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Gypsy Madonna Sheds Her Maiden In Dominating Fashion

Gypsy Madonna, a Rathmor-bred half-sister to South African and American Gr 1 winner Gypsy's Warning by Fort Wood, won her race at Kenilworth on Saturday in breathtaking fashion - coming from behind to run on strongly over 1600m and winning convincingly by half a length to second placed Amber Heard. Amora and Sunset Ruler(AUS) finished third and fourth respectively.

Gypsy Madonna sold for R1, 350 000 at the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale and she will be destined for the breeding paddocks of owners' Varsfontein Stud in the future. She is trained by Mike Bass and ridden to victory by Karl Neisius, from seventh draw.

A half-sister to Gr 2 winning Surabi and Gypsy's Warning, Rathmor have retained Gypsy Madonna's yearling full-sister Golden Earings - a lovely big bay filly very much in the stamp of her International winning half-sister. Dam Gypsy Queen has a Kahal weanling colt, and she is currently in foal to champion sire Silvano.

Gypsy's Warning sold in 2011 at the Keeneland November Sale for $1,05 million, and is due to foal to Street Cry this year. A R170 000 National Yearling Sales graduate, she took home two Gr 3's and placed in five Gr 1's, two in the USA.

These include the SA Fillies Classic Grade 1, Thekwini Fillies Stakes Grade 1, and in America under ownership of Team Valor, she has won the Matriarch Stakes Grade 1, Acacia Handicap Grade 3, Eatontown Handicap Grade 3.

She placed seven times - her South African placings including a third in the Golden Slipper Grade 1, the Woolavington 2000 Grade 1, Empress Club Stakes Grade 1, the Ipi Tombe Challenge Grade 2, and the Strelitzia Stakes Grade 3. In America Gypsy's Warning placed in the Beverly D Stakes Grade 1, the Yellow Ribbon Stakes Grade 1, as well as third in the Miss Liberty Listed Stakes.

Gypsy Queen, by 1988 Durban July winner Royal Chalice out of Sara's Warning(GB) by Caveat(GB) is the dam of seven runners and five winners. She is a full-sister to Royal Prophecy and Noble Destiny; both Graded Stakes winners. Her half-sister Emperor's Warning has produced Grade 3 Matchem Stakes winner Tales Of Bravery (by Kahal).

Rathmor Stud won the Equus Breeder Award 2011 For International Achievement for Gypsy's Warning as well as KZN Breeders Broodmare Of The Year with Gypsy Queen.

Gypsy's Warning            Golden Earing as a weanling. Image: Candiese Marnewick

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