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Positive Outlook: Rathmor Looks To Future

Rathmor's R2,4million purchase by Henrythenavigator, in foal to Dynasty.
Rathmor’s R2,4million purchase by Henrythenavigator, in foal to Dynasty.

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)

lot name sex sire dam stable Comments
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.


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