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Around Rathmor Stud - Winter 2012


Heavy snow arrived at Rathmor Stud last week, shortly before the arrival of our first foals for the breeding season ahead. Our first foal due will be out of the mare Dark Eyed Beauty, a five-time winner, who is due to foal to Ravishing this season.

Bezrin will be covering his first book of mares since returning to KZN from the Cape, while Strategic News will be expecting his second crop of foals this season.

Our white foal Gran Blanco, born in September last year, has grown into a strapping colt and as of 1 August, is now officially a yearling. His dam Perakeen will foal down to Miesque's Approval this season and she will be returning to Kahal for the next year, although we believe Gran Blanco is a special rarity and doubt this colouring would recur again but that will remain to be seen.

Our KZN Breeders' Award winning broodmare of the year, Gypsy Queen, is due to foal to Kahal this season - making the foal just about a three-quarter sibling to Gypsy's Warning and closely related to Tales Of Bravery. Gypsy Queen has been booked to Silvano this year after she foals and has a lovely large yearling filly by Fort Wood at Rathmor.

Bradley McHardy's Pre-training facility has grown and he now has approximately 40 quality colts and fillies on the farm for pre-training, with approximately 20 backed and working lightly. We have only had positive reports about our first colts and fillies who have gone to the trainers and we have very good riders who very gentle and patient with the horses.

The current horses in pre-training include Cousin Anne, a full-sister to Uncle Tommy, two colts by Trippi, a filly by Fort Wood, grey colt Moon Flight by Captain Al, a half-brother to Wishful Heart and full-brother to Extra Zing (by Carpocrates) who won her debut by 5 lengths at the Vaal, as well as colts by Black Minnaloushe, Greys Inn and Right Approach, Kahal and Stronghold.

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    Gran Blanco. Image: Candiese Marnewick        

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