Noble Tune’s dual Gr1 winning half-brother Honor Code, from the last crop of the great AP Indy, has had his first foal born at Cobra Farm which Lane’s End announced early this morning. Honor Code’s service fee for 2016 and 2017 has been set at $40 000.
Honor Code’s quality book of 144 mares he covered in his first season included the likes of Lady Liberty – the dam of 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb, Flock Of Doves – whose half-sister has produced sire Pathfork, as well as Night And Day – a three parts sister to Noble Tune and the dam of a Gr2 winner.
Noble Tune and Honor Code’s dam is Serena’s Cat, and with the outstanding Gr1 performances by her first two colts – her weanling progeny by America’s Champion sires have been snapped up for record figures at sales with the leading racing and breeding establishments, the world over, competing to secure the precious bloodlines.
Noble Tune is a phenomenal acquisition for breeders in South Africa, and the first son of Unbridled’s Song to go to stud on the African continent. Unbridled’s Song passed away three years ago, however his influence is still making the headlines with the likes of the blistering fast grey colt Arrogate and Liam’s Map previously amongst others, and his daughters surpassing a million US Dollars in foal frequently in the Keeneland Mare sales ring.
Just yesterday Siren Serenade sold for $1,025 000 in foal to Tapit, and in November 2016 an in foal Unrivaled Belle sold for $3,800 000.
However, whilst his sire Unbridled’s Song is a leading sire and broodmare sire in America, Noble Tune and Honor Code’s dam line is what excites breeders the world over and Noble Tune could hold his own at any leading breeding establishment in the world. Their third dam Serena’s Song was not only a champion race mare and multiple Gr1 winner in her day, but she has established a dynasty of her own with several champions yielded from her brilliance.
They include the likes of Gr1 Coronation Stakes winners Sophisticat and Rizeena, sires Grand Reward and Australian resident Puissance De Lune who had his first crop of foals born in 2016, Producer and Doubles Partner. Another colt and a Gr2 and Gr3 winner, Made You Look, is a son of More Than Ready is out of a three parts sister to Noble Tune named Night And Day.
A handsome dark bay that is truly breathtaking to behold in the flesh, Noble Tune is a true reflection of his blue blooded breeding with oodles of quality, a big cat like walk and a handsome head, a balanced horse with plenty of bone and substance and sporting a powerful hindquarter. A Gr2 and Gr3 winner in his native America, he also placed second in the Gr1 Breeders Cup Juvenile on Turf.
Noble Tune’s foals were everything to be expected and more, and his first yearlings will be offered at the National Yearling Sale in May 2017.
Rathmor Stud head hunted and acquired several choicely-bred and performed mares to bolster Noble Tune’s books during his first three seasons at stud, which saw him attract several mares from leading farms outside of KZN each season – a compliment in itself to his quality.
Amongst the yearlings being prepped for inspections and aimed at Nationals from Rathmor, are progeny out of mares Gr2 winner (and Gr1 placed) Hidden Beauty, Victory Garden (half-sister to International champions Imbongi and Mahubo and the dam of a winner from first foal), Approach Me (Stakes Placed 4-time winner), Summer Angel (dam of Graded Stakes winners Exit Here and Eventual Angel), Summer To Remember (half-sister to Royal Champ by Dynasty), Gr3 placed Awesome Beauty and Mia Joshua (Gr3 placed 4-time winner).
For more information contact Rathmor Stud on 033 266 6853 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.