Champion sister set to debut
Two-year-old Countesskournikova, set to debut at Kenilworth on Saturday, is one of the best bred fillies in the country.
Bred by Normandy Stud, the daughter of Count Dubois (owned by Markus and Ingrid Jooste), is a half-sister to the great mare, Mother Russia. The pair are out of Russian Fox mare Russian Muse – a winning half-sister to the dam of ill-fated Horse of the Year, Winter Solstice.
Mother Russia was one of the best performed fillies to race in South Africa in the past ten years. The diminutive white faced filly, also bred by Normandy Stud, won no fewer than 13 races and over R5 000 000 in prize money during her stellar career.
Named Equus Champion Older Female in 2010, Mother Russia won ten feature races, including the Gr1 L’Ormarins’ Queen’s Plate, Gr1 TBA Paddock Stakes and Gr1 Klawervlei Stakes. She was placed in a further eight Gr1 contests, and was twice placed second in the Cape’s greatest race – the J&B Met.
A remarkably tough filly, Mother Russia raced at the highest level from two to five, demonstrating remarkable heart and class in the process.
Countesskournikova, who runs in the afternoon’s final event, is described by racing manager Derek Brugman as a “nice filly but has been plagued with shins. Will come on from her run on Sunday, and hopefully pull up sound.”
Her sire is also having a great trot this season, having been represented by such feature race winners as Fairyinthewoods, Kinematic Countess and Roman Wall in 2012-2013.
Countesskournikova is trained by Joey Ramsden.