Lammerskraal’s resident broodmare Nacarat has built up a tremendous record since she retired to stud.
A useful racemare, Nacarat (a daughter of former Horse of the Year Pas de Quoi) won four times up to 1400 metres before retiring to an illustrious stud career.
As a half-sister to the Gr1 winners Set Afire (Gold Challenge) and Rudra (Summer Cup), Nacarat was also going to have plenty of stud potential – and she has certainly more than lived up to expectations. She comes from a powerful female line, whose members include the ill-fated Cape Guineas winner Bushmanland, and Horse of the Year (and outstanding broodmare sire), Royal Chalice.
To date, Nacarat has produced eight winners from her nine foals to race. Her foals have won 28 races between them! Her offspring have also proven popular in the sales ring – her 2005 foal, Target Acquired, was sold for R2 100 000, while Valor Red was knocked down for R550 000 at the 2011 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
However, Nacarat has really hit the heights in 2012-2013. She has been represented by no fewer than three individual stakes winners this season, including one of the most talented 2yos seen in South Africa for many a year.
A proven G1 producer, Nacarat first made a name for herself as the dam of the top-class filly Nania. The latter, a Western Winter filly, Nania won the Gr1 Thekwini Stakes and over R500 000 in prize money.
Nania’s older sister, Vermilion, was also a very talented filly. Vermilion, who showed tremendous pace and speed during her career, won four times in just nine starts, and ran second to Nania in the Gr3 Prix du Cap.
Nacarat’s next top-class performer is this season’s multiple stakes winning filly Adobe Pink. A daughter of promising young sire Go Deputy, the 4yo filly has won two feature races this season – the Listed Sun Classique Handicap and Listed East Coast Handicap.
An improving filly, Adobe Pink is very talented and looks capable of winning a graded feature race before she retires to stud.
The most recent feature race winners produced by this tremendous broodmare are Valor Red and Red Ray.
The former, a full sister to Nania and Vermilion, earned her first black type when taking the Listed East Cape Oaks. This superbly bred filly is a lovely addition to a powerful family, and has stamped herself as an exciting broodmare prospect following Friday’s feature race win.
However, it is Red Ray for whom Nacarat will always be remembered. A R700 000 purchase at the 2012 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, Red Ray stamped himself as a colt with tremendous potential this season.
The Joey Ramsden trained colt reeled off three facile wins (including the Listed Somerset 1200) in spectacular fashion, before being sent to Gauteng for a crack at the Gr1 SA Nursery. While second, Red Ray finished more than five lengths clear of the third placed finisher. He looks like an exciting prospect for some of next year’s Gr1 feature races.
Nacarat has a yearling full brother to Nania, Red Ray and Valor Red. One can only imagine what he is worth!