|Foals From Midlands Thoroughbreds For 2012
Rodney and Lyn Clarkin have been managing Mandy and Manny Testa’s Midlands Thoroughbreds (ex Burwell Stud) operation in Mooi River since May last year and they have an outstanding crop of foals this year – including stand outs by the likes of Var, Muhtafal, Brave Tin Soldier, Visionaire and Ravishing.
Rodney goes onto say: “Working for Manny and Mandy, they are such passionate people, we hope they have great success with the foals they have bred this year. I think a lot of people are in it for the passion, rather than the prestige. I think Manny is very passionate about his horses and after his last visit, he said this is the best crop of foals he has ever had. The foals that stand out this year are by Var, a new one out of Sheikitupbaby, the Brave Tin Soldier and of course the Muhtafals.”
Glide, by Joshua Dancer out of Go Like A Dream by National Assembly(USA) has produced a big, beautiful son of Ravishing this season.
Glide has produced a winner with Queen Bella (by King Of Kings) who has also placed three times, and Hypnotic (by Kahal) who placed twice from just six starts.
This is the damline of Gr 3 Graham Beck Stakes winner In Her Honour, and Paradies(ARG), the third dam is a Gr 3 winner in the US.
Fourth dam is Pariguana(ARG), a champion Sprinter in Argentina and the USA who had a total of 21 wins including a Gr 1.
Dancing Barbie, by Mistral Dancer out of Katsumi by Bright Future, has produced an outstanding chestnut Visionaire colt this season, very correct with plenty of bone.
Dancing Barbie has produced three winners to date including 5-time winner Detzky’s Darling (by Bezrin). Her half-sister is Tetre Rouge, 8-time winner including two Listed races and placing third twice in the Gr 1 SA Fillies Sprint and the Odessa Stud Fillies Championship Gr.2.
This dam-line includes the likes of Wishful Eye, the In Full Flight Listed Handicap winner and Grade 3 winner Courtly.
Catherinethegreat, by Winter Romance out of Mahanna(AUS) by Bellotto(USA), is herself a winner and placed four times. She has produced an outstanding filly this season by Brave Tin Soldier.
Catherinethegreat is a half-sister to Main Emblem who placed second in the Allan Robertson Fillies Championship Gr.1 and to five-time winner Dual Alliance (by Second Empire).
This is the family of sires’ (and brothers) Gypsy Kingdom(AUS), a winner of the Warwick Stakes Gr.2 as well as two Gr 3’s, including the King George VI Stakes, Gr 1 winner Our Planet(AUS), and another Gr 1 winner with Another Planet(AUS), and includes Gr 2 winner in Australia and France Twirled(AUS).
Bouncer, by Black Minnaloushe out of Follow On by Caesour, has produced a colt by Toreador this year.
Bouncer is unraced and her dam is a full-sister to Gr 2 SA Fillies Classic winner Caughtintheslips. Bouncer is a half-sister to four-time winner Danger Man.
This is also the family of Mauritian Listed winner Captain’s Knock, Gr 3 placed Jack Hobbs and Quick Single, as well as the controversially named Goat – winner of the Gold Circle Oaks Gr.2 and Kwazulu-Natal Breeders 1600 (L) prior to her untimely passing.
Hit The Stars, a good-looking grey daugther of Lizard Island out of Star Guest by Northern Guest, has produced a beautiful eye-catching chestnut Var filly this season.
Hit The Stars has produced a winner already from her first and only foal to run, Swordsman, by Woodborough. Swordsman has already placed twice and won from all his starts.
From a dam-line that includes 7-time winner Runaway Brave (who also placed second in the Gr 1 Cape Flying Championship), this dam-line also includes the brilliant race-filly Blushing Star under the second dam – a filly who won the Computaform Sprint Gr.1 and Strelitzia Stakes Gr.3, and Corpes Da Elite, Gr 3 Pretty Polly Stakes winner. Other stand-outs include 9-time winner Mexican Magic and Gr 3 Christmas Handicap winner Wood Be Magic (by Woodborough). This chestnut filly is an exciting prospect indeed.
Model Mam’selle, owned by Waterford Farm and boarding at Midlands Thoroughbreds, is the dam of last years Gr 2 SA Fillies Nursery shock debut winner King’s Temptress (by King Of Kings). She has foaled a bay filly by Captain Al this season.
King’s Temptress has since placed second in the Magnolia Handicap Gr.3 and placed four times from seven starts.
This is also the family of Golden Taipen, Monsieur Music, Duc Du Orleans, Count Du Barry, Lyrical Linda and Cousin John.
Model Mam’selle is in KZN after being covered by Champion sire Kahal for the 2013 season.
Carla’s Wisdom, by Jallad out of Dot Dot Dash by Desert Team, has produced a strong bay Muhtafal colt this season.
The mare herself is a winner and placed four times from 10 starts. Her dam is a half-sister to full-siblings – both by Muhtafal – The Waltz (a 10-time winner who won the Gr 3 Christmas Handicap twice) and Hot Reception, the latter being a 5-time winner including the Gr 3 Poinsettia Stakes.
This family also includes the likes of Bold Black Types Dasher, Head Of The House, Golden Clime and J&B Met winner Bunter Barlow, to name but a few!
A young stud farm, there are exciting times ahead for Midlands Thoroughbreds by the looks of their class of 2012!
*Photos taken 28 November 2012