As predicted by Rathmor Stud who have been emphasising that the Noble Tune’s will be at their best as 3yo’s and over sprinter-miler distances, he is off to a start with four winners in the new season and a winners to runners percentage of 25% and almost R300 000 earned to date. His stats make him one of the leading sires in KZN currently.
The beautifully-bred Paths Of Victory won going away over 1900m for young trainer Gareth Van Zyl and enjoyed the step up in trip from 1400m. A particularly exciting prospect is the imposing grey born and raised at Rathmor, that of White Lightning.
Very unlucky in his first two starts, which saw him finish second by literally a whisker on race debut, he ate up the Greyville turf to win going away easily under Anton Marcus by two lengths. He is out of a Black Type mare that has won 8 times.
Another handsome horse, Albrandino bred by Piemonte won at Fairview after placing from 3 previous starts. Out of a Royal Applause mare and trained by Alan Greef, he won over 1000m. Another winner for Noble Tune followed the next day at Turffontein, this time over 1450m with Abelie.
Out of Bayard Crown by Strike Smartly, it was only a matter of time before she entered the winners enclosure after placing five times from six previous starts – and she won by almost six lengths clear. She is a half-sister to 8-time winner Amazing Strike.
Play Another Tune will be one to watch for the coming season – now a three year old, the gelding as a juvenile finished fourth in the Gr1 Premier’s Champions Stakes to the sharp Soqrat (AUS), and won and placed four times from six starts from 1000m – 1600m. Out of the brilliant mare Goat’s half-sister, he will be looking for distance as a three year old with his pedigree for trainer Gavin Van Zyl.
Rathmor have bred recent winners including Jaunita, who changed hands after the sad passing of trainer Leon Erasmus and is now in KZN with Dennis Bosch. The half-sister to Rathmor’s famous white colt, she got her much deserved first win, first time out in KZN after placing 14 times from 40 starts. She has earned over R205 000 in stakes.
Pata Pata, a Var half-brother to three-time winner African Victory who won his maiden by 9 lengths, has won twice from the stable of Brett Crawford and placed five times – four of those in second place! His Noble Tune 2yo half-sister, I Write The Songs, has Barrier Trialled at Greyville for Paul Lafferty.
Noble Tune stands at Rathmor Stud for a fee of R25 000.