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Opening Of Breeding Season

New kid on the block for 2018, Rabada. Image: Summerhill Stud
New kid on the block for 2018, Rabada. Image: Summerhill Stud

Its the 1 September and breeders will begin frantic few months ahead covering their mares from today for the 2019 foaling season.

Its a busy time of year for the farms, while foaling down mares began at the beginning of August (and depending when the mare was covered the previous year), the pressure is on to get the mares back into foal for the following year. Approximately 600 mares will foal down in KZN this season and we welcome new stallions to the KZN Breeding ranks for 2018, including twice Gr1 winning Rabada, and relocated Mambo In Seattle will be standing his first season in the province.

Other young sires whose first foals are now yearlings as of this past August, include Flying The Flag (Bush Hill Stud), Act Of War and Willow Magic (both at Summerhill Stud).  Stallions expecting their first foals this season include Lance (Summerhill), Jayyed (Roy Moodley Stud Farm) and Diesel Jet (The Fort Stud), all sons of the late great Jet Master.

Stallions who have relocated within the province include Crusade and Eightfold Path from Scott Bros who are winding down their breeding operation, and Golden Sword has relocated to Yellow Star Stud. Crusade stands alongside Gr1 producer Mambo In Seattle at Peter and Jenny Blyth’s Clifton Stud, whilst Eightfold Path has moved to Bruce Le Roux’s Spring Valley Stud, to stand alongside Just As Well.


A handsome son of Jet Master and a half-brother to Gr1 Summer Cup winner, Liege and to Stakes Winner Lockheed Star. He is a 2-time winner over 1160-1400m and won the Secretariat Stakes (Listed).  He descends from a family that has done exceptionally well for Summerhill – that of Uncle Tommy, Rebel King, Rebel Queen and Maine Chance resident Gr2 winning mare, King’s Temptress.

Act Of War

This Gr1 winning son of Dynasty’s first foals are yearlings. A handsome stallion with great size and quality and six Graded Stakes race wins behind his name, his dam was voted Broodmare Of The Year. Definitely a sire to watch for the future!


Bearing a complete Summerhill pedigree from breeders who have won the National title 10 times, (9 consecutively), this very handsome son of Brave Tin Soldier is very easy on the eye. A half-brother to Black Type River Tyne (now a broodmare at Piemonte) and to the talented grey Glider Pilot, Rabada won the the Gr1 Premiers Champions Stakes and Gr1 Daily News 2000. The five-time winner stands his first season at stud and is a very exciting future prospect.

Flying The Flag

This Group winning son of Galileo sports a royal pedigree and equates to his very handsome looks. Throwing foals with plenty of substance and quality in bucketfuls, he is a full brother to three-time Gr1 winner Rhododendron and Gr2 winner Magical. Out of a Pivotal mare, its a proven Group 1 producing cross. His three parts sister to the great Gr1 winner Photo Call.

Willow Magic

This powerful Gr1 winning chestnut son of super sire Dubawi is the first of his sire to stand at stud in South Africa, and he has stamped his progeny in his powerful frame, chestnut coats and white socks. A winner of the Gr1 SA Nursery and Gr2 Dingaans and 2nd in the Gr1 Gold Medallion – if its speed you are looking for, this is your man.


A very handsome son of Jet Master, who ran second to Harry’s Son in the Gr1 Premiers Champion Stakes and Gr3 Graham Beck Stakes. He is beautifully bred, out of a Mr Prospector / Blushing Groom mare and won twice over 1200m.

Diesel Jet

A 5-time winning son of Jet Master standing at Jill Fox’s The Fort Stud, his first foals are due this season. He is Stakes Placed, and is a half-brother to Gr3 winner Amur Affair. This is the damline of It’s My Turn, Final Judgement and Fair Maiden.

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