Five for Minnaloushe!
Maine Chance Farms’ resident stallion, Black Minnaloushe, has enjoyed a superb season in 2013-2014.
The son of Storm Cat has been represented by six stakes horses in South Africa this season and Black Minnaloushe once again made the news when he had five winners over the past weekend.
The Black Minnaloushe fiver was kicked off by Untamed bolted up to win by 4.5 lengths over 1300m.
There was a Black Minnaloushe double on the same day when his 2yo son Game of Thrones scored a facile 2.75 win over 1160m. While Game Of Thrones, who won in open company, won Turffontein’s second race, another of the sire’s progeny, Eyona, dead heated for victory in the seventh race.
The Black Minnaloushe success story moved to Scottsville on Saturday, when the sire had another double. Talented filly Eduated, rated highly by trainer Duncan Howells, made it four wins from her last five outings when scoring by 1.25 lengths over 1800m, while juvenile filly Spanish Flamenco broke her maiden easily over 1200m. Both fillies look well above average, and could well bring further glory to their sire’s already successful season.
Black Minnaloushe (whose son Louis The King is bidding to become just the second horse in history to win the SA Triple Crown) is now fourth on South Africa’s general sires list (by prize money). He is also South Africa’s fifth leading sire of juveniles, with Black Minnaloushe juveniles including the Gr3 Strelitzia Stakes runner up Littleblacknumber.
Also the sire of last season’s sidelined Equus Champion 2YO Colt Kochka, Black Minnaloushe has 14 yearlings on offer at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
His draft includes a colt out of former Gr3 Diana Stakes winner Slinky Malinky (lot 55), a half-brother to high-class filly School Assembly (Lot 130), and a half-brother to classy filly Captainofmysoul (Lot 492).
Winner of two of the world’s greatest one mile contests (Irish 2000 Guineas, St James Palace Stakes), Black Minnaloushe’s offspring include three colts named champion at two, as well as former Gr1 Breeders Cup Sprint winner Dancing In Silks.