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Met Winner Is Home – With A Baby

In quarantine until she foals down

Globetrotting 2016 J&B Met winner Smart Call has settled back at her Mauritzfontein birthplace accompanied by her Kingman foal.

“She spent a month in quarantine in the UK, another month isolated in Gauteng after flying in, and got here last Tuesday” commented Steven Jell on Monday.

2016 Gr1 Paddock Stakes winner Smart Call (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

2016 Gr1 Paddock Stakes winner Smart Call (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

“We had to get permits for the truck from Joburg during the current lockdown, but everything went smoothly. Her Kingman foal is a filly named Call To Glory, and she is believed to currently be back in foal with a Kingman colt, but that must still be verified.

“She’s pretty chilled and has obviously been here before so has settled well. But she has to be kept in our quarantine station until she has foaled down as per government regulations.

“That’s only going to be in August, but she wont be alone as she has her travelling companion Banbery with her.

“Banbery has arrived with an Oasis Dream foal at foot, and is believed to be in foal to Sea The Moon, a son of Sea The Stars.

Mauritzfontein is a working farm, and remains active.

“Life carries on here. Obviously we are very careful about personal contact, and far stricter than normal about human traffic in and out. But farm life in Kimberley is isolated anyway, so we are in a better position than most” he says in conclusion.

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14 comments on “Met Winner Is Home – With A Baby

  1. Michael Jacobs says:

    It is great that Smart Call is back in SA, and that her filly will race here. But it brings me to a question, has it been worthwhile sending our best horses overseas over the past few years, and what have they actually achieved?

    Obviously the AHS restrictions have hampered our horses a great deal over the past few years, and the overseas quarantine periods have messed up their racing careers. But horses such as Siren’s Call, Last Winter, Marinaresco, Act of War, Elusive Gold to name a few, what have they actually achieved in their overseas exploits, and was it worrh it for the owners? The owners incurred exorbitant costs and truth be told, did those horses achieve their owners’ dreams? Maybe those horses would have been better off racing in SA, thrilling the public and bringing punters back to the racecourses to watch top class horses.

    I’m sure the trainers spurred the owners on to race overseas (it didn’t cost the trainers anything!), whereas the owner could have watched their horse race in SA and win the top races. For less money of course, but surely the thrill and prestige of winning our big races would have more than made up for a wild goose chase overseas!

  2. Nicolin Naidoo says:

    Okay i have a question for the experts, i see a few of our horses in foal to overseas stallions, do all our mares travel over to the respective countries of these stallions or is itartificial insemination?

    I’m not even sure if Artificial insemination is done with thoroughbred horses but just curious

    I’m not talking about Smart call, other mares

  3. Rod Mattheyse says:

    Sirens call and Act of War – overseas ?

    Act of War is a stallion having sired his first winners already

    Sirens call went to Duke and then to Trippi

    1. Editor says:

      The Sirens Call reference was a typo by Michael Jacobs – he meant Smart Call, Rod – we rectified it in opening line when comment arrived.
      He has been racing forever.

      But Act Of War – he got that wrong 🙁
      Michael?

  4. Michael Jacobs says:

    Siren’s Call was a typo, and Act of War is an error, thanks for pointing out these errors Mr Mstheyse.

    The point I’m making is that with the current AHS restrictions, the arduous route our good horses have to take to race overseas is foolhardy and inconsiderste on the wellbeing of the horse. Another reason why racing was dying in SA is the lack of topclass horses in the country. Now that AHS restrictions have curtailed overseas exports, we have exciting racing again with the likes of Rainbow Bridge, Do It Again, One World, Vardy, Hawwaam and others racing in our big events.

    Maybe if these horses continue to race in SA we will start seeing punters on the course again to see these superstars in action.

  5. Cameron James says:

    Argonaut was surely one of the best horses around that never raced as a 3 year old, when he was exported to Australia.

    He had an elastic like stride and was touted for greatness. Unfortunately he injured himself and never raced in Australia.

    What i find difficult to beleive is why he was never given a proper oppurtunity at stud when one of Australia’s leading stud farms imported him to eventually breed with him. His book of mares he got was not good enough in my opinion. Wondering what has become if this horse.

    I hope either Mark Khan or Geoff Woodruff can tell me what they thought of this horse. He destoyed them in the 2 year old feature at Claitwood over a mile.

