Bezrin – enjoying the Western Cape
Successful sire Bezrin, who made headlines recently when his son Bezanova won the recent Gr2 Emperors Palace Charity Mile, is enjoying life at The Rock Stud in Paarl.
Bezrin, who shares his sire Danzig with such legendary stallions as Danehill, Green Desert and War Front, began his stud career at Golden Acres before moving down for one season in the Cape.
Spencer Cook was so impressed by the quality of foals that Bezrin left behind him in his brief Cape stint that he was determined to buy the stallion outright.
Having phoned Bezrin’s owner, Craig Ramsay (who was in New Zealand), Spencer’s wife bought the horse for husband as a birthday present – and Bezrin duly relocated from the Yellow Star Stud in Mooi River to his present location.
The stakes winning Bezrin (he won the Listed Prix de Montretout) has, since the move, been in the headlines on more than one occasion.
An exceptionally well bred horse, Bezrin hails from a red hot family, whose members won black type races around the world with monotonous regularity. His Group 3 placed dam, Darling Flame (by Capote), is the ancestress of a number of high class stakes winners including the brilliant filly Al Thakhira (by Dubawi) – winner of the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes, and another top class Dubai female Shamal Wind, who has earned over $500 000 in Australia.
Bezrin’s second dam is the top-class mare My Darling One, winner of the Grade 1 Fantasy Stakes, and dam of the top class Japanese runner Heart Lake, while his fourth dam Marshua won the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks. This is the same family as Grade 1 winners Smuggly, Steve’s Friend, and champion Maud Muller.
Few, if any South African stallions, have done more than Bezrin off such a poor band of mares. To date, Bezrin’s 12 stakes horses have been produced by 185 mares (taking into account foals of racing age), which results in 6% of his foals being black type performers. He is also siring 53% winners to foals – despite covering very ordinary mares. Bezrin’s current 4yo crop also makes for good reading – 25 of the 27 foals have made the racetrack, and 15 have won. The crop includes three stakes horses, including Bezanova – whose big win on Saturday pushed his earnings to over R880 000.
Bezanova is a great example of how Bezrin upgrades his mates. Bezanova’s dam, Ananova, has produced six foals to date, but Bezanova is her sole winner thus far.
Bezrin, who bears a startling resemblance to his grandsire Northern Dancer, also shares many similarities with Danzig himself. Possessed of a similar temperament to Danzig, he is also an exceptionally fertile stallion with a phenomenal libido.
Spencer is ecstatic by the quality of Bezrin’s foal crop this season – which was produced from a book of around 35 mares. One can only wonder what will emerge from this foal crop!