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Thursday
Aug022012

CURTAIN COMES DOWN ON SA HORSERACING SEASON 2011-2012

Happy Archer, Anton Marcus and Sean Tarry

Happy Archer - Gold Bracelet (Gr2) - Jockey Anton Marcus and Trainer Sean Tarry
(Photo : Gold Circle)

"And that's a wrap as they say in the movies!"

As the curtain comes down on the 2011/2012 South African Horseracing Season, it has certainly been an exciting finish and right down to the wire for the Jockeys' Championship.

Congratulations to Anton Marcus whose two winners at Kenilworth Tuesday just allowed him to beat young rider Gavin Lerena by one point to secure the National Jockey's Championship for the third successive year. Gavin has been champion apprentice in the past and there is no doubt that he will be back to challenge the older, more experienced Anton Marcus in the future. He only just missed out this time and he had a setback when he was laid off for some time with a broken tibia!

Vuma-powered trainer Sean Tarry has had a phenomenal season to finish second on the Trainers log, behind champion trainer Mike de Kock. Our Congratulations to all the connections of both yards! In every instance the trainers are backed up by a superb team and it is to them that most of the credit is due!

Sean and owner Chris van Niekerk completed the season with a treble on Saturday, with The Hangman winning the Grade 1 Premiers Champion Stakes, Happy Archer winning the Grade 2 Gold Bracelet and Heavy Metal winning the Listed Darley Arabian. A great end to a super season!

The Champion Breeders title has also been hard fought again this year, with some very close moments. However, Vuma founders, Summerhill Stud, managed to pull away from nearest rivals, Klawervlei Stud, to secure their eighth consecutive National Breeders title; this is a record for any stud farm to maintain. It is surely testament to the questioning and challenging mindset at Summerhill that continually reviews their methods and explores ways of doing this differently. Having started out following "modern" farming and feeding methods, one of the turning points for Summerhill was adopting natural bio-farming on their pastures and manufacturing a superior, nutrient dense concentrate in the form of Vuma Horse Feed.

The pundits will tell you that this has resulted in a better horse for the sales ring and the stats will tell you that these horses, on average, run more often and for longer.

Vodacom Durban July runner-up, Smanjemanje, is a case in point. One of only three five-year-olds in the race, this was his 40th run for stakes of over R1.5 Million and he was only beaten half a length by the three-year-old Pomodoro.

So, if you are looking for longevity and staying power, we say start as you mean to go on - with the best!

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Monday
Jul202009

Emphatic Mercury Sprint victory for Our Giant

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Please click above to enlarge Our Giant's winning photos
(Photos : Gold Circle)

Our Giant - Our Hero

 

We are always thrilled when our Vuma-fed horses do well and we took special pride watching a gutsy little horse race past the rest of the field in the Mercury Sprint yesterday.

Just 15 days ago the Charles Laird-trained Our Giant was contesting the Vodacom Durban July over 2200m and yesterday, over a distance of 1200m, the classy five-year-old demolished the Gr1 Mercury Sprint field, taking victory by a convincing 4.25 lengths.

Tab Online reports that Our Giant, who was the best weighted runner in the field, sat a couple of lengths off pacemaker Fort Beluga on the inside. Once Anton Marcus asked the gelding for an effort, the 11-time winner just lengthened his stride to win in a canter. Sharks Bay, who had to battle for a way through, kept on to claim second spot, with Extinct another 1.75-lengths back in third.

“We always thought he was in with a shout,” said Anton Marcus after the race. “He was coming back from a 2200m so I didn’t want to pressurise him so I didn’t push him early.”

Anton Marcus revealed that he has always had a soft spot for the son of Giant’s Causeway. “I’m very excited. Winning with this horse is one of the highlights of my season. He’s very special to us. Everybody involved must take credit, especially the head groom.”

Prior to the Mercury Sprint, Charles Laird had said that Our Giant’s mission would probably be the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate over 1600m at Kenilworth in January, a race in which he finished second to Pocket Power earlier this year. “It is very difficult to find a race for him as he always keeps bumping into Pocket Power and he has shown he can’t beat Pocket Power who has beaten him three times. He’s won his only 1200m run and he’s a top horse. But he is going to have a long, long holiday and his mission after that will probably be the Queen’s Plate,’’ said Charles Laird.

Our Giant’s emphatic victory in the Gr1 Mercury Sprint has pushed his earnings past the R3.1-million mark and his race record reflects 12 wins and 12 places from 29 starts.

Once again when the call went out, Vuma was there! Congratulations to all the winning connections and to the second placed, Dennis Drier-trained Sharks Bay. We are proud to feed your Champions.

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