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Summerhill Yearlings On Offer

The Summerhill Stud’s online dispersal sale will see the famed stud disperse not only of its impressive band of broodmares but also disperse with 50 yearlings.

The yearlings on offer, who include some fillies with potentially considerable paddock value, are sired by Act Of War, Brave Tin Soldier, Capetown Noir, Duke Of Marmalade, Noble Tune, Oratorio, Visionaire, and Willow Magic respectively.

Thoroughbred South African News picked out ten select lots which look potentially exciting buys:

Visionaire x Mumtazah filly
This filly shares her G1 King’s Bishop Stakes-winning sire Visionaire (South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire of 2014-2015) with such high-class fillies as Takingthepeace, Heaps Of Fun and Royal Pleasure to name a few.

She is out of the Galileo mare Mumtazah, whose full-sister Nojoom is the dam of G2 Ipi Tombe Challenge winner Intergalactic. This filly, whose first three dams were sired by Galileo, Tale Of The Cat, and Sir Tristram respectively, is from the same family as Kentucky Derby winner Go For Gin and US champion, and high-class sire, Pleasant Tap.

Act Of War x Checcetti filly
The Dynasty sired Cape Guineas winner Act Of War has made a very promising start to his stud career with two of his first six runners winning in fine style. He has another smart looking individual here in this filly, whose dam, Checcetti, was a top-class racehorse.

A daughter of the high-class sire Kahal (already damsire of G1 winner Chimichuri Run and millionaire Fort Ember as well as Australian G3 winner Crown Witness), Checcetti won five times with her wins headed by a triumph in the G2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes and G3 Jacaranda Handicap.

Visionaire x Oochee Agent colt
This colt, another by the Grand Slam sired G1 winner Visionaire, is a half-brother to a pair of winners. He is out of G3 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Oochee Agent, a daughter of former champion sprinter Cataloochee. Herself a half-sister to Lady’s Pendant runner up Hot Girl, Oochee Agent hails from the same family as G2 winner Soviet Rising.

Act Of War x Radiant Lass filly
The talented Act Of War (below), one of the very best sons of four times Equus Outstanding Stallion Dynasty, won 8 of just 12 starts, with his six graded wins including a score in the G1 Cape Guineas (a race won previously by such champion sires as Captain Al and Jet Master).

Currently one of South Africa’s leading first-crop sires, Act Of War is one of four stakes horses produced by the stakes-placed Si Senorita – South Africa’s Broodmare Of The Year in 2014-2015. Act Of War is represented here by a half-sister to 4 winners (who between them won 18 times), including G2 Merchants winner The Thinker. This is also the same female line as champion, and G1 Cape Fillies winner Just Sensual (sired, like Act Of War, by Dynasty).

Act Of War x Sunday Seventh filly
The classic winning Act Of War has another really bred filly on offer in the form of the unnamed filly out of Sunday Seventh. The latter, a winning daughter of G1 Gold Medallion winner Seventh Rock, is a half-sister to no fewer than four stakes winners (three graded stakes winners) headed by globetrotting Equus Champion, and now successful sire, Jay Peg. The latter earned more than R30 000 000 during a career that saw Jay Peg triumph in both the 2008 G1 Dubai Duty Free and 2008 G1 Singapore Airlines International Cup.

Jay Peg and Sunday Seventh also number the graded stakes winners Cyber Case and Barrack Street (like Act Of War, sired by Dynasty) as half-brothers.

Oratorio x Dancing Royale colt
Danehill’s triple G1 winning son Oratorio has had a fine season in South Africa this season thus far, with his notable current flagbearers headed by G2 New Turf Carriers Western Cape Stayers winner Snapscan, G2 New Turf Carriers Merchants hero Mardi Gras and exported Racing Association Stakes winner, and G1 Cape Guineas runner up, Viva Rio. He is represented here by a colt (closely inbred to Danehill with a further strain of Danzig close up who is out of a winning Danehill Dancer half-sister to G2 Post Merchants winner Super Profit. This colt’s dam Dancing Royale is herself out of 16-time winner, and G1 CF Orr Stakes runner up, Asian Incline.

Duke Of Marmalade x Dancer’s Delight filly
Cartier Champion and five-time G1 winner, Duke Of Marmalade (below) is no stranger to siring high-class fillies. His top female athletes overseas include such classic winning fillies as Simple Verse, Sound Of Freedom and Star Of Seville, while in South Africa, Duke Of Marmalade is the sire of such graded stakes-winning fillies Nastergal, Santa Clara, Seville Orange and True To Life.

A half-brother to Investec Derby winner Ruler Of The World, Duke Of Marmalade is also the sire of a filly out of 3-time winning mare Dancer’s Delight. The latter, already the dam of 4 winners from as many runners, is a full-sister to G1 GommaGomma Challenge winner Pick Six and a half-sister to Syringa Handicap runner up Saucy Savannah.

Duke Of Marmalade x Pick Of The Field colt
The brilliant Duke Of Marmalade, who reeled off five G1 wins in a row in 2008, is a proven high-class sire, whose progeny includes more than 70 stakes horses. A Cartier Champion son of Danehill from the family of A. P. Indy and Lemon Drop Kid, Duke Of Marmalade runners have earned over $39 000 000 with his best sons including the charismatic G1 winner Big Orange, Deutsches Derby hero Nutan and Melbourne Cup runner up Marmelo.

He is represented here by a colt out of a Kahal sired full-sister to Saucy Savannah and half-sister to Pick Six, and this colt’s grand-dam is a half-sister to G2 Thekwini Fillies Stakes winner Bridal Paths.

Willow Magic x Shoot The Booze colt
Darley’s great stallion Dubawi, sire of more than 40 G1 winners, is the sire of well-performed young sire Willow Magic. The latter, who earned over R1.6 million, was one of the best horses of his generation in South Africa at both two and three, with Willow Magic downing subsequent G1 Mercury Sprint winner Red Ray to win the G1 SA Nursery at two, before training on well to win the G2 Dingaans the following season. Willow Magic, whose first crop are now two, is represented here by a colt out of the speedy Shoot The Booze, whose five wins up to 1200m included the Listed Swallow Stakes. From the same family as champions Jay Peg and Kochka, Shoot The Booze is also the dam of G3 Winter Classic runner up Air Combat.

Capetown Noir x Winter Dimension colt
The Western Winter sired champion, and triple G1 winner, Capetown Noir has several well-related yearlings on offer in the Summerhill Stud dispersal sale. One such lot is the colt out of the three-time winning Exclusive Patriot mare Winter Dimension. The latter is a proven producer whose four winners are headed by Ready To Run Cup-winning millionaire Winter Star.

Herself a half-sister to 2 multiple winners, Winter Dimension hails from the same female line as French Derby winner, and hugely influential sire, Ajax.