade One double when landing the 2011 Gold Cup and Premier’s Champion Stakes, defeating top-class fields in the process. Gavin has just returned from the China Equine Cultural Festival in Hohhot were he won their inaugural race on Outpost(IRE) in the Sir Owen Glenn Sprint Cup over 1000 meters worth R750,000 and ran second in the France Galop Gold Cup. His cousin, Brandon, is also a young rider on the up. Currently riding for top trainer Gavin Van Zyl, Brandon has been a professional jockey for the past five years. He has already tasted Grade One success, recently winning the Gr1 Thekweni Stakes on Along Came Polly and most notably in the President’s Challenge, aboard Regal Ransom, and he also won the 2007 Mercury Sprint on the subsequently high-class performer War Artist. The latter Brandon describes as the best he has ridden to date. Brandon and Gavin have certainly got horse racing in their blood – great grandfather and grandfather were trainers, grand uncle, Frederick Chapell, was a jockey and trainer, while another uncle, Spike was also a jockey, and is a successful Gauteng based trainer. Frederick Chapell, in fact, trained the three year old filly Migraine to win the 1957 Durban July, while Spike trained one of the most popular Gauteng racehorses of all time in the big, grey goldmine – Jungle Rock. The Lerena family has made an indelible impact on the South African racing industry – and their influence will, no doubt, continue to grow over the coming seasons.


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One Species Quest To Save Another! By Alwyn Myburgh

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Tim Parker heads the Blue Canyon Mounted Anti Poaching Unit. He is seen here pointing to a rhino snare discovered whilst out on patrol.

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Above Left: Galloping to victory - Winter’s Night in his glory days!

he champion race-horse Winter’s Night has joined the Mounted Anti Poaching Unit in the Blue Canyon Conservancy. Nestled between the Drakensburg mountain range and the Kruger National Park, the private game reserve is home to the big five, including the white and black rhinoceros. Winter’s as he is fondly referred to by his connections galloped his way to glory on tracks throughout Southern Africa during a racing career that spanned five years. Bred at Varsfontein in the Cape and sired by one of South Africa’s greatest stallions Western Winter, Winter’s Night started his race career in the care of top Gauteng trainer Geoff Woodruff. After winning two moderate races as a two year old, he was offered to Zimbabwe’s champion trainer Lisa Harris, who purchased him on behalf of owner Trevor Jordan, the developer of the Blue Canyon Conservancy. The relocation to Zimbabwe gave Winter’s Night a new lease on life and he quickly assumed ownership of Borrowdale Race-course winning two legs of that country’s Triple Crown as well as Africa’s oldest sponsored race the Castle Tankard (GR 2) and the Ok Grand Challenge (GR 2). These races are usually reserved for older horses, considered too tough a test for a three year old, but Winter’s Night became the first three year old in history to successfully complete the double. His efforts earned him the accolade of Champion Three year Old colt and Horse Of The Year in the politically ravaged Zimbabwe. With little left for him in Zimbabwe he relocated once again to South Africa, this time to Natal and under the watchful eye of trainer Neil Bruss and racing for a host of additional owners, including GT Ferreira, Paul Harris, George Rautenbach, Bradley Boughardt, 94

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Arnold Meyer and Rosy Dorward he won a further two races including the Listed Michaelmas Handicap. Sadly a soft tissue injury put paid to his career as a race-horse and Winter’s Night has joined five of his former Zimbabwean stable companions in a new career protecting rhinos on the Blue Canyon Conservancy! The use of ex race-horses for the purpose of anti-poaching patrols was proposed by Lisa Harris who established the mounted unit on the Blue Canyon Conservancy. There are always horses retiring after their racing careers and not all of them are absorbed into the equine sporting industry especially in a country like Zimbabwe, where there is a limited market for sports horses. The plight of Africa’s rhino has been and continues to be well documented. Private rhino owners and the National Parks antipoaching teams work night and day in an effort to protect the endangered species and reduce the incidence of poaching, which is averaging three rhino a day in South Africa alone. The Blue Canyon Mounted Anti poaching unit has been in operation for just over a year now and has proved to be an effective and efficient tool in helping protect the rhino. The horses patrol the conservancy checking fences, game activity and collecting snares. Their presence helps deter any criminal intent and has proved effective in creating awareness for the cause. They move quietly through the bush and access areas inaccessible to a vehicle. The elevated field of vision is an added advantage for the anti poaching guards, not to mention the extreme speed in which the former race-horses can run down a poacher, should the need arise!


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“QUEEN OF THRONES”HALF SISTER TO GR 1 WINNER CAPTAIN OF ALL “VARLATONE” BY VAR “CELTIC HERIONE” HALF SISTER TO 15 TIME LISTED WINNER CELTIC FIRE SILVANO FILLY “BE PART OF IT” ALSO HORSES BY REBEL KING, BLACK MINNALOUSHE, JET MASTER, KAHAL AND MAMBO IN SEATTLE

RED BARREL WINNING THE 2011 READY TO RUN CUP PREPARED BY JANE THOMAS AT FAR END FARM FAR END HORSES ARE BROUGHT ON SLOWLY AND SOUNDLY FOR THE GALLOPS

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South Africa’s Equus Champion Breeders for 2013

Summerhill Stud T By Candiese Marnewick

aking home the Equus Champion Breeder’s award for the ninth year in a row is no mean feat, but for a farm in the heart of the KZN Midlands, steeped in beauty and a rich racing history, it is no surprise that Summerhill Stud has been rewarded with this outstanding achievement. Although the “big money” in Thoroughbred breeding in South Africa lies mainly in the Cape, this brave cousin in KZN has earned the industry accolades for nearly a decade. Established in 1979, and now incorporating the fabled Hartford Stud, for which he swapped his home in Hillcrest, founder Mick Goss and his superb team have lifted Summerhill to unprecedented heights. “You may harbour a secret dream about being Champion 97

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breeder, but you can’t plan for it,” says Goss of Summerhill’s success. “If you target anything that ambitious, you are likely to be disappointed. The only thing you can plan for, is to be the best you can at whatever you do, and throw everything you have at it. Master the things you’re good at, because you can’t be better than your peers at everything. That’s not the way the world works; others simply have talents you don’t. One of the most important lessons in my life was knowing what I didn’t know, because that means you either don’t go there, or you employ people who are better equipped in those areas than you.” And so the foundations of Summerhill were laid, on good people, good ground and a good climate, their most recent premiership being a modern record, dating back to 2004/5.


Us horsemen are often dysfunctional human beings. We tend to like horses more than we like people, and our skills are strongly horse-oriented.

“Winning our initial Championship meant the earth to us, as it was the first time a Kwa-Zulu Natal farm had done so. You have to overcome the disadvantages of relative isolation from the bulk of the industry, and some “urban legends” about whether you could breed a decent horse east of the Drakensberg. One premiership may have been seen as a fluke, but nine titles puts that issue beyond argument.” “Nobody owns a monopoly on a championship though; sooner or later it is going to come to an end, no matter who you are. Our competitors are just too good and too numerous for it to last, so you need to identify other markers by which you want to be measured, and one of those is our social development programme. Farmers generally do themselves a disservice in not advertising what they do for the welfare and upliftment of their communities. Summerhill is our district’s biggest employer, we house more than six hundred people every night, we run four educational institutions, and we’re far from alone in what we do. Yes, we have a few farmers who earn us a bad press, like any other business, but I know of no industry in the world, pound-for-pound, which runs the social responsibility programmes South African farmers do, and we do it with limited means.” 98

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Summerhill is a totem for harmony among its employees, recognised beyond the horse game by government and various ministries. The spirit and atmosphere is palpable, and it reflects an underlying respect for the fact that, like most businesses, the farm faced major challenges in its formative years, and it took a team of considerable spirit, determination, sweat and sacrifice to get them to their present position. Heather Morkel, former Business Manager and now head of the School of Management Excellence says: “The fact we sleep that many people here, tells us it works. We have a fine crèche on the farm and a junior school, shared with our neighbours, which has produced a mayor and two junior international athletes from just 65 pupils. We also have a literacy and life-skills mentorship programme for adults. The School Of Excellence provides opportunities not only for our staff, but for the whole country, and especially those who have aspirations of senior positions in their organisations. The challenge is to ensure that all graduates are appropriately deployed afterwards, and it’s a matter of pride that we’ve managed that successfully thus far.” The proof is in the pudding: more than 100 of their staff have served on the farm for over a decade. Placing great emphasis on the fact that Summerhill wouldn’t


be the success it is without the people behind it, Goss adds: “Us horsemen are often dysfunctional human beings. We tend to like horses more than we like people, and our skills are strongly horse-oriented. Picking people is an art, and the most valuable person in your organisation, is the one who can find people who are better than himself. Stud farming is a multi-faceted business demanding outstanding skills in a number of areas. The pyramidal management structure was not appropriate for us, so we “flattened” ours and employed the best people we could find in each division, which has raised the bar in every aspect of our business. We couldn’t compete with the big money in the game, so we had to find things we could exercise some management over, do those as best we could and hope for small increments that way.” Despite lying at the southernmost tip of the “dark continent,” Summerhill is home to the largest concentration of foreignowned thoroughbreds on any one property in the world, numbering close to 400. That tells you South Africa is as attractive a place for thoroughbred investment as any, their clients stretching from Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Australia, to the UK, Ireland, Germany, France and the USA. 99

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As Goss so aptly points out: “Stud farming has an entirely new profile; successful business people have invested independent fortunes in it in the past 3 decades, and it is no longer the preserve of farmers alone. Many of the critical developments at Summerhill were not the results of great boardroom thinking: they were often inspired by desperation and you just needed enough imagination and will to guarantee they worked. The breeding business has one of the highest rates of attrition of any business I know, and you have to be fairly agile in your thinking and just as quick in executing.” Summerhill’s enterprise is not limited to the breeding of the next generation of champion racehorses. Besides the School Of Management Excellence, the property houses the world-renowned Hartford House, a national treasure among boutique hotels, with a restaurant recently named in the top three country restaurants “on the planet” by The Wall Street Journal. When it comes to the foundations of what propelled Summerhill to the pinnacle of breeding for nine consecutive years, Greig Muir, stallion boss of 27 years standing, relates that they looked at farms around the world. “Not only the way


they were managed, but in the conventions on which their husbandry was built as well. Most followed the established British model. Bran mash was an old English favourite, for example; our stables were modelled on the English style, just about everything we did, including the “discards” from their bloodlines, we took from our colonial forebears. We live in a different climate with different soils, pretty much everything is different. Clearly, we need to do things that suit our own conditions, which meant addressing every aspect of our business; nutrition, our farming methods, harnessing the natural benefits of our environment, up-skilling personnel, and surrounding ourselves with a clientele who had the means and the courage to share opportunities and risks with us. There isn’t any one formula for success; different strokes for different blokes. It’s a matter of finding a model that works for you and your environment. We’re always willing to share what’s happened here, and some of the top establishments in the world, Coolmore, Shadai, Widden, Lindsay Park and Sir Patrick Hogan’s Cambridge Stud, have all visited and exchanged ideas. We learn from one another.” Summerhill Stud has an enviable history in the standing of 100 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE October 2013

stallions, Northern Guest, Home Guard, Liloy, National Emblem, Rambo Dancer, Fard, Kahal and Muhtafal among them, and it’s evident in their present line-up, that they are intent in continuing that legacy. There are no “walking” races, and the emphasis has been on quality racehorses with the credentials to suit both the broodmare pool and the local racing programme. With resources a precious commodity, they have always had to invest astutely, and it’s clear that in their present assembly, that they have never been better equipped. “As a lawyer, I worked with the Birch Bros years ago, and their philosophy was to buy good racehorses by recognisable sires, giving a bit on the dam side.” says Goss. “History is a great teacher, and we’ve also been informed by what has worked elsewhere in South Africa in the past, and where the next well-spring of stallion talent will emerge from. At a time when many of his contemporaries are winding down, it seems that Mick Goss and his team are gearing up for the next chapter in Summerhill’s 35 year history. Any horseman worth his salt is unlikely to be betting against another couple of decades of sustained excellence.


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NOTHING TAKES LESS THAN TEN YEARS

“Bloodstock Agent” is a term that does not always carry a complimentary message in South Africa. But this is not the only reason that Allan Bloodlines prefers “Bloodstock Consultant and Manager”. It is because so much of the company’s activity is on-going in many senses, and because David Allan and his wife Yoshi have invested extensively in the SA industry themselves.

