Entries in Durban July (7)

Saturday
Jul212012

JULY 2012 AND EVERY REASON TO CELEBRATE

Calf Roping at the Calgary Stampede

Calf Roping at the Calgary Stampede
(Photo : Catherine Hartley)

Golden Apple for Sean Tarry
to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!

It's the one that we all want to win! No matter the prize, the Vodacom Durban July holds all the prestige. And when it is your first, the victory is the sweetest.

For Sean Tarry and Chris van Niekerk, the Vodacom Durban July 2012 marks a milestone in both of their training and owning careers.

Vuma is thrilled to have been part of Pomodoro's July win and our congratulations go to Sean, Chris and the team for pulling this one out of the bag!

Some of the Vuma team were sadly not on hand to witness this great show and had to listen to the race from Calgary, Canada while at the centenary of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Calgary Stampede.

Catherine Hartley travelled to Canada as part of the South African Women's Polo Team which took part in a ladies tournament and an SA vs Canada International match thereafter.

The SA team won their international match quite convincingly against the Calgary, Canadian team 6 -1!

The Calgary tournament coincides with the Calgary Stampede and this showcase of Western riding and lifestyle is nothing if not a spectacle.

Calgary, and the influx of visitors, is dressed in Wranglers, boots, Stetsons and big buckled belts for ten full days. The whole city embraces its Western heritage and all proceeds of this amazing event go back to charity.

From early morning breakfasts to late night stampede dinners, ending with fireworks every evening, the city and stampede organizers ensure that there is never a dull moment.

The highlight of the event is the Rodeo!

Apart from bull riding, steer wrestling and calf-roping, the Calgary Stampede Rodeo showcases some of the best horses and riders in the world! From bare-back bucking horses to barrel racers, roping and cutting horses, they are all amazing athletes. The calibre and variety of horse competing in the various events is truly awe-inspiring and the dedication and professionalism with which all the horses are trained and looked after is amazing to see. This is no back-yard operation; this IS the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!

The polo team also had a wonderful opportunity to ride out in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to see some of the two and three-year-old horses bred specifically for the rodeo. This was quite possibly the highlight of the trip and may convert a few polo players to cowboys/girls!

It was a truly memorable and inspiring week on both hemispheres and as they say at the Stampede: "Ya-Hoo for all our great horses!"

For more information, please visit :

www.calgarystampede.com

Monday
Jul092012

VUMA-POWERED POMODORO WINS VODACOM DURBAN JULY THRILLER

VODACOM DURBAN JULY (Grade 1)
Greyville, Turf, 2200m
7 July 2012

Trainer Sean Tarry saddled the winner of South Africa's most famous race on Saturday, when the Vuma-powered Pomodoro ran out a storming winner of the R3 million G1 Vodacom Durban July over 2200m at Greyville. It was a first win in the race for both Sean and leading owner, Chris van Niekerk.

The July victory was the cherry on the top of a magnificent season enjoyed by Sean and Chris, the latter having been one of the Tarry yard's most loyal and stalwart supporters. Saturday's victory was all the more poignant, with Pomodoro being one of three July runners for Chris. The victory was made so much sweeter by the fact, that Pomodoro was also bred by Chris.

Pomodoro also benefitted from a magnificent ride from former champion jockey, Piere "Striker" Strydom. Strydom was winning the July for the third time (he won previously on London News and Trademark), and he made full use of his experience and guile to win a race, in which many fancied contenders went missing.

Pomodoro himself is a horse who clearly thrives on a fight. Having gallantly gotten up previously to share the spoils in the G1 SA Derby with Royal Bencher, the colt showed similar reserves of courage to win South Africa's top race, when outfighting some tough older rivals.

Quickening up well when coming into the home straight, Pomodoro was headed by rank outside Smanjemanje in the final 100m, but fought back bravely to nab the eventual runner up by a short head.

In a tight finish, there was 2.75 lengths separating the first eight home - with Sean's other two July runners, Gold Onyx and Whiteline Fever, running seventh and eighth respectively.

Long well regarded by Sean, Pomodoro was found to be suffering from a shoulder problem following his run in the Daily News 2000. However, the colt thrived after the race, and was spot on coming into the July, but unfortunately drew widest of all, in barrier 20.

The second son of Jet Master to win the July, the three-year-old Pomodoro has secured himself in the lineup for Equus Honours next month. He has won four feature races this year, two of which were G1, and he was also desperately unlucky not to win a fifth - when narrowly touched off in the G1 SA Classic.

Pomodoro, now a six time winner, is also another feather in the cap of his dam Golden Apple - who was also trained by Sean!

