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Got back from another wonderful road trip with the boys on Saturday – this is our 10th renewal. We didn’t have a party in town this year because there just wasn’t enough time. Mano and Michael made photo books of our previous trips – what a brilliant keepsake. Thanks for the wonderful memories and thanks to Bernard Kantor once again for his incredible generosity. I am getting a tad too old to be driving that valuable cargo in a 15 seater bus. My professional driving permit expires in 2018 and then we will review. From the discussions we had on tour this time, next year promises to be the best. We build the anticipation from one year to the next and don’t make the decision until close to the time so it's a surprise. Such a brilliant thing to look forward to. This time we swam in the cold sea and hiked around the Robberg and went for long walks on the beach. Mano spoiled us with an incredible prawn braai in a magnificent rambling house on the beach and Gary Player joined us for dinner. Very much the entertainer, Gary had the boys riveted with the story of his recent hole-in-one, his second on that particular hole and his 31st hole-in-one at The Masters in April. Always great to see him. What a remarkable 81 year old – he makes some of my 40 year old friends look decidedly unfit and old. Very happy, great time, lucky friends.

In this edition:

  • Visit to Klawervlei

  • Captain Al's lucky number is 16

  • Trippi's 66th stakes winner - Jet Master Stakes

  • Dynasty's Bela-Bela – brilliant prep last Saturday

  • December racing highlights

  • Eight length juvenile winner for Phil

  • Another 1-2 for Captain Al in graded feature

  • Dynasty's 10th Gr1 winner

  • Cape Premier Sale

  • Captain Al's Search Party

  • Impressive win for Legislate brother

  • Export market

  • International Thoroughbred Breeders' Conference

  • Stats
 
 

VISIT TO KLAWERVLEI

We ended the trip this year with a visit to Klawervlei to see our pals and the stallions. Anyone that has been entertained by the indomitable John Koster will sympathise with how we all felt on Saturday morning. Poor Count Dubois had a close shave with a serious gut-infection. All credit to John and his team for looking after him so well. I watched as Bernard had a private chat to his beloved stallion with a lump in my throat. Just writing this brings a tear to my eye. If you love horses as much as we do you will understand. Bernard, who was directly responsible for us being able to import dual champion Twice Over, glowed as we looked at him on parade. He has taken his season so well that it doesn’t even look like he had a season at all. The old maestro Cappie looks amazing for his age. What a star! The horse that changed so many lives still reigns and proved it again in the Guineas on Saturday – his 16th Gr1 winner (40th Gr1 horse) what a horse. The Grand Parade Guineas winner William Longsword is a magnificent specimen and a wonderful tribute to his great sire and Captain Al’s third winner over the weekend. Great feat by Klawervlei as they also bred that lovely Dynasty filly Just Sensual who won the Gr1 Fillies Guineas two weeks ago.

 
 

CAPE GUINEAS – CAPTAIN AL'S LUCKY NUMBER IS 16

The figure 16 was a very lucky number for Captain Al on Saturday. William Longsword became his 16th Gr1 winner, there were 16 runners in the race over 1600m, it's been 16 years since Captain Al won the race himself and they crossed the line at 16h00 – I suppose it had to be an omen that the race date missed 16th by a day. The Sporting Post headlines say it all: “Sixteen long years spanned trainer Vaughan Marshall’s patient pause between Gr1 Cape Guineas’ drinks. But the astute Milnerton conditioner kept things in the family with Captain Al’s son William Longsword emulating his highly vaunted sire’s 2000 feat in overcoming a wide draw to score in the prestigious classic”.

MJ Byleveld did a great job getting his mount to win from draw 13. This Gr1 victory may be as significant in SA as any of Markus Jooste’s Mayfair Speculators other Gr1 successes as they look to have another successor to the great Captain Al. It is also appropriate that the horse is trained by none other than Captain Al’s conditioner himself. William Longsword, named after the second ruler of Normandy, gave an impressive galloping lesson to a very smart looking field, including Trippi’s Selangor winner Gold Standard who was bidding for his fourth win in a row and the much vaunted, beautifully bred Australian colt, Table Bay.

William Longsword was sold by Klawervlei for R2,2m at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1. He is out of the once winning Fort Wood mare, Pagan Princess, dam of Gr1 winning Real Princess. He has now won 5 races with 1 place from 7 starts for R817,500.

