A R280 000 purchase from the CTS 2016 Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale, KZN-bred Takingthepeace made dreams come true yesterday at Turffontein for owners Murray Makepeace, M F de Kock & Michael Shea when the Mike De Kock trained flying filly, came from stone last off the turn to accelerate under a phenomenal ride from the young Callan Murry, swooping down to nab the Gr1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic by an incredible head.
Her owners were visibly ecstatic after the race and clearly loving every second of owning a racehorse!
There were concerns that the bay Visionaire may not see out the 1800m but the star filly has put paid to that notion when catching the field off guard to overtake the second placed Green Top from a 14 draw, and has earned R1,425,125 in stakes from nine starts.
Out of broodmare Lisa Anne by Rambo Dancer, Takingthepeace has now won five times including the Gr1 SA Fillies Classic, the Gr2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas, which puts her in a very strong position to take the SA Triple Tiara – which will be a first for a KZN-bred.
Her dam Lisa Anne, by Rambo Dancer, is a 3-time winner including placing in the Gr1 Empress Club Stakes and 2nd in the Gr3 Sycamore Sprint – in total seven Stakes Places in high company. This is the damline of Well Dressed, who produced Joan Ranger and African Appeal.
KZN is home to a mare population of approximately 800 broodmares, significantly less than the broodmare bands to be found in other provinces. From small numbers, big results have been achieved this past season and when one considers that Summerhill and Scott Bros are consistently in the top 10 nationally – with Summerhill crowned Champion national breeders for 10 years and currently second on the National Log – our horses are not be ignored on the racetracks or sales rings.
Look for Summerhill’s Visionaire yearlings at the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale taking place 24 – 26 April, including a Duke Of Marmalade half-brother to Gr1 winner Takingthepeace at the Nationals, as Lot 467.Summerhill have 9 Visionaires on offer including yearlings out of Gr2 winner Fisani, Gr2 winner Checcetti, a filly out of a full sister to the dam of Gr2 winner Intergalactic, as well as a half-sister to Stakes Placed Solar Star.
Congratulations to Summerhill Stud and the winning connections – we have a strong contender for the SA Triple Crown and 2018 KZN Breeders Horse Of The Year!