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owever David is indeed a bloodstock agent as well. He served several years on the Council of the Federation of Bloodstock Agents (FBA) UK which frames and polices industry codes of conduct, as well as liaising extensively with Sales companies on behaviour and on many operational and commercial aspects of the sales companies’ services. Allan Bloodlines dates formally from 1989 when the Allan family repatriated to the UK from Japan. Immediately buying broodmares for Japanese interests and developing racing partnerships, greater expansion started in the late 90s with an Irish/SA owned stud farm trading widely and rapid development of yearling buying and racing. Yearlings and horses in training selections achieve more than 70% winners, 90+% winners or placed. David loves the great broodmare and mixed sales whether for individual purchases or a spread of investments and has a happy knack of buying fillies and mares that mostly produce winners, often at modest prices. Attendance in Europe and USA is nowadays planned around South Africa priorities. Commercial pinhooking into the developing SA Breeze Up/ ReadytoRun Sales, particularly with business partners Balmoral, is an increasingly important plank that also involves domestic 102 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE October 2013

and international marketing. Allan’s exhaustive approach to sales inspection and research often has in mind the long game of continuous involvement, management and promotion – the latter being an important strand of Allan Bloodlines’ business. It is more interesting, David says, to buy and sell at sales in creating an investment group in racing or breeding or in the refreshment of a broodmare band or developing and crystallising a project. Routine, not one-shot, refreshing of broodmare bands and mating patterns is a habit and, having overseen the import of 60+ mares and fillies, Allan hopes for stronger broodmare and weanling sales in South Africa, stimulating more opportunities for breeders and stallion masters. All this suits the Allan business goals in South Africa which include a growing Sales&Management portfolio of stallions and consultancy roles for farms, plus an unofficial but recognised activity for SA racing and breeding overseas, acting as a bridge between SA and overseas ways. “Nothing takes less than about ten years” remarks David as his milestone first ten in South African racing and breeding passes. “The economy is a temporary brake, but the opportunity to base and grow our business here has been one worth seizing and the next ten hold so much promise”. Allan owned, managed and bred/sold racehorses have a good winning record all around South Africa as they have in other countries. Stallion involvement is growing. Racing partnerships in the Cape and elsewhere will grow again while nearly thirty mares are under the Allan management umbrella including some of their progeny in training. And he wants more of the same.


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Strides in the Windy City

By Bunny Hinzman / Photos by Tom Ferry

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his year, the single-day festival boasted one of its most impressive race cards in recent memory, culminating with the highly anticipated Arlington Million. In a remarkable field of thirteen, The Apache from South Africa dominated the headlines leading up to race day. This Mike de Kock trainee stood out as a top-tier athlete on the Arlington oval. The Apache sallied through his morning gallops and schooled well in the paddock in preparation for the Million. His trainer said, “I think he adapted extremely well. I always say if a horse eats well he can run anywhere in the world. He’s got a good appetite and once he was eating up, he was okay.” De Kock added, “He’s gone from South Africa, Mauritius, to England, to Dubai, back to England, and to America all in twelve months. You can’t do it with that many horses, but the South African horses tend to deal with it.” The Apache began his 2013 racing season with a win in the Al Rashidiya(GII) by ¾ lengths over the proven chestnut, City Style. In his next two starts, he placed formidably behind the exceptionally-gifted filly Sajjhaa: first in the Jebel Hatta (GI) and secondly in the Dubai Duty Free (GI) on the night of the $10 million Dubai World Cup (GI). Following the Dubai Duty Free in March, The Apache shipped to Newmarket but would not start again until late July. He returned in the York Stakes (GII) for owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. The Apache finished fourth, five lengths behind Mukhadram. Mike de Kock remarked, “We went into the York 106 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE October 2013

probably 75-80% fit. We typically, like the Australians or South Africans, try and run them into form. We like to see them improve with a run. All we would have done is put in one or two harder gallops (between the York and Arlington Million).” However, it would be the bay colt, Real Solution, who would challenge the South African favorite. The four-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy was ready to ride the wave of momentum owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey had been experiencing in New York. Eventually, they would close out the Saratogo meet as the owners with the most wins. Real Solution’s trainer, Chad Brown, added strength to the team as he has gained popularity for his record on turf, particularly with horses transitioning from Europe to North America. Though an American home-bred for the Ramseys, Real Solution began his career on the Italian racing circuit, winning his first three starts. He crossed the wire sixth-best when he was moved up to Group II company. In his final Italian start, he was dropped back in level where he finished as runner-up. Real Solution’s last outing on the Italian turf came in September 2012, and he would not race again until early May 2013. He made his North American debut in the Fort Marcy Stakes (GIII). Belmont Park’s grass course came up as firm for the 1 1/16 mile event and Real Solution got respect as the second choice at odds of 3.30-1. Defeated by a total of 3 ¼ lengths, he would finish a respectable fourth to Lubash.


Real Solution in the winner’s circle after the Arlington Million

The Apache sallied through his morning gallops and schooled well in the paddock in preparation for the Million. His trainer said, “I think he adapted extremely well. I always say if a horse eats well he can run anywhere in the world. He’s got a good appetite and once he was eating up, he was okay.

After this performance, the colt took a considerable step up in company to challenge a deep field in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (GI), headlined by Point of Entry and Optimizer. This 1 ¼ mile race was a stretch out in distance from his previous start, but it didn’t present a concern since he had won a 1 mile 3 furlong event in Italy. Point of Entry was the winner by 1 ½ lengths over Optimizer, and Real Solution earned third-best only beaten a neck by the runner-up with a contentious effort.

at the top of the stretch, Soumillon forced The Apache through a small opening. He passed the leading horses with a few blasting strides but could not let down his guard due to Real Solution’s oncoming battle-ready surge.

While his more popular Ramsey-owned stablemate Big Blue Kitten would stay in New York for the Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (GI), Real Solution would travel to Arlington Park for a shot at the $600,000 winner’s share of the Arlington Million. He and jockey Alan Garcia were allotted the dreaded first post. To avoid being squeezed out onto the rail at the start by the thirteen horse field, he abruptly jumped onto Finnegan’s Wake from the second post and got pressured into tight quarters on the rail. Real Solution appeared to settle into stride although his pilot never seemed comfortable.

Following a few tense moments, The Apache was declared the unofficial winner. However, Real Solution’s connections lodged an objection. The homestretch run from a head-on position showed The Apache’s drift towards Real Solution was an obvious infraction. Consequently, the top two finishers were switched. It was the third time in Arlington Million history a winner had been taken down (Storming Home in 2003 and Powerscourt in 2004).

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The pair raced neck and neck down the home straight. The Apache, under vigorous left-handed urging, drifted out severely towards his opponent, appearing to impede his challenger’s surge. The Apache nosed out Real Solution at the wire in a photo finish.

After the race, Alan Garcia said, “At the top of the stretch I had plenty of horse to go by. The other horse [The Apache] bumped us more than four times and made me lose my momentum.” Garcia pondered, “If that didn’t happen we might have won by two or three lengths.” “He [The Apache] ran huge.” Mike de Kock remarked, “I think he shifted more from the stick than he shifted from anything else. At the top of the stretch, he shifts in from the stick and when the stick is switched, he shifts away. Once it’s out of Soumillon’s hand,


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he straightens up a bit.” He continued, “At the end of the day, the damage was done. We did unbalance the other horse when we made contact with him and the result is the result. If I got beaten in the same manner, I’d have been disappointed.” Reflecting on The Apache’s tremendous effort, de Kock continued, “He came out very well. He’s back in England now. I think he had a lot of quality horses behind him – very good European horses and very good American horses. He’s the South African pride.” Real Solution’s win achieved a monumental feat for Ken and Sarah Ramsey. In 90 minutes, their home-breds, sired by their own super-stallion Kitten’s Joy, won three GI events at two different tracks: Big Blue Kitten in the Sword Dancer, and Admiral Kitten in the Secretariat Stakes (GI), with Real Solution rounding out their winning trifecta.

Arlington were laid to rest when Admiral Kitten charged to a 1 ¼ length win under Rosie Napravnik in the Secretariat Stakes. He finished the 1 ¼ mile contest in a reasonable 2:02.17 for owners and breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey. The next two best finishers Stormy Len and Jack Milton respectively both hailed from North American stables. Europe’s best placing in this year’s Secretariat was fifth with His Highness the Aga Khan’s Visiyani. Winning rider Rosie Napravnik said after the race, “We were able to sit back and relax - that’s kind of the horse’s style. We got a clear trip around the second turn and he was just finishing fast. He’s a very classy horse.”

A Dynamic Day of Racing

One of the most striking races of the day came in the Beverly D. Stakes (GI). This year continued its trend of dazzling lineups of older female turf horses. America’s hopes mainly rested with the Tom Proctor-trained Marketing Mix. In 2012, I’m A Dreamer had denied her this victory by a short head and, this year, Marketing Mix seemed poised to claim the winner’s prizes.

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It would be England’s filly, Dank, who dominated. Carrying James Wigan’s colors, she had gone off as the betting public’s second-choice and gave Ryan Moore his second win on the card. With a light stride and explosive turn of foot, she flew to an uncontested 4 ¼ length victory over fellow Brit, Gifted Girl, who ran an exceptional race in her own right. This Sir Michael Stoute trainee’s spectacular performance in the 1 1/16 event even had a remarkable final time. She passed the final post in 1:53.38, only 0.18 second off Reluctant Guest’s course record established in 1990. Ryan Moore said, “When she ran at the Curragh last time, she really impressed me. I had every confidence in her today. She’s been really aggressive all year and I thought she was coming into this in unbelievable shape.”

Carrying jockey Ryan Moore in the silks of Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, Dandino kicked off the International Festival of Racing with a powerful ½ length triumph in the second running of the American St. Leger Stakes. Despite a difficult trip, he earned trainer Marco Botti his second straight win in this race. The Italian-born trainer had won the previous year’s installment with Jakkalberry, whose victory established the track record for the 1 11/16 mile journey. “I was locked in the whole race, but he was the best horse.” Ryan Moore said of the winning 4-5 favorite’s trip. “He picked up natural. I thought I’d keep it simple, but they were on top of me the whole race.”

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By Di Armour - Equine Thermographer

The Diagnostic value of Equine Thermal Imaging on early back problems It is common knowledge that this amazing technology has had a slow and untapped start in South Africa! As it gains momentum around the globe, both in the Veterinary and Medical field, I have enjoyed spending more time doing research for my own use and for use in the Training School we have at Shumba Valley Equestrian Academy. 111 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE October 2013


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e have been running the training centre at the Academy for just over 2 years now and have done some interesting work in the field of thermography. Slow as it may be in South Africa communication with a highly acclaimed thermographer in Holland has been a huge help to my research and growing knowledge, which we endeavour to pass on to our thermography students at the Academy. Following case studies done in Europe prompted similar case studies being done here to add value to our training. Being directly involved with young sport horses in our own backing program, and following case histories done on young equine backs, it has become apparent through our research that the newly backed horse, rarely shows the back pain until it has affected some other part of the body. Having a Racing background from childhood, but not being directly involved with modern training techniques nowadays, I can only imagine that in the racing field today early back pain goes undetected all the time. It is, however, one of the major conditions to quickly reduce a potentially sound, quality horse, into a serious liability. You may say this is obvious, and it is, but it is seldom addressed when there are no symptoms shown, either on the physical being or under saddle. Damage on a muscularly immature back is pretty much always caused by ill-fitting saddles, lack of padded support, unbalanced or heavy riders rather than damage caused by rolling in the paddock or direct trauma of a bite or kick. Following certain studies done in Holland, I started a series of scans of my own showing the images of clean, un-backed 3 yr old Sport Horses. I sadly was not able to carry out an effective study on young Racehorses, but invite owners and trainers to contact me to do this for them. The horses are backed using methods that cause no undue stress and within a day the horses are being ridden under saddle. Saddles used are general purpose saddles and 112 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE October 2013

Transverse view showing serious back problems

not trainer saddles. They are scanned for any minor irregularities, generally found in the flocking, this is noted and then used on the youngsters. The horses are ridden by average weight riders, and monitored for 4 weeks, making notes of their progress. During the 5th week we scan and any muscular or saddle related irregularities are addressed immediately. The horses are scanned 3 months later, and though they have not been worked anywhere near that of a race horse in training, it is enough time to do damage to the back that a thermography camera is able to detect! It is at this point that we pick up problems that can later cause other bio-mechanical irregularities. In situations other than case studies, early structural or muscular irregularities are left undetected because, at this point the horse is not behaving in any other manner than one would expect a relatively newly backed, immature, green horse to behave. In a Racing environment things happen much faster though. So if early phases of muscular tension and subluxation of ribs and vertebrae show in young Sport horses after 4 months under saddle without the taxing exercise requirements of the young race horse, scanning of newly backed racehorses after approximately 3-4 months makes keen financial sense! Group scans are inexpensive and reveal exactly what is happening under the saddle, in the saddle and with rider weight distribution. Scanning takes no longer than 20 minutes per horse and saddle, but a good few hours for the accurate report to be audited, completed and emailed through to the Vet and the trainer. Looking after the back is as important a factor in successful training as nutrition and limb management. It’s all minutely linked. Therefore taking action at this point reduces the bills later on and possibly the life of the horse!


