Hashtagyolo (Dynasty – My Guiding Star) has foaled a super first foal, a colt by Gimmethegreenlight at Spring Valley Stud.
Bred by Blue Sky Thoroughbreds – a breeding partnership between Bruce Le Roux and Tinus Gericke – Hashtagyolo was one of their initial purchases for a goal to purchase the best yearling fillies they could for their future broodmare band, and the gamble has paid off.
Even purchasing Hashtagyolo had its own story, with the choice between two Dynasty fillies on offer at Nationals who went through the sales ring one after the other. As it turned out, the other filly that was Lot 229 after Hashtagyolo (Lot 228) was Lady In Black, then named Grace Of An Angel.
Hashtagyolo started off her career winning her first three starts in facile fashion in the care of Dean Kannemeyer. Her wins included the Gr3 Flamboyant and the KZN Fillies Guineas Trial.
A R1,1-million purchase from the 2016 BSA National Yearling Sale that has yielded a number of champions including Do It Again, Lady In Black, Rainbow Bridge, Surcharge (Yulong Prince), Monks Hood and Brave Mary.
Hashtagyolo was sent to Gauteng with Gr1 features in mind but sadly picked up a virus not long after arrival, and took very ill and almost didn’t survive.
Being the brave individual she is, she fought courageously through it and Bruce collected her from the veterinary clinic in Johannesburg, to bring her ‘home’ where he felt the fresh air and lush grass would do her good and revive her appetite – and it did.
She had an extended break as a result, and came back to win her Barrier Trial and subsequently finished three lengths off in her next two starts, to Lady In Black and Fresnaye. Sadly she was never back to her previous brilliance after her illness and we probably didn’t get to see the best of her in the unfortunate circumstances, and a decision was made to retire her.
Hashtagyolo will be visiting Gr1 producing young sire, Vercingetorix, for the 2020 season. Bred by Varsfontein Stud, Hashtagyolo’s dam is a half-sister to Master Of My Fate and Justhewayyouare. This is also the family of Covenant (Erik The Red), Secret Heart, Pluck and London News.