Rathmor News: Honor Code To Stand For $40 000

Honor Code on Sunday at Lane's End Farm, where he was retired for stud alongside Liam's Map.
Honor Code on Sunday at Lane’s End Farm, where he was retired for stud alongside Liam’s Map.

Lane’s End have announced that Noble Tune’s half-brother and dual Gr1 winner Honor Code will be standing for $40 000 in the 2016 breeding season. This is on a par with Lemon Drop Kid and City Zip, both standing at Lane’s End.

Liam’s Map, who shares a sire with Noble Tune and also a dual Gr1 winner, will be standing for $25 000, the same as Noble Mission(GB), a full brother to Frankel.

Noble Tune with his gentlemanly demeanor is looking an absolute picture after covering nearly all of his full book of mares this year, his service fee set at an accessible R25 000 for 2015. He has attracted a top drawer book of mares and his first foals are on the ground.

Its easy to spot his foals in the paddocks, all totally stamped by their blue-blooded sire with stars on their foreheads, an outstanding regal quality about them and stamped in conformation, with good size and bone.

Additional news is that Noble Tune and Honor Code’s younger War Front weanling brother sold for $2,6 million at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale earlier this week.

A Noble Tune filly, the first foal for mare Approach Me born this season at Rathmor Stud. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Last year their Tapit half-sister set a record at $3 million at the same sale.

Serena’s Cat looks to be continuing in Champion race and broodmare Serena’s Song’s footsteps at stud, as Noble Tune is her first foal and she has produced two Group winning stallion prospects from the first two foals.

Serena’s Cat also has a colt by Tapit coming through in training named Morse Code, whilst Lady Serena by Bernardini should begin to feature prominently in the coming season after breaking her maiden by seven lengths.

Honor Code raced in the $5 million Classic Gr1 and closed late for third behind scintillating winner American Pharoah as the son of pensioned Lane’s End stallion A.P. Indy completed his career with six wins, two seconds, and two thirds from 11 starts, with earnings of $2,518,260.

Honor Code, a traditional closer racing in a Classic devoid of early speed to test Triple Crown winner American Pharoah after Beholder and Smooth Roller scratched, was the only closer, Bill Farish of Lane’s End said.

“I don’t know if American Pharoah would have been hampered by speed even if there was any speed in there,” Farish said, “but it definitely changed the complexion of the race. Honor Code was the only horse to make up any ground in the Breeders Classic.”

– extract bloodhorse.com

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