Thermal image above left and visible light image on right hand

As has been suggested it is at the 4th month period of the young horse’s saddle life that the signs of back stress only show on the image and not in a physical manner. Unless of course there is serious damage. Even at this 4th month scan stage with the sport horses when we detected muscular stress and sensitivity on the image, there was no heat along the spine that could be felt by the human hand. When gentle pressure was applied down the spine with thumb and index finger palpation after the horse had been ridden the horse may dip its back, but the reaction is mild, making it very difficult to pick up these early problems from visual and physical examination. So to all or most trainers, there is no problem. Subluxation of a rib or a few does not cause enough inflammation to be felt by the human hand in the area either!. Though a discomfort to the horse that they are acutely aware of, they are marvels at making the necessary compensations, to their detriment. With these compensations come the next subluxations, normally seen in the thoracic vertebrae, generally T8 and 9 or T12 and 13. Ribs going out often means the saddle isn’t a correct fit, or there is inadequate muscular coverage, the rider rides to the right or left, or is slightly too heavy for the developmental stage of the back. This is when you may see horses prancing right and left, giving a buck or two as if to shift rider weight, often followed by quite a whopper of a buck, flicking of the head, as if showing a bit evasion or teething issues, and more often than not a difficulty with one or the other lead. If this is not rectified, and generally it isn’t for it is most often put down to the horse being pretty “hot”, highly strung or plain bloody naughty. Generally grooms don’t report bad manners during the grooming process and so, within months one will notice a development of muscle that is not symmetrical and certain changes in behavioural characteristics. Often attributed to the normal process of training racehorses. 113 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE October 2013

Blanket strap

The best way of visually detecting early back problems is often not in the back but checking the shoulder symmetry from behind. I can almost guarantee that you will find half your barn out of alignment! Initial backing scan and scanning 3-4 months later is the answer to preventing back problems which eventually result in all manner of structural and mechanical ailments. Once the Thoracic and Lumbar vertebrae are compromised in some way, the sacroiliac then often becomes involved. Front limbs begin to take up unbalanced concussion, putting pressure on the tendons and ligaments and then we all know the steps from there. Prevention, they say, is far greater than cure. In our experiments here at the Academy, such as this back one, we found that as soon as we picked up any irregularity in the back, irregularities then showed in all four limbs simultaneously as referred pain. However, though we are able to rectify the problems here, before they become an issue to the horse, most owners do not have the facilities for the prompt “prevention” methods. Clearly not as a result of ignorance, just the old adage, “if there’s nothing wrong, don’t look for it!” But, just like the Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, don’t be fooled. Horses have a remarkable ability to compensate for all sorts of things without really showing any signs of rapid physical deterioration, until it is almost too late. It is at this point that most thermographers are called in. When every other avenue has been exhausted, and by this stage, remembering that the thermography image shows the problems through a rainbow of colours, white being the eye of the inflammatory site, through to the coolest interpretation of purple, followed by black, there are many white “eyes”, so to speak. It is at this point that it is extremely difficult to interpret, for there is not one simple process of deterioration taking place, but many, along with a multitude of factors that could be contributory to the lameness, including nutritional factors.


Rider sits to the right

Front feet showing reasonable symmetry

Therefore do not call in an unqualified practitioner for they are a) not permitted to diagnose and b) without years of knowledge on movement, anatomy and lameness amongst a multitude of other knowledge, they will not be able to give an accurate report for the Veterinarian. It is also important to note that even the qualified Equine Thermographer is not permitted to diagnose, this is strictly left to the Veterinarian. From a qualified Thermographer’s point of view it is at this point that it is most critical to work with the Veterinarian in order for the Thermographer to grow their practice as a recognised adjunct to other forms of scanning processes. Dr. Ram Purloit (USA) was the first veterinary Doctor to join the Society of Thermography in 1976. Since 2003 he has published more than 150 publications and many book chapters. He is board certified by the American Board of Thermology in orthopaedics, vascular medicine, neuroscience and Veterinary Medicine. He is presently on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Thermology. Dr Purloit is conducting a joint seminar in Holland with Irma Wensink in October. They are presenting case studies on back injuries and related problems in the equine and Thermography for Evaluation of Dermatome patterns in horses as it relates to neck and back injuries. At the same conference, Prof Marcos Brioschi is presenting Medical Thermography: Advances in Practice. Thermographic Evidence to substantiate Acupuncture meridians has also been validated by thermography and case studies are being presented. For persons wanting to expand their thermography knowledge these seminars and courses offered in the Netherlands are invaluable. Many complex lameness, joint issues and other problems arise in the Race horse as we know. These issues are often the make or break of the owner and the horse. Being businessmen and woman in training, early detection of problems in the horses in one’s barn can ease the burden of unnecessary medical expenses, 114 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE October 2013

Thermal image above left and visible light image on right hand

and discomfort and pain to the horse owner. In order to ensure that Equine Thermography follows a consistent pattern of high level professionalism in South Africa, we request that you, the horse owner, ensure that you call in a Qualified technician to scan and audit the scans. Though correct scanning protocols have to be adhered to, the correct audited report is what is of utmost importance. Your Veterinarian’s details and email address should be required on the scanning forms, thus ensuring the report goes directly to the Vet, and then to the client/ owner. In the early days of our training we were supplying the information directly to the client, but through valued advice from principles in Holland, it is recommended that the Veterinarian is the first person to receive the document. For quality introduction to the technology we at the Academy are happy to conduct scanning introductions to you. Two years back we did a few introductory scans at Racing yards in our infancy stage and due to growth at the Academy, were unable to continue with large group scans at racing barns, focusing our learning and case studies on individual horse owners. However we are now in a better position to assist with this. Our Equine Thermography website is undergoing reconstruction and will be up and running by the end of October. On the site you will find 2 years of assorted, interesting case studies. Thermography Cameras are available for purchase through the Academy or through Comtest in Johannesburg. The systems and software training is done at Comtest Head Office by a skilled and highly trained level 3 Technician and the Equine training is done at the Shumba Valley Equestrian Academy near Clarens in the Eastern Free State. The training is 5 days.

For further information and training contact the writer on 0845629818 or email us at barmour@worldonline.co.za and the website link is www.shumbavalleyfarm.co.za or Jeanri at Comtest Johannesburg 011-608 8520 or 079 5085822.


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Second Chances Every Horse Deserves One You feel the rush of adrenalin, the agony of the wait, followed by the sheer joy of watching your colours flash across the line...

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By Second Chances

Photo by H2 Photography

our racehorse has just won his first race! At this moment in time, you love that animal more than you ever thought possible. You proudly take the leadrope to lead him into the winner’s enclosure. The world is your oyster and you are its King. A few years down the line or perhaps even a few months down the line, the story is different. Your trainer calls, informing you that something has gone wrong or that this one won’t be turning into a Champion after all. What to do next, a dilemma every owner faces on a daily basis. What to do with this 500kg animal that has given his best, even if it is not quite the lofty heights that you hoped it would be. The newspapers frequently inform us of the tragedies that happen when a finely tuned athlete, fed on high performance food, becomes surplus to demands and ends up in the wrong hands. Just recently, the story of a beautiful grey filly called Coalmine Canary was splashed all over the papers. She was found, lying in a street, near death and with her outstretched legs being used as goalposts, what a terrible ending for what was once a pampered racehorse. Yet for most of these willing animals, there could be a second 116 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE October 2013

chance, a life after racing. The thoroughbred racehorse is utterly adaptable and given the chance to make the change, they can become worthy and much loved competitors in the equestrian sports of showjumping, dressage, showing or even eventing. Even as riding horses, they flourish and will become loyal companions to be cherished for many years to come. And it is not only successful racehorses like Pocket Power who can make this change. Take the case of King’s Courier as an example. As a racehorse, he distinguished himself by running 13 times and trying every distance from 1000 to 2450m, while mostly finishing in double-digit positions. His final race saw him finishing 11th, 34 lengths behind the winner. The story could so easily have ended badly, with King’s Courier pulling a cart or starving somewhere in a field.


Fortunately, for King’s Courier, he was one of the lucky ones and after some retraining, a good riding home was found for him. The gelding, however, was far from done. It turned out that he had a rather promising jump, together with the boldness that is required for eventing. A rather challenging discipline for a failed racehorse one might think. Eventing requires the horse to have infinite grace and elegance in the dressage phase, a boldness to tackle unforgiving obstacles while galloping for up to seven kilometres in the cross country phase and the carefulness to jump cleanly over flimsy fences in the showjumping phase. Yet while he may not have been much good as a racehorse, King’s Courier excelled at eventing. So much so, that in 2010 he and his rider Douglas Welsh represented South Africa in the French National Championships at Saumur, before competing 117 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE October 2013

in the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA. Whether your retired horse was a King’s Courier or a Pocket Power, they all deserve a second chance. Retraining a racehorse can be done. It needs time, effort and a willing group of individuals who understand the needs and demands of turning a racehorse into a riding horse capable of having a second chance. Second Chances intends to offer just that. A group concerned horsemen and woman have come together to attempt to make a difference in the lives of these animals that provide us with so much joy. Headed by Dr Anna Peggram, Second Chances aims to assist you as a responsible owner in finding the right home for your horse and securing its future in a realistic and practical way.


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Cavalry escort of honour, and old tradition

for a new king Photos & Text by Diana Bloemendal

History and facts The Cavalry Escort of Honour is an extraordinary unit of the Royal Netherlands Army. It is a unit entirely based on volunteers, which is nevertheless, or maybe therefore, an extremely disciplined military unit. All participants have three qualities in common: they are Cavalry men and women, they are well trained riders and they take pride in honouring their king in the traditional cavalries’ manner by taking part in a mounted escort of honour. The Netherlands’ Parliament is seated in The Hague. The State Opening of Parliament traditionally takes place each year on the third Tuesday in September. This day is known as: Princes’ Day. Before the Second World War, HM queen Wilhelmina was escorted to the annual State Opening of Parliament by two squadrons of hussars and the mounted band of the Third Half-Regiment of Hussars stationed in The Hague. After the war, the Cavalry did not participate in the Princes’ Day ceremonies in The Hague anymore as it no longer had horses. At the inauguration of Princess Juliana as queen in 1948 a mounted escort was formed by officers of the Cavalry, the Horse Artillery, the Mounted Artillery and members of the Amsterdam citizenry. At the wedding of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus in 1966, an escort of honour was formed by officers of the Cavalry. The experience acquired on this occasion showed the desirability of forming an organisation to prepare, support and manage future escorts. Accordingly, the Cavalry Escort of Honour Foundation was formed on 25 November 1966. 119 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE October 2013


In 1972 a troop of officers marked the reappearance of the Cavalry on Princes’ Day. A troop of hussars and non-commissioned officers was added in 1973, and this composition has been maintained ever since. The Cavalry Escort of Honour is now an official military unit, although its organization is still entrusted to the Cavalry Escort of Honour Foundation. Participation in the Cavalry Escort of Honour is open to experienced riders who belong to the Cavalry. The Escort comprises two troops of 24 riders, each under the command of a captain of horse. The complete Escort is commanded by a field officer, assisted by a staff that includes a veterinary surgeon and a number of instructors. The Escort’s horses are provided by the riders themselves, police units, riding schools and private individuals. The main task of the Cavalry Escort of Honour is to accompany the Golden Coach, the king’s transport to the houses of parliament, on Princes’ Day. The unit trains several days for this task throughout the year, with the emphasis on the last few days before the big occasion. In this article we will follow the riders in their preparation of this day which attracts many spectators every year.

Today International Racehorse Magazine meets with the commander of the escort of honour, Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen Teunissen (46) at the Kromhout Army barracks in Utrecht, in the centre 120 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE October 2013

of The Netherlands. This year, 2013, is his first year as the new commander of the unit. He has been carefully prepared for this task by the former commander, Harry Kampen, over the past few years. The honorary job of commander takes up a lot of his time, as the escort of honour does from each and every member but he takes pride in taking on the extra job. Being the commander means that he is responsible for coordination and all contacts with third parties such as royal stables, the government and the municipality of the Hague. Preparing and organizing everything for Princes’ day is a costly and lengthy procedure which is mainly financed by the Ministry of Defence. Teunissen emphasizes: “So many people are involved to make it possible for us to ride out on Tuesday morning. Preparations take all year by a staff that takes on the work on a voluntary basis. Those few hours that we ride out take a week’s preparation in our temporary military camp that is set up especially for the occasion.” Teunissen’s goal is to continue the professionalization of the escort of honour. Maintaining a high quality level starts by obliging all members to take a military riding exam. The exam entails advanced skills in dressage and jumping. The most difficult part is riding with a double bridle and jumping with the ceremonial sabre in the right hand. In February of this year queen Beatrix abdicated and her son


Willem-Alexander succeeded her. Does that change anything for the unit? “No, everything continues as usual, we have already received our orders for September so we are good to go. There is one thing though that we would like to add to the escort this year and that is the drum horse. We tested the drum construction on two horses last year and that needed some fine tuning to protect the horse’s back to the fullest.” It is not easy to ride the drum horse because the drummer has to steer the horse with his feet because the reigns are attached to the stirrups.

The escort of honour consists of two troops of 25 riders each. The first squadron consists of officers and its place in the escort is traditionally behind the golden Coach and is led by a field captain. The second troop consists of hussars and non commissioned officers and is also led by a field captain. They ride in front of the coach. Furthermore there is the guard of honour which consists of six riders on Friesians. They carry the standard of the regiment ‘Hussars of Boreel’. Before them rides the command group, the drum horse and two trumpet players, led by the commander. The total escort of honour comprises 60 horses and riders.

More than a week before Princes’ dag the temporary military camp is set up in de dunes in Wassenaar, near to The Hague. Spacious and bright temporary stables and a workshop for the farrier are also part of this camp. The unit’s own veterinarians are constantly present to keep an eye on the horses’ health. The days preceding Princes’ day 150 people will be working and living in the camp. The army personnel that has been assigned to the camp has to be briefed about how to handle horses because generally they have no experience at all with these animals. But by the end of the week they are a well oiled machine. The camp has a special dressing room where all ceremonial uniforms are kept. Every rider has his or her own uniform which is handed out to them on Tuesday morning, before they ride out to the king’s palace. These uniforms are copies of the original hussar uniforms.