I should also mention, whilst writing about Captain Al, that his former stable mate, Jay Peg is enjoying a great run at the moment. He added two more winners last weekend to his fast burgeoning tally. Six winners in the past two weeks bring his total for the first quarter of this season to 21 with a 25% win strike which puts him right up there with the likes of Var (19.1%), Ideal World (23.8%), Judpot (23.5%) etc.

 
 

TRIPPI - JET MASTER STAKES

Having won this listed feature with Heartland (a son of Dynasty) last year Justin Snaith’s celebration of a well-deserved double was interrupted when an objection was announced. Jockey Grant van Niekerk on Horizon (the R5.2m Premier Sale topping son of Dynasty) lodged an objection against Anthony Andrews on the Snaith-trained Fifty Cents (Trippi). Sporting Post reports: “Just how seven jockeys managed to stir up so many incidents over 400m is puzzling – but at least the Stipes got this one right, in our book”

In the view of some that I spoke to at the races last Saturday, Van Niekerk probably caused his own trouble. Finding his path blocked in the finish and with a length to make up, he shifted his mount in sharply almost taking out Captain’s Flame on his inside. He didn’t stop riding but it was too late for Horizon to catch up with Fifty Cents.

Fifty Cents is a 4yo gelded son of Trippi out of the Rambo Dancer mare, Prestine Performer.

A R900,000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 graduate, he has won 4 races with 8 places from 12 starts for stakes of R289,750.

Sporting Post reports: “Horizon’s performance as a 3yo was full of merit and he should not be long in atoning”.

 
 

DYNASTY'S BELA-BELA WINS AGAIN

“What a filly”- Varsfontein’s Dynasty filly Bela-Bela told her supporters in the 4th at Kenilworth on Saturday that she is one to watch in the features this season. Her odds shortened this morning from 14/1 to 12/1 to make her joint-third favourite in the Sun Met. Saturday marked her seasonal debut over 1400m, a distance far short of her best, and the win was impressive. Though she proved that she has enough speed to win over 1000m sprint in her first start and then won again over 1400m next time out, her Cape Fillies Guineas flop was best ignored. She clearly enjoyed the step up to 1800m in the Paddock Stakes before moving to Durban.

Betting World has shortened Trippi’s Guineas runner-up Gold Standard from 28-1 to 20-1. Marinaresco remains at the head of the market unchanged at 17-10 with Legal Eagle clear 2nd favourite at 22-10.

 
 

DECEMBER RACING HIGHLIGHTS

The first two weeks of December are always hell in our office. If you have done any building recently you will know how stressful that can be. Dealing with printers has very similar challenges. Delay in delivery make all of your best planning irrelevant. Once they get to us, our first two priorities are to get the SA Turf Directory and the Stallion Calendars packed and in the mail. Then we have to concentrate on designing new note pads and our Stallion Book for 2017 so that we have material to support the stallions we manage at the Premier Sale. This flurry of activity, complicated by delays in delivery cut across our other promo activities and I don’t get a chance to write anything. Its time to catch up. I am not going to try and remember all of the detail. Happily Sarah Whitelaw does a great service for our industry in reporting for Cape Breeders so I will use her reports to bring you up-to-date:

 
 

EIGHT LENGTH JUVENILE WINNER FOR PHIL

Cape Breeders reports that: Drakenstein Stud’s exciting young sire Philanthropist received yet another boost to his burgeoning reputation when he was represented by a brilliant, eight length juvenile winner at Turffontein on Thursday”.

Bred by Klawervlei Stud, Philanthropist’s daughter Outlander simply outclassed her four rivals to win as she liked by eight lengths.

Trained by Corne Spies, the filly (who is inbred to the great mare Flower Bowl) was a R250 000 buy from this year’s Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale.

She is one of a number of well related two-year-old representing Philanthropist this year, and the latter looks on course for another big year with his juveniles.

Philanthropist, whose first local crop has already produced a pair of graded winners, will be represented by his G2 Investec Dingaans winning son Singapore Sling in Saturday’s G1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas.

