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Bezrin Arrives At Rathmor Stud

Bezrin(USA) arrived at Rathmor Stud yesterday after standing last season in the Cape.

Michael McHardy of Rathmor says "Bezrin arrived today and he seems to have settled in well and enjoying his new surroundings, I look forward to a good season ahead."

He will be managed by Manny Testa of Midlands Thoroughbreds. Bezrin, the only son of Danzig standing in KZN out of Darling Flame by Capote, had another winner recently named Two Tone Rocka. She won her race at Clairwood on Sunday.

Filly Bushwacker has been nominated for the Grade 3 Jacaranda Handicap over 1800m to be run 31 March. Bezrin has already produced amongst many others Eastern Cape Racing-Horse-Of-The-Year and 12-time winner Celtic Fire, as well as Eastern Cape Champion Stayer Thunderflash, Tetelestai and Kenyan Champion Two-Year Old Lazrin.

Bezrin was a three time winner, including the Prix Montretout (L) in France and he placed four times (including two Listed races and two Grade 3) having only being unplaced (fifth) once from nine starts.

His dam, Darling Flame (by Capote out of My Darling One by Exclusive Native), was a two time winner in the UK including second in the Gr 3 Cherry Hinton Stakes at 2. She is the dam of five runners and five winners, including black-type winning filly Flamelet, who has produced Listed winner and Grade 3 placed Seeking Solace.

Craig Ramsay, who imported Bezrin to this country and initially stood him at his Golden Acres Stud Farm in Mooi River, before Craig emigrated to New Zealand, tells us a bit more about Bezrin: "His second dam, My Darling One, was one of the best of her generation in the USA, winning five of her eight starts including the Gr 1 Fantasy Stakes - the three she never won, but placed in, were the Gr 1 Kentucky Oaks, Las Virgenes Stakes and the Honeymoon Handicap.

"My Darling One was a bright chestnut with an abundance of white on her legs and a patch on her body, and although Bezrin is as similar to Northern Dancer in type, colour and size as possible, his progeny can be as similar to him as they are to his maternal grandmother with many inheriting her distinctive colour characteristics - either way they descend from champion stock. He produces sound horses who train on and get better as the years pass. Bezrin was KZN's leading sire last year and is currently leading a log again. After each season at stud featuring prominently on all sires lists, it makes him one of the very few proven options to breeders in KZN, an almost guaranteed source of success and extremely good value.

"You will see that on the Leading Sires by AEPR he is currently KZN's third leading sire but on the Leading Sires by 3 year old's he is fifth in the country (active sires) and KZN's Leading Sire. Last year Bezrin ended the season as KZN's Leading Sire on the Leading Sires by AEPR and eleventh in South Africa.

Craig continues: "Last season he produced the top earner for the following KZN breeders: Bush Hill Stud - Tetelestai: R374 058, Hadlow - Celtic Fire: R464 125, AC Riddle - Two Tone Rocka: R161 125, Midlands Thoroughbreds - Filly Bushwacker: R178 250, and All Risks Stud - Floating Feather: R152 575. One stallion, for five individual breeders! Bezrin also produced last year's Champion 2 year old in Kenya called Lazrin.


"Qui Danzig was the last son of Danzig to stand at Rathmor (ex-Kingswood) and he produced the Equus Champion Key of Destiny before being sold to the Cape."

The dam-line is filled with bold-black type winners and includes Sires Heart Lake, 6-time winner in the UK and Japan (including the Gr 3 Concorde Stakes), Marshua's Dancer, Bashkirov and Shamikh.

To date he has had 88 runners with 43 winners including four stakes winners and two stakes placed. He will be the only Listed stakes winning Group placed son of Danzig ever to stand in KZN - judging by his progeny's performances and his statistics above, he will be actively sought out by breeders.


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