The horses come from riding schools and private owners throughout the country and have been carefully selected on temperament, size and colour. It is considered a great honourwhen a horse is selected to take part in the escort. When they have arrived at the camp the riders take them out for a training in the dunes to get to know them and to let the horses get used to the surroundings. The days after they are submitted to a number of trainings. On Sunday the horses are taken to the city of The Hague for the dress rehearsal. The escort of honour rides the route to palace Noordeinde where they will start their escort of the king to the houses of parliament and back. The route starts and ends at the grounds of the Royal stables in the Hague. On Monday morning the horses are submitted to the final test to find out if the horses can cope with the pressure. They are taken to

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the beach at Scheveningen where tanks, guns, smoke and a brass band and hundreds of spectators await them. This practice is open for the public and very popular. The primary schools in The Hague are given de day off especially to come to the beach training and to make as much noise as they can to test the horses. Although some of the horses are visibly scared of what happens around them, the riders keep calm and patient. When the smoke bombs go off the horses follow their riders’ instructions and walk through the smoke while guns are fired around them. At the end of the training all riders leave the beach, assemble again, only to return for the final and impressive charge of the Cavalry. That ends Monday’s practice and the horses may rest in preparation of the day for their appearance on Tuesday morning. International Show Horse Magazine was exclusively allowed to photograph in de temporary military stables and behind the scenes on Tuesday morning. When we have passed the guard we enter the camp and talk to one of the men who is looking after his horse. Traditionally there issome good natured competition going on between the two troops. “Look,” says Marcel van Zonneveld who rides in the second troop, with a smile. “The officer’s stables are put on concrete slabs, and ours are on sand!” Marcel joined the Cavalry escort in 2005. His present employer knows that he is not available for his job as after sales manager in September. He takes up a week’s holiday to do the honorary task for the head of state. “Taking part in the escort is something I enjoy doing very much. Firstly I find it a huge honour and secondly it is good to meet the other members again. We catch up, have informal braais and official dinners and have good time amongst comrades.” The horses are brushed and then it is time to dress. The ceremonial uniforms and hats, the ‘kolbakken’ must be put on perfectly and in a strict manner. Every rider checks upon his mate and helps him or her if necessary. All riders assemble outside for roll call and the final inspection by the officer who is responsible for the ceremonial uniforms. Laughs and chatter subside when the time comes to mount the horses. The horses’ hooves are greased in the so-called grease corridor, two rows of soldiers who kneel for every horse to make the hooves shine. After every rider is mounted they are offered a glass of champagne for ‘good hunting’ and to the health of the King. The trumpets sound and the cavalry escort of honour leaves the camp, on its way to escort the new king. 123 INTERNATIONAL RACE HORSE October 2013


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Gifted For Glory

For the Lads

By Sarah Whitelaw / Photos by Liesl King

International

Stats 2013 The International Racehorse Magazine introduces a new regular feature, The Inside Track, South Africa’s black type winners and their respective pedigrees from June and July last season. Winter Derby, G3, 3yos, Kenilworth, 29 June, 2400m

Ladies Mile, LR, f &m, Kenilworth, 29 June, 1600m

1 Gifted For Glory g Silvano (GER) – Badger’s Gift, by Badger Land (USA) 2 King Of Pain c Greys Inn (USA) – Viva La Bell (AUS), by Defensive Play (USA) 3 Cigar Boy g Casey Tibbs (IRE) – Naughty Princess, by Devilish Ninja (USA)

1 Jet Lady 4 f Jet Master – Waltzing Wallaby (AUS), by Kenmare (FR) 2 Imperial State 4 f Caesour (USA) – State Treasure, by Free State (IRE) 3 Dumani 4 f Fort Wood (USA) – Joie de Grise (AUS), by Kenmare (FR)

Age: 3; Starts: 7; Wins: 4; Placings: 0; Earnings: R245 000

Age:4; Starts:15; Wins:4; Placings:3 Earnings: R209 495

Sire: SILVANO. Sire of 42 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 HEAVY METAL Baroon G1, DO YOU REMEMBER Casey Tibbs G1, VERCINGETORIX National Assembly G1, HAPPY VALENTINE National Assembly G1, LUCKY SPEED Monsun G1, GIFTED FOR GLORY Badger Land G3, SILVANO’S JET Jet Master G2, CROWN OF GOLD Palace Music LR, SEAL Rambo Dancer G3, ASTRO NEWS Dominion Royale G3, SEDGE Rakeen LR, TELLINA Spectrum G2, MARTIAL EAGLE Jallad G1.

Sire: JET MASTER. Sire of 52 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 THUNDER DANCE Fort Wood G1, ALEXANDRA PALACE Darshaan LR, RAZZLE DAZZLE ROSE Last Tycoon G2, HALFWAY TO HEAVEN Rambo Dancer G3, MASTER PLAN Royal Chalice G3, JET LADY Kenmare LR, MAXIMUM JET Candy Stripes LR, JET EXPLORER Icelander G2, TRUE MASTER Badger Land G3, JET SUPREME Zabeel G3, E-JET Equalize G2, PAN AMM Centenary LR, VIVA MARIA Badger Land G3, CHAVE DE OURA Complete Warrior G3, SOUL MASTER Comic Blush LR.

1st Dam: BADGER’S GIFT by Badger Land. 8 wins in South Africa, TBA Paddock S G1, Diana S G3. Dam of 1 winner: 2009: GIFTED FOR GLORY (g Silvano): Sold for R1 100 000 NYS 4 wins in South Africa Winter Derby G3 2nd Dam: Upwardly Mobile. 3 wins in South Africa 3rd Diamond S LR Dam of 4 winners: BADGER’S GIFT: 8 wins Paddock S G1, Diana S G3. Clematis: 3 wins 2nd Off To Stud Hcp LR Broodmare sire BADGER LAND. Sire of the dams of 37 stakes winners -JEPPE’S REEF Jallad G1, REBEL QUEEN Kahal LR, VIVA MARIA Jet Master G1, REBEL KING National Emblem G1, RUSSIAN SAGE Jallad G1, EBONY FLYER Jet Master G1, CAPTAIN’S LOVER Captain Al G1, HAPPY SPIRIT Silvano G2, ON HER TOES Western Winter G1, LADY SHARI Judge T C G1, HAPPY LANDING Al Mufti G1, BADGER’S COVE Joshua Dancer G2, TRUE MASTER Jet Master G3, DEELIGHTFUL IRVING Afternoon Deelites G2, IRVING’S BABY Quiet American G3, GIFTED FOR GLORY Silvano G3, WE THREE Silvano LR. The Silvano/Badger Land cross has produced GIFTED FOR GLORY G3, HAPPY SPIRIT G2, WE THREE LR, Gothic G1 Lomitas Silvano Spirit Of Eagles Badger Land Badger’s Gift Upwardly Mobile

Niniski La Colorada Beaus Eagle Big Spirit Codex Gimieroom Hard Up Seal Of Office

1st Dam: WALTZING WALLABY by Kenmare. Unplaced. Dam of 6 winners: 1997: FERROFRAG (c Flaming Rock): Winner in South Africa 1999: SEVILLANO (c Cordoba): 11 wins in South Africa Matchem S G3 twice, Sophomore Sprint 2000: Flavius (g Caesour): 11 wins in South Africa and Mauritius, 2nd Barbe Cup LR 2001: Firstnightbliss (f Jallad): 4 wins in South Africa 3rd SA Fillies Classic G1 2004: HEROD THE GREAT (c Tara’s Halls): 6 wins in South Africa Gold Bowl G2 2008: JET LADY (f Jet Master): Sold for R550 000 at NYS. 4 wins in South Africa Ladies Mile LR 2nd Dam: Super Entente (USA): Placed, 2nd Clyde of Firth S LR, 3rd Cheveley Park S G1. Dam of 6 winners: Super Dancer: 2 wins in New Zealand, 3rd Great Northern Foal S G3 CASTLEBEND: 7 wins in New Zealand Tantalize: Placed. Dam of PENNYWEIGHT POINT 8 wins WATC Lee Steere S G2 Broodmare sire KENMARE sire of the dams of 72 stakes winners – COMMANDER COLLINS Sadler’s Wells G1, LIT DE JUSTICE El Gran Senor G1, JUKEBOX JURY Montjeu G1, VIRAGE DE FORTUNE Anabaa G1, SAL GROSSO Our Emblem G1, ALL MY DREAMS Assert G1, ZIRCONEUM Jallad G1, STELLITE Fard G1, GREY LILAS Danehill G1, PILLAGING Marauding G1, MARCHAND DE SABLE Theatrical G1, NO QUESTIONS Xaar G2,

DEPORTIVO Night Shift G2, LEGAL FIND Wardlaw G2, SEHREZAD Titus Livius G2, CITY LEADER Fasliyev G2, GREY ARROW Western Winter G2, FAITH HILL Danehill G2, HEROD THE GREAT Tara’s Halls, SEVILLANO Cordoba G2, MARDI’S MAGIC Kenny’s Best Pal G2, AVENUE Anabaa G3, WRITTEN TYCOON Iglesia G2. Rakeen Jet Master Jet Lightning Kenmare Waltzing Wallaby Super Entente

Northern Dancer Glorious Song Rollins Jolly Laughter Kalamoun Belle Of Ireland Super Concorde Evastrive

Golden Slipper, G1, 2yo fillies, Greyville, 6 July, 1400m 1 For The Lads f Trippi (USA) – Skin Tight, by Winter Romance (GB) 2 Along Came Polly f Judpot (USA) – Perfect Polly, by Model Man 3 Masked Lady f Casey Tibbs (IRE) – Kamille, by Goldmark Age: 2; Starts: 7; Wins: 2; Placings:3; Earnings: R651 750 Sire: TRIPPI. Sire of 38 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 FOR THE LADS Winter Romance G1, A SHIN WEZEN Our Emblem LR, AGRA National Assembly LR, TRAVELIN MAN Gone West LR, FRANNY National Assembly G3, TRIPSKI Dehere LR 1st Dam SKIN TIGHT by Winter Romance. 6 wins in South Africa The Scarlet Lady Hcp LR Dam of 2 winners: 2009: TIGHT SHIP (c Western Winter): 2 wins in South Africa 2010: FOR THE LADS (f Trippi): Sold for R300 000 CPYS1. 2 wins in South Africa Golden Slipper G1, Ruffian S LR 2nd Dam Tight Drums. 5 wins in South Africa, 2nd Allan Robertson Championship G1 Dam of 10 winners: Drumbold: 5 wins, 2nd King’s Cup G3 PERCUSSION: winner, dam of HEAVY METAL Equus Champion Middle Distance Horse in 2013, 6 wins in South Africa, Vodacom Durban July G1, President’s Champion Challenge G1 Broodmare sire: WINTER ROMANCE. Sire of the dams of 1 stakes winner – FOR THE LADS Trippi G1 End Sweep Trippi Jealous Appeal Winter Romance Skin Tight Tight Drums

Northern Dancer Broom Dance Valid Appeal Jealous Cat Cadeaux Genereux Island Wedding Hard Up Star Drums

Thukela Hcp, LR, Greyville, 6 July, 1600m 1 Lehaaf (ARG) 3 g Excellent Art (GB) - Sarkha (AUS), by Danehill (USA) 2 Blaze Of Fire 4 c Victory Moon – Buccellati, by Secret Prospector (USA) 3 Emperor Augustus 5 g Kahal (GB) – Roman Dream, by Jallad (USA) Age: 3; Starts: 10; Wins: 4; Placings:5 Earnings: R309 900 His sire: EXCELLENT ART. Sire of 8 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 LEHAAF Danehill LR, ARTISTIC JEWEL Danehill LR, ABSOLUT EXCELENCIA Redoute’s Choice LR, 1st Dam SARKHA by Danehill. 3 wins in Australia Dam of 3 winners: 2007: BESHAASYIR (f Galileo): Winner in South Africa 2008: Salsabeel (f Elusive Quality): 2 wins in South Africa, 2nd Flamboyant S G3 2009: LEHAAF (g Excellent Art): 4 wins in South Africa Thukela Hcp LR 2nd Dam Deadly Nightshade, 2 wins in GB, 2nd Cornwallis S G3 Dam of 5 winners: JACKY SPLASH: 5 wins in Australia WOLFSBANE: 3 wins in Australia and Singapore FUSAICHI KNIGHT: 2 wins in Australia Broodmare Sire: DANEHILL is the sire of dams of 222 stakes winners – FRANKEL Galileo G1, SAOIRE Pivotal G1, DANEDREAM Lomitas G1, RODERIC O’CONNOR Galileo G1, GOLDEN LILAC Galileo G1, VENGEANCE OF RAIN Zabeel G1, DIZELLE Zabeel G1, DAN DE LAGO Encosta de Lago G2, SEPOY Elusive Quality G1, ABLE ONE Cape Cross G1, NAYARRA Cape Cross G1, BARELY A MOMENT Gilded Time G1, DANE JULIA Caesour G1, TEOFILO Galileo G1, SIYOUMA Medicean G1, SIYOUNI Pivotal G1, BUZZWORD Pivotal G1, INTENSE FOCUS Giant’s Causeway G1, JUSTE MOMENT Giant’s Causeway G1, RED DAZZLER Red Ransom G1, MEURICE Strategic G1, ART CONOISSEUR Lucky Story G1, DREAMAWAY More Than Ready G1, PERFECTLY READY More Than Ready G1, BENICIO More Than Ready G1, MORE THAN SACRED More Than Ready G1 SUNDAY JOY Sunday Silence G1, SARAH LYNX Montjeu G1, REAAN Hussonet G1, CAMARILLA Elusive Quality G1, ZABRASIVE Zabeel G1 The Excellent Art/Danehill cross has produced LEHAAF LR, ARTISTIC JEWEL LR, Pivotal Excellent Art Obsessive Danehill Sarkha Deadly Nightshade