The big chestnut son of Kris S is also strongly representing in January’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, where Philanthropist has eight lots on offer

Lot 23 –a half brother to a winner, this colt is from famed Best In Show family, responsible for champion sires Redoute’s Choice, Northern Guest and Try My Best, as well as outstanding racehorses El Gran Senor, Rags To Riches and Peeping Fawn

Lot 59 –out of a stakes winning Fusaichi Pegasus mare, this colt is from the family of 2000 Guineas winner Mystiko and legendary SA broodmare Mystic Spring –dam of champions Bela-Bela and Rabiya

Lot 75 –inbred to the great mare Grey Flight, this colt is out of a winning half sister to ten time G3 performer Tiger Territory, third dam is champion Scented Royal

Lot 102 –inbred to Mr Prospector, this colt is a half to 3 winners, including G1 SA Classic second Amsterdam

Lot 138 – this filly is out of a Trippi half sister to G1 winning champion 2yo Carnadore (by a son of Philanthropist’s close relative National Assembly)

Lot 150 –from the famed Lily family, this filly is a half to 4 winners including SP 2yo Cotton Candy

Lot 214 – inbred to Grey Flight, this colt is a half to 3 winners including 6 time stakes winner Penthouse, family of G1 winner Bravura and champions Mother Russia and Winter Solstice

Lot 225 – out of a winning half sister to Horse Of The Year and multiple G1 winner National Colour –who was sired by Philanthropist’s close relative National Assembly

 
 

ANOTHER 1-2 FOR CAPTAIN AL IN GRADED FEATURE

Cape Breeders report: Klawervlei Stud’s outstanding sire Captain Al, whose sons Search Party and Captain Alfredo recently ran 1-3 in the G2 World Sports Betting Cape Merchants, again dominated another major Cape feature when his daughters Jo’s Bond and Carry On Alice filled the first two spots in Saturday’s G2 CTS Southern Cross Stakes at Kenilworth.

(Both Jo’s Bond and Carry On Alice are bred by Klawervlei, as were the Southern Cross fourth and fifth place finishers Beach Goddess and Real Princess respectively).

Jo’s Bond, who was winning for the seventh time in 16 outings, was a R325 000 buy at the 2014 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

She is the 75th stakes winner for Captain Al, South Africa’s Champion Sire in 2014-2015, and champion sire of 2yos for the past eight seasons in a row.

Captain Al has been enjoying another fantastic season thus far, with his runners having picked up such features as the G2 World Sports Betting Cape Merchants, G2 CTS Southern Cross Stakes, G3 Matchem Stakes, G3 Diana Stakes and G3 Rio Casino’s 10th Birthday Bash Promotion Graham Beck Stakes.

The former Cape Guineas winner (whose son William Longsword is a runner in Saturday’s G1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas) has 22 lots on offer at January’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, including a colt out of multiple G1 winner Ebony Flyer (41), a son of Dubawi’s G1 winning daughter Happy Archer (Lot 41), a half brother to millionaire Whiteline Fever (Lot 84), a colt out of Red Ray’s G1 winning own sister Nania (Lot 137), and a colt out of G3 Acacia Handicap heroine Orator’s Daughter (Lot 142).

 
 

DYNASTY'S 10TH GR1 WINNER

Klawervlei bred the winners of both the Gr1 colts and Gr1 fillies Guineas this year. I think that may well be the first time any breeder in SA has taken both of those prestigious prizes in the same season and I am almost 100% sure that the winning combination of owner and breeder in the same season is unique. I read in the Sporting Post that Joey Ramsden said that the Klawervlei-bred daughter of Dynasty that he trained for Markus Jooste to win the Guineas is 'very smart' and a filly ‘who walks like a leopard’, Joey Ramsden said Just Sensual had impressed from day one. Cape Breeders report: Highlands Farm’s outstanding sire Dynasty made it back to back 3yo filly feature wins when his blue blooded daughter Just Sensual won Saturday’s G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas at Kenilworth.

(Another daughter of Dynasty, Lady Of The House, finished fifth in the Fillies Guineas – suggesting she maybe yet another top Dynasty filly).

There is an interesting story behind this filly’s family. Laurie and Jean Jaffee bought her great-great-grandam (4th dam) Entre Nous from Alex Robertson for R6,000 in partnership with Tommy and Veronica Foulkes’ Normandy Stud. They bred In Camera (Just Sensual’s 3rd dam) and they raced her in partnership to win, amongst other races, the Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas. Laurie bought a daughter of Dancing Champ out of In Camera from the partnership at the National Yearling Sales – Isadora Duncan (Just Sensual’s 2nd dam) won 3 races for Laurie and Jean and they sent her to board at Highlands where they bred Consensual (1st dam of Just Sensual). Consensual was the result of a mating that I decided on for Laurie but sadly he died before she was crowned Equus Champion Two Year Old and then Jean died and I sold her, on behalf of Laurie and Jean’s Estate to Bernard Kantor who put her into Klawervlei and they sent her to Dynasty to breed this lovely filly. I used to look after Laurie and Jean’s racing and breeding interests and tried hard to bring back the good looks that somehow got lost between In Camera and Isadora Duncan. Laurie only wanted her to be mated every year to Jallad or London News, neither of whom would add any quality. Despite some of them being really very plain, he loved the family and and he kept all of the daughters. Silver Stream in particular was quite talented, though bordering on ugly, she also had a very bad temperament.

