Entries in Mike de Kock (11)

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!

vuma horse feed south africa

www.vumafeed.co.za

AFRICA'S FINEST HORSEFEEDS

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

Wednesday
Jul042012

IT'S VODACOM DURBAN JULY TIME!

Vodacom Durban July 2012

Vodacom Durban July
7 July 2012

"Winter Fever – it's contagious!"

With the Vodacom Duban July less than a week away, all eyes turn to Greyville in Durban.

The usual July fever has everyone abuzz and the gallops, while showcasing each horse, gave very little away in terms of who is certain to win on the day.

Vuma-bred stalwart Pierre Jourdan lines up for the Gary Alexander yard, in the main event again, after just being defeated by champion filly Igugu last year, while the Brett Crawford-trained three-year-old Dynasty colt, Jackson, looks to be most people's starting favourite. Of the fillies, the diminutive grey Ilha Bela and strong stayer Gorogonsa line up for the Mike de Kock / Mary Slack Trainer / Owner combination and, as we know, they are always a force to be reckoned with.

Vuma-powered trainer, Sean Tarry, has three runners in Pomodoro, Gold Onyx and Whiteline Fever, all good colts who should be strong contenders on the day.

2003 July winner, Dynasty has two other representatives in the race, apart from Jackson. These include the Colin Scott-trained Sage Throne and the filly Beach Beauty for Dennis Drier.

All 20 runners are great horses and of course the Vuma team does have certain favourites but we will be there to shout them all safely home on the day!

For more information, please visit :

www.vodacomdurbanjuly.co.za

Friday
May042012

JET STREAM TURBULENCE

J J The Jet Plane Horse

JJ The Jet Plane
(Photo : HKJC)

"From Dead Heats to Final Touchdowns"

This past week has been somewhat turbulent as the Highveld Autumn season came to a close with Champions Day at Turffontein and the Emperors Palace Bloodstock SA National Yearling Sale.

The sale ended slightly lower than last year, although mostly positive (and certainly the figures are more realistic since the TBA has taken the bold step of excluding vendor buy-backs in the overall sales figures.)

However, around the sales complex not all vendors were equally happy and the sale was a tough one for many of the smaller breeders. Champion Breeders and Vuma founders, Summerhill Stud ended as the 5th leading vendor with their yearlings selling for an average price of R323,077.

Saturday's Champions Day provided many thrills and a few disappointments. Mary Slack's, Wilgerbosdrift Stud had a phenomenal day, winning 4 of the 9 graded races with some of their exceptional fillies. Apart from their breeding, the performance of all four horses, trained by Mike de Kock, makes them very exciting broodmare prospects for the stud, once their racing careers are over. They will certainly be ones to watch in the future!

The Grade 1 SA Derby proved a nail biter, with Sean Tarry and Chris van Niekerk's Pomodoro just getting up to dead-heat with Alec Laird's Royal Bencher. Pomodoro was also bred by Chris and he is living up to his name and proving himself to be a very golden apple!

Our favourite Champ, JJ The Jet Plane, ran in the Computaform Sprint, after winning it in 2008 and going on to travel the world and back, lighting up the tracks wherever he went. Seemingly, he has shown that at the age of 7, with a merit rating of 122 and earnings of over R12 million, that he has nothing left to prove and would prefer to expend his energy as he chooses. The owners have decided to retire him and he will be living in the rolling green hills of Mooi River with Marc and Nicola Coppez of Balmoral Stud.

To Hennie, Coenie, Thea, Lucky, Natalie and the whole T&L Racing Stables team, it is the end of an unbelievable ride. No Jet Plane ever built could provide the thrills and once in a lifetime experiences that JJ has.

He has been a true champion and the Vuma team salutes you all - we have loved playing a part in his career and he has made us all truly proud!

vuma horse feed south africa

www.vumafeed.co.za

AFRICA'S FINEST HORSEFEEDS

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

Friday
Oct212011

WHAT WOULD ONE GIVE FOR A CRYSTAL BALL?

Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud

Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops at Summerhill Stud
(Photo : Gareth du Plessis)

The Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale
TBA Sales Complex, Gosforth Park, South Africa
6 November 2011

It was a great day out as the annual gallops for the Emperors Palace Ready to Run Sale took place last Friday at Summerhill Stud. 150 two year olds showed their paces to a fairly revered audience, made up of trainers, owners and horse enthusiasts.

The judging panel made up of stalwarts such as Mike de Kock, Michael Roberts, Graeme Hawkins and Dean Kannemeyer had a tough time selecting their best horses on the day but there were one or two definite favourites. What remains to be seen is who will have picked the best horse. Only Joey Ramsden had Horse of the Year, Igugu, in his list last year, so it certainly is no easy task.

From a Vuma perspective, we are always thrilled to see the Summerhill draft, fed and raised as they are on Vuma Vigour 15% and Vuma Upstart 14%. These strong foundations produce true champions and we love to follow their successes on the track!

Click below to read Nico Kritsiotis' commentary on the gallops and to see what the panel selected as their best picks:

crystal ball

READY TO RUN GALLOPS 2011:
THE JUDGES HAVE SPOKEN

Tuesday
Jan252011

THE INAUGURAL CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE

J J The Jet Plane South AFrican Racehorse

J J The Jet Plane - Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (Gr1)
(Photo : Hong Kong Jockey Club)

"Will you be where it's all at?"

The place to be for the next five days is the Mother City!

Cape Town is always full of exciting things to do but never more so than the next five days as the inaugural Cape Premier Yearling Sale gets underway at the International Convention Centre near the Waterfront. Wednesday 26th January is the first viewing day at the sales ground, with the sale itself kicking off on Thursday 27th at 4pm, until 9pm and continuing at the same times the following day.

Saturday sees the 129th running of the R2,5 Million J&B Met Grade 1 which promises to be a cracker, with the stalwart Pocket Power in his swansong appearance, against, among the field, his three stable mates as well as a strong hand from Mike de Kock, including Mother Russia, winner of the recent L'Ormarins Queen's Plate.

This new sale is bound to be very interesting with a strong catalogue, well represented by most of the top Cape Studs and a sprinkling from KZN. With the massive international interest in our SA bred horses, generated by the performances abroad of the likes of J J the Jet Plane, River Jetez, Jay Peg, Imbongi and Zanzamar, we can look forward to more than a few bids from international buyers!

Added to the reputation of our South African horses is the sheer value that they offer when compared to the purchase prices of yearlings bought at sales across the globe. Training costs are also less than elsewhere and no one really needs an excuse to visit our magnificent country!

We wish all of our Vuma clients  well and look forward to their continued successes! The Vuma team will be there in support, proudly South African and proud to feed your Champions!

www.capepremiersale.co.za

 

vuma horsefeed africa

www.vumafeed.co.za

AFRICA'S FINEST HORSEFEEDS

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

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