Gold Cup day at Greyville yesterday saw two exciting results for Rathmor Stud for two of their resident mares.
In a Gr1 double for Dynasty (the sire of KZN sires Irish Flame and Act Of War – the latter whose first foals will be arriving shortly), Lady In Black trained by Dennis Drier remains unbeaten after three starts – winning the Gr1 Thekweni over 1600m on the Greyville turf in the same colours carried to multiple Gr1 success for KZN-born Futura.
The daughter of Dynasty is out of Mystery Dame by Jet Master – an astute purchase by Rathmor Stud to bolster the book of Noble Tune, Rathmor sold her Dynasty full brother earlier this year for R1,7million at the National Yearling Sale to John Freeman. Mike McHardy of Rathmor Stud has advised that she has an Oratorio yearling (as of 1 August tomorrow) and will foal down to Noble Tune this coming season.
Mystery Dame is out of Dame Kiri by Flaming Rock – this damline has produced The Merry Widow, Dance With Al and Singapore champion Lizarre. Mystery Dame is a half-sister to Gr1 winner, Talahatchie.
The second news to come was So Var’s second place to Al Mariarchi in the Gr3 Umkhomazi. So Var is a grandson of Rathmor Stud’s Gypsy Queen – his dam is Gr2 Rathmor-bred winner, Surabi. Bred by Maine Chance Farms and owned by Michael Leaf, So Var has won three times and placed four – yet to be out of the money from all of his starts.
Gypsy Queen had another Black Type win with Varsfontein-bred granddaughter, Queen Forever, owned in partnership by Lee Scribante of Piemonte Stud.
Well done to all concerned.