THE SUMMER CUP

2015

THE 2014 SANSUI SUMMER CUP WILL BE RUN AT TURFFONTEIN RACECOURSE ON SATURDAY 28 NOVEMBER. For more information, click here, or call 011-681-1702.


1-2 for trainer Geoff Woodruff as Louis The King gets up in the final strides to beat Killua Castle in the 2014 Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup. The four-year-old Black Minnaloushe colt is owned by Louis van der Vyver and was bred at The Alchemy Stud.

The Summer Cup, sponsored by Sansui for the first time in 2009, is nearly as old as Johannesburg itself and has a rich and fascinating history.

It was first run in 1887, a year after the dusty mining camp that was to become Johannesburg sprang up on the farm Turffontein following the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand.

No one could have envisaged then that the Summer Cup would become one of South Africa’s most famous racing events. In its heyday the Summer Cup was the highlight of the Johannesburg feature-race season and one of the city’s social events of the year.

In the 1970s changes to the name, conditions and date diminished the race’s glitter and it eventually became the Champion Stakes. In 1999 horseracing and tote betting company Phumelela reintroduced the Summer Cup to the racing calendar in its traditional format.

Many famous horses have won the race down the years and they include Pamphlet (1917), Lenin (1940), Cuff Link (1963), Caradoc (1966) and Home Guard (1970).

One horse who really grabbed the attention of the country was Java, trained by Jack Butler. He pulled off the remarkable feat of a Summer Cup hat-trick, starting in 1956 as a four-year-old before going on to claim the honours again the following two years.

The mighty Elevation was to repeat the exploits of Java almost 20 years later. Trained by the inimitable George Azzie, the chestnut landed his first victory in 1972, when the race was run as the Holiday Inns for the first time. Elevation went on to score again in 1973 before completing a fantastic hat trick under a big weight in 1974.

In more recent times Roland’s Song stands out with consecutive wins in 1990 and 1991 and few racing fans will forget the emphatic manner in which the brilliant Empress Club stamped her authority on the race in 1992.

Top trainer Mike de Kock has won the race a record nine times with six of those victories coming since the race’s reintroduction in 1999 – Delta Form (2000), Ingleside (2001), Wolf Whistle (2003), magnificent grey mare Ilha da Vitoria in 2005 and then Rudra who smashed the opposition in 2008. And De Kock nearly did it again in 2009, when his charge Meet At Malamala was a close third. Then in 2010 he saddled Flirtation to win the race. De Kock's first three winners were Evening Mist (1989 when the race was run as the Administrator's Champion Stakes), Record Edge (1997, the Skeaping Champion Stakes) and Golden Hoard in 1998 (Champion Stakes).

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SUMMER CUP HONOURS ROLL
SUMMER CUP
1999                    
SUMMER CUP TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE - EL PICHA (ARG) 5 58.0 Woodruff GV Hill R Messrs Brian B Roux, TM Millard & A Swersky DRUM STAR -
2000                    
SUMMER CUP TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE - DELTA FORM (AUS) 4 51.5 De Kock MF Figueroa G Mr & Mrs MA Airey, Messrs WI Geary, OV Leibrandt, RJ Simpson & BB Sinclair INGLESIDE YOUNG RAKE
2001                    
SUMMER CUP TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE - INGLESIDE 7 58.0 De Kock MF Shea K Mr B Kantor BADGER'S COAST YOUNG RAKE
2002                    
SUMMER CUP
TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE  EVENTUAIL  58.00  Woodruff G V  Strydom P  Mr & Mrs L Jaffee  WOLF WHISTLE  FANTASTIC HORSE 
2003                    
GOMMAGOMMA SUMMER CUP
TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE  WOLF WHISTLE  58.00  De Kock M F  Shea K  Messrs M P Egan, H R Enderle, W W Fenner, P K Harris & P M Sargent  YARD-ARM  AMPHITHEATRE 
2004                    
GOMMAGOMMA SUMMER CUP
TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE  TYSON  54.0 Pettigrew S T  Strydom P  Messrs M K Naidoo & R Pancham  GANG RELATED  ILHA DA VITORIA 
2005                    
GOMMAGOMMA SUMMER CUP
TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE  ILHA DA VITORIA  56.0 De Kock M F  Marwing W  Mrs M Slack  BLUESKY COUNTY  CUP OF GRACE 
2006                    
STEINHOFF INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CUP
TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE  MALTEME  51.0 Laird A G  Smith B  Messrs M C Gerber, G L Blank, G C Chamberlain, D I Caterall, M A Currie, P G Joubert & J Gerber  LIKEITHOT  LION TAMER 
2007                    
STEINHOFF INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CUP
TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE  STRATEGIC NEWS  54.0 Cunha D  Schofield G  Messrs G Snyman, J J Snyman, L Steyn, M G Gramanie, D L Cunha & L L Cunha  NATURAL SELECTION  OUR GIANT 
2008                    
STEINHOFF INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CUP
TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE  RUDRA  56.5 De Kock M F  Shea K  Messrs Tony Moodley, P Bayvel, M F de Kock, M C Gerber & F Ladeira  SMART BANKER  SENOR VERSACE 
2009                    
SANSUI SUMMER CUP
TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE  ASLAN  52.5 Tarry S G  Coetzee F  Mrs L M Leisher & Brooklyn Bullet Trust (Nom: Mr A J Joseph)  MAGICAL  MEET AT MALAMALA 
2010                    
SANSUI SUMMER CUP
TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE  FLIRTATION  54.0 De Kock M F  Simons R  Mrs B A Livanos & Mr C Livanos  MOTHER RUSSIA  RUDI ROCKS 
2011                    
THE SANSUI SUMMER CUP (PROUDLY HOSTED BY GAUTENG)  TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE  DANCEWITHTHEDEVIL  58.0 Gray S J  Lerena G  Mr St John D Gray  ILSANPIETRO  RUDRA 
2012                    
SANSUI SUMMER CUP PROUDLY HOSTED BY GAUTENG  TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE  WAGNER  52.5 Soma J A  Khumalo S  Mrs I Jooste & Mr M J Jooste  SHOGUNNAR  ILSANPIETRO 
2013                    
SANSUI SUMMER CUP HOSTED BY GAUTENG  TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE  YORKER  55.0 Woodruff G V  Marcus A  Messrs B Kantor, M J Jooste & F E J Lewis & Mrs I Jooste  MASTER SABINA  TELLINA 
2014                    
GAUTENG SANSUI SUMMER CUP TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE 1 LOUIS THE KING 4 59.0 Woodruff G V Strydom P Mr L J van der Vyver KILLUA CASTLE JUDICIAL

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