Cheveley Stud’s remarkable broodmare Mystic Spring is one of the finest South African broodmares of recent times.
An Irish bred daughter of G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner and top sire Royal Academy (also damsire of outstanding sire Fastnet Rock), Mystic Spring did not make the best first impression on Cheveley’s Vaughan Koster.
Vaughan remembers the first time he saw Mystic Spring- “Mystic Spring arrived a small, light, narrow mare with a fierce temperament. Not your ideal broodmare! However, she has settled down well tremendously. “
Despite this, the mare (who herself made just one racecourse appearance) has become an outstanding broodmare with her offspring excelling both on the track and at stud.
Mystic Spring, whose yearlings have fetched up to R3 000 000 in the sales ring, has been represented by nine runners to date –all of whom have won. Her tally of winners include five black type winners, as well as the hugely promising filly Bela-Bela –third to Smart Call in the G1 Paddock Stakes this year and an entrant in Greyville’s G2 Daisy Fillies Guineas next month.
Bela-Bela was a R1.4 million buy from the 2014 National Sale.
Her dam’s first top class performer was former Equus Champion Rabiya (by Jallad) whose five wins, in a tragically all-too-short career, included the G1 Daily News 2000 and G1 Cape Derby.
Mystic Spring’s next foal, a 2002 filly by Goldkeeper, was the top notch sprinter Secret Of Victoria, whose six wins came up to 1400m, and included the G2 Southern Cross Stakes and G2 Sceptre Stakes.
At stud, Secret Of Victoria shows signs of becoming as prolific as her dam –she is the dam of Equus Champion and triple G1 winner All Is Secret, Hong Kong winner Secret Command as well as this season’s brilliant 2yo The Secret Is Out. The daughter of Goldkeeper is also the dam of the most expensive yearling filly ever sold at auction in South Africa.
Mystic Spring made it three stakes winners in a row when her 2003 foal, by Joshua Dancer, turned out to be G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery heroine Spring Lilac. The latter is also looking like a very good producer, with her early foals including Listed Laisserfaire Stakes winner Victorian Secret (now at stud at Varsfontein Stud), the G3 placed 3yo Beat The Retreat and two other useful winners.
Sadly, Rabiya’s full sister, Listed East Cape Oaks winner Rafiya, died before retiring to stud –but she did provide her remarkable dam with her fourth stakes winner in five years.
Mystic Spring’s latest stakes winner was the flashy grey Jet Master daughter Touch The Sky, whose 4 wins included the Listed Oaks Trial and Listed Syringa Handicap, and she is now another daughter of this mighty matron retired to the paddocks.
Not surprisingly, this family has proved hugely popular in the sales ring with Mystic Spring’s colt, by Captain Al (sire of All Is Secret and Victorian Secret), fetched R1 000 000 at last year’s National Yearling Sale,
This year Mystic Spring has a Var colt (inbred to the great matron Crimson Saint) on offer at the National Yearling Sale –and surely the sky is the limit for this blue blooded colt.
Mystic Spring’s G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery winner Spring Lilac is also represented at the 2016 NYS –with her offering being a filly by reigning champion South African sire Captain Al (and a full sister to Victorian Secret).
The 2016 NYS thus offers buyers a great opportunity to buy members of a royal family, whose success seems set to continue for decades yet to come.