I took a keen interest in horse racing, growing
up with a family besotted with betting on the
game and I was introduced at an early age to
true Horsepower known as the thoroughbred. As
time progressed I enjoyed being around those who
would share the same feelings for the love of
the racehorse as much as I did. My late brother
in-law Craig Magua who was a jockey had a huge
influence on me when it came to the
thoroughbred; not only did he teach me to ride
but showed me what to look for in a racehorse.
For that knowledge that he imparted I am forever
I soon realized that instead of spending the few
Rand I had on betting on thoroughbreds, I should
save to purchase my own. I bought my first race
horse in 2002, a filly named
She was a well put-together 2 year old filly at
the Ready To Run Sale hosted by the T.B.A. in
Germiston; a concept put together by Summerhill
Stud’s Mick Goss and team. She was Lot 7 in the
T.B.A. catalogue and her sire was
at Summerhill Stud. The 'Sham' part grabbed my
attention and I bid up to R12 000 for her. As
the hammer fell it was an awesome feeling
knowing she was now mine. It did not take too
much effort to convince my uncle Anthony Sham to
partner me in her racing career as we knew she
had the bearing of a racehorse.
had 25 starts. She won her first attempt over
the mile trip (1600m) at the memorable Newmarket
Night Racing track, beating her opposition by 2
lengths. We had a second and another 5 places
with her. She was never disgraced and she met
some of the highveld's
finest fillies and mares; the likes of
Irridescence, who went on to win the Queen
Elizabeth in Hong Kong, Princess Lisa, Sheba,
Frisky Flag, Joshua Rainbow, Inkling, Perakeen, Bed of Roses and
Splitsville who are all multiple stake-winners.
Millennium Chimes as a 5 year old
mare with the hopes of her becoming a broodmare.
I sent her to Summerhill Stud; South Africa’s
top stud and breeding farm for the past few
years. In September 2005 she was covered by a
new stallion to the Summerhill string named
Deep Sleep, who was
recommended by a breeding analyst from England
visiting the stud farm at the time. Soon after
being covered I received news she was in foal.
On the 27th October 2006 she gave
birth to a handsome colt. He is medium sized
with strong shoulders and a nice hind quarter.
He covers lots of ground and most importantly,
"he is correct", in the words of Mick Goss and
team at Summerhill Stud. His name is
Robor et Dignitas,
which is Latin for "Strength and Dignity,"
a proud school motto from Highlands North Boys.
It was suggested then that
would be covered by the new season sire of Summerhill,
then spent another 9 months at
Summerhill in foal to
Robor et Dignitas
was growing well and enjoying a superb
upbringing on S.A.'s top breeding establishment.
Robor et Dignitas
remained at Summerhill, and it was suggested to
me by Mick Goss that he be a candidate for the
Emperor's Palace Ready To
Run Sale on Sunday
2 November 2008.
Robor et Dignitas
has a special presence about him. He is an
was then sent to Boland Stud in Ceres where she
gave birth to another colt
the son of
Eugene Freeman was responsible for bringing
into this world on the 29 of September 2007 and
I must commend him on the sterling job he has
done with all his foals and the passion, pride
and love he shows for them all.
has the look of his very talented father; his
conformation suggests that he will follow in his
father’s footsteps, built to sprint.
It was then recommended by
Mr John Freeman of Freeman Stallions that her
new suitor be
was in foal to
Badger's Drift who
stands at Cheveley Stud, just a few kilometers
away from Boland Stud.
Mr John Freeman recommended the covering through
the interesting links to
Her progress was good: mom did very
well along with the life inside her, giving
birth to a colt
Ultimate Hero on
the 15th September 2008.
After the birth
our eyes were still glistening at his sheer size
and presence. What a magnificent looking foal
the son of
was. And he is now an even more striking yearling.
Freeman's words, "He is a spectacular foal.
is now a yearling and is one of the best looking
horses on the farm."
Soon we got another surprise when
gave birth to our first filly.
Wow! What a moment when Eugene Freeman called to
say, "It’s a filly and an eye catching one indeed".
is her reserved name and we have
been told by Eugene that she too is a very fine
looking specimen. She is big, sound, strong,
correct and this athletic daughter of
is sure to burn up the turf someday
after all the care and attention all the horses
receive at Boland Stud in Ceres, Cape Town under
the watchful eye of Eugene Freeman.
is set to be covered by what
can only be described as a dream come true for
me as a small time breeder/owner and
thoroughbred fanatic by the one and only
Horse Chestnut. Just knowing that
makes me feel warm all over.
Updates and progress reports will soon follow.