Co-op strongly represented at Cape Sale


The grooms co-op offer two striking looking yearlings at next week’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale (Book 2).

Lot 101 is a filly by Danehill’s son Albert Hall, whose best progeny are the high-class fillies Avenue of Gold (Gr3 Racing Association Handicap) and Deepo (Lady’s Slipper Stakes). This chestnut filly is out a Victory Moon mare, Victory Dance. The latter is out of the Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Shadow Dancing, herself dam of G1 winner Thunder Dance. This filly’s second dam is a half-sister to Gr1 Cape Guineas winner and leading sire Captain Al – who, like Victory Moon, is a son of Al Mufti. Therefore this filly’s dam is a three Captain Al, which gives her plenty of residual value already.

It is interesting to note, that the filly on sale, named Decadent Diva, is bred on a similar cross to Avenue of Gold. The latter is by Albert Hall out of an Al Mufti mare.

Lot 234 is a bay filly, by the supremely talented, but ill-fated Fort Beluga. Leading trainer Sean Tarry firmly believed that Fort Beluga, whose six wins came from 1200-1600m, was one of the most talented horses he ever trained. A really well bred horse, Fort Beluga shares his champion sire, Fort Wood, with leading SA stallion Dynasty.
The filly on offer is out of a mare by leading sire Muhtafal. Her second dam is a half-sister to Irish G3 winner Maharib. This is one of the world’s great female lines, whose runners include champions Polish Precedent, Culture Vulture and the superb Zilzal (himself the damsire of top SA sire Var).

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