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THE SUMMER CUP

CUP IS NEARLY AS OLD AS JOBURG!




History: The Summer Cup is nearly as old as Johannesburg and it's fitting the race is run at a venue that overlooks the city's landmark mine dumps.

These dumps form an integral part of the history of the Summer Cup. Well into the 1880s news about the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand resulted in an influx of people desperately seeking fortune. They came from all walks of life in coaches and ox wagons, as well as on foot and horseback.

Johannesburg was then a bleak region dotted with the occasional marsh, but what those who settled had in common was that they were prepared to gamble their lives on the chance of making a quick fortune.

The first horseracing in Joburg took place in December 1886 and the inaugural Summer Cup was run the following year as the Johannesburg Handicap. The race was won by outsider Haco, a five-year-old trained by Mr Du Plessis and ridden by J Bundy. Second, the 13-8 favourite, finished fourth.

No one could have imagined that from its humble beginning the Summer Cup would become one of SA'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.

But after Cape challenger King's Guard's victory in 1971, the name of the race was changed to accommodate a sponsor. As the years rolled by further changes to the name, conditions and date diminished the event's glitter and it eventually became the Champion Stakes, run in April. In 1999 horseracing and tote betting company Phumelela reintroduced the Summer Cup to the racing calendar in its traditional format and the event is now firmly established as one of the “Big 4” on the country’s racing calendar.

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

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

Elevation was to repeat those exploits 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. He went on to score again in 1973 before completing a fantastic hat-trick under a big weight in 1974.

Trainer Mike de Kock has won the race a record nine times with six of those victories coming since the race's reintroduction.

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

2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAUTENG SANSUI SUMMER CUP

TURFFONTEIN STANDSIDE

1

MASTER SABINA

6

56.5

Woodruff G V

Lerena G

Mr M de Broglio

DEO JUVENTE

FRENCH NAVY


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