I managed to convince Laurie and Jean to let me explore other mating options including Rakeen which resulted in the Gr2 winning filly Dance Along, and to Goldkeeper which resulted in Gr1 winner Give Me Five dam of My Funny Valentine and to Camden Park which resulted in the champion 2yo Consensual who produced this Gr1 Guineas winner. He did a nom-swop with Ken Truter to Camden Park for a London News and wanted one of his other mares to go there, Mike Sharkey and I persuaded him to let us make the decision and the result is happily very much alive today. Klawervlei have a Captain Al yearling half sister to Just Sensual which John Koster says will be consigned to their farm sale and Consensual is in foal the their new stallion Coup de Grace.

I have done some research on the whereabouts of other branches of the family. In Camera is the grandam of Tatler who was sold to USA after she became SA Champion 2yo of her year. Andreas Jacobs of Maine Chance Farm bought her in USA and sent her to Germany in foal to Danzig’s fast multiple Gr1 winning son Langfuhr the result of which came to Maine Chance in South Africa in the form of Taomina. Rumour has it that Sean Tarry has a filly from the same family that can run so I guess we will hear lots more about this family in future.

It’s great to see these wonderful old families come back to their best. This is the family the great Sun Lass family that Allan Robertson made so famous.

Cape Breeders report: “Just Sensual continued the great run of form enjoyed by Dynasty daughters of late –with that sire’s daughter Smiling Blue Eyes having landed the G3 Fillies Mile at Turffontein just seven days earlier. Bred by Klawervlei Stud, Just Sensual (who cost owners Mayfair Speculators R2 000 000 at last year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale) has now won three of just four outings and she looks to be one of the leaders of her generation.

Remarkably, Just Sensual is the fourth daughter of Dynasty to land a Fillies Guineas, with his daughters Beach Beauty, Alexis and Bela-Bela all having won the G2 KZN equivalent. Both Beach Beauty and Bela-Bela went on to win Equus Awards, and Just Sensual may well follow in their footsteps.

Dynasty also has some top-class 3yo colts representing him this season, including the G1 Cape Guineas entries Craven and Horizon, and the former Horse Of The Year looks on course for yet another big year!

Fort Wood’s champion son has another superb draft on offer at January’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

Dynasty’s 11 strong CPYS draft includes a three parts brother to former July favourite (lot 63), a colt whose A P Indy sired dam is a half sister to recently deceased Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos (Lot 134), a half brother to G1 Cape Guineas winner Solo Traveller (Lot 164), a colt out of G1 Woolavington 2000 heroine Viva Maria (Lot 220), a three parts sister to G1 winning 2yo and sire Potala Palace (Lot 228), and a full brother to former Horse Of The Year, and Drakenstein Stud’s popular young sire, Futura (Lot 181)”.

 
 

CAPE PREMIER SALE

The catalogue for the 2017 sale which is to be held on 21st and 22nd January at the CTICC arrived last week it can be viewed online at: www.capethoroughbredsales.com. A box of catalogues was delivered to our offices so if you don’t have one please pop in and pick up a copy. Wow! A mighty tome! The stallions we represent make up a large portion of the sale: Captain Al with 22 lots has the most, Dynasty has 10, Gimmethegreenlight has 15, Jackson’s first crop is represented by 7 on this sale, 4 from the first crop of Master Of My Fate, Pathfork has 12, Philanthropist has 8, one from the first crop of Potala Palace, Querari has 4, Trippi has 14 and What A Winter has 10.

I haven’t studied the catalogue yet but a cursory glance at the index makes for exciting reading: 4 of the progeny of Frankel. Who would have believed that possible? Apart from Frankel’s four, there are more from the world’s premier stallions: Bernardini 1, Elusive Quality 1, Rock of Gibraltar 10, Scat Daddy 1 and Australian champion 2yo and G1 Golden Slipper winner Pierro (by Lonhro) has a lot on offer.

