Milkwood’s “Blue” Legacy
Milkwood Stud’s wonderful broodmare, Blue Loerie, has been a real cornerstone of Cape breeding. She was in the headlines once again as her granddaughter, the Milkwood Stud bred Fairyinthewoods (Count Dubois) trounced a strong field to win Saturday’s Gr2 Tony Taberer Southern Cross Stakes in scintillating fashion. Fairyinthewoods has now won six races on the trot, and six of her seven outings to date.
A daughter of the great broodmare sire Elliodor (damsire of 70 stakes winners) Blue Loerie won once over 1000m, before retiring to stud.
Retired to Ian and Nina Robertson’s Milkwood Stud, Blue Loerie became the head of a highly successful family, whose fillies did particularly well.
Among her seven winners were Tarn Fairy – who gave champion trainer, Alan Greeff, the first Graded winner of his illustrious career when victorious in the Gr3 Strelitzia Stakes. A daughter of Waterville Lake, Tarn Fairy, later named East Cape’s Champion 2YO Filly, was a top-class performer, whose seven wins also included the Gr2 JB McIntosh Fillies Classic, and was just touched off in the Gr1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship.
Retired to stud, Tarn Fairy did well as a broodmare. Her winners include East Cape Champion Blushing Fairy (Jallad), who was named Champion 2YO Filly after winning three of the East Cape’s 2yo contests, culminating in a 4.5 romp in the Listed (now Gr3) Champions Juvenile Cup.
Remarkably, Blushing Fairy would herself produce a Champion 2YO Filly in Yoshie – thus preserving a three line tier of champion 2yo fillies – Tarn Fairy – Blushing Fairy – Yoshie.
The classy filly Yoshie (Antonius Pius) is currently enjoying a holiday, having suffered from a back problem following a warm up run recently. As a 2yo, Yoshie reeled off four wins in just six outings at two, with her victories including a score in the Listed Dahlia Plate.
Yoshie’s half-sister Fairy Footprints (Hermitage) never raced, but made amends at stud, producing the classy Cape gelding Taipan (Dynasty). The latter won last season’s Listed Woolavington Handicap for trainer Dean Kannemeyer, and also ran second to July winner and Equus Champion, Heavy Metal, in the Listed Darley Arabian.
Blue Loerie’s other top-class daughter is the Al Mufti mare, Woodland Fairy. She won her first two starts, before being placed in both the Listed East Cape Fillies Nursery and Listed Lady’s Slipper Stakes. As could be expected from such a well bred mare, Woodland Fairy has done very well at stud. Her four winners include three stakes performers, including the very flashy and speedy filly Comet Chaser.
However, it is as the dam of Fairyinthewoods, that Woodland Fairy will forever be remembered. Very few horses ever win six in a row, and Fairyinthewoods, who has already won two feature races, looks a very special filly.
What she is worth a broodmare prospect can only be imagined!