More Grade 1 glory for Flyer relative
The Gary Player Stud Farm’s resident stallion Noordhoek Flyer is a descendant of the hugely prolific tap root mare and champion Mesopotamia.
The latter, ancestress of numerous Group/Grade 1 winners over the years, is also the ancestress of the top British filly Just The Judge, winner of Sunday’s Grade 1 E P Taylor Stakes.
It was the second top level win for Lawman filly Just The Judge, whose earlier victories included the 2013 Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas. Just The Judge, who is now likely to take her place in next month’s Gr1 Breeders Cup F&M Turf, has now earned over $890 000 in prize money for owners Qatar Racing and the Sangster family.
Like Just The Judge, Noordhoek Flyer is a descendant of Mesopotamia – England’s Champion 2yo filly of 1963.
Mesopotamia’s numerous high-class descendants include Group/Grade 1 winners Mukhadram (Eclipse Stakes), African Story (Dubai World Cup), Mastery (St Leger), Cherokee Rose (Haydock Park Sprint Cup), Danish (QE II Challenge Cup), and Halling and Rip Van Winkle – with the last two also successful stallions.
A son of world leading sire Pivotal (whose sire sons include French sensation Siyouni), Noordhoek Flyer was bred by Wilgerbosdrift. A R2.5 million yearling buy, Noordhoek Flyer was an outstanding racehorse, whose victories included the Gr1 Cape Guineas (won previously by champion sires Captain Al and Jet Master) and Gr2 KRA Guineas.
Noordhoek Flyer, whose first crop race this year, has proven popular in the sales ring, with his yearlings fetching up to R425 000 in 2014.