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Beach Beauty

Garden Province S, G1, f&m, Greyville, 6 July, 1600m 1 Beach Beauty 5 m Dynasty – Sun Coast, by Capture Him (USA) 2 Espumanti (GB) 3 f Dansili (GB) – Jouet (GB), by Reprimand (GB) 3 Louvre 5 m Doowaley (IRE) – Prive, by Saumarez (GB) Age: 5; Starts: 23; Wins: 12; Placings: 8; Earnings: R3 103 975 Sire: DYNASTY. Sire of 14 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 JACKSON Cozzene G1, BEACH BEAUTY Capture Him G1, TAIPAN Hermitage LR, PADDY O’REILLY West Man LR, DEMANDING LADY Deputy Commander G2. 1st Dam: SUN COAST by Capture Him. 3 wins in South Africa Dam of 1 winner: 2007: BEACH BEAUTY (m Dynasty): Equus Champion Older Female in 2013. 12 wins in South Africa Garden Province S G1, Maine Chance Farms Paddock S G1, Gold Bracelet G2, Premier Trophy G2, Drill Hall S G2, Betting World 1900 G2, KRA Fillies Guineas G2, Umzimkhulu S G3. 2nd Dam: Leisure. 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd J&B Reserve Stayers Hcp LR Dam of 5 winners: Affair: 5 wins in South Africa, 2nd Acacia Hcp G3 Custody: 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd Aquanaut Hcp LR Broodmare sire: CAPTURE HIM sire of dams of stakes winners – BEACH BEAUTY Dynasty G1 Fort Wood Dynasty Blakes Affair Capture Him Sun Coast Leisure

Sadler’s Wells Fall Aspen Commodore Blake Joy Petite Mr Prospector A Streaker Hobnob Free Pass

Golden Horseshoe, G1, Greyville, 2yos, 6 July, 1400m 1 Forest Indigo c Judpot (USA) – Albizia, by Fort Wood (USA) 2 Kochka g Black Minnaloushe (USA) – Little Strike, by Elliodor (FR) 3 Willow Magic (AUS) c Dubawi (IRE) – La Willow (AUS), by Tierce (AUS) Age: 2; Starts: 5; Wins: 2; Placings: 2; Earnings: R560 750 Sire: JUDPOT. Sire of 3 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 FOREST INDIGO Fort Wood G1, ALONG CAME POLLY Model Man G1, COLOUR OF COURAGE Exclusive Patriot G2 1st Dam: ALBIZIA by Fort Wood. 4 wins in South Africa Dam of 1 winner: 2010: FOREST INDIGO (c Judpot): Sold for R160 000 at NYS. 2 wins in South Africa

Heavy Metal

Golden Horseshoe G1 2nd dam: ALEXANDRA BI (IRE). 2 wins in Italy Dam of 5 winners: ALEXANDRA ROSE: 5 wins in South Africa and USA Golden Slipper G1, Morvich Hcp G3 PAVLOVICH (SNL): 7 wins in South Africa Memorial Mile LR ALEXANDRA PALACE: 2 wins in South Africa Sea Cottage S LR Alessandria: 2 wins in South Africa 2nd Oaks Trial LR Broodmare sire FORT WOOD. Sire of dams of 34 stakes winners – CHERRY ON THE TOP Tiger Ridge G1, CAPETOWN NOIR Western Winter G1, THUNDER DANCE Jet Master G1, PLUCK More Than Ready G2, MOKARO Manaloj G1, ROYAL FANTASY Al Mufti G1, CONTADOR Var G1, BOUQUET-GARNI Strike Smartly G1, FOREST INDIGO Judpot G1, ROYAL APROVAL Al Mufti G2, FRAGRANT AL Captain Al G2, PRESTIC Strike Smartly G2, ROYAL VINTAGE Rich Man’s Gold G2, ALDERRY Al Mufti G2, MOCHACHINO Silvano G2, WINTERINTHEWOODS Western Winter G2, MOCHA JAVA National Assembly G3, FANTASTIC MR FOX Right Approach G3, ACROSS THE ICE Western Winter G3, CHERRY ON THE CAKE Strike Smartly G3, SALUKI Dubai Destination G3, TWO STRIKES Strike Smartly G3, FRANCOIS BERNARDUS Goldkeeper G3, AQUITAINE Al Mufti G3, WHEREDOWEGO Captain Al G3, SHIPMASTER Slip Anchor G3 A.p. Indy Judpot Miesque Fort Wood Albizia Alexandra Bi

Seattle Slew Weekend Surprise Nureyev Pasadoble Sadler’s Wells Fall Aspen Darshaan Miss Habit

Durban July, G1, Greyville, 6 July, 2200m 1 Heavy Metal 4 g Silvano (GER) – Percussion, by Baroon (GB) 2 Run For It 5 g Dynasty- Running Rhythm, by Jallad (USA) 3 Do You Remember 3 f Silvano (GER) – Festive Occasion, by Casey Tibbs (IRE) Age: 4; Starts: 20; Wins: 6; Placings: 9 Earnings: R3 744 280 Sire: SILVANO. Sire of 42 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 HEAVY METAL Baroon G1, DO YOU REMEMBER Casey Tibbs G1, VERCINGETORIX National Assembly G1, HAPPY VALENTINE National Assembly G1, LUCKY SPEED Monsun G1, GIFTED FOR GLORY Badger Land G3, SILVANO’S JET Jet Master G2, CROWN OF GOLD Palace Music

LR, SEAL Rambo Dancer G3, ASTRO NEWS Dominion Royale G3, SEDGE Rakeen LR, TELLINA Spectrum G2, MARTIAL EAGLE Jallad G1. 1st Dam: PERCUSSION by Baroon. Winner in South Africa Dam of 4 winners: 2005: JAZZY DRUM (c Fahal): 3 wins in South Africa 2006: JET BLACK (c Jet Master): Winner in South Africa 2007: DRUM MASTER (c Fahal): 2 wins in South Africa 2008: HEAVY METAL (c Silvano): Sold for R250 000 NYS. Equus Champion Middle Distance Horse in 2013. 6 wins in South Africa, Vodacom Durban July G1, President’s Champion Challenge G1, Darley Arabian LR 2nd Dam: Tight Drums. 5 wins in South Africa, 2nd Allan Robertson Fillies Ch’ship G1. Dam of 10 winners: SKIN TIGHT: 6 wins in South Africa The Scarlet Lady Hcp LR, 2nd Gold Circle Oaks , dam of FOR THE LADS G1 Drumbold: 5 wins in South Africa 2nd King’s Cup G3 Broodmare sire: BAROON. Sire of the dams of 1 stakes winner – HEAVY METAL Silvano G1 Lomitas Silvano Spirit Of Eagles Baroon Percussion Tight Drums

Niniski La Colorada Beaus Eagle Big Spirit Rainbow Quest Dreamawhile Hard Up Star Drums

Gold Vase, G2, Greyville, 6 July, 2400m 1 Kolkata 5 g Requiem (AUS) – City of Joy (USA), by Capitol South (USA) 2 Knight To Remember 6 g The Sheik – Model Royal, by Model Man 3 Blake 6 g Dynasty – Watercolours (AUS), by Nassipour (USA) Age: 5; Starts: 31; Wins: 6; Placings:12; Earnings: R872 050 Sire REQUIEM. Sire of 4 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 – KOLKATA Capitol South G2, SALUTATION Desert Team LR, SILVER AGE Krusenstern G3 1st Dam: CITY OF JOY (USA) by Capitol South: Placed in South Africa Dam of 2 winners: 2003: PLEASURE ZONE (f Casey Tibbs): 2 wins in South Africa 2007: KOLKATA (g Requiem): Sold for R120 000 at RTRS, 6 wins in South Africa Gold Vase G2

Dam of 10 winners: ELEGANT BUCK: Winner in USA Stampede Futurity Prep LR GLAMOUR BOY: 8 wins in South Africa, SA Classic G1, Hawaii S G2, November Hcp G2, Nearco Hcp G3, Graham Beck S LR GAULTIER: 8 wins in South Africa Merchants S G2 MASSIMILIANO: 3 wins in South Africa Falcon Sprint LR ELEGANT ASSET: 2 wins in South Africa, dam of ELEGANT BLUSH G3 Broodmare sire: CAPITOL SOUTH. Sire of the dams of 2 stakes winners – KOLKATA Requiem G2, BAJA HARRI Harriman LR Danehill Requiem Les Lilas Capitol South City Of Joy Elegantly

Danzig Razyana Sir Tristram My Tricia Roberto Polylady Danzig Eloquent

East Cape Breeders S, LR, Fairview 12 July, 1200m 1 Hurricane Katrina 6 m Windrush (USA) – Katrina, by Thunder Cat (USA) 2 Splendid Sun 4 f Lundy’s Liability (BRZ) – Attache, by Elliodor (FR) 3 Stormy Coast 5 m Fort Wood (USA) – Stormy Appeal, by Kilconnel (USA) Age: 6; Starts: 36; Wins: 10; Placings: 11 Earnings: R558 225 Sire WINDRUSH. Sire of 9 stakes winners. In 2012-2013, HURRICANE KATRINA Thunder Cat LR 1st Dam: KATRINA. Placed from 7 starts Dam of 3 winners: 2003: SIR OCELOT (c Count Dubois): winner in South Africa 2005: SIBERIAN TIGER (c Goldmark): 7 wins in South Africa 2006: HURRICANE KATRINA (f Windrush): 10 wins in South Africa, East Cape Breeders S LR, twice 2nd dam: PROUD TZARINA. Won 5 races, Diamond S LR. Dam of 1 winner: TZARINA’S STAR. Winner in South Africa Broodmare sire: THUNDER CAT is the sire of dams of 1 stakes winner – HURRICANE KATRINA Thunder Cat LR Seeking The Gold Windrush Tempest Dancer Thunder Cat Katrina Proud Tzarina

2nd Dam: ELEGANTLY (USA): Winner in USA

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Kolkata

Halfway to Heaven

Champions Juvenile Cup, G3, 2yos,Fairview, 12 July, 1400m

Off To Stud Handicap, LR, Scottsville, 21 July

1 Antonius Du Bois c Antonius Pius (USA) – Balabos (USA), by Theatrical (IRE) 2 Seattle Storm c Sail From Seattle (CAN) – Sherry Elizabeth, by ELliodor (FR) 3 Briar King g Bezrin (USA) – Royal Centenary, by Centenary (USA)

1 Halfway To Heaven 5 m Jet Master – Pas de Basque, by Rambo Dancer (USA) 2 Checchetti 5 m Kahal (GB) – Dancer’s Choice, by Royal Prerogative (GB) 3 Daily Flight 4 f Silvano (GER) – Day Lily Delight, by Cordoba (USA)

Age: 2; Starts: 5; Wins: 3; Placings: 2; Earnings: R272 400

Age: 5; Starts: 18; Wins: 7; Placings: 7; Earnings: R443 500

Sire: ANTONIUS PIUS. Sire of 4 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 ANTONIUS DU BOIS Theatrical G3, MY SANCTUARY Pulpit G2, YOSHIE Jallad LR.

Sire: JET MASTER. Sire of 52 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 THUNDER DANCE Fort Wood G1, ALEXANDRA PALACE Darshaan LR, RAZZLE DAZZLE ROSE Last Tycoon G2, HALFWAY TO HEAVEN Rambo Dancer G3, MASTER PLAN Royal Chalice G3, JET LADY Kenmare LR, MAXIMUM JET Candy Stripes LR, JET EXPLORER Icelander G2, TRUE MASTER Badger Land G3, JET SUPREME Zabeel G3, E-JET Equalize G2, PAN AMM Centenary LR, VIVA MARIA Badger Land G3, CHAVE DE OURA Complete Warrior G3, SOUL MASTER Comic Blush LR.