Cape Breeders report helps with the summary of the top families in the book: “No fewer than 12 Grade One winning mares have offspring on the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, which will also offer siblings to such G1 winners as Afrikaburn, Divine Jury, Elusive Gold, Futura, Noah From Goa, Potala Palace, Russian Sage, Soft Falling Rain, Solo Traveller, Thunder Dance, and Wavin’ Flag”.

 
 

CAPTAIN AL'S SEARCH PARTY

Cape Breeders report: Klawervlei’s outstanding sire Captain Al has been enjoying a real purple patch of late, and the former champion sire was represented by his fifth feature race winner this season when his son Search Party defeated an outstanding field of sprinters to land Saturday’s G2 World Sports Betting Cape Merchants at Kenilworth, with another son of Captain Al, Captain Alfredo, finishing third in the R400 000 feature.

Bred by the Ascot Stud, the Delma Sherrell owned four-year-old made all the running to land the 1200m sprint, under a fine ride by Corne Orffer, and pick up the first graded win of his career in the process. (His trainer Brett Crawford also saddling Captain Al’s outstanding G1 winning son Captain America to finish third in the same day’s G2 World Sports Betting Green Point Stakes.)

Search Party became the 74th stakes winner for his sire, who has headed South Africa’s 2yo sires lists for the past eight seasons running.

Search Party, who has now won two in a row and earned over R480 000, also made history by emulating his own sire’s former success, with Captain Al having won the Merchants back in 2000.

Captain Al, who was represented by four individual winners in South Africa this past weekend, has an exceptional draft on offer at January’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

The champion’s 22 strong string includes yearlings out of such G1 winners as Ebony Flyer, Happy Archer, and Nania, as well as a colt out of multiple graded winner Orator’s Daughter, and a half brother to millionaire and multiple graded winner Whiteline Fever, who is bred on the same lines as Captain Al’s G1 J&B Met winner Hill Fifty Four.

 
 

IMPRESSIVE WIN FOR LEGISLATE BROTHER

Cape Breeders report: Drakenstein Stud’s exciting young sire Legislate received yet another boost to his pedigree following his half brother Greenflashsunset’s impressive win at Kenilworth on Wednesday.

The regally bred colt, who was, like his illustrious half brother, bred by the Cheveley Stud, drew clear to register a facile two and a quarter length win for owners Jack and Nancy Mitchell over 1100m, and this colt looks above average.

Trained, like Legislate, by Justin Snaith, Greenflashsunset was a R700 000 buy from the 2015 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

His dam, the four time winning Champers, has now produced four winners from just five runners to date.

Her progeny have also proved popular in the sales ring, with her Dynasty daughter fetching R700 000 at this year’s National Yearling Sale.

However, Legislate is without question Champers’ principal star to date. The former Horse Of The Year picked up no fewer than four Equus Awards during his career, which saw the handsome bay win seven times and break the course record over 1600m at Kenilworth.

Legislate won six graded races, and, like his great sire Dynasty, won the G1 Investec Cape Derby, G1 Daily News 2000, G2 KRA Guineas, G1 Vodacom Durban July and G2 Lanzerac Le General Green Point Stakes.

(For good measure, he also won the G2 Green Point Stakes, where he smashed the course record).

The versatile champ, who also ran third to champion sprinter Captain Of All in the G1 Mercury Sprint, earned over R5.7 million during his career.

Legislate stood his first season at stud in 2016.

 
 

EXPORT MARKET

Alec Hogg is a long time friend. I thought I should share news he posted recently about our export industry.

Our friends thought us daft when, in late 2009, we acquired a small farm near Mooi River in KZN to start our great thoroughbred breeding adventure. How do you make a small fortune…some reminded me…start with a big fortune and go farming.

But we were actually onto a “sure thing”. Because after decades of isolation, South African horses – which are raised cheap and can run like the wind – would soon be allowed into the export market. The belief was so strong the CEO of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association proclaimed horse exports would be flowing within a year because scientists had found a way to quell fears foreigners had about being exposed to the dreaded African Horse Sickness.

Although there was never anything official, I knew the dream was in trouble when the TBA’s bossman resigned. Our part ended prematurely when copper cable thieves ripped out our lifeline to the world (and my ability to continue broadcasting a live national radio show from the farm). Telkom’s team tried their best. But after being hit three times in 10 days, they understandably threw in the towel.

