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J J The Jet Plane - Johannesburg Quarantine
J J The Jet Plane - Johannesburg Quarantine
(Photo : Natalie Houdalakis - T&L Racing Stables)

J J The Jet Plane - R12 Million in Worldwide Earnings

Vuma Champion, J J The Jet Plane touched down in Johannesburg last week from Dubai. He is currently in the quarantine facility for the next 5 weeks and we are delighted to have him back on South African soil!

With JJ in quarantine is the new addition to the Summerhill stallion ranks, Bankable, who is a very exciting stallion prospect, following his exceptional career of 8 wins for earnings of more than R22 million.

JJ is a true South African hero, and a real illustration of the exceptional thrills that can be experienced in horse racing.

His exploits here and abroad, in Hong Kong and Dubai, show that four friends with R70,000 to spend and some luck and perseverance can take on the world and win!

JJ was bought at the National Two-Year-Old Sale in 2006 and went on to win over R12 million in races across the globe, including the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (Gr1), the Al Quoz Sprint (Gr2) on Dubai World Cup night as well as the local Computaform Sprint (Gr1), the Mercury Sprint (Gr1) (twice) and Golden Horse Casino Sprint (Gr1) (twice).

Unfortunately his suspensory ligament injury has meant that his international career has been cut short but luckily for us, he has returned home and we are thrilled to have him back in the Vuma fold.

Welcome home JJ!



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JJ The Jet Plane
(Photo : Gold Circle)

...the all thrive on Africa's Finest Horsefeeds.

We may be Africa's Finest Horsefeeds but our effects are far reaching and some of our best ambassadors travel the world to conquer and excel abroad, and many do return for a taste of the good stuff back on home soil.

One of these travellers is Sue Cullen's warmblood stallion, Wenzel R, who is due home in December after his time in quarantine. Sue is adamant that Wenzel will eat nothing but Vuma and we would have to agree that apart from being a magnificent horse he does have great taste. Wenzel will be continuing his dressage career here in South Africa, after a year competing in Europe.

Among our racing champions whose foundations were built on Vuma are Desert Links, Paris Perfect and Imbongi, all whom started life at Summerhill Stud and all who went on to fly the South African flag high in Dubai. While we may tell you that nutrition is key to the foundation of a successful racing career, it is the stats that will tell you that graduates of the Summerhill pastures are hardy and run more often for more stakes. This key differentiator is what has kept Summerhill at the head of the pack on the breeder's log for the past 6 consecutive seasons.

Currently still in the UK is Paul Hart's, Heartbreak Hill, who was prepared in South Africa for his International campaign on Vuma Vitality and who we look forward to feeding again on his return sometime next year. Paul tells us that since the horses had to return from the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, via the UK, they are planning on competing at Badminton which falls over the Easter weekend in 2011.

Vuma Champion, JJ The Jet Plane won both the Golden Horse Casino Sprint and the Mercury Sprint earlier this year and is currently in quarantine near Newmarket, in the UK before he jets off to Hong Kong, where he will run in the in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint on December 12th. In his case he is taking his supply of Vuma Feed with him to ensure a seamless move across the globe and to ensure his best chance of success.

Wherever in the world they may go, our Vuma Champions have one thing in common; they all thrive on Africa's Finest Horsefeeds.

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



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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