Full-Sister For White Colt Gran Blanco

Full-Sister For White Colt Gran Blanco

Gran Blanco's full-sister by Kahal, out of Perakeen. Image: Candiese Marnewick Gran Blanco's full-sister by Kahal. Image: Candiese Marnewick

A mating that initially produced South Africa’s first white medicine hat Thoroughbred at Rathmor Stud, named Gran Blanco, broodmare Perakeen foaled a lovely bay Kahal filly recently for Mike and Tanya McHardy.

A colt who drew world-wide attention – being only one of five or so in the world, Gran Blanco sold earlier this year at the Emperors Palace National Two Year Old Sale for R220 000. His sire Kahal has consistently been in the Top 4 of the National Sires Log for the last five years.

The dam Perakeen is by Rakeen, herself a 5-time winner and placing twice in the Gr 3 Yellowwood Handicap Stakes, as well as two Listed races of distances between 1300 – 1600m.

Rakeen of course is the sire of South Africa’s recent champion stallion Jet Master, who carried the title for six years prior to his untimely death.

The first four dams in this pedigree are all Group placed mares in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Second dam Perfick(NZ) is a 6-time winner who placed in the Gr 2 Concor Technicrete Spring Handicap and two Listed races. She has produced three winners who have achieved 12 wins between them.

Third dam Royal Acclaim (AUS) placed third in the Gr 1 South Australian Oaks and she has produced four winners, all of which have achieved Black Type.

Fourth dam is Sweet Habit(AUS), who placed second in two Australian Group 1’s, and producing seven winners including Gr 3 placed Fair Habit. This is the family of Gr 1 Vodacom Durban July winner (producing winners at stud) Grey’s Inn(USA).

A big foal from birth with a good length of rein and plenty of substance and quality, Gran Blanco is being given time by his new owners to mature into his big frame before his much anticipated first appearance on a racetrack.

Perakeen will be visiting first season sire Crusade(USA) during this season. Gr 1 Middle Park Stakes winner Crusade has his first group of mares in foal and stands at Scott Bros’ Highdown Stud for a fee of R20 000 (R5 000 nom + R15 000 live foal).

Gran Blanco, Rathmor Stud. Image: Candiese Marnewick

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