Ist dam: BALABOS (USA). Placed in South Africa. Dam of 5 winners: 2005: ZODWA (f Windrush): Winner in South Africa 2006: BEAUTIFUL BALI (f Windrush): Winner in South Africa 2007: Always Al (c Al Mufti): 7 wins in South Africa, 2nd Christmas Hcp G3 2009: PIERNEEF (g Spectrum): 2 wins in South Africa 2010: ANTONIUS DU BOIS (c Antonius Pius): Sold R50 000 NYS. 3 wins in South Africa, Langerman G3, Champions Juvenile Cup G3. 2nd dam: AL BALESA (USA). Unraced Dam of 5 winners: FOWDA (USA): 6 wins in USA, Hollywood Oaks G1, Spinster S G1 Otani (USA): 13 wins in USA 3rd Endless Surprise S LR. Broodmare sire: THEATRICAL. Sire of the dams of 63 stakes winners – ENGLISH CHANNEL Smart Strike G1, RAIL LINK Dansili G1, COIL Point Given G1, LORD SHANAKILL Speightstown G1, WIGMORE HALL High Chaparral G1, KARELIAN Bertrando G1, DUBLINO Lear Fan G1, NUMEROUS TIMES Numerous G1, CROSSHARBOUR Zamindar G2, ZAPPA Afternoon Deelites G2, WALKSLIKEADUCK Blushing John G2, SPACY TRACY Awesome Again G2, NOTHING BUT FUN Dixie Union G2, THEATRICAL AWARD Academy Award G3, STYLISH Thunder Gulch G3, SHILLEAGH SLEW Chief Seattle G3, RUN FOR IT Cherokee Run G3, SHARP PERFORMANCE Kris S G3, AIGLONNE Silver Hawk G3, MAINSAIL Oasis Dream G3, ENERGIZER Monsun G3, ANTONIUS DU BOIS Antonius Pius G3, DOMINIQUE’S JOY Strawberry Road G3, PLAYWRIGHT Fantastic Light G3, URBAN STREET Swept Overboard G3, NIAGARA CAUSEWAY Giant’s Causeway G3. Danzig Antonius Pius Catchascatchcan Theatrical Balabos Al Balessa

Northern Dancer Pas De Nom Pursuit Of Love Catawba Nureyev Tree Of Knowledge Rare Performer Balessa

1st Dam: PAS DE BASQUE. 8 wins in South Africa. Dam of 2 winners: 2006: KEY TO COURAGE (c Lecture): winner in South Africa 2007: HALFWAY TO HEAVEN (f Jet Master): 7 wins in South Africa, Prix du Cap, G3, Off To Stud Hcp, LR. 2nd Dam: Our Elegant Girl by OUR CASEY’S BOY (USA), 3 wins, 3rd Ladies Mile, LR. Dam of 3 winners: PAS DE BASQUE: 8 wins in South Africa ELEGANT EMPEROR: 5 wins in South Africa Broodmare sire RAMBO DANCER. RAMBO DANCER. Sire of the dams of 9 stakes winners – 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. Rakeen Jet Master Jet Lightning Rambo Dancer Pas De Basque Our Elegant Girl

Northern Dancer Glorious Song Rollins Jolly Laughter Northern Dancer Fair Arabella Our Casey’s Boy So Elegant

Mercury Sprint, G1, Clairwood Park, 13 July, 1200m 1 All Is Secret 3 f Captain Al – Secret of Victoria, by Goldkeeper (USA) 2 Welwitschia (GB) 5 m Oasis Dream (GB)

– Maid For Romance (GB), by Pursuit of Love (GB) 3 What A Winter 5 h Western Winter (USA) – Waseela (IRE), by Ahonoora (IRE) Age: 3; Starts: 11; Wins: 6; Placings: 3; Earnings: R1 455 380 Sire: CAPTAIN AL. Sire of 42 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 ALL IS SECRET Goldkeeper G1, CAPTAIN OF ALL Fard G1, WHEREDOWEGO Fort Wood G3, PURE POWER National Assembly LR, ZAMBEZI TORRENT King of Kings LR, SECRET OBSESSION Russian Fox LR, ALBERT MOONEY Qui Danzig LR, VICTORIAN SECRET Joshua Dancer LR, ONLY EMILY National Emblem LR, HILL FIFTY FOUR Sportsworld G2, CAP ALRIGHT Centenary G2. 1st dam SECRET OF VICTORIA. 6 wins in South Africa, Sceptre S, G2, Southern Cross S, G3, Strelitzia S G3, Olympic Duel S, LR. Dam of 3 winners: 2008: DYNASTY’S SECRET (g Dynasty). Winner in South Africa 2009: ALL IS SECRET (f Captain Al). Equus Champion 2yo filly in 2012. Sold for R800 000 at NYS. 6 wins, Allan Robertson Fillies Championship G1, Thekwini S G1, Mercury Sprint G1, Fillies Championship G2, Poinsettia S G3. 2010: SECRET COMMAND (c Captain Al). Won only start. 2nd dam MYSTIC SPRING (IRE): Unplaced Dam of 7 winners: RABIYA: Equus Champion 3yo colt in 2005, 5 wins, Daily News 2000 G1, Cape Guineas G1, Cape Derby G2, died at 3. SPRING LILAC: 2 wins in South Africa, Fillies Nursery G3, dam of VICTORIAN SECRET RAFIYA: 2 wins in South Africa, East Cape Oaks LR. Broodmare sire GOLDKEEPER. Sire of the dams of 4 stakes winners – ALL IS SECRET Captain Al G1, WAY CLEAR Ashaawes LR, SAY ALERT Rabah LR, REFLECTIVE IMAGE Tamburlaine LR. Al Mufti Captain Al Off To War Goldkeeper Secret Of Victoria Mystic Spring

Roberto Lassie Dear Complete Warrior Infanta Mr Prospector Chapel Of Dreams Royal Academy Secret Sunday

Umngeni Handicap, LR, Greyville, 27 July, 1000m 1 Jade Bay 3 b g Jallad (USA) - Moonlit Prairie (USA), by Cozzene (USA) 2 Sharp Design 4 g National Emblem – Sharp Ledge, by Fine Edge (GB) 3 Showmetheway 4 g Muhtafal (USA) – Nadira (IRE) by Nashwan (USA)

Age: 3 Starts: 16; Wins: 5; Placings: 4; Earnings: R344 075 Sire: JALLAD. Sire of 61 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 JADE BAY Cozzene LR, ALVILDA Fine Edge LR, THE HANGMAN Cee’s Tizzy G2 JEPPE’S REEF Badger Land G1 1st Dam Moonlit Prairie (USA). Winner in South Africa. Dam of 3 winners. 2007: SAVONA (c Spectrum): Winner in South Africa. 2008: JACKSON (c Dynasty): 6 wins, 3-4, Champions Cup, G1, Daily News 2000, G1, Cape Derby, G1, Politician S, LR. 2009: JADE BAY (g Jallad): Sold R140 000 NYS. 5 wins, 2-3, Umngeni Hcp, LR. 2nd Dam PRAIRIE REIGN (USA). Unraced. Dam of 3 winners. CORINTO. 6 wins in Peru. SAARCASTICLY. 4 wins in USA. Broodmare sire: COZZENE. Sire of the dams of 76 stakes winners – PIVOTAL Polar Falcon G1, JACKSON Dynasty G1, DISTANT WAY Distant Music G1, TOCCET Awesome Again G1, RIVER’S PRAYER Devon Lane G1, TANGERINE TREES Mind Games G1, ZAFTIG Gone West G1, ZO IMPRESSIVE Hard Spun G1, MACH GLORY Honour And Glory G1, MEGANS BLUFF Pine Bluff G2, ZEBEDEE Invincible Spirit G2, ROYAL BENCH Whipper G2, BROAD STREET Agnes Tachyon G2, EPICE AROME Daiwa Major G2, CHANGING WORLD Spinning World G3, CIMA DE PLUIE Singspiel G3, MEMORIAL MANIAC Lear Fan G3, CHOPININA Lear Fan G3, DESPITE THE ODDS Speightstown G3, MEMPHIS TENNESSEE Hurricane Run G3, CEPA PRIVADA Pintonazo G3. The JALLAD/COZZENE cross has produced JADE BAY LR Blushing Groom Jallad

Petrava Cozzene

Moonlit Prairie Prairie Reign

Red God Runaway Bride Imposing Silver Liner Caro Ride The Trails Gone West Classic Reign

Darley Arabian, LR, Greyville, 27 July, 1900m 1 Distinguished 4 g Kahal (GB) – Dignify, by Rambo Dancer (USA) 2 Silent Partner 5 g Silvano (GER) – Secret to Success, by Our Casey’s Boy (USA) 3 Grasp Your Destiny 5 g Lundy’s Liability (BRZ) – Celtic Chalice, by Royal Chalice Age: 4; Starts:16; Wins: 4; Placings 4; Earnings: R272 500 Sire KAHAL. Sire of 29 stakes winners. In

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All Is Secret

2012-2013 DISTINGUISHED Rambo Dancer LR, LOVE STRUCK Rambo Dancer G1, FESTIVAL OF FIRE Russian Revival G2, EASTERN GREETING Northern Guest G2, CHECCETTI Royal Prerogative G2, THE MOUSEKETEER Northern Guest LR, REBEL QUEEN Badger Land LR, ENCHANTED KINGDOM Dancing Champ G3 1st Dam DIGNIFY. 4 wins in SA Golden Slipper S, G2. Dam of 2 winners. 2006: DIGNIFICATION (f Muhtafal): Winner in South Africa. 2008: DISTINGUISHED (g Kahal): Sold R800 000 at NYS, 4 wins in South Africa,3-4, Darley Arabian. 2nd Dam. Noblely Known, 3 wins, 2nd Henry Eatwell Memorial Hcp, G3 Dam of 10 winners. ANGUS: 8 wins inc. J&B Met, G1. Broodmare sire RAMBO DANCER. Sire of the dams of stakes winners – 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. The KAHAL/RAMBO DANCER cross has produced LOVE STRUCK G1, DISTINGUISHED LR Machiavellian Kahal Just A Mirage Rambo Dancer Dignify Nobely Known

Mr Prospector Coup De Folie Green Desert Just You Wait Northern Dancer Fair Arabella Royal Prerogative Very Noble

Gold Bracelet, G2, Greyville, 27 July, 2000m 1 Razzle Dazzle Rose 4 f Jet Master – Sydney Rose (AUS), by Last Tycoon (IRE) 2 Louvre 5 m Doowaley (IRE) – Prive, by Saumarez (GB) 3 Berry Blaze (IRE) 5 m Danehill Dancer (IRE) – Strawberry Roan (IRE), by Sadler’s Wells (USA) Age: 4; Starts: 17; Wins: 6; Placings: 2; Earnings: R493 798 Sire: JET MASTER. Sire of 52 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 THUNDER DANCE Fort Wood G1, ALEXANDRA PALACE Darshaan LR, RAZZLE DAZZLE ROSE Last Tycoon G2, HALFWAY TO HEAVEN Rambo Dancer G3, MASTER PLAN Royal Chalice G3, JET LADY Kenmare LR, MAXIMUM JET Candy Stripes LR, JET EXPLORER Icelander G2, TRUE MASTER Badger Land G3, JET

Razzle Dazzle Rose

SUPREME Zabeel G3, E-JET Equalize G2, PAN AMM Centenary LR, VIVA MARIA Badger Land G3, CHAVE DE OURA Complete Warrior G3, SOUL MASTER Comic Blush LR.

Age: 5; Starts: 51; Wins: 7; Placings: 16; Earnings: R656 625 Sire: FORT WOOD. Sire of 71 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 STORMY COAST Kilconnel LR

1st Dam: Sydney Rose (AUS). 5 wins in SA, 4-6, 3rd Jockey Club S, LR. Dam of 4 winners. 2005: SYDNEY’S GIFT (c Casey Tibbs): 3 wins in South Africa 2006: ROSIE TIBB (f Casey Tibbs): 4 wins in South Africa 2007: SYDNEY’S GIRL (f Casey Tibbs): 5 wins in South Africa 2008: RAZZLE DAZZLE ROSE (f Jet Master): 6 wins, 3-4, Gold Bracelet, G2, Victress S, G3

1st Dam: STORMY APPEAL. 14 wins in South Africa, East Cape Paddock S, LR, St Andrews Paddock S, LR, East Cape Breeders S, LR Dam of 4 winners 2005: STORMY EXPRESS (c Silvano): 3 wins in South Africa 2006: FORT PETERSBURG (c Fort Wood): 4 wins in South Africa, Thukela Hcp LR 2008: STORMY COAST (f Fort Wood): Sold R250 000 at NYS. 7 wins in South Africa, East Cape Paddock S, LR. 2009: STORMY RIDGE (c Tiger Ridge): 2 wins in South Africa

2nd Dam: ROSE TWIG (AUS). Unraced Dam of 5 winners ROSE OF DANE.5 wins Summoned S, LR, 2nd Karrakatta Plate G1 Chandon Rise –dam of RISING EMPIRE Broodmare sire LAST TYCOON. Sire of the dams of 143 stakes winners - VINTAGE TIPPLE Entrepreneur G1, SUN CLASSIQUE Fuji Kiseki G1, MASTER OF DESIGN Redoute’s Choice G1, SIR CHEROKEE Cherokee Run G2, TYPHOON TRACY Red Ransom G1, BENTLEY BISCUIT Peintre Celebre G1, SLUMDOGMILLIONAIRE Strike Smartly, G1, CYCAD Fort Wood G2, ADLERLFUG In The Wings G1, KING’S DRAMA King’s Theatre G1, JUNGLE ROCKET Jungle Pocket G1, SAINT EMILION Zenno Rob Roy G1, LACHLAN RIVER Desert King G1, CASINO PRINCE Flying Spur G1, INSPIRATION Flying Spur G1, GREEN BIRDIE Catbird G1, THE DEPUTY Petardia G1, KING KAMEHAMEHA Kingmambo G1, SUNTAGONAL Octagonal G1, HILL OF GRACE Zabeel G1, DARIANA Redoute’s Choice G1, SOUSA Galileo G1, ONEMORENOMORE Red Ransom G1, THE MIGHTY LIONS Grosvenor G1, MARKUS MAXIMUS Pentire G1, ROMAN EMPEROR Montjeu G1, BALTHAZAAR’S GIFT Xaar G2, Rakeen Jet Master Jet Lightning Last Tycoon Sydney Rose Rose Twig