I’ve watched from the side-lines as my horse breeding friends have battled on. But the wheel is finally turning. News hit my inbox yesterday that the World Organisation for Animal Health is now onside. So, too, AusVet. Prof Ian Sanne of Wits says a billion rand export industry is in prospect, maybe more given the weak Rand. It’s been seven long years for South Africa’s racehorse breeding industry. Here’s hoping, for them and the country, that the biblical seven fat ones are coming.

- Alec Hogg

 
 

INTERNATIONAL THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS CONFERENCE

I am hoping that Alec’s report on our chances of a fair hearing might also gain ground in the minds of the Organization of Animal Health through delegates to the upcoming International Breeders Conference that is to be held in Cape Town next month. Here is a brief overview of the conference and its agenda:

The International Thoroughbred Breeders Federation (ITBF)

The ITBF is the representative body for thoroughbred breeders worldwide and provides a platform for member countries to reflect, solve problems, educate and create opportunities for mutual collaboration and assistance. The ITBF acts as a liaison body with racing and allied institutions and authorities, so that the International Thoroughbred Breeding Industry is represented and given space on worldwide forums.

The 2017 Congress

Of the delegates present at these meetings, most represent their country’s official Breeders’ Association. The Thoroughbred Breeders Association of South Africa will be host to the ITBF 2017.
The Event mix
The congress consists of a combination of meetings, formal presentations, visits to stud farms and opportunities for interaction combined with the glamorous L’Ormarins Queens Plate.
The activities
  • Top class racing at the famous L’Ormarins Queens Plate.Visits to stud farms
  • Social interaction throughout the event
  • Opening and closing functions
  • Full day Veterinary Meeting and Trade Exhibition
  • The ITBF Conference
The speakers
Top class international & local speakers.
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Friday, 6 January 2017 - ITBF Delegation Only
From 14:00 - Check in and drinks on arrival. The Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town
From 19:00 - Opening ceremony (Camps Bay’s The Bungalow)
Saturday, 7 January 2017 - ITBF Delegation Only
From 10:00 - L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing
Sunday, 8 January 2017 - OPEN FORUM SESSION 1 - All pre-registered attendees welcome
From 08:30 - Registration for ITBF Veterinary Representatives (CLOSED SESSION)
From 10:30 - Registration for the OPEN FORUM SESSION 1 at the Table Bay Hotel
From 11:00 - OPEN FORUM SESSION 1
From 12:00 - Accompanying persons tours – ITBF Delegates
Free evening
Monday, 9 January 2017 - OPEN FORUM SESSION 2 - All pre-registered attendees welcome
From 08:00 - Accompanying persons tours depart – ITBF Delegates
From 08:30 - OPEN FORUM SESSION 2 at the Table Bay Hotel
From 15:00 - Stud Farm visit and Dinner (Varsfontein Stud)– ITBF Delegation Only
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 - ITBF Delegation Only
From 09:00 - All Official Country Delegates to attend ITBF Meeting
From 18:30 - Grand Cafe Closing Ceremony Dinner
Wednesday, 11 January 2017- ITBF Delegation Only
From 10:00 - All ITBF delegates visit Avontuur and Drakenstein Stud Farms, Light lunch
From 18:30 - Wine tasting and Canapes in Winelands
 
 

STATS

As usual we have updated sire stats for you from NHRA. Eighteen weeks into the new season Captain Al has taken the lead of both the General Log and the 3yo Log. Gimmethegreenlight remains at the head of affairs on the 2nd crop sires log (this official stat excludes his two BSA Million winners). Sporting Post stats also have Captain Al in the lead of both logs with significantly higher stakes (courtesy of the restricted race results).

I have included the top 12 of the All Ages log to bring Querari and Jay Peg into the picture. Querari is the leading sire at 18th December by AEPR (R64,018). Captain Al’s 43.2% all age winners and 58.7% 3yo winners is a remarkable statistic. Once again Captain Al leads not only by stakes but also by AEPR (on the all age log), number of winners (joint with Silvano), % winners/runners, number of stakes winners and % of stakes winners. And the repeats these successes in the 3yo log expect that he shares the lead with Dynasty on the 3yo log by number of stakes winners and Dynasty leads that log by % stakes winners. Philanthropist shares the lead of the 3yo log with Captain Al and Dynasty by number of 3yo stakes winners. Pathfork and Querari are just out of the top 10 on the 3yo log but their % wins puts them right up with the top 5.

 
 
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