Tiger poised to strike
Riverton Stud’s well performed young stallion Blue Tiger is set to have his first runners this season – and plenty is expected from this young horse who himself was a very talented two-year-old.
The flashy grey came to hand quickly for trainer Mike Bass and won or placed in all five of his juvenile starts. Blue Tiger’s best performance as a juvenile came when beaten under half a length by subsequent Grade 1 Champions Cup winner Ivory Trail in the Gr3 Betting World The Langerman.
Unlike many high class 2yos, Blue Tiger made improvement from two to three, when his wins included the Gr3 Investec Cape Classic over a high class field of 3yos.
At four, the charismatic grey, who became something of a fan favourite due to his striking colour and classy durability, put up a world class performance when downing South African legend, and stable mate, Pocket Power, and champion sprinter Rebel King in the Gr2 WPOTA Diadem Stakes.
One of the Cape’s top sprints, the Diadem is regularly won by a top class sprinter, with past winners including the likes of champions Nhlavini, Flobayou, and Cordocelli and recently by Captain Of All (bred by Riverton Stud).
A top class racehorse, who earned over R1.3 million in stakes, Blue Tiger raced sound at the highest levels from two to six.
Remarkably, he won or placed in 19 stakes races including the Gr1 Cape Flying Championship three times, Gr1 Gold Challenge, Gr1 Golden Horse Sprint twice and Gr1 Champions Cup.
He is held in high regard by his trainer Mike Bass, who said of Blue Tiger, “He was as honest as the days long, always gave of his best, and was an absolute gentleman to train. He raced sound from 2 until 5. The best horse we have ever had that didn’t win a group 1.”
Blue Tiger, who is very closely related to the record breaking Gr1 Queen’s Plate winner Wainui, is bidding to become the latest South African bred sire to succeed in the breeding shed – following the likes of Dignitary, Elevation, Model Man, Captain Al, Jet Master and current sensation Dynasty.
He is also from the powerful Bold Ruler male line, which has done well in South Africa through the likes of Jungle Cove and Plum Bold, and, in recent times, Jay Peg and Judpot – to name but a few.
Dorrie Sham has a Blue Tiger filly whom she likes, describing the filly as “has a nice action and a lovely temperament.”
Judging on these Blue Tiger youngsters, it would appear safe to say that their sire is stamping his stock – and, if they move as good as they look, Blue Tiger must have a bright future ahead of him.
Among the offspring of Blue Tiger pictured is this filly out of Icon Lady – a Model Man mare from the same family as July winner Gondolier.
Given that Model Man is the broodmare sire of Blue Tiger’s classic winning relative Pointing North, this looks a really nice mating.
Another cracking Blue Tiger filly is this grey daughter of Festival Parade, an Elliodor mare whose numerous high class relatives include top sprinter Divine Act and Fillies Guineas winner Kendal Green. This filly is destined for February’s Val de Vie Sale.
Blue Tiger also has some attractive colts to his credit – including this colt out of Asiatic Moon. The latter is a winning half sister to two stakes performers, including the talented Larsen’s Ice – a daughter of Blue Tiger’s sire Counter Action. This colt is thus a three parts brother to that talented Grade 3 performer.
Another yearling by Blue Tiger destined for the Val De Vie Sale is this colt out of the well bred Grey Rose.
The colt is seen here sharing a moment with his sire – who seems impressed by his son! (Picture at the top)
Grey Rose is a three time winning daughter of Tiger Ridge and former Gr2 Fillies Championship runner up Rose Gypsy. This is an outstanding Australasian family, whose members include top flight winners Rosie’s Girl and Prince Ruling.