Northern Dancer Glorious Song Rollins Jolly Laughter Try My Best Mill Princess Twig Moss Lowanna Rose

East Cape Paddock S, LR, Fairview, 26 July, 1600m 1 Stormy Coast 5 m Fort Wood (USA) – Stormy Appeal, by Kilconnel (USA) 2 Daffodil Day 5 m Silvano (GER) – Day Lily Delight, by Cordoba (USA) 3 Show Time 3 f Tiger Dance (USA) – Ruby Ransom, by Kilconnel (USA)

2nd Dam: SPANISH PEACE. 3 wins in South Africa. Dam of 6 winners. SPANISH DRUMMER. 8 wins in Mauritius and South Africa, Basil Jenman Hcp LR. STORMY APPEAL Broodmare sire KILCONNEL. Sire of the dams of 3 stakes winners – FORT PETERSBURG Fort Wood LR, STORMY COAST Fort Wood LR, NOBLE HEIR Kahal G1 Sadler’s Wells Fort Wood Fall Aspen Kilconnel Stormy Appeal Spanish Peace

Northern Dancer Fairy Bridge Pretense Change Water Mr Prospector Balidaress Peaceable Kingdom Esteban

Champions Cup, G1, Greyville, 27 July, 2000m 1 Jackson 4 b c Dynasty - Moonlit Prairie (USA), by Cozzene (USA) 2 Silvano’s Jet 3 g Silvano (GER) – State Coach, by Jet Master 3 Blaze of Fire 4 c Victory Moon – Buccellati, by Secret Prospector (USA) Age: 4 Starts: 14; Wins: 6; Placings: 5; Earnings: R2 106 255 Sire: DYNASTY. Sire of 14 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 JACKSON Cozzene G1, BEACH BEAUTY Capture Him G1, TAIPAN Hermitage LR, PADDY O’REILLY West Man LR, DEMANDING LADY Deputy Commander G2. 1st Dam Moonlit Prairie (USA). Winner in South Africa. Dam of 3 winners. 2007: SAVONA (c Spectrum): Winner in South Africa. 2008: JACKSON (c Dynasty): Sold R1 000 000 at N2YS. 6 wins, 3-4, Champions Cup, G1, Daily News 2000, G1, Cape Derby, G1,

Politician S, LR. 2009: JADE BAY (g Jallad): 5 wins, 2-3, Umngeni Hcp, LR. 2nd Dam PRAIRIE REIGN (USA). Unraced. Dam of 3 winners. CORINTO. 6 wins in Peru. SAARCASTICLY. 4 wins in USA. Broodmare sire: COZZENE. Sire of the dams of 76 stakes winners – PIVOTAL Polar Falcon G1, JACKSON Dynasty G1, DISTANT WAY Distant Music G1, TOCCET Awesome Again G1, RIVER’S PRAYER Devon Lane G1, TANGERINE TREES Mind Games G1, ZAFTIG Gone West G1, ZO IMPRESSIVE Hard Spun G1, MACH GLORY Honour And Glory G1, MEGANS BLUFF Pine Bluff G2, ZEBEDEE Invincible Spirit G2, ROYAL BENCH Whipper G2, BROAD STREET Agnes Tachyon G2, EPICE AROME Daiwa Major G2, CHANGING WORLD Spinning World G3, CIMA DE PLUIE Singspiel G3, MEMORIAL MANIAC Lear Fan G3, CHOPININA Lear Fan G3, DESPITE THE ODDS Speightstown G3, MEMPHIS TENNESSEE Hurricane Run G3, CEPA PRIVADA Pintonazo G3. The Dynasty/Cozzene cross has produced JACKSON G1 Fort Wood Dynasty Blakes Affair Cozzene Moonlit Prairie Prairie Reign

Sadler’s Wells Fall Aspen Commodore Blake Joy Petite Caro Ride The Trails Gone West Classic Reign

Premier’s Champion Stakes, G1, Greyville, July 27, 8f 1 Kochka 2 b g Black Minnaloushe (USA) – Little Strike, by Elliodor (FR) 2 Forest Indigo 2 b c Judpot (USA) – Albizia, by Fort Wood (USA) 3 Willow Magic (AUS) 2 ch c Dubawi (IRE) – La Willow (AUS), by Tierce (AUS) Age: 2; Starts: 4; Wins:2; Placings 2; Earnings: R570 000 Sire: BLACK MINNALOUSHE Sire of 28 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 KOCHKA Elliodor G1, BEAUTIFUL BUNS Volksraad LR, BLACK SPIRIT Hero’s Honor G3, 1st Dam: LITTLE STRIKE by Elliodor. 6 wins in SA, TBA 3YO Fillies Futurity LR. Dam of 11 winners. 1996: TURN TO STRIKE (g Al Mufti): Winner in SA. 1997: National Strike (f National Assembly): 5 wins in SA, 3rd Lady’s Pendant S, LR. 1998: National Title (g National Assembly): 8 wins in SA, 2nd Mercury Sprint, G1

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Jackson

Kochka

1998: DERBY STRIKE (f Shaamit): 2 wins in SA 2000: LET’S STRIKE (f Al Mufti): Winner in SA 2001: ROYAL PALM (f Fort Wood): 3 wins in SA 2002: BAYBERRY (f Fort Wood): Winner in SA 2003: FINAL IMPACT (c National Assembly): 3 wins in SA 2004: Burmese (f National Assembly): 4 wins in SA 3rd Milkwood Stud S, LR. 2007: General Assembly (g National Assembly): 7 wins in SA 2010: KOCHKA (g Black Minnaloushe): Sold R120 000 CPYS2. Equus Champion 2yo colt/gelding in 2013. 2 wins at 2, Premier’s Champion S, G1 Broodmare sire ELLIODOR. Sire of the dams of 68 stakes winners- KOCHKA G1, CHANGINGOFTHEGUARD Go Deputy G3, SAPPHIRE RING Spectrum LR, TEVEZ Caesour LR, FLAX Silvano G1, CANTERBURY TALE Greys Inn G2, SEATTLE STORM Sail From Seattle LR, ASLAN Silvano G1, VAL DE RA Var G1, DONATELLA Fine Edge G1, DOG WOOD Fort Wood G1, CORDOCELLI Cordoba G1, TRADEMARK Goldmark G1, OUTCOME Muhtafal G1, EXHILARATION Captain Al G1, TIZA Goldkeeper G2, SPORTSCUDDLE Sportsworld G2, GAY REGINA Sportsworld G2, CHANT DE NUIT Caesour G2, TARN FAIRY Waterville Lake G2, DASH FOR GRETNA Sportsworld G2, STUDIO FIFTY FOUR Badger Land G2, WAR LORD National Assembly G2, STRAIGHT SET Victory Moon G2, A DAUGHTERS LEGACY Windrush G3, MY CHOICE Fort Wood G3, HER WAY West Man G3, JUST LIKE AL Al Mufti G3, BRILLIANT CUT Kabool G3, FIRST ARRIVAL Northern Guest G3, PERFECT WARRIOR Complete Warrior G3, MODERN MISSION Modern Day G3, ALARM CALL Alami G3, OLYMPIC GOLD Sportsworld G3, MAKER’S MARK Goldmark G3, BEST IN THE WEST Rainbow Dream G3, WATERWISE Counter Action G3, EXPRESS QUEEN Jet Master G3, SUPER BRAND Royal Chalice G3, KEY DECISION Goldmark G3, etc. The Black Minnaloushe/Elliodor cross has produced KOCHKA G1, American Storm LR, Storm Cat Black Minnaloushe Coral Dance Elliodor Little Strike Let Kiss

Storm Bird Terlingua Green Dancer Carvinia Lyphard Ellida Bally Game Leucothea

Thekwini Fillies Stakes, G1, Greyville, July 27, 8f

1 Along Came Polly 2 b f Judpot (USA) – Perfect Polly, by Model Man 2 For The Lads 2 f Trippi(USA) – Skin Tight, by Winter Romance (GB) 3 Admiral’s Eye 2 f Admire Main (JPN) – Surfers Eye, by Elliodor (FR)

Serengetti (Jallad (USA)) 3) Canterbury Tale 4 g Greys Inn (USA) – Classique Story (Elliodor (FR))

Age: 2; Starts:4; Wins: 1;Places:3; Earnings: R639 000

Sire: JALLAD. Sire of 61 stakes winners. In 2012-2013, JEPPE’S REEF Badger Land G1, JADE BAY Cozzene LR, THE HANGMAN Cee’s Tizzy G2, ALVILDA Fine Edge LR,

Sire: JUDPOT. Sire of 3 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 FOREST INDIGO Fort Wood G1, ALONG CAME POLLY Model Man G1, COLOUR OF COURAGE Exclusive Patriot G2 1st Dam: Precious Polly by Model Man. Winner in South Africa. Dam of 3 winners: 2008: BUTLER YEATS (c Black Minnaloushe) 3 wins at 4 in Zimbabwe from 10 starts. 2009: BLACKMALKIN (c Black Minnaloushe): 5 wins 2-4 in South Africa. 2010: ALONG CAME POLLY (f Judpot) Sold R60 000 yearling NYS. Equus Champion 2yo filly. 1 win at 2, Thekwini S, G1, 2nd Allan Robertson Fillies Championship, G1, 2nd Golden Slipper, G1. 2nd Dam: YOUNG POLLY by Del Sarto (USA), 6 wins in South Africa, Vaal Stayers Hcp G3. Dam of YOUNG RAKE (g by Rakeen (USA)), Equus Champion Stayer, 11 wins in South Africa, Champion S, G1, twice, 2nd Durban July Hcp G1, RUBIROSA (f by Rakeen (USA) Spook Express Hcp LR), etc. Broodmare sire: MODEL MAN. Sire of the dams of 31 stakes winners ALONG CAME POLLY Judpot G1, KING’S TEMPTRESS King of Kings G3, SUPER ELEGANT Daylami G3, NATIONAL SPIRIT National Emblem G1, POINTING NORTH Joshua Dancer G1, PHILIPPA JOHNSON Joshua Dancer G2, FORT VOGUE Fort Wood G2, SMANJEMANJE Kahal G2, SABINA PARK Sportsworld G2, MONET Badger Land G2, SUNSATIONAL Windrush G3, BOSTON GLOBE Counter Action G3, OOCHEE AGENT Cataloochee G3, ETON SQUARE Miesque’s Approval G3, etc. The Judpot/Model Man cross has produced ALONG CAME POLLY G1. A.p. Indy Judpot Miesque Model Man Perfect Polly Young Polly

Seattle Slew Weekend Surprise Nureyev Pasadoble Elliodor Top Model Del Sarto Polly Peg

The R1.25 Million Gold Cup, G1, Greyville, July 27th, 16f 1) Jeppe’s Reef 5 g Jallad (USA) – Studio Fifty Four (Badger Land (USA) 2) Masai Warrior 5 g Wolfhound (USA) –

Age: 3-5; Starts 38; Wins 6 ; Places 15 ; Earnings: R1 229 304

1st Dam STUDIO FIFTY FOUR by Badger Land. 6 wins at 3-5 in South Africa, Gold Circle Oaks, G2. Dam of 2 winners: 2007: JEPPE’S REEF (g. by Jallad), 6 wins at 3-5, Gold Cup, G1, Setters Trophy, LR, 2nd Cape Summer Stayers Hcp, G3, 3rd The Sledgehammer, LR, etc. 2008: Dancing Tigress (f. by Tiger Ridge), placed at 3, from 8 starts. 2009: DISCO AL (c. by Captain Al), winner at 3, from 8 starts 2010: Dancing Judy (f. by Judpot), unraced 2011: Carousel (f. by Trippi), unraced. 2nd Dam DANCE OF LOVE by Elliodor. 2 wins at 3-4. Dam of STUDIO FIFTY FOUR, etc. Broodmare sire BADGER LAND. Sire of the dams of 37 stakes winners -JEPPE’S REEF Jallad G1, REBEL QUEEN Kahal LR, VIVA MARIA Jet Master G1, REBEL KING National Emblem G1, RUSSIAN SAGE Jallad G1, EBONY FLYER Jet Master G1, CAPTAIN’S LOVER Captain Al G1, HAPPY SPIRIT Silvano G2, ON HER TOES Western Winter G1, LADY SHARI Judge T C G1, HAPPY LANDING Al Mufti G1, BADGER’S COVE Joshua Dancer G2, TRUE MASTER Jet Master G3, DEELIGHTFUL IRVING Afternoon Deelites G2, IRVING’S BABY Quiet American G3, GIFTED FOR GLORY Silvano G3, WE THREE Silvano LR. The Jallad/Badger Land cross has produced: JEPPE’S REEF G1, RUSSIAN SAGE G1, Blue Paradise LR, Blushing Groom Jallad Petrava Badger Land Studio Fifty Four Dance Of Love

Red God Runaway Bride Imposing Silver Liner Codex Gimieroom Elliodor Fairy Fortune

