In just his third start after placing twice in each previously, Tapit colt Morse Code, a half-brother to Noble Tune and Honor Code shed his maiden tag at Gulfstream Park by a neck in the same familiar green and yellow colours that his AP Indy half-brother carried to multiple Gr1 success.
Racing on a firm track over one and sixteen miles on turf, the Tapit colt is owned and raced by Lane’s End who stand his dual Gr1 winning half brother, Honor Code, for $40 000. The latter’s first foals have arrived this season in the Northern Hemisphere.
Morse Code’s weanling full sister set a World record in her year of sale, after being knocked down at Keeneland for $3-million. A year later, a War Front colt out of Serena’s Cat was snapped up by Coolmore for $2,6million as a weanling – the family is very much in demand the world over, and has produced the likes of Rizeena, grey Puissance De Lune in Australia who has his first foals on the ground this season, as well as recent Gr2 winner by More Than Ready named Made You Look.
Noble Tune’s first yearlings will be presented at the BSA Cape Yearling Sale, to be held at Mistico Equestrian Centre on 16 March, as well as representation at the CTS March Yearling Sale taking place shortly thereafter.
Rathmor Stud is pleased that all of their Noble Tune yearlings put forward for National Yearling Sales inspections, have all been accepted and catalogued for the National Yearling Sale taking place in May.
Mike McHardy is particularly pleased that several of the top respected Thoroughbred nurseries in the Cape have already booked mares to Noble Tune for his coming 2017 breeding season. A great grandson of Serena’s Song, Noble Tune has enjoyed significant support and has filled his books each year at stud.
The Cape Breeders have been very supportive of the first son of Unbridled’s Song to stand at stud on the African continent, and have sent mares up each year since Noble Tune’s arrival in South Africa.
Serena’s Cat, the dam of Noble Tune and Honor Code has now produced four winners from her first four runners.
Noble Tune, her first foal, is a winner of the Gr2 American Turf Stakes, Gr3 Pilgrim Stakes and placed second in the Gr1 Breeders Cup Juvenile on Turf.
It is indeed exciting times ahead for breeding in KZN!