    1. Editor says:

      Argonaut was Equus Champion 2yo of 2007 (and runner up for Horse Of The Year!), and the highest rated 2yo in the history of racing in SA.

      After winning his maiden, he won the Gr1 Golden Horseshoe by 2,50 lengths and the Gr1 Premier’s Champion Stakes by 5 lengths.

      He ran second in his only other Gr1 start at 2.

      He raced only four times, before being exported to Australia, where he was injured and never raced.

      He returned to stand at Cheveley Stud

  6. Cameron James says:

    Exactly Ed. The Western Winter/Del Saarto cross worked. I think that broodmare Aquarsarto produced multiple stakes winners.

    I researched Argonaut and am disappointed to see he’s no longer an active sire. One of the publications i read through says there was this Australian trainer Lee Freedman who was desperate to get him across to Australia.

    “Campbell said “Lee Freedman was very aggressive” in wanting to train Argonaut.”

    He’s not just a great trainer… he does his homework and he was quite adamant that he had to train this horse.

    Campbell added: “The comment that sticks in my mind the most was made when I was showing Lee the footage of Argonaut’s two year old performances last season. He looked at me and said that it was a long time since he had seen a horse with an action like that.”

    I remember, i used to keep checking on this horse’s upcoming races in Oz, but it just never happened.

    His only defeat was in the Gold Medallion over a trip way too sharp for him but even then he was unlucky, he flew up for 2nd. The horse that beat him went onto win i think the Computaform Grade 1. Pity….

  7. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Morning CJ, always enjoy reading your views and comments. Time to pick a topic and write an article …

    The best cross so far surely ? 😅
    Twice Over (GB) / Sweet Virginia (SAF)

    Have a Good Day all. Stay home, read SP articles 👍

  8. Cameron James says:

    Morning Governor Pienaar for the state of Albert Falls….ill give you that oppurtunity as your commander in chief (Trump the SA version), however ill chose the topic for you.

    Like many of us on this platform, we love the horses, so my request to you would be the following:

    1. What would Cecil Pienaar do differently if he was the head of the NHA for a month?

    2. How would you increase stakes into SA horseracing?

    3. Last but not least, would you have certain Mr Milkovitch and Frankie Zackie in your cabinet Governor?

    Would make for an interesting article.

    Yes you are right, stay home and be safe…to save another life ! Take care.

    PS. In these last 2 weeks ive been through the preliminary field of the VDJ , dont write off DIA. Massive runner….just needs to show an inkling of form prior to our showpiece event.

  9. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Morning CJ, LoL, good one ….

    Nice topic, yes those 2 would be on our team, Brendon ( where is this guy ), Pieta, Pops, Rian, Steve and Karel ( I miss the friendly banter ), yourself, Brian and maybe an Advocate !

    Let’s hope all is well before VDJ👍

    PS – The old girl made up a new DIY list for me, so I look fwd to your article 😅

  10. Kenneth Fisher says:

    As far as I know Argonaut is/was here in Zimbabwe !
    But as breeding industry almost non-existent he may
    have moved on !

  11. Brendon says:

    @Cecil,

    It’s par for the course to have multiple hats in the Horseracing industry. So, in addition to CJ appointing you to head the NHA on a one-month long-term contract, you get my vote to also Chair the post-COVID-19 version of Phumelela – probably the most important role to unify the industry!

    Sadly, owners are waking up to the reality that they are the only “Taxpayers” in the Horseracing industry that are burdened with the devastation of the legacy of the Phuma-years (maybe, Dawid will give SP his narrative on this era). If owners have not realised that they need to lobby for the industry to have its own version of “Nersa” then stakes cuts would remain the punishment for the industry at large with owners unduly and disproportionately footing the bill for the structural deficiencies and incompetence’s in the industry. Transparency in the stakes discussion and formula is going to be key to building a sustainable industry.

    I sincerely hope that the powers that be step up and step in sooner rather than later to deliver a rescue package and turnaround plant. Phumelela is not a standalone business but an industry and one should not underestimated the skills and resources required to rebuild an industry from ground zero. My personal view is that rebuilding the industry from ground zero would result in an industry and a product that resembles Ngong and Borrowdale.

  12. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Morning Brendon, really nice to hear from you.

    To the point as always, accurate and very true

    Have a Good Day. 👍

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