Last Friday’s CTS Mare, Weanlings and Fillies for Stud Sale reflected a depressed South African bloodstock market, though Rathmor Stud was active with three big purchases, including their R2,4-million acquisition of a mare by Henrythenavigator.
Mike McHardy of Rathmor Stud has a refreshing approach. Like a wily stock broker, he sees the weak market as an opportunity to invest big, and he’s basing his beliefs on high hopes for South Africa and faith in the bloodstock and racing industries.
McHardy told Turf Talk: “It may seem to some that we overpaid for Almosthaditall, but she’s in foal to Dynasty, her foal will be worth at least R1-million. You know, if everyone’s going to sit back and do nothing, nothing will happen. We may as well all pack up and go. But we won’t. I think we will see a revival of the KZN industry in particular, we all need to be positive.”
McHardy said that Rathmnor had been spending hard for the last three years, acquiring the beautifully-bred stallion Noble Tune and 30 high quality mares for stud.
“Not since perhaps Northern Guest’s glory years at Summerhill have we seen such an interest in a KZN based stallion,” he said. “We’re getting over 20 mares from breeders around the country including Lammerskraal and we’re sending ten of our own away to other stallions.
“We’re hopeful, and we’re excited about the future. When the export market opens up, we’ll be able to sell to places like China and we won’t be able to produce enough horses to satisfy the demand!”
-Charl Pretorius, Turf Talk
Rathmor Stud’s KZN Yearling Sales draft:
(Bold denotes registered as KZN-breds and qualify for KZN Breeders Race Day)
|21||Incredible Tune||f.||Noble Tune||Miss Filly||A32||2nd Foal of 4-time winning mare|
|25||C’est Serra||f.||Duke Of Marmalade||Misty River||A33||Half-brother to Gr3 winner ONE COOL DUDE|
|65||Red Herring||f.||Curved Ball||Rapid Flow||A34||2nd foal of 6-time winner|
|88||Painted Black||c.||Noble Tune||Silent Nights||A21||First foal. Family of sire Naturalism in Australia|
|127||Bud The Spud||c.||Noble Tune||Triandra||A23||Damline of Kochka and Royal Armour.|
|134||Clash City Rocker||c.||Seventh Rock||Verbatim||A24||Damline of Varumba and Mambo Mime.|
|150||I Write The Songs||f.||Noble Tune||African Love||A35||
Half-brother sold for R1-million
at CTS Ready To Run Sale
|191||Sacrifice||f.||Noble Tune||Chiquita||A36||Half sister to Victoria Lavelle.|
|236||I’m Free||f.||Noble Tune||Free Parking||A37||Damline of Easy Lover and Slinky Malinky.|
|256||Wait A Sec||f.||Noble Tune||In A While||A38||Family of In A Rush|
|261||Call The Tune||f.||Noble Tune||Irresistible||A39||Damline of Hot Ticket, Hill Fifty Four.|
|269||Rhinestone Cowboy||c.||Noble Tune||Jumeirah Beach||A25||Dam has produced 4 winners. Full sister to Circle Of Life, Zebra Crossing, family of Deo Juvente.|
|13||Velvet Honey||f.||Brave Tin Soldier||Maelstrom||A40||Damline of Paint The Town. Sire has produced 2 Gr1 winners.|
|38||The Jazz Singer||c.||Noble Tune||On The Wing||A26||Damline of Russian Wing and Montecristo.|
|90||I’m Dawn||f.||Await The Dawn||Silver Lace||A1||2nd Dam Noble Destiny, full sister to Gypsy Queen – family of Romany Prince, Gypsy’s Warning, Queen Forever.|
|108||Ayita||f.||Noble Tune||Star Of Savannah||A2||Damline of Tobe Or Nottobe|
|126||White Lightning||c.||Noble Tune||Thunderous Belinda||A27||Dam 8-time winner, family of Trophy Wife.|
|156||Awakening||c.||Eightfold Path||Arabesque||A28||Dam has produced a winner, family of Villandry.|
|164||Call To My Angel||c.||Await The Dawn||Bejewelled Beauty||A29||Dam of Gr3 placed Awesome Beauty. Family of Over The Air, Fine Regent.|
|232||Theravada||c.||Mogok||Flower Power||A30||First foal. Family of William Longsword, Kelly, Victory Moon.|