Entries in Bloodstock South Africa (5)



Stud Farm in Autumn
The seasons are changing...
(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)

Warming up for Winter!

With a sudden gust and very little warning we seem to be well into autumn and heading for winter!

The days have been considerably cooler and all our horse blankets have been hastily taken out of their mothballs!

With winter almost upon us, now is also the time to reassess your feeding programme and make sure that you have stocked up on hay and Lucerne for the winter as, within another 6 weeks, pasture grazing will be greatly reduced as the first frosts hit us.

Bear in mind that horses use energy to keep warm, so if they sleep out, they will require more feed, preferably in the form of good quality roughage to maintain their body-weight.

Moving from chills to thrills, the Nissan Easter Festival is on at the Kyalami Equestrian Park and we wish all our Vuma clients a great weekend's competition.

The end of the month sees the Midfeeds-sponsored show at Maple Ridge and Vuma will be there too, to support our competitors.

Over the same weekend, from the 27th - 29th of April, the Bloodstock South Africa National Yearling Sales will be held at the TBA Sales Complex in Germiston. Most of the horses will start arriving around the 19th to settle in and will be ready for viewing. The catalogue is made up of some very nice individuals, so is well worth some close inspection.

Saturday the 28th of April sees the culmination of the Highveld Autumn season with the running of the SA Derby and SA Oaks on Champion's Day at Turffontein racecourse. This is always a great day out with some very exciting racing, including the President's Champions Challenge, the Computaform Sprint and the Gold Bowl.

So although winter is on the way, April holds a lot in store for us to keep the chills at bay!



Emperors Palace National Yearling SaleEmperors Palace National Yearling Sale
TBA Sales Complex, Germiston, South Africa
(Photo : Catherine Hartley)

15 - 17 April 2011

It's all action at the TBA Sales Complex in Germiston, as the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale gets underway today at 1pm. The sale continues through Saturday evening, with the final 225 lots being sold on Sunday 17th April from 10am.

Vuma Champion Breeders, Summerhill Stud, are in full force with a strong draft of good looking horses all grown and raised on the nutrient dense Vuma products.

Viewing around all the studs seems to have been steady and everyone is hoping to find the next champion among them.

We wish all our Vuma clients a very successful sale - we love to feed your Champions!

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For more information contact :
Catherine Hartley : 083 640 1155
Email: catherine@vumafeed.co.za



Pocket Power

Pocket Power
(Photo : Tracy Robertson / Mike Bass Racing)


Saturday's J&B Met saw the farewell parade for South Africa's favourite horse, Pocket Power! The 8-year-old gelding was officially retired to go and relax in Constantia after running 8th in the J&B Met. An emotional day for all his connections, particularly the Mike Bass stable, the son of Jet Master will long be remembered for his three Horse of the Year titles, incredible four Queen's Plate victories, three Met wins, as well as the dead-heat win in the 2008 Vodacom Durban July. The Vuma team wishes "Pocket" well.

The winner of the J&B Met was another son of Jet Master, Past Master, trained by Darryl Hodgson and owned by Hassan Adams - what a great and well deserved feat! This was Jet Master's fifth consecutive win in the J&B Met as a sire.

And in case anyone thought that Jet Master had not done enough for one weekend, he was also the leading sire at the inaugural Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

The sale kicked off last Thursday evening with a poignant video showing snippets of all our International, South African-bred winners to over 2000 people at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. From London News and Victory Moon to Gypsey's Warning and JJ the Jet Plane, they showcased the Proudly South African brand, while Mango Groove's Claire Johnston opened proceedings with her song "Special Star" and the South African anthem. Officially opening the sale before the first lot was sold was Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille.

As reported on the Bloodstock South Africa website: "The Cape Premier Yearling Sale ended on a high note Friday night. The inaugural two day sale sold 214 of the 270 yearlings that went through the ring (20 yearlings were withdrawn). The yearlings sold for an aggregate of R87,900,000.
The average price was R410,748, which was remarkable considering it was the first sale of it's kind.