Winter Juvenile Stakes, LR, 2yos, Kenilworth 1 Counts Rocket c Count Dubois (GB) – Milla’s Rocket (IRE), by Galileo (IRE) 2 Lastbutnotleast c Second Empire (IRE) – Nella Fantasia (IRE), by Giant’s Causeway (USA) 3 Juddering Angels g Judpot (USA) – Where Angels Walk, by Saumarez (GB)

Age: 2; Starts: 5; Wins: 2; Placings: 1; Earnings: R125 975 Sire COUNT DUBOIS. Sire of 18 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 – SCHISM Wolf Power LR, COUNTS ROCKET Galileo LR, KINEMATIC COUNTESS National Emblem G3, ROMAN WALL Fort Wood LR, FAIRYINTHEWOODS Al Mufti LR 1st Dam: MILLA’S ROCKET (IRE). 2 wins in Great Britain. Dam of 2 winners: 2009: AND COUNTING (f Count Dubois): Winner in South Africa 2010: COUNTS ROCKET (c Count Dubois): Sold for R200 000 at CPYS2, 2 wins in South Africa, Winter Juvenile S LR 2nd Dam: TENABLE (GB). Unraced Dam of 3 winners: ARMOUR-SWIFT FALCON: 2 wins in Great Britain and Hong Kong MILLA’S ROCKET. See Above TAGANSKY: Winner in Great Britain Broodmare sire GALILEO sire of dams of 18 stakes winners – LA COLLINA Strategic Prince G1, HARD DREAM Oasis Dream G2, SAAMIDD Street Cry G2, VENUS DE MILO Duke Of Marmalade G3, LEITIR MOR Holy Roman Emperor G3, LEA First Samurai G3, ALEXANDER POPE Danehill Dancer G3, ARCETRI PINK Rock of Gibraltar G3, CHOPIN Santiago G3, REHN’S NEST Authorized G3, SMASHING Holy Roman Emperor LR, BOMAR Sir Percy LR, GATERIE Dubai Destination LR, COUNTS ROCKET LR, GUINNEVERE Duke of Marmalade LR, SOLEMN Bernardini LR, SINGLE SPICE Not A Single Doubt LR, EAGLE ISLAND Fastnet Rock LR Zafonic Count Dubois Madame Dubois Galileo Milla’s Rocket Tenable

Gone West Zaizafon Legend Of France Shadywood Sadler’s Wells Urban Sea Polish Precedent Bonash

Winter Oaks, LR, 3f, Kenilworth, 29 June 1 Schism f Count Dubois – Wild Wolverine (SNL), by Wolf Power 2 Showdown 3 Maximum Jet Age: 3; Starts: 9; Wins: 3; Placings: 3; Earnings: R179 875 Sire COUNT DUBOIS. Sire of 18 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 – SCHISM Wolf Power LR, COUNTS ROCKET Galileo LR, KINEMATIC COUNTESS National Emblem G3, ROMAN WALL Fort Wood LR, FAIRYINTHEWOODS Al Mufti LR 1st Dam: WILD WOLVERINE (SNL) by

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Along Came Polly

Jeppe’s Reef

Wolf Power: 5 wins in South Africa, George Azzie Memorial Hcp LR, 2nd Turffontein S G2, 3rd Henry Eatwell Memorial Hcp G3 Dam of 7 winners: 2001: BRIGHT FUTURE (g Rakeen): 3 wins in South Africa 2002: LUPINE LEGEND (g Count Dubois): Winner in South Africa 2003: AL LUPO (c Al Mufti): 2 wins in South Africa 2004: GONE WILD (f Western Winter): 6 wins in South Africa, Ladies Mile LR 2006: SILVERINE (f Silvano): Winner in South Africa 2007: OCCHI DU LUPO (g Dupont): 5 wins in South Africa 2009: SCHISM (f Count Dubois): 3 wins in South Africa, Winter Oaks LR 2nd Dam: NORTHERN PINE (USA): Unraced Dam of 8 winners: WILD WOLVERINE: See Above Scent of Pine: 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd Winter Oaks LR Northern Tribe: 7 wins in South Africa, 3rd Byerley Turk Plate G3 NORWAY PINE: 3 wins in South Africa, dam of Red Pine LR Broodmare sire WOLF POWER sire of the dams of 41 stakes winners – WISE DAN Wiseman’s Ferry G1, SUCCESSFUL DAN Successul Appeal G2, MILWAUKEE BREW Wild Again G1, SAILORS SUNSET Petionville G3, STAY SOUND Red Ransom G3, LENDELL RAY Regal Exception G3, LADY LINNEY Linney Head G3, HURRAHY Rahy G3, SON OF ROCKET El Prado LR, SECRET LAND Secret Savings LR, VALID MESSAGE Valid Expectations LR, ROJIZO Goldwater LR, CHERYLVILLE SLEW Evansville Slew LR, G P’S BLACK KNIGHT Tiger Ridge LR, GONE WILD Western Winter LR, SCHISM Count Dubois LR, MAYOR MARV Distorted Humor LR, SILK BRAVO Cozzene LR, MERLONI Level Sands LR, PRIDEOF FAPPIANO Jamiano LR, POWER SURGE Holzmeister LR,FAGEDABOUTIT SAL Yarrow Brae LR, NERAKS EMAN O’Brannigan LR, B’S WILD RUSH Wild Rush LR, VICARINO Vicar LR, POWERFULLY Intimidator LR, BEAR NO JOKE It’s No Joke LR, GOLD FOR THE QUEEN Gold Token LR, SAILOR’S SISTER Petionville LR, WHY OH WHY Crafty Friend LR Zafonic Count Dubois Madame Dubois Wolf Power Wild Wolverine Northern Pine

Gone West Zaizafon Legend Of France Shadywood Flirting Around Pandora Far North Mountain Sunshine

Betting World Derby, G2, 3yos, Clairwood Park, 23 June, 2400m 1 Silvano’s Jet g Silvano (GER) – State Coach, by Jet Master 2 Hot Ticket g Silvano (GER) – Hot Ticket, by Sportsworld (USA) 3 Abercrombie c Trippi (USA) – Stratos, by Jet Master Age: 3; Starts: 14; Wins: 3; Placings:7; Earnings: R505 385 Sire: SILVANO. Sire of 42 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 HEAVY METAL Baroon G1, DO YOU REMEMBER Casey Tibbs G1, VERCINGETORIX National Assembly G1, HAPPY VALENTINE National Assembly G1, LUCKY SPEED Monsun G1, GIFTED FOR GLORY Badger Land G3, SILVANO’S JET Jet Master G2, CROWN OF GOLD Palace Music LR, SEAL Rambo Dancer G3, ASTRO NEWS Dominion Royale G3, SEDGE Rakeen LR, TELLINA Spectrum G2, MARTIAL EAGLE Jallad G1. 1st Dam: STATE COACH by Jet Master: 5 wins in South Africa, Memorial Mile LR Dam of 1 winner: 2009: SILVANO’S JET (g Silvano): 3 wins in South Africa, Betting World Derby G2, 2nd Champions Cup G1, Winter Juvenile S LR, 3rd Politician S LR 2nd Dam: STATE TREASURE: 4 wins in South Africa, Gosforth Park Fillies Guineas G1 Dam of 7 winners: STATE COACH: See Above Diamond Rock: Winner in South Africa, 3rd SA Oaks G2 Imperial State: 2 wins in South Africa, 2nd Final Fling S G3 AL NIBARI: 3 wins in South Africa, dam of LITTLE MISS MAGIC G1 BUCCELATTI: Winner, dam of BLAZE OF FIRE LR ZEIGLER: Winner, dam of Tick Tock G1 Broodmare sire JET MASTER sire of the dams of 2 stakes winners – SILVANO’S JET Silvano G2 HERE COMES BILLY Muhtafal G3 Lomitas Silvano Spirit Of Eagles Jet Master State Coach State Treasure

Niniski La Colorada Beaus Eagle Big Spirit Rakeen Jet Lightning Free State Imperial Jade

Betting World Oaks, G2, 3yof, Clairwood Park, 23 June, 2400m 1 Dylan’s Promise (AUS) f Dylan Thomas (IRE) – Madonna (AUS), by Rigoletto (AUS) 2 Sky Pirate f Victory Moon – Sky Bells

(USA), by Mi Cielo (USA) 3 Priceless Jewel f Ashaawes (USA) – So Royal (ZIM), by Kahir Almaydan (IRE) Age: 3; Starts: 16; Wins: 6; Placings:3; Earnings: R459 830 Sire DYLAN THOMAS. Sire of 8 stakes winners. In 2013 – NYMPHEA Peintre Celebre G1, DYLAN’S PROMISE Rigoletto G2, PORSENNA Hussonet LR, VALLY JEM Giant’s Causeway LR, TANNERY Sadler’s Wells G2 1st Dam Madonna by Rigoletto. 2 wins in Australia, 2nd Adelaide Guineas G3, 3rd Australasian Oaks G1, South Australian Guineas G1, Spring S, G3 Dam of 4 winners: 2001: MARYANN JONES (f Fasliyev): Winner in Australia dam of Our Miss Jones G1 2003: PRIME DELIGHT (g Montjeu): 3 wins in Australia 2006: PAVAROTTI (g Encosta de Lag): Winner in Australia 2009: DYLAN’S PROMISE (f Dylan Thomas): Sold for R825 000 RTRS, 6 wins in South Africa, Betting World Oaks G2, Devon Air S LR 2nd Dam DARKADINA. Unraced. Dam of 6 winners: Maamur: 6 wins in Australia, 3rd Gosford Guineas LR DESCHAMPS: 4 wins in Australia Broodmare sire RIGOLETTO sire of dams of winners – DYLAN’S PROMISE G2, MUSTARD Vettori G3, THE MIKADO Danehill Dancer LR Danehill Dylan Thomas Lagrion Rigoletto Madonna Darkadina

Danzig Razyana Diesis Wrap It Up Bletchingly Verdi Nonoalco Arkadina

PE Gold Cup, LR, Fairview, 21 June, 3600m 1 Crown Of Gold 4 g Silvano (GER) – Palace Bride (AUS), by Palace Music (USA) 2 Key Castle 9 g Qui Danzig (USA) – Bluffit, by Dancing Champ (USA) 3 Drill Sargeant 4 g Dynasty - Star Of Arcole, by Foveros (GB) Age: 4; Starts: 20; Wins: 4; Placings: 9 Earnings: R332 410 Sire: SILVANO. Sire of 42 stakes winners. In 2012-2013 HEAVY METAL Baroon G1, DO YOU REMEMBER Casey Tibbs G1, VERCINGETORIX National Assembly G1, HAPPY VALENTINE National Assembly G1, LUCKY SPEED Monsun G1, GIFTED FOR GLORY Badger

Land G3, SILVANO’S JET Jet Master G2, CROWN OF GOLD Palace Music LR, SEAL Rambo Dancer G3, ASTRO NEWS Dominion Royale G3, SEDGE Rakeen LR, TELLINA Spectrum G2, MARTIAL EAGLE Jallad G1. 1st Dam: PALACE BRIDE by Palace Music: 3 wins in Australia Dam of 5 winners: 2002: SILVER MIST (g Western Winter): 9 wins in South Africa and Dubai, Al Rashidiya G3, 2nd L’Ormarin’s Queen’s Plate G1, Winter Derby G3, Winter Classic G3, Winter Guineas G3. 2004: EASTER BONNET (f Parade Leader) Winner in South Africa dam of Letas Bonnet LR 2005: SHADES OF INDIGO (g Indigo Magic): 5 wins in South Africa, Merchants S G2 2008: CROWN OF GOLD (g Silvano): Sold for R225 000 at NYS, 4 wins in South Africa Port Elizabeth Gold Cup LR 2009: Ze Kaiser (c Silvano): 2 wins in South Africa, 2nd Winter Classic G3, Politician S LR 2nd Dam: BRIDESMAID: 4 wins in Britain, Sandy Lane S LR, 3rd Cork And Orrery S G3 Dam of 2 winners: PALACE BRIDE: See Above SWIFT BRIDE: 2 wins in Australia Broodmare sire PALACE MUSIC sire of dams of 56 stakes winners – SILVER MIST Western Winter G3, SHADES OF INDIGO Indigo Magic G2, CROWN OF GOLD Silvano LR, RAILINGS Zabeel G1, SOUND ACTION Vettori G1, CHOICE BRO Choisir G1, INSOUCIANT Keeper G1, LORDS RANSOM Jeune G2, FALKIRK Tale Of The Cat G2, PEMBLETON Marauding G2, MULAN PRINCESS Kaapstad G2, HEY PRONTO Faltaat G2, PALACIO DE CRISTAL Encosta De Lago G2, PRINCE OF WAR Royal Academy G2, BARBARICUS Lion Hunter G2, FANTASIA Canny Lad G2, PERANA Rock Of Gibraltar G2, BELMONTE Singspiel G3, RED COLOSSUS Testa Rossa G3, FIFTH OVERTURE Pulpit G3, POMPEII Just Awesome G3, NEDIYM’S GLOW General Nediym G3, LE DESTINA Waajib G3, OUR DASHING DANE Ladoni G3, COPPER MOUNTAIN Jetball G3, HURRICANE QUEEN Hurricane Sky G3, EXCHEQUER Marauding G3, MARTINIFORUS Fuji Kiseki G3, APPALACHIAN TRAIL Indian Ridge LR Lomitas Silvano Spirit Of Eagles Palace Music Palace Bride Bridesmaid

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