Golden Apple, a daughter of champion broodmare sire Northern Guest, was a talented racemare, who won the G2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas. She has also duplicated this success at stud, with her seven registered foals to date having included six winners and four black type performers. Golden Apple's previous high-class performers include the G2 winner Golden Chariot, winner of the Astrapak 1900. Dead-heating seems to run in the family - as not only did Pomodoro dead heat in the SA Derby, but his half-brother, Golden Chariot, shared the spoils in the G2 Astrapak 1900 of 2011. Golden Apple has surely thrown her name into the hat for Equus Broodmare of the Year!

It is remarkable to think that Pomodoro began his career last August, and less than one year on, he has captured a Derby as well as South Africa's greatest and most beloved horserace.

Vuma congratulates owner Chris van Niekerk and the entire Sean Tarry Racing Team... we love to feed your champions.

Extracts from Sean Tarry Racing

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Friday
Jul082011

WHAT A VODACOM DURBAN JULY WEEK - WHAT A WINTER!

Happy Archer wins the Garden Provence Stakes

Happy Archer (AUS) - Garden Provence Stakes (Grade 1)
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Vodacom Durban July
2 July 2011

This past week has seen some incredible highs and some devastating lows. With the Galileo filly, Igugu, winning the Vodacom Durban July and highlighting her dominance of this past racing season, closely followed by Pierre Jourdan, it really puts a feather in the cap of Champion Breeders Summerhill Stud.

Igugu was imported from Australia as a yearling and Pierre Jourdan was born and bred on the farm but both were grown and prepped for the Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale (albeit a year apart) on Vuma Horse Feed.

Summerhill Stud is the original home of Vuma and they will be the first to tell you that the formulation and feeding of Vuma Feeds was the turning point in their campaign to become the nation's leading breeder. Summerhill-bred horses are known to run more often and for for longer due to their exceptional foundations and superior nutrition.

Our congratulations to Summerhill and all the connections of the winning horses, particularly Sean Tarry and Messrs Nathan and Nestadt for Happy Archer's win in the Grade 1 Garden Province Stakes, as well as to Glen Kotzen and the owners of Princess Victoria for her win in the Grade 1 Golden Slipper.

Also, to the Kotzen team and the Deacons, our sincerest condolences on the loss of Big City Life; he was Big in every way and will be sorely missed.

Following July day, the Vuma team attended the Winter School at the Al Maktoum School of Management Excellence and were privileged to hear some leading lights speaking on various topics related to our Equine Industry - fascinating and inspiring!

Not ones to let the grass grow under our feet, we'll certainly be putting their ideas into practise, so watch this space!

Monday
Jun132011

VODACOM DURBAN JULY WINTER FEVER

Click above to watch Vuma-fed Big City Life winning the 2009 Vodacom Durban July
(Footage : Tellytrack)

Vodacom Durban July (Grade 1)
Greyville, Turf, 2200m
2 July 2011

Right now, there is more than a chill in the air and winter's frosty fingers are gripping most parts of the country. Apart from being a fierce reminder that we are in the middle of our South African winter it also the harbinger of Africa's Biggest Horseracing event - the Vodacom Durban July!

Just three weeks away, this year's Right Royal Affair is set to once again, test the country's top horses against each other. Some of the main contenders for the big race include J&B Met winner Past Master, Triple Tiara winning filly, Igugu, as well as the Summerhill-bred Pierre Jordaan.

Bearing in mind that Igugu and Pierre Jordaan both grew up on the strong foundations of Vuma Feed, there will be more than a passing interest in their results.

With things hotting up for the big day, the KZN winter season has got off to a blistering start for some of our current Vuma customers. Trainer Sean Tarry has just saddled the winner of the Lonsdale Stirrup Cup, Vertical Takeoff, who also lines up in the July field while trainer Glen Kotzen who saddled Princess Victoria to win the Allan Robertson Championship, has entered 2009 July winner Big City Life in this year's main event.

At whatever level one participates, July day is set to be an epic event with the who's who lining up on the track and off.

For all our Vuma customers, they know that when it matters most, Vuma is always there and come the first Saturday in July, we will be there in every way - Will you?

Horses are our passion and we love to feed your Champions!

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www.vumafeed.co.za

AFRICA'S FINEST HORSEFEEDS

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

Thursday
Aug122010

VIGOUR, VITALITY, VUMA

vigour, vitality, vuma

Vodacom Durban July Day
2010

Historic production constraints mean we only feed one in ten South African racehorses. Yet,on Vodacom Durban July day, we were there again with two Group One winners and another Group Two winner. At the expense of some flashy numbers the bookmakers thought were home-and-hosed.

As we've always said, when the chips are down and the big questions are being asked, Vuma won't let you down. Just ask the Champion Breeders, who took home the spoils for the sixth consecutive year, the same weekend.

SALUKI (GB) - Schweppes 2200
HAPPY ARCHER (AUS) - Durban Thekwini Stakes
GOLD ONYX (NZ) - Premier's Champion Stakes

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www.vumafeed.co.za

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