Leading buyer was Form Bloodstock. They purchased 16 yearlings for an aggregate of R8,970,000. Second leading buyer was Singapore based trainer Pat Shaw. Shaw bought five yearlings for an aggregate of R7,250,000. Leading sire at the sale was Jet Master. The four times champion sire sold 21 yearlings for an aggregate of R15,585,000. Jet Master was also leading sire by average, with his yearlings averaging R742,143. Other stallions to sell well were Captain Al, Trippi, Silvano and Western Winter.

A great culmination of the Cape Summer season – Congratulations to all concerned from the Choice of Champions!



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Charles Laird viewing the Summerhill yearlings at Block A
(Photo : Summerhill Stud/TBA/Jean Stanley)


The title of a Classic book but the feeling that the Vuma and Summerhill teams have as the National Yearling Sales get underway.

The Summerhill draft of yearlings has settled in to the TBA complex at Germiston and are strutting their stuff as they get viewed by prospective buyers.

These  are proud and anxious moments for us knowing that they are on the brink of their racing careers and willing them to be successful in every way.

Apart from their impeccable handling and rearing, from a Vuma perspective we know that they have had the best foundations possible. The nutrient dense Vuma Vigour will have ensured that from conception to weaning they have received the best nutrients from their mothers and once weaned, they have had the best possible foundations for optimal growth and development.

The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and the Summerhill draft is exceptional.

It’s an exciting weekend ahead as the sales start at 6pm on Friday evening and then SA Derby Day takes centre stage on Saturday. Among the contenders for the main race are graduates of the Summerhill paddocks, sold at the Ready to Run sales, including Pierre Jourdan, Smanjemanje and Nyakatho and you can be assured that we will be there to see them lead the field home!


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Summerhill Ready To Run draft outride
(Photo : Leigh Willson)


Summerhill Stud report that they are always flattered by the number of people who visit their website on a daily basis, never more so than in the weeks leading to the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale. Interest is at an all time high, as people clamber for news of the Gallops. Gratifyingly, the posting of the live show on their website www.summerhill.co.za by Monday p.m., will provide all the answers. 

Following is an extract from an article published on the Summerhill Blog :

"Another source of regular curiosity, is what happens to the horses in the immediate aftermath of the gallops. Being the highly bred animals they are, genetically attuned to running, their first instinct when they’re as well as they are and in the flower of youth, is to get out and run, but it’s our job right now to get them to Germiston in one piece for the sale. Mercifully, of the 110 Summerhill entries, only 6 had very minor muscle twitches, bumps or bruises by the following morning, something of a miracle considering the hot-blooded nature of thoroughbreds, and that this was the “acid test” years ago, we remember with some horror the number of horses suffering with sore shins, a phenomenon commonplace in training yards with two year olds. 

More recently at Summerhill, with the implementation of our bio-friendly farming and nutritional practices, we’ve laid down the quality bone which comfortably accommodates the rigours of racing, and it’s as big a compliment as we can pay to this revolution, that there wasn’t a single one with “shins” on Saturday morning. While there are other contributing factors, including genetics and some of our husbandry practices, the biggest factors are the way we farm, and the benefits flowing from our dedicated use of Vuma as our nutritional foundation

For the fortnight after the gallops, the strings go out (about 16 at a time) for a long walk and an easy trot, and for the last time till they retire to stud one day, they’ll know the freedom of the paddocks. It’s some sight to see them when they’re let go with 30 acres in front of them in the mornings, fresh as they are right now, but it’s a touch nerve-wracking when they’re headlong in the direction of the boundary fence at 70km an hour, with few signs of letting up! 

Once they get to the TBA’s magnificent Sales Complex at Germiston (for anyone who’s never been, it’s a world class facility, ranking with the best anywhere), they’re confined to two long walks, morning and afternoon, and they’ll be subjected to an entirely new routine. It’s bedlam in “Block A” once we get there, as there are droves of trainers, agents and owners passing through the complex every day, and there’s an entirely new discipline involved in standing to attention, and marching for inspection. 

But they’re in the hands of some of the best professionals in the world, and it’s a joy to watch our young Zulus parading these horses; they have few equals in the realm of stockmanship."

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